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PostPosted: July 29th, 2016, 5:48 pm 
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This astounding sight is a "one night only" thrill. Three planets will form a fairly large triangle (Mercury and Venus will be as far apart as possible for its proximity to still earn the label "conjunction". The accompanying Moon will only be a scant 1.5 day-old!


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PostPosted: August 19th, 2016, 4:15 pm 
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What a mistake...not mentioning the date and time!

This event takes place on Friday 2 September. Personnel from the Highland Road Park Observatory will host a viewing of this event from 5:45pm to 7:45pm at the Burbank Soccer Complex. The Burbank location must be used as HRPO property does not have the low western horizon needed.

As of this posting, the Burbank Soccer Complex has been rendered unusable for the immediate future by the Great Flood of 2016. I am giving out this information on the faith that Burbank will be dryed out and safe come the 2nd of September.

More information:
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/special3.html

Burbank Soccer Complex:
http://www.brec.org/index.cfm/park/BurbankSoccerComplex


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PostPosted: August 25th, 2016, 4:34 pm 
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I drove through the Complex today. Most water is down, though there are quite a few water birds on the soccer fields. If there isn't a huge torrential downpour before the 2nd, the Triple Conjunction event should take place.


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PostPosted: August 31st, 2016, 1:03 pm 
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Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 5:45pm to 7:45pm this Friday...
precipitation potential, 14%
sky cover, 41%
relative humidity, 65%
temperature, 31˚C
heat index, 37˚C
surface wind, N 10 km/h

This is a very nice forecast for sky watching.

HRPO will have two six-inch Orion Skyquest Dobsonians at the Complex. Additionally, Tom will bring his three-inch Dobsonian. We strongly encourage patrons to bring binoculars.

Besides the three planets and the lit portion of the Moon, one should look for two other space phenomena...
*The dark (or night) portion of the Moon will be illuminated by sunlight reflected from the tops of Earth's clouds. This is called Earthshine.
*There will also be one medium-sized and three small sunspots on the Sun. One of the telescopes will have a solar filter. Do not look at the Sun except through that one telescope! Any interested adult can purchase a solar viewer at HRPO tomorrow from 8am to 4pm; the viewers are two dollars each.

More information:
http://www.brec.org/index.cfm/calendar/detail/15503/73209


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PostPosted: August 31st, 2016, 3:12 pm 
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CORRECTION:
The webpage for the Triple Conjunction erroneously states that the order of objects from east to west is Mercury, Jupiter, the Moon and then Venus. That is actually the order from west to east. My apologies.


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PostPosted: September 2nd, 2016, 4:52 pm 
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Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 5:45pm to 7:45pm this evening...
precipitation potential, 20%
sky cover, 44%
relative humidity, 62%
temperature, 33˚C
heat index, 38˚C
surface wind, N 8 km/h


Please join us in a few minutes. We'll be by the dog park and we'll expect owners to have their dogs off the leashes only in the dog park. Thanks for your cooperation.

We'll have information about our OSIRIS-REx Launch Party on the 8th, and this last night of GLOBE at Night!


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PostPosted: September 2nd, 2016, 9:02 pm 
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Well, the event was partially successful. We saw Venus, Jupiter and the thin cresent Moon. We saw the Moon with difficulty as there was plenty of haze in the west. No Mercury, but as a consolation we were able to get telescopic views of Mars for a few minutes before the plague of mosquitoes descended. Fun all around! Between thirty and forty patrons joined us; Ben, Ashley, Roz and Hayley stopped by.


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