Highland Road Park Observatory

Highland Road Park Observatory

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The Highland Road Park Observatory, brought to the public by BREC, LSU's Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society,  is located on the south side of BREC's Highland Road Park.  The observatory houses a state-of-the-art 20-inch reflecting telescope, which has been used to discover over 50 asteroids, and an all accessible 16-inch reflecting telescope.

Programs
Science Academy

Under the guidance of HRPO Education Curator Amy Brouillette, Cadets are brought into the wonderful world of astronomy-at their level! They have an exciting chance each Saturday to explore gravity, simple machines, stars, spacecraft, meteors, the Earth and the Moon, asteroids and comets, the electromagnetic spectrum and the American space program. During the entertaining visual presentation, Cadets take part in hands-on demonstrations, crafts and experiments! Each session is stand-alone, and kids never have to make a commitment to attend consecutive sessions.

Friday Night Lecture Series
The observatory is proud to continue its long-running, free Lecture Series focusing on astronomy and its peripherals. With a variety of presenters, this series gives stunning and entertaining overviews of the planets and stars, stargazing techniques, physics, NASA missions, space technology and other divisions of the science that is truly universal.

Evening Sky Viewing
Two nights a week, the professional telescopes at the observatory are unlocked (weather permitting) to showcase the Baton Rouge sky in all its glory. Friday nights are reserved for the adult crowd, including those who just experienced our lecture series, and want to see perhaps some of the principles heard put into practice. Saturday night is family night with children of all ages experiencing the moon, planets, stellar clusters and nebulae. A marshmallow roast and small demonstrations introducing families to Science Academy take place simultaneously. 

Solar Viewing
Our parent star takes the stage during this time. Visitors are able to see, with their own eyes, any sizable sunspots or flares occuring. Free literature on solar power and UV proctection and free (while supplies last) sunscreen are available.

 

The observatory often opens its doors for celestial events such as eclipses or meteor showers. Groups are invited to schedule a field trip or inquire about our other events, camps and programs. For more information about programs and events, contact Highland Road Park Observatory, 13800 Highland Road, at 225-768-9948, visit our website or email at observatory@brec.org

 

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Related Links

Stargazers Summer Day Camp

 

For more information about this park, please contact:
Phone: 225-768-9948
Fax: 225-766-3539
Website

 

View Park Staff
Christopher Kersey
Highland Road Park Observatory Facility Manager
13800 Highland Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70810
Phone: 225-768-9948
observatory@brec.org
View Park News
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Programs & Events at Highland Road Park Observatory

12.13.17 - Geminid Meteor Shower

12.15.17 - Friday Night Lecture Series

12.15.17 - Evening Sky Viewing

12.16.17 - Science Academy

12.16.17 - Solar Viewing

12.16.17 - Evening Sky Viewing

12.22.17 - Friday Night Lecture Series

12.22.17 - Evening Sky Viewing

12.23.17 - Science Academy

01.06.18 - Science Academy

01.06.18 - Solar Viewing

01.06.18 - Evening Sky Viewing

01.13.18 - Science Academy

01.13.18 - Learn Your Sky

01.20.18 - Science Academy

01.20.18 - Learn Your Binocular

01.27.18 - Science Academy

01.27.18 - Learn Your Telescope

02.03.18 - Science Academy

02.10.18 - Science Academy

02.17.18 - Science Academy

02.17.18 - Evening Sky Viewing

02.24.18 - Science Academy

02.24.18 - Nano Days

03.03.18 - Science Academy

03.03.18 - Solar Viewing

03.10.18 - Science Academy

03.24.18 - Science Academy

03.31.18 - Science Academy

03.31.18 - Evening Sky Viewing

04.07.18 - Science Academy

04.14.18 - Science Academy

04.21.18 - International Astronomy Day

04.28.18 - Science Academy

05.05.18 - Science Academy

05.12.18 - Science Academy

05.19.18 - Science Academy

05.26.18 - Science Academy

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Highland Road Park Observatory

Highland Road Park Observatory

Highland Road Park Observatory

Highland Road Park Observatory

Highland Road Park Observatory

Location:

13800 Highland Road

Phone: 225-768-9948
Fax: 225-766-3539
Website

Hours:

Tues.-Thurs.: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fri.: 3-10 p.m.
Sat.: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 6-10 p.m.
Sun. and Mon.: closed

Admission:

Generally free, some programs have a small fee.

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