Mercury Viewing, 2018

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Mercury Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » December 30th, 2017, 7:34 pm

Mercury will be at greatest western elongation (23˚) around 2pm Monday afternoon, meaning that morning will be a good time to view the closest planet to the Sun. During nautical twilight (6:06am to 6:35am) Mercury will rise from eight to fourteen degrees in the southeast. It will be in a gibbous phase, magnitude -0.3 in Ophiuchus.

Please keep in mind the temperature is predicted to be below freezing at this time.

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Re: Mercury Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » March 12th, 2018, 4:10 pm

A very good evening apparition of Mercury occurs on Thursday the 15th. Don't miss it. The planet doesn't sink down to five degrees above the horizon until an hour after sunset! It will be to the upper right of Venus.

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Re: Mercury Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » April 18th, 2018, 10:07 pm

On Friday 27 April at 7:30pm HRPO will present the lecture "Mercury and Venus". The talk is aimed at an adult audience. Though very different, the two planets will be paired together as they are both inferior planets--closer to the Sun than Earth.

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Re: Mercury Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » May 8th, 2018, 4:16 pm

The eastern elongations of Mercury allow viewing of the planet while it is its farthest in angular separation from the Sun. This will next take place on Wednesday 11 July. HRPO personnel will host viewing of Mercury from 7:45pm to 9:15pm on that night at the Burbank Soccer Complex.

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Re: Mercury Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » June 28th, 2018, 2:56 pm

In preparation for the next sunset elongation of Mercury on the eleventh, kids ages eight to twelve may consider attending the 7 July Science Academy session at the Highland Road Park Observatory. That session will highlight the surface of Mercury (which is very similar to Earth's Moon) and explain the motion of Mercury in our sky. Registration is in progress. The cost is five dollars per EBR Parish child and six dollars per child outside of EBR Parish.

About Science Academy:
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/academy.html

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Re: Mercury Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » July 11th, 2018, 5:27 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for 7:45pm to 9:15pm at the Burbank Soccer Complex...
precipitation potential, 10%
sky cover, 76%
relative humidity, 87%
temperature, 27˚C
heat index, 28˚C
surface wind, NW 3 km/h

Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time the transparency rating will be "too cloudy to forecast" (0 out of 5) and the seeing rating will be "excellent" (5 out of 5). Telescopes will be in northeast corner of the Complex, across the street from the dog park. All current and future 2018 Stargazers Campers will receive an extra door prize ticket for attending. All Cadets attending the 14 July Science Academy "Summer Day" will receive an extra door prize ticket.

The 11 July 2018 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

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Re: Mercury Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » October 18th, 2018, 2:04 pm

It's another Mercurian elongation! This one takes place on Tuesday 6 November, and HRPO personnel will be at the Burbank Soccer Complex from 4:30pm to 6pm with viewing equipment. They will be able to offer also twilight views of Mars and Saturn.

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Re: Mercury Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » November 6th, 2018, 2:24 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for 4:30pm to 6pm at the Burbank Soccer Complex...
precipitation potential, 28%
sky cover, 77%
relative humidity, 82%
temperature, 26˚C
surface wind, SE 6 km/h


Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time the transparency rating will be "poor" (0 out of 5) and the seeing rating will be "poor" (2 out of 5). Telescopes will be in northeast corner of the Complex, across the street from the dog park. All Recruits and Cadets taking part in any of the three upcoming "Power in the House" sessions for Science Academy, and any Explorer coming to Fall Space Exploration Camp, will receive an extra door prize ticket for attending.

Due to the rain chance being worst at the beginning of the event, telescopes may not be set up until about 4:50pm or 4:55pm.

The 6 November 2018 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

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