PostHeaderIcon Winter Solstice Sunset – 2009

Successful Solstice Sunset Viewing

Successful Solstice Sunset Viewing

  • When: Monday, December 21st 4:20pm (so come at 4)
  • Where: Solstice Park (or, if you’re not in Seattle, wherever you have a view of the western horizon!)
  • Who: Everyone welcome – like the last few events

Come watch the winter solstice sunset Solstice Park in West Seattle on Monday (the 21st). 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 hot cup of tea.

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

Sun and Moon Data for One Day

Seattle, King County, Washington (longitude W122.3, latitude N47.6):

Monday 21 December 2009 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.

Moonset 8:44 p.m. on preceding day
Moonrise 10:44 a.m.
Moon transit 4:11 p.m.
Moonset 9:48 p.m.
Moonrise 11:02 a.m. on following day

Phase of the Moon on 21 December: waxing crescent

Everyone is welcome, see you there!

Oh – and check out this week’s Carnival of Space – #133!

~ A l i c e !

One Response to “Winter Solstice Sunset – 2009”

  • alicesastroinfo says:

    Success! About 25 people showed up over the course of the half hour I was there. Next year I’ll call the event half an hour earlier so we don’t lose the Sun in the trees, since from Solstice park it “sets” a bit earlier.

    Also, some folks were asking for the history of Solstice Park (a.k.a. the old Lincoln Park Annex). Everything I know is here:

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