First sunset of fall: Autumnal equinox at West Seattle’s Solstice Park

September 23, 2012 at 8:43 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle weather | 1 Comment

(Photos by Nick Adams for WSB)
A shelf-like layer of clouds provided the drama for last night’s autumnal-equinox sunset watch with West Seattle’s NASA Solar System Ambassador Alice Enevoldsen at Solstice Park. WSB contributing photojournalist Nick Adams was there and shows us how it unfolded – ahead:

In the foreground, that’s the stone with which the spring/fall equinox sunsets are supposed to line up. Whether the weather cooperates or not, Alice’s sunset-watch events are always educational:

That’s Alice at right, seated (explaining how the sun and moon can look the same size from Earth). Just x weeks ago, she hosted a suspenseful late-night viewing party as Curiosity landed on Mars, and last night during the sunset event, Keith Enevoldsen was back with Mars-rover models, showing how it worked:

Those 7- and 11-year-old brothers were amazed – and the Mars landing is certainly a story to retell!

So on to the sunset – would there be one?

The clouds did get in the way, but there was still color to enjoy:

Planning ahead? The winter solstice will be on December 21st. Watch Alice’s website – – for advance word of solstice-sunset viewing, and other major astronomic events.

P.S. If tonight’s sunset (also around 7 pm) promises to be clearer – it would only be one degree off from Saturday, so you can still go to Solstice Park and check whether it lines up!

1 Comment

  1. Wow. Love that Alice is helping the public enjoy the science of the equinox. Check our calendar at our website for many science events by month.

    Comment by Sally James (@jamesian) — 3:14 pm September 23, 2012 #

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