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Winter Solstice Sunset – 2009

Successful Solstice Sunset Viewing [1]

Successful Solstice Sunset Viewing

Come watch the winter solstice sunset Solstice Park in West Seattle on Monday (the 21st). We’ll see if the sunset lines up with the placed marker. I’ll be there even if it is cloudy because sometimes the Sun peeks through just as it begins to set, but if it is driving rain or sleet I’m staying home with a hot cup of tea.

If you’re interested – here’s the timing of various celestial events on Monday from Seattle, courtesy of the U.S. Naval Observatory Astronomical Applications Department [4]

Sun and Moon Data for One Day

Seattle, King County, Washington (longitude W122.3, latitude N47.6):

Monday 21 December 2009 Pacific Standard Time

SUN
Begin civil twilight 7:19 a.m.
Sunrise 7:55 a.m.
Sun transit 12:08 p.m.
Sunset 4:20 p.m.
End civil twilight 4:56 p.m.

MOON
Moonset 8:44 p.m. on preceding day
Moonrise 10:44 a.m.
Moon transit 4:11 p.m.
Moonset 9:48 p.m.
Moonrise 11:02 a.m. on following day

Phase of the Moon on 21 December: waxing crescent

Everyone is welcome, see you there!

Oh – and check out this week’s Carnival of Space – #133 [5]!

~ A l i c e !