2019 International Astronomy Day

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Christopher K.
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2019 International Astronomy Day

Post by Christopher K. » May 16th, 2018, 7:35 pm

What can the HRPO partners say? They have so much fun with International Astronomy Day, they don't want it to end! So beginning today they have started planning for next year's event!

2019 is special for IAD. The Astronomical League always schedules the Day on the Saturday between mid-April and mid-April that is four to ten days away from New Moon. On next year's International Astronomy Day (Saturday 11 May 2019) it will be exactly first-quarter Moon! 8:12pm CDT, to be exact... The Moon will be nestled right next to the sickle of Leo.

HRPO's lucky-thirteenth-annual event will showcase astronomy, physics and its peripherals like never before.

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Re: 2019 International Astronomy Day

Post by Christopher K. » February 12th, 2019, 4:06 pm

HRPO already has affirmative responses from the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, City Gelato and the BREC Art Program.

The three raffle prizes from Orion should be in town this week...
*SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian Telescope
*10x50 Binocular Stargazing Kit
*FunScope 76mm TableTop Reflector Telescope

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Re: 2019 International Astronomy Day

Post by Christopher K. » March 1st, 2019, 5:38 pm

All three raffle prizes are in! Steven, Jordan and Scott C. will be assembling the large Orion this evening.

The BREC Foundation has received its Exemption to conduct the raffle, and HRPO has received the printed raffle tickets. The sale starts tonight!

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Re: 2019 International Astronomy Day

Post by Christopher K. » April 19th, 2019, 3:06 pm

Patrons at this year's International Astronomy Day will have the option of bidding on a constructed Quest Viper chemical rocket. The rocket has never been launched; the bidding will cover an initial launch at HRPO and ownership of the rocket. The rocket was donated by a non-governmental entity.

The bidding starts tomorrow at five dollars. Bids are taken over the phone (225-768-9948). The bidding ends at 1pm on Saturday 22 June; the launch (weather permitting) will be at 2pm that same day as the opening activity for American Radio Relay League Field Day. The bidders must all be eighteen or over; the person who pushes the launch button must be at least eight years of age.

More information:
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/observatory/rocket_donations.html

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Re: 2019 International Astronomy Day

Post by Christopher K. » May 1st, 2019, 3:00 pm

Good news times three! Robert E. Lee Magnet High will be here with student Steven S. (a Science Academy Galactic Cadet) for some demonstrations. Also, the EBR Mosquito Abatement staff will return with their wonderful display. Finally, the Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club is coming, and what would IAD be without them?

EBR Mosquito Abatement:
https://www.brla.gov/418/Mosquito-Abate ... nt-Control

Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club:
http://brarc.org/
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Re: 2019 International Astronomy Day

Post by Christopher K. » May 4th, 2019, 11:28 am

HRPO has released the list of celestial targets for International Astronomy Day...
3:15pm to 5:15pm = The Sun
4:15pm to 10:15pm = The Moon
8pm to 9:15pm = Mars
9:30pm to 10pm = Castor
9:30pm to 10:30pm = Pallas
9:30pm to 10:45pm = Beehive Cluster
9:30pm to 11pm = Coma Berenices Cluster
9:45pm to 10:15pm = Mizar and Alcor
9:45pm to 11pm = Omega Centauri Cluster

As can be seen, anyone interested in pure nighttime viewing should arrive after (or stay until) it gets dark, which is rather late thanks in no small part to Daylight Time (bleech).

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Re: 2019 International Astronomy Day

Post by Christopher K. » May 4th, 2019, 7:12 pm

The confirmations continue...
*Art on the Geaux, http://www.brec.org/index.cfm/subhome/BRECart
*The Baton Rouge Gem and Mineral Society, http://brgemandmineral.org/
*Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, https://www.flybtr.com/about-btr/our-history
*The Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, http://www.brec.org/index.cfm/park/detail/19
*Capitol Middle School Robotics Team, http://schools.ebrschools.org/capitolmiddle/robotics/
*Center for Advanced Microstructures and Devices, https://www.lsu.edu/camd/
*Southern Regional Climate Center, https://www.srcc.lsu.edu/about_srcc#
*The Baton Rouge Zoo, http://www.brzoo.org/
[HRPO is also attempting to get a display next to the Zoo exhibit showcasing the data and proposed plans regarding the current request for input regarding the future of the Zoo and Greenwood Park.]

The Ascension Parish School System will probably be here to display a large Mars map obtained from the ShareSpace Foundation...
https://sharespace.org/about/

For any who missed the MARS Truck last year, it is making an incredible return...
https://laspace.lsu.edu/MarsTruck/about/

As usual, there will be a Train Like an Astronaut area for courageous kids and adults up to the challenge, as well as (weather permitting) the beautiful Renaissance Sundial...
http://precisionsundials.com/renaissance.htm

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Re: 2019 International Astronomy Day

Post by Christopher K. » May 8th, 2019, 9:49 am

At this time the NOAA forecast for Saturday predicts a sixty-four percent chance of rain. HRPO is now switching to a rain schedule...
4pm to 9pm = Adventure Quest
This is the classic monthly "scavenger hunt"-type game that earns prizes for its participants.
5pm to 7pm = Train Like an Astronaut
This station is inspired by the NASA exercise-promotion program.
5:30pm to 6pm = Comet Approaching!
BRAS Co-Founder Craig Brenden will create a comet before your very eyes.
6:15pm 7:45pm = Space Faces
Choose from an ecletic variety of celestial designs...
6:30pm to 9pm = Scope-on-a-Rope
A flexible 50x microscope shows pennies, salt and pepper (and perhaps something you bring?) in a new scale.
8:15pm to 9:45pm = Physical Science Demonstrations
There will be about six to eight from the HRPO bank of dozens of demos rotated throughout the year.

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Re: 2019 International Astronomy Day

Post by Christopher K. » May 8th, 2019, 4:49 pm

It is confirmed that there are raffle tickets still available for purchase. Purchasers must be at least eighteen. The drawing is at 10:30pm; winners do not have to be present.

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Re: 2019 International Astronomy Day

Post by Christopher K. » May 9th, 2019, 10:40 am

Below is the current NOAA forecast for HRPO's event time of 3pm to 11pm Saturday...
precipitation potential, 68%
sky cover, 86%
relative humidity, 75%
temperature, 26˚C
heat index, 28˚C
surface wind, S 6 km/h


The 11 May 2019 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD
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