Astronomical Data

The first Astronomical Data menu item provides access to the Astro Flyer – the SA newsletter.

The other menu items listed in the Astronomical Data menu lead to external websites that have useful and extensive astronomical information for the amateur astronomer such as:

  • An excellent online planetarium “The Sky Live”. This can be set to any location and date/time combination to give a realistic view of the night sky. the site has many other items of interest to the amateur astronomer.
  • The current and forecast weather for the next few days.
  • Seeing conditions for tonight and the next 3 days.
  • Rise/Set times for all major solar system bodies.

Time varying data relevant to the astronomer is presented below.

Seeing Conditions

  • the meteoblue link above will take you to the external website where extended 3 day information is available.
  • Look for dark blue colours in the cloud cover and green values in the seeing values for good seeing conditions.
  • Cloud cover ranges from dark blue (0%) to white (100%). Fog or very low clouds are not shown here.


Timing Data

The timing data for the sun, moon, planets, the ISS and Iridium satellite flares are listed in the tables below.

Astronomical Times for Nowra (-34.888, 150.568)
Starting 19 Sep 2019, for the next 10 days
DateMorningSunriseSunsetEveningMoonriseMoonsetMoon Phase
19 Sep 201904:2005:5017:5219:2222:2708:37day 19 of Moon
20 Sep 201904:1905:4917:5319:2323:2709:13
21 Sep 201904:1805:4817:5319:23None09:53
22 Sep 201904:1605:4617:5419:2400:2710:39day 22 of Moon
23 Sep 201904:1505:4517:5519:2501:2711:33
24 Sep 201904:1305:4317:5619:2602:2412:34
25 Sep 201904:1205:4217:5619:2603:1713:41day 25 of Moon
26 Sep 201904:1005:4017:5719:2704:0514:52
27 Sep 201904:0905:3917:5819:2804:4916:04
28 Sep 201904:0805:3817:5919:2905:2917:17day 29 of Moon

Planetary Data for today

Visible ISS Passes
ISS image. Credit: NASA
DateBrightnessStartHighest pointEnd
22 Sep-1.005:16:2610°N05:18:5619°NE05:21:2810°E
23 Sep-0.504:30:1010°NE04:30:3710°NE04:31:0410°ENE
24 Sep-3.305:15:0210°NW05:18:2466°NE05:21:4910°SE
25 Sep-2.204:27:3314°N04:29:5633°NE04:33:0410°ESE
26 Sep-1.303:41:3018°NE03:41:3218°NE03:43:5410°E
26 Sep-3.005:14:5110°WNW05:18:0337°SW05:21:1810°SSE
27 Sep-3.804:28:1336°WNW04:29:2770°SW04:32:5210°SE
28 Sep-2.403:41:5240°ESE03:41:5240°ESE03:44:1610°SE

Visible Iridium Flares for the next 7 days
No visible Iridium Flares during this time period

Amateur astronomers from Shoalhaven Australia.