Highland Road Park Observatory 20th Anniversary

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Re: Highland Road Park Observatory 20th Anniversary

Post by Christopher K. » May 5th, 2017, 3:09 pm

Evening Sky Viewing Plus
Date and Time: Saturday 13 May from 7pm to 10pm


In addition to the standard Saturday night offering, Plus Night includes physical science demonstrations, ultraviolet coloring, a marshmallow roast and a sky tour. The fire will be extinguished no later than 9pm.

On this night HRPO premieres a special acquisition for display--a meteorite originates from our Moon. The Certificate of Authenticity reads in part...
The extremely rare specimen included with this exclusive print is a piece of the Moon that was blasted off the lunar surface by an asteroid collision and later landed on Earth. It is sourced from lunar meteorite NWA 6950 discovered in northwest Africa in 2011...NWS is a gabbro--the coarse-grained slowly-cooled equivalent of a basalt.
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Re: Highland Road Park Observatory 20th Anniversary

Post by Christopher K. » May 7th, 2017, 6:31 pm

"Meteor Searching"
Date and Time: Friday 19 May at 7:30pm


Many patrons who have visited HRPO for the Perseid and Geminid shower events have been bitten by the meteor bug! Happily, there’s no need to wait for those strict time spans. This presentation provides a list of steps to take to increase the chance of spotting sporadic meteors, meteors associated with lesser showers…and even the visually-stunning fireballs! This talk is aimed at a general adult audience and has no admission fee.
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Re: Highland Road Park Observatory 20th Anniversary

Post by Christopher K. » May 9th, 2017, 6:20 pm

Science Academy
Topic: "Life Cycle of a Star"
Date and Time: Saturday 20 May at 10am


They are born…they send out into their environs and beyond a massive amount of heat, light, ultraviolet and radio waves…then they expire, either with a bittersweet emitting of shells of gas, or an angry and massive explosion. Cadets will witness it all! 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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Re: Highland Road Park Observatory 20th Anniversary

Post by Christopher K. » May 10th, 2017, 2:58 pm

"Reclaiming the Dark Sky"
Date and Time: Friday 26 May at 7:30pm


The last six months of the 20/20 Vision Campaign will climax with HRPO's first Natural Sky Conference in November. This presentation will provide patrons with a set of tasks for helping the “major players” in town continue to understand and correct the problem. This talk is aimed at a general adult audience and has no admission fee.

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Re: Highland Road Park Observatory 20th Anniversary

Post by Christopher K. » May 15th, 2017, 6:30 pm

Science Academy
Topic: "Expedition 5"
Date and Time: Saturday 27 May at 10am


This mission lasted from June to December 2002. The crew members were Commander Valery Korzun with Peggy Whitson and Sergei Treschev. Cadets will build on the circuit board and sample the astronauts’ menus! 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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Re: Highland Road Park Observatory 20th Anniversary

Post by Christopher K. » May 16th, 2017, 8:24 pm

Solar Viewing
Date and Time: Saturday 27 May from 12pm to 2pm


As of this posting G2 level conditions are predicted for the rest of the day, for tomorrow and for Thursday; there is a new, unnumbered Active Region on the Earth-facing side of the Sun. Below is the current NOAA forecast for the planned solar viewing time span...
precipitation potential, 46%
sky cover, 60%
relative humidity, 65%
temperature, 30˚C
heat index, 33˚C
surface wind, SE 9 km/h


Danko's Clear Dark Sky ratings for that time span have yet to be posted.

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

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Re: Highland Road Park Observatory 20th Anniversary

Post by Christopher K. » May 17th, 2017, 2:35 pm

Planet Time: Jupiter
Date and Time: Saturday 27 May from 8:30pm to 10:30pm


BRAS Treasurer Trey Anding helms the 20OGS for a special viewing time (due to Daylight Time) that highlights the planet Jupiter.
Here are the predictions for this time frame...
*8:30pm (in progress) to 9:26pm = Io's shadow transits Jupiter
*8:44pm to 8:53pm = magnitude 1.8 pass of Resurs 01 rocket
*9:06pm = Europa emerges from Jupiter's shadow
*9:22pm to 9:25pm = magnitude 1.7 pass of Hubble Space Telescope

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

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Re: Highland Road Park Observatory 20th Anniversary

Post by Christopher K. » May 25th, 2017, 3:09 pm

Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club Meeting
Date and Time: Tuesday 30 May from 6pm to 8pm


Once per year BRARC holds a monthly meeting at HRPO. The members will be discussing ARRL Field Day preparations. The public is invited to come meet some local "hams"!

More information:
http://brarc.org/

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Re: Highland Road Park Observatory 20th Anniversary

Post by Christopher K. » May 29th, 2017, 5:42 pm

"Constellation Learning"
Date and Time: Friday 2 June at 7:30pm
(postponed from 12 May)

The standardization of the sky into eighty-eight distinct named areas occurred in the early twentieth century, but some of these sections have their origins in antiquity! Patrons will learn the constellations that grace the Baton Rouge sky and receive advice on sketching these areas as a memory tool. This talk is aimed at a general adult audience and has no admission fee.

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Re: Highland Road Park Observatory 20th Anniversary

Post by Christopher K. » June 16th, 2017, 5:46 pm

"Great American Eclipse Preview"
Date and Time: Friday 16 June at 7:30pm


The 21 August solar eclipse is the talk of every town in America! Do you still have time to plan a trip to the path of totality? If you stay in Baton Rouge, what will you see? The presentation will also cover safety guidelines for viewing the Sun. This talk is aimed at a general adult audience and has no admission fee.

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