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2017 General Meetings: Jan 13, Feb 10, Mar 10, Apr 7, May 12

2017 Mingo Star Parties: Apr 21 & 22; May 19 & 20; Jun 23 & 24; Jul 14 & 15; Aug 11 & 12; Sep 15 & 16; Oct 14 & 28; Nov 11

2017 Wagman Star Parties: Mar 31; Apr 1; May 5 & 6; Jun 2 & 3; Jun 30; Jul 1, 28, & 29; Aug 25 & 26; Sep 9 & 23; Oct 7 & 28; Nov 4

 

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Oct
21
Sat
2017
Orionids Meteor Shower
Oct 21 – Oct 22 all-day

October 21-22 – Orionids Meteor Shower. The Orionids is an average shower producing up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by dust grains left behind by comet Halley which has been known and observed since ancient times. The shower runs annually from October 2 to November 7. It peaks this year on the night of October 21 and the morning of October 22. The crescent moon will set early in the evening leaving dark skies for what should be a good show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Orion but can appear anywhere in the sky.

Source: http://www.seasky.org/astronomy/astronomy-calendar-2017.html

Oct
27
Fri
2017
Hillman State Park Star Party
Oct 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Hillman State Park (Raccoon State Park)
Hillman State Park Model Airfield
Lat. 40.435943 Long. -80.40658

Fred Klein
03/29/17

Oct
28
Sat
2017
Mingo Star Party
Oct 28 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 29 @ 12:00 am

Moonset: 00:31 | Moonrise: 14:56
Sunset: 18:21

For more information, please visit our Star Party link at:
http://wp.3ap.org/resources/star-parties-2/

Wagman Star Party
Oct 28 @ 8:00 pm – Oct 29 @ 12:00 am

For more information, please visit our Star Party link at:
http://wp.3ap.org/resources/star-parties-2/

Nov
4
Sat
2017
Full Moon
Nov 4 all-day

November 4 – Full Moon. The Moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun and its face will be will be fully illuminated. This phase occurs at 05:23 UTC. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Beaver Moon because this was the time of year to set the beaver traps before the swamps and rivers froze. It has also been known as the Frosty Moon and the Hunter’s Moon.

Source: http://www.seasky.org/astronomy/astronomy-calendar-2017.html

Taurids Meteor Shower
Nov 4 – Nov 5 all-day

November 4-5 – Taurids Meteor Shower. The Taurids is a long-running minor meteor shower producing only about 5-10 meteors per hour. It is unusual in that it consists of two separate streams. The first is produced by dust grains left behind by Asteroid 2004 TG10. The second stream is produced by debris left behind by Comet 2P Encke. The shower runs annually from September 7 to December 10. It peaks this year on the the night of November 4. Unfortunately the glare from the full moon will block out all but the brightest meteors. If you are extremely patient you may still be able to catch a few good ones. Best viewing will be just after midnight from a dark location far away from city lights. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Taurus but can appear anywhere in the sky.

Source: http://www.seasky.org/astronomy/astronomy-calendar-2017.html

Wagman Star Party
Nov 4 @ 8:00 pm – Nov 5 @ 12:00 am

For more information, please visit our Star Party link at:
http://wp.3ap.org/resources/star-parties-2/

Nov
10
Fri
2017
AAAP Meeting
Nov 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Nov
11
Sat
2017
Mingo Star Party – Bundle Up Starfest
Nov 11 @ 6:00 pm – Nov 12 @ 12:00 am

Moonrise: | Moonset: 13:50 | Moonrise:
Sunset: 17:06

For more information, please visit our Star Party link at:
http://wp.3ap.org/resources/star-parties-2/

Nov
13
Mon
2017
Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter
Nov 13 all-day

November 13 – Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter. A spectacular conjunction of Venus and Jupiter will be visible in the evening sky. The two bright planets will be extremely close appearing only 0.3 degrees apart. Look for this impressive pairing in the Eastern sky just before sunrise.

Source: http://www.seasky.org/astronomy/astronomy-calendar-2017.html

Nov
17
Fri
2017
Leonids Meteor Shower
Nov 17 – Nov 18 all-day

November 17-18 – Leonids Meteor Shower. The Leonids is an average shower producing up to 15 meteors per hour at its peak. This shower is unique in that it has a cyclonic peak about every 33 years where hundreds of meteors per hour can be seen. That last of these occurred in 2001. The Leonids is produced by dust grains left behind by comet Tempel-Tuttle which was discovered in 1865. The shower runs annually from November 6-30. It peaks this year on the night of the 17th and morning of the 18th. The nearly new moon will not be a problem this year. Skies should be dark enough for what should be good show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Leo but can appear anywhere in the sky.

Source: http://www.seasky.org/astronomy/astronomy-calendar-2017.html

Nov
18
Sat
2017
New Moon
Nov 18 all-day

November 18 – New Moon. The Moon will located on the same side of the Earth as the Sun and will not be visible in the night sky. This phase occurs at 11:42 UTC. This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere.

Source: http://www.seasky.org/astronomy/astronomy-calendar-2017.html

Nov
24
Fri
2017
Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation
Nov 24 all-day

November 24 – Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation. The planet Mercury reaches greatest eastern elongation of 22.0 degrees from the Sun. This is the best time to view Mercury since it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the evening sky. Look for the planet low in the western sky just after sunset.

Source: http://www.seasky.org/astronomy/astronomy-calendar-2017.html

Dec
3
Sun
2017
Full Moon / Supermoon
Dec 3 all-day

December 3 – Full Moon / Supermoon. The Moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun and its face will be will be fully illuminated. This phase occurs at 15:47 UTC. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Cold Moon because this is the time of year when the cold winter air settles in and the nights become long and dark. This moon has also been known as the Full Long Nights Moon and the Moon Before Yule. This is also the only supermoon for 2017. The Moon will be at its closest approach to the Earth and may look slightly larger and brighter than usual.

Source: http://www.seasky.org/astronomy/astronomy-calendar-2017.html

Dec
9
Sat
2017
AAAP Members Holiday Party
Dec 9 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

See Tom R. about arrangements.

Dec
13
Wed
2017
Geminids Meteor Shower
Dec 13 – Dec 14 all-day

December 13-14 – Geminids Meteor Shower. The Geminids is the king of the meteor showers. It is considered by many to be the best shower in the heavens producing up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by debris left behind by an asteroid known as 3200 Phaethon which was discovered in 1982. The shower runs annually from December 7-17. It peaks this year on the night of the 13th and morning of the 14th. The waning crescent moon will be no match for the Geminids this year. The skies should still be dark enough for an excellent show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Gemini but can appear anywhere in the sky.

Source: http://www.seasky.org/astronomy/astronomy-calendar-2017.html

Dec
18
Mon
2017
New Moon
Dec 18 all-day

December 18 – New Moon. The Moon will located on the same side of the Earth as the Sun and will not be visible in the night sky. This phase occurs at 06:30 UTC. This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere.

Source: http://www.seasky.org/astronomy/astronomy-calendar-2017.html

Dec
21
Thu
2017
December Solstice
Dec 21 all-day

December 21 – December Solstice. The December solstice occurs at 16:28 UTC. The South Pole of the earth will be tilted toward the Sun which will have reached its southernmost position in the sky and will be directly over the Tropic of Capricorn at 23.44 degrees south latitude. This is the first day of winter (winter solstice) in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of summer (summer solstice) in the Southern Hemisphere.

Source: http://www.seasky.org/astronomy/astronomy-calendar-2017.html

Ursids Meteor Shower
Dec 21 – Dec 22 all-day

December 21-22 – Ursids Meteor Shower. The Ursids is a minor meteor shower producing about 5-10 meteors per hour. It is produced by dust grains left behind by comet Tuttle which was first discovered in 1790. The shower runs annually from December 17-25. It peaks this year on the the night of the 21st and morning of the 22nd. The crescent moon will set early in the evening leaving dark skies for optimal observing. Best viewing will be just after midnight from a dark location far away from city lights. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Ursa Minor but can appear anywhere in the sky.

Source: http://www.seasky.org/astronomy/astronomy-calendar-2017.html