HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » November 16th, 2019, 4:56 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's event time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 32%
relative humidity, 62%
temperature, 9˚C
wind chill, 8˚C
surface wind, N 5 km/h

[Sunset is at 5:07pm CST. Twilight ends at 6:31pm CST.]

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 Treasurer Trey Anding.

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

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » November 19th, 2019, 3:18 pm

Due to NOAA's forecast predicting inclement weather, the Natural Sky Conference has been moved from Friday 22 November to Saturday 23 November. All other aspects of the program including time (6pm to 9pm) remain the same. There is no public programming at HRPO this coming Friday night.

More information:
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/special2.html

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » November 23rd, 2019, 4:42 pm

This year's Natural Sky Conference was postponed until tonight, due to the rainy weather present yesterday. Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's event time of 6pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 2%
relative humidity, 84%
temperature, 12˚C
surface wind, NW 5 km/h

[Sunset is at 5:04pm CST. Twilight ends at 6:29pm CST.]

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 professor Rob Hynes.

At 6pm NASA-TV will show various highlights of Apollo 12.

Peat predicts that the HRPO location will see four potential visible passes...
*Yaogan 6, mag 2.5 beginning at 6:29pm
*the Cosmos 2360 rocket, mag 2.4 beginning at 6:52pm
*a Chang Zheng 4B rocket (Spacetrack #29507), mag 2.5 beginning at 6:55pm
HRPO will close at 10pm.

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

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » November 29th, 2019, 8:24 pm

As is customary, HRPO is closed for Thanksgiving Friday. HRPO will be open (weather permitting) from 7:30pm to 10pm tomorrow night. In the meantime, enjoy the last few hours of programming during Black Hole Friday on NASA's Public Channel...
https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/ ... tml#public

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » November 30th, 2019, 4:13 pm

Tonight is a Plus Night!
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/saturday.html

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's event time of 7pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 8%
sky cover, 84%
relative humidity, 84%
temperature, 24˚C
surface wind, SW 21 km/h

[Sunset is at 5:03pm CST. Twilight ends at 6:29pm CST.]

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 is LSU physics professor Greg Stacy. Due to wind gusts forecast to reach 40 kilometers per hour, there will be no campfire. HRPO will close at 10pm.

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

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » December 6th, 2019, 5:39 pm

Tonight's presentation is titled "Buying Binoculars and Telescopes"; it starts at 7:30pm. Members of the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society will helm it.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 3%
sky cover, 73%
relative humidity, 93%
temperature, 18˚C
surface wind, N 5 km/h

[Sunset is at 5:03pm CST. Twilight ends at 6:29pm CST.]

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). This evening's 20OGS operator is LSU physics professor Greg Stacy. HRPO will close at 10pm.

The 6 December 2019 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » December 7th, 2019, 4:47 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's event time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 60%
relative humidity, 84%
temperature, 14˚C
surface wind, NE 3 km/h

[Sunset is at 5:03pm CST. Twilight ends at 6:30pm CST.]

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 Treasurer Trey Anding. There will be a second telescope outside from 8pm to 9pm.

The 7 December 2019 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » December 13th, 2019, 6:08 pm

There is no lecture tonight or regular sky viewing session tonight.

Weather permitting, HRPO was going to be open for the peak of the Geminid Meteor Shower, but personnel currently are reading a NOAA Dense Fog Advisory.

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » December 13th, 2019, 6:57 pm

Due to two statements from NOAA mentioning dense fog, with visibility down to a quarter-mile, HRPO will not be open to the public tonight.

The facility will be open for Solar Viewing from 12pm to 2pm tomorrow...
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/solar.html
...and for evening sky viewing tomorrow from 7:30pm to 10pm...
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/saturday.html

There is still time for registration into these fantastic STEM programs offered by HRPO...
"Earth Orbit Trips I/Electrical Behavior I" (Sat 21 Dec from 10am to 12pm, ages 8 to 12, http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/academy.html)
"Colonization/The Legendary Comption" (Sat 28 Dec from 3:30pm to 7:30pm, ages 12 to 16, http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/stem.html)
Winter Space Exploration Camp (30 and 31 Dec, ages 9 to 13, http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/rocket.html)
Learn Your Telescope (Sat 4 Jan from 3:30pm to 7:30pm, ages 18 and older, http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/aa_class.html)

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