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Many people want to know the rising and setting times for the sun, moon and planets in their sky. We can direct you to some wonderful almanacs that provide this information. The rising and setting times presume a level horizon.
Custom Sunrise Sunset Calendar: This site provides a printable monthly calendar that gives you the sunrise/sunset and moonrise/moonset times, and the phases of the moon. Optional features include times for civil, nautical and astronomical twilight, and the definitions for these different shades of twilight.
Old Farmer’s Almanac: Calculate rise and set times for the sun, moon and planets (including the dwarf planet Pluto!) for any location in the U.S. and Canada.
Timeanddate.com sunrise/sunset calculator: Obtain the sunrise/sunset times for cities all around the world.
US Naval Observatory: Gives rise/transit/set times for the sun, moon, planets and the brighter stars anyplace worldwide. Also provides sunrise/sunset azimuths, and transit altitudes.
Heavens Above: Information on when the International Space Station and other satellites are visible in your sky.
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Calendar day; November 23, 2015

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 Monday, the 23rd of November, 2015 is the 327th day in 2015 and in the 48th calendar week.
General Events:
International Day to End Impunity
November 23, 2015 in the World
International Day to End Impunity is celebrated on November 23, 2015. The International Day to End Impunity is marked annually by advocates for free expression. The day is meant to raise awareness of, and demand justice for, artists, journalists, musicians, writers and free expression advocates around the world who are persecuted for exercising their right to free expression. 23 November is the anniversary of the 2009 Ampatuan massacre (also known as the Maguindanao massacre) in the Philippines, when 57 individuals were murdered, including 32 journalists and media workers. The massacre is the single deadliest attack against journalists to have taken place.
IFEX (the global network defending and promoting free expression) declared 23 November as the International Day to End Impunity in 2011. During the 2011 campaign, 1,643 letters were sent to 11 different governments, and the day received media coverage in 31 countries.
Where is Day to End Impunity?
Labor Thanksgiving Day
November 23, 2015 in Japan
Labor Thanksgiving Day takes place on November 23, 2015. Labor Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday in Japan which takes place annually. The law establishing the holiday cites it as an occasion for commemorating labor and production and giving one another thanks. Events are held throughout Japan, one such being the Nagano Labor Festival. The event encourages thinking about the environment, peace and human rights. It is not unusual for early grade elementary students to create drawings for the holiday and give them as gifts to local kobans, or police stations.
Where is Labor Thanksgiving Day?
Nationwide Japan
Fibonacci Day 2015
November 23, 2015 in the World
Fibonacci Day — a celebration that recognizes the importance and value of Fibonacci’s contributions to mathematics. This annual holiday takes place on November 23 – 11-23 – which corresponds to a portion of the first numbers in Fibonacci’s famous sequence.
Leonardo of Pisa, better known as Fibonacci, is responsible for the Fibonacci Sequence (or Fibonacci numbers) – he series of numbers: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34 … – a pattern of counting where each number is the sum of the previous two.
One of the beauties of the Fibonacci sequence is that the series is evident all over the natural world. Petal arrangements in flowers, the ordering of leaves in plants, the shell of the nautilus, the DNA molecule and even hurricanes show patterns that correspond to the sequence. As well as being prevalent in nature, this kind of system is used widely in computer data storage and processing.
Where is the event?
Doctor Who Day
November 23, 2015 in the World
The first episode of Doctor Who aired at 17:16 23rd of November in 63′ or 1716231163.
23 November was notable for a number of highly varied events on Earth and its parallels:
    1638 – The Seventh Doctor launched the Nemesis statue into orbit after battling Lady Peinforte with the help of Roundheads in a meadow in Windsor. The Doctor calculated that the statue would pass Earth every twenty-five years before returning in 1988, and set his watch to remind himself. (TV: Silver Nemesis)
1863 – Victoria Waterfield’s mother Edith Waterfield died of pneumonia at the age of 37. (PROSE: Downtime, The Age of Ambition)
1866 – Clara Oswin Oswald, a “splinter” of companion Clara Oswald, was born, as she would later claim, “inside Big Ben.” (TV: The Snowmen)
Unknown year – Barbara Wright’s aunt Cecilia was born. (AUDIO: 1963)
1945 – James Stevens was born in New Zealand. He was technically born on 22 November G.M.T. time. (PROSE: Who Killed Kennedy)
1948 – Debbie was born. (PROSE: Those Left Behind)
1962 – James Stevens turned seventeen. The couple that he knew as his parents told him that he was adopted. (PROSE: Who Killed Kennedy)
1963 – A new science fiction television series, Doctor…, began broadcasting on the BBC. (TV: Remembrance of the Daleks)
1963 – A creature called the Shroud entered Earth soon after the assassination of the president and fed off of people’s grief all around the world. The Eleventh Doctor and Clara Oswald stopped the alien before it could take over the planet, and the whole event was written off as a chemical attack. (PROSE: Shroud of Sorrow)
1963 – Jorjie Turner was sent from 2050 to 1963. She was retrieved by K9 Mark 2 and Starkey. They also saved William Pike from being arrested by Barker. These actions resulted in preventing Darius Pike from being erased from history. (TV: The Cambridge Spy)
1963 – In London, a man was stabbed in an alleyway with a flick knife. His murderer was never found. Elsewhere in the city, a baby boy was born and named John Fitzgerald after U.S. President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated the previous day. (AUDIO: 1963)
1963 – Over the course of two hours, the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Doctors and their respective companions Susan Foreman, Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright, Jamie McCrimmon, Zoe Heriot, Sarah Jane Smith, Leela, Nyssa, Peri Brown, Ace and Charley Pollard all visited Bob Dovie at 59A Barnsfield Crescent in Totton, Hampshire, much to his annoyance. (AUDIO: The Light at the End)
1963 – The Fourth Doctor and K9 Mark II returned to 76 Totter’s Lane to retrieve a Heshrax insect which he had been tracking the day that he left. While there, they met Debbie, Susan’s best friend from Coal Hill School. Debbie, who turned fifteen that day, was concerned about Susan’s sudden disappearance as she knew that Susan would never miss her birthday. She had met the First Doctor on one occasion but the Fourth Doctor did not recall seeing her before. He also did not remember Susan ever mentioning Debbie but admitted that he was not always the best listener. He told Debbie that Susan decided to stay on 22nd century Earth but then amended this by adding that he chose for her, expressing the hope that this decision was for the best. Debbie was thankful that she met the Doctor as, while she knew that she would never see Susan again, she could at least live her life safe in the knowledge that she was safe in the future rather than spend it wondering what happened to Susan and fearing the worst. (PROSE: Those Left Behind)
1986 – Clara Oswald was born. (TV: Death in Heaven)
1988 – The Nemesis statue returned to Earth, crash landing in the spot in Windsor from which it was launched. The Seventh Doctor battled Lady Peinforte, Cybermen, and Neo-Nazis to prevent the statue from falling into the wrong hands. (TV: Silver Nemesis)
1997 – The re-coronation of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom took place. (PROSE: The Dying Days)
2006 – Former Torchwood agent Lucia Moretti died of heart disease. (TV: Children of Earth: Day Three)
2010 – Sarah Jane Smith, Clyde Langer and Rani Chandra arrived at the Shopkeeper’s shop after the day’s issue of the Ealing Echo had the main story featuring him claiming that an alien was in his shop. He revealed that it was a ploy to get them there and sent them through a time window, each to a different time period, so they could find three special objects. (TV: Lost in Time)
Where is the event?
National Eat a Cranberry Day
November 23, 2015 in the USA
National Eat a Cranberry Day is celebrated on November 23rd of each year. It was created in order to promote the health benefits of cranberries. Since the early 21st century within the global functional food industry, there has been a rapidly growing recognition of cranberries for their consumer product popularity, nutrient content and antioxidant qualities, giving them commercial status as a “superfruit”.
The name cranberry derives from “cranberry”, first named by early European settlers in America who felt the expanding flower, stem, calyx, and petals resembled the neck, head, and bill of a crane. Another name used in northeastern Canada is mossberry. The traditional English name for Vaccinium oxycoccos, fenberry, originated from plants found growing in fen (marsh) lands.
In North America, Native Americans were the first to use cranberries as food. Native Americans used cranberries in a variety of foods, especially for pemmican, wound medicine and dye. Calling the red berries Sassamanash, natives may have introduced cranberries to starving English settlers in Massachusetts who incorporated the berries into traditional Thanksgiving feasts.
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 23rd November:
1334 – St Clemens Flood: Dike breaks at Flemish/Zeeuwse/Dutch coast
1499 – Flemish pretender to the English throne Perkin Warbeck hanged for reportedly attempting to escape from Tower of London. Invaded England in 1497, claiming to be the lost son of King Edward IV
1644 – Areopagitica, a pamphlet decrying censorship, written by John Milton is published
1835 – Henry Burden patents Horseshoe manufacturing machine (Troy NY)
1852 – Just past midnight, a sharp jolt causes Lake Merced to drop 30′ (9m)
1867 – The Manchester Martyrs are hung at Salford Gaol, Manchester England for shotting a police officer
1869 – In Dumbarton, Scotland, the clipper Cutty Sark is launched – one of the last clippers ever to be built, and the only one still surviving to this day
1889 – Debut of 1st jukebox (Palais Royale Saloon, San Francisco)
1890 – King William III of the Netherlands dies (b. 1817) without a male heir and a special law passed to allow his daughter Princess Wilhelmina to inherit
1897 – Pencil sharpener patented by J L Love
1914 – The US Army retreats from Mexico.
1921 – Pres Harding signs Willis Campell Act (anti-beer bill) forbidding doctors prescribing beer or liquor for medicinal purposes
1931 – Nationally Crisis Committee forms in Hague
1936 – 1st issue of Life, picture magazine created by Henry R Luce is published
1946 – French Navy fire in Haiphong Vietnam, kills 6,000
1955 – British transfer Cocos (Keeling) Is in Indian Ocean to Australia
1963 – “Doctor Who” the long-running British sci-fi series debuts
1964 – Vatican abolished Latin as official language of Roman Catholic liturgy
1971 – China People’s Republic seated in UN Security Council
1974 – 60 Ethiopia government officials executed
1980 – 4,800 die in series of earthquakes that devastated southern Italy
2001 – Convention on Cybercrime is signed in Budapest, Hungary

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