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PostPosted: August 2nd, 2017, 8:09 pm 
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"The Great Martian Opposition"
Date and Time: Friday 4 August at 7:30pm


The countdown begins to 27 July 2018—when Mars becomes the biggest and brightest in Earth♁’s sky it has been in fifteen years! This presentation provides an overview of the year-long apparition of Mars which culminates in that glorious Friday night. This talk is aimed at a general adult audience and has no admission fee.


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PostPosted: August 3rd, 2017, 3:54 pm 
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Science Academy
Topic: "Solar Safety"
Date and Time: Saturday 5 August at 10am


With the upcoming Great American Eclipse on 21 August, Science Academy will illustrate to the Cadets why the Sun’s electromagnetism can permanently damage eyes, and how to view safely our parent star—during an eclipse or at any time! 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.

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


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PostPosted: August 4th, 2017, 5:49 pm 
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Planet Time: Saturn
Date and Time: Saturday 5 August from 8:30pm to 10:30pm


Weather permitting, LSU physics professor Rob Hynes will prioritize for viewing Saturn, its majestic rings and the atmosphere-laden moon Titan. This viewing session has no admission fee and is for all ages.


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PostPosted: August 5th, 2017, 5:35 pm 
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Perseid Meteor Shower
Friday 11 August, 10pm to 2am


The Perseids are one of the major meteor showers of the year, caused by debris left from the passings of Comet Swift-Tuttle. Come learn about meteors and let’s see if we can spot some “earthgrazers". Although telescopes aren’t needed for the Perseids, we’ll have a telescope available until midnight for leisurely gazing at other celestial objects. This viewing is for all ages and there is no admission fee; however, all rules must be followed. Please review those rules at...
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/meteors.html
...and if there are any questions please contact HRPO immediately--certainly before your arrival on the property.


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PostPosted: August 8th, 2017, 4:26 pm 
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Light Pollution Committee Meeting
Date and Time: Monday 14 August 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: August 9th, 2017, 3:10 pm 
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Baton Rouge Astronomical Society Meeting
Date and Time: Monday 14 August from 7pm to 9pm


There was a misprint in this month's Planetary Post; Gabriela González was, of course, a speaker at a BRAS meeting earlier this year.

This month's BRAS meeting will focus on the Great American Eclipse. Member Chris Desselles will explain the use of simple cameras to capture nice shots of the event. Member Merrill Hess will enumerate the sequence of phenomena to anticipate before, during and after the event. Outreach Chairman Ben Toman will show-and-tell the contents of the new eclipse science package earned from JPL's Night Sky Network.

The meeting is open to the public and is for a audience fourteen-year-old and older. (Formal and informal educators, especially, will find this session illuminating.)


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PostPosted: August 11th, 2017, 5:56 pm 
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"The Brushy Creek Crater"
Date and Time: Friday 18 August at 7:30pm


Paul Heinrich of LSU will discuss the investigation leading him and his colleagues to discover an actual impact crater just northeast of Baton Rouge! The crater was difficult to notice due to the area's climate, greenery and water table--making the revelation all the more stunning. This talk is aimed at a general adult audience and has no admission fee.


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PostPosted: August 13th, 2017, 6:18 pm 
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Science Academy
Topic: "Solar Eclipses"
Date and Time: Saturday 19 August at 10am


We’ll be only two days from the Great American Eclipse during this session. Cadets will learn the science behind solar eclipses and why they don’t occur more often. 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: August 17th, 2017, 5:13 pm 
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Great American Eclipse
Monday, 21 August
Event takes place from 11:57 am to 2:54 pm
No admission fee. For all ages.
Live views of the Eclipse are weather-permitting.
Speed Limit on HRPO grounds is 25 km/hr (15 mph).


Tens of millions of Americans will view live and in real time the stunning sight of the Moon passing in front of the Sun☉—our country’s first coast-to-coast eclipse in ninety-nine years! For those fortunate souls within a narrow track, this eclipse will be total—sadly not in the Baton Rouge area. However, the phenomenon will still yield a wonderful partial eclipse of the Sun. The two large telescope domes will not be utilized, but if time permits personnel will give at least one tour of the large dome.

The schedule, the rules and other important information are at...
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/eclipse.html


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PostPosted: August 20th, 2017, 7:47 pm 
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"The Chinese Calendar"
Date and Time: Friday 26 August at 7:30pm


Professor John Henderson returns for his informative presention of a lunisolar calendar traditionally used by hundreds of millions of people for centuries. This talk is aimed at a general adult audience and has no admission fee.


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