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 Post subject: Mercury Viewing, 2018
PostPosted: December 30th, 2017, 7:34 pm 
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Mercury will be at greatest western elongation (23˚) around 2pm Monday afternoon, meaning that morning will be a good time to view the closest planet to the Sun. During nautical twilight (6:06am to 6:35am) Mercury will rise from eight to fourteen degrees in the southeast. It will be in a gibbous phase, magnitude -0.3 in Ophiuchus.

Please keep in mind the temperature is predicted to be below freezing at this time.


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PostPosted: March 12th, 2018, 4:10 pm 
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A very good evening apparition of Mercury occurs on Thursday the 15th. Don't miss it. The planet doesn't sink down to five degrees above the horizon until an hour after sunset! It will be to the upper right of Venus.


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PostPosted: April 18th, 2018, 10:07 pm 
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On Friday 27 April at 7:30pm HRPO will present the lecture "Mercury and Venus". The talk is aimed at an adult audience. Though very different, the two planets will be paired together as they are both inferior planets--closer to the Sun than Earth.


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PostPosted: May 8th, 2018, 4:16 pm 
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The eastern elongations of Mercury allow viewing of the planet while it is its farthest in angular separation from the Sun. This will next take place on Wednesday 11 July. HRPO personnel will host viewing of Mercury from 7:45pm to 9:15pm on that night at the Burbank Soccer Complex.


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PostPosted: June 28th, 2018, 2:56 pm 
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In preparation for the next sunset elongation of Mercury on the eleventh, kids ages eight to twelve may consider attending the 7 July Science Academy session at the Highland Road Park Observatory. That session will highlight the surface of Mercury (which is very similar to Earth's Moon) and explain the motion of Mercury in our sky. Registration is in progress. The cost is five dollars per EBR Parish child and six dollars per child outside of EBR Parish.

About Science Academy:
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/academy.html


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PostPosted: July 11th, 2018, 5:27 pm 
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Below is the NOAA forecast for 7:45pm to 9:15pm at the Burbank Soccer Complex...
precipitation potential, 10%
sky cover, 76%
relative humidity, 87%
temperature, 27˚C
heat index, 28˚C
surface wind, NW 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 "excellent" (5 out of 5). Telescopes will be in northeast corner of the Complex, across the street from the dog park. All current and future 2018 Stargazers Campers will receive an extra door prize ticket for attending. All Cadets attending the 14 July Science Academy "Summer Day" will receive an extra door prize ticket.

The 11 July 2018 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD


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