Explore the night sky at Highland Road Park Observatory

Grab a blanket and lay out on the grass or get a closer look by peering into the telescope. The night sky is wide open at the Highland Road Park Observatory.

Are you feeling a little extra superstitious today? It’s probably because of the Friday the 13th full moon glowing overhead. Whether you want to run from it or embrace, Highland Road Park Observatory is one of the best places in Baton Rouge to learn more about the heavens. 

Every weekend, you can visit the Observatory on Highland Road for free lectures and night sky viewings from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm. You can read about the lecture topic ahead of time on their monthly calendar. If weather is permitting, then you’re more than welcome to lay out in the grass to look up or to get a peek from the large reflector telescope. 

Fun fact: According to the professionals at the Highland Road Park Observatory, one of the worst times to observe the moon from a telescope is during the full moon phase. The moon is so bright during that phase that it casts too much glare. However, don’t let that tip turn you away from staring at the moon. If it’s a clear night, the sky is always mesmerizing to look at. 

That’s why it’s great to go to a look-out spot like the Observatory — you get the best of both worlds: telescope viewing and naked eye viewing. 

If you need to catch up why tonight’s moon is so special, see that here. 

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They are open Monday – Thursday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm and Friday – Saturday from 5:00 pm to about 10:00 pm. Keep an eye on the weather before you visit.