HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2020

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Christopher K.
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2020

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Sunset was at 7:21pm CDT; twilight ends at 8:44pm CDT. The following restrictions will apply for all patrons until further notice…
*All people who are not part of the same household must stay at least six feet apart from one another.
*Only thirty (30) patrons are allowed on site at any one time.
*Only twelve (12) patrons are allowed inside the main floor at any one time.
*No patron will be allowed inside the main floor unless he/she agrees to a temperature scan and wears a mask.
*Only one (1) patron will be allowed inside each bathroom at any one time.
*There is a strict time limit of thirty minutes for each patron’s visit.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's planned viewing time of 8:45pm to 10:45pm...
precipitation potential, 13%
sky cover, 51%
relative humidity, 74%
temperature, 28˚C
heat index, 32˚C
surface wind, NE 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 and 16OGS domes will be closed to the public until the six-foot rule is abolished

HRPO will remain open past 10:45pm for the Moon-Mars Conjunction.

The 5 September 2020 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

Christopher K.
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2020

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HRPO was to stay open until 10:45pm for the Neptunian Opposition, but due the NOAA forecast the facility will close at 9:45pm. There will be no telescope viewing.

Christopher K.
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2020

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The following restrictions will apply for all patrons until further notice…
*All people who are not part of the same household must stay at least six feet apart from one another.
*Only thirty (30) patrons are allowed on site at any one time.
*Only twelve (12) patrons are allowed inside the main floor at any one time.
*No patron will be allowed inside the main floor unless he/she agrees to a temperature scan and wears a mask.
*Only one (1) patron will be allowed inside each bathroom at any one time.
*There is a strict time limit of thirty minutes for each patron’s visit.

Sunset is at 7:12pm CDT. Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's planned viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 34%
sky cover, 77%
relative humidity, 91%
temperature, 26˚C
surface wind, E 7 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 and 16OGS domes will be closed to the public until the six-foot rule is abolished. Twilight ends at 8:34pm CDT. HRPO will close at 9pm; if it begins to rain anytime after 7:30pm, HRPO will close immediately.

The 12 September 2020 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

Christopher K.
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Joined: October 12th, 2009, 3:28 pm
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2020

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HRPO is now operating under Phase Three restrictions...
*All people who are not part of the same household must stay at least six feet apart from one another.
*Only fifty (50) patrons are allowed on site at any one time.
*Only twelve (12) patrons are allowed inside the main floor at any one time.
*No patron will be allowed inside the main floor unless he/she agrees to a temperature scan and wears a mask.
*Only one (1) patron will be allowed inside each bathroom at any one time.
*There is a strict time limit of thirty minutes for each patron’s visit.

Sunset is at 7:05pm CDT; twlight ends at 8:26pm CDT. Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's planned viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 7%
sky cover, 99%
relative humidity, 70%
temperature, 24˚C
surface wind, NE 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 "bad" (1 out of 5). The 20OGS and 16OGS domes will be closed to the public until the six-foot rule is abolished.

The 18 September 2020 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

Christopher K.
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2020

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Due to rain, HRPO has closed to the public for the night.

Christopher K.
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2020

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HRPO is now operating under Phase Three restrictions...
*All people who are not part of the same household must stay at least six feet apart from one another.
*Only fifty (50) patrons are allowed on site at any one time.
*Only twelve (12) patrons are allowed inside the main floor at any one time.
*No patron will be allowed inside the main floor unless he/she agrees to a temperature scan and wears a mask.
*Only one (1) patron will be allowed inside each bathroom at any one time.
*There is a strict time limit of thirty minutes for each patron’s visit.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's planned viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 41%
sky cover, 100%
relative humidity, 87%
temperature, 22˚C
surface wind, E 13 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). Telescope viewing will not be attempted tonight. HRPO will close at 9pm; if it begins to rain anytime after 7:30pm, HRPO will close immediately.

The 19 September 2020 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

Christopher K.
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Joined: October 12th, 2009, 3:28 pm
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2020

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Sunset is a 6:56pm CDT. HRPO is operating under Phase Three restrictions until further notice...
*All people who are not part of the same household must stay at least six feet apart from one another.
*Only fifty (50) patrons are allowed on site at any one time.
*Only twelve (12) patrons are allowed inside the main floor at any one time.
*No patron will be allowed inside the main floor unless he/she agrees to a temperature scan and wears a mask.
*Only one (1) patron will be allowed inside each bathroom at any one time.
*There is a strict time limit of thirty minutes for each patron’s visit.

Twilight ends at 8:17pm CDT. Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's planned viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 36%
relative humidity, 83%
temperature, 23˚C
surface wind, NE 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).

The 25 September 2020 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

HRPO will close at 10pm.

Christopher K.
Posts: 5474
Joined: October 12th, 2009, 3:28 pm
Location: Baton Rouge, LA

Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2020

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HRPO is now operating under Phase Three restrictions...
*All people who are not part of the same household must stay at least six feet apart from one another.
*Only fifty (50) patrons are allowed on site at any one time.
*Only twelve (12) patrons are allowed inside the main floor at any one time.
*No patron will be allowed inside the main floor unless he/she agrees to a temperature scan and wears a mask.
*Only one (1) patron will be allowed inside each bathroom at any one time.
*There is a strict time limit of thirty minutes for each patron’s visit.

Sunset is at 6:55pm CDT. Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's planned viewing time of 7pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 3%
sky cover, 44%
relative humidity, 87%
temperature, 24˚C
surface wind, SE 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 "average" (3 out of 5). The 20OGS and 16OGS domes will be closed to the public until the six-foot rule is abolished.

The BRAS computer monitor will feature the following NASA-TV broadcasts...
7pm = "Quest for Space: The Von Braun Story"
8:30pm = Orion Crew Module Cone Panel
9pm = "Ocean Worlds: The Search for Life"
The BREC computer monitor will show packaged videos relating to Mars Express, the Mars Exploration Rovers (Spirit and Opportunity), Mars Global Surveyor and the Mars InSight Lander. The Payload Bay will issue the game sheets and reveal the evening's cargo at 7:15pm.

Peat predicts that the HRPO location will see a potential visible passes...
*an H-IIA rocket body (Spacetrack #32501), mag 1.0 beginning at 7:28pm

The 26 September 2020 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

Twilight ends at 8:15pm CDT; HRPO will close at 10pm.

Christopher K.
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Joined: October 12th, 2009, 3:28 pm
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2020

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HRPO is closed tonight in preparation for the Spooky Sensation. Please remember Phase 3 guidelines are in effect. Ticket numbers will be given out at the front gate. Some patrons may have a maximum stay time of thirty minutes.

Christopher K.
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2020

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NOAA’s text forecast for Village Saint George states “Tropical Storm Conditions Possible” from Delta. NOAA's graph forecast shows that from 3pm to 10pm Friday evening, there will be sustained winds in excess of 48 kilometers per hour, and gusts in excess of 64 kilometers per hour.

Due to this, HRPO’s public offerings for 9 October are canceled, and personnel are asking that the public vacate HRPO grounds by 12pm on that day.

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