Sunday, May 28, 2006

Crescent moon watch

I've been meaning to watch out for the crescent moon for the past few days but have been thwarted so far. I went and saw a film (The Proposition) at the Screenroom last night and came out after sunset. Tonight, it's been cloudy so no chance of sighting it as it emerged just after sunset.

Why would I want to do this? Here's why:

Scan the western horizon close to where the Sun set. If you can see the Moon, let us know by entering your observation and location in our report form. We need to know the date and time of your observation, what the crescent looked like, where it was in the sky relative to the position on the horizon where the Sun set and something about the weather conditions and you, the observer. Even if the weather is clear and you cannot see the Moon, let us know. A negative observation will help us!

Over time, we will process your observations and try to improve the models we use to predict the first sighting of the new crescent moon. Currently, these predictions produce a classification for a particular date and location ranging from A (crescent easily visible) through to F (crescent impossible to see).

This site allows observers to look at the global visibility of the next new moon, to check their observations of the last new moon, to report their observations and to receive e-mail reminders of the next new moon.

Savage Garden - To The Moon and Back

4 Comments:

Blogger Vitor said...

very cool! although i'm a full moon fan myself :)

been reading to much fantasy i guess ;)

can i ask you something? how do you get those players with music on your blog?

are they from music code sites or do you have a dedicated server for your blog?

8:48 pm  
Blogger Reluctant Nomad said...

I'm rather fond of the moon too. Enough to have posted about it before.

The music players are easy to instal but they need to point to a site where the music clip is located. Initially, I used the free space available on geocities but there's a limit to how many times a file can be downloaded per month. Now I pay them a very small monthly fee so that I have a much higher limit.

If you need help installing a music player, let me know.

8:06 am  
Blogger Rob7534 said...

Too much work, just look at how pretty the moon is, no need to record it for spurious science!

10:24 am  
Blogger Vitor said...

Thanks for the tip.

Will do!

8:47 pm  

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