Globe at Night 2017

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thallig
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Globe at Night 2017

Post by thallig » February 18th, 2017, 11:32 pm

We're starting the year with the constellation Orion; here is the relevant link—
https://www.globeatnight.org/resources/ ... nglish.pdf

And, if you're new to this project, here's a link to what is being asked of you—
https://www.globeatnight.org/5-steps.php (Use the following link to report your findings; GaN's is broken as of this writing - https://www.globeatnight.org/webapp/)

The February reporting period starts today and lasts until Monday the 27th (the day before Mardi Gras).

The Baton Rouge Astronomical Society's goal for this year is two hundred (or more) measurements; let's make it happen!

Christopher K.
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Re: Globe at Night 2017

Post by Christopher K. » February 20th, 2017, 4:29 pm

During 2017 the GLOBE at Night measurement sessions are...
19 January to 28 January / 18 February to 27 February [Orion]
20 March to 29 March / 18 April to 29 April / 17 May to 26 May [Leo]
16 June to 25 June / 15 July to 24 July / 14 August to 23 August [Hercules]
12 September to 21 September / 11 October to 20 October [Cygnus]
10 November to 19 November / 9 December to 18 December [Pegasus]

These dates are also posted at...
http://www.globeatnight.org/5-steps.php#dates

Although we failed to reach the goal of 200 measurements last year, I have a good feeling about 2017. Thanks, Thomas, for your support!

Christopher K.
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Re: Globe at Night 2017

Post by Christopher K. » March 20th, 2017, 7:23 pm

The next GLOBE at Night session begins tonight. Leo is the target constellation. Sadly, there has only been eight observations from Louisiana since the beginning of 2017. This is quite unsettling. We need to have 200 measurements to show local planning committees for parks, libraries, transportation infrastructure and local businesses that there is a deep interest in returning an unaided-eye view of the Milky Way to Baton Rouge.

Finding Leo:
https://www.globeatnight.org/finding/leo

The Leo Activity Guide:
https://www.globeatnight.org/resources/ ... nglish.pdf

Christopher K.
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Re: Globe at Night 2017

Post by Christopher K. » May 18th, 2017, 6:04 pm

The current GLOBE at Night session began last night, and I certainly hope some were able to take some readings, because the next week is going to be nasty with clouds and rain. NOAA forecasts "mostly clear" for Wednesday the 24th and this session last until the 26th.

Once again, use Leo.

Christopher K.
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Re: Globe at Night 2017

Post by Christopher K. » July 20th, 2017, 9:43 am

The current GLOBE at Night session lasts through Monday night. NOAA forecasts "partly cloudy" for tonight and Monday the 24th. The target constellation is Hercules...
https://www.globeatnight.org/resources/ ... nglish.pdf

The poor weather has been squelching many measurement opportunities so please don't let the Sun come up tomorrow before you report!

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Re: Globe at Night 2017

Post by Christopher K. » August 20th, 2017, 8:02 pm

You know, the Great American Eclipse is taking up all the publicity. Don't forget that most skygazing takes place at night, and we want to save an unhindered view of the natural night sky. The GLOBE at Night exercise can be performed tonight through Wednesday night.

Tonight is probably the best night. Here is NOAA's forecast for 10pm...
precipitation potential, 1%
sky cover, 20%
relative humidity, 74%
temperature, 28˚C
heat index, 32˚C
surface wind, SE 5 km/h


Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that at 10pm the transparency rating will be "average" (3 out of 5) and the seeing rating will be "good" (4 out of 5). The rating at that time is therefore VERY GOOD. Use this situation to your advantage and take a measurement!

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Re: Globe at Night 2017

Post by Christopher K. » October 19th, 2017, 1:36 pm

The GLOBE at Night exercise can be performed through tomorrow night for this session.

Tonight is the better night. Here is NOAA's forecast for 8pm...
precipitation potential, 1%
sky cover, 19%
relative humidity, 78%
temperature, 21˚C
surface wind, E 10 km/h


Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that at 10pm the transparency rating will be "average" (3 out of 5) and the seeing rating will be "good" (4 out of 5). The rating at that time is therefore VERY GOOD. Please take a measurement; the number of Louisiana reports for this year is sparse.

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Re: Globe at Night 2017

Post by Christopher K. » November 30th, 2017, 1:17 pm

The final session for 2017 runs from 9 to 18 December. Once again Pegasus is the pertinent constellation. It's unlikely we'll make our stated goal of 200 measurements for Louisiana, but let's resolve to accomplish that in 2018.

The Pegasus Activity Guide:
https://www.globeatnight.org/resources/ ... nglish.pdf

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