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 Post subject: 2016 Solar Viewing
PostPosted: January 2nd, 2016, 4:56 pm 
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The public solar viewing session at the Highland Road Park Observatory will be on Saturday 30 January from 12pm to 2pm. At that time the Sun will be in the constellation Capricornus at a maxium altitude of forty-two degrees.

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


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 Post subject: Re: 2016 Solar Viewing
PostPosted: January 18th, 2016, 5:31 pm 
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On 3 January at ~3:45pm I looked at the Sun with a solar viewer. I did not see 2476, 2477 or 2478. I certainly did not see 2473, which was responsible for the M2.3 flare. In fact, I couldn't discern any good-sized dark area on the latest optical shot from SDO.

On 4 January at ~1:40pm I used the Sunspotter. ARs2477 and 2476 were visible, though the chain of small spots in 2476 were difficult. 2478 is between them, but I did not see it. Tom, Amy and Hayley looked; Tom took a picture.

On 5 January at ~3:00pm I used the Sunspotter again (and again was so late I had to lift the back edge over the lip). I saw 2477 and that's all. 2476 seemed to have diminished optically. Solar altitude 21 degrees.

I didn't record data from NOAA, but from 7 January to 9 January there was either poor weather or no alerts from the SWPC.


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 Post subject: Re: 2016 Solar Viewing
PostPosted: January 24th, 2016, 8:53 pm 
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On 10 January at ~4:55pm I looked at the Sun with a solar viewer. 2480 was the largest dark area available; I did not see it.

Although geomagnetic storm activity was present on the 20th and 21st, a substantial chance of rain (over thirty percent) on those days kept me from working any viewing into my schedule.


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 Post subject: Re: 2016 Solar Viewing
PostPosted: January 29th, 2016, 8:15 pm 
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There is a bonus treat for solar viewing tomorrow. BRAS Co-Founder and former HRPO Education Curator Craig Brenden will visit! BRAS is now part of the Night Sky Network, and Mr. Craig will be bringing a special Sun-oriented demonstration acquired from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory!


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 Post subject: Re: 2016 Solar Viewing
PostPosted: February 25th, 2016, 3:52 pm 
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BRAS Co-Founder and former HRPO Education Curator Craig Brenden is returning this Saturday for solar viewing! Once again Mr. Craig will be bringing a special Sun-oriented demonstration acquired from JPL.

Solar viewing is this Saturday from 12pm to 2pm at the Highland Road Park Observatory.


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 Post subject: Re: 2016 Solar Viewing
PostPosted: February 26th, 2016, 12:28 pm 
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The Sun is quiet right now--no geomagnetic storms, radio blackouts or solar radiation storms. Still, there are a good seven small-to-modest-sized sunspots. Take at look...
http://www.spaceweather.com/images2016/26feb16/hmi1898.gif

In addition to tomorrow's session, there will also be an HRPO solar viewing session on Saturday 26 March (of course, from 12pm to 2pm).


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 Post subject: Re: 2016 Solar Viewing
PostPosted: March 25th, 2016, 5:11 pm 
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There are two interesting active regions on the Sun right now--2524 and 2526. This is the current view...
http://www.spaceweather.com/images2016/25mar16/hmi1898.gif?PHPSESSID=he5mj94qaerr66376gj704s0o0

HRPO personnel hope for a good viewing session tomorrow at 12pm. Right now the NOAA forecast calls for about sixty-four percent cloud cover.


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 Post subject: Re: 2016 Solar Viewing
PostPosted: March 26th, 2016, 10:39 am 
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Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 12pm to 2pm...
precipitation potential, 11%
sky cover, 47%
relative humidity, 64%
temperature, 22˚C
surface wind, SE 8 km/h


Solar viewing will be attempted for the entire session. There are two sizable active regions at this time.


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 Post subject: Re: 2016 Solar Viewing
PostPosted: May 8th, 2016, 5:22 pm 
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The May solar viewing session at HRPO will take place from 3pm to 5:15pm during the International Astronomy Day celebration on Saturday 14 May. Prominent active region 2542 will probably still be visible on Saturday, though having probably crossed over to the far limb. NOAA's very preliminary forecast calls for partly cloudy skies on Saturday.

Current view of the Sun:
http://www.spaceweather.com/images2016/08may16/hmi1898.gif


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 Post subject: Re: 2016 Solar Viewing
PostPosted: June 3rd, 2016, 5:22 pm 
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The Baton Rouge Astronomical Society will have a telescope set up for solar viewing this month and next month at most locations in the East Baton Rouge Parish Library system. Visitors can view the Sun safely from 3pm to 4pm at the following libraries...
Monday 6 June, EBRP Main Library
Thursday 9 June, Delmont Gardens Community Library
Monday 13 June, Pride-Chaneyville Community Library
Monday 20 June, Central Community Library
Thursday 23 June, Bluebonnet Regional Library
Friday 24 June, Eden Park Community Library
Monday 27 June, Greenwell Springs Regional Library
Thursday 30 June, Jones Creek Regional Library
Tuesday 5 July, Baker Community Library
Wednesday 6 July, Fairwood Community Library
Thursday 7 July, Zachary Community Library
Monday 11 July, Scotlandville Community Library
Thursday 14 July, Carver Community Library


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