HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2022

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Christopher K.
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HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2022

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Pre-planned evening viewing at the Highland Road Park Observatory begins for the new calendar year on Friday 7 January.

Notable binocular objects appearing in the Baton Rouge sky throughout the year include the Pleiades Star Cluster, the Perseus Double Star Cluster and "rays" (ejecta streaks) on our Moon. Notable telescopic objects appearing in the Baton Rouge sky throughout the year include the Orion Nebula (in which is embedded the young star group called the Trapezium), the Albireo double star, and the Andromeda and Triangulum galaxies.
Christopher K.
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Joined: October 12th, 2009, 3:28 pm
Location: Baton Rouge, LA

Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2022

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Tonight's lecture is "Wonders of the Winter Sky". The front gate and main building will be open at 7pm. The talk begins at 7:30pm and is presented by BREC Education Program Specialist Amy Northrop.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's planned viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 72%
relative humidity, 79%
temperature, 8˚C
wind chill, 6˚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 "average" (3 out of 5). HRPO will be open until 10pm.

The 7 January 2022 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD
Christopher K.
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Joined: October 12th, 2009, 3:28 pm
Location: Baton Rouge, LA

Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2022

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The front gate and main building will open at 6:50pm. Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's planned viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 35%
sky cover, 90%
relative humidity, 95%
temperature, 19˚C
surface wind, SE 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 "too cloudy to forecast" (0 out of 5). HRPO will close at 9pm; if it begins to rain any time after 7:30pm, HRPO will close immediately.

The 7 January 2022 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD
Christopher K.
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Joined: October 12th, 2009, 3:28 pm
Location: Baton Rouge, LA

Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2022

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Tonight's lecture is "2021--The Space Year in Review". The front gate and main building will be open at 7:05pm. The talk begins at 7:30pm.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's planned viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 38%
relative humidity, 77%
temperature, 13˚C
surface wind, SE 10 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 "poor" (2 out of 5). HRPO will be open until 10pm.

The 14 January 2022 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD
Christopher K.
Posts: 5938
Joined: October 12th, 2009, 3:28 pm
Location: Baton Rouge, LA

Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2022

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The front gate and main building will open at 6:50pm. Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's planned viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 12%
sky cover, 23%
relative humidity, 66%
temperature, 6˚C
wind chill, 2˚C
surface wind, NW 26 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 "bad" (1 out of 5).

Peat predicts one visible pass from the viewpoint of HRPO grounds...
*Atlas Centaur rocket body, magnitude 2.0 beginning at 7:32pm
HRPO will close at 10pm.

The 15 January 2022 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD
Christopher K.
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Joined: October 12th, 2009, 3:28 pm
Location: Baton Rouge, LA

Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2022

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Due to the transportation concerns accompanying the freezing temperatures, tonight's lecture "Atmospheric Phenomena" is postponed until February. Speaker Merrill Hess encourages everyone in HRPO's service area to take advantage of any clear skies and observe safely from front yards and backyards. It is possible to see some of the phenomena to be covered by the talk.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's planned viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 2%
sky cover, 42%
relative humidity, 69%
temperature, 1˚C
wind chill, -3˚C
surface wind, N 13 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).

Due to freezing conditions forecast to begin at 10:30pm, HRPO will be closing by 9:30pm. If the weather deteriorates any further, HRPO will close earlier.

The 21 January 2022 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD
Christopher K.
Posts: 5938
Joined: October 12th, 2009, 3:28 pm
Location: Baton Rouge, LA

Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2022

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Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's planned viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 6%
relative humidity, 65%
temperature, 1˚C
wind chill, -1˚C
surface wind, N 5 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 "average" (3 out of 5).

Due to the freezing conditions, HRPO will close at 8pm.
Christopher K.
Posts: 5938
Joined: October 12th, 2009, 3:28 pm
Location: Baton Rouge, LA

Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2022

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Tonight's lecture is "Our Birth Stars". The front gate and main building will be open at 7:15pm. The talk begins at 7:30pm.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's planned viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
[p]precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 3%
relative humidity, 57%
temperature, 6˚C
wind chill, 3˚C
surface wind, NW 11 km/h[/i]
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). HRPO will be open until 10pm.

The 28 January 2022 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD
Christopher K.
Posts: 5938
Joined: October 12th, 2009, 3:28 pm
Location: Baton Rouge, LA

Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2022

Post by Christopher K. »

The front gate and main building will open at 6:50pm. Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's planned viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 3%
relative humidity, 83%
temperature, 6˚C
wind chill, 4˚C
surface wind, S 9 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). HRPO will close at 10pm.

The 29 January 2022 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD
Christopher K.
Posts: 5938
Joined: October 12th, 2009, 3:28 pm
Location: Baton Rouge, LA

Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2022

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Tonight's lecture is "Commercial Space Flight". The front gate and main building will be open at 6:55pm. The talk begins at 7:30pm and is presented by BREC Program Aides Jacob Des Roches and James DeOliveira.

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's planned viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 2%
sky cover, 83%
relative humidity, 79%
temperature, 2˚C
wind chill, -2˚C
surface wind, N 18 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 "bad" (1 out of 5). HRPO will close 10pm; if the actual temperature falls below freezing anytime after 8:30pm, HRPO will close immediately.

The 4 Febuary 2022 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD
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