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Wednesday, October 27, 2010 - Contact: 225-273-6439

Creepy Science and Celestial Fun: Highland Road Park Observatory Hosts Spooky Spectrum

Come visit, if you dare, Highland Road Park Observatory's annual family-friendly tribute to the bizarre as the observatory delves into the eerie side of astronomy, physics and aeronautics Oct. 30 from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Activities for all ages include creepy physical science demonstrations, odd stories about disappearances, strange sky phenomena, Scope on a Rope, and a marshmallow roast. The evening also features the best night to see Neptune, double planet transit-then double shadow transit-across the face of Jupiter, a viewing of Uranus, the Pleiades and the Adromeda Galaxy and the premier of 4th Dimension Display.

Spooky Spectrum is free and open to the public. The first 100 children will receive a "magical" gift with a scientific explanation. Participants will also receive information about the Great World Wide Star Count.

Highland Road Park Observatory, located at 13800 Highland Road, features a 20-inch reflecting telescope, which has discovered more than 50 asteroids and a 16-inch reflecting telescope. The observatory is brought to the public by BREC, LSU's Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society.

Call 225-768-9948 or visit brec.org/observatory for more information. 

It is the BREC mission to provide parks and recreational opportunities for all residents of East Baton Rouge Parish.

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