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Current Moon Phase

Weather Station

MPAS has an internet weather station running at the Briars Observatory.
The realtime & historical data can be found here in Weather Undergound.


MPAS is currently contributing to a worldwide study being run by the Astrophysics department of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in Spain.

The initiative is a European project called Stars4All, and our site at The Briars has been chosen to be a part of a worldwide network of photometers, measuring the sky brightness evolution with time.

We have been supplied with a photometer, which has been mounted on the roof of the Peter Lowe observatory. The photometer collects data at one minute intervals (24x7), and sends these data to the Spanish university's server, for input into the Stars4All project.

Among the measurements the photometer collects, are sky brightness and cloud cover. These two data sets are graphed below.
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Current Sky Brightness

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Current Cloud Cover

Map of photometers in the Stars4All network