Well, today at 3:47 AM PST the Fall Equinox began. Cold temps, short days and long nights will become more and more common. Sometimes I miss those fall/winter days in Pennsylvania, waking up in the morning to 3ft of snow piled up outside and below zero temps. I literally did walk up hill both ways in the snow to get to school.

 

A good software program that I use for astronomy work (and where I found the 3:47 time given above) can be found at http://www.skyviewcafe.com. Be warned, it is written using Java (insert copyright notices on the name Java here, I am too lazy to do it myself) so you will need to have a JVM installed to use it. The source to an older version is available, and once I compiled it to .NET using J# with only minimal changes. That just shows how easy it is to convert Java to .NET with the J# compiler.

 

I tried working on my own version of an astronomy app using C# a few months ago, but because of time restraints I did not get much more done than calling off to a GPS receiver and then sending the results to http://terraserver-usa.com to translate that to a town name. Maybe I will post what I have to a GDN workspace (http://gotdotnet.com/community/workspaces/) and see what happens.