The picture above shows the times and dates of astronomical events with reference to local Durham time, times are shown inside the circle and dates outside the circle (one solar day and one year respectively).
It shows times of sunrise and sunset plus Dawn and Dusk, it also shows times of moonrise and moonset.
The blue sections of the face show times of three definitions of twilight, light blue is civil twilight where there should be enough light to conduct normal activities, mid blue shows nautical twilight where there is enough light to be able to see the horizon for navigation and dark blue shows astronomical twilight when it is not dark enough for astronomical observations.
The dates shown are for the current moon phase along with dates for the Equinox's, Solstice's and cross quarter days.
Sidereal and Solar Time.
Sidereal time is a system whereby astronomers can locate celestial objects in the sky and is based on the time it takes the Earth to rotate to the same direction in space with reference to distant stars (as opposed to the Sun) which is aproximatly 23 hrs 56 mins.
Solar Time is based on the rotation of the earth and the position of the sun in the sky with respect to the local meridian.
As Hunwick is 1.7 degrees west of the Grenwich Meridian, it is always 6 min 50 seconds behind UTC and we have to take into account the Equation of time factor, where local 'Noon' can vary as much as +- 16 minutes due to the obliquity of the ecliptic and eccentricity of the Earth's orbit. This is the time as shown on a sundial.
For more information see: Equation of Time.
British Summer Time.
In the United Kingdom BST, one hour in advance of GMT, will be kept from 31 Mar 2019 to 27 Oct 2019.
- Vernal Equinox - Ostara 20 Mar 21:58
- Summer Solstice - Litha 21 Jun 16:54
- Autumn Equinox - Mabon 23 Sep 08:50
- Winter Solstice - Yule 22 Dec 04:19
Sun, Moon and Tide times.
Tide times are for North Shields, Tynemouth.
For Hartlepool Add 8 minutes
For Tees Entrance Add 12 minutes
For Whitby Add 30 minutes
|Thu 23||00:56 1.24 m||06:59 4.67 m||13:22 1.07 m||19:35 4.40 m||04:45||21:20||00:56||08:30|
|Fri 24||01:34 1.51 m||07:40 4.48 m||14:06 1.29 m||20:23 4.15 m||04:44||21:21||01:35||09:33|
|Sat 25||02:16 1.76 m||08:27 4.28 m||14:56 1.50 m||21:19 3.94 m||04:43||21:23||02:05||10:40|
|Sun 26||03:07 1.97 m||09:22 4.09 m||15:56 1.67 m||22:24 3.81 m||Last Quarter||04:41||21:24||02:29||11:49|
|Mon 27||04:11 2.12 m||10:27 3.97 m||17:07 1.74 m||23:34 3.81 m||04:40||21:26||02:48||12:58|
|Tue 28||05:27 2.14 m||11:37 3.96 m||18:17 1.68 m||04:39||21:27||03:05||14:08|
|Wed 29||00:38 3.92 m||06:38 2.02 m||12:40 4.05 m||19:17 1.53 m||04:38||21:29||03:20||15:18|
Cross Quarter Days
- Imbolc 1 Feb 2019
- Beltain 1 May 2019
- Lammas 1 Aug 2019
- Samhain 1 Nov 2019
- Lent (Ash Wednesday) 06 Mar 2019
- Palm Sunday 14 Apr 2019
- Easter Sunday 21 Apr 2019
- Ascension Thursday 30 May 2019
- Penticost (Whit Sunday) 09 Jun 2019
- Christmas 25 Dec 2019
- Ramadan First day 6 May 2019
- Ramadan Last day 3 Jun 2019
- Islamic New Year sunset 30 Aug 1441 - nightfall 31 Aug 1441
Chinese New Year
- Chinese New Year 5 Feb 2019
- Year of the Earth Pig
All times are Local time for Durham, Adjusted for BST when applicable.
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