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 located near Nowra NSW 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 04 Dec 2020, for the next 10 days
DateMorningSunriseSunsetEveningMoonriseMoonsetMoon Phase
04 Dec 202004:0505:3520:0021:3023:2508:26day 18 of Moon
05 Dec 202004:0505:3520:0121:31None09:27
06 Dec 202004:0505:3520:0221:3200:0810:29
07 Dec 202004:0505:3520:0221:3200:4711:35day 21 of Moon
08 Dec 202004:0505:3520:0321:3301:2312:40
09 Dec 202004:0505:3520:0421:3401:5513:47
10 Dec 202004:0505:3520:0521:3502:2714:54day 24 of Moon
11 Dec 202004:0505:3520:0621:3602:5916:03
12 Dec 202004:0605:3620:0621:3603:3417:15
13 Dec 202004:0605:3620:0721:3704:1218:28day 28 of Moon

Planetary Data for today

Visible ISS Passes
ISS image. Credit: NASA
DateBrightnessStartHighest pointEnd
05 Dec-0.501:50:1513°SSE01:50:1513°SSE01:50:4610°SE
06 Dec-0.702:37:0212°SSW02:37:1112°SSW02:38:3710°S
07 Dec-0.501:50:4914°S01:50:4914°S01:51:4210°SSE
10 Dec-0.201:04:2911°S01:04:2911°S01:04:5810°S
11 Dec-0.300:17:4012°S00:17:4012°S00:18:0210°SSE
11 Dec-0.623:30:1813°SSE23:30:1813°SSE23:30:4810°SSE
12 Dec-0.404:20:3510°S04:22:1913°SSE04:24:0310°ESE
12 Dec-1.621:01:2910°NNE21:07:56ESE21:01:4811°NNE
12 Dec-2.522:40:0841°SW22:40:0841°SW22:43:2510°SE

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

Amateur astronomers from Shoalhaven Australia.