HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

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Christopher K.
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HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » November 28th, 2018, 12:03 pm

There will be more than just standard sky viewing during the upcoming calendar year. 2019 includes but is not limited to...
*a total lunar eclipse (January)
*the largest International Astronomy Day in Baton Rouge history (May)
*the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing (July)
*a transit of Mercury (November)

The HRPO 2019 Preview Party will take place at that facility on Friday 28 December from 6pm to 10pm. Objects available for viewing will include Mars, Uranus, Neptune, the Pleiades Star Cluster, the Andromeda Galaxy, the Orion Nebula, the Triangulum Galaxy, the Perseus Double Cluster and (if still bright and accessible) Comet Wirtanen.

There will also be physical science demonstrations, games for kids to earn prizes and displays. The Celestron NexStar 8SE (earned during the 2018 Donation Drive) will have first light.

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » January 4th, 2019, 4:42 pm

The Friday Night Lecture Series resumes next week. Tonight at 6:45pm, 7:15pm and 7:45pm there will be a GLOBE at Night training session for the public; the constellation Orion will be used.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 8%
relative humidity, 90%
temperature, 7˚C
wind chill, 6˚C
surface wind, W 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 "poor" (2 out of 5). This evening's 20OGS operator is BREC Center Supervisor Jordan Cobbs. The 20OGS will be in operation; however, the dropout will not be lowered as plan are underway to have replacement cylinders manufactured and delivered.

Anyone who shows up early can see a predicted visible pass...
*a Chang Zheng 4 rocket body, mag 1.4 beginning at 6:01pm

The 4 January 2019 rating is...
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » January 5th, 2019, 4:52 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 1%
relative humidity, 94%
temperature, 9˚C
surface wind, SW 2 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 "good" (4 out of 5). This evening's 20OGS operator is BRAS member Peter Lazar. The 20OGS will be in operation; however, the dropout will not be lowered as plan are underway to have replacement cylinders manufactured and delivered.

The 5 January 2019 rating is...
EXCELLENT
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » January 11th, 2019, 5:39 pm

Tonight's lecture is titled "2018--The Space Year in Review". 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, 36%
relative humidity, 83%
temperature, 11˚C
wind chill, 9˚C
surface wind, E 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). This evening's 20OGS operator is LSU physics professor Rob Hynes. The 20OGS will be in operation; however, the dropout will not be lowered as plan are underway to have replacement cylinders manufactured and delivered. HRPO will close at 10pm.

The 11 January 2019 rating is...
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » January 12th, 2019, 4:16 pm

Tonight is a Plus Night. In addition to regular viewing there will be an unaided eye sky tour, ultraviolet coloring, physical science demonstrations and a small game for kids to earn prizes.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 1%
sky cover, 29%
relative humidity, 82%
temperature, 16˚C
surface wind, W 9 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 "poor" (2 out of 5). This evening's 20OGS operator is BRAS member and asteroid discoverer Merrill Hess. The 20OGS will be in operation; however, the dropout will not be lowered as plan are underway to have replacement cylinders manufactured and delivered.

The 12 January 2019 rating is...
EXCELLENT
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » January 18th, 2019, 5:44 pm

Tonight's lecture is titled "Wonders of the Winter Sky". It starts at 7:30pm; the speaker is BREC Center Supervisor Amy Brouillette.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 10%
sky cover, 94%
relative humidity, 91%
temperature, 18˚C
surface wind, S 14 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). This evening's 20OGS operator was to be BRAS member Peter Lazar; however the 20OGS will not be in operation as the rain chance is too high for a shutter opening, which at this time is manual. HRPO will close at 10pm.

The 18 January 2019 rating is...
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » January 19th, 2019, 4:39 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 91%
relative humidity, 76%
temperature, 6˚C
wind chill, 1˚C
surface wind, NW 25 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 is LSU physics professor Greg Stacy. The 20OGS will be in operation if there is anything to see; however, the dropout will not be lowered as plan are underway to have replacement cylinders manufactured and delivered.

The 19 January 2019 rating is...
EXCELLENT
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » January 20th, 2019, 5:17 pm

HRPO is open for the Total Lunar Eclipse. Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8pm tonight to 2am early Monday morning...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 0%
relative humidity, 84%
temperature, 2˚C
wind chill, 0˚C
surface wind, NE 5 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 "good" (4 out of 5). This event is basically an unaided-eye event. However, there will be moderate-aperture telescopes providing low-magnification views of the Moon. Patrons are strongly recommended to bring binoculars; patrons cannot bring any equipment that requires a set up on the ground.

The 20 January 2019 rating is...
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » January 25th, 2019, 5:41 pm

Tonight's lecture is titled "Protecting the Power Grid". 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, 1%
relative humidity, 78%
temperature, 6˚C
surface wind, SE 3 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 BRAS member and asteroid discoverer Merrill Hess. The 20OGS will be in operation; however, the dropout will not be lowered as plan are underway to have replacement cylinders manufactured and delivered. HRPO will close at 10pm.

The 25 January 2019 rating is...
EXCELLENT
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GOOD
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POOR
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Joined: October 12th, 2009, 3:28 pm
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » January 26th, 2019, 5:16 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 67%
relative humidity, 72%
temperature, 9˚C
wind chill, 8˚C
surface wind, E 5 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 BRAS Treasurer Trey Anding. The 20OGS will be in operation; however, the dropout will not be lowered as plan are underway to have replacement cylinders manufactured and delivered.

The 26 January 2019 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

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