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PostPosted: November 13th, 2017, 7:33 pm 
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Natural Sky Conference
Date and Time: Friday 17 November from 5:30pm to 8:30pm


The Andromeda Galaxy is the farthest object that can be seen by the human eye without the aid of equipment—it is over two million light-years in the distance! This galaxy, the Perseus Double Cluster, the Lagoon Nebula…all of them are in the Baton Rouge sky during the calendar year. But we Baton Rougeans inadvertently block our view, using a curtain of dust particles illuminated by badly-designed streetlamps and other nighttime fixtures. This month the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society sponsors the first-ever Natural Sky Conference. Please consider visiting at that time to show support of a reduction in tax money-wasting light pollution.

Although open to the general public the Conference will be aimed at those individuals and organizations in town that have a direct ability to quelch the light pollution in the area. HRPO personnel set the Conference to last through the end of twilight, so participants can see damage currently being caused by the light pollution in the area. The Conference will see the official announcement of the 20/20 Vision Campaign as now ongoing effort to eradicate a majority of the light pollution in the Baton Rouge area.

Members of the BRAS will be showing visitors...
*how to make their porches and backyards sky-friendly
*how municipalities can save money eradicating light pollution
*how to take a GLOBE at Night measurement

The Baton Rouge Audubon Society will have an information table set up, and they’ll speak briefly at 7:30pm. The EBRP Department of Public Works has sent over the current lighting guidelines for the city-parish. There will be copies for the public.

Both during the Conference this evening and during Plus Night tomorrow, the Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club will be on the ham waves, transmitting so all lucky operators who contact them will get a special award commemorating three anniversaries: HRPO’s 20th, BRARC’s 80th and Baton Rouge’s 200th.

This event is aimed at a general adult audience and has no admission fee; however, we are suggesting that each participant bring one dollar in support of HRPO's annual Donation Drive, which ends tomorrow night.

About the Natural Sky Conference:
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/special2.html

About the Donation Drive:
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/drive.html


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PostPosted: November 20th, 2017, 3:21 pm 
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Twilight Triple Conjunction
Monday 20 November, 5pm to 6pm
(at the Burbank Soccer Complex)


The grouping of three wondrous denizens of the Solar System takes place this evening only! The Moon, just a couple of days past New, will be joined by a gibbous Mercury and glorious Saturn. HRPO personnel will have equipment set up in the back of the Complex, between the lake and the dog park. Patrons are encouraged to bring binoculars.

More information:
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/special3.html


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PostPosted: November 22nd, 2017, 2:11 pm 
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"Skygazing Binoculars"
Date and Time: Friday 1 December at 7:30pm


Unlike a telescope, a good binocular for nighttime sky viewing can be gotten at a variety of retailers in town. Whether gift-hunting or searching for oneself, acquiring the right binocular will yield a plethora of celestial beauty. The Earth's Moon alone has at least two dozen features easily accessible with a good binocular. Come learn from BRAS member Merrill Hess the ins-and-outs of acquiring a handheld device that will work every time! This talk is aimed at a general adult audience and has no admission fee.


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