atAw, man, I got this… this… coding problem. I keep finding myself writing things that only I would have a use for. So on my iPad, I found this App called “Emerald Observatory”, and I was so, so impressed. First, it’s pretty. Really pretty. Second, it’s full of astronomical data, useful stuff. And I thought to myself, wow… I really like some of this.

Then (oh, no…) I began to think about what parts of it I would like to use, that is, have directly available to me. So I wrote those nice folks, complementing them sincerely on what a nice App they had come up with (check it out, you won’t regret it), and suggesting they write what I had in mind, because actually, they sort of had the data in the app already, it was just a matter of organizing it differently. I got a nice reply, thanking me for the suggestion, but allowing as to how they had a lot to do, and so it would be “on their list.”


Not being the most patient person in the world, and well aware that “later” often means never, no matter how well intended when handed over, by morning I had This:


Basically, it tells you where all the planets are in the sky, how well you can expect to see… even if there’s an eclipse going on. In the process, I got to cobble up some simple dials of various kinds, which was sorta fun. Ok, not really, but now that they’re done, they’re fun. :)

So if there are any folks in the Glasgow area that are looking for current astronomical data for the planets… here it is. If you’re any distance from Glasgow (and almost everyone is), these are wrong values for you. Sorry.

I wrote it in Python.