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2018 General Meetings: Jan 5, Feb 9, Mar 9, Apr 13, May 11, Sep 14, Oct 12, Nov 9.

2018 Mingo Star Parties: Apr 21; May 18 & 19; Jun 8 & 9; Jul 20 & 21; Aug 11 & 18; Sep 7 & 8; Oct 6 & 20; Nov 3. Note this reflects a December 2017 change to the previously published 2018 Mingo Schedule.

2018 Wagman Star Parties: Apr 20 & 21; May 18 & 19; Jun 22 & 23; Jul 20, & 21; Aug 17 & 18; Sep 15 & 29; Oct 13 & 27; Nov 10

 

2019 Wagman Star Parties: Jan 20 (Total Lunar Eclipse); Apr 13 & 27; May 17 & 18; Jun 7 & 8; Jul 12, & 13; Aug 9 & 10; Sep 6, 7, & 21; Oct 5 & 19; Nov 2

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Jul
18
Wed
2018
Bethel Park Library Star Party
Jul 18 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

SAVE THE DATE – Additional information will be provided once planning has been finalized.

3AP Coordinator: Tim Kelly

Jul
20
Fri
2018
Mingo Star Party
Jul 20 @ 6:30 pm – Jul 21 @ 12:00 am

Moonset: 01:09 | Moonrise: 14:33
Sunset: 20:44

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

Wagman Star Party
Jul 20 @ 8:45 pm – Jul 21 @ 12:00 am

Moonset: 01:08 | Moonrise: 14:33
Sunset: 20:45

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

Jul
21
Sat
2018
Mingo Star Party
Jul 21 @ 6:30 pm – Jul 22 @ 12:00 am

Moonset: 01:41 | Moonrise: 15:34
Sunset: 20:43

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

Wagman Star Party
Jul 21 @ 8:30 pm – Jul 22 @ 12:00 am

Moonset: 01:40 | Moonrise: 15:34
Sunset: 20:44

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

Jul
25
Wed
2018
Bethel Park Library Star Party
Jul 25 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

SAVE THE DATE – Additional information will be provided once planning has been finalized.

3AP Coordinator: Tim Kelly

Jul
27
Fri
2018
Full Moon
Jul 27 all-day

July 27 – 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 20:22 UTC. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Buck Moon because the male buck deer would begin to grow their new antlers at this time of year. This moon has also been known as the Full Thunder Moon and the Full Hay Moon.

Source: http://www.seasky.org/astronomy/astronomy-calendar-2018.html

Mars at Opposition
Jul 27 all-day

July 27 – Mars at Opposition. The red planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. It will be brighter than any other time of the year and will be visible all night long. This is the best time to view and photograph Mars. A medium-sized telescope will allow you to see some of the dark details on the planet’s orange surface.

Source: http://www.seasky.org/astronomy/astronomy-calendar-2018.html

Total Lunar Eclipse
Jul 27 all-day

July 27 – Total Lunar Eclipse. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes completely through the Earth’s dark shadow or umbra. During this type of eclipse the Moon will gradually get darker and then take on a rusty or blood red color. The eclipse will be visible throughout most of Europe; Africa; western and central Asia; the Indian Ocean; and Western Australia. (NASA Map and Eclipse Information)

Source: http://www.seasky.org/astronomy/astronomy-calendar-2018.html

Wagman Star Party
Jul 27 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am

Two additional dates have been added to the Wagman Star Party Schedule:
July 27 and 28 Mars Star Parties at Wagman Observatory

FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2018 Rise and Sets: https://www.almanac.com/astronomy/rise/zipcode/15219/2018-07-27

KD5/15/2018 as per Tom R. on AAAPgh today

Jul
28
Sat
2018
Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower
Jul 28 – Jul 29 all-day

July 28-29 – Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower. The Delta Aquarids is an average shower that can produce up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by debris left behind by comets Marsden and Kracht. The shower runs annually from July 12 to August 23. It peaks this year on the night of July 28 and morning of July 29. The nearly full moon will be a problem this year blocking out all but the brightest meteors. But if you are patient you should still be able to catch a few good ones. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Aquarius but can appear anywhere in the sky.

Source: http://www.seasky.org/astronomy/astronomy-calendar-2018.html

Wagman Star Party
Jul 28 @ 8:45 pm – Jul 29 @ 9:45 am

Two additional dates have been added to the Wagman Star Party Schedule:
July 27 and 28 Mars Star Parties at Wagman Observatory

Wagman Observatory, 225 Kurn Rd, Tarentum, PA 15084, USA

Rise and Sets: https://www.almanac.com/astronomy/rise/zipcode/15219/2018-07-28

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

KD5/15/2018 as per Tom R. on AAAPgh today

Aug
11
Sat
2018
New Moon
Aug 11 all-day

August 11 – 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 09:58 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-2018.html

Partial Solar Eclipse
Aug 11 all-day

August 11 – Partial Solar Eclipse. A partial solar eclipse occurs when the Moon covers only a part of the Sun sometimes resembling a bite taken out of a cookie. A partial solar eclipse can only be safely observed with a special solar filter or by looking at the Sun’s reflection. The partial eclipse will be visible in parts of northeast Canada; Greenland; extreme northern Europe; and northern and eastern Asia. It will be best seen in northern Russia with 68% coverage. (NASA Map and Eclipse Information)

Source: http://www.seasky.org/astronomy/astronomy-calendar-2018.html

Mingo Star Party
Aug 11 @ 6:30 pm – Aug 12 @ 12:00 am

Moonrise: 06:31 | Moonset: 20:49
Sunset: 20:21

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

Aug
12
Sun
2018
Perseids Meteor Shower
Aug 12 – Aug 13 all-day

August 12-13 – Perseids Meteor Shower. The Perseids is one of the best meteor showers to observe producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by comet Swift-Tuttle which was discovered in 1862. The Perseids are famous for producing a large number of bright meteors. The shower runs annually from July 17 to August 24. It peaks this year on the night of August 12 and the morning of August 13. The thin crescent moon will set early in the evening leaving dark skies for what should be an excellent show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Perseus but can appear anywhere in the sky.

Source: http://www.seasky.org/astronomy/astronomy-calendar-2018.html

Aug
17
Fri
2018
Venus at Greatest Eastern Elongation
Aug 17 all-day

August 17 – Venus at Greatest Eastern Elongation. The planet Venus reaches greatest eastern elongation of 45.9 degrees from the Sun. This is the best time to view Venus since it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the evening sky. Look for the bright planet in the western sky after sunset.

Source: http://www.seasky.org/astronomy/astronomy-calendar-2018.html

Wagman Star Party
Aug 17 @ 8:00 pm – Aug 18 @ 12:00 am

Moonrise: 13:25 | Moonset: NA
Sunset: 20:13

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

Aug
18
Sat
2018
Mingo Star Party
Aug 18 @ 6:30 pm – Aug 19 @ 12:00 am

Moonset: 00:14 | Moonrise: 14:25
Sunset: 20:12

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

Wagman Star Party
Aug 18 @ 8:00 pm – Aug 19 @ 12:00 am

Moonset: 00:13 | Moonrise: 14:25
Sunset: 20:12

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