2020 Solar Viewing

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2020 Solar Viewing

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Solar viewing at HRPO occurs at least once per month for two hours per session. Sometimes the sessions take place by themselves; sometimes they are incorporated into a larger public event. The 2020 dates will be announced soon.
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Re: 2020 Solar Viewing

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The first planned public viewing of the Sun at the Highland Road Park Observatory will be from 12pm to 2pm on Saturday 18 January. It is not yet known what the sunspot production will be this coming year, although the Sun is in solar minimum. Active Regions 2753 and 2754 are crossing the solar disk, but these are the first sunspots in a long time.

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Re: 2020 Solar Viewing

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Due to a thirty-nine percent chance of rain, solar viewing will not be attempted today at HRPO. (It doesn't look too good for tonight, either. That decision will be made at 4:30pm.)

The next planned Solar Viewing session will be Saturday 15 February from 12pm to 2pm.

More information:
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/solar.html

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Re: 2020 Solar Viewing

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The next planned solar viewing session at HRPO is Saturday 21 March from 12pm to 2pm, when the Sun is in Pisces.

Things are quiet on the solar front. Today's Solar and Geophysical Event Report right now has one simple phrase: "no event reports".

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Re: 2020 Solar Viewing

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Due to virus outbreak concerns, regular HRPO programming is canceled until 13 April. This includes the Solar Viewing session scheduled for tomorrow.

Practically, for tomorrow it was a moot point as this is the NOAA forecast for the viewing time...
precipitation potential, 32%
sky cover, 74%
relative humidity, 77%
temperature, 23˚C
surface wind, N 11 km/h

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Re: 2020 Solar Viewing

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Don't look now--we have a sunspot! Active Region 2759 is swinging around...
https://www.spaceweather.com/images2020 ... mi1898.gif

Of course, viewing of the Sun can be dangerous and one should never attempt direct magnified image viewing unless in the presence of someone who has experience. Indirect projection viewing or direct nonmagnified viewing can be attempted with caution, and only if the viewer is convinced he understands all instructions.

As of this posting, HRPO's next planned solar viewing will take place on Saturday 2 May from about 3pm to 5pm during the annual International Astronomy Day celebration.

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Re: 2020 Solar Viewing

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In-person solar viewing is back!

On Saturday 11 July from 12pm to 2pm, the first in-person solar viewing since the virus shutdown will take place at HRPO. Phase 2 Reopening Guidelines will be in effect.

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Re: 2020 Solar Viewing

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NOAA's Heat Advisory is in effect until 8pm. Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's planned viewing time of 12pm to 2pm...
precipitation potential, 8%
sky cover, 41%
relative humidity, 58%
temperature, 35˚C
heat index, 43˚C
surface wind, NW 11 km/h


Because the heat index is in the National Weather Service's Danger Zone, solar viewing is canceled for today.

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Re: 2020 Solar Viewing

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In-person solar viewing is back!

HRPO will now attempt to make its first in-person solar viewing since the virus shutdown on Saturday 8 August from 12pm to 2pm. At that time our parent star will be in the constellation Cancer at a maximum of seventy-five degrees above the horizon. Phase 2 Reopening Guidelines will be in effect.

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Re: 2020 Solar Viewing

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There is some weak sunspot activity. I just viewed and sketched it. I normally would not have without a G/R/S alert, but this is my first Solar Cycle 25 sunspot.

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