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Christopher K.
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Re: What is your least favorite observing season?

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There have been several cloudy/rainy weekends in the past month-and-a-half. It looks like tomorrow night has a very good chance of being rainy. I think this is a good incentive for many of us to arrange our schedules at least once a month so that we're flexible enough to take advantage of whichever night is clear.

Christopher K.
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Re: What is your least favorite observing season?

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After this rain an open sky will be welcome. According to current NOAA forecasts Thursday, Friday, Sunday and Monday nights are possible skygazing sessions with moderate cloud cover low chances of precipitation.

HRPO Education Curator Amy Brouillette will present "Wonders of the Summer Sky" at the Highland Road Park Observatory on Friday, 1 July at 7:30pm. Some of the gems of this season will be easily accessible, some may require equipment or relatively dark skies or both. The talk has free admission and is intended for visitors fourteen and older.

Christopher K.
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On Saturday 15 October from 10am to 12pm a session for eight- to twelve-year-olds will be offered at the Highland Road Park Observatory. Titled "Fall Day", it will be a delightful hodgepodge of astronomical fun. Included will be a take-home listing of all unaided-eye events for the fall that the whole family can use at home. The session's cost is five dollars per in-parish child and six dollars per out-of-parish child. Parents may stay with or leave child.

More information:
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/academy.html

Christopher K.
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HRPO Education Curator Amy Brouillette will present "Wonders of the Winter Sky" at the Highland Road Park Observatory on Friday, 20 January at 7:30pm. Some of the gems of this season will be easily accessible, some may require equipment or relatively dark skies or both. The talk has free admission and is intended for visitors fourteen and older.

Christopher K.
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Re: What is your least favorite observing season?

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On Saturday 8 April from 10am to 12pm a special Science Academy session for eight- to twelve-year-olds will be offered at the Highland Road Park Observatory. Titled "Spring Day", it will be a delightful hodgepodge of astronomical fun. Included will be a take-home listing of all unaided-eye events for the spring that the whole family can use at home. The session's cost is five dollars per in-parish child and six dollars per out-of-parish child. Parents may stay with or leave child.

[These quarterly special sessions will be continue to be included in the Science Academy schedule until further notice.]

More information:
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/academy.html

Christopher K.
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Re: What is your least favorite observing season?

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Many cite the horrible humidity and oppressive heat as reasons to stay indoors during the summer season in Baton Rouge. There are ways of mitigating those issues so one doesn't miss out on all the celestial gems available--not to mention special events such as the Great Martian Opposition on 26/27 July and Mars' Closest Approach during the early morning of 31 July.

As is the pattern, BREC Education Program Specialist Amy Brouillette will present "Wonders of the Summer Sky". The lecture will take place at HRPO on Friday 13 July at 7:30pm. It is aimed at a general adult audience and has no admission fee.

Christopher K.
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Re: What is your least favorite observing season?

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On the 11th the National Weather Service reminded the public of the 1 June launch of its 2019 Summer Safety Campaign. This Campaign includes "Summer Weather Safety", "Camping Safety Tips" and "Rip Currents: Know Your Options". Partners include the CDC and the U.S. Department of State.

More information:
https://www.swpc.noaa.gov/news/nws-summ ... y-campaign

Christopher K.
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Re: What is your least favorite observing season?

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Everyone's least favorite observing season is here.

Really summer gets a bad rap. The beautiful Ptolemy's Cluster and Crackerjack Cluster, the double-star Albireo, the Great Square of Pegasus, Delphinus the Dolphin. It can be fun!

The National Weather Service has kicked off its Summer Safety Campaign...
https://www.swpc.noaa.gov/news/nws-summ ... y-campaign

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