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December 21 Winter Solstice Sunset Watch — 2018

It’s time for the 39th seasonal sunset watch!

Parent and Child at Sunset by Kazuhiko Teramoto [3]

Parent and Child at Sunset by Kazuhiko Teramoto, skyseeker

Come watch the sunset at Solstice Park in West Seattle. 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 a thunderstorm I’m staying home with some 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

U.S. Naval Observatory
Astronomical Applications Department
Seattle, King County, WA (Longitude W122° 20′, Latitude N47° 38′)

Friday, December 21, 2018 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 6:30 a.m.
Moonrise 3:52 p.m.
Moon transit 11:43 p.m.
Moonset 7:41 a.m. on following day
Closest Primary Moon Phase: Full Moon on December 22, 2018 at 9:49 a.m. (local standard time)

Phase of the Moon on December 21, 2018: Waxing Gibbous with 99% 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 all of them!

Everyone is welcome, see you there!

~ A l i c e !