Highland Road Park Observatory celebrates International Astronomy Day

Highland Road Park Observatory celebrates International Astronomy Day
Highland Road Park Observatory

Information provided by the Highland Road Park Observatory.

BATON ROUGE, LA -- The Highland Road Park Observatory hosts the twelfth consecutive premiere astronomy event of the year for this region.

International Astronomy Day will take place on Saturday 21 April from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.; there is no admission fee.

Exhibits and demonstrations will be on-hand from the Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club, the Baton Rouge Gem and Mineral Society, the Baton Rouge Zoo, the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, the EBR Metropolitan Airport, the East Baton Rouge Parish Library, LIGO, the St. George Fire Protection District and many more.

There will be a homemade comet exercise, magnification with a Scope-on-a-Rope and face painting. Over $700 in astronomical equipment and materials will be raffled, the top prize being an 8" Orion Skyquest Dobsonian Reflecting Telescope.

A flying demo from the Red Stick R/C Club will occur. A dry slide, spacewalk and hamster balls will be available for the kids.

Author Lisa Calhoun will promote her important fiction novel Superflare, concerning a Louisiana family dealing with the serious aftermath of a coronal mass ejection from the Sun striking the Earth. This scenario has been presented as a real possibility by astrophysicists and politicians for several years.

Weather permitting, a Renaissance Sundial (which marks time via a beam of sunlight) will be displayed and equipment operators will show patrons views of the Sun, the Moon, Venus, Jupiter (first view of the year), the Beehive Cluster and (possibly) Omega Centauri.

A live remote from 100.7 FM "The Tiger" and live music from Celtic band Kitchen Session will be on site. The Adventure Quest game will allow kids to earn prizes.