HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » August 3rd, 2019, 6:08 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 15%
sky cover, 48%
relative humidity, 83%
temperature, 27˚C
heat index, 28˚C
surface wind, S 4 km/h

[Sunset is at 7:57pm CDT. Twilight ends at 9:27pm 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). Tonight's 20OGS operator is BREC Center Supervisor Jordan Cobbs. HRPO will close at 9:30pm; if it begins to rain anytime after 7:30pm, HRPO will close immediately.

The 3 August 2019 rating is...
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » August 9th, 2019, 5:51 pm

Tonight's lecture is titled "Tracking Asteroids"; it starts at 7:30pm. The speaker is BRAS President Steven Tilley.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 11%
sky cover, 53%
relative humidity, 77%
temperature, 29˚C
heat index, 36˚C
surface wind, SW 8 km/h

[Sunset is at 7:52pm CDT. Twilight ends at 9:21pm CDT.]

Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time the transparency rating will be "too cloudy" (0 out of 5) and the seeing rating will be "average" (3 out of 5). This evening's 20OGS operator is to be BRAS member and asteroid discoverer Merrill Hess. HRPO will close at 10pm.

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » August 10th, 2019, 4:50 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 10%
sky cover, 81%
relative humidity, 73%
temperature, 30˚C
heat index, 36˚C
surface wind, SW 3 km/h

[Sunset is at 7:51pm CDT. Twilight ends at 9:19pm CDT.]

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). Tonight's 20OGS operator is LSU physics professor Rob Parks. HRPO will close at 10pm.

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » August 16th, 2019, 5:42 pm

Tonight's lecture is titled "Ice Giants and Beyond"; it starts at 7:30pm.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 4%
sky cover, 37%
relative humidity, 72%
temperature, 29˚C
heat index, 34˚C
surface wind, S 5 km/h

[Sunset is at 7:45pm CDT. Twilight ends at 9:12pm CDT.]

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). This evening's 20OGS operator is to be LSU physics professor Rob Hynes. HRPO will close at 10pm.

The 16 August 2019 rating is...
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » August 17th, 2019, 5:21 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 11%
sky cover, 44%
relative humidity, 78%
temperature, 29˚C
heat index, 33˚C
surface wind, S 9 km/h

[Sunset is at 7:44pm CDT. Twilight ends at 9:11pm 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 "average" (2 out of 5). Tonight's 20OGS operator is BRAS Treasurer Jordan Cobbs.

Peat predicts that the HRPO location will see two potential visible passes...
*the Hubble Space Telescope, mag 0.8 beginning at 8:19pm
*the debris of a Briz-M rocket, mag 0.9 beginning at 8:46pm
HRPO will close at 10pm.

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » August 23rd, 2019, 4:10 pm

There is no lecture at HRPO tonight. Instead, an experimental new program takes place; it is called "The Celestial Fantasia" and is for professional teachers, informal educators, homeschoolers and students (http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/special2.html).

Below is the NOAA forecast for the event time of 7pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 15%
sky cover, 71%
relative humidity, 84%
temperature, 27˚C
heat index, 29˚C
surface wind, SE 4 km/h

[Sunset is at 7:38pm CDT. Twilight ends at 9:03pm CDT.]

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 "good" (4 out of 5). This evening's 20OGS operator is LSU physics professor Greg Stacy. HRPO will close at 10pm.

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » August 24th, 2019, 5:41 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 7%
sky cover, 85%
relative humidity, 90%
temperature, 26˚C
surface wind, S 3 km/h

[Sunset is at 7:36pm CDT. Twilight ends at 9:02pm 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). Tonight's 20OGS operator is BRAS Treasurer Trey Anding. HRPO will close at 10pm.

The 24 August 2019 rating is...
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » August 30th, 2019, 5:52 pm

Tonight's lecture is titled "Earth to Moon to Mars"; 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, 8%
relative humidity, 72%
temperature, 28˚C
heat index, 32˚C
surface wind, E 3 km/h

[Sunset is at 7:30pm CDT. Twilight ends at 8:54pm CDT.]

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 evening's 20OGS operator is to be BRAS member and asteroid discoverer Merrill Hess.

Peat predicts that the HRPO location will see four potential visible passes...
*USA 186, mag 1.5 beginning at 8:38pm
*a Chang Zheng 4C rocket body, mag 1.7 beginning at 8:57pm
*Cosmos 1666, mag 2.5 beginning at 9:07pm
*the Resurs 01 rocket, mag 2.4 beginning at 9:14pm
HRPO will close at 10pm.

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » August 31st, 2019, 4:27 pm

Tonight from 7pm to 10pm HRPO hosts another Plus Night, so called because it adds the following elements to a standard viewing session...
---physical science demonstrations (7pm to 9pm)
---marshmallow roast (7pm to 9pm)---ultraviolet coloring
--game for kids to earn prizes (7:30pm to 9pm)
---an unaided eye sky tour (9pm)
---a binocular sky tour (9:30pm)

Viewing targets include Jupiter, Saturn and (only after 9:45pm) Neptune. The videos in rotation will focus on the new Artemis Mission to return Americans to the Moon, and the Parker Solar Probe (which will have its third perihelion tomorrow).

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's event time of 7pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 4%
relative humidity, 60%
temperature, 29˚C
heat index, 31˚C
surface wind, E 4 km/h

[Sunset is at 7:28pm CDT. Twilight ends at 8:52pm CDT.]

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 that the HRPO location will see five potential visible passes...
*the Cosmos 2082 rocket, mag 2.5 beginning at 7:44pm
*a Chang Zheng 4B rocket, mag 1.3 beginning at 7:54pm
*a Strela rocket, mag 2.4 beginning at 8:39pm
*the Shenzhou-11 module, mag 2.5 beginning at 8:53pm
*the Resurs 01 rocket, mag 2.4 beginning at 9:07pm
HRPO will close at 10pm.

The 31 August 2019 rating is...
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Christopher K.
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » September 6th, 2019, 5:42 pm

HRPO is closed tonight. The facility will be open tomorrow night from 7:30pm to 10pm for general skygazing and on Monday night from 8:45pm to 10:45pm for the Opposition of Neptune. As always, there is no admission fee for skygazing.

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