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Bon Accord helping local stargazers with Clear Sky Clock

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(Last Updated On: Jul 2, 2014)

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by Morinville News Staff

Bon Accord – Sturgeon County stargazers are getting help from the Town of Bon Accord after the municipality launched its Clear Sky Clock Monday. In anticipation of their Bon Accord Observatory, the Town of Bon Accord requested and received a Clear Sky Clock to assist hobby astronomers in the region with the weather forecasting needed to do astronomical viewing. The Town believes the Clear Sky Clock will eventually help the Observatory itself.

The online resource forecasts sky quality for an approximate two-day period in the area around central Sturgeon County.

Used by astronomical observatories, clubs and private observatories throughout North America, weather data is broken down into seeing, sky transparency and cloud cover with colour charts relating to values, including temperatures and percentages. Other information, including wind, humidity and temperature, are also available, which the Town says makes the clock helpful for agricultural purposes as well.

Colour ranges are clickable, providing maps to see wider areas around the region and the continent.

The chart is available from the Town’s homepage at www.bonaccord.ca or by going directly to cleardarksky.com/c/BnAccrdABkey.html?1.

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