Sidereal Clock for Mac OS X

New: Dashboard Widget Version (requires OS X 10.4 Tiger)

This is just a Sidereal Clock for Mac OS. It displays local sidereal time, Universal Time, and the Julian Date for the currently selected location.

Right now the set of locations is hard-coded in, but it's fairly easy to change in the source code (which is available under the GPL). I'll hopefully get around to making this more easily user-configurable at some point, but this is my first attempt at Mac OS programming with Cocoa and Xcode so I started with the basics for now. :-) The locations currently include Lick, Keck, AEOS, Palomar, CTIO, and the VLT. If you like this software but need additional locations defined, let me know and I'll happily add them to the list.

SiderealClock.dmg contains both the executable and the source code. Better yet, grab the new Dashboard Widget Version. I just hacked this together last night, so it may be a little buggy. Let me know if so! You can now add new sites much more easily by editing the SiderealClock.js file inside with widget bundle.

The obligatory Widget install instructions: Mac OS X v.10.4 Tiger is required. If you're using Safari, click the download link. When the widget download is complete, show Dashboard, click the Plus sign to display the Widget Bar and click the widget's icon in the Widget Bar to open it. If you're using a browser other than Safari, click the download link. When the widget download is complete, unarchive it and place it in /Library/Widgets/ in your home folder. show Dashboard, click the Plus sign to display the Widget Bar and click the widget's icon in the Widget Bar to open it.




This page last updated May 2 2005