| Sky maps are displayed here for
various parts of the country on a weekly basis.
Morning (4 AM local DST) and evening (10 PM local DST)
views are given, showing the Moon, planets, and the
brightest stars. Rising and setting times for
the Moon and Venus are provided, along with other
planets that are currently visible. The time when the
sky becomes dark enough to see stars and planets (End
and Begin of Civil Twilight) is also listed in the
Venus ephemeris data. Please note that
the horizons shown on the maps are ideal, and may
not reflect your own situation due to terrain or
artificial light sources.
The sky is dazzling, mysterious, and free for the viewing. Enjoy it often!
Why consider the night sky? Find out here.
This site is primarily geared toward naked-eye viewing, rather than using telescopes.
All maps and data are available via ftp. Those with slower connections may find this more convenient.
is visible from Sunset to the early morning.
| Daily features at Earth
| US Naval Observatory weekly
Highly experienced astronomers put things in layman's terms for naked-eye viewing.
| Detailed, interactive sky
maps (including constellations) of worldwide
http://www.mystarslive.com Also downloadable sky map software.
| General astronomy
questions? Try Cornell University's "Ask An Astronomer" :
Check here to see if your question has been already answered previously.
| Maps and information from Northern
Stars Planetarium in Maine.
Very informative site for Northern viewers from an experienced astronomer .
| General information about constellations
from the StarDate
Online service, along with useful
Another fine site for naked-eye viewing.
| Current images of the Sun
are available from NASA/SOHO:
Also at the SDO, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
| Current measurements of the
Earth's magnetic field:
Can you see the Northern Lights? The strength of the magnetic field and your location will determine that.
Tips for viewing here.
For current space weather, go here. Or here.
AUDIO recordings of the Earth's magnetic field from Univ.-Iowa Physics Dept. here.
Very good background on the Northern Lights here, with information on how they are produced.
To convert GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) to your local time, go here.
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