2019 Spooky Spectrum

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Christopher K.
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2019 Spooky Spectrum

Post by Christopher K. » December 14th, 2018, 4:30 pm

The thirteenth annual Spooky Spectrum will take place at the Highland Road Park Observatory on Saturday 12 October from 6pm to 10pm. Since International Observe the Moon Night is now almost always on or near the Saturday for the Spooky Spectrum, HRPO will no longer have a separate OMN. Instead, OMN activities will be incorporated into the Spooky Spectrum event.

HRPO is planning brand-new demonstrations and experiments. There will be no admission fee.

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Re: 2019 Spooky Spectrum

Post by Christopher K. » October 11th, 2019, 1:35 pm

Mario Lozanov has confirmed that City Gelato will be at HRPO for the duration of the Spooky Spectrum event. The gelato will cost four dollars to seven dollars per serving. City Gelato will be the only food vendor on site.

Below is the current NOAA forecast for 6pm to 10pm tomorrow...
precipitation potential, 1%
sky cover, 28%
relative humidity, 63%
temperature, 20˚C
surface wind, NE 4 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 "average" (3 out of 5).

Danko predicts one visible pass for the night--but it's a doozy! The International Space Station will pass overhead beginning at 6:57pm at an astonishing magnitude -3.7!! Any interested in seeing this pass should meet HRPO personnel at the front viewing pad at 6:55pm.

The marshmallow roast will take place from 8pm to 9:30pm; there will be campfire stories at 8pm, 8:30pm and 9pm.

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Re: 2019 Spooky Spectrum

Post by Christopher K. » October 11th, 2019, 5:22 pm

Hold the press! There will indeed be a hot food vendor at the Spooky Spectrum: David Le's Capitol Seafood. Here is the menu...
bottled water and soda = $2.00
Cajun shrimp-fried rice = $10.00
fried fish with fries = $11.00
fish po-boy with fries = $12.00
fried shrimp with fries = $12.00
shrimp po-boy with fries = $13.00
combo (fish and shrimp) with fries = $15.00

HRPO welcomes Capitol Seafood to its first on-site event.

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Re: 2019 Spooky Spectrum

Post by Christopher K. » October 12th, 2019, 11:22 am

Here is the updated schedule, which supercedes the schedule on the HRPO website...

Demonstrations (all 6pm to 9pm): Creepy Chlorophyll / Bizarre Banana / Strange Pineapple / Crawling Putty

Interactions:
6pm to 8pm = Scope on a Rope
6pm to 8:30pm = Repulsor!
6pm to 8:30pm = Plasma Ball
6pm to 9pm = Bleeding Potato
6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm = Nickel to Penny
9:30pm = Fire Syringe

Spooky Quest Game = game pieces handed out from 6:30pm to 8:30pm; redemption for prizes from 7pm to 9pm

International Space Station Pass = 6:55pm to 7:05pm (The ISS will be exceedingly bright at magnitude -3.7. All activities will temporarily halt for this viewing.)

Lunar Tours:
9pm = unaided eye
9:15pm = binocular
9:30pm = telescope

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Re: 2019 Spooky Spectrum

Post by Christopher K. » October 12th, 2019, 3:20 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for 6pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 5%
sky cover, 31%
relative humidity, 66%
temperature, 19˚C
surface wind, NE 6 km/h

Sunset is at 6:37pm CDT. Twilight ends at 7:57pm CDT. Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time both the transparency rating and the seeing rating will be "average" (3 out of 5).

For any who are not interested in the Halloween theme and just want to come for nighttime viewing, please arrive after 8pm. Targets will include...
6pm to 6:45pm = Venus (far east woodline)
6:15 pm to 6:45 pm = Mercury [?] (back pad only)
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm = Jupiter (back pad only)
7:15 pm to 10:00 pm = Saturn (back pad only)
7:45 pm to 10:00 pm = Waxing Gibbous Moon (99% illuminated)
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm = Albireo
8:15 pm to 10:00 pm = Neptune
8:30 pm to 10:00 pm = Uranus
8:45 pm to 10:00 pm = “Job’s Coffin”
9:00 pm to 10:00 pm = Andromeda Galaxy
9:30 pm to 10:00 pm = Pleiades (front pad only)
Mercury will be difficult to find in the twilight, but personnel will attempt to locate it. Albireo, Uranus, Job's Coffin and the Pleaides can be found in binoculars; bring your binocular! Albireo and Uranus look better in a telescope; the Pleaides and Job's Coffin look better in a binocular. The view of the Andromeda Galaxy will be severely degraded due to the light pollution. [The target list above supercedes the one on the HRPO website.]

The front gate will open at 5:35pm. The main building will open at 5:50pm.

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