2018 Natural Sky Conference

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Christopher K.
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2018 Natural Sky Conference

Post by Christopher K. » September 26th, 2018, 1:40 pm

This will be the second year the stakeholders, taxpayers and decision-makers regarding the problem of light pollution and the pursuit of returning a natural sky above the Baton Rouge area will be invited to network at the Highland Road Park Observatory.

This year's Natural Sky Conference will be Friday 3 November from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. It is aimed at a general adult audience.

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Re: 2018 Natural Sky Conference

Post by Christopher K. » October 15th, 2018, 10:43 am

The Baton Rouge Astronomical Society is outlining plans for a new display showing the effects of uncapped night lighting versus full cut off lighting.

The invitations are going out. Probably the Audubon Society will make a return appearance.

The waxing crescent Moon sets at 7pm that night, so those present can see firsthand the detrimental effect of unhindered artificial lighting is having on the workings of HRPO.

There will be sky viewing during the event. We will begin with the setting waxing crescent Moon and its attendant “Earthshine”. All visitors will be encouraged to attempt viewing of the Pleiades Star Cluster (easily visible in a natural sky) with the unaided eye, and the Andromeda Galaxy. The Andromeda is also visible in a natural sky, but not in HRPO’s current sky; the telescopic view of Andromeda is likewise severely degraded. There will be also predicted visible passes of manmade satellites and rocket bodies.

Most importantly, the date for the NSC has been pushed back. The new and final date is Friday 9 November (same time).

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Re: 2018 Natural Sky Conference

Post by Christopher K. » November 6th, 2018, 1:20 pm

Both the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area (5:30pm to 7:30pm) and Audubon Louisiana (6:30pm to 8:30pm) will be taking part in this year's Natural Sky Conference. There will also be a bonus--Chris Peat is predicting no fewer than eight visible passes during the Conference!

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Re: 2018 Natural Sky Conference

Post by Christopher K. » November 8th, 2018, 4:59 pm

Solar viewers will be on sale during the Conference, for two dollars each. These devices look like cardboard sunglasses, but they are not toys. They allow the wearer keep his eyes safe while look directly at the Sun for up to sixty seconds; any very large sunspots on (or clouds passing in front of) the Sun can be seen.

More information:
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/observatory/merchandise.html
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Re: 2018 Natural Sky Conference

Post by Christopher K. » November 9th, 2018, 9:48 am

Registration for the Learn Your Sky class will be accepted during the Conference tonight; the class covers major unaided-eye features visible in a natural sky. This class is on Saturday 5 January and is for patrons eighteen and older (exceptions for fourteen- to seventeen-year-olds who qualify due to previous session work at HRPO). The cost is fifteen dollars per EBR-parish resident and eighteen dollars per other-parish resident.

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

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