Lookup Sunrise & Sunset Time For Anywhere In The World

The U.S. Naval Observatory provides a simple and easy to use website to lookup the sunrise & sunset time for anywhere in the world. You just need city and state, or latitude and longitude for the rest of world, and you’re golden.

Here’s whats happening astronomically tonight.

The following information is provided for Bellevue, King County, Washington (longitude W122.2, latitude N47.6):

        Tuesday
        26 June 2007          Pacific Daylight Time

                         SUN
        Begin civil twilight       4:32 a.m.
        Sunrise                    5:12 a.m.
        Sun transit                1:11 p.m.
        Sunset                     9:11 p.m.
        End civil twilight         9:51 p.m.

                         MOON
        Moonrise                   4:57 p.m. on preceding day
        Moonset                    2:00 a.m.
        Moonrise                   6:07 p.m.
        Moon transit              10:20 p.m.
        Moonset                    2:27 a.m. on following day

Phase of the Moon on 26 June: waxing gibbous with 86% of the Moon’s visible disk illuminated.

Full Moon on 30 June 2007 at 6:49 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time.

Pretty cool, no?

Link Via Strobist

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Life, The Universe, And Everything

It’s really rather amazing how small the earth is in comparison to the gas giants of our solar system. It’s even more amazing how small the gas giants are to other celestial objects.

This website offers a chart explaining the size differences.

Now just think for a second. Some of those stars like Antares are mind boggling giant. Yet they aren’t much brighter to our eyes than most the other stars in the sky. Think about that. Try to grasp how far away those stars would have to be to give off the same amount of light as the rest in the universe.

It’s amazing.