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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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 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 8:10pm CDT. Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 7%
sky cover, 88%
relative humidity, 88%
temperature, 26˚C
heat index, 27˚C
surface wind, SE 3 km/h

Twilight ends at 9:48pm CDT. 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 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.

NOAA has issued an Air Quality Alert until midnight.

Christopher K.
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2020

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The third annual Asteroid Day to take place at HRPO (sponsored by BRAS) will occur from 9pm to midnight. 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 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 8:10pm CDT. Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time...
precipitation potential, 14%
sky cover, 33%
relative humidity, 88%
temperature, 27˚C
heat index, 29˚C
surface wind, S 7 km/h

Twilight ends at 9:48pm 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 27 June 2020 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

Christopher K.
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2020

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HRPO's front gate will be open at 7:15pm this evening, and the building will be open at 7:30pm.

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 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.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's event time...
precipitation potential, 26%
sky cover, 54%
relative humidity, 80%
temperature, 28˚C
heat index, 30˚C
surface wind, NW 3 km/h

Sunset is at 8:10pm CDT. Twilight ends at 9:47pm CDT. Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's event time the transparency rating will be "poor" (1 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 3 July 2020 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

The summer Edge of Night session was scheduled for 8pm to 10pm. However, HRPO will be open only until 9:30pm.

Christopher K.
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2020

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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 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.

NOAA has issued a Heat Sunset is at 8:08pm CDT. Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 6%
sky cover, 26%
relative humidity, 72%
temperature, 30˚C
heat index, 36˚C
surface wind, SW 10 km/h


Peat predicts that the HRPO location will see a potential visible passes...
*Hubble Space Telescope, mag 0.9 beginning at 9:11pm

Twilight ends at 9:45pm CDT. Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's event time the transparency rating will be "above average" (4 out of 5) and the seeing rating will be "good" (4 out of 5). The 20OGS and 16OGS domes will be closed to the public until the six-foot rule is abolished. HRPO will close at 10pm CDT.

The 10 July 2020 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

Christopher K.
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No Evening Sky Viewing on 11 July 2020

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There will be no evening sky viewing tonight at HRPO. Instead, personnel will have HRPO open on Monday 13 July from 9:45pm to 11:45pm. That will be the night of the Jovian Opposition--the closest that Jupiter will get to the Earth this year.

Christopher K.
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2020

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Tonight's evening sky viewing session at HRPO is being pre-empted by an attempted viewing of Comet NEOWISE at the Burbank Soccer Complex from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Phase 2 Guidelines will be in effect...
*All patrons must wear a mask.
*Patrons are allowed into the Burbank Soccer Complex only for this viewing session. Most of the Complex will not be accessible.
*Patrons are allowed to stay a maximum of fifteen minutes.
*A maximum of thirty patrons are allowed onsite at any one time.

It is strongly recommended that patrons bring both something to drink and a binocular.

Christopher K.
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2020

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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 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.

Tonight is the July Plus Night at HRPO. The schedule is truncated due to the virus response; there will be no campfire. Below is the NOAA forecast for the event time of 7pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 1%
sky cover, 28%
relative humidity, 69%
temperature, 29˚C
heat index, 34˚C
surface wind, SE 9 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). Sunset is at 8:06pm CDT; twilight ends at 9:40pm CDT. The 20OGS is closed until the six-foot rule is abolished.

The 18 July 2020 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

HRPO will close at 10pm.

Christopher K.
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2020

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HRPO is closed as personnel used work hours for the Saturnian Opposition Monday night.

Standard evening sky viewing will resume (weather permitting) tomorrow from 8:30pm to 10pm.

Christopher K.
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2020

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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 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.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's planned viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 41%
sky cover, 71%
relative humidity, 84%
temperature, 27˚C
heat index, 28˚C
surface wind, SE 9 km/h

Sunset is at 8:02pm 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 "poor" (2 out of 5). The 20OGS and 16OGS domes will be closed to the public until the six-foot rule is abolished.

The 25 July 2020 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD
There will be no telescope viewing, and HRPO will close at 9pm. If it rains anytime after 7:30pm, HRPO will close immediately.

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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Sunset is at 7:58pm CDT. 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 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.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's planned viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 3%
sky cover, 18%
relative humidity, 78%
temperature, 28˚C
heat index, 32˚C
surface wind, SW 10 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). The 20OGS and 16OGS domes will be closed to the public until the six-foot rule is abolished. Twilight ends at 9:29pm CDT.

The 31 July 2020 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

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