HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » February 1st, 2019, 5:07 pm

The Friday Night Lecture Series resumes on 15 February. Tonight and next Friday (6pm to 8pm both nights) HRPO showcases a variety of archived materials hardly ever seen by the public.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 4%
sky cover, 84%
relative humidity, 90%
temperature, 13˚C
surface wind, E 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). This evening's 20OGS operator is BREC Center Supervisor Jordan Cobbs. The 20OGS will be in operation if open sky is available; however, the dropout will not be lowered as plans are underway to have replacement cylinders manufactured and delivered.

The 1 February 2019 rating is...
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » February 2nd, 2019, 5:23 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 10%
sky cover, 64%
relative humidity, 86%
temperature, 15˚C
surface wind, E 5 km/h


Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time the transparency rating will be "below average" (2 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. As the shutter retraction of the 20OGS dome is manual at this time and the rain chance is slightly high, viewing will take place on the front pad.

The 2 February 2019 rating is...
EXCELLENT
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » February 8th, 2019, 5:20 pm

The Friday Night Lecture Series resumes next Friday. Tonight from 6pm to 8pm, HRPO showcases a variety of archived materials hardly ever seen by the public. More information at http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/special.html.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 5%
sky cover, 98%
relative humidity, 48%
temperature, 8˚C
wind chill, 5˚C
surface wind, N 16 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 is BREC Center Supervisor Jordan Cobbs. The 20OGS will be in operation if open sky is available; however, the dropout will not be lowered as plans are underway to have replacement cylinders manufactured and delivered.

HRPO declines to issue a rating for this evening due to disparate data.

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » February 9th, 2019, 4:55 pm

Tonight is the second of six Plus Nights this year. There will be a marshmallow roast, sky tour, pointing out of "birth stars", a game for kids to earn prizes and a filtered view of the Waxing Crescent Moon. The theme will be Valentine's Day and Apollo 9. (The other Plus Nights will be in April, August, September and November.)

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 5%
sky cover, 67%
relative humidity, 54%
temperature, 10˚C
surface wind, E 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 "average" (3 out of 5). This evening's 20OGS operator is BRAS member and asteroid discoverer Merrill Hess. The 20OGS will be in operation; however, the dropout will not be lowered as plans are underway to have replacement cylinders manufactured and delivered.

There is a predicted magnitude -3.2 pass of the International Space Station beginning at 7:22pm.

The 9 February 2019 rating is...
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » February 15th, 2019, 5:47 pm

Tonight's lecture is titled "Astrophotography for Beginners". It starts at 7:30pm; the speaker is BRAS Vice-President Chris Desselles.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 25%
sky cover, 96%
relative humidity, 92%
temperature, 19˚C
surface wind, SW 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). This evening's 20OGS operator was to be BRAS member Merrill Hess; however, the 20OGS will not be used. Viewing will be attempted on the front pad. HRPO will close at 9:45pm.

The 15 February 2019 rating is...
EXCELLENT
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GOOD
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POOR
BAD

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » February 16th, 2019, 8:21 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 17%
sky cover, 85%
relative humidity, 86%
temperature, 19˚C
surface wind, SE 8 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 "poor" (2 out of 5). This evening's 20OGS operator is BRAS Treasurer Trey Anding. A telescope is outside now for very sporadic, brief views of the Moon. HRPO will close at 9:30pm.

The 16 February 2019 rating is...
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » February 22nd, 2019, 5:44 pm

Tonight's lecture is titled "Mercury and Venus". It starts at 7:30pm.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 23%
sky cover, 92%
relative humidity, 90%
temperature, 22˚C
surface wind, S 14 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 BRAS member Peter Lazar; however, the 20OGS will not be used. Viewing will be attempted on the front pad. HRPO will close at 9:45pm.

The 22 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. » February 23rd, 2019, 6:36 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 36%
sky cover, 97%
relative humidity, 87%
temperature, 22˚C
surface wind, W 14 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) and the seeing rating will be "average" (3 out of 5). This evening's 20OGS operator was to be LSU physics professor Rob Hynes. However, there will be no viewing and HRPO is scheduled to close at 9pm. If it continues to rain anytime after 7:30pm, HRPO will close immediately.

The 23 February 2019 rating is...
EXCELLENT
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GOOD
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » March 1st, 2019, 5:44 pm

Tonight's lecture is titled "Apollo 9". It starts at 7:30pm; the speaker is former BREC Center Supervisor Tom Northrop.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 11%
sky cover, 95%
relative humidity, 93%
temperature, 18˚C
surface wind, N 0 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. Viewing will be attempted if the sky is clear. HRPO will close at 10pm.

The 1 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 2nd, 2019, 4:57 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 14%
sky cover, 93%
relative humidity, 88%
temperature, 19˚C
surface wind, NE 4 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) and the seeing rating will be "average" (3 out of 5). This evening's 20OGS operator was to be BRAS member Peter Lazar. However, the 20OGS will not be used during this elevated rain chance as the large dome shutter currently has manual open/close. HRPO will close at 10pm.

The 2 March 2019 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

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