This post goes out to the folks in the Seattle region of Washington state. The last time we had skies clear enough to get some good night shots, there wasn’t a moon to light anything up. Well, I have some good news. Here is my forecast for Saturday (December 15th) night:
- The sun sets at 4:20PM and the moon rises at 12:54PM
- At 4:20PM the moon will be at 140 degrees on your compass and at an altitude of 29 degrees.
- Solar noon is at about 6:41PM.
- At solar noon the moon is directly south or 180 degrees on your compass and at an altitude of 38 degrees.
- The moon sets at 12:48AM, early Sunday morning at 266 degrees on your compass.
- It is about a week from the winter solstice with the longest and darkest nights.
- The moon will be illuminated 56.1%.
I can’t control the weather, but it looks like spotty clouds, 60% humidity, 45F with minimal a breeze. Here is a look at your southern night sky at solar noon.
This will probably be your last chance to get some night shots done before the week of the holidays. I already have two locations picked out, a primary and backup. It is a Saturday so traffic should be light if you have to travel to your location. I have my fingers crossed and a bunch of new ideas I want to shoot.