HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » April 5th, 2019, 6:10 pm

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

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 13%
sky cover, 96%
relative humidity, 90%
temperature, 21˚C
surface wind, SE 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 was to be LSU physics professor Robert Parks. However, the 20OGS will not be in use due to the shutter retraction being manual and not automated. Viewing will be attempted on the front pad if open sky is seen. HRPO will close at 10pm.

The 5 April 2019 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » April 6th, 2019, 4:45 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 10%
sky cover, 64%
relative humidity, 86%
temperature, 22˚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). Tonight's 20OGS operator was to be LSU physics professor Rob Hynes; however, as the rain chance is above ten percent and the shutter opening is manual, the 20OGS will not be used. Attempted viewing will take place on the front pad. HRPO will close at 10pm.

The 6 April 2019 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » April 12th, 2019, 5:37 pm

Tonight's lecture is titled "Titanic--Fire and ice"; the speaker is Amy Brouillette. It starts at 7:30pm.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 28%
sky cover, 85%
relative humidity, 83%
temperature, 21˚C
surface wind, SE 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 "bad" (1 out of 5). This evening's 20OGS operator was to be LSU physics professor Robert Hynes. However, the 20OGS will not be in use. Viewing will be attempted on the front pad if open sky is seen. HRPO will close at 9:30pm; if it begins to rain anytime after 8:30pm, HRPO will close immediately.

The 12 April 2019 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » April 13th, 2019, 5:18 pm

HRPO will not open tonight due to NOAA's Wind Advisory (in effect until midnight) and NOAA's Hazardous Weather Outlook, which mentions potential tornadoes. HRPO personnel request that the general public do not go onto HRPO property for the rest of the day, and through tonight.

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » April 19th, 2019, 3:08 pm

HRPO is closed tonight for the Good Friday holiday.

HRPO will be open tomorrow from 12pm to 2pm for solar viewing, and tomorrow night from 7:30pm to 10pm for more viewing. All viewing is, of course, weather-dependent.

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » April 20th, 2019, 4:43 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 0%
relative humidity, 55%
temperature, 17˚C
surface wind, SW 4 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 member Peter Lazar. Viewing will take place also on the front pad. HRPO will close at 10pm.

Peat predicts that the HRPO location will see potentially an astounding fourteen visible passes...
*the Cosmos 1238 rocket, mag 1.9 beginning at 8:05pm
*FREGAT/IRIS, mag 2.3 beginning at 8:22pm
*an Atlas Centaur 2, mag 1.1 beginning at 8:23pm
*Cosmos 1455, mag 2.2 beginning at 8:38pm
*USA 186, mag 1.4 beginning at 8:39pm
*an H-IIA 2024, mag 1.8 beginning at 8:49pm
*Cosmos 2221, mag 2.4 beginning at 8:51pm
*Cosmos 1892, mag 2.5 beginning at 8:53pm
*the Cosmos 2369 rocket, mag 2.2 beginning at 9:14pm
*a Chang Zheng 3B, mag 2.2 beginning at 9:23pm
*the Cosmos 1943 rocket, 2.4 beginning at 9:24pm
*SJ 16-02, mag 1.6 beginning at 9:26pm
*the Resurs 01 rocket, mag 1.4 beginning at 9:30pm
*Lacrosse 5, mag 1.9 beginning at 9:44pm

The 20 April 2019 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » April 26th, 2019, 5:44 pm

Tonight's lecture is titled "Insight into Apollo"; it starts at 7:30pm. The speaker is Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club Treasurer Tom Harrell.

At 8:15pm, HRPO receives a visit from the Art on the Geaux Program! The lunar craft activity has no admission fee and is for kids ages six and older.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 0%
relative humidity, 62%
temperature, 19˚C
surface wind, N 4 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 Peter Lazar.

Peat predicts that the HRPO location will see potentially three visible passes during viewing time...
*a Kosmos 11K65M rocket, mag 1.9 beginning at 8:30pm
*a Chang Zheng 3B rocket, mag 1.9 beginning at 8:56pm
*the Lacrosse 4 rocket, mag 1.3 beginning at 9:12pm

HRPO will close at 10pm.

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

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » April 27th, 2019, 5:22 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 6%
relative humidity, 61%
temperature, 22˚C
surface wind, S 11 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 Robert Parks. Attempted viewing will take place on the front pad also.

Peat predicts that the HRPO location will see potentially eight visible passes...
*the SJ 16-02 satellite, mag 1.3 beginning at 7:54pm
*an Atlas Centaur 2, mag 1.9 beginning at 7:58pm
*the Lacrosse 5 rocket, mag 2.5 beginning at 8:07pm
*USA 186, mag 1.3 beginning at 8:38pm
*Cosmos 1825, mag 2.1 beginning at 8:43pm
*a Chang Zheng 3B rocket, mag 1.8 beginning at 8:44pm
*the Resurs 01 rocket, mag 2.4 beginning at 8:59pm
*the Lacrosse 4 rocket, mag 2.3 beginning at 9:17pm
HRPO will close at 10pm.

The 27 April 2019 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » May 3rd, 2019, 5:37 pm

Tonight's lecture is titled "Skygazing--A Pursuer's Guide"; it starts at 7:30pm. Unlike most other Friday night lectures, this presentation is actually aimed at parents and teachers of kids aged six to seventeen.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 14%
sky cover, 85%
relative humidity, 78%
temperature, 24˚C
surface wind, S 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 "poor" (2 out of 5). This evening's 20OGS operator was to be LSU physics professor Greg Stacy. However, the 20OGS will not be in use due to the required manual opening of the shutter. Viewing will be attempted on the front pad if open sky is seen. HRPO will close at 10pm; if it begins to rain anytime after 8:30pm, HRPO will close immediately.

The 3 May 2019 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

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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. » May 4th, 2019, 4:40 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 18%
sky cover, 26%
relative humidity, 79%
temperature, 24˚C
surface wind, W 12 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). Tonight's 20OGS operator was to be BRAS Treasurer Trey Anding; however, as the rain chance is above ten percent and the shutter opening is manual, the 20OGS will not be used. Attempted viewing will take place on the front pad. HRPO will close at 9:30pm.

The 4 May 2019 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD
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