Observed Passes of Satellites, Rocket Bodies (etc.) in 2022

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Christopher K.
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Observed Passes of Satellites, Rocket Bodies (etc.) in 2022

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HRPO's first Edge of Night twilight viewing session of 2022 will take place on Friday 11 March from 5:45pm to 7:45pm.

Current predictions indicate four regular visible passes during this period, ranging in magnitude from 2.3 down to 1.5. Participants will also have a change to glimpse the elusive A-class magnitude -0.6 Canopus, which will culminate at a challenging seven degrees.
Christopher K.
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Re: Observed Passes of Satellites, Rocket Bodies (etc.) in 2022

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The front gate and main building will open at 5:05pm. Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's planned Edge of Night viewing time of 5:45pm to 7:45pm...
precipitation potential, 77%
sky cover, 83%
relative humidity, 82%
temperature, 20˚C
surface wind, N 16 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 "bad" (1 out of 5).

The Edge of Night event will not take place. HRPO will be open only for a brief tour. Personnel can give out information about Summer Camp and other programs.

Sky viewing will be attempted during the following upcoming periods...
*Saturday 12 March, 7pm to 10pm
*Tuesday 15 March, 3:15pm to 6:15pm

The two other Edge of Night sessions are always scheduled for July and November, and there checklists will be similar to the one for March...
https://hrpo.lsu.edu//programs/edge.html

The 11 March 2022 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD
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Re: Observed Passes of Satellites, Rocket Bodies (etc.) in 2022

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The front gate and main building will be open at 7:35pm. Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's planned Edge of Night time of 8pm to 10pm...
precipitation potential, 9%
sky cover, 44%
relative humidity, 81%
temperature, 29˚C
heat index, 36˚C
surface wind, SW 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 "good" (4 out of 5).

The various twlights are as follows...
8:07pm = “civil twilight” begins (search for crepuscular rays)
8:37pm = “civil twilight” ends; “nautical twilight” begins
9:10pm = "nautical twilight" ends; "astronomical twilight" begins
9:46pm = twilight over (Then it will be night.)

The 8 July 2022 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD
Christopher K.
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Re: Observed Passes of Satellites, Rocket Bodies (etc.) in 2022

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HRPO's third and final Edge of Night for 2022 is just a few short hours away! The front gate and main building will be open at 7:35pm. Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's planned viewing time of 4:45pm to 6:45pm...
precipitation potential, 1%
sky cover, 58%
relative humidity, 59%
temperature, 23˚C
surface wind, NW 9 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 have a single front pad telescope in operation from 4:45pm to at least 6pm. The various twlights are as follows...
5:06pm = “civil twilight” begins (search for crepuscular rays)
5:35pm = “civil twilight” ends; “nautical twilight” begins
6:04pm = "nautical twilight" ends; "astronomical twilight" begins
6:33pm = twilight over (Then it will be night.)

The 11 November 2022 rating is...
EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
BAD
There will be no visible passes compatible with the current forecast, but don't worry--HRPO has a good list of natural targets!
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