AAAP Invites the Public November 29, 2014 Bundle Up Starfest Mingo Observatory

Enjoy rare opportunity to view Late Autumn sky with the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh at the Mingo Observatory Bundle Up Starfest, Saturday, November 29,2014.

MINGO BUNDLE UP STAR FEST – STAR PARTY November 29, 2014 See stars,galaxies, nebula, planets, Moon, meteors,and more, up close through our 10″ and 24″ fixed telescopes and members telescopes on the hill. Haddad Planetarium offers lectures, movies, sky shows. 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM End time depending on conditions.  Address: Mingo Observatory, 1 Shelter 10 Road, Nottingham Township, PA 15301 40.2110 N, 80.0190 W Donations Accepted  For more information and group pre-registration, 724-384-6150 or

Mingo Observatory will open at 5PM, previously set at 6 PM, conditions permitting, and will feature a full evening of offerings at the Richard Y. Haddad Planetarium regardless of the sky conditons as long as the road, temperatures, conditons permit. The telescopes will operate if the conditons ( no precipitaton, 50% clear, above 20 degrees F, etc.) allow.  There will be skyshows  5:45Pm and following the Chilean Astronomy Program. An astronomy related movie will be offered following the sky shows.

6:30 PM “The Chilean Astronomy Connection”
Featured Lecture
 George Guzik shares his experiences in Chile, introducing Chile’s important role in the science of astronomy and highlighting several observatories in northern Chile, with the use of slides and video.
Additional video presentations will follow the lecture:
1.“In Search of Our Cosmic Origins” (16:34)
2.“ESOcast 51: All Systems Go for the Highest-altitude Supercomputer” (6:10)
3. “ESOcast 56: Gentle Giants in the Desert” (7:16)
4. “ESOcast 69: Revolutionary ALMA Image Reveals Planetary Genesis” (5:25)
5. “ESOcast 53: Chile Chill 3” (6:21)
6. “ESOcast 66: Groundbreaking Event for the E-ELT” (5:
Checkback for updates.
Links on Chilean Astronomy:
What About the “Star of Bethlehem?”Ever wonder about that amazing light in the sky a little more than 2,ooo years ago? Would you like to hear from the amateur astronomers, their interpretation of astronomical evidence of  the Star of Bethlehem?” Make time in Thanksgiving Weekend, amid the kick-off ot the Holiday Season shopping to take in this free and open to the public, donations accepted, entertaining and educational event.
7 PM Moon and Mars above Southern Horizon, Stellarium Simulation

November 29, 2014, 6 PM* Moon and Mars above Southern Horizon, Stellarium Simulation

* Note the read out in the image is for 7PM, but that was made prior to the end of DST. 7PM DST is the same as 6PM EST.

Rise & Set Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Old Farmers Almanac

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Body Dawn Breaks Rises Sets Dark Descends Day Length
Sun 5:46 A.M. 7:22 A.M. 4:54 P.M. 6:31 P.M. 09:31
Moon 12:49 P.M. 11:43 P.M.
Mercury 6:59 A.M. 4:36 P.M.
Venus 8:07 A.M. 5:25 P.M.
Mars 10:57 A.M. 8:20 P.M.
Jupiter 10:34 P.M. 12:21 P.M.
Saturn 6:28 A.M. 4:27 P.M.
Uranus 2:16 P.M. 2:54 A.M.
Neptune 12:47 P.M. 11:43 P.M.
Pluto 9:50 A.M. 7:29 P.M.

All times are Eastern Standard Time at sea level.

“Dawn Breaks” and “Darkness Descends” values are based on astronomical twilight (not civil twilight).



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