Grants Awarded for CMU and Pitt Students to Assist AAAP Dark Sky Outreach

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The 2015 Geminid Meteor Shower from Pittsburgh, PA

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Wally Pacholka, Mojave Desert near Victorville, CA Dec. 14, 2009

Photo Credit:Wally Pacholka,
Mojave Desert near Victorville, CA
Dec. 14, 2009

One of the most impressive meteor showers of the year is set to occur this weekend with favorable Moon condition and mild temperatures in Pittsburgh, but clouds may block the view. At peak with ideal viewing conditions up to 100 meteors per hour may be seen. The Geminid Meteor shower is to peak on Sunday Night into Monday morning. The map below shows much of North America will not have favorable skies. Read more

International Dark Sky Association Grants AAAP’s Diane Turnshek Dark Sky Defender Award

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AAAP member Diane Turnshek  has been honored by the International Dark-Sky Association with its Dark Sky Defender Award at its November 20, 2015 Annual Meeting. See the excerpt below from the Carnegie Mellon Faculty and Staff Newsletter. Congratulations Diane!

Saxonburg Bridge Reopened – Good News for Wagman Observtory Visitors

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commissionhas reopened the Saxonburg Blvd. Bridge in Indiana Twp., Allegheny County which had closed March 2015. http://www.indianatownship.com/closures.asp

Next Regular AAAP Meeting, January 8, 2016, Features Mark Kochte, NASA’s New Horizons Mission to Pluto

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Excerpt from December Guide Star, Eric Fischer Editor

The January 8, 2016 AAAP meeting takes place at Allegheny Observatory, not the Carnegie Science Center. Our guest speaker will be Mark Kochte who will present the latest findings from NASA’s New Horizons Mission to Pluto. Mark is a Mission Analyst (among several titles) at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. Naturally, the Jan. 2016 Guide Star will have much more on Mr. Kochte’s lecture.

 

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Note to Members:  The December Holiday Party information and map is posted in the Members Section of the www.3ap.org  AAAP website. Information also appears in the emailed December Guide Star which is sent to members.

 

Updates and additional astronomy and AAAP information on AAAP’s Facebook Page.

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Respectfully submitted, Kathy DeSantis.

Route 88 Is Open Today In Time for Mingo Observatory Bundle Up Star Fest

PennDot has opened Route 88 south of Finleyville where it had been closed between Patterson and Ginger Hill Roads in time for today’s Mingo Observatory Bundle Up Star Fest star party at Mingo Observatory. https://3ap.org/2015/11/bundle-up-star…vember-14-2015/