Winter Solstice arrives with the fewest hours of daylight all year; Sunset viewing at Solstice Park

Today, Dec 21, 2013 the sun rise is 7:55 AM and sunset is 4:20 PM making it the shortest number of daylight hours all year at 8h 25m 24s. The actual equinox moment is at 9:11am when winter officially begins.

A Winter Solstice Sunset Watch, now a West Seattle tradition led by Alice Enevoldsen the Planetarium Supervisor at the Pacific Science Center and one of NASA's Solar System Ambassadors gets underway at 4:05pm at Solstice Park located at 7400 Fauntleroy Way SW visit for more info. It's a brief event, ending at 4:35pm. The park is a tiny area above the tennis courts across from Lincoln Park. It sits atop a hill and is an observation point. Looking west towards Puget Sound, the park has three stones placed as markers for the four astronomical events (winter solstice to the left, both autumn and spring equinox’s in the middle and summer solstice to the right). To the east of the stones are earthwork mounds with three paths carved out to line up with the stones.

This event is Enevoldsen's personal part of the NASA’s Solar System Ambassador program

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