Meteor showering tonight, supermoon soon, and more: Skies Over West Seattle …
August 13, 2015 - Supermoon
By Alice Enevoldsen
Special to West Seattle Blog
My favorite spots in West Seattle have altered a small given we initial started suggesting places within a city for regard a sky. Your initial care needs to be either your plcae of choice is open to a open during night. Most Seattle parks tighten during 11:30 pm, unless differently marked. So that creates stargazing difficult.
Within a city:
1) The Southern (upper) side of Myrtle Reservoir, on SW Myrtle Street between 35th Ave SW and 36th Ave SW.
Stand between a H2O towers outward a fences, and you’ll have a full perspective of a Northern sky. You’ll also have all a city lights, yet no lights directly beyond or in your face. My recommendation is for a area that is only off Parks property, on a sidewalk.
2) Don Armeni Boat Ramp. Up until recently, many Seattle vessel ramps were 24-hour parks. It looks like now we need to have a vessel with a trailer and a assent to use a ramp area after 11:30 pm. No matter; this plcae works for regard a Northern Sky, yet there are some-more lights in your face than south of Myrtle Reservoir.
3) Sunset Ave SW SW Seattle St is an intersection unaware one of a landslide-prone bluffs. Local residents have commissioned a park bench, yet this is not a open park. Please be deferential of a area and neighbors; don’t leave trash; and be still in a area. This is a prettiest and smallest plcae so far. It looks some-more Northwest than Northeast, yet a pleasing view.
4) Green Lake Park. It’s not West Seattle, we know, yet it is open 24-hours, that is required for Perseid viewing. The Perseids rise after midnight, that is after when many parks close, including all a ones in West Seattle.
Within West Seattle, yet not confronting North (so not as good for Perseids)
1) Solstice Park. You know this is one of my favorites, yet with a miss of lighting it is ideal for stargazing before 11:30 pm as prolonged as you’re not examination for events in a Northeast or East.
2) Lincoln Park also has some of a best views along a Western horizon.
Leaving a city?
If you’re peaceful to leave West Seattle or Seattle proper, get as distant divided from a city lights as we can.
1) Heading East — Campground on Lake Kachess: In a Cascades only off I-90. The vessel ramp has a good perspective towards a Northeast (perfect for Perseid viewing). Be certain to speak to a ranger previously though, a vessel ramp is in a “Day Use Only” territory of a park.
2) Heading West — Staircase Campground: My favorite stargazing location, Staircase Campground in Olympic National Park. When we get there, lay on a overpass for a best open-sky views.
If we can go further… do it.
Anywhere we suggest is going to be dark. Please take correct precautions for your reserve as good as being deferential of other stargazers around you. we suggest regulating a dimmest red flashlight that allows we to see outing hazards when you’re walking during night to a stargazing location. You can squeeze crimson red museum jelly to repair adult your white flashlights during PNTA, that happens to be only beside where a West Seattle Bridge lets off onto Delridge.
PERSEID VIEWING BASICS
What: “Shooting stars” ostensible to illuminate from a constellation Perseus. In actuality, sharpened stars are superheated atmosphere in front of speeding pieces of dirt and silt as they impact a Earth’s atmosphere. These pieces of dirt were left behind by comet Swift-Tuttle, and strike a atmosphere during about 37 miles per second.
Why: It’s pretty. And amazing. These are small pieces of dirt 70 miles divided from we and we can see them.
Where: North/Northeast, perspective as most sky as possible. This is where West Seattle is rather limited, given we’re South/West of Seattle. Don’t take your telescope or binoculars, only your eyes.
When: 12 am-4 am, as a Earth is hurtling into a tide of particles.
Before we go, a discerning check in on what else you’ll see:
HEY, WHAT’S THAT?
I’ve been seeing Saturn lately, in a South. You’ll also see a Summer Triangle directly overhead.
If we have binoculars or a telescope, use this time to demeanour adult h and χ Persei (pronounced “aitch and kai Per-see-eye”), also famous as a Double Cluster. It’s a startling small cluster in a right partial of a sky that you’ll be looking during during a Perseids anyway.
August 14th — New Moon: The day of a new moon, we won’t see a Moon during all, yet a day or so before or after we competence see a small splinter of a crescent Moon as a Sun rises or sets, and a few some-more days out, we can see a crescent Moon all day long.
August 23rd — First Quarter: The first-quarter moon is ideal for late afternoon and early dusk regard (rising in a early afternoon, environment in a center of a night).
August 29th — Full Moon (also a Supermoon): The full moon rises during sunset, sets during sunrise, and is manifest all night.
September 5th — Last Quarter: The week around a final entertain moon, it is manifest in a early morning sky (rising in a center of a night, environment in a early afternoon).
Stellarium: Free planetarium program for your home computer, or Android device. Bring adult a sky for anywhere in a world, any time and date in story or a future.
Clear Sky Chart: The astronomer’s foresee for a subsequent integrate days. Cloudcover, darkness, and “seeing” that is how good it is to perspective a stars, all on one accessible chart.
USNO: Dates and times of astronomical happenings.
International Dark Sky Association: How to assistance your neighbors suffer a night sky.
WHO IS ALICE?
Alice is many things and works and volunteers for a few important organizations, yet a suggestions and opinions put onward in this essay are her possess and no one else’s. You can find some-more about astronomy during alicesastroinfo.com.