Navigation, Orienteering, Weather, and Cultural Astronomy
This page presents skills that can add to your safety and confidence, and spirit for adventure, and for looking at the heavens.
Wonders of UniverseA high resolution image of a Solar Eclipse!
Credit: Sebastian Voltmer
Credit: Sebastian Voltmer
- Feb. 29, 2020. is a leap day, a calendar oddity that gives us an extra day. It takes Earth a messy 365.2422 spins of the planet to complete its loop, or one orbit, of the sun, so every four years we add an extra day to balance it out and keep our seasons where they’re supposed to be. The contortions are awkward, but they’re fairly straightforward compared with the adjustments that would need to be made to the calendars of alien civilizations if they existed elsewhere in our solar system. Luckily, astronomers, science-fiction writers and enthusiastic hobbyists have presented several proposals for Mars, Jupiter and Venus calendars.
- Ron Sutcliffe's MoonTracks The Colorado Plateau, Chaco Meridian
- Blue Hour/Golden Hour Calculator https://jekophoto.eu/tools/twilight-calculator-blue-hour-golden-hour/
- MoonGiant on Facebook
- Moon Cycles Calendar
- The December solstice is coming Posted by Deborah Byrd in ASTRONOMY ESSENTIALS | EARTH | It’s getting closer. December solstice 2019 arrives on December 22 at 04:19 UTC. That’s December 21 for much of North America. High summer for the Southern Hemisphere. For the Northern Hemisphere, the return of more sunlight!
- The Mystery of Chaco Canyon
- Best places to see the stars
Maps, Navigation and Orienteering
TravelStorys GPS connects people with the places that sustain us all. Because if people connect, they might care. If they care, they might act.
- Find Latitude and Longitude. https://www.latlong.net
Time and Date
- Time Zones Map https://www.timeanddate.com/time/map/
- USGS Topographical Maps Symbols
The Continental Divide Trail Montana/Idaho/Wyoming/Colorado/New Mexico. On Native Lands, federal lands, and six watersheds. One of the largest conservation efforts in the history of the United States"The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDT) is much more than just a line on a map: it is a living museum of the American West, a place to reconnect with nature, and a unifying force bringing people of all walks of life together. Six major North American watersheds originate along The Continental Divide Trail
Native Land Digital Territory Acknowledgement Territory acknowledgement is a way that people insert an awareness of Indigenous presence and land rights in everyday life. This is often done at the beginning of ceremonies, lectures, or any public event. It can be a subtle way to recognize the history of colonialism and a need for change in settler colonial societies. Board of Directors biographies Advisory Council biographies How Native Land works Partners and Contributors Media
- Have a NOAA All Hazards Radio NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. https://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/
- This National Weather Radio Brochure has a complete list of NWR frequencies. It's a good idea to print a hard copy of this brochure and keep it with your radio.
- NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards This website has numerous and valuable weather data and sources of information COVERAGE County Coverage Listings State Coverage Listings NWR Station Search Maps
- Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) SAME Coding Using SAME SAME Non-Zero Codes SAME is the protocol used to encode the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and NOAAWeather Radio (NWR) in the U.S. and Weatheradio Canada in Canada. It is also used to set off receivers in Mexico City and surrounding areas as part of the Mexican Seismic Alert System (SASMEX).
- EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM EAS Description Event Codes Emergency Alert System https://www.nws.noaa.gov/directives/
- Midland NOAA Weather Radio Manual
- Wunderground https://www.wunderground.com
- Use RTTs before and while you travel, and keep paper maps on hand. There are always incredible places off the googleMap grid. It will be worth it to extend your days to see places guided by your personal interests, and by "the locals," and Mother Earth. Notate your maps and keep a travel journal to share. Please share on the BLOG.
- RTTs often goes outback and off-grid. to BLM lands, National, State, and Community Parks, Historic Sites and Monuments, to sacred and and spiritual places, wildlife reserves, canyons, deserts, forests, on mountains, rivers and lakes and the ocean. Ingrid, to community centers and clan centers; to city council meetings, senior centers, farmers' markets, museums, concerts, local athletic events, and.... Consult Road Trips routes and locations before travel and, as you travel keep RTTs and paper maps at hand for a view of miles around. Often, incredible places will be just off your digital googleMap, but on your paper map. It will be worth it to extend your days to go to a places you might not pass again. Keep a travel journal handy for notes and recollections, and notate your map to pinpoint places you've been and to plan new directions. It's great to have background information in your itinerary, but it's even better when you see knew places suggested by "the locals," along with their stories. Two simple rules: . Use paper topographical, recreational, and topical maps to lay out a broad view of where you're going. Keep them with you wherever you go, and mark them up on "the trail." Know how to use a map and compass. Digital locators and gps is wonderful to have, but experience with old school navigation is important if digital fails.