Suggestion: Stargazing layer
Could you create a layer that shows the conditions for stargazing - i.e. taking into account light pollution and visibility. This would need to combine:
- moonrise/moonset/moon phase
- fixed light pollution from human sources (see https://www.lightpollutionmap.info )
- cloud cover
- aurora forecast (ideally it would be good to be able to see the layer with/without this included, as you may want to observe the aurora)
Algorithms for sun/moon are at: https://github.com/mourner/suncalc
Light pollution: https://www.lightpollutionmap.info/help.html
Space weather / Aurora: https://www.swpc.noaa.gov/
Marienka last edited by
Hi @rbbot , thanks for your message with all the useful links! Although it's not our priority at the moment, we will note this idea in our backlog.
The Dataset which is used by https://www.lightpollutionmap.info/ can be found here: http://dataservices.gfz-potsdam.de/contact/showshort.php?id=escidoc:1541893&contactform
Environment Canada provides astronomy forecasts https://weather.gc.ca/astro/index_e.html - I am not sure they do anything more than a North American model, or if anyone else provides anything similar. I use their cloudiness, transparency, and seeing forecast maps all the time through http://www.cleardarksky.com - Clear Dark Sky also models darkness relative to sunset/sunrise and moon brightness.