Current Weather & Forecast
Current and forecast weather and sky conditions: Cloud cover predictions will animate by pressing the play button; using the slider will show the three-day period of the graphical predictions. The chart reads from left to right and shows predictions for cloud cover, transparency (haze, smoke, water vapor), and the quality of atmospheric steadiness ("seeing"), sunrise/set, moonrise/set, wind direction, temperature, and dewpoint for the next three days.
The most important items to consider are the first two bars Cloud Cover & Transparency. The colors indicate what color the sky quality is likely to be, with dark blue being clear/best, and grey to white representing overcast/worst. An more detailed chart can be opened by clicking Astrospheric.com logo in the upper right corner on the chart.
An application from MeteoBlue details forecasts astronomical seeing conditions. The screen shot below on the right shows predicted seeing resolution in arc-seconds and the general 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) seeing scales. This can be especially useful for observing lunar, solar, and planetary detail.
Day & Night
The graphic below shows the duration of daytime, twilight, and nighttime hours for Goldendale. Click on image for current times.
Even though the full moon is a beautiful sight to behold, it is very bright. While the brighter stars and planets are unaffected, the Milky Way and faint "deep sky" objects such as galaxies and nebulae can be overpowered by bright moonlight. The periods around the new moon and crescent phases are the best times for observation of these fainter objects:
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If your primary interests lie in viewing "deep sky" objects, please consult the Moon Phases Calendar for new and waxing/waning crescent moon phases when planning for future observing.