WELCOME, SPRING! Alice Enevoldsen’s vernal-equinox sunset watch

(WSB photos)

The sun made a partial appearance for Alice Enevoldsen‘s equinox-sunset watch tonight, just under five hours after the official arrival of spring. The West Seattle educator/expert skywatcher, a NASA Solar System Ambassador, has led gatherings like this at Fauntleroy’s Solstice Park four times a year since 2009, missing just a few, even hosting some remotely during the peak of the pandemic.

Attendees leave with a better understanding of what exactly happens at the equinox – in short, the day and night are of equal length, though there’s more to it. Bonus attraction for visiting Solstice Park on these days – there are paths and markers that line up with th setting sun on the equinoxes and solstices, and you can see for yourself.

Missed it? Just three months until the summer-solstice gathering – Wednesday, June 21st. (The solstice moment will be 7:57 am; sunset will be around 9 pm.

2 Replies to "WELCOME, SPRING! Alice Enevoldsen's vernal-equinox sunset watch"

  • Midi March 21, 2023 (9:06 am)

    The sun played hide-and-seek, but was still a fun event getting to meet neighbors and see a beautiful sunset

  • Star Gazer March 21, 2023 (6:39 pm)

    Alice is a West Seattle treasure.  She knows so much about the sun, moon, stars and planets.  Every time I go I come home with something new I’ve learned.  Thank you, Alice!

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