Another sunless equinox/solstice sunset with ambassador Alice

“We’re 8 for 8!” was the cheery declaration at 7:22 pm last night, as, for the eighth consecutive equinox-or-solstice-sunset-viewing event at West Seattle’s Solstice Park (uphill from the Lincoln Park tennis courts and P-Patch), the sun failed to appear . That didn’t faze Alice Enevoldsen (photo center, just past blue scarf), an official NASA Solar System Ambassador, jovially checking the time till the first (technical) sunset of spring, while explaining equinoxes/solstices to the crowd (with the help of a young assistant):

Sun or no sun, Alice hopes to be back at Solstice Park for summer solstice in three months, toting the daughter she’s expecting in a few weeks; the solstice/equinox crowds just keep getting bigger – we counted more than 50 people this time! Long after the actual moment the sun set somewhere behind all those clouds, Alice stayed, answering questions, including one about the previous night’s so-called “supermoon.” No, it wasn’t really that big a deal, she explained, it was only a little closer that night than on previous nights (that was a relief to the people who asked the question, since apparently they hadn’t been able to join the “supermoon”-gazers the night before).

(If you missed the “supermoon,” by the way, here’s a video that WSB’er Coleman shared, including the subsequent moonset:)

We shared local photographers’ “supermoon” photos late Saturday night, too – see them here.

2 Replies to "Another sunless equinox/solstice sunset with ambassador Alice"

  • Pablo Loco March 21, 2011 (12:47 am)

    Who is the band/singer in the moon video?

    • WSB March 21, 2011 (12:50 am)

      According to either the end slate or the info on the YouTube page – you can view it on that page by clicking through the YT logo in the lower right – it’s Radiohead.

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