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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One of the three phases of HRPO's electric system is down at this time. If it is not restored by 2:30pm CDT, HRPO personnel will cancel sky viewing for tonight. Entergy currently reports 4121 outages in the 70810 zip code.

Christopher K.
Posts: 5480
Joined: October 12th, 2009, 3:28 pm
Location: Baton Rouge, LA

Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2020

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HRPO’s electrical system is still experiencing a partial outage. Tonight’s Evening Sky Viewing session is canceled. If power is restored in time, HRPO’s next public offering will be The Great Martian Opposition, Tuesday 13 October from 6:30pm to 12:30am. Phase Three restrictions will be in effect.

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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Phase Three restrictions are still being imposed on HRPO...
*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 6:30pm CDT. Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's planned viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 1%
relative humidity, 78%
temperature, 19˚C
surface wind, E 8 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).

Peat predicts that the HRPO location will see three potential visible passes...
*Okean-O, mag 2.5 beginning at 7:36pm
*Cosmos 1300, mag 2.5 beginning at 7:58pm
*The X-37B, mag 1.9 beginning at 8:10pm

Twilight ends at 7:51pm CDT; HRPO closes at 10pm.

The 17 October 2020 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

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