West Seattle Tuesday: A view from space, plus what’s up down here

Thanks to Brigitte for pointing out that September 6th photo shared by NASA as “Picture of the Day” today – a September 6th view of West Seattle from space! (Click the photo for larger, zoomable view that also includes more of the Seattle area.) Back here on earth, here are a few calendar highlights for today:

QUILT SHOW AND LUNCH: Senior Center of West Seattle invites you to lunch at 11:45 am, quilt show at 12:30 pm, details in our calendar listing.

DROP-IN CHESS: For kids and teens. 4 pm at High Point Branch Library. (35th/Raymond)

MEDITATION: The new West Seattle Shambhala Meditation group meets at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 6:20 pm, details here.

NIGHTLIFE: Seven listings on the calendar for tonight – bingo, karaoke, live music, trivia.

19 Replies to "West Seattle Tuesday: A view from space, plus what's up down here"

  • JanS September 30, 2014 (11:07 am)

    and here I thought Mr. Nguyen got a better plane :D

    Terrific view ! Interesting view !

  • dsa September 30, 2014 (12:24 pm)

    Why does the east waterway of the Duwamish River show up as being so dark? Any ideas? Are those shawdows? If so of what?

  • WSEA September 30, 2014 (12:56 pm)

    @dsa – could be sediment from boat traffic. I dont see any boats being loaded but there are tugs in the area.

  • dsa September 30, 2014 (2:02 pm)

    I think it has something to do with reflection, but what is causing it? Look at the wakes (waves) behind the two boats. Was the tribe allowed to net fish as early as Sept 6th? The floats might calm the water to do this.

  • JanS September 30, 2014 (2:09 pm)

    dsa..on the picture I’m seeing, the D. waterway is the same color as the water in Puget Sound. Are you sure you’re looking at the right thing? There is a greenbelt running along the waterway (West Marginal Way?), and that shows up as very dark…

    I’m not sure what you mean by “very dark”

  • JanS September 30, 2014 (2:10 pm)

    ah..OK…I see what you’re looking at…the little east waterway…hmm…that is curious, isn’t it? And just a bit of the dark at the very end of the now defunct Terminal 5…

  • dsa September 30, 2014 (4:25 pm)

    Click on the picture a couple of times, it is easier to see in the enlarged size.

  • skeeter September 30, 2014 (4:36 pm)

    Maybe my interwebs is broken? Isn’t today’s picture from Australia??


  • miws September 30, 2014 (5:09 pm)

    and here I thought Mr. Nguyen got a better plane :D


    Jan, GMTA! ;-)



  • Lookie Lou September 30, 2014 (6:49 pm)

    That picture must have been taken on an overcast day. Everything’s gray.

  • Paul September 30, 2014 (6:57 pm)

    Oh my! I can actually see my house from space!

  • JayDee September 30, 2014 (6:58 pm)

    Take a look at Green Lake, and you can see the apparent wind direction from the NW. Look at the East Waterway, and you can see the dark water is in the lee of the ships offloading at Harbor Island. Terminal 5 is a ghost town, so no ships to shadow the West Waterway :-(

  • dsa September 30, 2014 (8:26 pm)

    Thanks JayDee, possibly their engines are running causing a stir on the surface.

  • Amy September 30, 2014 (8:36 pm)

    Do you have a link for this? I looked it up and I can’t find that photo anywhere. Thanks

  • Amy September 30, 2014 (8:38 pm)

    Yeah, Skeeter, I can’t find that West Seattle photo on the NASA picture of the Day site. ??

  • beef September 30, 2014 (9:32 pm)

    from the link provided

    “Puget Sound partly reflects the sunlight in this detailed photograph taken by an astronaut on the International Space Station.”

  • dsa September 30, 2014 (10:21 pm)

    Thank you beef, so the dark areas must be where the reflection is disturbed. And reflection makes it make sense, since the contrast is so vivid.

  • helridge October 1, 2014 (9:13 am)

    It is indeed a very detailed photograph, the ship wakes in the bay are pretty impressive.

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