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. » April 13th, 2018, 9:02 pm

HRPO is closing at 9pm to give personnel time to prepare for the Flood Watch and the possibility of straight-line winds and tornadoes.

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » April 14th, 2018, 2:28 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 30%
sky cover, 88%
relative humidity, 72%
temperature, 16˚C
surface wind, NW 12 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 Jordan Cobbs. However, there will be no viewing, and in fact since there is still a Flash Flood Watch in effect from NOAA until 1am CDT, HRPO is closed to the public.

The 14 April 2018 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » April 18th, 2018, 6:48 pm

The Highland Road Park Observatory will be closed Friday the 20th in preparation for International Astronomy Day...
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/astronomy_day.html
Telescope viewing will take place, weather permitting, during all eight hours of that event.

HRPO will return to its standard weekend programming on the 26th and 27th. Meanwhile, the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society is planning telescope viewing at the Vacherie Library tomorrow night, at Perkins Rowe on the 24th and at Parker Coliseum on the 29th...
http://www.brastro.org/outreach.html

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » April 21st, 2018, 12:29 pm

Today is International Astronomy Day, HRPO's largest annual event! Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's event time of 3pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 13%
sky cover, 87%
relative humidity, 73%
temperature, 22˚C
surface wind, SE 12 km/h


Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time both 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 is LSU physics professor; the 20OGS will be open from 7:30pm to 10pm.

Here is the viewing schedule, weather permitting...
3pm to 5:30pm = Sun
5pm to 9pm = Moon
7pm to 8:30pm = Venus
9pm to 11pm = M44 (The Beehive Cluster)
10:15pm to 11pm = Jupiter

The 14 April 2018 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » April 27th, 2018, 5:46 pm

The presentation "Mercury and Venus" will take place at 7:30pm this evening.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 11%
relative humidity, 70%
temperature, 19˚C
surface wind, NW 8 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 "good" (4 out of 5). This evening's 20OGS operator is LSU physics professor Rob Hynes. The 20OGS will be used, though the dropout cannot be lowered as the hydraulic cylinders have yet to be replaced. The Hubble Space Telescope is predicted to make two visible passes beginning at 8:03pm and again at 8:42pm. The Resurs 01 rocket is predicted to make a visible pass beginning at 8:45pm, and a rocket body (listed as "Centaur D-1A AC-31") is predicted to make a visible pass beginning at 9:18pm. HRPO will close at 10pm.

The 27 April 2018 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » April 28th, 2018, 5:23 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 7%
relative humidity, 61%
temperature, 22˚C
surface wind, NW 5 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 "good" (4 out of 5). This evening's 20OGS operator is BREC Treasurer Trey Anding. There are predictions for visible passes at 7:59pm, 9:03pm, 9:09pm and 9:33pm. The Moon will be in the waxing gibbous phase. HRPO will close at 10pm.

HRPO declines to give a Sky Rating for this time period due to disparate data.

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » May 1st, 2018, 6:34 pm

HRPO will not be open on Friday 4 May as personnel will open the facility from 5am to 8am for twilight viewing and the live broadcast of the InSight lander which will head to Mars and arrive near Thanksgiving.

HRPO will be open for Evening Sky Viewing Plus the night of the 5th.

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » May 5th, 2018, 5:12 am

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 5am to 8am...
precipitation potential, 23%
sky cover, 89%
relative humidity, 97%
temperature, 21˚C
surface wind, W 7 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" (3 out of 5). The 20OGS will not be utilized; viewing will be attempted with a portable telescope. HRPO will close at 8am.

The 5 May 2018 day rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » May 5th, 2018, 5:18 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's Plus Night, which runs from 7pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 7%
sky cover, 29%
relative humidity, 75%
temperature, 22˚C
surface wind, NW 5 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 "poor" (2 out of 5). This evening's 20OGS operator is BRAS member and asteroid discoverer Merrill Hess. The 20OGS dropout will not be lowered as personnel are still requesting quotes for replacement cylinders.

Below are the time period's visible pass predictions, courtesy Heavens-Above...
8:21pm = Hubble Space Telescope (magnitude 1.5)
8:38pm = Resurs 01 rocket (magnitude 2.2)
8:43pm = ERS-2 (magnitude 2.1)
8:46pm = RESURS DK-1 (magnitude 2.4)
8:54pm = Lacrosse 5 rocket (magnitude 1.5)
9:00pm = Lacross 5 (magnitude 2.2)
There will be a marshmallow roast and physical science demonstrations. There will be an unaided-eye sky tour at 9pm. HRPO will close at 10pm.

The 5 May 2018 night rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

HRPO will next be open for nighttime viewing on Tuesday 8 May from 9:30pm to 11:30pm.

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » May 8th, 2018, 8:08 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 9:30pm to 11:30pm...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 6%
relative humidity, 63%
temperature, 23˚C
surface wind, S 5 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 "good" (4 out of 5). The planet Jupiter will be the priority for the telescope tonight. An H-2A rocket body is predicted is make a magnitude 2.4 visible pass beginning at 9:48pm. HRPO will close at 11:30pm.

There is no sky rating for tonight's viewing period due to disparate data.

HRPO will not be open on Friday the 11th. Evening sky viewing will take place on Saturday the 12th.

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