HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2017

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Christopher K.
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2017

Post by Christopher K. » May 19th, 2017, 5:37 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 16%
sky cover, 50%
relative humidity, 77%
temperature, 27˚C
surface wind, SE 13 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 is BRAS Outreach Chairman Ben Toman. The 20OGS will be in operation, but the dropout will not be lowered.

The Resurs 01 rocket is predicted to make a magnitude 2.2 visible pass beginning at 8:50pm. HRPO will remain open until 9:45pm.

The 19 May 2017 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2017

Post by Christopher K. » May 20th, 2017, 4:42 pm

At this time NOAA has a Flood Watch in effect until 7am CDT. Additionally at Special Weather Statement from NOAA mentions both "frequent cloud to ground lightning" and rainfall that "may lead to localized flooding".

Because of this HRPO will not open tonight.

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2017

Post by Christopher K. » May 26th, 2017, 5:44 pm

The presentation "Reclaiming the Dark Sky" will take place at 7:30pm tonight.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 4%
sky cover, 24%
relative humidity, 72%
temperature, 26˚C
surface wind, S 14 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 is BRAS member Marvin Owen.

The Resurs 01 rocket is predicted to make a magnitude 1.8 pass beginning at 8:21pm. The International Space Station is predicted to make a magnitude -1.3 pass beginning at 8:52pm. Io will disappear behind Jupiter at 9:00pm. HRPO will remain open until 10pm.

The 26 May 2017 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2017

Post by Christopher K. » May 27th, 2017, 6:58 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10:30pm...
precipitation potential, 10%
sky cover, 47%
relative humidity, 74%
temperature, 28˚C
heat index, 31˚C
surface wind, S 13 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 "poor" (2 out of 5). The 20OGS will be in operation, though the dropout will not be lowered. This evening's 20OGS operator is BRAS Treasurer Trey Anding.

The Resurs 01 rocket is predicted to make a magnitude 1.8 pass beginning at 8:44pm. Europa emerges from out of Jupiter's shadow at 9:06pm. The Hubble Space Telescope is predicted to make a magnitude 1.7 pass beginning at 9:22pm. HRPO will remain open until 10pm.

The 27 May 2017 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2017

Post by Christopher K. » June 2nd, 2017, 5:36 pm

The presentation "Constellation Learning" will take place at 7:30pm tonight.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 21%
sky cover, 80%
relative humidity, 74%
temperature, 27˚C
heat index, 28˚C
surface wind, E 11 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 remain closed and viewing will be attempted at the front viewing pad. HRPO will close at 9:45pm; if it begins to rain anytime after 8:30pm HRPO will close immediately.

The 2 June 2017 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2017

Post by Christopher K. » June 3rd, 2017, 4:54 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10:30pm...
precipitation potential, 28%
sky cover, 85%
relative humidity, 75%
temperature, 27˚C
heat index, 29˚C
surface wind, SE 10 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 Outreach Chairman Ben Toman. However, the 20OGS will not be in operation and viewing will be attempted at the front viewing pad. HRPO will close at 9:30pm; if it begins to rain anytime after 7:30pm HRPO will close immediately.

The 3 June 2017 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2017

Post by Christopher K. » June 9th, 2017, 5:51 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:45pm to 9:45pm...
precipitation potential, 1%
sky cover, 16%
relative humidity, 56%
temperature, 27˚C
surface wind, S 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).

There will be no telescope viewing tonight. The Edge of Night, a program devoted exclusively to unaided eye and binocular viewing will take place. Patrons are encouraged to bring binoculars.

The 9 June 2017 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2017

Post by Christopher K. » June 10th, 2017, 4:51 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10:30pm...
precipitation potential, 2%
sky cover, 17%
relative humidity, 60%
temperature, 28˚C
heat index, 29˚C
surface wind, SE 11 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 BRAS Treasurer Trey Anding.

At ~8:26pm, Ganymede will begin a transit across Jupiter. The USA 186 satellite is predicted to make a magnitude 1.7 pass beginning at 8:39pm. The Lacrosse 5 rocket is predicted to make a magnitude 1.6 pass beginning at 8:51pm. The Iridium 81 satellite is predicted to flare to magnitude -3.6 at 8:59pm. At ~9:22pm, Europa disappears behind Jupiter. At ~9:54pm, Io also begins a transit across Jupiter. HRPO will remain open until 10pm.

The 27 May 2017 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2017

Post by Christopher K. » June 16th, 2017, 5:42 pm

The presentation "Great American Eclipse Preview" will take place at 7:30pm tonight.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 28%
sky cover, 58%
relative humidity, 75%
temperature, 28˚C
heat index, 31˚C
surface wind, SW 10 km/h


Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time the transparency rating will be "below average" (2 out of 5) and the seeing rating will be "average" (3 out of 5). This evening's 20OGS operator was to be BREC Program Aide Jordan Cobbs. However, the 20OGS will remain closed and viewing will be attempted at the front viewing pad. HRPO will close at 9:45pm; if it begins to rain anytime after 8:30pm HRPO will close immediately.

The 16 June 2017 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2017

Post by Christopher K. » June 17th, 2017, 12:42 pm

Beginning this year, HRPO will not be open for viewing on the Saturday night and Friday night that flank the first day of summer. This is due to Daylight Time causing HRPO's closing time to occur just a few minutes after twilight ends.

HRPO will have no viewing on Saturday 17 June and Friday 23 June. HRPO will close at 6pm on both days.

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