2020 Solar Viewing

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Christopher K.
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Joined: October 12th, 2009, 3:28 pm
Location: Baton Rouge, LA

Re: 2020 Solar Viewing

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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.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's planned viewing time of 12pm to 2pm...
precipitation potential, 21%
sky cover, 5%
relative humidity, 55%
temperature, 34˚C
heat index, 39˚C
surface wind, SE 3 km/h

Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time the transparency rating will be "average" (3 out of 5) and the seeing rating will be "excellent" (5 out of 5). Due to a staff shortage for this afternoon, the Coronado hydrogen-alpha scope will not be used. At this time there are no SWPC alerts and one Active Region, AR 2770.

This is the scope timeline...
*12pm to 12:30pm = Learning Technologies Sunspotter
*12:30pm to 1:30pm = Orion 10" Skyquest Dobsonian Reflector (with solar filter)

Christopher K.
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Joined: October 12th, 2009, 3:28 pm
Location: Baton Rouge, LA

Re: 2020 Solar Viewing

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The next planned solar viewing session will take place on Saturday 12 September from 12pm to 2pm.

HRPO has been formalizing a policy to bring to this program an add-on fee-based activity in which kids can immerse themselves during the visit. The plans were slowed by the virus response, but September should see the first of these activities.

Christopher K.
Posts: 5480
Joined: October 12th, 2009, 3:28 pm
Location: Baton Rouge, LA

Re: 2020 Solar Viewing

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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.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's planned viewing time of 12pm to 2pm...
precipitation potential, 59%
sky cover, 64%
relative humidity, 75%
temperature, 31˚C
heat index, 37˚C
surface wind, NE 10 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 12 September 2020 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

Christopher K.
Posts: 5480
Joined: October 12th, 2009, 3:28 pm
Location: Baton Rouge, LA

Re: 2020 Solar Viewing

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Due to the solar viewing session being cut from the Spooky Sensation (in order to make it easier to follow virus shutdown guidelines), a session will take place this Saturday 17 October from 12pm to 2pm.

Christopher K.
Posts: 5480
Joined: October 12th, 2009, 3:28 pm
Location: Baton Rouge, LA

Re: 2020 Solar Viewing

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Phase Three restrictions are still being imposed…
*All people who are not part of the same household must stay at least six feet apart from one another.
*Only fifty (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.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's planned viewing time of 12pm to 2pm...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 19%
relative humidity, 43%
temperature, 22˚C
surface wind, E 14 km/h

Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time the transparency rating will be "above average" (4 out of 5) and the seeing rating will be "average" (3 out of 5). At this time there are no SWPC alerts and one Active Region, AR 2776...
https://www.spaceweather.com/images2020 ... mi1898.gif

Come see it live!

The 17 October 2020 rating for this viewing time is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

Christopher K.
Posts: 5480
Joined: October 12th, 2009, 3:28 pm
Location: Baton Rouge, LA

Re: 2020 Solar Viewing

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There is a nice and crisp, well-outlined sunspot at Active Region 2776...
https://www.spaceweather.com/images2020 ... mi1898.gif

i viewed it at 4:58pm using one of HRPO's Orion 6" Dobsonian at 48x (25mm). Any who have the ability and interest should view this area within the next twenty-four hours.

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