2018 Solar Viewing

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2018 Solar Viewing

Post by Christopher K. » December 27th, 2017, 6:34 pm

The first planned public viewing of the Sun at the Highland Road Park Observatory will be from 12pm to 2pm on Saturday 6 January. It is not yet known what the sunspot production will be this coming year, although the Sun is quieting--heading toward solar minimum. In 2017 there were at least thirty-one geomagnetic storm alerts, two solar radiation storm alerts and three radio blackout alerts.

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Re: 2018 Solar Viewing

Post by Christopher K. » January 6th, 2018, 12:12 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 12pm to 2pm...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 14%
relative humidity, 40%
temperature, 13˚C
surface wind, E 10 km/h


Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time the transparency rating will be "average" (3 out of 5) and the seeing rating will be "good" (4 out of 5). There is one active region on the Sun and no space weather alerts. HRPO will close at 2pm and reopen later for Plus Night.

The 6 January 2018 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

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Re: 2018 Solar Viewing

Post by Christopher K. » January 29th, 2018, 2:04 pm

The next solar viewing session will be from 2pm to 3:30pm on Saturday 24 February during HRPO's NanoDays event. This event will have several demonstrations and experiments related to the science of nanotechnology.

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Re: 2018 Solar Viewing

Post by Christopher K. » February 14th, 2018, 4:24 pm

There is currently some weak solar activity in the form of Active Region 2699. Within the next twenty-four hours one should take a look if possible. Probably it is not possible today, but below is the NOAA forecast for 2pm to 4pm tomorrow...
precipitation potential, 4%
sky cover, 58%
relative humidity, 62%
temperature, 27˚C
surface wind, SW 24 km/h

Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time the transparency rating will be "below average" (2 out of 5) and the seeing rating will be "average" (3 out of 5).

Hey, it's better than nothing...the time period has a rating of GOOD.

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Re: 2018 Solar Viewing

Post by Christopher K. » February 24th, 2018, 1:14 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's solar viewing time of 2pm to 3:30pm...
precipitation potential, 27%
sky cover, 70%
relative humidity, 65%
temperature, 28˚C
surface wind, S 28 km/h


Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time the transparency rating will be "below average" (2 out of 5) and the seeing rating will be "bad" (1 out of 5). There is no active region on the Sun, but there is a G1 alert for Monday. HRPO will not close early as NanoDays will take place until 6pm and there is a lecture at 6:15pm.

The 24 February 2018 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

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Re: 2018 Solar Viewing

Post by Christopher K. » March 21st, 2018, 11:45 am

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's solar viewing time of 11:30am to 1pm...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 1%
relative humidity, 52%
temperature, 17˚C
surface wind, NW 18 km/h


Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time the transparency rating will be "average" (3 out of 5) and the seeing rating will be "poor" (2 out of 5). There is no active region on the Sun, but there is a G1 alert for Thursday.

There will be no sky rating assigned due to disparate data.

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Re: 2018 Solar Viewing

Post by Christopher K. » April 16th, 2018, 1:42 pm

HRPO will be open from 4pm to 6pm today for patrons to watch the live broadcast of the TESS launch. Solar viewing will be attempted at that time. Below is the NOAA forecast for 4pm to 6pm...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 0%
relative humidity, 33%
temperature, 21˚C
surface wind, NW 12 km/h


Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time the transparency rating will be "above average" (4 out of 5) and the seeing rating will be "poor" (2 out of 5). There is no active region on the Sun, and there is no alert (geomagnetic storm, solar radiation or radio blackout) at this time.

The 16 April 2018 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

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Re: 2018 Solar Viewing

Post by Christopher K. » April 18th, 2018, 10:17 pm

Viewing of the Sun will be attempted on Saturday 21 April from 3pm to 5:30pm at the Highland Road Park Observatory as part of International Astronomy Day. Below is the current NOAA forecast for that time...
precipitation potential, 67%
sky cover, 7%
relative humidity, 52%
temperature, 25˚C
heat index, 26˚C
surface wind, SE 16 km/h


More information about IAD:
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/astronomy_day.html

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Re: 2018 Solar Viewing

Post by Christopher K. » April 20th, 2018, 8:07 pm

Good news--Active Region 2706 is rotating into view...
http://www.spaceweather.com/images2018/ ... fnf0k6ej81

If the clouds get out of the way, the AR will be something to view tomorrow from 3pm to 5pm during International Astronomy Day!

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Re: 2018 Solar Viewing

Post by Christopher K. » May 26th, 2018, 9:11 am

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 12pm to 2pm...
precipitation potential, 82%
sky cover, 76%
relative humidity, 57%
temperature, 31˚C
heat index, 34˚C
surface wind, S 0 km/h


Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time the transparency rating will be "poor" (1 out of 5) and the seeing rating will be "excellent" (5 out of 5). HRPO's scheduled solar viewing is canceled.

There will be no sky rating due to disparate data.

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