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PostPosted: March 5th, 2016, 7:12 pm 
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Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 1%
relative humidity, 67%
temperature, 16˚C
surface wind, NE 3 km/h


Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time the transparency will be above average (4 out of 5) and the seeing average (3 out of 5). If these forecasts hold it will be a very good night for viewing. Tonight's operator is BREC Program Aide Jordan Cobbs.


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PostPosted: March 11th, 2016, 4:16 pm 
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Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 5:45pm to 10pm (the time span include the twilight viewing extension The Edge of Night)...
precipitation potential, 54%
sky cover, 100%
relative humidity, 86%
temperature, 21˚C
surface wind, SE 12 km/h


Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time the transparency will be too cloudy to forecast (0 out of 5) and the seeing bad (1 out of 5). All telescope and binocular viewing is cancelled, and HRPO will close at 7pm.


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PostPosted: March 12th, 2016, 5:40 pm 
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Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 19%
sky cover, 72%
relative humidity, 80%
temperature, 21˚C
surface wind, S 4 km/h


Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time the transparency will be too cloudy to forecast (0 out of 5) and the seeing poor (2 out of 5). Tonight's 20OGS operator is BREC Program Aide Jordan Cobbs; the 20OGS's dropout will not be lowered, and HRPO will close at 9:30pm.

The only exception is if it begins to rain any time after 7:30pm; then HRPO will close immediately.


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PostPosted: March 18th, 2016, 5:39 pm 
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Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 70%
sky cover, 89%
relative humidity, 85%
temperature, 21˚C
surface wind, W 7 km/h


Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time the transparency will be too cloudy to forecast (0 out of 5) and the seeing average (3 out of 5). Tonight's 20OGS operator was to BRAS Treasurer Trey Anding, but due to the weather there will be no viewing and HRPO will close at 9pm.

The 7:30pm lecture "Juno to Jupiter" will not be affected.


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PostPosted: March 19th, 2016, 4:37 pm 
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Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 5%
sky cover, 48%
relative humidity, 64%
temperature, 13˚C
surface wind, N 17 km/h


Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time both the transparency and seeing will be too cloudy to forecast (0 out of 5). Tonight's 20OGS operator is BREC Program Aide Jordan Cobbs, and the 16OGS operator is BRAS Secretary Ben Toman.

Due to the high level of water in the northeast corner of the property there will be no campfire tonight. The physical science demonstrations will not be affected.


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PostPosted: March 25th, 2016, 5:45 pm 
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Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 9%
sky cover, 19%
relative humidity, 62%
temperature, 17˚C
surface wind, E 3 km/h


Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time the transparency will be too cloudy to forecast (0 out of 5) and the seeing average (3 out of 5). Tonight's 20OGS operator is LSU professor Robert Hynes.

Tonight's Friday Night Lecture is "The Star of Bethlehem". The speaker is LSU professor Brad Schaefer.


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PostPosted: March 26th, 2016, 6:18 pm 
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Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 22%
sky cover, 80%
relative humidity, 80%
temperature, 22˚C
surface wind, SE 7 km/h


Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time the transparency will be too cloudy to forecast (0 out of 5) and the seeing bad (1 out of 5). The 20OGS scope will remain closed; there will be viewing attempts on the front viewing pad with the "Conrad Special" Dobsonian from 8:45pm until 9:30pm, at which time HRPO will close.

If it rains at any time after 7:30pm HRPO will close immediately.


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PostPosted: April 1st, 2016, 5:33 pm 
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Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 38%
sky cover, 98%
relative humidity, 80%
temperature, 17˚C
surface wind, N 16 km/h


Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time the transparency will be too cloudy to forecast (0 out of 5) and the seeing bad (1 out of 5). There will be no viewing tonight at HRPO will close at least by 9:30pm. If it rains at any time after 8:30pm HRPO will close immediately.

The lecture "Wonders of the Spring Sky" at 7:30pm will be unaffected.


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PostPosted: April 2nd, 2016, 4:36 pm 
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Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 2%
relative humidity, 51%
temperature, 16˚C
surface wind, N 11 km/h


Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time the transparency will be transparent (5 out of 5) and the seeing poor (2 out of 5). Tonight's 20OGS operator is BRAS member Peter Lazar.

Anyone who wants to see the predicted Iridium flare should be on site by 7:55pm. Anyone who wants to see the predicted visible pass of the Hubble Space Telescope should be on site by 8:35pm. (also, there will be a special opportunity tonight for early-arriving patrons to win each a Skywatch '16 viewing guide.)

NOTE: This will be the last sky viewing hosted by HRPO until Friday 15 April. HRPO is closed to the public from 6 April to 9 April as a large portion of HRPO personnel will be at the Hodges Gardens Star Party.


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PostPosted: April 8th, 2016, 8:30 pm 
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The Highland Road Park Observatory is closed tonight as many personnel are at the Hodges Gardens Star Party. HRPO will be closed on Saturday the 9th as well.

Please keep in mind that members of the general public may not go onto Observatory property at night when there is no advertised public offering. Non-public nights are used for LSU classes, BRAS observations and BREC paperwork and maintenance.


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