WELCOME, SUMMER! Solstice sunset views, including Alice’s eclipse-enhanced event

David Hutchinson saw it from Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza

Jen Popp was looking toward downtown …

And Alice Enevoldsen was at Solstice Park, as summer arrived after 9 o’clock tonight:

During her 33rd quarterly seasonal sunset watch, Alice was mostly looking ahead to the rare sight that’s now exactly two months away – the August 21st solar eclipse that will be visible in totality as close as parts of Oregon.

Those who joined her at the park of course also got the chance to learn about and commemorate the changing of the seasons – this year, the solstice moment was less than half an hour after sunset, which was mostly obscured by clouds, aside from the show of pink in the photos atop our story.

So, back to the eclipse: While it won’t be total up here, you’ll still see it at about 90 percent, Alice pointed out. The most important thing is HOW you view it, so you don’t damage your eyes. You can create pinhole viewers or else get a special type of eyewear – cardboard glasses like the ones she showed are on sale at the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) library – they look cheap, she acknowledged, but they get the job done.

The most important thing in eclipse eyewear, she said, is to adhere to ISO 12312-2 – explained on this NASA webpage that’s all about safe eclipse viewing. For general eclipse info, she recommends MrEclipse.com.

P.S. Alice won’t be in West Seattle to lead an eclipse-viewing party but she’ll be talking with local skywatchers and will let us know if anyone else plans to.

6 Replies to "WELCOME, SUMMER! Solstice sunset views, including Alice's eclipse-enhanced event"

  • Chris Stripinis June 21, 2017 (5:42 am)

    Did Alice give a tip for a super-secret location to watch the total eclipse in Oregon?  :)

  • michael mccann June 21, 2017 (6:35 am)

    There is a Seattle Astronomy Society meeting tonight discussing Solar Eclipse in August go to Seattleastro.org for more details 

    Held on: Jun 21, 2017 (Wed) at 07:30 PM to Jun 21, 2017 (Wed) at 09:00 PM

    Speaker: Alice Enevoldsen

    Location: Physics/Astronomy Auditorium (PAA), Room A102, Seattle, Washington

    Event Coordinator: Christopher Laurel

    • WSB June 21, 2017 (12:14 pm)

      She did mention that. Thanks for the added details.

  • Paul June 21, 2017 (7:47 am)


    A West Seattle resident is the author of this book:

    Eclipse:  History. Science. Awe.

    It’s very good and worth a read before the big event in August.

  • Chuck June 21, 2017 (9:25 am)

    I was at the Spring Equinox event (my first). I decided to skip last night’s Summer edition as the WEATHER was exactly the same. Harumph! Haha. Oh well, here’s to July 5th and the official start of summer.

  • AJP June 21, 2017 (6:02 pm)

    Pretty sure you can just stand anywhere and see it. 

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