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PostPosted: February 4th, 2017, 3:13 pm 
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Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 5pm to 7pm...
precipitation potential, 10%
sky cover, 69%
relative humidity, 48%
temperature, 14˚C
surface wind, SE 7 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 afternoon's 20OGS operator is BREC Program Aide Jordan Cobbs. HRPO will stay open until 7pm.

This afternoon's viewing will focus on the planet Venus. Venus will be tracked by the 20OGS until that instrument reaches its lower limit; Jordan then will continue to track Venus with a portable telescope on the back viewing pad. Other objects may be seen if time permits.

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PostPosted: February 10th, 2017, 4:38 pm 
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Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 6pm to 9pm...
precipitation potential, 8%
sky cover, 63%
relative humidity, 76%
temperature, 18˚C
surface wind, S 12 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 "average" (3 out of 5). This evening's Conrad Special operator is BREC Program Aide Jordan Cobbs. HRPO will stay open until 9pm.

This evening's focus will be the penumbral lunar eclipse. Other objects will be seen if time permits. Bringing binoculars from home is allowed and encouraged. Please do not bring any equipment that requires setup on the ground; please do not sit or lie down on concrete.

A magnitude -5.1 Iridium flare is predicted for 7:33pm CST.

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PostPosted: February 11th, 2017, 3:29 pm 
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Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 4:45pm to 6:45pm...
precipitation potential, 13%
sky cover, 75%
relative humidity, 70%
temperature, 24˚C
surface wind, S 15 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 "average" (3 out of 5). This evening's Conrad Special operator is BREC Program Aide Jordan Cobbs. HRPO will stay open until 6:45pm.

This afternoon's viewing will focus on the planet Venus. Venus will be tracked by the 20OGS until that instrument reaches its lower limit; Jordan then will continue to track Venus with a portable telescope on the back viewing pad. Other objects may be seen if time permits.

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PostPosted: February 17th, 2017, 6:38 pm 
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The presentation "Supernova 1987A" will take place at 7:30pm tonight.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 73%
sky cover, 96%
relative humidity, 87%
temperature, 14˚C
surface wind, E 10 km/h


Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time both the transparency rating and the seeing rating will be "too cloudy to forecast" (0 out of 5). This evening's 20OGS operator was to be BREC Program Aide Jordan Cobb. However, there will be no viewing and HRPO will close at 9pm. If it begins to rain anytime after 8:30pm, HRPO will close immediately.

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[Note: Usually the red lights are on during public-welcome time. However, since it has already rained and outside surfaces are wet the lights for safety reasons will remain off.]


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PostPosted: February 18th, 2017, 5:24 pm 
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It is predicted that Iridium #80 seen from HRPO grounds will "flare" at 6:53pm CST; anyone who arrives early can watch it with us.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 5%
sky cover, 10%
relative humidity, 87%
temperature, 18˚C
surface wind, E 3 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).

A visible pass of a rocket body is predicted for 7:26pm CST. This evening's 20OGS operator is LSU physics professor Rob Hynes; the 20OGS opens at 7:30pm. A visible pass of a second rocket body is predicted for 7:46pm CST, with an unaided eye sky tour beginning at 8pm. Physical science demonstrations and the marshmallow roast will be available until 9pm. HRPO will remain open until 10pm.

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PostPosted: February 24th, 2017, 6:44 pm 
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The Resurs 01 rocket is predicted to be seen from HRPO grounds beginning at 7:19pm CST as well as an Atlas Centaur rocket body beginning at 7:24pm CST; anyone who arrives early can watch the passes with us. The presentation "Jupiter" will take place at 7:30pm tonight.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 19%
sky cover, 72%
relative humidity, 90%
temperature, 19˚C
surface wind, SW 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 LSU physics professor Robert Hynes. Viewing with the 20OGS will be attempted; however, the dropout will not be lowered and HRPO will close at 9:45pm. If it begins to rain anytime after 8:30pm, HRPO will close immediately.

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PostPosted: February 25th, 2017, 5:40 pm 
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It is predicted that Iridium #66 as seen from HRPO grounds will "flare" at 7:23pm CST; anyone who arrives early can watch it with us.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 0%
relative humidity, 57%
temperature, 10˚C
wind chill, 8˚C
surface wind, N 8 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 the seeing rating will be "poor" (2 out of 5).

This evening's 20OGS operator BRAS member Marvin Owen; the 20OGS opens at 7:30pm. A visible pass of the Hubble Space Telescope is predicted for 7:54pm CST HRPO will remain open until 10pm.

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PostPosted: March 3rd, 2017, 6:39 pm 
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It is predicted that the Hubble Space Telescope will be seen as it passes over beginning at 6:54pm, and that Iridium #14 as seen from HRPO grounds will "flare" to magnitude -2.7 at 6:56pm CST; anyone who arrives early can watch them with us.

Dr. Juhan Frank will present the talk "Stellar Evolution" at 7:30pm tonight.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 3%
relative humidity, 49%
temperature, 11˚C
wind chill, 9˚C
surface wind, E 8 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 BRAS member and asteroid discoverer Merrill Hess. HRPO will remain open until 10pm.

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PostPosted: March 4th, 2017, 5:45 pm 
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Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 21%
sky cover, 90%
relative humidity, 61%
temperature, 15˚C
surface wind, E 9 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 "poor" (2 out of 5). This evening's 20OGS operator was to be BRAS member Peter Lazar. However, the 20OGS will not be used; viewing will be attempted with a portable telescope on the front viewing pad. HRPO's planned closing time is now 9:30pm; if it begins to rain anytime after 7:30pm HRPO will close immediately.

The 4 March 2017 rating is...
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NOTE: Usually the red "open" light is on at HRPO's pavilion. As precipitation is passing through the area at this time, the light will remain off.


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PostPosted: March 4th, 2017, 8:48 pm 
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It has begun to rain at HRPO. The facility will close at 8pm.


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