background preloader

Astronomy

Facebook Twitter

Nanaimo Clear Sky Chart. It's the astronomer's forecast.

Nanaimo Clear Sky Chart

At a glance, it shows when it will be cloudy or clear for up to the next two days. It's a prediction of when Nanaimo, BC, will have good weather for astronomical observing. The data comes from a forecast model developed by Allan Rahill of the Canadian Meteorological Center. CMC's numerical weather forecasts are unique because they are specifically designed for astronomers. But they have 763 forecast maps. So, I (Attilla Danko) wrote a script to generate the images like the one above which summarizes CMC's forecast images just for Nanaimo and the surroundings out to about 15 Kms.

There are charts for 5162 locations. Summary: In the rows labeled "sky conditions", find a column of blue blocks. Details: Read the image from left to right. Northern Lights - forecast. Dominion Astrophysical Observatory, Astronomy, Observatories, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. Light Pollution Atlas 2006. New Liskeard Clear Sky Chart. It's the astronomer's forecast.

New Liskeard Clear Sky Chart

At a glance, it shows when it will be cloudy or clear for up to the next two days. It's a prediction of when New Liskeard, ON, will have good weather for astronomical observing. The data comes from a forecast model developed by Allan Rahill of the Canadian Meteorological Center. CMC's numerical weather forecasts are unique because they are specifically designed for astronomers. But they have 763 forecast maps. So, I (Attilla Danko) wrote a script to generate the images like the one above which summarizes CMC's forecast images just for New Liskeard and the surroundings out to about 15 Kms. There are charts for 4701 locations. Summary: In the rows labeled "sky conditions", find a column of blue blocks.

Details: Read the image from left to right. The line, labeled Cloud Cover forecasts total cloud cover. CMC's text page explaining this forecast is here. SpaceWeather.com. Light Pollution Atlas 2006. Clear Sky Charts in Ontario (List) Heavens-Above. SKY-MAP. How to Shoot the Night Sky (Introduction to Astrophotography) The following post on photographing the night sky is by jgomez65 – one of dPS’s forum members.

How to Shoot the Night Sky (Introduction to Astrophotography)

Several people asked me to post a simple tutorial on how I took some night sky pictures. I am not an astrophotographer in any way, shape or form, nor do I have any expensive equipment. I simply read several tutorials, picked a dark spot on the beach and tried to do my best. Anyway, here is how I did it. 1. You need a camera that has manual exposure mode. You will also need a remote control or a shutter release cable in order to minimize shaking the camera when taking the pictures. You will definitely need a tripod. Point Pelee National Park - Dark Sky Night. Parks Canada www.pc.gc.ca Home > National Parks of Canada > Point Pelee National Park > Activities > Dark Sky Night Milkyway at Point Pelee© Parks Canada / Photo Credit: Cale Best Experience the wonders of the night sky on the following evenings: Keep checking back for details on these dates.

Point Pelee National Park - Dark Sky Night

January 3 February 1 March 1 April 26 These dates offer the darkest skies for optimum viewing due to their proximity to the new moon. For the best star gazing encounters, we recommend you come equipped with binoculars or a telescope. Astronomy Sky Condition. This web site gives access to up-to-date meteorological forecasts in order to provide astronomers with information to plan their sky observation activities.

Astronomy Sky Condition

The forecasts cover North America and are produced by the numerical weather prediction models that execute at the Canadian Meteorological Center.The following forecast parameters are available in real time: forecasts of cloud, surface winds, temperatures and humidity as well as more specific parameters such as seeing forecasts and sky transparency.

Cloud forecastCloud forecasts at hourly intervals up to 48 hours.These forecasts can be interpreted in the same way as satellite pictures in the visible spectrum. Seeing forecastSeeing forecasts at 3-hourly intervals up to 48 hours. The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Essay by Michael Silver The Dark-Sky Experience The night lighting of modern urban civilization has completely obliterated the natural glory of a star-filled night for most Canadians.

The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

It is now a fact of life that the only time many city or town dwellers ever see the stars is while on vacation in "cottage country". However, even there, local lights at night are now so pervasive that the stars are being beaten back ever farther into the wilderness. In a period in our history when unprecedented knowledge is being gathered by space probes and orbital telescopes, it is ironic that the average person has essentially lost the opportunity to simply look up at the night sky and experience the vastness of space. Few natural vistas can match the inspirational panorama of the Milky Way - our home galaxy - arching overhead on a cool, clear summer or early-autumn evening. The Preserve Itself Geology and Vegetation The Torrance Barrens is 1,905 hectares (4,707 acres).

Recreational Opportunities.