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‘Timeanddate.com’ “Night Sky” Feature Looks Extremely Promising & Mega Useful.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE. The ‘Night Sky’ feature in action.


I have been a HUGE fan of ‘timeanddate‘ for years —  as long as I can remember. I rely on them extensively. They, like Wikipedia, is one of my key ‘goto’ resources. I endorse them whenever I can because they do such a great job.

Yesterday, when I was looking for sunrise/sunset times for the 2020 Summer Solstice I happen to see this NEW ‘Night Sky’ feature — supposedly still in beta. I gave it a quick spin. I didn’t have much time. Ditto again, just now. Again gave it a very quick spin. Looks GREAT. I know that they will NOT disappoint. A very competent & thorough outfit. I am thrilled. I will happily go to them for my night sky. I am excited. Thank YOU, ‘timeanddate’. Keep up the good work.


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Compelling Moon, Venus & Mars Conjunction Over New Hampshire, January 3, 2017.

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Taken around 6pm, on Monday, January 2, 2017, in Alton, New Hampshire -- handheld from my Nikon P900 (at 2,000mm zoom). Click to ENLARGE.

Taken around 6pm, on Monday, January 2, 2017, in Alton, New Hampshire — handheld from my Nikon P900 (at 2,000mm zoom). Click to ENLARGE.


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January 3, 2017.

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Base sky map, as ever, is from: neave.com/planetarium/


Venus is the BRIGHT and bigger orb — at the bottom.

Mars is smaller and fainter — and at the top.

The ‘bigger’ light blue orb is Uranus — which is NOT naked eye visible. OK? So you will only see Venus, Mars and the Moon.


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Beautiful Moon – Venus Conjunction Over New Hampshire, Early Dec. 2016 — Get Out And Take A Look.

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Base sky map, as ever, is from: neave.com/planetarium/


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Bright ‘Star’, In The South, Over New Hampshire, Late Nov./Early Dec. 2016 Is Venus — Mars Is Nearby Too.

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Base sky map, as ever, is from: neave.com/planetarium/


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Super, Supermoon On Monday, November 14, 2016 — Largest Since 1948 & Not Another Similar For 18 Years.

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For many this could be a once in a lifetime Supermoon, given that the last one of this magnitude was in 1948 and the next in 2034.

It all has to do with the fact that the Moon’s closest approach to Earth is NOT constant each month. It is closer to Earth some months than others. Multiple factors influence this, including the Sun’s gravitational pull.

Plus, a Supermoon is NOT an astronomical term. It is more a lay term and as such there is latitude in what is considered ‘closest’ to Earth. In any given month, for it to be a Supermoon the moon doesn’t even have to be at its closest point to the Earth for that month. It only has to be within 90% of the closest approach.

Hence why all Supermoon’s are not equal.

So the November 14, 2016 will be 229 miles (0.10%) closer to Earth than the September 2015 Supermoon.

Got that?

I just hope we have good weather that night. 


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Moon, Mars, Venus & Saturn Over New Hampshire On Saturday & Sunday, November 5 & 6, 2016.

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Around 6:20 pm, should be best. Venus and Saturn will drop below New Hampshire tree line by 7:40.

Pluto is too small/dim to see naked eye!


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Moon, Venus & Saturn, In Line, Over New Hampshire, After Sunset, On Wednesday, November 2, 2016.

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Venus, to the left, is the brightest and biggest. Saturn between Venus and Moon. As close to sunset the better — provided it is above the tree line. Venus will have set by 8pm!


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Bright ‘Star’ Visible Over New Hampshire, After Sunset In November 2016, Is Actually Venus — Saturn & Mars Also Visible.

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As is often the case Venus, given that it is between us and the Sun, tends to be low on the horizon and sets below the horizon quite early. So the best time to see it is with 90 minutes of sunset, in the soutwestern quadrant of the sky. Also look for Saturn and the always orange Mars.


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Orange ‘Star’ Over New Hampshire, June – July 2016, Is Actually Mars — Saturn & Jupiter In Conjunction.

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Hard to miss the distinctly orange orb, that is Mars, if you go out around 9 – 10pm. Saturn, Mars & Jupiter are in a straight line (as they should be, this the so called ‘ecliptic‘). Jupiter could be below the tree line — especially as it gets later. 


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New Hampshire Night Sky January 2016: Bright ‘Star’, Low To The East Is Jupiter.

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It is in the treeline around 10:30 pm and continues to ascend during the night … into the morning. Hard to miss if you are up and about, looking at the sky around 11pm or later. Enjoy.


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