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By Lou Marzeles

Hundreds of lunations later, Stout retires


Lou Marzeles

A FEW WORDS: Steve Stout pauses to compose himself during an emotional moment in his talk Thursday to the Greater Goldendale Area Chamber of Commerce on his retirement from the Goldendale Observatory.

Steve Stout’s career has been astronomical.

Ask him how long he was at the Goldendale Observatory before he retired last Friday, and he doesn’t give your common answer. He responds with lunations, the full phases of a moon cycle, each being 29.530589 days (or 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes, and three seconds). He was at the Observatory for some 400.5 lunations. “Do the math,” he said at a special ceremony Thursday at the Glass Onion honoring him for his service. No one pulled out a calculator. “That’s 32 years, four months, and 22 days,” completing the task for the lunation-impaired.

Thursday Stout talked about his career in Goldendale in more terrestrial phraseology for the...

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Reader Comments

TheRebelOne writes:

I am really happy at I was able to bring my kids to the observatory while he was still around. He truly is an asset to Goldendale! He was a wealth of knowledge and I really love seeing people who thoroughly enjoy what they do. Thank you Steve for your hundreds of lunations at the observatory.


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