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PostPosted: September 2nd, 2017, 5:41 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, 43%
relative humidity, 80%
temperature, 26˚C
heat index, 28˚C
surface wind, N 4 km/h


Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time the transparency rating will be "average" (3 out of 5) and the seeing rating will be "excellent" (5 out of 5). This evening's 20OGS operator is to be BREC Nighttime Center Supervisor Jordan Cobbs. The 20OGS will be in operation; however, the dropout will remain up as BREC Maintenance is investigating a problem with one of the hydraulic cylinders. The Hubble Space Telescope is predicted to make a magnitude 1.2 pass beginning at 8:31pm. The USA 186 military reconnaissance satellite is predicted to make a magnitude 1.9 pass beginning at 8:41pm. HRPO will close at 10pm.

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PostPosted: September 8th, 2017, 5:45 pm 
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Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 1%
sky cover, 2%
relative humidity, 64%
temperature, 22˚C
surface wind, NE 11 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 the seeing rating will be "average" (3 out of 5). This evening's 20OGS operator is to be BREC Nighttime Center Supervisor Jordan Cobbs. The 20OGS will be in operation; however, the dropout will remain up as BREC Maintenance is investigating a problem with one of the hydraulic cylinders. The Iridium 97 satellite is predicted to flare to magnitude -2.0 at 8:57pm. The Resurs 01 rocket is predicted to make a magnitude 2.0 pass beginning at 9:01pm. The USA 186 military reconnaissance satellite is predicted to make a magnitude 1.9 pass beginning at 9:12pm. HRPO will close at 10pm.

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The skies tonight will be some of the best that Baton Rouge can acheived at this time. Do not pass up the opportunity to view Saturn and Neptune.


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PostPosted: September 9th, 2017, 4:42 pm 
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Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 1%
sky cover, 8%
relative humidity, 61%
temperature, 24˚C
surface wind, NE 11 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 the seeing rating will be "poor" (2 out of 5). This evening's 20OGS operator is BREC member Marvin Owen. The 20OGS will be in operation; however, the dropout will remain up as BREC Maintenance is investigating a problem with one of the hydraulic cylinders. The Iridium 7 satellite is predicted to flare to magnitude -6.9 at 8:50pm, with the Iridium 51 satellite flaring twenty-three seconds later at magnitude -6.8. The Hubble Space Telescope is predicted to make a magnitude 1.8 pass beginning at 9:02pm. HRPO will close at 10pm.

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The skies tonight will be incomparable--light pollution notwithstanding. The Iridium flares (if they occur) will be very intense in brightness, each one surpassing the glow of a crescent Moon!


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PostPosted: September 15th, 2017, 7:16 am 
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HRPO has neither a lecture nor viewing tonight. Sky viewing will resume from 7:30pm to 10pm tomorrow night, weather permitting.


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PostPosted: September 16th, 2017, 4:54 pm 
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Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm on this, the last Saturday of the summer...
precipitation potential, 15%
sky cover, 42%
relative humidity, 86%
temperature, 27˚C
heat index, 29˚C
surface wind, SE 3 km/h


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 "excellent" (5 out of 5). This evening's 20OGS operator is LSU physics professor Greg Stacy. The 20OGS will be in operation; however, the dropout will not be lowered. The Resurs 01 rocket is predicted to make a magnitude 1.6 pass beginning at 8:56pm. HRPO will close at 9:30pm.

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PostPosted: September 22nd, 2017, 5:34 pm 
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Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 13%
sky cover, 34%
relative humidity, 77%
temperature, 27˚C
heat index, 29˚C
surface wind, SE 3 km/h


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 "good" (4 out of 5). This evening's 20OGS operator is BRAS Outreach Chairman Ben Toman. The 20OGS will be in operation; however, the dropout will not be lowered. HRPO will close at 10pm.

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PostPosted: September 23rd, 2017, 4:41 pm 
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Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm on this, the first Saturday of fall 2017...
precipitation potential, 12%
sky cover, 34%
relative humidity, 59%
temperature, 28˚C
heat index, 29˚C
surface wind, E 9 km/h


Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time the transparency rating will be "average" (3 out of 5) and the seeing rating will be "good" (4 out of 5). This evening's 20OGS operator is LSU physics professor Rob Hynes. The 20OGS will be in operation; however, the dropout will not be lowered. The stage of a Chang Zheng 3 rocket is predicted to make a magnitude 0.4 pass beginning at 7:54pm. The International Space Station is predicted to make a magnitude -3.4 pass beginning at 8:33pm. HRPO will close at 10pm.

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PostPosted: September 29th, 2017, 5:48 pm 
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The presentation "HRPO Retrospective" will take place at 7:30pm tonight.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 2%
sky cover, 7%
relative humidity, 68%
temperature, 26˚C
surface wind, N 11 km/h


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 was to be BRAS member and asteroid discoverer Merrill Hess. However, the 20OGS is undergoing maintenance this weekend. Telescope viewing will take place at the front viewing pad. The Iridium 53 satellite is predicted to flare to magnitude -3.8 at 8:53pm. HRPO will close at 10pm.

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PostPosted: September 30th, 2017, 4:41 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, 41%
relative humidity, 65%
temperature, 27˚C
heat index, 28˚C
surface wind, NE 7 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 "good" (4 out of 5). This evening's 20OGS operator was to be BRAS Treasurer Trey Anding. However, the 20OGS is undergoing maintenance this weekend. Telescope viewing will take place at the front viewing pad. The Iridium 54 satellite is predicted to flare to magnitude -4.8 at 8:47pm. HRPO will close at 10pm.

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PostPosted: September 30th, 2017, 8:24 pm 
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Due to an unforeseen personal concern, HRPO is closing at 8:30pm. We apologize for the inconvenience.


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