West Seattle, Washington
One more event for today: West Seattle skywatching expert/educator Alice Enevoldsen吉林快三大小群 is planning an online viewing event for the SpaceX/Crew Dragon splashdown. It’s scheduled around 11:48 am our time, with Alice starting about half an hour before that. You need to register to get the link – info is .
That’s Jeff Kaufer吉林快三大小群‘s view of Comet NEOWISE from just east of Alki Point earlier this week …
… and that’s the view Scott Nelson got from Alki last night, between 11 pm and midnight. So far it looks like will be conducive for comet-watching tonight too. In addition to her , sky-watcher/educator Alice Enevoldsen made images with 吉林快三大小群 to help you figure out where to look – this one is for 10:15 pm tonight:
吉林快三大小群And this one would be for a few hours later, 2 am Monday:
吉林快三大小群The mission during which the comet was discovered four months ago is .
Seen Comet NEOWISE yet? Tonight should be another chance, with clear weather expected to continue. It’s Once it’s gone from view, that’s it for another 6,000+ years, so you might as well take advantage of it. Thanks to sky-watcher/educator for more images, made with 吉林快三大小群, on where to look in the sky – these two were for midnight last night/4 am this morning so the position should be close:
And just in case you don’t get out to see it – here’s another view from earlier this week:
You can read Alice’s overall comet-watching guidance .
Looks like tonight, so that means another chance to see Comet NEOWISE. Following up on , West Seattle sky-watching expert and educator Alice Enevoldsen has put together maps (with the help of ) – here’s one for tonight:
Alice says that map shows what should be visible around 10:15 pm on “the North-northwestern horizon. Comet NEOWISE is a speck almost directly below the Big Dipper, and to the upper left of the bright star Capella.” If you’d rather do your comet-watching early in the morning, here’s 2 am Thursday:
That one is “showing the North-northwestern horizon. (The comet) is a speck to the lower right of the Big Dipper, and nearly due North.” Or click here for the 4 am Thursday image. Weather permitting, the comet might be visible through late July.
It’s the first clear night since Comet NEOWISE came into view in the evening sky (as ) and many were out looking for it tonight. The photo above is from John Hinkey, who says it was visible to the west starting around 10:30 pm. The one below is by Jan Pendergrass, taken from Luna/Anchor Park:
And from Jamie Kinney,吉林快三大小群 comet-watching from Alki:
(Added 2:31 am) Two from Jason Enevoldsen:
(added 10:22 am) From Larry Gilpin:
吉林快三大小群NEOWISE was just four months ago. It should be visible again Tuesday night, with a clear sky forecast, but don’t procrastinate if you’re interested in seeing it … its next swing out this way isn’t expected for another 6,000+ years.
Back on Friday night/Saturday morning, clear skies meant Comet NEOWISE was visible to those who were up VERY late/early. (These photos were among the results.) Now the clear weather’s back and the comet is expected to be visible at a more reasonable (for most) hour – your West Seattle neighbor Kevin Freitas tweeted the invitation:
: Here's tonight/tomorrow morning's charts for
Join me tonight for some socially distant comet-gazing! (BYO binoculars — highly recommend — and masks) I'll setup 9:30pm on Alki Beach seawall just across from Cactus.
— Kevin Freitas (@kevinfreitas)
West Seattle sky-watching expert/educator has detailed comet-viewing info .
12:27 PM: Thanks to everybody who sent photos of Comet NEOWISE, which – as noted here Friday – is viewable in the early-early-early morning sky right now (and soon, after sunset). Above, that’s from James Tilley; below, from Greg Snyder:
From Nick Newhall:
And from John Hinkey:
John notes his was; “Taken from Hamilton Viewpoint this morning between 3:30 and 4am. There were something like a dozen people there with maybe half taking images.”
ADDED 2:15 PM: Via Twitter:
吉林快三大小群The beautiful over the Emerald City.
吉林快三大小群— Kevin Freitas (@kevinfreitas)
With a clear sky forecast from tonight, you might be interested in trying to get a look at Comet NEOWISE吉林快三大小群. West Seattle sky-watcher/educator has on exactly how to do that from here. You’ll have to be up REALLY early, though, and you might need to try a non-West Seattle vantage point. Or, wait a couple days and it’ll be visible earlier – after sunset. ( looks promising.)
Even if the clouds don’t lift, you’re invited to celebrate the change of seasons with West Seattle educator/sky-watcher (who’s also a volunteer NASA Solar System Ambassador). Six hours after the summer-solstice moment at 2:43 pm today, join Alice via Zoom, 8:45 pm-9:15 pm, for her quarterly sunset watch – all ages welcome. You need to register in advance – .
(WSB photo from June 2019 summer-solstice gathering. Maybe in-person again next year!)
For the second time this pandemic year, West Seattle educator/sky-watcher will be holding her change-of-seasons sunset-watch event online. The summer-solstice moment is 2:43 pm Saturday, so Alice invites you to join her via Zoom tomorrow night, 8:45 pm-9:15 pm, to celebrate and to learn – all ages welcome. You need to register in advance – .
Even if you aren’t in the Alki vicinity – as photographer Theresa Arbow-O’Connor吉林快三大小群 was a few nights ago – you might be able to tonight just after 7:30 pm. The local moment of moonrise is also just a few minutes short of when the moon is completely “full.” You can also ; Space.com notes this will be the year’s closest full moon.
6:34 PM: At 8:49 pm, spring officially arrives – that’s the equinox moment. Right now, a West Seattle change-of-seasons tradition is happening as it has, four times a year for the past decade – West Seattle astronomy educator is leading her change-of-seasons sunset-watch event. But because of social distancing, it’s online this time – 6:30-7:30 pm, webcast via Zoom – to join. (Read more about her sunset watches .)
7:20 PM: The webcast just wrapped up. We monitored the second half; about 20 others tuned in, and the sunset was spectacular. No recording but we added a screengrab above – her daughters assisting as always. If this had been a “normal” season-change sunset watch, Alice would have been at Solstice Park, explaining the equinox/solstice.
吉林快三大小群It was lovely! Happy equinox!
— Alice's AstroInfo (@AlicesAstroInfo)
ADDED: Photos, courtesy of Jason Enevoldsen:
At the end of a gray day that was part of 49 consecutive hours of rain, suddenly and quickly, a splash of pink spread across the southwest sky. And that’s how ‘s Winter Solstice sunset watch concluded, with the ~20 in attendance admiring the surprise show.
Until then, it was a gathering much like the dozens of others over which Alice (above with her 8- and 3-year-old daughters) has presided over her decade as a volunteer NASA Solar System Ambassador吉林快三大小群. As always, she explained what the solstice and equinox are – specific points in the Earth’s annual orbit around the sun. Here’s how part of it went:
吉林快三大小群But no two sunset watches are exactly alike, depending on who shows up and what they ask about; this one morphed into a discussion of systems of timekeeping.
This gathering, like Alice’s others, was at Solstice Park, just northeast of Lincoln Park吉林快三大小群, highlighted by stone markers and paths lining up with where the sun sets on the solstices and equinoxes, when you can see it:
The actual winter-solstice moment is at 8:19 pm our time this evening. From here, -a whole second more tomorrow between sunrise and sunset! P.S. The sunset was so beautiful ( recorded as the color deepened), here’s a bonus photo courtesy of Kanit Cottrell in Gatewood:
11:57 AM: If the sky stays clear – a “legendary meteor shower,” , might be visible tonight. Here’s what West Seattle’s longtime skywatching expert Alice Enevoldsen says:
Ok, West Seattle. 8pm-9:30pm LOOK EAST. There might be a meteor outburst (100s of shooting stars) for 15 minutes in that window. Highest probability is 8:50pm.
吉林快三大小群I'm still sorting out my stargazing plans for tonight.
— Alice's AstroInfo (@AlicesAstroInfo)
And some bonus advice added by @WestSeaWx: “Might I add, get as high in elevation as possible w/an unobstructed view.” The absolute highest elevation in West Seattle – the entire city, in fact – is in Myrtle Reservoir Park吉林快三大小群 (35th/Myrtle), though its eastward view is NOT unobstructed. Forecast, meantime, looks .
ADDED 4:02 PM: Alice will be out watching and you’re invited to join her:
I'll be at the "Observe here" red star.
(Ignore the yellow star)
8:15pm-9:30pm tonight 11/21/2019 (potential meteor outburst)
— Alice's AstroInfo (@AlicesAstroInfo)
The sunset was a no-show. But several hardy people showed up to join ‘s change-of-seasons sunset watch tonight at 吉林快三大小群 anyway. When turnout’s a bit bigger, Alice gathers everyone into a circle for a grand demonstration of what exactly happens in the solar system at the time of equinox or solstice. Tonight, things were a little more casual. Mark your calendar for the next sunset watch; this year’s winter solstice is on Saturday, December 21st.
P.S. Alice (who teaches at [WSB sponsor] among other things has been doing this for a decade!
This year’s autumn-equinox moment is just under seven hours away – 12:50 am our time Monday. You can celebrate the change of seasons tomorrow night at ‘s sunset watch – a West Seattle tradition! Get to the park (7400 Fauntleroy Way SW, upslope from the tennis courts) around 6:30 pm; don’t let clouds daunt you – sometimes the sun will break through, and even if it doesn’t, Alice’s explanation of the equinox is always memorable. All ages welcome, as always. See you there!
Story and photos by Jason Grotelueschen
Reporting for West Seattle Blog
Clear skies and an impressive Friday night sunset treated visitors at West Seattle’s for a summer solstice watch hosted by local volunteer and Alice Enevoldsen (pictured above at center-left, holding her trusty globe-on-a-stick and explaining with youth volunteers how the Sun and Earth are positioned at various times of the year).
吉林快三大小群Enevoldsen, who said she has been organizing these quarterly change-of-seasons gatherings for “10 years — plus one sunset!” talked with attendees about the solstice.
The unique park, uphill from the tennis courts by north Lincoln Park, has paths and markers that were built to align precisely with the sunsets on solstice/equinox days. Prior to sunset just after 9 pm, Enevoldsen showed visitors where to stand to best experience the event.
Several younger attendees were equally happy to run around the markers and burn off some welcome-to-summer energy.
In Seattle, the of the summer solstice occurred at 8:54 a.m. on Friday, and during the day the sun’s position in the sky was at its highest point of the year (66 degrees).
If holds, the sun might grace West Seattle’s most famous change-of-seasons tradition on Wednesday: Alice Enevoldsen‘s sunset watch. The spring-equinox moment is 2:58 pm our time Wednesday afternoon; four hours later, shortly after 7 pm, you can join Alice in watching the first sunset of spring at West Seattle’s (7400 Fauntleroy Way SW). This is Alice’s 40th change-of-seasons sunset watch, part of her community service as a volunteer NASA Solar System Ambassador. We’ve covered most of her events and no two have been the same – but you can always expect to at least learn a bit and laugh a bit. She’ll be there around 6:30 pm; the sunset is shortly after 7 pm. (Full moon, too, as noted in the astronomical info that )
Just can’t get enough of the moon! From the WSB inbox tonight – above, the skyline moonrise, photographed by Susanna Moore (from WSB sponsor ); below, one more multiphase look at last night’s incredible eclipse, from Dan Ciske:
Dan says, “All taken over a 3+ hour time frame from our West Seattle deck, then merged into a collage.” (If you missed last night’s as-it-happened eclipse coverage, with other contributed photos, it’s here.)
FIRST REPORT, 7:38 PM: Go outside right now and look high in the eastern sky. You should be able to see the start of the “Super Blood Wolf Moon” eclipse. If you can’t see it – or if you’d like to watch with an expert skywatcher – is at 吉林快三大小群 (WSB sponsor) until 9:30 pm, in the field on the south side of campus as shown by the red star on this map she tweeted earlier:
吉林快三大小群The college is at 6000 16th SW on Puget Ridge. Alice also shared about the eclipse. Short version: Total eclipse starts at 8:41 pm. Updates to come!
8:20 PM:吉林快三大小群 Haven’t looked yet? It’s very cool right now. About 2/3 covered.
吉林快三大小群— Alice's AstroInfo (@AlicesAstroInfo)
9:04 PM:吉林快三大小群 The moon is still covered, but duskily visible, if you haven’t looked yet!
9:29 PM:吉林快三大小群 Note that the total eclipse, according to the timeline Alice shared, ends at 9:43.
吉林快三大小群Meantime, overheard during totality – (1) People howling. (2) Per scanner, somebody (not sure if this was a SW or South Precinct dispatch; they share a channel) called in a possible burglar; officer reported back, “Homeowner is just trying to watch the moon. No burglary here.”
10:25 PM: Two-thirds-plus back out again. What a sight! Adding a few photos (thank you). Not just the moon – the one below from shows part of the Orion Nebula, “where you can see the nebula clouds around the bright white area in the center. Star nursery!”
10:58 PM吉林快三大小群: Though the eclipse may look over, it’s not fully over – the penumbral phase doesn’t end unti 11:48 pm.
Right about the time of today’s winter-solstice moment – just before 2:30 pm – the sun emerged to greet the newly arrived season. And it hung around long enough for squinting and sunglasses to be in order at Alice Enevoldsen‘s sunset-watch event at West Seattle’s Solstice Park.
The park has paths and markers that align with solstice/equinox sunsets, and the dozens in attendance were able to fully appreciate them today.
吉林快三大小群Sunset watch also means a lesson about the Earth, the Sun, and how the solar system works.
Now that the days are going to start getting longer – just a tiny bit at first, Alice noted when asked, so don’t get too excited yet – you can start looking forward to the spring equinox, just before 3 pm on Wednesday, March 20th, so plan on sunset watch with Alice a few hours later.
(WSB file photo)
The weather on Friday afternoon, when winter officially arrives – the solstice “moment” is at 2:23 pm. An hour and a half later, you are invited to the change-of-seasons sunset watch with at West Seattle’s 吉林快三大小群 (7400 Fauntleroy Way SW, upslope from the tennis courts). Be there at 3:45 pm to mark the change of seasons (and to learn about it too).