Astronomy Essentials

Looking for a sky almanac? EarthSky recommends …

Many people want to know the rising and setting times for the sun, moon and planets in their sky. While it is not possible for us to answer every single inquiry individually, we can direct you to to some wonderful almanacs that provide this information. The rising and setting times presume a level horizon.

Custom Sunrise Sunset Calendar

This site provides a printable monthly calendar that gives you the sunrise/sunset and moonrise/moonset times, and the phases of the moon. Optional features include times for civil, nautical and astronomical twilight, and the definitions for these different shades of twilight.

Old Farmer’s Almanac

Calculate rise and set times for the sun, moon and planets (including the dwarf planet Pluto!) for any location in the U.S. and Canada.

Time and Date sunrise/sunset calculator

Obtain the sunrise/sunset times for cities all around the world.

US Naval Observatory

Obtain the rise/transit/set times for sun. moon, planets and bright stars.

Time and Date planet guide

Gives the rising and setting times for Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune for any chosen location.

Australian National University

Gives rise/transit/set times for the sun, moon and bright planets for anyplace worldwide. Need to know your latitude and longitude.

Heavens Above

Information on when the International Space Station and other satellites are visible in your sky.

Photo credit: Lewis Brown
Photo credit: EarthSky Facebook friend Lewis Brown. Thank you Lewis!
April 11, 2013
Astronomy Essentials

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