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PostPosted: April 15th, 2016, 5:59 pm 
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Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 18%
sky cover, 70%
relative humidity, 73%
temperature, 22˚C
surface wind, E 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). Tonight's 20OGS operator is LSU professor Greg Stacy. There will be viewing with the 20OGS (with dropout remaining in closed position) until 9:45pm, at which time HRPO will close.

BREC Center Supervisor Tom Northrop's lecture "NASA Spinoff Technology" will still occur at 7:30pm.


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PostPosted: April 16th, 2016, 6:03 pm 
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Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 6pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 12%
sky cover, 80%
relative humidity, 73%
temperature, 23˚C
surface wind, E 18 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 was to be BREC Program Aide Jordan Cobbs, with Mercury viewing to have been attempted until 7:30pm, but so far there has been no break in the clouds. HRPO of course will remain open until 10pm or until it begins to rain.


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PostPosted: April 22nd, 2016, 5:38 pm 
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Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 5%
sky cover, 9%
relative humidity, 66%
temperature, 22˚C
surface wind, N 10 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 Merrill Hess. The lecture concerning BRAS will be at 7:30pm.

Scores and scores of the raffle tickets for the 8" Orion reflecting telescope have been sold. We can sell only a finite number by law, so get yours as soon as possible.


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PostPosted: April 23rd, 2016, 6:13 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, 4%
relative humidity, 66%
temperature, 20˚C
surface wind, N 4 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 nice viewing session for visitors. Tonight's 20OGS operator is BRAS member Marvin Owen.


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PostPosted: April 29th, 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, 14%
sky cover, 60%
relative humidity, 70%
temperature, 26˚C
surface wind, S 11 km/h


Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time the transparency will be below average (2 out of 5) and the seeing poor (2 out of 5). Tonight's 20OGS operator is BRAS member Peter Lazar. The 20OGS will be in operation, though the dropout will not be lowered.

At 7:30pm (before the viewing) there will be a presentation describing the phenomenon of a "transit".


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PostPosted: April 30th, 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, 57%
sky cover, 96%
relative humidity, 91%
temperature, 25˚C
surface wind, S 10 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 was to be LSU professor Rob Hynes. However, there will be no sky viewing and HRPO will close at 8:30pm. If it rains anytime after 7:30pm, HRPO will close immediately.


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PostPosted: May 6th, 2016, 5:47 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, 0%
relative humidity, 47%
temperature, 22˚C
surface wind, N 6 km/h


Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time the transparency rating will be "transparent" (5 out of 5) and seeing rating will be "average" (3 out of 5). If these forecasts hold, this will be one of the best nights for viewing in 2016; the humidity is astonishingly low for Baton Rouge! Tonight's 20OGS operator will be Ben Toman, BRAS' interim Outreach Chairman.


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PostPosted: May 7th, 2016, 4:46 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, 52%
temperature, 23˚C
surface wind, SE 6 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 seeing rating will be "good" (4 out of 5). If these forecasts hold, this will be one of the best nights for viewing in 2016; the humidity is once again very low! Tonight's 20OGS operator will be LSU physics professor Greg Stacy.

HRPO personnel will attempt to spot for patrons a magnitude 0.6 rocket body passing over beginning at 9:10pm CDT.


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PostPosted: May 8th, 2016, 5:18 pm 
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The Highland Road Park Observatory's tenth annual International Astronomy Day will take place on Saturday 14 May from 3pm to 11pm. Sky viewing will take place during most of that time.

Due to IAD's complex logistics, HRPO will be closed on Friday 13 May.

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


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PostPosted: May 20th, 2016, 5:00 pm 
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The storm that blew through town this morning has knocked out some of the three-phase power system in HRPO's main building. Therefore the facility is closed to the public tonight.

Tha landline (768-9948) is not working at this time.

The scheduled lecture, "The Amateur Radio Service" with presenter Dr. Dana Browne, will be moved to next Friday.


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