2019 Solar Viewing

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Re: 2019 Solar Viewing

Post by Christopher K. » March 22nd, 2019, 3:36 pm

The activity on the surface of the Sun has increased from weak to mild. Active Region 2735 can no longer be seen; AR2736 has grown. Once again, I sketched with the Orion Skyquest 10" at 48x.

I encourage any with the appropriate equipment to view this activity within the next forty-eight hours.

Current image of the Sun...
http://www.spaceweather.com/images2019/ ... mi1898.gif

Christopher K.
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Re: 2019 Solar Viewing

Post by Christopher K. » April 29th, 2019, 12:29 pm

The next solar viewing session will be from 2pm to 3pm today, right after the "Future of Space" live NASA event.

Below is the NOAA forecast for this viewing time...
precipitation potential, 15%
sky cover, 55%
relative humidity, 53%
temperature, 29˚C
temperature, 31˚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 "average" (3 out of 5).

The 29 April 2019 daytime rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

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Re: 2019 Solar Viewing

Post by Christopher K. » May 4th, 2019, 12:56 pm

The next planned solar viewing session at HRPO will be on Saturday 11 May from 3:15pm to 5:15pm. At least one BRAS member (perhaps two) will have his own solar viewing equipment on site.

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Re: 2019 Solar Viewing

Post by Christopher K. » May 14th, 2019, 3:36 pm

There is mild solar activity on the Sun at this time. Active Region 2740 has a good deal of plage and Active Region 2741 has a large sunspot "cracked" into three pieces. BREC Program Aide Jacob Des Roches and I viewed this activity earlier today, and I'll sketch it after 4pm.

The Sun today:
http://www.spaceweather.com/images2019/ ... mi1898.gif

Anyone with the ability to view this activity should do so within the next three days.

Christopher K.
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Re: 2019 Solar Viewing

Post by Christopher K. » June 22nd, 2019, 2:45 pm

The next solar viewing session will be from 3:30pm to 5:30pm today. Below is the NOAA forecast for this viewing time...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 31%
relative humidity, 53%
temperature, 35˚C
heat index, 41˚C
surface wind, S 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).

The 22 June 2019 daytime rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

Christopher K.
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Re: 2019 Solar Viewing

Post by Christopher K. » August 9th, 2019, 4:20 pm

The next solar viewing session will be from 12pm to 2pm tomorrow, right after the "Rockets of the Past" Science Academy session.

Below is the NOAA forecast for this viewing time...
precipitation potential, 21%
sky cover, 41%
relative humidity, 59%
temperature, 35˚C
temperature, 43˚C
surface wind, W 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 "excellent" (5 out of 5).

A Heat Advisory has been issued by NASA for 11am to 7pm tomorrow. If temperature and/or relative humidity forecast for 12pm to 2pm does not get reduced by NASA by 9am tomorrow, Solar Viewing will be canceled.

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Re: 2019 Solar Viewing

Post by Christopher K. » August 10th, 2019, 9:06 am

Due to NASA's heat index prediction lying within the Danger zone (refer to https://www.weather.gov/safety/heat-index), the solar viewing session is canceled. The next scheduled solar viewing session at HRPO is Saturday 14 September from 12pm to 2pm.

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Re: 2019 Solar Viewing

Post by Christopher K. » August 22nd, 2019, 4:36 pm

The Sun has been spotless only for about fifteen days, but it is extremely quiet in the optical. However, the next planned solar viewing session at the Highland Road Park Observatory will be Saturday 14 September from 12pm to 2pm.

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Re: 2019 Solar Viewing

Post by Christopher K. » October 18th, 2019, 5:17 pm

Solar viewing will be attempted by the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society during their participation in the Baton Rouge Mini Maker Faire tomorrow at the Goodwood Library...
https://batonrouge.makerfaire.com/

The next planned solar viewing at HRPO is Saturday 23 November from 12pm to 2pm. Although telescope viewing will always with no charge, beginning with this session parents can pay $2.50 for their child to participate in an add-on activity. All of the Solar Viewing Add-Ons will be Sun-related.

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