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Winter Solstice Sunset Watch – 2010


Sunset on June 11, 2009 Credit: Jason Gift Enevoldsen

Come watch the winter solstice sunset at Solstice Park in West Seattle on Tuesday. 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 cup of tea.

The lunar eclipse will be the night before – early, early Tuesday morning, just after midnight.

If you’re interested – here’s the timing of various celestial events on Saturday from Seattle, courtesy of the U.S. Naval Observatory Astronomical Applications Department: [3]

Sun and Moon Data for One Day

The following information is provided for Seattle, King County, Washington (longitude W122.3, latitude N47.6):

Tuesday 21 December 2010 Pacific Standard Time

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.

Moonrise 3:51 p.m. on preceding day
Moon transit 12:07 a.m.
Moonset 8:18 a.m.
Moonrise 4:59 p.m.
Moonset 9:01 a.m. on following day

Full Moon AND LUNAR ECLIPSE on 21 December 2010 at 12:14 a.m. Pacific Standard Time.

This event is my part of the NASA’s Solar System Ambassadors program, and thanks to West Seattle Blog [4] for publicizing the last few!

Everyone is welcome, see you there!

~ A l i c e !