The Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh invites you to a Star Party at Mingo Creek Park Observatory (Located in Mingo Creek Park, Mansion Hill Extension, past Shelter 10) in Washington County, PA. Phone #: 724-348-6150
Date: Saturday, August 11
Time of Safe Solar Observing: at 6:30 PM
Time of Night Sky Observing: approximately 8:45 PM
Weather Permitting for Observing – Planetarium Presentations occur rain or shine
The Star Party events on August 11 will consist of the following:
* Safe observing of the Sun beginning approximately two hours before sunset.
* After dusk observe the wonders of the August night sky. Come see Venus, Jupiter and its moons, Mars and the rings of Saturn and possibly Mars. Many deep sky objects may also be observed such as the Ring Nebula and other nebulae, clusters and double stars. The Perseid Meteor Shower will also be active this night so if you can’t come on Sunday night, plan on staying later on Saturday for this annual astronomical event.
* Presentations about current events in astronomy and the Mingo Creek Park night sky will take place in the Richard Y. Haddad Planetarium at various times throughout the night..
Special Event Date: Sunday, August 12
Perseid Meteor Shower Watch
The Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh will open the observatory grounds in Mingo Creek County Park for the annual Perseid Meteor Shower which is anticipated to peak on Sunday night into Monday morning. Limited access to the observatory will also be available. Bring a blanket and some extra clothing layers and enjoy the wonders of the night sky for this special event.
The Mingo Creek Park Observatory is handicap accessible.. There is no charge for your visit, but we gladly accept donations to cover operating expenses. There is no reservation needed and there is no limit on group sizes.
NOTE: Mingo Creek Park Observatory and its grounds, as a part of Mingo Creek County Park, are a no smoking and no alcohol permitted area.
Mingo Creek Park Observatory is operated by an all-volunteer staff of members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh.
Becky Nichols, Director, Mingo Creek Park Observatory
Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh