Announcements

  • Cancellation for Green Lake Public Star Party

    Event on 2018-12-15 posted 4 months ago

    This Green Lake Public Star Party (outreach event) scheduled for Dec 15, 2018, 06:00 PM is cancelled due to inclement weather.

  • Cancellation for Public Star Party at Covington Community Park

    Event on 2018-12-14 posted 4 months ago

    This Public Star Party at Covington Community Park (star party event) scheduled for Dec 14, 2018, 07:00 PM is cancelled due to inclement weather.

  • Reminder for Astrophotography Special Interest Group Meeting

    Event on 2018-12-11 posted 4 months ago

    This is just a friendly reminder that the Astrophotography Special Interest Group Meeting (astrophotography event) is scheduled for Dec 11, 2018, 07:00 PM. Please come out and join us!  Bring your latest data with you from the most recent clear weather and let's do some processing!

  • Cancellation for Rattlesnake Ledge Trailhead Star Party

    Event on 2018-12-08 posted 4 months ago

    This Rattlesnake Ledge Trailhead Star Party (star party event) scheduled for Dec 08, 2018, 06:00 PM is cancelled due to inclement weather.

  • Stargazing in Seattle: December’s Meteors

    posted 4 months ago

    December brings the annual Geminid meteor shower, which peaks during the early morning hours of December 13 and 14. Under a clear dark sky and far away from city lights, the Geminids typically produce from 50 to 100 meteors an hour and can be spectacular. Light pollution results in fewer visible meteors from a location near the city, but Geminid meteors tend to be bright and as many as 25 meteors an hour might be visible from a suburban location around the optimum 2 AM viewing time. Best viewing is during the pre-dawn early morning hours, because Geminid meteors approach Earth from the direction of the constellation Gemini. After midnight, Gemini climbs higher in the sky and the rate you see meteors increases. Plan to observe for at least an hour.  Dress very warmly and use a reclining lounge chair if possible; otherwise you can simply lie down on a blanket on the ground.  Be patient. It will take 10 to 20 minutes for your eyes to fully adapt to the dark, and because meteors arrive randomly, there will be times when several minutes pass with no meteors. (Stargazing in Seattle times and positions are adjusted for Seattle’s location and are useful throughout the Pacific Northwest.)