The "Hong Kong Observatory Almanac 2009" is now on sale. At $22 a copy, this bilingual Almanac contains the traditional Chinese calendar and times of daily sunrise, sun transit, sunset, moonrise, moon transit, moonset, high and low tides, arranged month by month. The times of meridian passage, rising and setting of the Sun and planets are graphically illustrated. Star maps of the four quarters of the year, duration of twilight, details of equinoxes, solstices, eclipses, background information of calendars, observation of meteor streams and planetary phenomena, monthly climatological information of Hong Kong and selected world cities as well as information on Observatory websites and telephone numbers for enquiries on the Observatory's services are also given in this publication.
The almanac is available at the Hong Kong Observatory Resource Centre, the Publications Sales Unit of the Information Services Department, the Kowloon Map Publications Centre of the Lands Department, General Post Office, Tsim Sha Tsui Post Office, Tuen Mun Central Post Office and Sha Tin Central Post Office. An electronic book-ordering service is also available at the online Government Bookstore at http://www.bookstore.gov.hk , details of which can be obtained through the telephone enquiry service of the Information Services Department at 2537 1910.