PostHeaderIcon Seasonal Sunset Watches!

It’s time for the seasonal sunset watch, every solstice and equinox sunset at Solstice Park in West Seattle. Here are the details for the next several events:



Event Time

Sunset Time

Sunset Time

Equinox/Solstice Moment Time

41 Summer Solstice
Friday, June 21, 2019
8:30 pm – 9:30 pm 9:00 pm 9:11 pm 8:54 am
42 Fall Equinox
Monday, September 23, 2019
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm 6:55 pm 7:05 pm 12:50 am
43 Winter Solstice
Saturday, December 21, 2019
3:45 pm – 4:45 pm 4:05 pm 4:20 pm 8:19 pm
44 Spring Equinox
Thursday, March 19, 2020WEBCAST VIA ZOOM:
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm


7:00 pm 7:22  pm 8:50 pm
45 Summer Solstice
June 19 or 20, 2020
8:30 pm – 9:30 pm 9:00 pm 9:11 pm 2:44 pm 6/20/2020
46 Fall Equinox
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm 6:55 pm 7:05 pm 6:31 am
47 Winter Solstice
Monday, December 21, 2020
3:45 pm – 4:45 pm 4:05 pm 4:20 pm 2:02 am
  • When:
    • We have noticed that the Sun sets about 15 minutes earlier than the USNO‘s official prediction says, because of the horizon altitude.
    • The moment of the solstice/equinox doesn’t usually happen during this event, but I leave it here for you to know.
  • Where: I will host Spring 2020’s Equinox Sunset watch via webcast through
    • I want to support folks in continued social distancing to protect our most vulnerable from SARS-Cov-2/coronavirus. I recommend you find a nice outdoor space to watch the sunset from, and tune in to the participatory webcast for some social interaction and celebration of the turning of the seasons.
    • While you’re waiting for the link, go to to download the webconference software, find a webcam (or use your phone), and locate a headset with a microphone.
  • Where: Solstice Park – all the way up the hill from the tennis courts (or, if you’re not in Seattle, wherever you have a view of the western horizon!)
  • Who: Everyone welcome, as usual. (Please do leash your dogs as we usually have a good number of people, kids, and other dogs around.)
Parent and Child at Sunset by Kazuhiko Teramoto

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.

This event is my part of the NASA’s Solar System Ambassador program, and thanks to West Seattle Blog for publicizing all of them!

Everyone is welcome, see you there!

~ A l i c e !

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