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.

Christopher K.
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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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