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RECENT SITE AMENDMENTS

 

2017

Mar 23rd - 'Position of Venus in the Night Sky: 2017 Morning Apparition' online.

Mar 18th - 'The American Eclipse, August 21st 2017: Positions of the Planets at Totality' online.

Jan 1st - Added 2017 finder chart for Uranus to 'Position of Uranus' page; added 2017 finder chart for Neptune to 'Position of Neptune' page.

2016

Jul 1st - Added horizon diagrams for the 8-year cycle for latitudes 35░ North, the Equator and 30░ South to 'Venus Conjunctions' page (linked from '8-Year Cycle' section).

Jun 29th - 'The Position of Venus in the Night Sky: 2016-17 Evening Apparition' online.

2015

Dec 18th - 'The Transit of Mercury, 9th May 2016' online.

Oct 12th - Added section 'Bi-daily Venus Events: Observing Venus by Naked-eye in both Morning and Evening Skies on the Same Day' to 'Venus Conjunctions' page.

Sep 30th - Amended planetary conjunction dates and updated Venus-Mercury paired apparition dates to the period 2016-2020 on 'Venus Conjunctions' page.

Sep 25th - Updated planetary ephemerides to the period 2016-2020 on 'The Naked-Eye Planets ..' (index) page.

Aug 12th - 'Position of Venus in the Night Sky: 2015-16 Morning Apparition' online.

Jun 27th - Added note regarding the planets' maximum angular deviations from the ecliptic to 'Planet Movements' page.

Jun 15th - 'Position of Mars in the Night Sky, 2015 to 2017' online.

Mar 6th-18th - Added further historical notes and made several minor amendments to the text on 'The Zodiacal Sky: Aries, Taurus and Gemini' and 'The Zodiacal Sky: Cancer, Leo and Virgo' pages.

Feb 28th - Added 'clean' star charts (i.e. without planet paths) to 'Position of Venus ..', 'Position of Jupiter ..' and 'Position of Saturn ..' pages.

Jan 3rd - Added finder chart for Uranus, 2015, to 'Position of Uranus in the Night Sky' page and added finder chart for Neptune, 2015, to 'Position of Neptune...' page.

2014

Dec 10th - Chart 2 (April to August 2015) added to the 'Position of Venus in the Night Sky: 2014-15 Evening Apparition' page.

Dec 3rd - 'Position of Venus in the Night Sky: 2014-15 Evening Apparition' online (excluding Chart 2).

Jul 18th - 'Position of Jupiter in the Night Sky, 2014 to 2018' online.

Jul 8th - Extended planetary conjunction tables to 2020 on Saturn, Uranus and Neptune pages and revised accompanying descriptions. Added links to extended planetary conjunction tables on Mars, Jupiter and 'Venus Conjunctions' pages.

Feb 24th - 'Visibility of the Planets, 2008 to 2020' online.

Feb 12th - 'Position of Vesta & Ceres in the Night Sky, 2014' online.

Jan 21st - 'Position of Venus in the Night Sky: 2014 Morning Apparition' online.

Jan 8th - Added finder chart for Uranus, 2014, to 'Position of Uranus...' page and added finder chart for Neptune, 2014, to 'Position of Neptune...' page.

2013

Dec 8th - Added 'Position of Saturn in the Night Sky, 2014-2022' to 'saturn.htm' and moved 'Position of Saturn... 2006-13' to 'saturn-2006-13.htm'.

Nov 7th - 'The Martian Year and Seasons' online.

Oct 22nd - 'Mars Oppositions, 2012 to 2027' online.

Sep 10th - Added Mars Rotation animation to 'Mars Through the Telescope' page.

Jul 20th - Added section on inferior planet motions to 'Planet Movements' page.

Jul 10th - 'Position of Mars in the Night Sky: 2013-2015'  online.

Jun 23rd - Added constellation photo 'Pisces and the Great Square of Pegasus' to 'Position of Uranus' page, with associated thumbnails. Added constellation photo 'Eastern Aquarius and Western Pisces' to 'Position of Neptune' page, with associated thumbnails.

Jun 19th - Added Right Ascension and Declination borders to Uranus and Neptune position charts. Added celestial equator to Neptune chart.

Jun 17th - Extracted planet telescope animations from their respective pages (Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus) and created a new page for each ('Mars Through the Telescope', 'Saturn Through the Telescope' etc.). This speeds up the page loading times, reduces the page length and allows the animations to be found directly from search engines.

Jun 14th - Removed 'Find Leo & Virgo from The Big Dipper' animation from current 'Mars' and 'Saturn' pages and replaced it with a still graphic. Created new page 'Find Leo and Virgo from The Big Dipper'. This speeds up the page loading times and allows the animation to be found directly from search engines.

May 15th - 'Position of Venus in the Night Sky, 2013-2014 Evening Apparition' online.

Mar 24th - Added Saturn zig-zag diagram (excerpt from Saturn 2013-23 chart) to 'Planet Movements' page (linked-to from article text).

Mar 16th - Added finder chart for Uranus, 2013 to 'Position of Uranus' page.

Mar 15th - Added finder chart for Neptune, 2013 to 'Position of Neptune' page.

2012

Sep 23rd - 'Smartphone' version of website launched (m.nakedeyeplanets.com).

Jun 14th - Added 'Position of Venus in the Night Sky, 2012-2013 Morning Apparition' to 'venus.htm' and moved 'Position of Venus... 2011-12 Evening Apparition' to 'venus-eve-2011-12.htm'.

Apr 26th - Added finder chart for Uranus, 2012, to 'Position of Uranus...' page.

Apr 3rd - 'The Zodiacal Sky: Aries, Taurus and Gemini' and 'The Zodiacal Sky: Cancer, Leo and Virgo' online (these articles previously appeared under the 'Mars, 2011-12', 'Jupiter, 2011-14' and 'Saturn, 2006-13' pages).

Feb 12th - Added finder chart for Neptune, 2012-2013 to 'Position of Neptune' page.

2011

Nov 15th - Added 'Uranus Conjunctions with other Planets, 2011-15' to 'Position of Uranus in the Night Sky' page. Added 'Neptune Conjunctions with other Planets, 2011-15' to 'Position of Neptune in the Night Sky' page

Nov 14th - Added 'Saturn Conjunctions with other Planets, 2012-14' to 'Position of Saturn in the Night Sky' page.

Nov 9th - Added 'Saturn Through the Telescope' to 'The Position of Saturn in the Night Sky' page.

Nov 2nd - 'The Transit of Venus, 5th-6th June 2012' online.

Oct 2nd - 'Position of Venus in the Night Sky, 2011-2012 Evening Apparition' online.

Aug 5th - Added section on 'Deep-Sky Objects'to 'Position of Mars in the Night Sky, 2011 to 2012' page.

Jul 18th - 'Position of Mars in the Night Sky, 2011 to 2012' online (section on 'Deep-Sky Objects' forthcoming).

Jun 7th - 'Interesting objects' section added to 'Position of Jupiter in the Night Sky, 2011 to 2014'.

May 21st - 'Position of Jupiter in the Night Sky, 2011 to 2014' online ('Interesting objects' section in preparation).

Mar 28th - Added finder chart for Neptune, 2011-2012 to 'Position of Neptune' page.

Mar 22nd - Added finder chart for Uranus, 2011-2012, to 'Position of Uranus' page. Created 'Jupiter-Uranus Triple Conjunction, 2010-11' page (which includes the finder chart for the same period).

Mar 16th - 'Position of Asteroid Vesta in the Night Sky, 2011' online.

Jan 22nd - Planet-related pages moved from 'homepage.ntlworld.com..' to www.nakedeyeplanets.com.

Jan 13th - Domain www.nakedeyeplanets.com becomes active.

Early-Mid Jan - Preparing to move planet-related articles to www.nakedeyeplanets.com.

2010

Dec 7th - Updated Ephemeris dates on 'Naked-eye Planets' to cover the period 2011-2015. Created new page for Ephemeris dates 2005-2010 (accessed via a link from the planets' current 'Ephemeris Dates' listings).

Dec 5th - Added planet visibility tables for 2011-2015 to 'Naked-eye Planets' page.

May 3rd - Added Neptune finder chart for 2010 to 'Position of Neptune' page.

Apr 23rd - 'The Position of Venus in the Night Sky: 2010 Evening Apparition' online.

Apr 7th - 'Venus Through the Telescope' online.

Mar 31st - 'Naked-eye Venus: Apparitions, Conjunctions & Elongations 2010-2015' online.

2009

Dec 30th - Added 'Latitude 45░S' to 'Rise-Set Direction Table'.

Dec 29th - Removed 'Jupiter-Neptune Triple Conjunction 2009' finder chart from 'Path of Neptune' page and created new page entitled 'The Jupiter-Neptune Triple Conjunction of 2009' (the dates have now expired).

Dec 28th - Amended 'Moon near Jupiter Dates' (on 'Position of Jupiter' page) and 'Moon near Saturn Dates' (on 'Position of Saturn' page) to cover the year 2010.

Sep 17th - Added World Map to 'Current Night Sky over...' section on 'Naked Eye Planets' article.

Jun 15th - Added 'Position of Mars 2009 to 2010' page to 'Naked Eye Planets' article.

May 9th - Added 'Mars Loop Formations, 2005-10' graphic to 'Planet Movements' article.

Apr 30th - Added 'Position of Saturn, 2006 to 2013' page to 'Naked Eye Planets' article ('Saturn-Orbit' is now on a separate page).

Mar 29th - Added 'Finding Uranus from Jupiter, 2010-11' graphic (finder chart) and 'Triple Conjunction' animations to 'Position of Uranus' page.

Mar 14th - Revised and extended version of the 'Planet Movements' page online. Additions include 'Saturn at Quadrature' diagram, 'Mercury at Dawn' diagrams and an expanded 'Planets Orbital Data' table.

Feb 12th - Added 'Position of Jupiter 2009 to 2011' page to 'Naked Eye Planets' article. Added 'Finding Neptune from Jupiter, 2009' graphic (finder chart) to 'Position of Neptune' page. Added 'Path of Jupiter 2005-2011' graphic to 'Planet Movements' page.

2008

Dec 6th - Introduced a new feature to 'Naked Eye Planets' entitled 'Spotlight', which will highlight various aspects of naked-eye astronomy (not only planets). The feature begins with 'Venus Through the Telescope', a series of animations following the changing appearance of Venus through a telescope during its evening apparition.

Nov 1st - Added Mini-AstroViewer« Java applet to 'Naked Eye Planets', Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune pages, with explanatory notes and an animated tutorial. Includes 'The Current Night Sky Over ..' graphic.

Oct 10th - Added 'Jupiter's Moons' Flash program to 'Position of Jupiter in the Night Sky' page. Added 'Saturn's Moons' Flash program to 'Saturn Orbit' page.

Oct 7th - Added Roman and Greek gods/goddesses pictures to 'Naked Eye Planets' article.

May 8th - Added 'Lunar Phases Applet' (by Gary Nugent) to 'Naked Eye Planets' article, together with a description of how to estimate the Moon's current position among the zodiac constellations.

Mar 15th - Added 'Vanishing Venus' (lunar occultation of Venus) animation to 'Naked Eye Planets' article.

Mar 5th - Added 'Mars in Gemini, 2007' photo and caption to 'Naked Eye Planets' article.

Jan 8th - Added 'Planet Visibility Table' for 2008 (also links to 2009 and 2010 tables) to 'Naked Eye Planets' article.

Jan 3rd - Added 'Mars Rise-Transit-Set Times' for Jan-May 2008 (the Aug-Dec 2007 table is now on a separate page).

2007

Nov 23rd - Removed Comet Holmes photo and caption from 'Naked Eye Planets' article [the comet is now fading].

Oct 30th - Added Comet Holmes photo and caption to 'Naked Eye Planets' article.

Oct 24th - Added 'Venus in Daylight' (link to new page) to 'Naked Eye Planets' article.

Oct 20th - Added a much-needed animation showing what causes the looping motions of planets to the 'Planet Movements' page.

Sep 27th - Added 'Venus, The Morning Star' photo to 'Naked Eye Planets' page.

Sep 16th - Added 'Moon near Jupiter dates 2007-8' to 'Position of Jupiter in the Night Sky' page.

Sep 11th - Added 'Moon near Saturn dates 2007-8' and Moon-Saturn photo to 'Saturn Orbit' page.

Aug 18th - Added 'Moon near Mars dates 2007-8' to 'Position of Mars in the Night Sky' page.

Aug 16th - Added latitudes 20║ North and 25║ South to Mars rising, transiting & setting tables on 'Position of Mars in the Night Sky' page (provides better global coverage of latitudes).

Aug 14th - Added rising, transit & setting tables of Mars to the 'Position of Mars in the Night Sky' page, and added annotated photo showing how to find the planet from Orion in 2007-8.

Apr 6th - Added 'planets in motion' Flash animation (by David Colarusso) to 'Planet-Movements' article and added 'planet positions today' graphic (also by David Colarusso) to 'Naked Eye Planets' article.

Feb 14th - Added 'Venus Evening Apparition' animation to 'Naked Eye Planets' article (An animation showing a typical morning apparition of Mercury will appear at a later date).

Feb 6th - Added 'Jupiter Path 2005-9' to 'Naked Eye Planets' article.

Feb 1st - Added 'Jupiter, Libra and Scorpius At First Light' photo to 'Naked Eye Planets' article.

Jan 28th - Added 'Saturn in Leo, 2007' photo to 'Naked Eye Planets' article.

Jan 4th - Added 'Vesta Track 2007' to 'Naked Eye Planets' article.

2006

Dec 7th - Added 'Neptune Path 2006-23' page to 'Naked Eye Planets' article.

Dec 3rd - Added 'Uranus Path 2006-19' page to 'Naked Eye Planets' article.

Nov 21st - Added 'Jupiter Path 2006-7' diagram to 'Planet Movements' page.

Nov 19th - Added 'Position of Mars, 2007-2008' page to 'Naked Eye Planets' article.

Nov 10th - Added 'Mars Path Animation 2007-8' diagram to 'Planet Movements' page.

Oct 23rd - Added 'Path of Pluto' diagram to 'Naked Eye Planets' page.

Aug 22nd - Added 'Path of Saturn in Leo' diagram to 'Saturn Orbit' page.

2005

Nov 16th - 'Wandering Stars' and 'The Naked Eye Planets' articles online.

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SITE TRAFFIC

Month

Total Visitors

Average Daily Visitors

Total Page Views

Average Daily Page Views

2011

January*

7,971

797.1

10,700

1,070.0

February

18,983

677.9

25,222

900.7

March

21,188

683.4

28,014

903.6

April

21,912

730.4

29,372

979.0

May

22,821

736.1

29,616

955.3

June

18,963

632.1

25,048

834.9

July

23,678

763.8

31,531

1017.1

August

33,713

1087.5

44,652

1440.3

September

51,653

1721.7

67,436

2247.8

October

57,938

1868.9

76,191

2457.7

November

49,548

1651.6

65,556

2185.2

December

44,899

1448.3

60,469

1950.6

* From midnight GMT on Jan 22nd. Visitors prior to this (from November 16th 2005) are included in the site totals in the Aenigmatis site report.

2012

January

69,663

2247.1

93,933

3030.0

February

75,401

2600.0

100,093

3451.4

March

147,830

4768.7

188,999

6096.7

April

53,057

1768.5

71,220

2374.0

May

35,577

1147.6

46,977

1515.3

June

40,293

1343.1

50,862

1695.4

July

19,720

636.1

26,199

845.1

August

25,463

821.3

33,474

1079.8

September

29,151

971.7

39,426

1314.2

October

30,126

971.8

42,446

1369.2

November

37,995

1266.5

52,805

1760.1

December

41,550

1340.3

57,487

1854.4

2013

January

35,010

1129.3

51,204

1651.7

February

22,924

818.7

32,247

1151.6

March

20,298

654.7

30,064

969.8

April

25,026

834.2

35,138

1171.2

May

19,918

642.5

27,386

883.4

June

15,536

517.8

22,061

735.3

July

17,236

556.0

24,046

775.6

August

25,579

825.1

35,240

1136.7

September

21,793

726.4

31,326

1044.2

October

31,163

1005.2

44,132

1423.6

November

38,609

1286.9

53,811

1793.7

December

32,791

1057.7

46,995

1515.9

2014

January

28,457

917.9

41,429

1336.4

February

21,195

756.9

30,465

1088.0

March

24,725

797.5

34,939

1127.0

April

33,447

1114.9

45,389

1512.9

May

24,108

777.6

33,137

1068.9

June

22,382

746.0

30,762

1025.4

July

21,231

684.8

30,112

971.3

August

27,391

883.5

37,739

1217.3

September

26,813

893.7

35,792

1193.0

October

29,416

948.9

38,803

1251.7

November

25,253

841.7

33,310

1110.3

December

28,890

931.9

40,905

1319.5

2015

January

45,648

1472.5

64,095

2067.5

February

48,657

1737.7

67,538

2412.0

March

47,926

1546.0

68,705

2216.2

April

44,104

1470.1

60,516

2017.2

May

42,564

1373.0

58,352

1882.3

June

45,996

1533.2

61,894

2063.1

July

50,269

1621.5

67,040

2162.5

August

76,839

2478.6

98,896

3190.1

September

34,291

1143.0

46,014

1533.8

October

37,579

1212.2

50,852

1640.3

November

29,562

985.4

42,781

1426.0

December

30,811

993.9

45,228

1458.9

2016

January

59,438

1917.3

82,432

2659.0

February

40,577

1399.2

57,871

1995.5

March

39,151

1262.9

56,669

1828.0

April

44,737

1491.2

64,187

2139.5

May

120,687

3893.1

165,233

5330.0

June

47,847

1594.9

67,031

2234.3

July

36,687

1183.4

52,212

1684.2

August

35,596

1148.2

50,943

1643.3

September

32,532

1084.4

46,540

1551.3

October

33,022

1065.2

46,669

1505.4

November

41,926

1397.5

59,478

1982.6

December

52,211

1684.2

73,329

2365.4

2017

January

72,077

2325.0

100,971

3257.1

February

56,615

2021.9

79,596

2842.7

March

35,124

1133.0

50,604

1632.3

April

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Cumulative Totals to 2017 March 31st (inc):

Visitors: 2,881,407

Page Views: 3,949,836

Recorded Countries: 210+

 

 

Yearly Totals

Year

Visitors

Av. Daily Visitors

Page Views

Av. Daily Page Views

2011

373,267

1022.6

493,807

1352.8

2012

605,826

1655.2

803,921

2196.5

2013

305,883

838.0

433,650

1188.0

2014

313,308

858.3

432,782

1185.7

2015

534,246

1463.6

731,911

2005.2

2016

584,411

1596.7

822,594

2247.5

2017

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Martin J. Powell

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