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Spring Equinox Sunset Watch — 2013

Is the Sunset Watch going on, even with this weather? Yes.

Is the Comet Viewing happening tonight? Maybe.


It’s time for the 16th seasonal sunset watch!!


Sunset on September 23, 2011 Image credit: Jason Gift Enevoldsen

Come watch the winter solstice sunset at Solstice Park in West Seattle on Saturday the 22nd. 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 some hot tea!

If you’re interested – here’s the timing of various celestial events ¬†from Seattle, courtesy of the U.S. Naval Observatory Astronomical Applications Department: [1]

Sun and Moon Data for One Day

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

20 March 2013 Pacific Daylight Time

Begin civil twilight 6:41 a.m.
Sunrise 7:12 a.m.
Sun transit 1:17 p.m.
Sunset 7:23 p.m.
End civil twilight 7:53 p.m.

Moonrise 11:46 a.m. on preceding day
Moonset 3:19 a.m.
Moonrise 12:41 p.m.
Moon transit 8:22 p.m.
Moonset 3:56 a.m. on following day

Phase of the Moon on 20 March: waxing gibbous with 60% of the Moon’s visible disk illuminated.

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

Everyone is welcome, see you there!

~ A l i c e !