HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » September 7th, 2019, 4:39 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 0%
relative humidity, 63%
temperature, 30˚C
heat index, 34˚C
surface wind, SW 3 km/h

[Sunset is at 7:20pm CDT. Twilight ends at 8:43pm CDT.]

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 "average" (3 out of 5). Tonight's 20OGS operator is LSU professor Rob Parks.

Peat predicts that the HRPO location will see three potential visible passes...
*the Cosmos 1980 rocket, mag 2.2 beginning at 8:10pm
*the Cosmos 2322 rocket, mag 2.0 beginning at 9:11pm
*an H-IIA 202 rocket (Spacetrak #27601), mag 1.9 beginning at 9:27pm
HRPO will close at 10pm.

The 7 September 2019 rating is...
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » September 13th, 2019, 5:49 pm

Tonight's lecture is titled "Exoplanets"; it starts at 7:30pm. The speaker is BREC Center Supervisor Jordan Cobbs.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 5%
sky cover, 0%
relative humidity, 65%
temperature, 28˚C
heat index, 29˚C
surface wind, SW 8 km/h

[Sunset is at 7:12pm CDT. Twilight ends at 8:34pm CDT.]

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 "above average" (4 out of 5). This evening's 20OGS operator is LSU physics professor Rob Parks.

Peat predicts that the HRPO location will see one potential visible pass...
*the Lacross 4 rocket, mag 1.2 beginning at 8:31pm
HRPO will close at 10pm.

The 13 September 2019 rating is...
EXCELLENT
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » September 14th, 2019, 5:23 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 9%
sky cover, 34%
relative humidity, 68%
temperature, 28˚C
heat index, 30˚C
surface wind, E 4 km/h

[Sunset is at 7:11pm CDT. Twilight ends at 8:33pm CDT.]

Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time the transparency rating will be "too cloudy to forecast" (0 out of 5) and the seeing rating will be "average" (3 out of 5). Tonight's scheduled 20OGS operator is LSU professor Greg Stacy. HRPO will close at 10pm.

The 14 September 2019 rating is...
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » September 20th, 2019, 6:08 pm

Tonight's lecture is titled "Astrophotography for Youth"; it starts at 7:30pm. The speaker is Judah Santiago; Judah is a former Science Academy Cadet and participant in the retired Review & Expansion program (that has now morphed to STEM Expansion).

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 18%
sky cover, 13%
relative humidity, 82%
temperature, 26˚C
surface wind, E 10 km/h

[Sunset is at 7:03pm CDT. Twilight ends at 8:25pm CDT.]

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). This evening's 20OGS operator is BREC Center Supervisor Jordan Cobbs.

Peat predicts that the HRPO location will see one potential visible pass...
*the International Space Station, mag -0.6 beginning at 8:33pm [very low]
HRPO will close at 10pm.

The 13 September 2019 rating is...
EXCELLENT
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » September 21st, 2019, 5:14 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 2%
sky cover, 24%
relative humidity, 75%
temperature, 28˚C
heat index, 30˚C
surface wind, E 7 km/h

[Sunset is at 7:02pm CDT. Twilight ends at 8:23pm CDT.]

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 "good" (4 out of 5). Tonight's 20OGS operator is LSU professor Rob Parks.

Peat predicts that the HRPO location will see two potential visible passes...
*a Chang Zheng 4B rocket (Spacetrak #29507), mag 1.3 peaking at 7:33pm
*the International Space Station, mag -1.4 beginning at 7:43pm
HRPO will close at 10pm.

The 21 September 2019 rating is...
EXCELLENT
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » September 27th, 2019, 5:47 pm

Tonight's lecture is titled "Our Birth Stars"; it starts at 7:30pm.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 5%
relative humidity, 74%
temperature, 27˚C
heat index, 28˚C
surface wind, S 8 km/h

[Sunset is at 6:55pm CDT. Twilight ends at 8:15pm 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). This evening's 20OGS operator is BRAS member and asteroid discoverer Merrill Hess. HRPO will close at 10pm.

The 27 September 2019 rating is...
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » September 28th, 2019, 4:47 pm

Tonight from 7pm to 10pm HRPO hosts another Plus Night, so called because it adds the following elements to a standard viewing session...
---physical science demonstrations (7pm to 9pm)
---marshmallow roast (8pm to 9:30pm)
---ultraviolet coloring
--game for kids to earn prizes (7:30pm to 9pm)
---a binocular sky tour (9pm)
---an unaided-eye sky tour (9:30pm)

Viewing targets include the planets Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune. The videos in rotation will focus on the new Artemis Mission to return Americans to the Moon, the Apollo Mission (which is having its fiftieth anniversary) and the Juno spacecraft that is currently investigating Jupiter.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's event time of 7pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 16%
relative humidity, 71%
temperature, 28˚C
heat index, 31˚C
surface wind, SE 9 km/h
[Sunset is at 6:53pm CDT. Twilight ends at 8:14pm 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). Tonight's 20OGS operator is BRAS Treasurer Trey Anding.

Peat predicts that the HRPO location will see two potential visible passes...
*a Chang Zheng 4B rocket (Spacetrack #29507), mag 1.3 beginning at 7:32pm
*a Falcon 9 rocket (Spacetrack #43563), mag 1.1 beginning at 8:04pm
HRPO will close at 10pm.

The 28 September 2019 rating is...
EXCELLENT
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Christopher K.
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » October 4th, 2019, 5:36 pm

Tonight's lecture is titled "The Spooky Sampler"; it starts at 7:30pm.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 20%
sky cover, 65%
relative humidity, 79%
temperature, 27˚C
heat index, 29˚C
surface wind, NE 7 km/h

[Sunset is at 6:46pm CDT. Twilight ends at 8:06pm CDT.]

Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time the transparency rating will be "too cloudy to forecast" (0 out of 5) and the seeing rating will be "average" (3 out of 5). This evening's 20OGS operator was to be LSU physics professor Greg Stacy. However, the 20OGS will not be used; viewing will be attempted on the front pad. HRPO will close at 9:45pm.

The 4 October 2019 rating is...
EXCELLENT
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GOOD
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Christopher K.
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » October 5th, 2019, 5:15 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 2%
sky cover, 28%
relative humidity, 77%
temperature, 27˚C
heat index, 28˚C
surface wind, SE 3 km/h

[Sunset is at 6:45pm CDT. Twilight ends at 8:05pm CDT.]

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). Tonight's 20OGS operator is BREC Center Supervisor Jordan Cobbs.

Peat predicts that the HRPO location will see two potential visible passes...
*an Atlas Centaur 2 rocket (Spacetrack #694), mag 1.3 beginning at 8:01pm
*the Hubble Space Telescope, mag 0.8 beginning at 8:22pm
HRPO will close at 10pm.

The 5 October 2019 rating is...
EXCELLENT
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Christopher K.
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Joined: October 12th, 2009, 3:28 pm
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2019

Post by Christopher K. » October 5th, 2019, 7:43 pm

Due to persistent cloud-to-cloud lightning to the south and southwest, HRPO will be open to the public no later than 9pm.

On Friday the 11th there will be no lecture, as three "campfire" stories are planned the next night (Saturday the 12th) during HRPO's annual Spooky Spectrum event. HRPO will be open on the 11th for viewing only, from 7pm to 10pm.

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