Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for Kaktovik.
This page contains four sections:
Outdoor Activities ...
As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy).
When in Kaktovik, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Kaktovik and the surrounding area.
- Astronomy & Satellites ...
Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above
website can help you to find your way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed
sky charts, their website will help you find planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their tracks across the sky.
- To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above,
we pass this GPS location for Kaktovik:
- 70.128563, -143.615411
- Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve its accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude as your actual position.
- The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Kaktovik
- Waymarking ...
Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:
How Far From Kaktovik to ...
We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers & Almanacs that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a city such as Kaktovik to various places of note, such as the White House.
With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Kaktovik and extending to:
- View Our List ...
Juneau, which is the State Capital of Alaska, lies 859 miles [1,382.4 km]<1> to the south southeast (SSE). If you could drive a straight line from Kaktovik to Juneau, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km]<1> per hour, it would take most of two days to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km]<1> per hour would take 49 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km]<1> per hour would take 34 days.
The White House (Washington, DC) is 3,170 miles [5,101.6 km]<1> to the east (E). Driving would take 7 days, a buggy would take 124 days and walking would take 181 days.
The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 5,392 miles [8,677.6 km]<1> and it lies to the north (N).<4>
The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,105 miles [9,825 km]<1> and it lies to the north (N).<5>
The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,600 miles [7,403 km]<1> and it lies to the north northeast (NNE).<6>
Other Roadside Stops ...
Cities, Towns and Villages of Alaska
Off-the-Road Links ...
The official website for Kaktovik: www.kaktovik.com/
The official website for State of Alaska: alaska.gov/
|<1>||Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Kaktovik) to Point B.|
If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Kaktovik. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Kaktovik
Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Kaktovik. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 70.1286, Longitude: -143.6154 [Map].
|<2>||While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.|
|<3>||The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Kaktovik to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.|
|<4>||The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 359.002 degrees.|
|<5>||The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 3.205 degrees.|
|<6>||The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 340.797 degrees.||