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Astronomy: Moon, Sun, & Planets

Astronomy: Moon, Sun, & Planets
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Astronomy report this ad why ads? Astronomy Powered by: Distant Suns Enter the zip code where you will be star gazing. Ads help us bring you the weather for free. For less than a dollar a month ($10/yr) you can sign up for a premium membership and remove ads. Remove Ads Like the Ocean This is the second installment of the Star Photography Article. If you are just getting started do check out – Sleeping with the Stars. The below article predominantly focuses on Post Processing i.e. once you capture your shots. If you ended up here thru Google looking to set up for Star Trail shoots check out this comprehensive article @ Star Circle. 5 Different Creative Post Processing with the same set of 86 shots (each 30 sec exposure) If you had read my earlier article – ‘Sleeping with the Stars’ you would have noticed that I mostly shoot milky way shots. The more I was looking at these, the more I was intrigued. The reminder of the article presumes you have a handful of exposures (of shorter duration) of the star lit night scene. As I was searching online there was lot of information on how to set up and shoot for star trails. Short cut keys “Alt + [“ – Select below layer ; “Alt + Shift + G” – Set LIGHTEN Layer Mode are quiet handy (but still time-consuming) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

12 Month Sky Map Index All sky maps are used to located stars and other objects in the sky for a certain date, time and observing location. Just like the Sun moves across the sky during the day the stars will move across the sky during the night. Most of the stars will rise in the east and set in the west. The northern stars will circle the Polars in a counterclock wise direction. Therefore, different sky maps are use through out the night to indicated the positions of the stars. These sky maps were created to show the entire sky and fill a printed page. Clicking on the star map shows a more detail constellation sky map. These sky maps only show stars and not any planets because planets do not repeat their positions in the sky on a yearly basis as do the stars. To determine the circle sky map to use select the month/date that is nearest to your observing date and then select the closest observing time. The below table is another way to determine which sky map to use.

Clear Sky Chart Homepage What is it? It's the astronomers forecast. It shows at a glance when, in the next 48 hours, we might expect clear and dark skies for one specific observing site. There are many, but the example above is for Blackfoot (the most sponsored chart). It's is specifically intended for amateur astronomers. Read from left to right. If you find this image, or the underlying forecast maps, useful please email Allan Rahill. Are there Charts for other locations? Yes, thousands. May I get my own Chart? If you observe at a site more than 24km or 15 miles from an existing chart site, feel free to request a chart for it. I can generate charts for almost anywhere in Canada and US. To ask for a CSC, email me with: Latitude and longitude accurate to at least 0.01 degree or 1 arcminute. I reserve the right to offer you a different chart that is still close enough to give maximally accurate forecasts. There is no cost.

Monthly Star Chart | Orion Telescopes & Binoculars See what stars, constellations, and cool celestial objects are visible in the sky this month. You can print the chart for use outdoors. How To Use This Chart This chart depicts the evening sky for the times indicated. This chart shows the sky as seen from 40 degrees north latitude. See Next Month This is the star chart for November, 2015: Printer Friendly To print a black and white version of the star chart, click here to open a black and white version in .pdf format. Enlarge the Star Chart or Print in Color To increase the chart's readability, click here to open a color version in .pdf format. Printing or enlarging the star chart requires Adobe Reader. View next month's Star Chart. You may also be interested in the Astronomical Maps & Charts we carry here in our online store.

en:start [Skychart] This program enables you to draw sky charts, making use of the data in many catalogs of stars and nebulae. In addition the position of planets, asteroids and comets are shown. The purpose of this program is to prepare different sky maps for a particular observation. A large number of parameters help you to choose specifically or automatically which catalogs to use, the colour and the dimension of stars and nebulae, the representation of planets, the display of labels and coordinate grids, the superposition of pictures, the condition of visibility and more. All these features make this celestial atlas more complete than a conventional planetarium. The software itself is released under the GPL license. The different catalog data are generally public domain but an acknowledgment to the original catalog author is require if you use this data for your research. You are free to use any chart or print produced by the program for any use, commercial or not (blog, web publication, printed book,…).

Sky View Cafe - Astronomy - Star Charts - Ephemeris - Planetarium Free Star Charts Using a Star Chart A star chart is a map of the night sky. With it, you can identify and locate constellations and stars. A typical star chart (see below) shows the relative positions of the stars and their brightness. Chart of Winter Sky To use a star chart to identify stars and constellations, you must first find the one appropriate for the time of year you are observing. In the back of the text book and on the inside front cover, you will find four charts, one for each season of the year. Because each night the stars move across the sky, rising in the east and setting in the west, you also need to consider the time of night. Once you have found the appropriate chart, you need to match it to the sky. You will notice that the chart has labels north, south, etc. With the correct chart in hand you are now ready to match it to the night sky. Notice that the chart shows that Orion has two bright stars on either side of a dimmer line of three stars, which form Orion's belt. Exercise #1 Exercise #2 Exercise #3.

Your Sky by John Walker Welcome to Your Sky, the interactive planetarium of the Web. You can produce maps in the forms described below for any time and date, viewpoint, and observing location. Your Sky provides three ways to view the sky with links, where appropriate, among the various presentations. Sky Map The sky map shows the entire sky as viewed from a given location at a specified time and date. To make a sky map, enter the latitude and longitude of your observing site in the boxes below (be sure to check the correct “North/South” and “East/West” settings) and press the “Make Sky Map” button below the form. Horizon Views Horizon Views, showing the stars above the horizon as seen from a specified observing site at a given date and time. The Virtual Telescope Your Sky's Virtual Telescope is your Humble Soft Telescope of the Web. To launch the virtual telescope, enter the coordinates at which it should be aimed in the boxes below and push the “Aim Virtual Telescope” button. Your Sky help

Night skies dazzle at these national parks National parks are ideal destinations for those who appreciate the splendor of a glittering nighttime sky – away from street lights, billboards and neon signs. The National Park Service in 2006 adopted a policy to "preserve, to the greatest extent possible, the natural lightscapes of parks, which are natural resources and values that exist in the absence of human-caused light." Many units of the Park Service, especially those in the western USA, enjoy remote locations where starlight isn't obscured by artificial light. Indeed, national parks and many park concessionaires have been at the forefront of reducing light pollution. MORE: National Park guides for all 50 statesMORE: 10 best national park campsites across the USAMORE: National Park lodging for under $100 per night We have traveled the national parks for more than 40 years and some of our most memorable experiences are related to night-sky activities. Below are 10 national parks that boast some of the best nighttime skies.

Night Sky: Visible Planets, Moon Phases & Events, July 2013 The night sky tonight and on any clear night offers an ever-changing display of fascinating objects you can see, from stars and constellations to bright planets, often the moon, and sometimes special events like meteor showers. Observing the night sky can be done with no special equipment, although a sky map can be very useful, and a good beginner telescope or binoculars will enhance some experiences and bring some otherwise invisible objects into view. You can also use astronomy accessories to make your observing easier. Below, find out what’s up in the night sky tonight (Planets Visible Now, Moon Phases, Observing Highlights This Month) plus other resources (Skywatching Terms, Night Sky Observing Tips and Further Reading). The night sky is more than just the moon and stars, if you know when and where to look.Credit: Karl Tate/SPACE.com Monthly skywatching information is provided to Space.com by Geoff Gaherty of Starry Night Education, the leader in space science curriculum solutions.

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