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  • Stargazing in Seattle – Lunar Eclipse on January 20th Bob Mulford

    posted 6 months ago

    On the evening of January 20th, 2019, the entire USA will see a total lunar eclipse as the moon passes through the northern half of the Earth’s shadow. The total phase of the eclipse begins at 8:41 PM (PST) with the moon high above the eastern horizon. The total phase of the eclipse ends about an hour later, at 9:43 PM.

    The Total Lunar Eclipse of January 20, 2019

    Event

    Time (PST)

    Altitude of the Moon above the horizon

    Sunset

    5:52 PM

    2 degrees

    Civil Twilight

    6:26 PM

    7 degrees

    Nautical Twilight

    7:04 PM

    13 degrees

    Partial Eclipse begins

    7:34 PM

    27 degrees

    Total Eclipse begins

    8:41 PM

    38 degrees

    Maximum Eclipse

    9:12 PM

    43 degrees

    Total Eclipse ends

    9:43 PM

    47 degrees

    Partial Eclipse ends

    10:51 PM

    56 degrees

     

    NOTES:

    Stargazing in Seattle times and positions are adjusted for Seattle’s location (47.6N, 122.3W) and are useful throughout the Pacific Northwest.

  • Reminder for Astrophotography Special Interest Group Meeting

    Event on 2019-01-08 posted 6 months ago

    This is just a friendly reminder that the Astrophotography Special Interest Group Meeting (astrophotography event) is scheduled for TONIGHT Jan 08, 2019, 07:00 PM. Please come out and join us!

    We have a real treat this month!  Matthew Dieterich, Techincal Services Manager at Planewave Instruments, will be talking to us about printing and publishing our astrophotographs.  Matt has been an astrophotographer for over a decade, and most recently had one of his prints immortalized as a Forever Stamp with the USPS (http://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2016/pr16_029.htm).  This will be an excellent talk.  I hope everyone can make it!

  • Cancellation for Rattlesnake Mountain Trailhead Star Party

    Event on 2019-01-05 posted 6 months ago

    This Rattlesnake Mountain Trailhead Star Party (star party event) scheduled for Jan 05, 2019, 06:00 PM is cancelled due to inclement weather.

  • Reminder for Astrophotography Special Interest Group Meeting

    Event on 2019-01-08 posted 6 months ago

    This is just a friendly reminder that the Astrophotography Special Interest Group Meeting (astrophotography event) is scheduled for Jan 08, 2019, 07:00 PM. Please come out and join us!

    There has been a change in schedule for speakers for this month (the originally scheduled talk for this month has been moved to March).  We are fortunate that renowned astrophotographer and Technical Services Manager at Planewave Instruments, Matt Dieterich, will be in town and has graciously agreed to speak to our group!  He will be giving a talk entitled, "Nightscapes, How Can Our Astroimages Transcend the Digital World?"  We look forward to seeing you all there!

  • Astronomy Education with Puerto Rico

    posted 6 months ago

    Eric Muhs spoke at the November membership meeting about a non-profit group helping restore astronomy education in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

    “Astronomy Education with Puerto Rico” is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. On January 9, 2019 they are launching a nationwide fundraising campaign to raise money for two very specific projects: the projector equipment in Puerto Rico’s only major planetarium, and the construction of a modest public access observatory in San Juan. You can find more information and donate at aewpr.org.