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Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - Contact: 225-273-6439

Attention Stargazers! Highland Road Park Observatory presents two special sky viewings in August: Perseid Meteor Shower & “The Great American Eclipse”

BREC’s Highland Road Park Observatory (HRPO), located at 13800 Highland Road, will be hosting two special astronomical viewing events for the month of August.

Join us on Friday, Aug. 11 from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. for the Perseid Meteor Shower. The Perseids are one of the major meteor showers of the year, caused by debris left from the passings of Comet Swift-Tuttle. Come learn about meteors and let's see if we can spot some "earthgrazers." Although telescopes aren't needed for the Perseids, we'll have a telescope available until midnight for leisurely gazing at other celestial objects. But look fast for the meteors; Perseid meteoroids hit our atmosphere traveling about 60 kilometers a second! If you're lucky, you may see a fireball. This event is open to the public and free for all ages. Visitors must follow all rules and regulations for viewing.

Less than two weeks later, on August 21, millions of people across the United States will see nature's most wondrous spectacle — a total eclipse of the Sun. “The Great American Eclipse” will be a scene of unimaginable beauty; the Moon completely blocks the Sun, daytime becomes a deep twilight, and the Sun’s corona shimmers in the darkened sky. While the eclipse will not be total in the Baton Rouge area, the phenomenon will still yield a wonderful partial eclipse of the Sun and Highland Road Park Observatory is the perfect place to witness it. HRPO will provide live feeds from at least three different locations within the path of totality. Join us from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m., free for all ages!

Prior to this spectacular event, HRPO will repeat and expand its preview of the Great American Eclipse during their recurring Friday Night Lecture Series on July 28. One week earlier, on the 21st, HRPO's last cache of solar viewers will be unlocked at a price of $2 per viewer (adult and high schoolers only; maximum two viewers per purchaser per day). This is a big event, don't miss your chance to get these viewers.  

For more information on HRPO and the upcoming events, visit hrpo.lsu.edu, call 225-768-9948 or email observatory@brec.org.

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