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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Here is the forecast for 9pm CDT...
precipitation potential, 70%
sky cover, 83%
relative humidity, 86%
temperature, 24˚C
surface wind, SE 15 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 stays the same all night long, and the sky cover stays over sixty percent until about 6:30am Monday.

HRPO may be reopening during Phase Two. More information will be posted at...
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/index.html

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2020

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Here is the forecast for 9:30pm CDT...
precipitation potential, 1%
sky cover, 23%
relative humidity, 82%
temperature, 27˚C
heat index, 28˚C
surface wind, S 8 km/h

Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during this time the transparency rating will be "below average" (2 out of 5) and the seeing rating will be "average" (3 out of 5). The forecast predicts very good viewing at nightfall. However, the relative humidity reaches ninety percent about midnight, and the transparency deteriorates even more beginning at 2am.

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23 May 2020 Forecast for Personal Skygazing (HRPO Still Closed)

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Here is the forecast for 9:45pm CDT...
precipitation potential, 1%
sky cover, 23%
relative humidity, 84%
temperature, 25˚C
heat index, 26˚C
surface wind, SE 9 km/h

Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during this time the transparency rating will be "poor" (1 out of 5) and the seeing rating will be "average" (3 out of 5). The forecast predicts very good viewing at nightfall. The relative humidity reaches ninety percent about midnight, although the transparency improves somewhat by 11pm and even more by 2am. The seeing also improves by midnight.

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2020

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Here is the forecast for 9:45pm CDT...
precipitation potential, 13%
sky cover, 28%
relative humidity, 78%
temperature, 27˚C
heat index, 29˚C
surface wind, SE 8 km/h

Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during this time the transparency rating will be "average" (3 out of 5) and the seeing rating will be "good" (4 out of 5). The forecast predicts very good viewing at nightfall. The seeing deteriorates briefly between 12am and 3am; relative humidity reaches 90% at 2am.

The HRPO area has a Flood Watch from NOAA issued until 7am Tuesday. Gusts in excess of 75 km/hr are predicted for late Sunday morning.

There is a very good chance HRPO will reopen to the general public in the last half of June.

More information:
https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/#Cristobal
http://www.brec.org/index.cfm/page/covid19
https://www.weather.gov/lix/

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2020

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Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that the transparency rating will be "too cloudy to forecast" (0 out of 5) through at least sunrise Monday. Tropical storm conditions are expected tomorrow and tomorrow night due to Cristobal. A NOAA Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect. Gusts in excess of sixty kilometers per hour will probably be sustained from 11:30am CDT Sunday to 5am CDT Monday.

More information:
https://www.brla.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=544
https://www.lsu.edu/oep/alerts/2020/06- ... toring.php

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Reopening Announcement: Friday 19 June 2020

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The Highland Road Park Observatory is expected to reopen to the general public on Friday 19 June...with strict guidelines that should be follow by all visiting.The personnel look forward to seeing the regular crowd plus newcomers!

In the meantime, here is the NOAA forecast for 9:45pm CDT tonight...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 5%
relative humidity, 66%
temperature, 24˚C
surface wind, N 8 km/h

Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that until 11pm the transparency rating will be "transparent" (5 out of 5) and the seeing rating will be "average" (3 out of 5). If these forecasts are correct viewing conditions will be excellent! Suggest to your family, friends and neighbors that between 10pm and 11pm everyone should perform some binocular viewing.

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12 June 2020 NOAA Forecast (HRPO Still Closed)

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Here is the NOAA forecast for 9:45pm CDT tonight...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 6%
relative humidity, 61%
temperature, 24˚C
surface wind, N 7 km/h
Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that until 11pm the transparency rating will be "above average" (4 out of 5) and the seeing rating will be "average" (3 out of 5). If these forecasts are correct viewing conditions will be excellent! Suggest to your family, friends and neighbors that everyone should perform some binocular viewing...the earlier the better as cloud cover will increase slightly.

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13 June 2020 NOAA Forecast (HRPO Still Closed)

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Here is the NOAA forecast for 9:45pm CDT tonight...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 13%
relative humidity, 70%
temperature, 26˚C
surface wind, E 3 km/h

Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that until 11pm the transparency rating will be "above average" (4 out of 5) and the seeing rating will be "good" (4 out of 5). If these forecasts are correct viewing conditions will be excellent for the time being! The forecasts call for transparency to degenerate by 1am and relative humidity to hit ninety percent by 4am.

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First Weekend of Post-Virus Shutdown In-Person Viewing (Friday)

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In-person HRPO sky viewing resumes tonight. 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.
*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 8:09pm CDT. Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 14%
relative humidity, 74%
temperature, 26˚C
surface wind, S 5 km/h

Twilight ends at 9:47pm CDT. 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). The 20OGS and 16OGS domes will be closed to the public until the six-foot rule is abolished.

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

Please keep in mind that the summer solstice is tomorrow at 4:44pm. There will not be much complete darkness this weekend during viewing times.

NOAA has issued an Air Quality Alert until midnight.

Christopher K.
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First Weekend of Post-Virus Shutdown In-Person Viewing (Saturday)

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In-person HRPO sky viewing resumes tonight. 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.
*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 viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 2%
sky cover, 44%
relative humidity, 59%
temperature, 30˚C
heat index, 33˚C
surface wind, S 5 km/h

Sunset is at 8:09pm CDT. Twilight ends at 9:47pm CDT. 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.

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

Please keep in mind that the summer solstice is today at 4:44pm. There will not be much complete darkness this weekend during viewing times.

NOAA has issued an Air Quality Alert until midnight.

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