PostHeaderIcon Seasonal Sunset Watches 2021+

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:

# Date Event Time Actual
Sunset Time
Official
Sunset Time
Equinox/ Solstice Moment Time
50 September Equinox 2021
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm 6:55 pm 7:05pm 3:20 pm
51 December Solstice 2021
Tuesday, December 21, 2021
3:45 pm – 4:45 pm 4:05 pm 4:20 pm 7:59 am
52 March Equinox 2022
Sunday, March 20, 2022
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm 7:00 pm 7:22  pm 8:33 am
53 June Solstice 2022
Tuesday, June 21, 2022
8:30 pm – 9:30 pm 9:00 pm 9:11 pm 2:14 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 list it here for you to know.
  • How: I will host Spring 2022’s Sunset watch live and in-person with Covid-19 precautions in effect.
    • Please wear a mask and social distance from people outside your household or pod, no matter your vaccination status. Let’s be polite and kind as we all navigate each other’s risk tolerances.
      • I know that masks are no longer mandated. I am requesting that you wear one to accommodate our community members who are at higher risk or cannot be vaccinated (such as children under 5).
      • I plan to place markers at appropriate distances to assist you in gauging distancing.
      • I will be wearing a mask. I plan to bring a small sound system so that I will be easily audible without projecting my voice as much as usual.
    • I encourage you to be vaccinated.
      • I am vaccinated.
    • We will be outdoors.
    • I will leave if I feel that these safety guidelines are not being considered adequately.
  • 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, but consider your vaccination status when making your decision to attend. (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 !

3 Responses to “Seasonal Sunset Watches 2021+”

  • mark olsoe says:

    Hi Alice,
    Will you be at the park this coming Winter Solstice(2021)?

  • Rick Rideabout says:

    Hi Alice,
    I appreciate your dedication to helping people understand astronomy. Last night’s Winter Solstice presentation is a great example. My neighbor’s daughters really “got it” after the final skit of the Earth with its axis always pointed in the same direction as it orbits the Sun.
    Thank you!
    Rick

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