PostHeaderIcon Last-Minute Stargazing – Comet Garradd and Supernova PTF11kly in Galaxy M101

The weather looks reasonable, so let’s try for some guerrilla stargazing at Solstice park tonight.

  • When:  TODAY! Sept 4, 2011 at 9pm
  • Where: Solstice Park – all the way up the hill from the tennis courts (or, if you’re not in Seattle, wherever you have a view of the western horizon!)
  • Who: Everyone welcome, as usual.
Sunset at Solstice Park on June 21, 2011 at 9pm
Credit: Jason Gift Enevoldsen

Come stargaze with us at Solstice park tonight. We’ll be looking for Comet Garradd and Supernova PTF11kly in Galaxy M101 through telescopes.

Here’s approximately what those might look like with out telescopes. They will not be visible to the naked eye.

Comet Garradd

A collection of images of Comet Garradd from August 20, 2011 by Flickr user 37 Hz.

Supernova PTF11kly in Galaxy M101

All rights reserved by David W. Bishop

If you’re interested – here’s the timing of various celestial events for today from Seattle, courtesy of the U.S. Naval Observatory Astronomical Applications Department:

Sun and Moon Data for One Day

The following information is provided for Seattle, King County, Washington (longitude W122.3, latitude N47.6):

        Sunday
        4 September 2011      Pacific Daylight Time          

                         SUN
        Begin civil twilight       6:00 a.m.
        Sunrise                    6:32 a.m.
        Sun transit                1:08 p.m.
        Sunset                     7:44 p.m.
        End civil twilight         8:16 p.m.
        End astronomical twilight  9:34 p.m.
                         MOON
        Moonset                   10:40 p.m. on preceding day
        Moonrise                   2:58 p.m.
        Moon transit               7:16 p.m.
        Moonset                   11:34 p.m.
        Moonrise                   3:53 p.m. on following day

This event is my part of the NASA’s Solar System Ambassadors program, and thanks toWest Seattle Blog for publicizing the last few!

Everyone is welcome, see you there!

~ A l i c e !

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