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Thursday, July 9, 2015 - Contact: 225-273-6439

Highland Road Park Observatory Hosts New Horizons Events

Highland Road Park Observatory, 13800 Highland Road, invites you to take part in this historical event as New Horizons-the fastest spacecraft ever constructed by human beings-will make its groundbreaking close approach to Pluto on Tuesday, July 14, 2015.

The color, composition and landscape of Pluto have been subjects of intense speculation for over 80 years. Now speculation will be replaced with fact as the New Horizons spacecraft finally arrives at its primary destination. We will become the first generation of people to see the surface of this mysterious sentimental favorite of the Solar System.

The first of three public gatherings at HRPO concerning Pluto was held on July 3 with a party showcasing the latest videos and images, and explained to participants what to expect in the week of the closest approach.

The next two public gatherings will be held on Tuesday, July 14. The morning session, from 6:30-8am, will mark the actual moment the spacecraft gets closest to Pluto. The evening session, from 6-9pm, will be one of celebration when the confirmation signal from New Horizons reaches Earth!

For more information, call the observatory at 225-768-9948 or visit http://www.bro.lsu.edu/programs/special2.html

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

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