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Monday, April 25, 2011 - Contact: 225-273-6439

Highland Road Park Observatory Celebrates International Astronomy Day May 7

Spend an evening among the stars as Highland Road Park Observatory, 13800 Highland Road, hosts its fifth annual International Astronomy Day celebration on Saturday, May 7 from 3-11 p.m.

One day every year, astronomy clubs, observatories and other groups of sky lovers band together to expose the general public to the wonders and excitement of astronomy. Officially, Astronomy Day is celebrated "to promote the forerunner of all scientific endeavors and to provide information, resources and encouragement in all facets of astronomy." But showing that astronomy is fun is really what it's all about.

The observatory's International Astronomy Day celebration invites guests to explore a range of activities, including: Scope-on-a-Rope; homemade comets; a renaissance sundial; radio telescope demonstrations; a sky tour at dusk and GyroXTREME, a powered human gyroscope that allows riders to experience weightlessness as well as the roll and tumble associated with spaceflight.

Visitors can also participate in a special viewing of the sun, moon and Saturn (weather permitting). Visitors can look through HRPO's 16-inch telescope, along with several smaller telescopes throughout the event.

Guests at the celebration include the American Chemical Society, Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club, Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo and Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, CAMD, Civil Air Patrol, LIGO and Southern Regional Climate Center.

Admission to the event is free and open to the public; however, the GyroXtreme is $5 per rider. Visitors can also purchase t-shirts, glow sticks, and a raffle ticket for $2 to win a Celestron C8- Refracting Telescope. The proceeds will benefit HRPO.

For more information about this celebration, call the observatory at 225-768-9948.

HRPO is sponsored by BREC, LSU's Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society.

 

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