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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The front gate and main building will be open at 7pm. Tonight's lecture, "The Heart of Pluto", begins at 7:30pm. Sunset is at 8:04pm CDT.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's planned viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 9%
sky cover, 55%
relative humidity, 87%
temperature, 27˚C
heat index, 30˚C
surface wind, SE 6 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 "good" (4 out of 5).

Tonight's 20OGS operator is LSU Professor Matthew Penny. Twilight ends at 9:37pm CDT. HRPO will be open until 10pm.

The 22 July 2022 rating is...
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Christopher K.
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2022

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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, 12%
sky cover, 23%
relative humidity, 81%
temperature, 28˚C
heat index, 32˚C
surface wind, S 6 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 "good" (4 out of 5).

Tonight's 20OGS operator is BRAS member Merrill Hess. Sunset is at 8:03pm CDT. Twilight ends at 9:37pm CDT. HRPO will be open until 10pm.

The 23 July 2022 rating is...
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Christopher K.
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2022

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The front gate and main building will be open at 7pm. Tonight's lecture, "The Psyche Mission", begins at 7:30pm. The speaker is Amy Northrop as Solar System Ambassador for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Sunset is at 8:00pm CDT.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's planned viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 6%
sky cover, 57%
relative humidity, 87%
temperature, 27˚C
heat index, 31˚C
surface wind, S 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).

Tonight's 20OGS operator is LSU Professor Rob Hynes. Twilight ends at 9:31pm CDT. HRPO will be open until 10pm.

The 29 July 2022 rating is...
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Christopher K.
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2022

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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, 5%
sky cover, 47%
relative humidity, 81%
temperature, 28˚C
heat index, 32˚C
surface wind, SE 6 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).

Tonight's 20OGS operator is BRAS Trey Anding. Sunset is at 7:59pm CDT. Twilight ends at 9:30pm CDT.

Peat predicts a visible pass from the viewpoint of HRPO grounds...
*International Space Station, magnitude -2.1 beginning at 9:43pm
HRPO will be open until 10pm.

The 30 July 2022 rating is...
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Christopher K.
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2022

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The front gate and main building will be open at 7pm. Tonight's lecture, "Curiosity on Mars", begins at 7:30pm. Sunset is at 7:54pm CDT.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's planned viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 10%
sky cover, 16%
relative humidity, 89%
temperature, 26˚C
surface wind, SE 9 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 "good" (4 out of 5).

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

Peat predicts a visible pass from the viewpoint of HRPO grounds...
*OBJECT B, magnitude 0.7 beginning at 8:41pm
Twilight ends at 9:24pm CDT. HRPO will be open until 10pm.

The 5 August 2022 rating is...
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Christopher K.
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2022

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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, 13%
sky cover, 57%
relative humidity, 90%
temperature, 27˚C
heat index, 28˚C
surface wind, SE 7 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 "good" (4 out of 5).

Tonight's 20OGS operator is BREC Program Aide Jacob Des Roches. Sunset is at 7:54pm CDT. Twilight ends at 9:23pm CDT.

Peat predicts at least forty-five STARLINKs passing overhead from 8:40pm to 9pm, ranging in magnitude from 2.7 to 2.5. HRPO has limited binoculars; patrons are encouraged to bring their own.
Peat also predicts a visible pass from the viewpoint of HRPO grounds...
*Hubble Space Telescope, magnitude 1.0 beginning at 9:16pm
HRPO will be open until 10pm.

The 6 August 2022 rating is...
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Christopher K.
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2022

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There is neither a lecture nor standard sky viewing tonight. Viewing of the Perseids begins at 10pm; HRPO personnel hopes many join them. Standard viewing will resume tomorrow night.
Christopher K.
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2022

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The front gate and main building will be open at 6:35pm. Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's planned Plus Night time of 7pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 8%
sky cover, 48%
relative humidity, 91%
temperature, 26˚C
heat index, 28˚C
surface wind, S 6 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 "good" (4 out of 5).

Tonight's 20OGS operator is LSU physics professor Rob Hynes. Sunset is at 7:47pm CDT, so upstairs telescope viewing can begin only after 8pm. Twilight ends at 9:15pm CDT.

Peat predicts two visible passes from the viewpoint of HRPO grounds...
*H-IIA 202 rocket body (Spacetrack #40382), magnitude 0.8 beginning at 8:44pm
*Tiangong space station, magnitude -2.3 beginning at 9:08pm
Due to the state of the grounds, there will be no campfire. HRPO will be open until 10pm.

The 13 August 2022 rating is...
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Christopher K.
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2022

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HRPO will be closed on Friday 19 August, as it will be opened tonight (10:30pm to 12:30am) for this year's opposition of Saturn. Regular evening sky viewing will resume on Saturday the 20th.
Christopher K.
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2022

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The front gate and main building will be open at 6:45pm. Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's planned viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 35%
sky cover, 65%
relative humidity, 93%
temperature, 26˚C
heat index, 27˚C
surface wind, S 3 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).

Tonight's 20OGS operator was to be LSU Physics Professor Rob Hynes. However, there will be no sky viewing and HRPO will close at 9pm. If it rains anytime after 7:30pm, HRPO will close immediately.

The 20 August 2022 rating is...
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