Sun and Moon Data
To find sun and moon rising and setting times for your park or office, go to the U.S. Naval Observatory’s Complete Sun and Moon Data for One Day webpage.
An update on the moon, planets and night skies for December.
Visible planets during the period:
- Mars – Mars is visible in the early evening near the southwestern horizon.
- Jupiter – Jupiter rises just after sunset and is bright above the eastern horizon soon thereafter.
- Venus – Venus continues to be visible in the pre-dawn southeastern sky.
- Saturn – Saturn is also visible in the early morning sky, rising about a half hour before Venus.
- Mercury – Mercury rises about 40 minutes after Venus.
Calendar of upcoming celestial events:
- Thursday, 12/6 – Last quarter moon.
- Sunday, 12/9 – Venus and Mercury are just a few degrees apart.
- Tuesday, 12/11 – The moon passes close by Venus and Mercury in the morning sky, with Saturn just above the trio.
- Thursday, 12/13 – The moon is new (dark). The Geminid meteor shower is at its peak.
- Friday, 12/14 – The crescent moon is just to the right of Mars.
- Thursday, 12/20 – The moon is at first quarter.
- Friday, 12/21 – Winter solstice occurs just after 6 a.m. EST.
- Friday, 12/28 – The moon is full.
For more information on stars, planets and other night sky phenomena, go to “The Sky This Week” page at the U.S. Naval Observatory page at http://www.usno.navy.mil/USNO/tours-events/sky-this-week
Watches and Warnings
The principal watches and warnings posted as of early this morning were as follows. Note that these change over the course of a day and represent only initial daily forecasts. Click on this link for a full-sized map showing these hazards:
- Winter storm watches, warnings and advisories – Western Wyoming, central Idaho, northwest Washington.
- Flood watches, warnings and advisories – Much of the coastal Northwest.
- High wind watches, warnings and advisories – Areas in Oregon, northern California, northwest Montana and northwest Wyoming.
For additional information on severe weather, go to the NOAA Storm Prediction Center at http://www.spc.noaa.gov/ .
Today’s NPS History
In The Parks
On December 4, 1765, Zephaniah Kingsley, who would become a major planter and slaveholder on Fort George Island, Florida, was born. The remains of his plantation, including slave quarters, are now part of Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve. Click here for other park anniversary dates.
There were no NPS on duty deaths on this date. Click here for a full list of on-duty deaths.
From The Morning Report Archives
Today’s incident from the Morning Report archives:
Organ Pipe Cactus NM – A GSA-owned, NPS-leased pickup truck was stolen from the park sometime during the evening of October 13, 1988. The keys to the vehicle were taken from a key cabinet in the maintenance building, and the truck was removed from a locked enclosure by forcing the gate. Three NPS trailers were also burglarized and numerous tools were taken. Rangers and sheriff’s officers were investigating with Mexican authorities at the time of the report.