Saturn Viewing, 2018

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Christopher K.
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Saturn Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » May 8th, 2018, 4:02 pm

The best nighttime periods to view Saturn this year are 24/25 June to 28/29 June. At 10pm on Tuesday 26 June Saturn will be 2˚50' east-southeast of magnitude 3.8 F-Class Mu Sagittarii.

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Re: Saturn Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » June 13th, 2018, 4:46 pm

Saturn's opposition is fast-approaching! The Science Academy session for 16 June will focus on the planet Saturn. Science Academy is for eight- to twelve-year-olds...
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/academy.html

The Saturnian opposition will be on Tuesday 26 June. The Highland Road Park Observatory will be open from 10pm to 12am for anyone who would like to come watch the ringed beauty at its closest!

About the Opposition viewing at HRPO...
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/special3.html

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Re: Saturn Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » June 24th, 2018, 1:37 am

BRAS members Scott C. and James, and BRAS Observing Chairman John Nagle will helm the finest view of Saturn this year. Its largest moon, Titan, may be seen. What will definitely be seen after 11:15pm (weather permitting) is Mars. That makes this event the first public HRPO offering during which Mars is available for view.

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Re: Saturn Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » June 25th, 2018, 11:50 am

At 10pm tomorrow night Saturn will be twenty degrees up, and thirty-five degrees up at midnight. Jupiter will also be up during this time period; Europa and Callisto will be on one side, Io and Ganymede on the other. (According to The Starry Night Pro Plus, Ganymede is actually a tad brighter than mag five!) The asteroid Vesta will be extremely close to the waxing gibbous Moon. Finally, of course, the public finally views Mars with HRPO equipment!

Any child coming to Science Academy for the 30 June session "Engineering" or the 7 July session "Mercury" will receive one extra door prize ticket if they produce a sketch of Saturn performed at HRPO on Tuesday the 26th from 10pm to 12am. Personnel will provide the form. Those kids ages eight to thirteen who are enrolled in Stargazers Camp for the remainder of the summer will receive one extra door prize ticket for a Saturn sketch at HRPO tomorrow night regardless of which Stargazers session he or she is attending.

Below is the current NOAA forecast for 26 June from 10pm to 12am...
precipitation potential, 10%
sky cover, 32%
relative humidity, 78%
temperature, 28˚C
heat index, 31˚C
surface wind, S 5 km/h

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