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Saturn Viewing, 2020

Posted: January 7th, 2020, 2:20 pm
by Christopher K.
Saturn's opposition in 2020 occurs during the 5pm hour on 20 July. Accordingly, the Saturnian Opposition viewing at HRPO will be
*Monday 20 July from 9:45pm to 11:45pm. Saturn will be in the constellation Sagittarius and will begin the session eighteen degrees above the horizon. Pallas and Jupiter will also be in the night sky.

The event will have no admission fee and will be for all ages.

Information for other 2020 planet viewing:

Re: Saturn Viewing, 2020

Posted: April 14th, 2020, 1:59 pm
by Christopher K.
Saturn and the Moon will be in a moderate conjunction tomorrow morning as they rise. Look beginning about 4:30am. Saturn itself should stay visible through twilight until about 6am. How long can you see it?

Having just moved from Sagittarius on 20 March, Saturn will remain in Capricornus for some time. For those with a telescope, Titan will be removed as far as possible from the Saturnian disk tomorrow and on about 24th. During this time Titan will brighten from 8.8 to 8.6.

Re: Saturn Viewing, 2020

Posted: May 9th, 2020, 7:34 pm
by Christopher K.
Below are the times of selected mornings during which Saturn reaches twenty degrees altitude in the southeast...
Monday 11 May = 2:41am
During the 4am hour Monday morning, Saturn is stationary; it now heads back toward Sagittarius.
Thursday 14 May = 2:29am
Sunday 17 May = 2:18am
Wednesday 20 May = 2:06am
All times are Central Daylight.

During this time span Saturn can be seen in darkness for at least ninety minutes.

Re: Saturn Viewing, 2020

Posted: July 20th, 2020, 9:02 pm
by Christopher K.
The following restrictions will apply for all patrons until further notice…
*All people who are not part of the same household must stay at least six feet apart from one another.
*Only thirty (30) patrons are allowed on site at any one time.
*Only twelve (12) patrons are allowed inside the main floor at any one time.
*No patron will be allowed inside the main floor unless he/she agrees to a temperature scan and wears a mask.
*Only one (1) patron will be allowed inside each bathroom at any one time.
*There is a strict time limit of thirty minutes for each patron’s visit.

Tonight is this year's Saturnian Opposition. Below is the NOAA forecast for the event time of 9:45pm to 11:45pm...
precipitation potential, 1%
sky cover, 45%
relative humidity, 81%
temperature, 28˚C
heat index, 32˚C
surface wind, E 5 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 "poor" (2 out of 5). The 20OGS is closed until the six-foot rule is abolished.

HRPO declines to give a Sky Rating due to disparate data. HRPO will close at 11:45pm.