Day/Night Indicator

Day/Night Indicator

Voyager now provides an overlay indicating regions where it is currently day and night across the Earth. This can be turned on under Voyager’s “More…” map options in the upper-right of the map directly beside its “Map” and “Satellite” basemap buttons and will automatically update every minute to keep itself current. The outer edges of this overlay show where sunset and sunrise are currently occurring while regions of twilight (before dusk or dawn) are shaded in light grey and regions of night are shaded in dark grey. This is especially useful for PacIOOS whose regions span the time zones between Palau (UTC +09:00) and Hawaiʻi (UTC -10:00), totaling 5 hours of difference and crossing the International Date Line.

Voyager screenshot of day/night indicator on July 15, 2015 9:15pm HST; EEZs of PacIOOS regions outlined in blue:

Voyager Screenshot

This overlay was made possible using a third-party library for the Google Maps API (nite-overlay), which estimates the sun’s position using a method adapted from NOAA’s Solar Calculator, itself based on equations from Astronomical Algorithms (1991) by Jean Meeus.

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PacIOOS is the first regional association that was certified as a Regional Information Coordination Entity (RICE) by the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). Certification provides NOAA and its interagency partners a means to verify that a regional association’s organizational and operational practices, including data management, meet recognized and established standards set by NOAA.