HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2022

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Christopher K.
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2022

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BRAS will host a "Buying Skygazing Equipment" seminar on Friday the 30th. Evening sky viewing will take place as usual from 8:30pm to 10pm; however, the 20OGS will not be in operation. Instead, four amateur telescopes will be placed onto the viewing pads so participants in the seminar can sample the different fields-of-view. Patrons who did not sit through the seminar are welcome to go to the viewing.

20OGS operation will resume on 1 October.
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2022

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Sunset is at 6:49pm CDT. The front gate and main building will be open at 7pm. Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's planned viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 0%
relative humidity, 59%
temperature, 20˚C
surface wind, N 6 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).
Tonight's 20OGS operator is BRAS Treasurer Trey Anding.

Peat predicts thirteen visible passes from the viewpoint of HRPO grounds...
*ten STARLINKs, magnitude 2.9 beginning at 8:01pm
*the Okean O rocket, magnitude 1.4 beginning at 8:03pm
[From 8:09pm to 8:24pm, the end of a Europa shadow transit may be seen.]
[Twilight ends at 8:10pm CDT.]
*the Hubble Space Telescope, magnitude 1.4 beginning at 8:17pm
*the Cosmos 2322 rocket, magnitude 2.3 beginning at 8:46pm

HRPO will be open until 10pm. The 1 October 2022 rating is...
EXCELLENT
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2022

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HRPO is closed tonight in preparation for tomorrow’s Spooky Spectrum event. The lecture on 14 October is “Wonders of the Fall Sky”.
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2022

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Sunset is at 6:34pm CDT. The front gate and main building will be open at 6:50pm. Tonight's lecture ("Wonders of the Fall Sky") begins at 7:30pm.

Twilight ends at 7:55pm CDT. Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's planned viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 0%
relative humidity, 58%
temperature, 20˚C
surface wind, SE 5 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).

Tonight's 20OGS operator is BRAS Treasurer Trey Anding.

Peat predicts three visible passes from the viewpoint of HRPO grounds...
*a Chang Zheng 4B rocket (Spacetrack #29507), magnitude 1.9 beginning at 8:31pm
*the Cosmos 2237 rocket, magnitude 2.4 beginning at 8:32pm
*a Centaur D upper stage (Spacetrack #694), magnitude 2.2 beginning at 8:34pm
HRPO will be open until 10pm.

The 14 October 2022 rating is...
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2022

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Sunset is at 6:33pm CDT. The front gate and main building will be open at 6:50pm. Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's planned viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 1%
relative humidity, 61%
temperature, 23˚C
surface wind, SE 8 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 member (and asteroid discoverer) Merrill Hess. Twilight ends at 7:53pm CDT.

Peat predicts five visible passes from the viewpoint of HRPO grounds...
*an Atlas V 401 rocket (Spacetrack #31702), magnitude 1.3 beginning at 8:01pm
*the Okean O rocket, magnitude 1.4 beginning at 8:14pm
*the Cosmos 2237 rocket, magnitude 2.3 beginning at 8:17pm
*a Centaur D upper stage (Spacetrack #694), magnitude 1.9 beginning at 8:28pm
*a Chang Zheng 4B rocket (Spacetrack #29507), magnitude 2.0 beginning at 8:30pm
HRPO will be open until 10pm.

The 15 October 2022 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
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BAD

[As of this posting, hrpo.lsu.edu is not accessible. I was informed via phone that this is probably an "index.html" issue. The appropriate personnel should be investigating.]
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2022

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Sunset is at 6:26pm CDT. The front gate and main building will be open at 7pm. Tonight's lecture ("The Spooky Sampler") begins at 7:30pm.

Twilight ends at 7:48pm CDT. Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's planned viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 0%
relative humidity, 79%
temperature, 19˚C
surface wind, S 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).

Tonight's 20OGS operator is LSU physics professor Rob Hynes.

Peat predicts one visible pass from the viewpoint of HRPO grounds...
*an Atlas IIAS rocket (Spacetrack #28096), magnitude 2.4 beginning at 8:32pm
HRPO will be open until 10pm.

The 21 October 2022 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
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POOR
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2022

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Sunset is at 6:38pm CDT. The front gate and main building will be open at 7pm. Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's planned viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 41%
relative humidity, 80%
temperature, 20˚C
surface wind, S 11 km/h

Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time the transparency rating will be "average" (3 out of 5) and the seeing rating will be "poor" )(2 out of 5).
Tonight's 20OGS operator is BRAS member Jacob Des Roches. Twilight ends at 7:47pm CDT.

HRPO will be open until 10pm. The 22 October 2022 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2022

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Sunset is at 6:20pm CDT. The front gate and main building will be open at 6:50pm. Tonight's lecture ("Supernova 1987A") begins at 7:30pm.

Twilight ends at 7:41pm CDT. Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's planned viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 21%
sky cover, 61%
relative humidity, 90%
temperature, 19˚C
surface wind, E 10 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).

There will be no viewing with the 20OGS. If it is raining after the lecture HRPO will close immediately. If it is not raining there will be an upstairs tour. After the tour viewing on the front pad will be attempted for fifteen to thirty minutes. Then HRPO will close at 9:45pm.

The 28 October 2022 rating is...
EXCELLENT
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Christopher K.
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2022

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Sunset is at 6:19pm CDT. The front gate and main building will be open at 7pm. Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's planned viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 2%
sky cover, 22%
relative humidity, 92%
temperature, 18˚C
surface wind, SW 5 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).
Tonight is the inaugural 20OGS operation for Dr. Colin Turley of LSU!

Peat predicts four visible passes from the viewpoint of HRPO grounds...
*an Atlas V401 rocket (Spacetrack #38770), magnitude 1.9 beginning at 7:38pm
*an Atlas 3B rocket (Spacetrack #28118), magnitude 1.8 beginning at 7:38pm
[Twilight ends at 7:41pm CDT.]
*the Cosmos 2369 rocket, magnitude 2.1 beginning at 7:50pm

HRPO will be open until 10pm. The 29 October 2022 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD
Christopher K.
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2022

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HRPO’s three-phase electrical system is experiencing a partial collapse. Tonight’s lecture and viewing are canceled and HRPO is closed to the public tonight. There is no planned viewing for tomorrow night (Saturday the 5th). Please keep the facility in mind for the lunar eclipse Tuesday morning and the Uranian Opposition Tuesday night.
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