2018 "Learn Your Sky" Course

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Christopher K.
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2018 "Learn Your Sky" Course

Post by Christopher K. » October 26th, 2017, 12:08 pm

A one-day, four-hour class on the sky will take place at HRPO on Saturday, 13 January 2017 from 3:30pm to 7:30pm.

This class is an introduction to the unaided-eye Baton Rouge sky. There will be outside practice, weather permitting. Also included will be an overview of all major sky events for the next twelve months. Once again, this one-day course focuses specifically on the unaided-eye Baton Rouge sky.

Topics that will be covered include…
*large lunar features and how to find them
*basic skygazing terminology
*how to distinguish planets from stars
*what meteors, conjunctions and “visible passes” are, and how to see them
*major unaided-eye features of our Milky Way Galaxy
*solar viewing safety, and how to view the Sun without store-bought equipment
*how to darken the sky from your home
*upcoming unaided-eye events
*benefits of belonging to an astronomy club
*actual practice identifying stars, asterisms and constellations (weather permitting)

The cost is $15 per EBR Parish registrant, and $18 for each person living outside of EBR Parish. Enrollment begins 2 December. The class is limited to thirty registrants, all of whom must be over eighteen; the exceptions will be Review & Expansion kids over fourteen who may attend with parental permission.

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

Christopher K.
Posts: 4397
Joined: October 12th, 2009, 3:28 pm
Location: Baton Rouge, LA

Re: 2018 "Learn Your Sky" Course

Post by Christopher K. » December 13th, 2017, 6:52 pm

The "celestial itinerary" for 2018 is being composed by HRPO staff. This list of unaided-eye goodies will be presented to the enrolled patrons. Several conjunctions take place next year; each will have its altitude and time for Baton Rouge checked to assess potential visbility.

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