To automatically sync the AAAP Calendar of Events to your personal calendar, please follow the instructions on our Calendar Download page. For lists of other events, check out the AAAP Star Party Schedule, the AAAP Meetings Schedule, the International Astronomy Events, or the Our Pittsburgh Constellation Events pages.

 

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 Mingo Star Parties: Apr 27; May 24 & 25; Jun 21 & 22; Jul 12 & 13; Aug 9 & 10; Sep 20 & 21; Oct 25 & 26; Nov 9

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

Please  Note: Alternate views of events (such as calendar view) are available by clicking the drop-down next to the word ‘Agenda’.

Sep
22
Sat
2018
Whitehall Public Library Star Party
Sep 22 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Presentation Time: 7:30 PM or 7:45 PM
Presenter: George Guzik
Organizer: Tim Kelly

Rain/Cloudy Make-up: September 29, 2018

Please Note: This is an outdoor presentation, the actual start time will depend on the darkness. This year’s event will NOT be held adjacent to the swimming pole (too much light interference). The event will be held up the street at Snyder’s baseball field. Much darker surroundings.

Sep
23
Sun
2018
September Equinox
Sep 23 all-day

September 23 – September Equinox. The September equinox occurs at 01:54 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 fall (autumnal equinox) in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of spring (vernal equinox) in the Southern Hemisphere.

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

Sep
25
Tue
2018
Full Moon
Sep 25 all-day

September 25 – 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 02:53 UTC. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Corn Moon because the corn is harvested around this time of year. This moon is also known as the Harvest Moon. The Harvest Moon is the full moon that occurs closest to the September equinox each year.

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

Sep
28
Fri
2018
Monroeville Public Library Star Party
Sep 28 @ 7:15 pm – 11:00 pm

Join the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh for a Star Party. Enjoy gazing at the stars, planets, and the universe. AAAP members will have their own telescopes on site for guests to view from or you are welcome to bring your own. Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring a comfortable chair or blanket.

Location: Ballfield behind Ramsey Elementary School at 2200 Ramsey Rd, Monroeville, PA 15146

Contact: Fred Klein ( ffk@fredkleinastro.com )

Sep
29
Sat
2018
Wagman Star Party (Dark Sky)
Sep 29 @ 7:00 pm – Sep 30 @ 12:00 am

Moonset: 11:42 | Moonrise: 22:06
Sunset: 19:04

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

Sep
30
Sun
2018
Citiparks Schenley Overlook Star Party
Sep 30 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

If you would like help learning how to set-up and use your own telescope or binoculars, please feel free to bring them and arrive an hour early. AAAP telescope volunteers will share views through their telescopes.

This free event is being run by the Pittsburgh City Park Rangers. Park ordinances are enforced at all times. All ages event.

Contact: Zack Zelazny ( zakry3323@gmail.com )

Sep 30th (Rain Date Is Oct 1st)

Oct
4
Thu
2018
Citiparks Emerald View Star Party
Oct 4 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

If you would like help learning how to set-up and use your own telescope or binoculars, please feel free to bring them and arrive an hour early. AAAP telescope volunteers will share views through their telescopes.

This free event is being run by the Pittsburgh City Park Rangers. Park ordinances are enforced at all times. All ages event.

Contact: Zack Zelazny ( zakry3323@gmail.com )

Oct 4th (Rain Date Is Oct 7th)

Oct
5
Fri
2018
Hillman State Park Star Party
Oct 5 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

6:45PM – “What YOU Can See of the Solar System” presentation by Fred Klein

7:15PM – Night Sky Viewing

Location will be at the model airplane field, detailed directions will be provided closer to the date. There will be no moon that night, but all 8 (9?) planets will be visible as well as many deep sky objects.

Additional Directions to Hillman SP’s Radio Control Airport/Airfield:

**Please note that once you enter Hillman State Park, follow signage for Radio Control Model Airport to find Hillman State Park’s Model Airfield.

From the North (Beaver) – Take PA-18 south

Turn Left at Light in Florence onto Steubenville Pike Continue 1.5 miles on Steubenville Pike Turn Left on Haul Road Continue 1.7 miles on Haul Road (Gravel and Asphalt Road) Turn Right on Kramer Road (Gravel Road) Continue 0.7 miles on Kramer Road and turn left into entrance of Hillman State Park’s Model Airfield Follow gravel road to airfield at top of hill.

From the South (Burgettstown and Washington) – Take PA-18 north

Turn Right at Light in Florence onto Steubenville Pike Continue 1.5 miles on Steubenville Pike Turn Left on Haul Road Continue 1.7 miles on Haul Road (Gravel and Asphalt Road) Turn Right on Kramer Road (Gravel Road) Continue 0.7 miles on Kramer Road and turn left into entrance of Hillman State Park’s Model Airfield Follow gravel road to airfield at top of hill.

From East (Pittsburgh) – Take US-22 West

Take the PA-18 exit for Florence/Burgettstown Turn Left at Light onto PA-18 North Turn Right at Light onto Steubenville Pike Continue 1.5 miles on Steubenville Pike Turn Left on Haul Road Continue 1.7 miles on Haul Road (Gravel and Asphalt Road) Turn Right on Kramer Road (Gravel Road) Continue 0.7 miles on Kramer Road and turn left into entrance of Hillman State Park’s Model Airfield Follow gravel road to airfield at top of hill. 

From West (Weirton and Steubenville) – Take US-22 East

Take the PA-18 exit for Florence/Burgettstown Turn Left onto PA-18 North Turn Right at Light onto Steubenville Pike Continue 1.5 miles on Steubenville Pike Turn Left on Haul Road Continue 1.7 miles on Haul Road (Gravel and Asphalt Road) Turn Right on Kramer Road (Gravel Road) Continue 0.7 miles on Kramer Road and turn left into entrance of Hillman State Park’s Model Airfield Follow gravel road to airfield at top of hill. 

Oct
6
Sat
2018
Mingo Star Party
Oct 6 @ 5:00 pm – Oct 7 @ 12:00 am

Moonrise: 04:11 | Moonset: 17:53
Sunset: 18:53

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

Oct
8
Mon
2018
Draconids Meteor Shower
Oct 8 all-day

October 8 – Draconids Meteor Shower. The Draconids is a minor meteor shower producing only about 10 meteors per hour. It is produced by dust grains left behind by comet 21P Giacobini-Zinner which was first discovered in 1900. The Draconids is an unusual shower in that the best viewing is in the early evening instead of early morning like most other showers. The shower runs annually from October 6-10 and peaks this year on the the night of the 8th. This will be an excellent year to observe the Draconids because there will be no moonlight to spoil the show. Best viewing will be in the early evening from a dark location far away from city lights. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Draco but can appear anywhere in the sky.

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

Oct
9
Tue
2018
New Moon
Oct 9 all-day

October 9 – 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 03:47 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

Oct
12
Fri
2018
Jacob’s Creek Park Star Party
Oct 12 @ 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Join the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh for a Star Party. Enjoy gazing at the stars, planets, and the universe. AAAP members will have their own telescopes on site for guests to view from or you are welcome to bring your own. Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring a comfortable chair or blanket.

Talk at 6:45 PM, Viewing at 7:15 PM

Contact: Fred Klein (ffk@fredkleinastro.com)

Citiparks Schenley Overlook Star Party
Oct 12 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

If you would like help learning how to set-up and use your own telescope or binoculars, please feel free to bring them and arrive an hour early. AAAP telescope volunteers will share views through their telescopes.

This free event is being run by the Pittsburgh City Park Rangers. Park ordinances are enforced at all times. All ages event.

Contact: Zack Zelazny ( zakry3323@gmail.com )

Oct 12th (Rain Date Is Oct 14th)

Oct
13
Sat
2018
Wagman Star Party
Oct 13 @ 6:30 pm – Oct 14 @ 12:00 am

Moonrise: 12:00 | Moonset: 21:58
Sunset: 18:41

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

Oct
20
Sat
2018
Mingo Star Party
Oct 20 @ 5:00 pm – Oct 21 @ 12:00 am

Moonset: 03:16 | Moonrise: 16:57
Sunset: 18:32

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

Oct
21
Sun
2018
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 nearly full moon will block some of the fainter meteors this year but the Orionids tend to be fairly bright so it could still 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-2018.html

Citiparks Schenley Overlook Star Party
Oct 21 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

If you would like help learning how to set-up and use your own telescope or binoculars, please feel free to bring them and arrive an hour early. AAAP telescope volunteers will share views through their telescopes.

This free event is being run by the Pittsburgh City Park Rangers. Park ordinances are enforced at all times. All ages event.

Contact: Zack Zelazny ( zakry3323@gmail.com )

Oct 21st (Rain Date Is Oct 22nd)

Oct
23
Tue
2018
Uranus at Opposition
Oct 23 all-day

October 23 – Uranus at Opposition. The blue-green 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 Uranus. Due to its distance it will only appear as a tiny blue-green dot in all but the most powerful telescopes.

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

Oct
24
Wed
2018
Full Moon
Oct 24 all-day

October 24 – 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 16:46 UTC. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Hunters Moon because at this time of year the leaves are falling and the game is fat and ready to hunt. This moon has also been known as the Travel Moon and the Blood Moon.

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

Oct
27
Sat
2018
Wagman Star Party (Dark Sky)
Oct 27 @ 6:15 pm – Oct 28 @ 12:00 am

Moonset: 10:40 | Moonrise: 20:48
Sunset: 18:21

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