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  • Stargazing in Seattle - January's Morning Planets

    posted about 2 months ago

    Jupiter joins Venus to provide a pair of morning stars low in the southeast before dawn at the beginning of January. Jupiter shines at magnitude -1.8, which is brighter than Sirius, the brightest true star in the sky. Venus is dazzling at magnitude -4.5, about ten times brighter than Jupiter. At about 6:40 am (the beginning of nautical dawn) during the first week of January, look for Jupiter about seven degrees above the southeastern horizon. Venus is 15 degrees above and to the right of Jupiter. Venus moves closer to Jupiter each day, passing within two and a half degrees of Jupiter on January 22. After the 15th, Jupiter and Venus switch positions, with Venus now below and to the left of Jupiter. Throughout January, both planets remain more than ten degrees above the horizon at the beginning of nautical dawn. A thin crescent moon joins this planetary duo at the beginning of the month (January 1st, 2nd, and 3rd) and again at month's end. On January 1, the morning of New Year’s Day, a thin crescent moon will be placed only four degrees above and to the right of Venus. On January 2nd the moon will be located between Venus and Jupiter.  On January 31st, a thin crescent moon will be within a degree and a half of Venus.

     

     

    Stargazing in Seattle times and positions are adjusted for Seattle’s location (47.6N, 122.3W) and are useful throughout the Pacific Northwest. Distances in the sky are expressed in terms of the angle your eye sweeps between the two locations. For example, clench your fist and hold it out at arms length, with the back of your hand facing you. The width covered is about 10 degrees. Three fingers cover five degrees.

  • Reminder for Mars Insight Update

    Event on 2018-12-19 posted 2 months ago

    This is just a friendly reminder that the Mars Insight Update (general meetings event) is scheduled for Dec 19, 2018, 07:00 PM. Please come out and join us!

    The monthly general meeting is as always, Open to the Public. Prior to the General Meeting, SAS volunteer staff offer a welcome table from 7:00PM to 7:30PM. New member and guests are invited to ask questions and meet some of the existing members. All attendees are welcome to stop by, have a cookie, and (if available) make a name tag to help everyone get to know you better. The meeting begins at 7:30pm with SAS business, followed by the lecture. 

  • Reminder for SAS 2019 Banquet

    Event on 2019-01-27 posted 2 months ago

    2019 BANQUET!  The SAS 2019 Banquet is scheduled for January 27, 2019, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Swedish Club.  The highlights of the Banquet will be the featured speaker, renowned astronomer and comet hunter David Levy, and an excellent menu, offering succulent salmon, Swedish meatballs, and vegetarian entrees. Tickets are on sale now and until Jan. 20, 2019 to SAS members on the Banquet page of this Website at a discounted price of $50.00.  Public ticket sales will offer admission to all at a regular price with no discount. All are invited for the fun and sharing!

  • Cancellation for Paramount School Park Public Star Party

    Event on 2018-12-15 posted 2 months ago

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

  • Cancellation for Public Star Party in Kent, GRNRA

    Event on 2018-12-15 posted 2 months ago

    This Public Star Party in Kent, GRNRA (star party event) scheduled for Dec 15, 2018, 06:00 PM is cancelled due to inclement weather.