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PostPosted: February 27th, 2015, 4:30 pm 
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This year's IAD celebration is on Saturday, 25 April at the Highland Road Park Observatory. The event runs from 3pm to 11pm; admission is free.

Once again, HRPO will host visitors from the Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club, the Baton Rouge Gem and Mineral Society, the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, the Civil Air Patrol, the East Baton Rouge Parish Library and LIGO.

The Train Like an Astronaut layout will be expanded! A Scope-on-a-Rope session and a chemistry demonstration will also take place. There will be viewing (weather permitting) of the Sun, the Moon, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Omega Centauri. Also, this will be only the second year that the IAD event will host multiple robots from local U.S. First Robotics high school teams!

There will be a dry slide and spacewalk for the kids. The hugely popular Adventure Quest game will return.

There will be raffle drawings for prizes totaling over $600; the top prize will be a 4.5-inch Orion Skyquest Dobsonian! This is the ninth in the very successful, very popular string of annual IAD events at HRPO. If you've never experienced it, please come and bring your family and friends!


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PostPosted: April 3rd, 2015, 8:13 pm 
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The Orion Skyquest Dobsonian is on site now at HRPO, and tonight will be put together by Craig Brenden and Ben Toman. Raffle tickets are now on sale at five dollars each; the purchaser must be over eighteen. Second prize is a set of eight Miles Kelly science/history reference books, and third prize is a pair of board games--Twilight Imperium and Pandemic. The drawing is 10pm during IAD; the purchaser does not have to be present to win.

HRPO personnel will bring tickets for sale to other locations in the city if purchases of at least twenty dollar's worth of tickets are guaranteed.

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


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PostPosted: April 11th, 2015, 1:21 pm 
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The twenty-fifth anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope is on 24 April. As HRPO is closed on that day, personnel have informed the Johnson Space Center that some mention and recognition of this historic date will be incorporated into the proceeding for International Astronomy Day. (Actually, the deployment of the HST by the Shuttle Discovery happened on the 25th.)


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PostPosted: April 15th, 2015, 8:05 pm 
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Ten days to go! The volunteer schedule is sixty- to seventy-percent set, the food vendors are signing appropriate paperwork at BREC HQ and the emails are going out! Raffle tickets are going fast, so I hope everyone who wants one will get one!


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PostPosted: April 17th, 2015, 3:26 pm 
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The Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club--in addition to using a "dummy load" for Morse code instruction--will be using the 146.79 repeater to operate HF. Dana (AD5VC) has informed me that they will be "bouncing around the bands as we see fit", communicating on voice and CW. If you, a family member or friend have a ham radio license, join the conversation! If you don't have a license yet, just listen in.


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PostPosted: April 22nd, 2015, 4:14 pm 
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The Society of Physics Students and the Dunham School are returning to IAD with physics and chemistry demonstrations, respectively. Also, the Red Stick Flying Club has been cleared to perform flights with electronic model, on a 80' x 50' plot of ground directly south of the exhibition canopies.


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PostPosted: April 23rd, 2015, 4:36 pm 
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HRPO personnel will discuss IAD plans on the Clarence Buggs Show tomorrow morning on WJBO (107.3 FM), sometime between 10am and noon.

More information:
http://www.talk1073.com/home/lineup/180885-Clarence-Buggs.html

James Gilmore from The Tiger (100.7 FM) will have a remote at HRPO during International Astronomy Day from 3pm to 6pm. Every fifteen to twenty minutes he will broadcast live, mentioning what's going on around him.

More information:
http://www.1007thetiger.com/home/onair/1672424-James-Gilmore.html


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PostPosted: April 24th, 2015, 6:32 pm 
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Well, the finalized activity schedule is at...
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/ad_schedule.html

The finalized price list is at...
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/ad_prices.html

There will be no inflatables due to the wet ground; it may rain more through early tomorrow morning.

There are still raffle tickets left; get yours while you can!


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PostPosted: April 25th, 2015, 12:03 pm 
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International Astronomy Day will still be held today at the Highland Road Park Observatory! The Society of Physics Students, the Metropolitan Airport and the Baton Rouge Gem and Mineral Society have all just confirmed that they will be here. The 3D printer demonstration, homemade comet demonstration, and interactive Scope-on-a-Rope will still occur on schedule! Also, don't forget the 4.5" reflector; there are still raffle tickets for purchase.


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PostPosted: May 4th, 2015, 2:01 pm 
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Thanks to the LSU Reveille for a wonderful story about IAD. There are some nice quotes from Rob Hynes, and most of the exhibitors who came out were mentioned. The article features several beautiful red-light images of the scope viewing upstairs.

The 26 April story:
http://www.lsureveille.com/daily/highland-road-park-observatory-hosts-international-astronomy-day-event/article_157c8632-ec74-11e4-9b54-5feafb714aaa.html


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