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. » July 26th, 2018, 3:52 pm

Tonight is the Great Martian Opposition; HRPO will be open from 6:30pm to 12:30am. Below is the NOAA forecast for that time span...
precipitation potential, 7%
sky cover, 15%
relative humidity, 67%
temperature, 29˚C
heat index, 32˚C
surface wind, S 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 "good" (4 out of 5).

There are a number of viewing observations and activities HRPO personnel has planned for visting patrons--and Mario Lozanov's wonderful City Gelato will be available. However Mars will be visible only after 9:30pm. Additionally, Mars will be viewed through the large 20OGS telescope only from 10pm to midnight (the operator will be BRAS Outreach Chairman Ben Toman).

NOAA has issued an Air Quality Alert for the HRPO area until midnight. It reads in part...
"The Air Quality Index indicates that ozone will be at the Orange level...which is unhealthy for sensitive groups. Increasing ozone
levels may cause unhealthy air quality during afternoon hours. Active children and adults...the elderly and people with respiratory
diseases such as asthma...should avoid prolonged outdoor exertion."

Here are the predicted visible passes...
*USA 186, mag 2.3 beginning at 9:04pm
*Tiangong 2, mag 1.4 beginning at 9:17pm
*Cosmos 2297 rocket, mag 2.1 beginning at 9:25pm
*Cosmos 2098 rocket, mag 2.0 beginning at 9:29pm
*Cosmos 1825, mag 2.2 beginning at 9:38pm
*Cosmos 2227 rocket, mag 2.5 beginning at 9:40pm
HRPO will close at 12:30am.

The 26 July 2018 rating is...
EXCELLENT
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » July 28th, 2018, 4:48 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 47%
sky cover, 83%
relative humidity, 80%
temperature, 28˚C
heat index, 36˚C
surface wind, N 6 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 "good" (4 out of 5). This evening's 20OGS operator was to be BRAS member Peter Lazar. However, there will be no viewing and HRPO will close at 8:30pm. If it begins to rain anytime after 7:30pm, HRPO will close at 10pm.

The 28 July 2018 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
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[NOTE: HRPO's August schedule will not be on HRPO's website until Monday. Requests to observatory@brec.org will get a response with the full August schedule.]

Christopher K.
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » August 3rd, 2018, 5:40 pm

The presentation "Ten Years of Fermi" 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, 17%
sky cover, 47%
relative humidity, 72%
temperature, 28˚C
surface wind, SE 3 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 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 3 August 2018 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » August 4th, 2018, 5:20 pm

Tonight is Evening Sky Viewing Plus. Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's event time of 7pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 26%
sky cover, 81%
relative humidity, 84%
temperature, 27˚C
heat index, 28˚C
surface wind, S 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 Treasurer. However, the 20OGS will remain closed and viewing will be attempted with portable equipment on the front pad. The campfire is canceled, though the physical science demonstrations will still take place. HRPO will close at 9:30pm; if it begins to rain anytime after 7:30pm, HRPO will close immediately.

The 4 August 2018 rating is...
EXCELLENT
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » August 10th, 2018, 5:41 pm

The presentation "Meteor Showers" 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, 37%
sky cover, 72%
relative humidity, 87%
temperature, 25˚C
heat index, 27˚C
surface wind, SW 3 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 BREC Center Supervisor Jordan Cobbs. However, there will be no viewing and HRPO will close at 9:30pm. If it begins to rain anytime after 8:30pm, HRPO will close immediately.

The 10 August 2018 rating is...
EXCELLENT
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » August 11th, 2018, 4:39 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 16%
sky cover, 66%
relative humidity, 85%
temperature, 26˚C
surface wind, SW 9 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 "good" (4 out of 5). This evening's 20OGS operator is to BREC Center Supervisor Jordan Cobbs. The 20OGS will be used, though the dropout will not be lowered. HRPO will close at 9:30pm. If it begins to rain anytime after 7:30pm, HRPO will close immediately.

The 11 August 2018 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » August 12th, 2018, 7:13 pm

Tonight is the peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower...
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/meteors.html

HRPO will be open from 10pm to 2am. Below is the NOAA forecast for that time span...
precipitation potential, 7%
sky cover, 36%
relative humidity, 87%
temperature, 26˚C
heat index, 27˚C
surface wind, W 2 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). Portable telescopes will show views of Mars, Jupiter and Saturn at various times from 10pm to midnight. We will also attempt to obtain Neptune during that time. There will be no telescope viewing after midnight.

There is one predicted visible pass...
*H-IIA 202 rocket body, mag 2.0 beginning at 10:10pm

All rules and regulations must be followed to stay on site. HRPO will close at 2am.

The 12 August 2018 rating is...
EXCELLENT
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » August 17th, 2018, 5:47 pm

Tonight is a sunset elongation of Venus...
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/special.html

HRPO personnel was planning to be at the Burbank Soccer Complex from 8pm to 9:30pm. Below is the NOAA forecast for that time span...
precipitation potential, 16%
sky cover, 70%
relative humidity, 87%
temperature, 27˚C
heat index, 28˚C
surface wind, S 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" (3 out of 5). HRPO personnel will be at the Complex until 9:15pm; if it begins to rain anytime after 8pm, HRPO personnel will end viewing immediately...
http://www.brec.org/index.cfm/park/BurbankSoccerComplex

The 17 August 2018 rating is...
EXCELLENT
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

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

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 17%
sky cover, 84%
relative humidity, 85%
temperature, 27˚C
heat index, 28˚C
surface wind, S 4 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 "good" (4 out of 5). This evening's 20OGS operator is BREC Center Supervisor Jordan Cobbs. The 20OGS will be in operation, though the dropout will not be lowered. HRPO will close at 9:30pm. If it begins to rain anytime after 7:30pm, HRPO will close immediately.

The 18 August 2018 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
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Christopher K.
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » August 24th, 2018, 5:40 pm

The presentation "Spitzer at Fifteen" 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, 15%
relative humidity, 76%
temperature, 27˚C
heat index, 30˚C
surface wind, SE 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 "good" (4 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 personnel are awaiting from a local company quotes for new hydraulic cylinders.

There are two predicted visible passes during the planned viewing...
*USA 186, mag 1.5 beginning at 8:51pm
*debris from a Briz-M, mag 1.9 beginning at 9:03pm
HRPO will close at 10pm.

The 24 August 2018 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
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