Kids & Community


Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - Contact: 225-273-6439

Highland Road Park Observatory Hosts “NanoDays”

The biggest event for the smallest science!

BREC's Highland Road Park Observatory, 13800 Highland Road, invites you to take part in the 7th annual NanoDays event on Sat., April 16 from 2-6 p.m.

For the seventh consecutive year at HRPO, big things in the Universe take a backseat to all things tiny. Dr. Juana Moreno and her colleagues return for another celebration of nanotechnology! When reduced to the width of a human hair or smaller, ordinary materials often take on extraordinary properties. The iridescent colors in butterfly wings are not created by pigments but instead by tiny patterns on the wings. Tinted glass in old cathedrals was made by mixing different sizes of gold particles to create a wide variety of colors. We are just beginning to understand these fascinating phenomena and their potential uses in everyday life. Nanotechnology promises advanced information processing and storage, new medical treatments and much more.

Children and adults alike will have the opportunity to see how big they are compared to nanoscale objects; understand how a Scanning Probe Microscope explores the nanoworld; try to pour water out of a nano-cup; learn about nanomaterials used in stain-free clothes; build models of nanoscale structures; play with liquid crystals; and make fluids part in the middle by applying magnets to them.

A solar viewing will take place from 2:30-4:30 p.m. as well as a lunar viewing from 4:30-6 p.m.

Sponsors of NanoDays include LSU's Department of Physics and Astronomy, LSU's Center for Computation and Technology, LSU's Department of Chemistry, the Society of Physics Students, and the Louisiana Alliance for Simulation-Guided Materials Applications.

For more information, call the observatory at 225-768-9948 or visit

HRPO is sponsored by BREC, LSU's Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society.



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