HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

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Christopher K.
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » February 3rd, 2018, 5:16 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 88%
sky cover, 97%
relative humidity, 86%
temperature, 12˚C
surface wind, SE 13 km/h


Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time both the transparency rating and the seeing rating will be "too cloudy to forecast" (0 out of 5). This evening's 20OGS operator was to be BRAS member Marvin Owen. However, all Plus Night activities are cancelled and HRPO will not open tonight.

The 3 February 2018 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

HRPO next planned public offerings are...
*Wed 7 February, 6:15pm to 7pm = Light Pollution Committee Meeting
*Fri 9 February, 7:30pm to 8:30pm = The Final Iridium Flares
*Fri 9 February, 8:30pm to 10pm = Evening Sky Viewing

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » February 9th, 2018, 6:38 pm

The presentation "The Final Iridium Flares" will take place at 7:30pm tonight.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 30%
sky cover, 79%
relative humidity, 100%
temperature, 17˚C
surface wind, E 8 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 "average" (2 out of 5). This evening's 20OGS operator was to be BRAS member and asteroid discoverer Merrill Hess. However, there will be no viewing. HRPO will close at 9:30pm; if it begins to rain anytime after 8:30pm, HRPO will close immediately.

The 9 February 2018 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » February 10th, 2018, 5:42 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 78%
sky cover, 91%
relative humidity, 100%
temperature, 18˚C
surface wind, S 11 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). This evening's 20OGS operator was to be BRAS Treasurer Trey Anding. However, viewing is cancelled and HRPO will not open tonight.

The 10 February 2018 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » February 16th, 2018, 6:55 pm

The presentation "Protecting the Power Grid" will take place at 7:30pm tonight.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 20%
sky cover, 76%
relative humidity, 94%
temperature, 19˚C
surface wind, SW 8 km/h


Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time the transparency rating will be "below average" (2 out of 5) and the seeing rating will be "average" (3 out of 5). This evening's 20OGS operator was to be BRAS member Peter Lazar. However, the 20OGS will not be in operation. Viewing will be attempted at the front viewing pad. HRPO will close at 9:45pm; if it begins to rain anytime after 8:30pm, HRPO will close immediately.

HRPO will not assign a Rating to tonight's sky viewing time due to disparate data.

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » February 17th, 2018, 5:37 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 21%
sky cover, 78%
relative humidity, 84%
temperature, 21˚C
surface wind, SW 10 km/h


Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time the transparency rating will be "poor" (1 out of 5) and the seeing rating will be "poor" (2 out of 5). This evening's 20OGS operator was to be LSU physics professor Rob Hynes. However, the 20OGS will not be in use. Viewing will be attempted on the front viewing pad and HRPO will close at 9:30pm. If it begins to rain anytime after 7:30pm HRPO will close immediately.

The 17 February 2018 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » February 20th, 2018, 4:05 pm

The Highland Road Park Observatory will be closed this Friday in preparation for NanoDays on Saturday the 24th. We encourage all who can to attend this incredible and fun event; viewing of the Sun, the Moon and Venus will take place (weather permitting).

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

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » February 24th, 2018, 1:09 pm

The decision to open or close (or close early) for tonight viewing session will be made at 5:30pm. However, if the NOAA forecast does not change, there will be no evening sky viewing and HRPO will close at 8pm.

For any who wanted to experience viewing today, the better bet would be to come during the afternoon. HRPO will be open from 2pm to 6pm for the annual NanoDays event and viewing of the Sun, the Moon and Venus will be attempted.

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » February 24th, 2018, 7:25 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 31%
sky cover, 75%
relative humidity, 84%
temperature, 23˚C
surface wind, S 18 km/h


Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time the transparency rating will be "below average" (2 out of 5) and the seeing rating will be "poor" (2 out of 5). This evening's 20OGS operator was to be LSU physics professor Greg Stacy. However, there will be no viewing and HRPO will close at 9pm. If it begins to rain anytime after 7:30pm HRPO will close immediately.

The 24 February 2018 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » March 2nd, 2018, 6:43 pm

At 7:15pm tonight the GOES-S launch will be rebroadcast on both NASA-TVs; this will be shown before the presentation. The presentation "The Great Martian Apparition" will take place at 7:30pm.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 1%
sky cover, 1%
relative humidity, 72%
temperature, 13˚C
surface wind, NE 5 km/h


Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time the transparency rating will be "transparent" (5 out of 5) and the seeing rating will be "poor" (2 out of 5). This evening's 20OGS operator is BREC Outreach Chairman Ben Toman. The 20OGS will be used; however, the dropout will not be lowered as one of the hydraulic cylinders is leaking.

There will be no Sky Rating given for this viewing period due to disparate data.

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » March 3rd, 2018, 5:25 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7pm to 10pm for Evening Sky Viewing Plus...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 5%
relative humidity, 61%
temperature, 13˚C
surface wind, E 7 km/h


Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time the transparency rating "above average" (4 out of 5) and the seeing rating will be "average" (3 out of 5). This evening's 20OGS operator is LSU physics professor Greg Stacy. At 7pm on NASA-TV will be a replay of the current "SpaceCast Weekly", and at 8pm a repeat of this afternoon's live von Karman Lecture on the new InSight lander going to Mars. Iridium 18 is predicted to flare to magnitude -2.1 at 7:15pm. There will be a "scale hunt" game for kids to earn prizes and/or obtain extra door prize tickets for the 10 March Science Academy session "Exoplanets!". There will be a marshmallow roast. The Wormhole opens up tonight to reveal more donation rewards. And of course, there will be sky tour at 8pm and physical science demonstrations until 9pm. At 9:30pm there will be a replay of the GOES-S weather satellite launch.

The 3 March 2018 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

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