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PostPosted: November 29th, 2016, 3:21 pm 
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HRPO's twentieth anniversary is soon upon us, and the three partners in the venture (BREC, LSU, BRAS) are working to make this the best calendar year of public offerings in the facility's history! 2017's IAD celebration is on Saturday 29 April at the Highland Road Park Observatory. The event runs from 3pm to 11pm. There is no admission fee and the event is for all ages.

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, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Omega Centauri. Also, this will be the third 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 $650; the top prize is soon to be determined. This is the eleventh 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: March 23rd, 2017, 3:23 pm 
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We've just found out the raffle prizes will total over $700 dollars...
FIRST PRIZE: Orion SkyQuest XT8 PLUS Dobsonian Reflector Telescope (retail $499.99)
SECOND PRIZE: Orion FunScope Astro Dazzle 4.5" Reflector Telescope Kit (retail $149.99)
THIRD PRIZE: Orion 10x50 E-Series Waterproof Astronomy Binoculars (retail $67.49)

The following exhibitors and performers have confirmed...
*the celtic band Kitchen Session
*the Dunham School Robotics Team and its robot Zelda
*St. Joseph's Academy, with 3D-printing and its robot Stella-5785
*the Baton Rouge Gallery
*the Zoomobile from the Baton Rouge Zoo
*EBR Mosquito Abatement
*the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center
*Mario Lozanov's City Gelato cart
*Leila Lagniappe
*St. George Fire District (with a fire engine!)
*LIGO (This place made history in September 2015 by making the first detection of a gravitational wave.)
*Amanda Kirkwood and her fire-spinning friends
*the Bookmobile from the East Baton Rouge Parish Library
*the Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club


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PostPosted: April 26th, 2017, 11:12 am 
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At this time, the schedule for 2017 IAD looks like this...
*3pm to 5pm = 100.7 The Tiger Live Remote
*3pm to 5:15pm = Solar Viewing
*3pm to 6pm = MARS Truck
*3pm to 7pm = Baton Rouge Gallery / Baton Rouge Gem and Mineral Society / Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport / Baton Rouge Zoo / Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center / CAMD / Civil Air Patrol / LIGO / Southern Regional Climate Center
*3pm to 7pm = Eighteen-Foot Slide / Hamster Balls / Trackless Train
*3pm to 8pm = EBRPL Bookmobile
*3:15pm to 4pm = Red Stick R/C Club
*3:15pm to 5:15pm = The Renaissance Sundial
*3:15pm to 6:15pm = LSU Chemistry Department Demonstrations
*3:15pm to 7:15pm = Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club Demonstrations
*3:30pm to 3:45pm = Pluto Globe Premiere
*3:30pm to 5:30pm = Celtic band Kitchen Session Live Performance
*3:30pm to 7:30pm = St. George Fire Protection District Fire Engine
*3:45pm to 4:45pm = Robot Zelda
*3:45pm to 4:45pm = 3D Printing Demonstration
*4pm to 9pm = Adventure Quest Game
*4:30pm to 4:45pm = Hypno Square Premiere
*4:45pm to 5:45pm = Robot Stella-5785
*5:45pm to 6:15pm = Comet Making Demonstration
*6pm to 6:15pm = Premiere of Lunar Print with Moon Meteorite
*6:15pm to 7:45pm = Face Painting
*6:45pm to 7:45pm = Catholic High Chemistry Demonstration
*7pm to 8:30pm = Scope-on-a-Rope Interaction
*7pm to 11pm = Medium-Magnification Lunar Viewing
*7:15pm to 8:15pm = Fire Spinning Demonstration
*7:30pm to 11pm = High-Magnification Lunar Viewing
*8:25pm = Lacrosse 4 Rocket Visible Pass
*8:30pm to 9pm = Twilight Sky Tour
*8:45pm to 11pm = Jupiter Viewing
*10pm: Raffle Drawing
*10:15pm to 11pm = Omega Centauri Viewing

Below is NOAA's current forecast for the International Astronomy Day event...
precipitation potential, 28%
sky cover, 68%
relative humidity, 69%
temperature, 28˚C
surface wind, S 22 km/h


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PostPosted: April 29th, 2017, 3:02 pm 
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Below is the NOAA forecast for 3pm to 11pm...
precipitation potential, 24%
sky cover, 75%
relative humidity, 64%
temperature, 29˚C
surface wind, SE 40 km/h


We cannot inflate the inflatables due to a NOAA Wind Advisory.


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PostPosted: June 21st, 2017, 7:52 am 
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This year's International Astronomy Day on 28 April was a huge success, with 968 patrons visiting during the eight hours—HRPO's second-largest crowd, which wasn’t bad considering the weather. The sky was covered almost the entire time, but some visitors saw the Sun and there were plenty of non-weather dependent activities (3D printing, robots, chemistry demos, Scope-on-a-Rope etc.).

HRPO gave thanks to the Baton Rouge Zoo, the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, the Baton Rouge Gallery and all the other exhibitors. HRPO gave thanks to BREC Director of Special Facilities Brandon Smith for neverending support, and to its Marketing Manager Chelsea Borruano for the excellent promotion. Megan from BREC took a whole bunch of pictures. Angie, Lyle and BREC Maintenance transported the inflatables and canopies; BREC Electrical provided extra power.

There were memorable exhibits and demonstrations from the Society of Physics Students (with the MARS Truck), the Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club, the Baton Rouge Gallery, the Southern Regional Climate Center, the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, LIGO, the East Baton Rouge Parish Library, EBRP's Mosquito Abatement, the Red Stick R/C Flying Club, the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, the Baton Rouge Gem and Mineral Society, the Baton Rouge Zoo, the Civil Air Patrol, St. Joseph's Academy, LSU’s Department of Chemistry, and the Dunham School.

The Celtic band Kitchen Session performed wonderful music. Carly McCord of 100.7 The Tiger interviewed HRPO personnel during the event. Robert Gauthreaux of WBRZ conducted comprehensive interviews regarding HRPO and IAD in the days leading up to the event. HRPO Apprentice Taylor C. gave solid assistance with different duties. City Gelato, Leila Lagniappe and Ty-Ty’s had very tasty food.

The Baton Rouge Astronomical Society came through for the event in various ways. John Nagle helmed the front desk once again. Barrow and Scott L. performed telescope operation; Charles and Thomas Halligan manned the welcome table; and Trey Anding, Scott C., Roz, Karen and Krista donated dozens of volunteer hours that Saturday. Co-Founder Craig Brenden was a wiz as usual during his comet-making demo. Ben Toman couldn't be present but allowed the use of his personal canopy to cover the welcome table.

BRAS also provided the great raffle prize--an Orion SkyQuest XT8 PLUS Dobsonian Reflector Telescope. The husband of the winner couldn’t believe its size when he came to pick it up.

After this IAD, HRPO moved into a very special twelve months of programming celebrating its twenty years of service, research and discovery. This current twelve-month period will culminate in the best and biggest IAD celebration HRPO has ever produced; therefore please mark down on your calendars that next year’s International Astronomy Day is 21 April 2018 (again from 3pm to 11pm).


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