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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Posted: May 10th, 2019, 5:21 pm
by Christopher K.
HRPO is closed tonight.

HRPO will be open tomorrow from 3pm to 11pm (unless NOAA issues a Warning) for the thirteenth annual International Astronomy Day.

Scheduled exhibitors include Art on the Geaux, the Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club, the Baton Rouge Gem and Mineral Society, the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, the Baton Rouge Zoo, the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center and the St. George Fire Protection District. [NOTE: Some of these exhibitors' participations are weather-dependent.]

100.7 The Tiger will have a live remote with James Gilmore. Author Lisa Calhoun will arrive at 4pm to discuss her novel Superflare. Staff from the Little Wars gaming shop will showcase various abstract and sci-fi related games.

Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Posted: May 11th, 2019, 11:19 am
by Christopher K.
At this time, the NOAA Hazardous Weather Outlook for the HRPO area calls for potential “frequent lightning” and “gusty winds” and possible “severe” storms. Additionally, there is a Flood Watch. International Astronomy Day this year will be an indoor-only event from 7pm to 11pm.

Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Posted: May 17th, 2019, 5:51 pm
by Christopher K.
Tonight's lecture is titled "Apollo 10 Fiftieth Anniversary"; the speaker is former BREC Center Supervisor Tom Northrop. 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, 8%
relative humidity, 74%
temperature, 24˚C
surface wind, SE 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). This evening's 20OGS operator is to BRAS member and asteroid discoverer Merrill Hess. The 20OGS will be used; there will be no shutter retraction as HRPO is awaiting the removal of the old hydraulic cylinders. Viewing will be attempted on the front pad also.

Peat predicts that the HRPO location will see potentially six visible passes...
*the Cosmos 2322 rocket, mag 2.2 beginning at 8:32pm
*the Cosmos 2360 rocket, mag 2.5 beginning at 8:44pm
*the Hubble Space Telescope, mag 1.1 beginning at 8:50pm
*an SL-4 (Soyuz-U) rocket, mag 1.8 beginning at 9:03pm
*the International Space Station, mag -3.9 beginning at 9:14pm
*an H-IIA 202 rocket, mag 1.9 beginning at 9:36pm
HRPO will close at 10pm.

The 17 May 2019 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Posted: May 18th, 2019, 5:01 pm
by Christopher K.
Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 12%
sky cover, 40%
relative humidity, 83%
temperature, 25˚C
heat index, 29˚C
surface wind, S 16 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 "poor" (2 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.

At 8pm CDT, HRPO will show a replay of the town hall with NASA Administrator Bridenstine regarding that agency's budget for FY2020.

Peat predicts that the HRPO location will see a potential visible pass...
*the International Space Station, mag -3.4 beginning at 8:23pm

At 9pm CDT, HRPO will have a small monitor showing NASA's broadcast of Apollo 10 anniversary materials. HRPO will close at 10pm.

The 18 May 2019 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Posted: May 24th, 2019, 5:39 pm
by Christopher K.
Tonight's lecture is titled "The Amateur Radio Service". 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, 16%
relative humidity, 78%
temperature, 26˚C
surface wind, SE 10 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). This evening's 20OGS operator is to BREC Center Supervisor Jordan Cobbs. The 20OGS will be used. However, there will be manual shutter retraction as HRPO is awaiting the replacement of the shutter's battery; there will be no dropout lowering as HRPO is awaiting the removal of the old hydraulic cylinders.

Peat predicts that the HRPO location will see potentially this visible pass...
*the Lacrosse 5 rocket, mag 1.2 beginning at 9:08pm
HRPO will close at 10pm.

The 24 May 2019 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Posted: May 25th, 2019, 5:19 pm
by Christopher K.
Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 3%
relative humidity, 63%
temperature, 28˚C
heat index, 30˚C
surface wind, SE 10 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 "good" (4 out of 5). Tonight's 20OGS operator is BREC Center Supervisor Jordan Cobbs. The 20OGS will be used; the dropout will not be lowered as HRPO is awaiting the disconnection of the old cylinders and their eventual replacement with new cylinders.

Peat predicts that the HRPO location will see potentially three visible passes...
*the Cosmos 2227 rocket, mag 2.2 beginning at 8:41pm
*the Lacrosse 5 rocket, mag 2.0 beginning at 9:03pm
*the Cosmos 2237 rocket, mag 2.1 beginning at 9:21pm

The 25 May 2019 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Posted: May 31st, 2019, 5:43 pm
by Christopher K.
Tonight at 6:30pm, HRPO hosts a Meet and Greet for those parents who have (or who are considering) registering their kids for one of the eight weeks of Summer Camp...
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/camp.html
Half of the eight weeks are already filled!

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 11%
sky cover, 47%
relative humidity, 78%
temperature, 29˚C
heat index, 31˚C
surface wind, SW 3 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). This evening's 20OGS operator was to be LSU physics professor Robert Parks. However, as the rain chance is over ten percent and shutter retraction is still manual, the 20OGS will not be in operation. Attempted viewing on the front pad will take place if the sky is clear.

The 31 May 2019 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Posted: June 1st, 2019, 5:32 pm
by Christopher K.
Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 18%
sky cover, 30%
relative humidity, 60%
temperature, 31˚C
heat index, 34˚C
surface wind, NE 2 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). Tonight's 20OGS operator was to be BREC Center Supervisor Jordan Cobbs; 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.

The 1 June 2019 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Posted: June 8th, 2019, 4:44 pm
by Christopher K.
Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 5%
sky cover, 21%
relative humidity, 79%
temperature, 27˚C
heat index, 29˚C
surface wind, NW 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). Tonight's 20OGS operator is BRAS Treasurer Trey Anding. LSU P&A states that the shutter power and battery back-up have been restored, and it should be possible to retract the shutter electronically. This is a test run tonight.

Peat predicts that the HRPO location will see a potential visible pass...
*the International Space Station, mag -3.8 beginning at 8:47pm

The 8 June 2019 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Posted: June 14th, 2019, 6:48 pm
by Christopher K.
At 7:30pm there will be a special presentation (not a traditional lecture) to address the current concerns about the Great Red Spot's possible shrinking. Scott Cadwallader of BRAS will present the current data and recount his first-hand experiences.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 40%
relative humidity, 69%
temperature, 27˚C
heat index, 28˚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 "average" (3 out of 5). Tonight's 20OGS operator is LSU physics professor Greg Stacy. The 20OGS shutter is retracting automatically now.

The 14 June 2019 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

[NOTE: HRPO is closed for night viewing on Saturday 15 June and Friday 21 June due to the lateness of twilight on and near the first day of summer. HRPO's next general public event will be ARRL Field Day on Saturday 22 June from 2pm to 10pm.]