HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » March 8th, 2019, 2:38 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 5:30pm to 7:30pm for the winter Edge of Night session...
precipitation potential, 5%
sky cover, 93%
relative humidity, 84%
temperature, 21˚C
surface wind, S 14 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). HRPO will close at 7:30pm.

The 8 March 2018 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » March 9th, 2019, 4:41 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 17%
sky cover, 88%
relative humidity, 92%
temperature, 21˚C
surface wind, S 14 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). Tonight's 20OGS operator was to be LSU physics professor Greg Stacy; however, as the rain chance is above ten percent and the shutter opening is manual, the 20OGS will not be used. Attempted viewing will take place on the front pad. HRPO will close at 9:30pm; if it begins to rain anytime after 7:30pm, HRPO will close immediately.

The 9 March 2019 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » March 15th, 2019, 6:00 pm

Tonight's lecture is titled "The Life Cycle of a Star"; the speaker is Merrill Hess. It starts at 7:30pm.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 45%
sky cover, 96%
relative humidity, 66%
temperature, 13˚C
surface wind, N 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 "too cloudy to forecast" (0 out of 5). This evening's 20OGS operator was to be LSU physics professor Greg Stacy; however, there will be no telescope viewing and HRPO will close at 9:15pm; if it continues to rain anytime after 7:30pm, HRPO will close immediately.

The 15 February 2019 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » March 16th, 2019, 4:38 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 16%
sky cover, 96%
relative humidity, 72%
temperature, 11˚C
wind chill, 9˚C
surface wind, NE 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 "too cloudy to forecast" (0 out of 5). Tonight's 20OGS operator was to be BRAS Treasurer Trey Anding; however, as the rain chance is above ten percent and the shutter opening is manual, the 20OGS will not be used. Attempted viewing will take place on the front pad if any open sky is seen. HRPO will close at 9:30pm; if it begins to rain anytime after 7:30pm, HRPO will close immediately.

The 16 March 2019 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » March 16th, 2019, 7:19 pm

Since the beginning of winter, not counting special events such as the Eclipse or Plus Nights (and not counting tonight), HRPO has had to cancel a cumulative total of twenty hours of sky viewing due to a BAD rating.

Therefore, there will be a Contingency Sky Viewing session on Tuesday 19 March from 7:45pm to 9:45pm. As usual, there is no admission fee and the event is for all ages.

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » March 19th, 2019, 6:15 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:45pm to 9:45pm...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 0%
relative humidity, 44%
temperature, 13˚C
surface wind, NE 7 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 "average" (3 out of 5).

There is one predicted visible pass...
*8:39pm = International Space Station (mag -3.9)

The 19 March 2019 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » March 22nd, 2019, 6:04 pm

Tonight's lecture is titled "Zodiac Dreams". It starts at 7:30pm.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 0%
relative humidity, 58%
temperature, 16˚C
surface wind, SE 3 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 "average" (3 out of 5). This evening's 20OGS operator is BREC Center Supervisor Jordan Cobbs. The 20OGS will be in operation; however, the dropout will not be lowered as BREC awaits a quote from the original manufacturer of the hydraulic cylinders. HRPO will close at 10pm.

The 22 March 2019 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » March 23rd, 2019, 6:19 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 4%
relative humidity, 58%
temperature, 18˚C
surface wind, SE 8 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 BREC Center Supervisor Jordan Cobbs. The 20OGS will be in operation; however, the dropout will not be lowered as BREC awaits a quote from the original manufacturer of the hydraulic cylinders.

The 23 March 2019 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

There are four predicted visible passes...
*a Chang Zheng 4B rocket body, magnitude 2.5 beginning at 7:37pm
*the Cosmos 2227 rocket, magnitude 2.2 beginning at 7:52pm
*the Hubble Space Telescope, magnitude 2.3 beginning at 8:08pm
*an Atlas 3B rocket body, magnitude 2.5 beginning at 9:10pm

HRPO will close at 10pm.

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » March 29th, 2019, 6:18 pm

The Highland Road Park Observatory is closed tonight, as it will be open for eight consecutive hours of public programming tomorrow...
2pm = "Small Things Move Faster" Lecture (speaker, Dr. Mette Gaarde)
3pm = annual NanoDays celebration
7pm = Evening Sky Viewing Plus
(Sky viewing, sky tour and marshmallow roast are all weather-dependent.)

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » March 30th, 2019, 4:54 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 34%
sky cover, 61%
relative humidity, 65%
temperature, 23˚C
surface wind, SW 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 "poor" (1 out of 5). Tonight's 20OGS operator was to be BRAS member and asteroid discoverer; however, there will be no sky viewing and HRPO will close at. If it begins to rain anytime after 7:30pm, HRPO will close immediately.

The 30 March 2019 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

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