Sailors Choice                        Sun, Stars, Moon & Tides


Navigation by solar and stellar sightings have been guiding sailors for hundreds of years while the location of the moon above governs the tides that we sail in and the currents that either carry us or hinder our passages. 

First things first. Hungry? Moonpies Moon Names
Moon Phases, waxing and waning, rising and setting,
get the scoop
January - Old Moon, Moon after Yule

February - Sucker-Spawning Moon, Snow Moon

March - Lenten Moon, Sap Moon, Crow Moon

April - Budding Moon, Egg Moon, Grass Moon

May - Planting Moon, Milk Moon
June - Rose Moon, Flower Moon, Strawberry Moon

 July - Thunder Moon, Hay Moon

August - Green Corn Moon, Grain Moon, Rice-Making Moon

September - Harvest

 Moon, Fruit Moon

October - Hunters Moon, Falling-Leaves Moon

- Frosty Moon, Beaver Moon

- Before Yule
About Water Levels, Tides & Currents  what makes the tides, 
how are tide predicted and how is a tide measured.
Tide Tables for Baja California
Tide Predictions
Sun or Moon Rise/Set Table for One Year, this page provides
a way for you to obtain a table of the times of sunrise/sunset, moonrise/moonset, or the beginning and end of twilight, 
for one year.
Interactive Marine Buoy Observations, direct from NOAA and
the National Weather Service, USA, searchable by location
National Geographic’s Virtual Solar System, your chance to 
discover the wonders of our solar system in a spectacular 3-D
environment. Take a fly-by tour of the sun and each planet in 
its orbit.
Earth & Sky daily report, great information
Visible Stars Chart, interactive to your location, shows you
where Uranus, the rest of the planets and the stars will be tonight

Astronomical Society of Victoria of Melbourne
, Australia 
(Includes pages for the southern night sky from month to month
and a list of southern hemisphere meteor showers.)

a great way to find your way around the cosmos 
through the net
Blue Moon - 2 Full Moons within one month, Or is it??
I'm an engineer & an amateur astronomer. As a volunteer for the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, I answer many astronomical questions from the public. I ... noticed erroneous definition of the Blue Moon. Last Halloween many people asked about the Blue Moon, so I researched it then... The pervasive definition today, which is what you have, is a blue moon is the second full moon in a calendar month. This definition was started in an article published in the March 1946 issue of Sky & Telescope. The author was referring to a calendar of blue moons given in the Maine Farmer's Almanac, and misinterpreted how the almanac determined blue moons, and simply stated that it was the second full moon in a calendar month. The error was perpetuated by Sky & Telescope as late as March 1999, but in May 1999 they published an article  that finally explained the on-going error.  The problem is, no one has caught on to the error. The "Maine" definition is the blue moon is the third full moon is a tropical-calendar season having four full moons. So first, the blue moon definition is based on the tropical year, not the civil calendrical one (much better this way), and it does not relate at all to a month but actually to a season. The common definition today is not good simply because it relies on the civil calendar. For instance, many people thought that last Halloween's full moon was a blue moon. It indeed was the second full moon in October 2001... for New York City. But more accurately, the full moon did not occur until after midnight in Chicago, so technically it was the first full moon of November and the one later that month would be the blue moon.  The Maine definition is more obtuse, but has a rich history and works for any location in the world. Our thanks to Dave Bohlmann.
Get Lost in the Stars, a great place to find "Pretty Pictures" 
of what's up
Go with the big guys, JPL's got the ticket (Jet Propolsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California)
NOAA's Geostationary Satellite Server,   Vapor, infrared and visibility satellite images, the newest, the NOAA-K, now NOAA-15, satellite was launched May 13, 1998 at 8:52 PDT (11:52 Eastern Time) from VAFB. The spacecraft was injected in a nominal polar orbit (450 x 450 nautical miles) with an inclination  of 98.7 degrees.

A Short Guide to Celestial Navigation

an online explanation and guide, thank you, Henning Umland

On-line Nautical Almanac
, thanks to Orion
After all this, just what time is it? United States Naval Observatory time
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