HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2016

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HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2016

Post by Christopher K. » December 29th, 2015, 2:38 pm

The Highland Road Park Observatory is closed on Friday 1 January. Telescope viewing will resume on Saturday 2 January.

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2016

Post by Christopher K. » January 2nd, 2016, 5:54 pm

Below are the NOAA forecast averages for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 22%
sky cover, 95%
relative humidity, 69%
temperature, 8˚C
wind chill, 7˚C
surface wind, N 4 km/h


Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time the transparency will be too cloudy to forecast and the seeing bad. Tonight's 20OGS operator is BREC Program Aide Jordan Cobbs. The 20OGS will remain closed and attempted viewing will take place with another telescope at the front viewing pad. HRPO will close at 9:30pm as long as it does not rain. If it begins to rain HRPO will close immediately.

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2016

Post by Christopher K. » January 8th, 2016, 6:56 pm

Below are the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 23%
sky cover, 85%
relative humidity, 90%
temperature, 15˚C
surface wind, SE 11 km/h


Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time the transparency will be average to forecast and the seeing poor. Tonight's 20OGS operator is BREC Program Aide Jordan Cobbs. The 20OGS will remain closed and attempted viewing will take place with another telescope at the front viewing pad. HRPO will close at 9:45pm as long as it does not rain. If it begins to rain HRPO will close immediately.

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2016

Post by Christopher K. » January 9th, 2016, 5:49 pm

Below are the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 4%
sky cover, 70%
relative humidity, 73%
temperature, 12˚C
surface wind, NW 18 km/h


Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time the transparency will be above average (4 out of 5) and the seeing bad (1 out of 5). Tonight's 20OGS operator is BREC Program Aide Jordan Cobbs.

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2016

Post by Christopher K. » January 15th, 2016, 6:53 pm

Below are the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 3%
sky cover, 9%
relative humidity, 86%
temperature, 13˚C
surface wind, W 8 km/h


Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time the transparency will be above average (4 out of 5) and the seeing average (3 out of 5). Tonight's 20OGS operator is BRAS member and asteroid discoverer Merrill Hess.

The Louisiana Junior Science and Humanities Symposium will visit HRPO tonight, but the public is still invited. Tonight's speaker Rory Bentley will begin his talk "Star Clusters" at least by 7:35pm.

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2016

Post by Christopher K. » January 16th, 2016, 5:54 pm

Below are the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 55%
sky cover, 89%
relative humidity, 66%
temperature, 12˚C
surface wind, N 18 km/h


Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time both the transparency and the seeing will be too cloudy to forecast (0 out of 5). Tonight's 20OGS operator was to be BRAS member Marvin Owen. However, there will be no viewing and HRPO will close at 8:30pm--earlier if it begins to rain.

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2016

Post by Christopher K. » January 22nd, 2016, 6:37 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 17%
relative humidity, 75%
temperature, 3˚C
wind chill, -1˚C
surface wind, NW 14 km/h


Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time the transparency will be above average (4 out of 5) and the seeing bad (1 out of 5). Tonight's 20OGS operator is BRAS member and asteroid discoverer Merrill Hess. The 20OGS will be open until 10pm. However, due to the below freezing wind chill, there will be no outside telescopes in operation.

If you visit tonight be sure to dress for the outside--even when your inside.

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2016

Post by Christopher K. » January 23rd, 2016, 5:47 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 7:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 2%
relative humidity, 69%
temperature, 3˚C
wind chill, 2˚C
surface wind, N 7 km/h


Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time the transparency will be above average (4 out of 5) and the seeing good (4 out of 5). Tonight's 20OGS operator is LSU professor Rob Hynes.

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2016

Post by Christopher K. » January 24th, 2016, 8:40 pm

Last night's Evening Sky Viewing went fine. Professor Hynes showed the public the Full Moon, the planet Uranus, the Orion Nebula and the Andromeda Galaxy. Jordan had the Conrad homemade Dobsonian outside; Hayley took over operation for a hour and showed the public the Pleiades during that time. Over seventy-five patrons visited.

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Re: HRPO Evening Sky Viewing, 2016

Post by Christopher K. » January 29th, 2016, 6:39 pm

Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's viewing time of 8:30pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 0%
relative humidity, 66%
temperature, 11˚C
surface wind, S 10 km/h


Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time the transparency will be transparent (5 out of 5) and the seeing average (3 out of 5). Tonight's 20OGS operator is LSU professor Greg Stacy.

The lecture "Wonders of the Winter Sky", given by BREC Education Curator Amy Brouillette, will start at 7:30pm.

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