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. » June 26th, 2018, 9:08 pm

Tonight is viewing for the 2018 Saturnian Opposition; HRPO will be open from 10pm to 12am. Below is the NOAA forecast for that time span...
precipitation potential, 10%
sky cover, 34%
relative humidity, 84%
temperature, 27˚C
heat index, 30˚C
surface wind, S 7 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 "good" (4 out of 5). This evening's 20OGS operator is BREC Center Supervisor Jordan Cobbs. The 20OGS will be utilized although the dropout will not be lowered. An Atlas 3B rocket body is predicted to make a magnitude 2.5 pass beginning at 10:21pm. During the last half-hour of the event Mars may be spied low on the eastern horizon. HRPO will close at midnight.

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » June 27th, 2018, 5:12 pm

Due to HRPO's being open this past Tuesday for the Saturnian Opposition, the facility will be closed on Friday the 29th. HRPO will reopen Saturday the 30th for the Science Academy session "Engineering" at 10am and for Baton Rouge's first Asteroid Day at 7pm.

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » June 30th, 2018, 4:06 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for Baton Rouge's first-ever Asteroid Day, which will run from 7pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 16%
sky cover, 31%
relative humidity, 70%
temperature, 31˚C
heat index, 36˚C
surface wind, SW 8 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 "average" (3 out of 5). This evening's 20OGS operator is LSU physics professor Greg Stacy. The 20OGS will be utilized although the dropout will not be lowered. USA 186 is predicted to make a magnitude 1.4 pass beginning at 8:49pm. HRPO will close at 10pm.

The 30 June 2018 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » July 6th, 2018, 5:05 pm

Tonight is the summer edition of The Edge of Night, the planned span of which is 8pm to 10pm. There is no 20OGS operation during the Edge of Night, only outside viewing.

Below is the NOAA forecast for the time span...
precipitation potential, 25%
sky cover, 65%
relative humidity, 77%
temperature, 28˚C
heat index, 31˚C
surface wind, SE 5 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 "good" (4 out of 5). HRPO will close at 9:30pm; if it begins to rain anytime after 8pm HRPO will close immediately.

The 6 July 2018 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » July 7th, 2018, 4:14 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for Plus Night, which will was scheduled to run from 7pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 40%
sky cover, 97%
relative humidity, 87%
temperature, 26˚C
heat index, 27˚C
surface wind, SE 4 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 was to be BRAS member Peter Lazar. However, there will be no attempted sky viewing. HRPO will close at 9pm; if it begins to rain anytime after 7pm, HRPO will close immediately.

There will be no marshmallow roast or sky tour. There will be physical science demonstrations until close.

The 7 July 2018 rating is...
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » July 7th, 2018, 8:10 pm

HRPO closed to the public at 10pm. The facility will next be open Monday the ninth at 7pm for the monthly public BRAS meeting.

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » July 13th, 2018, 5:42 pm

The presentation "Wonders of the Summer Sky" will take place at 7:30pm this evening; the speaker is Education Curator Amy Brouillette.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 15%
sky cover, 31%
relative humidity, 77%
temperature, 29˚C
heat index, 34˚C
surface wind, SW 5 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 "good" (4 out of 5). This evening's 20OGS operator is BRAS Outreach Chairman Ben Toman. The 20OGS will be used, though the dropout will not be lowered. HRPO will close at 9:45pm. If it begins to rain anytime after 8:30pm, HRPO will close immediately.

The 13 July 2018 rating is...
EXCELLENT
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » July 14th, 2018, 5:02 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 9%
sky cover, 39%
relative humidity, 74%
temperature, 30˚C
heat index, 35˚C
surface wind, SW 8 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 "good" (4 out of 5). This evening's 20OGS operator is BRAS Treasurer Trey Anding. The 20OGS will be utilized although the dropout cannot be lowered as quotes are still being obtained for replacement cylinders. An Atlas Centaur rocket body is predicted to make a magnitude 1.1 pass beginning at 8:57pm. HRPO will close at 10pm.

The 14 July 2018 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » July 20th, 2018, 6:16 pm

The presentation "Before the Big Bang" will take place at 7:30pm this evening; the speaker is LSU physics professor Param Singh.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 5%
relative humidity, 75%
temperature, 30˚C
heat index, 36˚C
surface wind, SW 5 km/h


Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time both the transparency rating and the seeing rating will be "average" (3 out of 5). This evening's 20OGS operator is BRAS member and asteroid discoverer Merrill Hess. The 20OGS will be used, though the dropout will not be lowered as quotes are still being requested for the hydraulic cylinders.

Here are the predicted visible passes...
*Resurs 01 rocket, mag 1.6 beginning at 9:12pm
*International Space Station, mag -2.7 beginning at 9:16pm
HRPO will close at 10pm.

The 20 July 2018 rating is...
EXCELLENT
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » July 21st, 2018, 4:59 pm

Due to NOAA predicting the heat index at 7:30pm being close to or in the "danger zone" of this chart...
https://www.weather.gov/safety/heat-index
...HRPO will not begin viewing until 8pm.

Beginning at 8pm CDT, NASA-TV will broadcast the complete footage of Spacewalk One--the first Moon landing of 20 July 1969. Patrons will be able to watch this in the northwest area of the main floor on the BRAS computer.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 1%
sky cover, 21%
relative humidity, 66%
temperature, 32˚C
heat index, 39˚C
surface wind, SW 10 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 LSU physics professor Rob Hynes. The 20OGS will be utilized although the dropout cannot be lowered as quotes are still being obtained for replacement cylinders.

Here are the predicted visible passes...
*Lacrosse 5, mag 1.9 beginning at 8:28pm
*Earth Radiation Budget Satellite, mag 2.2 beginning at 8:40pm
*Shenzhou-11 module, mag 1.8 beginning at 9:06pm
*SeaSat 1, mag 2.3 beginning at 9:16pm
*Resurs 01 rocket, mag 2.5 beginning at 9:36pm
*a Chang Zheng 3C rocket body, mag 2.5 beginning at 9:37pm
HRPO will close at 10pm.

The 21 July 2018 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

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