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PostPosted: August 25th, 2017, 2:41 pm 
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Science Academy
Topic: "Mercury"
Date and Time: Saturday 26 August at 10am


The smallest planet is also the quickest and the hardest to spot in the sky. Cadets will delve into the mysteries of this elusive object! Science Academy is for eight- to twelve-year-olds. The cost is five dollars per child who resides in East Baton Rouge Parish, and six dollars per out-of-parish child.


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PostPosted: September 1st, 2017, 6:04 pm 
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"The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence"
Speaker: Robert Parks
Date and Time: Friday 1 September at 7:30pm


The question: whether there are companion beings in the Galaxy who also have politics, art, music, religion and dreams. The formal investigation: ongoing for several decades. The presenter: newcomer Robert Parks, physics professor at LSU. This talk is aimed at a general adult audience and has no admission fee.


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PostPosted: September 7th, 2017, 2:38 pm 
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"Great American Eclipse Review"
Date and Time: Friday 8 September at 7:30pm


Tens of millions of American experienced a wonderous celestial event together. Science was also gathered via photography, orbiting spacecraft and balloon…. Imagery and data from all three HRPO partners create an incredible review of a spectacular day! This talk is aimed at a general adult audience and has no admission fee.


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PostPosted: September 11th, 2017, 5:31 pm 
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Light Pollution Committee Meeting
Date and Time: Monday 11 September from 6:15pm to 7pm


This Committee of the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society has as its primary goal the reduction of light pollution in the greater Baton Rouge area. The public is invited to sit-in.


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PostPosted: September 14th, 2017, 12:18 pm 
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Cassini's Grand Finale
Friday 15 September, 4:30am to 7:30am


It has highlighted our lives for over a decade—providing unprecedented images of the Saturnian system. It has been the source of inspiration and imagination for millions of Americans and other Earthlings. Now we say goodbye as it sacrifices itself to prevent any potential cross-contamination of microbial life. Join us for Cassini’s swan song. The venerable Deep Space Network will receive the final bittersweet transmission from the Cassini craft as it keeps its antenna pointed toward its home planet while plunging into the atmosphere of Saturn for a fiery demise. NASA’s live feed begins at 6am CDT; we’ll have skygazing until then. ATTENTION: All eight- to twelve-year-olds attending will acquire an extra green door prize ticket at the 16 September Science Academy session (16 September only!). Make sure you document your attendance with Ms. Amy.

This event has no admission fee and is for all ages. Binoculars are recommended for skygazing.

More information:
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/special2.html


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PostPosted: September 21st, 2017, 4:50 pm 
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"Dawn at Ceres and Vesta"
Date and Time: Friday 22 September at 7:30pm


At the tenth anniversary of its leaving home, we’ll cover the major discoveries by—and the future of—this ongoing mission! This talk is aimed at a general adult audience and has no admission fee.

Dawn Mission:
https://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/


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PostPosted: September 22nd, 2017, 4:55 pm 
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Science Academy
Topic: "Storms!"
Date and Time: Saturday 23 September at 10am


There are the cute spring showers that wet the garden’s whistle and keep us indoor reading. Then there are the violent lightning-bringers that have spotters reporting via ham radio and local forecasters issuing warnings. Cadets know—storms are never dull! Science Academy is for eight- to twelve-year-olds. The cost is five dollars per child who resides in East Baton Rouge Parish, and six dollars per out-of-parish child.


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PostPosted: October 6th, 2017, 6:08 pm 
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"Space Law"
Date and Time: Friday 13 October at 7:30pm


From commercial hotels and flights to mining for raw materials, human beings will begin to use space in a pratical manner very soon. Zach Miller of the Hebert Law Center will show HRPO patrons interplanetary space from a brand-new perspective—a legal perspective. This talk is aimed at a general adult audience and has no admission fee.


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PostPosted: October 12th, 2017, 11:35 am 
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Science Academy
Topic: "Cassini"
Date and Time: Saturday 14 October at 10am


It’s gone but will never be forgotten. Cadets will discover the wonders that Cassini discovered for us! Science Academy is for eight- to twelve-year-olds. The cost is five dollars per child who resides in East Baton Rouge Parish, and six dollars per out-of-parish child. [NOTE: There will be no Science Academy on 21 October due to The Spooky Spectrum. Science Academy will resume on 28 October.]


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PostPosted: October 14th, 2017, 9:33 am 
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Solar Viewing
Date and Time: Saturday 14 October from 12pm to 2pm


As of this posting there was G2 activity in the past twenty-four hours, and G1 activity predicted for the rest of the day; there are no active regions on the Earth-facing side of the Sun. Below is the current NOAA forecast for the planned solar viewing time span...
precipitation potential, 6%
sky cover, 29%
relative humidity, 56%
temperature, 32˚C
heat index, 34˚C
surface wind, E 13 km/h


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