HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » November 2nd, 2018, 5:39 pm

The BRAS Forum was not accessible the evening of 27 October, and so the NOAA forecast could not be announced.

The presentation "Buying Your First Telescope" 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, 0%
relative humidity, 83%
temperature, 12˚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 "poor" (2 out of 5). This evening's 20OGS operator is LSU physics professor Rob Hynes. The 20OGS will be used, though the dropout will not be lowered as a quote is currently being accepted to construct replacement hydraulic cylinders.

The 2 November 2018 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » November 3rd, 2018, 4:50 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's Plus Night event from 7pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 6%
relative humidity, 76%
temperature, 17˚C
surface wind, SE 10 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 was to be BRAS Outreach Chairman Ben Toman. However, LSU is investigating a suspected ethernet connectivity problem. The 20OGS will be not used; viewing will be attempted on the front pad. There will also be physical science demonstrations, a sky tour, a marshmallow roast and a game for kids to earn prizes.

There are four predicted visible passes during the event...
*Cosmos 389 rocket, mag 2.2 beginning at 7:26pm
*Briz-M rocket debris, mag 1.7 beginning at 7:30pm
*Cosmos 1825, mag 2.3 beginning at 7:54pm
*Hubble Space Telescope, mag 2.1 beginning at 8:11pm
HRPO will close at 10pm.

The 3 November 2018 rating is...
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » November 9th, 2018, 5:09 pm

HRPO's second Natural Sky Conference takes place from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Viewing is planned to start at 7pm.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7pm to 8:30pm...
precipitation potential, 17%
sky cover, 80%
relative humidity, 82%
temperature, 10˚C
wind chill, 8˚C
surface wind, N 18 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 "bad" (1 out of 5). This evening's 20OGS operator is LSU physics professor Greg Stacy. The 20OGS will be used, though the dropout will not be lowered. HRPO will close at 10pm.

The 9 November 2018 rating is...
EXCELLENT
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » November 10th, 2018, 5:38 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 1%
sky cover, 66%
relative humidity, 75%
temperature, 8˚C
wind chill, 6˚C
surface wind, NE 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 "average" (3 out of 5). This evening's 20OGS operator is LSU physics professor Rob Hynes. HRPO will close at 10pm.

The 10 November 2018 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » November 16th, 2018, 3:51 pm

HRPO's fall edition of The Edge of Night takes place from 4:45pm to 6:45pm. Below is the NOAA forecast for that time...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 0%
relative humidity, 62%
temperature, 13˚C
surface wind, S 2 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). The 20OGS is not used for The Edge of Night program; there will be viewing with telescopes on the front viewing pad.

There are three predicted visible passes during the event that are at least as bright as mag 2.5 and peak at least as high as thirty degrees...
*USA 161, mag 0.6 beginning at 6:14pm
*Cosmos 2487, mag 2.2 beginning at 6:22pm
*Yaogan 1, mag 2.5 beginning at 6:29pm
HRPO will close immediately after the event.

The 16 November 2018 rating is...
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » November 17th, 2018, 5:42 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 2%
relative humidity, 84%
temperature, 11˚C
wind chill, 10˚C
surface wind, SE 3 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 was to be BRAS Treasurer Trey Anding. However, LSU is still investigating an ethernet connectivity issue. Viewing will be conducted with portable telescopes on the front pad.

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

Post by Christopher K. » November 23rd, 2018, 7:22 pm

HRPO is closed for Thanksgiving Friday. Telescope viewing will be attempted tomorrow from 7:30pm to 10pm, and Monday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm.

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » November 24th, 2018, 5:43 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 51%
relative humidity, 89%
temperature, 15˚C
surface wind, S 5 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). The 20OGS is not utlized on Thanksgiving Saturday, but there will be attempted telescope viewing on the front pad. HRPO will close at 10pm.

HRPO declines to assign 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. » November 30th, 2018, 5:36 pm

The presentation "Exoplanets!" will take place at 7:30pm this evening; the speaker is BREC Center Supervisor Jordan Cobbs.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 87%
sky cover, 99%
relative humidity, 93%
temperature, 19˚C
surface wind, SE 16 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 "bad" (1 out of 5). This evening's 20OGS operator was to be BRAS member Merrill Hess. However, there will be no viewing and HRPO will close at 8:45pm.

The 30 November 2018 rating is...
EXCELLENT
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Christopher K.
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » December 1st, 2018, 5:46 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 4%
sky cover, 7%
relative humidity, 83%
temperature, 18˚C
surface wind, SW 11 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 was to be LSU physics professor Greg Stacy; however LSU is investigating a connectivity issue and a possible issue related to a recent thunderstorm. A telescope will be in operation on the front viewing pad.

The 1 December 2018 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
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HRPO will close at 10pm.

The HRPO website is down as most servers in its server room at LSU have been shut down for maintenance. It will likely stay down at least until Monday.

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