PostHeaderIcon Summer Solstice Sunset – 2010

  • When: Monday, June 21, 2010 at 9:11pm (so come at 8:30pm)
  • Where: Solstice Park (or, if you’re not in Seattle, wherever you have a view of the western horizon!)
  • Who: Everyone welcome, as usual.

Sunset on June 11, 2009 Credit: Jason Gift Enevoldsen

Come watch the summer solstice sunset at Solstice Park in West Seattle on Monday. 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 I’m staying home with a cup of tea.

If it is clear we’ll bring a telescope or two to take a look at the Moon after the Sun goes down – and Mars and Saturn if we stay until it is dark enough. We will not be able to see the comet – that rises a little before 3am, and I plan to get some sleep before Tuesday. You’re welcome to look for the comet on your own though!

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

Sun and Moon Data for One Day

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

Monday   21 June 2010          Pacific Daylight Time

Begin civil twilight       4:31 a.m.
Sunrise                    5:11 a.m.
Sun transit                1:11 p.m.
Sunset                     9:11 p.m.
End civil twilight         9:52 p.m.

Moonrise                   3:29 p.m. on preceding day
Moonset                    1:36 a.m.
Moonrise                   4:45 p.m.
Moon transit               9:29 p.m.
Moonset                    2:05 a.m. on following day

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

Everyone is welcome, see you there!

~ A l i c e !

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