30 Apr

Comets!

This has been a beautiful spring for stargazing in Seattle. The planets have been putting on an amazing show nightly (did you see the Moon and Jupiter right next to each other in last night’s sky? Wow.), and the skies have been relatively clear. Next month, it’s possible we’ll be able to see two naked-eye comets at once! Another comet, Comet Bradfield, has been visible for the last week or so, but I can’t see it from my house; trees and streetlights are in the way, and even if they weren’t I suspect the light pollution would make it impossible.

I was just outside, watching the International Space Station fly overhead, and it is amazingly warm for late April in Seattle. It feels like Summer.

2 thoughts on “Comets!

  1. I live in Honolulu Hawaii, but I am going to be in Seattle on September 17, 19, 24. On all three days from afternoon untill late night. Could you please tell me where there are good places to do some stargazing (of the astronomical sort). I am especially interested in seeing the full moon on the 17th.

    Thank you for your help.

    Aloha,
    Robert Booth

  2. Hmm. Seattle is pretty seriously light-polluted. When I want to stargaze I generally just drive out east into the Cascade foothills somewhere and find a nice dark place to pull over. But I don’t have a specific site. šŸ™ It’s all rather informal. Now, you’ll be able to see the moon well from just about anywhere, as long as it doesn’t rain. šŸ™‚

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