Whats my Latitude?

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nexius

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Sorry, this is really dumb but I honestly have no clue were Maryland is with latitude. I need to buy a planisphere and it has to be for my latitude I think so yea?
 
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qso1

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The only dumb question is the unasked one.<br /><br />Try this link.<br /><br />http://www.bcca.org/misc/qiblih/latlong_us.html<br /><br />Then go to Maryland on the list or go to the link below:<br /><br />http://www.bcca.org/misc/qiblih/latlong_us.html#MARYLAND <br /><br /> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><strong>My borrowed quote for the time being:</strong></p><p><em>There are three kinds of people in life. Those who make it happen, those who watch it happen...and those who do not know what happened.</em></p> </div>
 
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nexius

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it gives me west and east as well i think planispheres only need to know your north or south latitude?
 
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MeteorWayne

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That is correct, planispheres concentrate on the Latitude.<br />Did you get the latitude you needed?<br /><br />BTW I'm in NJ at COORDINATES: 74d 53' 54" West 40d 40' 52" North <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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You could say that your latitude decides <i>what</i> you see, while your longitude decides <i>when</i> you see it.<br /><br />(That's why people living on the east cost of USA get to see the sun or any other astronomical object rise or set 6 hours later than those living in central Europe).<br /><br /><img src="/images/icons/wink.gif" /> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#ff9900">----------------------------------</font></p><p><font color="#ff9900">My minds have many opinions</font></p> </div>
 
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nexius

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yea I tried my planisphere out last night i really had no clue what i was looking at but I think I found ursa minor in a small clump
 
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MeteorWayne

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Actually if you saw it in a small clump, that was most likely the Pleides. You could cover the whole dipper shape with your thumb. Thta's probably too small to show up as anything other than a smudge on your planesphere.<br /><br />Ursa minor is larger, over two hand widths, if you hold your arm out all the way.<br /><br />It is very important to find, since Polaris is at the end of the handle. Once you find the north star and know where it is, orienting yourself is easy. And the nice thing is it's always in exactly the same spot. Any season, day or night, it's always right there. No other object in the sky can make that claim! <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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nexius

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heh.. yea I still look up and have no clue were the north star is its obviouley north all the stars look same to me though <img src="/images/icons/frown.gif" />
 
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MeteorWayne

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When the weather gets better in a few days, I'll PM (private message) you and we'll work together to at least let you find north.<br />There's enough bright stuff in the sky so we can do that.<br />Your project on the next clear evening is to find the direction that the sun sets.<br />Let me go back and look up where you are again. <br /><br />OK, roughly, if you face the setting sun, and stick your arms straight out to your sides, North is close to where your right arm is pointing. It's actually a little closer to the direction you are facing than that, but we'll talk about that in a few days. <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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MeteorWayne

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I don't think it will be clear for either of us tomorrow.<br />Friday night seems more likely.<br />Besides, after eating the Bird I cooked, I'll be asleep pretty early!<br />{burp} <br /><br />Friday I'll be getting ready to go out meteor observaing, so should be ready. <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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