HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2020

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2020

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Tonight is the March Plus Night at HRPO. Below is the NOAA forecast for the event time of 7pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 1%
sky cover, 61%
relative humidity, 50%
temperature, 13˚C
surface wind, SE 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 "average" (3 out of 5). This evening's 20OGS operator is LSU astrophysicist Rob Parks.

This is a partial schedule...
7pm to 9pm = Physical Science Demonstrations
7pm to 8:30pm = Marshmallow Roast
7:30pm to 10pm = 20OGS Sky Viewing (may be too cloudy until 8:30pm)
8pm to 8:45pm = Extra Demo: Spectrum Source
8:30pm to 10pm = Portable Telescope Sky Viewing

HRPO declines to give a Sky Rating due to disparate data.

More information:
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/02_Current ... _03_07.pdf

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2020

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Tonight's lecture was to be "Star Mergers"; however, Dr. Chatzopoulos has cancelled, citing "the policy of LSU to practice social distancing to combat the virus". He has been rescheduled tentatively for 24 April.

As usual in cases of speaker cancellation, the HRPO backup lecture will be "Latest News". It starts at 7:30pm.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 3%
sky cover, 66%
relative humidity, 77%
temperature, 23˚C
surface wind, S 10 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 "poor" (2 out of 5). This evening's telescope operator is BREC Center Supervisor Jordan Cobbs.

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

Beginning tonight and for the forseeable immediate future, it will be operator discretion whether to use the dome telescope upstairs or a viewing pad telescope in the open air.

More information:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2020

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NASA-TV will broadcast "Shadow of the Moon" from 7pm to 9pm. Sunset is at 7:12pm CDT. Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 1%
sky cover, 77%
relative humidity, 70%
temperature, 24˚C
surface wind, S 7 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 was to be LSU physics professor Greg Stacy, but he removed himself from duty yesterday in anticipation of HRPO events being cancelled. At the present time Evening Sky Viewing remains on the HRPO schedule as does Science Academy, the Friday Night Lecture Series and Solar Viewing. The telescope operator tonight will be BREC Center Supervisor Jordan Cobbs.

Front Desk Videos will include 4K views of the Moon as seen from the Apollo 13 astronauts, and the the background regarding the Kuiper Belt object nicknamed Ultima Thule receiving the official name Arrokath. Twilight ends at 8:33pm CDT.

The 14 March 2020 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

More information:
http://www.brec.org/index.cfm/page/covid19

Happy Pi Day!

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2020

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Due to virus outbreak concerns, regular HRPO programming is canceled until 4 April. This includes the Friday Night Lecture Series for 20 March, 27 March and 3 April. This includes the Evening Sky Viewing sessions for 20 March, 21 March, 27 March, 28 March, 3 April and 4 April.

More information:
https://www.lsu.edu/coronavirus/index.php

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2020

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At this time, HRPO personnel have tentatively scheduled Evening Sky Viewing for the following times...
*Friday 17 April, 8:30pm to 10pm
*Saturday 18 April, 7:30pm to 10pm
*Friday 24 April, 8:30pm to 10pm
*Saturday 25 April, 7:30pm to 10pm
BREC Center Supervisor Jordan Cobbs has been scheduled to operate the 20OGS for all four nights for practicality's sake.

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2020

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HRPO's being closed to the public for telescopic viewing is somewhat of a mute point for tonight. Here is the forecast for 9pm CDT...
precipitation potential, 6%
sky cover, 66%
relative humidity, 76%
temperature, 26˚C
surface wind, S 18 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). The transparency rating and the cloud cover stay the same all night long. This is somewhat disparate data, but it's unlikely the skyviewing conditions will be better than fair--if that.

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2020

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HRPO is closed to the public at least through Friday 1 May. International Astronomy Day will take place (tentatively) on Saturday 2 May. Until that time personnel will serve patrons remotely via Home Skygazing Opportunities. During the month of April the entirety of BREC's Rules and Regulations remain in effect...
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/observatory/hours.html

However, do some personal skygazing from home! Here is the forecast from NOAA for 9pm CDT...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 12%
relative humidity, 62%
temperature, 17˚C
surface wind, NE 8 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); these rating stay until 3am. This is disparate data; this happens sporadically as when using two different sources.

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2020

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Here is the forecast from NOAA for 9pm CDT...
precipitation potential, 3%
sky cover, 57%
relative humidity, 76%
temperature, 21˚C
surface wind, SE 14 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 "poor" (2 out of 5); this is a good-to-fair forecast for this exact time, but the Danko ratings start worsening around 12:30am.

NOAA has issued a Wind Advisory for tomorrow from 7am CDT to 10am CDT. A portion of it states "Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects like lawn furniture and large tents. Tree limbs could be blown down resulting in a few power outages...Use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high profile vehicle. Secure outdoor objects."

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2020

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HRPO will remain closed through at least 6 May. There are several new Home Skygazing Opportunities on the HRPO front page...
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/

The NOAA forecast does not hold out too much promise for skygazing tonight; either the cloud cover stays over sixty percent or the relative humidity stays over ninety percent, or both.

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2020

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At this time, it is unknown whether there will be in-person activities at HRPO during the month of May. All regular May programming listed at the HRPO website is currently suspended.

Here is the forecast from NOAA for 9:30pm CDT tonight...
precipitation potential, 1%
sky cover, 94%
relative humidity, 69%
temperature, 17˚C
surface wind, E 3 km/h

Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time the transparency rating will be "too cloudy to forecast" (3 out of 5) and the seeing rating will be "average" (3 out of 5). This is a poor sky for viewing; it could only be worse if it were raining.

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