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PostPosted: August 17th, 2017, 5:10 pm 
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The special "How to Safely Watch a Solar Eclipse" will be broadcast on NASA-TV1 tomorrow at 6am CDT, 3pm CDT and 6pm CDT.

At 11am CDT tomorrow the College of Charleston will host a news conference on the Great American Eclipse. This news conference will be shown live on NASA-TV3, and will be rebroadcast on the same channel at 1pm CDT, 5pm CDT and 8pm CDT.


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PostPosted: August 17th, 2017, 6:42 pm 
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Even the Space Weather Prediction Center is getting in on the excitement...
http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/news/total-solar-eclipse-monday-august-21st-2017

Below is the current NOAA forecast for the Great American Eclipse viewing time of 12pm to 3pm...
precipitation potential, 44%
sky cover, 43%
relative humidity, 61%
temperature, 32˚C
heat index, 37˚C
surface wind, SE 8 km/h

If this were a "standard issue" skygazing session, HRPO would announce a closing time of 1:30pm. However, due to the highly-publicized aspect of this event and its relative rarity, even if this forecast does not improve HRPO will stay open until at least 2:15pm (and possibly later depending on the number of patrons "toughing it out").


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PostPosted: August 18th, 2017, 5:37 pm 
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Please don't forget the Science Academy session "Solar Eclipses" tomorrow from 10am to noon. The session is for eight- to twelve-year-olds. The cost is five dollars per in-parish child and six dollars per out-of-parish child. There is a maximum number of sixteen children possible; each of those sixteen registered and participating children (and only each of them) will receive a solar viewer. We will not have viewers for extra children who show up after the session is filled, or after 10:30am.

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


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PostPosted: August 18th, 2017, 7:45 pm 
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Below is the current NOAA forecast for the Great American Eclipse viewing time of 12pm to 3pm...
precipitation potential, 42%
sky cover, 45%
relative humidity, 67%
temperature, 32˚C
heat index, 38˚C
surface wind, E 10 km/h


NASA-TV1 is currently rebroadcasting "Eclipsepalooza".


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PostPosted: August 19th, 2017, 1:26 pm 
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HRPO is closing at 1:30pm today; it will reopen at 5pm. This is to assure that on-site personnel have hours to work for the Eclipse.


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PostPosted: August 19th, 2017, 5:26 pm 
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An event will be held at the LSU Parade Ground this Monday from 12pm to 2pm. Solar viewers will be provided...
http://www.lsu.edu/physics/files/SU17_SolarEclipse_Poster.pdf

The Delmont Gardens Library will host a Solar Eclipse Viewing Party on Monday from 11:30am to 3pm. Solar viewers will be available in limited supply...
https://ebrpl.evanced.info/signup/eventdetails?eventid=37128&lib=5

There will be a gathering on the levee behind the LASM from 12pm to 2pm on Monday...
http://www.lasm.org/events/upcoming-events/the-great-american-solar-eclipse


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PostPosted: August 19th, 2017, 7:44 pm 
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HRPO is closed for the rest of tonight due to rain. The facility will reopen on Monday the 21st for the Great American Eclipse. Don't miss the following rebroadcasts...

"NASA Edge 2017 Eclipse Preview" on NASA-TV1
Saturday the 19th: 8pm CDT
Sunday the 20th: 12pm CDT, 8pm CDT

"How to Safely Watch a Solar Eclipse" on NASA-TV1
Saturday the 19th: 9pm CDT
Sunday the 20th: 9am CDT, 1pm CDT, 5pm CDT, 9pm CDT

"Newseum 2017 Solar Eclipse Science Briefing" on both NASA-TVs
Saturday the 19th: 10pm CDT
Sunday the 20th: 10am CDT, 2pm CDT, 10pm CDT

"A Total Eclipse of the Sun" on NASA-TV1
Sunday the 20th: 11am CDT, 3pm CDT, 7pm CDT

"Newseum 2017 Solar Eclipse Logistics Briefing" on both NASA-TVs
Sunday the 20th: 9:05am CDT, 1:05pm CDT, 5:05pm CDT, 9:05pm CDT

= = = = = = =
Below is the current NOAA forecast for the Great American Eclipse viewing time of 12pm to 3pm on Monday...
precipitation potential, 37%
sky cover, 28%
relative humidity, 63%
temperature, 32˚C
heat index, 37˚C
surface wind, E 10 km/h

Due to the highly-publicized aspect of this event and its relative rarity, even if this forecast does not improve HRPO will stay open until at least 2:15pm. If there are still about one hundred people on site at 2:15pm HRPO will stay open until 3pm.


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PostPosted: August 20th, 2017, 7:29 pm 
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Below is the current NOAA forecast for the Great American Eclipse viewing time of 12pm to 3pm tomorrow...
precipitation potential, 38%
sky cover, 27%
relative humidity, 66%
temperature, 31˚C
heat index, 36˚C
surface wind, E 11 km/h

For this time period Danko predicts that the transparency will be "below average" (2 out of 5) and the seeing "average" (3 out of 5).

Speaking of Danko, here is his Great American Eclipse page for HRPO...
http://www.cleardarksky.com/ec/HghLndRdObLA.html

Here's a general Great American Eclipse page from Heavens Above...
http://www.heavens-above.com/SolarEclipse.aspx?jdmax=2457987.2685213

...and one from NOAA...
http://www.noaa.gov/news/1-day-left-until-total-solar-eclipse2017

...and here we are, just a few hours away! NASA is stating that at 11pm CDT on both of its television channels it will begin "eclipse programming". Could NASA be more general in its description?

At 10:45am CDT tomorrow on NASA-TV3, a raw unproduced media feed on the Great American Eclipse will begin. If you work at (or will be at or know anyone who works at) a sports/grill place, have one of the TVs switched to NASA-TV!

From the College of Charleston, the Great American Eclipse Pre-Show will begin at 11am CDT and will be shown on NASA-TV1. At 12pm (same location, same station) the coverage of the actual Eclipse begins. This coverage will be rebroadcast at 3pm CDT and 7pm CDT on NASA-TV1.

Here's what the lucky ones in the path of totality may see tomorrow...
http://wwwcdn.skyandtelescope.com/wp-content/uploads/WEBvic17_Aug21ecl.jpg


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PostPosted: August 20th, 2017, 8:28 pm 
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CHRIS,
I work at JONES CREEK Library. People were calling all weekend about the solar viewing glasses. We referred them all to HRO, Monday 9a.m. You are the only location we knew would have them. Be prepared! The news, weather & educational media has encouraged a lot of interest out there.
Have fun! ;)
Mary Vought


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PostPosted: August 21st, 2017, 8:55 am 
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Below is the current NOAA forecast for the Great American Eclipse viewing time of 12pm to 3pm...
precipitation potential, 20%
sky cover, 42%
relative humidity, 69%
temperature, 31˚C
heat index, 37˚C
surface wind, E 11 km/h

For this time period Danko predicts that the transparency will be "below average" (2 out of 5) and the seeing "excellent" (5 out of 5). This is a FAIR viewing time.

If you are not in line at this moment purchase viewers, you will not get any from HRPO. There are rumors that viewers are being sold at Walmart Neighborhood Markets and at Walgreens.


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