West Seattle skygazing: ‘Supermoon’ tonight; meteors soon

Thanks to “Diver Laura” James for that photo of the nearly full moon, on its way to what’s likely to be another beautiful morning moonset. It’ll be another “supermoon” when it rises again tonight (Sunday) at 8:13 pm, not long before sunset (the official sun/moon rising/setting times can always be found on the WSB West Seattle Weather page). And then Monday-Tuesday, as noted in the most recent “Skies Over West Seattle” report by WSB contributor Alice Enevoldsen, watch for the Perseid meteor shower – if clouds don’t get in the way.

9 Replies to "West Seattle skygazing: 'Supermoon' tonight; meteors soon"

  • GWS August 10, 2014 (10:13 am)

    I think the ISS will also be visible for a couple of passes this evening to add to the sky gazing possibilities.

  • Enviromaven August 10, 2014 (10:14 am)

    I’m assuming that “…at 8:13 am” is a typo and should read 8:13 pm? Otherwise, my circadian rhythms are going to be doing backflips :)

    • WSB August 10, 2014 (11:00 am)

      sorry, fixed.

  • Alice August 10, 2014 (12:36 pm)

    That was a beautiful Moon… thanks for catching it, Diver Laura!

  • betsy August 10, 2014 (3:59 pm)

    Early evening towards looking to view later stars meteor peseriod rarely at once do if does not react by low tides in creating faults to quake?

  • BeachDriveBoy August 10, 2014 (4:36 pm)

    Does anyone know where on the horizon the moon will rise? That is, can we see it from Hamilton park, or do we need a vantage point that looks more to the south?

  • Alice August 10, 2014 (6:18 pm)

    It should rise between due east and exactly southeast. I’m guessing (and can confirm later) that it’ll be a bit East of East-south-east,

  • Alice August 10, 2014 (7:11 pm)

    Where East is 90 degrees and South is 180, the Moon will rise tonight at 105 degrees. This should be easily visible from the Overlook on Admiral, and likely from Hamilton–depending on trees.

  • Alice August 11, 2014 (2:13 am)

    GWS & anyone else interested in ISS:
    You can look up information about the station’s passes overhead on http://spotthestation.nasa.gov
    Today when it went over it had 6 astronauts onboard (did you wave?) and you may have seen the European Space Agency’s Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-5) “Georges Lemaitre” trailing behind the station by about 20 degrees (two fists at arm’s length).
    ATV-5 will arrive at the station on August 12.
    Way more info than you know what to do with: http://www.nasa.gov/content/european-cargo-ship-fine-tunes-path-to-station/

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