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2018 General Meetings: Jan 5; Feb 9; Mar 9; Apr 13; May 11

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

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

 

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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

Jan
1
Mon
2018
Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation
Jan 1 all-day

January 1 – Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation. The planet Mercury reaches greatest western elongation of 22.7 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 morning sky. Look for the planet low in the eastern sky just before sunrise.

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

Jan
2
Tue
2018
Full Moon / Supermoon
Jan 2 all-day

January 2 – 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 02:24 UTC. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Wolf Moon because this was the time of year when hungry wolf packs howled outside their camps. This moon has also been know as the Old Moon and the Moon After Yule. This is also the first of two supermoons for 2018. 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-2018.html

Jan
3
Wed
2018
Quadrantids Meteor Shower
Jan 3 – Jan 4 all-day

January 3-4 – Quadrantids Meteor Shower. The Quadrantids is an above average shower with up to 40 meteors per hour at its peak. It is thought to be produced by dust grains left behind by an extinct comet known as 2003 EH1 which was discovered in 2003. The shower runs annually from January 1-5. It peaks this year on the night of the 3rd and morning of the 4th. Unfortunately the nearly full moon will block out all but the brightest meteors this year. If you are patient you should still be able to catch some of the brightest ones. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Bootes but can appear anywhere in the sky.

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

Jan
5
Fri
2018
Pre-Meeting with Rooftop Observatory
Jan 5 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

6:30-7:30 PM Meet and Greet at the Carnegie Science Center, Rooftop Observatory
Free and Open to the Public

Enjoy the Pre-Meeting Meet and Greet at the Carnegie Science Center Rooftop Observatory. Share socializing and the sky before the Jan. 5 AAAP Meeting. See Mars, possibly Uranus and bright stars in the sky.

Update 11/15/2015 KD

AAAP Meeting
Jan 5 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

January 5 AAAP Meeting Free and Open to the Public
6:30-7:30 PM Meet and Greet at the Carnegie Science Center, Rooftop Observatory
7:30 PM Regular AAAP Meeting Planetarium, Carnegie Science Center
Meeting Program:
Speaker: Anna Volker, AstroAccess: Disability Inclusion in Space Education and Outreach

Science education can come in many forms. A poem, performance, or piece of pottery. When this approach to sharing scientific knowledge is taken, we make it more accessible to people of all ability levels and backgrounds. This talk not only shares this idea, it demonstrates it.

Anna Voelker is a NASA Space Weather Forecaster and science educator specializing in astronomy accessibility for people with disabilities. She uses 3D printing and theatre games to make science more inclusive for children who are blind or on the autism spectrum. She has worked in astronomy outreach through a variety of institutions, including the Allegheny Observatory, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA Kennedy Space Center, Space Telescope Science Institute, and COSI (Center of Science and Industry).

Note the January AAAP Meeting is being held on the first Friday instead on on a 2nd Friday.

Update 11/15/2017

Jan
17
Wed
2018
New Moon
Jan 17 all-day

January 17 – 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 02:17 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

Jan
31
Wed
2018
Full Moon / Supermoon / Blue Moon
Jan 31 all-day

January 31 – Full Moon / Supermoon / Blue 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 13:27 UTC. Since this is the second full moon in the same month it is sometimes referred to as a blue moon. This is also the last of two supermoons for 2018. 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-2018.html

Total Lunar Eclipse
Jan 31 all-day

January 31 – 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 western North America; eastern Asia; Australia; and the Pacific Ocean. (NASA Map and Eclipse Information)

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

Feb
9
Fri
2018
AAAP Meeting
Feb 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Feb
15
Thu
2018
New Moon
Feb 15 all-day

February 15 – 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 21:05 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
Feb 15 all-day

February 15 – 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. This partial eclipse will only be visible in parts of Chile; Argentina; and Antarctica. (NASA Map and Eclipse Information)

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

Mar
2
Fri
2018
Full Moon
Mar 2 all-day

March 2 – 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 00:51 UTC. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Worm Moon because this was the time of year when the ground would begin to soften and the earthworms would reappear. This moon has also been known as the Full Crow Moon; the Full Crust Moon; the Full Sap Moon; and the Lenten Moon.

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

Mar
9
Fri
2018
AAAP Meeting
Mar 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Mar
15
Thu
2018
Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation
Mar 15 all-day

March 15 – Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation. The planet Mercury reaches greatest eastern elongation of 18.4 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-2018.html

Mar
17
Sat
2018
New Moon
Mar 17 all-day

March 17 – 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 13:12 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

Mar
20
Tue
2018
March Equinox
Mar 20 all-day

March 20 – March Equinox. The March equinox occurs at 16:15 UTC. The Sun will shine directly on the equator and there will be nearly equal amounts of day and night throughout the world. This is also the first day of spring (vernal equinox) in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of fall (autumnal equinox) in the Southern Hemisphere.

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

Mar
31
Sat
2018
Full Moon / Blue Moon
Mar 31 all-day

March 31 – Full Moon / Blue 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 12:37 UTC. Since this is the second full moon in the same month it is sometimes referred to as a blue moon. This year is particularly unique in that January and March both contain two full moons while February has no full moon.

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