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  • Title: Highland Road Park Observatory
    Descriptive info: .. Programs.. Calendar of Events.. Friday Night Lecture Series.. Evening Sky Viewing.. Newsletter/Special Events List.. 2012 Planet Times.. Science Academy.. 2012 Stargazers Camp.. Field Trips.. Observatory.. About HRPO.. Latest News.. Updated October 19, 2012.. Observatory Hours.. Parking.. Directions.. Merchandise.. Updated September 07, 2012.. Extra Credit.. Construction History.. Research.. Images.. Sky Charts.. Updated November 01, 2012.. Asteroid Work.. 1998 Ephemerides Page.. 1999 Ephemerides Page.. 2000 Ephemerides Page.. Astrometric Work.. Technical.. Presentations Given By Members of the Astronomy Observatory Team.. Telescope, Mount, Control System.. CCD Camera Technical Report.. Links.. Other Telescopes on the Internet.. The Recreation Park Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge.. LSU Department of Physics Astronomy.. Baton Rouge Astronomical Society.. Highland  ...   on viewing pad.. visitors since counter installed on March 1, 2003.. Welcome to the Highland Road Park Observatory web site! Please use the links on the left and below to explore this site, and see what we are doing in astronomy in Baton Rouge!.. (Updated October 18, 2012).. 13800 Highland Road.. Baton Rouge, LA 70810.. Ph.. (225) 768-9948.. e-mail:.. observatory@brec.. org.. A Joint Project of.. LSU Department of Physics and Astronomy.. Please report any problems you may have with these pages to.. fred@eatel.. net.. All pages in this site are maintained using.. Topstyle 4.. This page may not appear correctly to you if your browser does not support HTML 4.. 01 formatting and CSS2..

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  • Title: Highland Road Park Observatory: Friday Night Lecture Series
    Descriptive info: Other Remote Control Telescopes on the Internet.. 7:30pm to 8:30pm.. Originating years ago as a weekly outdoor presentation, HRPO's cornerstone program now indoors provides free, entertaining and intelligent science talks to the citizens of the Baton Rouge area.. Perennially favorite speakers and topics are interspersed through the calendar year with surprising  ...   a general adult audience, though most high-schoolers have no trouble enjoying them.. No expertise in the physical sciences is required.. After the talk and question-and-answer session, the 20 inch OGS is unlocked (weather permitting) for viewing until 10:00 pm.. Updated by Frederick J.. Barnett on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 3:08 PM..

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  • Title: Highland Road Park Observatory: EVENING SKY VIEWING
    Descriptive info: EVENING SKY VIEWING.. Fridays, 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm.. Saturdays, 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm.. HRPO houses a 50-cm reflector, a 40-cm reflector and several smaller telescopes to bring the majesty of the night sky to the public.. Trained operators, sharing duties via a rotating roster, work throughout the year in shifts.. Each operator has a pre-planned list of objects to highlight.. However, requests will be taken if there is time and if all present have viewed the previous target.. The shorter viewing session of the week takes place every Friday after the lecture.. Saturday night has the longer session, running an additional hour.. Saturday night is also the best time to bring children under eleven, who may be interested in looking through the scopes but not necessarily in sitting for a lecture.. On certain Saturdays,.. Evening Sky Viewing Plus.. occurs.. The well-known marshmallow roast  ...   on hand to perplex and amaze.. Which demos will it be next time? There is also a sky tour.. The Saturdays in 2012 on which these activities will take place are.. 4 February.. 3 March.. 31 March.. 26 May.. 30 June.. 4 August.. 1 September.. 29 September.. 24 November.. 22 December.. All of these Saturdays are denoted appropriately in the Calendar of Events.. To decide whether to come when the Moon is available (to see exquisite detail on the lunar surface), or when the Moon is relatively low or below the horizon (to focus on deep-sky treats such as globular clusters and nebulae), go to the.. and click Evening Sky Viewing for any particular night.. The summary will give the illumination and maximum altitude of the Moon.. NOTE: All sky viewing and campfires are free yet weather-dependent.. Barnett on Thursday, January 19, 2012 1:12 PM..

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  • Title: Highland Road Park Observatory: E-mail list
    Descriptive info: E-mail list.. The Observatory has a monthly e-mail newsletter called.. Planetary Post.. This newsletter will feature news and events at the Observatory.. Subscribers will also receive news and information about special events at the Observatory which may not appear in the newsletter.. If you would like to subscribe, just send a request to the address below.. Please put Newsletter (without the quotes) in the Subject line.. Your e-mail address will not be used for any purpose other than the mailing of the newsletter and special events announcements.. Barnett on Friday, January 16, 2009 8:06:04 AM..

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  • Title: Highland Road Park Observatory: 2012 PLANET TIMES
    Descriptive info: 2012 PLANET TIMES.. Have a favorite planet? HRPO sets aside one Saturday annually for each planet in our Solar System so you and your family, friends and coworkers can get an up close view of the terrestrial or gas giant that's #1 on your list.. Or try to see all of them! As usual, there's never any out-of-pocket expense for looking through HRPO's two large reflectors.. Mars.. : 5 March, 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm.. There's no replacing this Closest Approach event which happens every twenty-six months.. This is actually the only Planet Time which does not take place on a Saturday.. The Red Planet will be in the constellation.. Leo.. Is the human race considering paying a personal visit to Mars? With.. Mars Odyssey.. ,.. Mars Express.. , the.. Spirit and Opportunity Rovers.. investigating right now and the awesome.. Curiosity Rover.. on its way, it looks like we are trying to find out everything we can.. Who will get there first?.. Venus.. : 5 May, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.. ESA's.. Venus Express.. continues to return useful data.. At first glance, Venus is Earth's twin.. They are similar in size, mass and distance from the Sun.. But Venus has no oceans and temperatures hot enough to melt lead! As with Mercury, we'll  ...   in.. Virgo.. Saturn.. : 16 June, 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm.. The spacecraft.. Cassini.. has been doing seemingly endless loops and swoops around Saturn and its moons, showing us things we'd never seen before.. Well, from our vantage point on Earth, the angle of this planet's majestic rings is widening by the month! This night Saturn is in the constellation Virgo.. Neptune.. : 3 November, 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm.. It's the windiest planet far away, but its distinctive blue tint is apparent.. Visitors will be viewing the farthest official planet while it resides in the constellation.. Aquarius.. Uranus.. : 10 November, 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm.. It's the tiltiest planet, far away, but its distinctive blue-green tint is apparent.. Visitors will be viewing Uranus as it resides in the constellation.. Pisces.. Neither Uranus nor Neptune has any spacecraft currently investigating them for now.. Jupiter.. : 29 December, 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm.. The king of the planets (tonight in Taurus) is always a delight, with the visible cloud bands and its four Galilean moons Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto easily seen as well.. The Galileans are always in a different configuration from night to night.. How many of them will be seen this night?.. Barnett on Wednesday, 22 February, 2012 2:05 PM..

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  • Title: Highland Road Park Observatory: Science Academy
    Descriptive info: Saturdays from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.. For children ages eight to twelve.. $5.. 00 per in-parish child; $6.. 00 per out-of-parish child.. Maximum capacity fifteen children.. Walk-ins welcome, but parents can register up to one week ahead of time either in person at HRPO or online via.. WebTrac.. DESCRIPTION: Under the guidance of the HRPO, children are brought into a fascinating world of physics, chemistry, geology and space science all on their level! They have an exciting chance each Saturday to explore the planets and moons, optics, propulsion and flight, buoyancy, stars, gravity, the American space program and the electromagnetic spectrum.. During the entertaining visual presentation, children take part in hands-on demonstrations, crafts and experiments! Each session is stand-alone, and children never have to make a commitment to attend consecutive sessions.. DOOR PRIZE: At the end of each session there is an exciting door prize drawing.. The prizes, all related to science, come in five levels.. A child who has won the level one prize will win the level two prize next time; those who won level two during earlier sessions will win level three, then level four and finally, the mystery level five prize! These prizes are top-secret  ...   and Regulations form, which can be downloaded below.. SPACE STATION EXPEDITIONS: Every fourth week, S.. A.. focuses on a historic Expedition to the International Space Station! Kids even get to sample the astronauts' menu!.. SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE: Each kid who attends gets a free insert from the classic Secrets of the Universe collection.. Each beautiful, full-color insert folds out to 39.. 5-cm x 26.. 5-cm and is pre-hole-punched for safe keeping in a binder.. No two inserts are the same.. These are not the door prizes; these are gifts guaranteed to each attendee! The SotU giveaways will be available for attendees through at least the 5 May session.. ATTENDANCE CERTIFICATES: The first session of attendance, the child is a Recruit.. Afterwards he or she begins to rise through the ranks of the Academy, earning the title of Lunar Cadet, and then Solar Cadet.. Ultimately, with a lot of perseverance and hard work the child may reach the pinnacle of Science Academy accomplishments Galactic Cadet!.. Science Academy will not take place in 2012 on 28 April or 23 June.. Visit our.. to view upcoming topics.. 2012 Science Academy Registration.. Science Academy Rules Regulations.. Barnett on Friday, January 27, 2012 7:55 AM..

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  • Title: Highland Road Park Observatory: Stargazer's Camp 2012
    Descriptive info: OVERVIEW.. Stargazers Camp is Baton Rouge's original astronomy-oriented day camp.. For fifteen years it has been fostering the innate interest children have in space and physics.. Stargazers Camp might not create future athletes, but it just might create future astronomers, engineers and astronauts! For one week, children are immersed in the fascinating world of astronomy and space science.. They have the opportunity to learn about planets, moons, comets, asteroids and craters.. They will also enjoy hands-on activities; every year new activities are introduced and scheduled alongside old favorites!.. FULL-DAY SESSIONS.. The parents asked for them.. The kids asked for them.. Now they're here! Starting with 2012, half of the Intermediate and Advanced sessions will be full-day, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm! More activities, more science, more space! The full-day and half-day sessions are distinguished below.. DESCRIPTIONS.. Beginner Camp:.. This in the introductory session.. Here, children first experience the concepts of enormous distances and incredibly lengthy time periods.. They begin to learn the characteristics of different planets and moons, and prepare themselves for the higher-level sessions.. Intermediate Camp:.. This is the workhorse session, for those children who are just starting to reach the age of more independent study.. This age range occupies the lion's share of each summer's session as a high percentage of them are both just starting in the skygazing hobby and continuing an interest obtained years earlier.. At the end of this week parents receive a listing of other programs specifically designed for eight- to ten-year-olds.. Advanced Camp:.. This is the challenging session, for those children who are up to the task.. Cleverly created mind-building activities, special access to certain demonstrations, electronic experiments and a unique field trip puts this session head-and-shoulders above the others.. There's so much advanced that we hesitate to call it camp!.. SESSIONS BY AGE RANGE..  ...   pm.. 18 June to 22 June / eleven to thirteen / 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.. 25 June to 29 June / ages eight to ten / 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.. 9 July to 13 July / ages eight to ten / 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.. 16 July to 20 July / ages six and seven / 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.. 23 July to 27 July / ages eleven to thirteen / 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.. 30 July to 3 August / ages eight to ten / 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.. COST.. Half-Day (8:00 am to 1:00 pm): $90.. 00 per in-parish child / $108.. Full-Day (8:00 am to 5:00 pm): $110.. 00 per in-parish child / $132.. REGISTRATION.. In-parish registration begins Saturday, 14 April at 9:00 am.. Out-of-parish registration begins Tuesday, 24 April at 3:00 pm.. Registration can be accepted via three routes.. *postal mail.. *in-person at HRPO.. *online using.. Webtrac.. Please keep in mind that registration is not complete until the parent or guardian completes and turns in the Registration Form and Rules and Regulations form.. These form are in the link below, along with the Sign in/Sign Out Log and Assessment Form.. All except the Sign In/Sign Out Log must be filled completely and turned in either during payment or within seven calendar days of payment.. The Sign In/Sign Out Log may be turned in at a later date, or turned in incomplete.. However, any adult which is given permission by the parent/guardian to remove the child from HRPO property on any camp day must have his or her driver's license/ID number and full name as it appears on the license/ID number listed on the child's Sign In/Sign Out Log before that day.. 2012 Stargazers Camp Forms Doc.. Barnett on Thursday, April 12, 2012 7:38 AM..

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  • Title: Highland Road Park Observatory: Field Trips
    Descriptive info: FIELD TRIPS.. The field trip outings to HRPO are entertaining and thrilling.. They are part of our tradition of well-crafted and well-researched children's programming created out of a solid foundation in physical sciences, comprehensive professional astronomical support and a long-term knowledge base of amateur skygazing.. Cost: $2.. 50/child (minimum charge $30.. 00).. There is an allowed maximum of sixty children per field trip; one chaperone per ten children is required.. Maximum Length of Field Trip:.. Two hours.. Days Available:.. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays.. Times Available:.. HRPO works with the visiting organization to acquire the best time for their field trip.. Field trips must start no earlier than 8:00 am and end no later than 4:00 pm.. Field trips must be scheduled at least two weeks ahead.. HRPO does not  ...   maria it's all here!.. *A Trip to the Planets.. An exciting journey to all major planets, from Mercury to Neptune and Pluto,too!.. *American Space Exploration.. Covers NASA's fabled history, its future in sending people to space, and the amazing devices and technology that grew out of our space program!.. B.. Tour of Facility + Solar Viewing.. C.. Activity [choose one].. *planisphere (star map).. *UV beads + demonstration.. *sundial + demonstration.. (representative demonstrations include gyroscopic wheel, spectrum source, Scope on a Rope, air cannon).. Any teacher interested in inquiring whether the lecture and activities fulfill certain GLEs should please contact HRPO.. HRPO's field trips can be adapted for any class or youth club.. HRPO's field trips can be adapted for adult groups.. Barnett on Thursday, September 15, 2011 7:44 AM..

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  • Title: Highland Road Park Observatory: About HRPO
    Descriptive info: HRPO's octagonal main building is located in BREC's Highland Road Park.. The 20-inch reflecting telescope (used to discover dozens of asteroids) is located inside the retractable dome.. BREC supplies an enthusiastic staff willing to answer questions concerning astronomy and space science.. LSU's Department of Physics and Astronomy secured funding for the 20-inch and 16-inch telescopes and the equipment needed to operate them.. In addition, LSU provides computers, projectors and other items used in the educational outreach mission of HRPO.. The Department's faculty and graduate students are consistently involved in  ...   The Baton Rouge Astronomical Society was created and is sustained by people who share a common interest in amateur astronomy.. Established in 1981, this 501(c)(3) organization uses HRPO as a meeting place for amateur astronomers in and around the metropolitan area.. Visitors will find BRAS members volunteering their time and expertise to help the public better understand the world of astronomy and space science.. They also serve as guest speakers and telescope operators as well as consultants.. Created by Frederick J.. Barnett on Friday, April 03, 2009 9:12 AM..

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  • Title: Highland Road Park Observatory: Latest News
    Descriptive info: CONSTRUCTION ON MAIN BUILDING COMPLETED.. The new siding for HRPO s main building, which houses the 20OGS telescope, has been completely installed and completely painted.. BREC s Capital Improvements Department chose a brown/tan color scheme.. Pictures of HRPO new look are forthcoming.. SCIENCE ACADEMY ATTENDANCE SEES ASTOUNDING INCREASE.. HRPO s Science Academy attendance for September was 132% higher than that of May.. Due to this breakthrough, HRPO staff has increased  ...   are encouraged to utilize the advanced sign-up ability as often as possible.. ALIENOLOGY.. SPECULATION BOOK FOR SALE DURING SPOOKY SPECTRUM.. Two dozen copies of the.. Alienology.. speculation book (pictured below) will be on sale on 27 October.. Every sale will have as an accompaniment an HRPO-originated, nonclassified folder of skepticism and pure science resources related to extraterrestrial intelligence.. Last updated by Frederick J.. Barnett on Friday, October 19, 2012 3:45:59 PM..

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  • Title: Highland Road Park Observatory: Observatory Hours
    Descriptive info: The BREC, LSU, BRAS Highland Road Park Observatory.. Friday evening programs are special at Highland Road Park Observatory.. Join us on Fridays for exciting science presentations, guided binocular tours, and telescope viewing.. Use of personal lawn chairs and home binoculars recommended.. Saturdays are fun at the observatory.. The Highland Road Park Observatory offers something for everyone, from telescope viewing of the sun to building model rockets.. From 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM we offer a second night of telescope viewing.. You can view the.. Calendar.. for Observatory  ...   observing scheduled for that night will still be held, should the weather look questionable.. The Observatory hours are:.. Tuesday, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM.. Wednesday, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM.. Thursday, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM.. Friday, 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM.. Saturday, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM.. All times are Central.. If you would like to schedule a time to bring a group to the observatory, please call (225) 768-9948 during office hours.. Barnett on Monday, December 22, 2008 8:22:07 AM..

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