2016 Solar Viewing

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Re: 2016 Solar Viewing

Post by Christopher K. » June 9th, 2016, 12:17 pm

Weather permitting, come join us at the Delmont Gardens Library (3351 Lorraine Street) at 3pm. We'll have a SunSpotter and radiometer in action right outside the front doors.

More information:
http://www.ebrpl.com/LocationsandHours/dgb.html

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Re: 2016 Solar Viewing

Post by Christopher K. » June 13th, 2016, 11:55 am

Weather permitting, come join us at the Pride-Port Hudson Library (13600 Pride-Port Hudson Road) at 3pm. We'll have a SunSpotter and radiometer in action right outside the front doors. If the weather does not allow us to do that, we'll have some physical science demos inside; just ask the front desk staff.

More information:
http://www.ebrpl.com/LocationsandHours/pri.html

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Re: 2016 Solar Viewing

Post by Christopher K. » June 20th, 2016, 10:37 am

Weather permitting, come join us at the Pride-Port Hudson Library (11260 Joor Road) at 3pm. We'll have a SunSpotter and radiometer in action right outside the front doors. If the weather does not allow us to do that, we'll have some physical science demos inside; just ask the front desk staff.

More information:
http://www.ebrpl.com/LocationsandHours/cen.html

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Re: 2016 Solar Viewing

Post by Christopher K. » July 5th, 2016, 5:46 pm

The weather did not allow BRAS member Mark L. and I to set up the Sunspotter and radiometer outside the Baker Branch Library. However, the inside portion of the outreach was very fun. Mark and I will be at the Fairwood Branch Library tomorrow! The address is 12910 Old Hammond Highway.

Fairwood Branch Library:
http://www.ebrpl.com/LocationsandHours/fai.html

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Re: 2016 Solar Viewing

Post by Christopher K. » July 30th, 2016, 9:39 am

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 12pm to 2pm...
precipitation potential, 51%
sky cover, 76%
relative humidity, 62%
temperature, 32˚C
heat index, 37˚C
surface wind, W 5 km/h


Solar viewing is cancelled for this viewing session and HRPO will close at 12:30pm. The next solar viewing planned at HRPO will be on Saturday 24 September from 12pm to 2pm.

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Re: 2016 Solar Viewing

Post by Christopher K. » August 19th, 2016, 5:03 pm

From Monday the 22nd to Friday the 26th the Highland Road Park Observatory will invite the public onsite from 12pm to 2pm. HRPO personnel will provide solar viewing via Sunspotter and 10" Orion Skyquest Dobsonian with solar filter. We will also give tours, show some videos concerning the latest NASA missions, provide coloring and physical science demonstrations. None of this will have a fee.

We're initiating this one week of solar viewings for those who need to unwind and take a breath addressing all the travails the Great Flood of 2016 has brought upon us.

Regular solar viewing will take place on Saturday the 27th from 12pm to 2pm; that session will include the Coronado Solar Max II.

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Re: 2016 Solar Viewing

Post by Christopher K. » August 22nd, 2016, 3:59 pm

Tomorrow is HRPO's second specially-scheduled solar viewing session for this work week.

Below is the current NOAA forecast for solar viewing tomorrow...
precipitation potential, 29%
sky cover, 60%
relative humidity, 64%
temperature, 33˚C
heat index, 39˚C
surface wind, NE 3 km/h


Even if the cloud cover is widespread, please come visit.

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Re: 2016 Solar Viewing

Post by Christopher K. » August 31st, 2016, 1:23 pm

This Friday from 5:45pm to 7:45pm HRPO personnel will have equipment set up at the Burbank Soccer Complex to view a Mercury-Venus-Jupiter conjunction with the accompanying waxing crescent Moon. The public is invited.

As the Sun will be up most of the time we'll have a solar filter to allow patrons to view also Active Region 2581 on the Sun (and regions 2582 and 2583 if they are still visible).

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

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Re: 2016 Solar Viewing

Post by Christopher K. » September 8th, 2016, 2:44 pm

Solar viewing had been programmed for the OSIRIS-REx Launch Party starting in about forty-five minutes at the Highland Road Park Observatory. The Party lasts until 6:30pm but solar viewing is to be attempted only until 4:45pm.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's solar viewing time of 3:30pm to 4:45pm CDT...
precipitation potential, 10%
sky cover, 29%
relative humidity, 51%
temperature, 33˚C
heat index, 36˚C
surface wind, SE 8 km/h


We couldn't have asked for a better forecast! Even the EPA's UV forecast is a moderate 4. (One bad value, though...even though Danko shows the seeing as "good" (4 out of 5) he says the transparency is "too cloudy to forecast" (0 out of 5).)

More information:
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/special2.html

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Re: 2016 Solar Viewing

Post by Christopher K. » September 19th, 2016, 10:34 pm

From 12:30pm to 2:30pm on Thursday the 13th of October, HRPO will have a special solar viewing session for the public. This is due to a Level 1 geomagnetic storm possibly occurring then, and due to four Active Regions (areas where sunspots are prone to develop) on the Earth-facing side of the Sun. The public can view the Sun via Sunspotter, filtered nighttime scope and hydrogen-alpha telescope. The viewing is for all ages and there is no admission fee. Solar viewers will be for sale at $2 each.

Here are some of my early 2016 viewings of the Sun...
*On Wednesday 17 February at ~3:10pm with the Sunspotter. The UV index was 2. I saw Active Region 2501, nothing else. A nice, dry time.
*On Thursday 18 February at ~2:15pm with (probably) one of the 6" Orion Dobsonians. I used 48x; the UV Index was 4. I didn't see ARs 2502 or 2503 but did see--briefly--the "tiny" speck of 2501.
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