2020 "Learn Your Sky" Course

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Christopher K.
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2020 "Learn Your Sky" Course

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A one-day, four-hour class on the sky will take place at HRPO on Saturday 18 January 2020 from 3:30pm to 7:30pm.

This class is an introduction to the unaided-eye Baton Rouge sky. There will be outside practice, weather permitting. Also included will be an overview of all major sky events for the next twelve months. Once again, this one-day course focuses specifically on the unaided-eye Baton Rouge sky.

Topics that will be covered include…
*large lunar features and how to find them
*basic skygazing terminology
*how to distinguish planets from stars
*what meteors, conjunctions and “visible passes” are, and how to see them
*major unaided-eye features of our Milky Way Galaxy
*solar viewing safety, and how to view the Sun without store-bought equipment
*how to darken the sky from your home
*upcoming unaided-eye events
*benefits of belonging to an astronomy club
*actual practice identifying stars, asterisms and constellations (weather permitting)

The cost is $15 per EBR Parish registrant, and $18 for each person living outside of EBR Parish. Enrollment begins 3 November. The class is limited to thirty registrants, all of whom must be over eighteen; the exceptions will be Apprentices, STEM Expansion kids, and Science Academy Cadets and former Cadets over fourteen who may attend with parental permission.

More information:
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/aa_class.html

Christopher K.
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Re: 2020 "Learn Your Sky" Course

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At this time there is one registration for the Learn Your Sky course. There must be ten people registered by 15 January for the course to take place. Please tell your family and friends!

Christopher K.
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Re: 2020 "Learn Your Sky" Course

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Walk-ins will be taken for HRPO’s annual “Learn Your Sky” course, but early registration is better as it allows the patrons to partially customize the course based on personal interests. Any patrons wanting to give that input should register by 6pm on Wednesday. Aside from that, the LYS Course for 2020 will definitely take place, as a minimum of ten registrants are expected by Saturday afternoon.

Christopher K.
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Re: 2020 "Learn Your Sky" Course

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As as alternative to standard Summer Camp, Highland Road Park Observatory is researching the possibility of offering remote ninety-minute modules. If the idea gains traction, one such module will be a youth version of "Learn Your Sky". Campers will learn the basics of three-dimensional orientation and how the Moon, planets and stars pass through the sky. They will be introduced to observing equipment and how to see conjunctions, occultations and eclipses. This module would be offered Thursdays at 9am and 11am. Specific weeks of offerings, age ranges, prices and registration procedure will be found at...
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/camp.html

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