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Thursday, April 7, 2016 - Contact: 225-273-6439

Highland Road Park Observatory Hosts International Astronomy Day Event

Close to Home and Out of this World

Spend an evening among the stars as Highland Road Park Observatory (HRPO), 13800 Highland Road, hosts its 10th annual International Astronomy Day celebration on Saturday, May 14 from 3-11 p.m.

The greatest International Astronomy Day (IAD) event in the area returns for its 10th anniversary! HRPO will once again host visitors from the Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club, the Baton Rouge Gem and Mineral Society, the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, BREC's Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, the Civil Air Patrol, East Baton Rouge Parish Library and LIGO for a day of "close to home and out of this world" fun.

Among some of the guest favorites, the Scope-on-a-Rope session and chemistry demonstrations will return and the "Train like an Astronaut" layout will be expanded. There will be viewings (weather permitting) of the Sun, the Moon, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Omega Centauri. For its third year, IAD will showcase multiple robots from local U.S. First Robotics high school teams. Kids will also enjoy a dry slide and spacewalk, as well as a bonus ride and, the hugely popular, Adventure Quest game. Participants will have their choice of delicious food and drinks from Louisiana Lemonade and City Gelato.

Raffle tickets are on sale now with prizes totaling over $700 including the grand prize of an Orion 40th Anniversary Skyquest XT8 Dobsonian Telescope. Drawings will be held during the event but you do not have to be present to win.

This event is free to the public and open to all ages.

For more information about this celebration or to purchase raffle tickets, visit hrpo.lsu.edu, call 225-768-9948 or email observatory@brec.org.

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

 

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