HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » May 12th, 2018, 5:16 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 4%
sky cover, 38%
relative humidity, 71%
temperature, 26˚C
heat index, 27˚C
surface wind, SE 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 is LSU physics professor Rob Hynes. The 20OGS will be utilized although the dropout cannot be lowered as quotes are still being obtained for replacement cylinders. USA 186 is predicted to make a magnitude 1.3 pass beginning at 8:46pm. HRPO will close at 10pm.

The 12 May 2018 rating is...
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » May 18th, 2018, 5:38 pm

The presentation "Our Birth Stars" will take place at 7:30pm this evening.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 22%
sky cover, 33%
relative humidity, 79%
temperature, 25˚C
surface wind, S 8 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 BRAS member Peter Lazar. However, the 20OGS will not be used; viewing will be attempted at the front pad. HRPO will close at 9:30pm. If it begins to rain anytime after 8:30pm, HRPO will close immediately.

The 18 May 2018 rating is...
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » May 19th, 2018, 5:55 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 10%
sky cover, 31%
relative humidity, 73%
temperature, 27˚C
heat index, 28˚C
surface wind, S 7 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 Outreach Chairman Ben Toman. The 20OGS will be utilized although the dropout will not be lowered. The International Space Station is predicted to make a magnitude -3.8 pass beginning at 9:30pm. Europa will begin to transit Jupiter at 9:38pm. HRPO will close at 10pm.

The 19 May 2018 rating is...
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » May 25th, 2018, 5:42 pm

The presentation "Commercial Space Exploration" will take place at 7:30pm this evening; the speaker is former HRPO Center Supervisor Tom Northrop.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 5%
sky cover, 63%
relative humidity, 79%
temperature, 25˚C
surface wind, SW 2 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 is BREC Center Supervisor Jordan Cobbs. The 20OGS will be used; however, the dropout will not be lowered as personnel is gathering estimates for replacement hydraulic cylinders. An Atlas SLV-3D Centaur will make a magnitude 1.7 pass beginning at 8:48pm. HRPO will close at 10pm.

The 25 June 2018 rating is...
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » May 26th, 2018, 4:39 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 47%
sky cover, 75%
relative humidity, 71%
temperature, 27˚C
surface wind, E 4 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 "excellent" (5 out of 5). This evening's 20OGS operator was to be BREC Center Supervisor Jordan Cobbs. However, there will be no attempted sky viewing and HRPO will close at 8:30pm. If it begins to rain anytime after 7:30pm HRPO will close immediately.

The 19 May 2018 rating is...
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » June 8th, 2018, 5:43 pm

The presentation "Sixty Years of Astronomical Ecstasy" will take place at 7:30pm this evening. The speaker is former BRAS President Mike Mulhern.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 2%
sky cover, 17%
relative humidity, 72%
temperature, 27˚C
heat index, 29˚C
surface wind, S 8 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 member and asteroid discoverer Merrill Hess. The 20OGS will not used; however the dropout will not be lowered as BREC is still acquiring estimates for replacement hydraulic cylinders.
Here are predicted visible passes during the viewing time...
*portion of an Atlas SLV-3D: mag 1.7 beginning at 8:33pm
*the Zenit 2 that launched Resurs 01: mag 1.7 beginning at 8:58pm
*International Space Station: mag -3.8 beginning at 9:53pm
HRPO will close at 10pm.

The 8 June 2018 rating is...
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » June 9th, 2018, 4:49 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 18%
sky cover, 19%
relative humidity, 69%
temperature, 28˚C
heat index, 29˚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 is BRAS Treasurer Trey Anding; however, the dropout will not be lowered.
Here is a notable predicted visible passes during the viewing time...
*International Space Station: mag -2.8 beginning at 9:01pm
*the Zenit 2 that launched Resurs 01: mag 1.9 beginning at 9:21pm
HRPO will close at 9:45pm; if it begins to rain anytime after 7:30pm, HRPO will close immediately.

The 9 June 2018 rating is...
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » June 15th, 2018, 3:20 pm

The first annual BRAS Showcase will take place from 6pm to 9pm. Below is the NOAA forecast for that time span...
precipitation potential, 35%
sky cover, 72%
relative humidity, 68%
temperature, 30˚C
heat index, 34˚C
surface wind, S 8 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 LSU physics professor Greg Stacy. However, there will be no sky viewing and HRPO will close at 8:15pm.

The 15 June 2018 rating is...
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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » June 16th, 2018, 9:55 am

As today is the Saturday before summer solstice, the Highland Road Park Observatory will not be open to the public. Nor will it be open on the 22nd as that is the Friday after summer solstice.

HRPO's next public offering will be American Radio Relay League Field Day...
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/arrl.html

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2018

Post by Christopher K. » June 23rd, 2018, 7:38 pm

American Radio Relay League Field Day is underway. Come join it...
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/arrl.html

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 6%
sky cover, 31%
relative humidity, 75%
temperature, 29˚C
heat index, 34˚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 "average" (3 out of 5). This evening's 20OGS operator is BRAS Outreach Chairman Ben Toman. The 20OGS will be utilized although the dropout cannot be lowered as quotes are still being obtained for replacement cylinders. A BREEZE-M rocket body is predicted to make a magnitude 1.7 pass at 9:08pm. HRPO will close at 10pm.

The 23 June 2018 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
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