EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH – Highland Road Park Observatory (HRPO) will host its Observe the Moon Night event Saturday, September 19 from 7-10 p.m. at HRPO, 13800 Highland Road Park.
This event features actual lunar samples from NASA provided by our area’s local JPL Solar System Ambassador Linda Gauthier. The samples are imbedded in a ten-centimeter Lucite disk for viewing during the event.
While telescopes are pointed around the world at our sole natural satellite during this night of lunar excitement, this event showcases fascinating displays describing fact-finding missions, Apollo landings, myths and little-known facts about the Moon, acrylic Moon paintings for kids, a viewing scavenger hunt, sky tours and more!
Children and adults can enjoy the night together creating acrylic Moon paintings while viewing an actual lunar globe based on visual data collected from space missions.
Guests are invited take part in an “Observe the Moon Night Challenge,” a scavenger hunt activity of various constellations seen with the unaided eye, binoculars and telescopes.
The event will include an unaided and binocular tour of the Moon as it resides in Ophiuchus the Water Bearer. As the Moon begins to sink into the southwest, the event will conclude with a brief sky tour led by BREC Education Curator Amy Brouillette focusing on Fomalhaut, the Great Square of Pegasus and Cassiopeia.
Drinks and refreshments will be served. Admission is free for all ages, and binoculars are recommended.
For more information, contact the Highland Road Park Observatory at 225-768-9948 or visit hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/omn.html.
HRPO is sponsored by BREC, LSU’s Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society.
It is the BREC mission to contribute to a healthier, more vibrant community by providing exceptional parks, open spaces and recreational experiences for all of East Baton Rouge Parish.