HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2015

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Christopher K.
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HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2015

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The Highland Road Park Observatory hosts Evening Sky Viewing on Fridays from 8:30pm to 10pm, and on Saturdays from 7:30pm to 10pm (unless otherwise noted at the HRPO website). During these times, the 20OGS professional telescope is unlocked for the public. These viewings are free and for all ages.

Patrons are encouraged to bring binoculars. White camera flashes and cell phone glows are allowed only on the main floor; they are banned after sunset both outside and in the professional telescopes' domes. Also, any viewing equipment that requires setup on the ground (in other words, which "has legs") is not allowed.

This thread will note the NOAA forecast for each of those viewing times.

This is the NOAA forecast for 7pm tonight...
sky cover, 95%
precipitation potential, 79%
relative humidity, 97%
temperature, 19˚C
surface wind, SW 14 km/h

Tonight's 20OGS operator was to be BRAS member Briar Richard. If the forecast holds, there will be no sky viewing and HRPO will close at 8pm.

More information:
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/saturday.html
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This is the NOAA forecast for 7pm tonight...
sky cover, 71%
precipitation potential, 30%
relative humidity, 53%
temperature, 6˚C
surface wind, NE 10 km/h

Tonight's 20OGS operator was to be BRAS member Marvin Owen. If the forecast holds, there will be no sky viewing and HRPO will close at 9pm.
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This is the NOAA forecast for 7pm tonight...
sky cover, 6%
precipitation potential, 2%
relative humidity, 55%
temperature, 17˚C
surface wind, N 8 km/h

Tonight's 20OGS operator is LSU Professor Rob Hynes. Comet Lovejoy is in the sky at this time, as are Jupiter and the Pleaides.
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This is the NOAA forecast for 8pm tonight...
sky cover, 21%
precipitation potential, 6%
relative humidity, 77%
temperature, 10˚C
surface wind, SW 8 km/h

Tonight's 20OGS operator is LSU Professor Greg Stacy. Comet Lovejoy is in the sky at this time, as are Jupiter and the Pleaides.
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This is the NOAA forecast for 7pm tonight...
sky cover, 84%
precipitation potential, 23%
relative humidity, 82%
temperature, 7˚C
surface wind, NW 15 km/h

Tonight's 20OGS operator is BRAS VP Ben Toman. If the forecast remains the same, HRPO will close at 9:45pm.
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This is the NOAA forecast for 7pm tonight...
sky cover, 4%
precipitation potential, 0%
relative humidity, 63%
temperature, 10˚C
surface wind, W 10 km/h

Tonight's 20OGS operator is BRAS member Peter Lazar. This is the last guaranteed night to view Comet Lovejoy through the 20OGS. A waxing crescent Moon, Jupiter, the Pleiades and the Orion Nebula contribute to one of the best nights HRPO will have in a few weeks.
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This is the NOAA forecast for 7pm tonight...
precipitation potential, 3%
sky cover, 37%
relative humidity, 63%
temperature, 10˚C
surface wind, NE 5 km/h

Tonight's 20OGS operator is LSU physics professor Greg Stacy. Potential targets include the waxing gibbous Moon, the Pleiades, the Orion Nebula and Jupiter.
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This is the NOAA forecast for 7pm tonight...
precipitation potential, 5%
sky cover, 77%
relative humidity, 80%
temperature, 12˚C
surface wind, E 10 km/h

Tonight's 20OGS operator is LSU physics professor Rob Hynes. Although the cloud cover is predicted to be widespread throughout the sky, viewing will still be attempted. Potential targets include the waxing gibbous Moon, the Pleiades, the Orion Nebula and Jupiter.
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This is the NOAA forecast for 8pm tonight...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 8%
relative humidity, 54%
temperature, 49˚C
surface wind, SE 5 km/h


This is the Clear Sky Chart prediction for 8pm tonight:
transparency, above average
seeing, above average


If the above forecast holds, tonight will be a very good viewing night for skygazers. Tonight's 20OGS operator is Program Aide Jordan Cobbs.
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This is the NOAA forecast for 7pm tonight...
precipitation potential, 4%
sky cover, 13%
relative humidity, 67%
temperature, 15˚C
surface wind, S 8 km/h


This is the Clear Sky Chart prediction for 7pm tonight:
transparency, transparent
seeing, average


Tonight's 20OGS operator is BRAS member Briar Richard.
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