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2019 General Meetings: Jan 11, Feb 8, Mar 8, Apr 12, May 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’.

Aug
23
Fri
2019
Moraine State Park Star Party
Aug 23 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Additional details including exact times will be provided at a later date

Rain Date is Aug 24th

3AP Organizer: Bill Moutz (sailboat25@verizon.net)

Aug
24
Sat
2019
Laurel Hill Scenic View Overlook Star Party
Aug 24 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Exact times and additional details TBD…

Overnight Accommodations
Volunteers who sign-up in advance will have access to free overnight accommodations on both Friday and Saturday nights. If interested, please contact the 3AP coordinator.

3AP Coordinator: Mike Christensen

Aug
30
Fri
2019
New Moon
Aug 30 all-day

August 30 – 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 10:37 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-2019.html

Aug
31
Sat
2019
Chartiers-Houston Community Library Star Party
Aug 31 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Presentation at 7:45pm, sky viewing to follow

3AP Contact: Tim Kelly (t.m.kelly349@gmail.com)

Sep
6
Fri
2019
Wagman Star Party
Sep 6 @ 7:45 pm – 11:45 pm

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

Wagman Observatory Phone: (724)224-2510

For Moonset, Moonrise, and Sunset times, please visit the Time and Date website at:
https://www.timeanddate.com/

Sep
7
Sat
2019
Wagman Star Party (Dark Sky)
Sep 7 @ 7:45 pm – 11:45 pm

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

Wagman Observatory Phone: (724)224-2510

For Moonset, Moonrise, and Sunset times, please visit the Time and Date website at:
https://www.timeanddate.com/

Sep
9
Mon
2019
Neptune at Opposition
Sep 9 all-day

September 9 – Neptune at Opposition. The blue giant 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 Neptune. Due to its extreme distance from Earth it will only appear as a tiny blue dot in all but the most powerful telescopes.

Source: http://www.seasky.org/astronomy/astronomy-calendar-2019.html

Sep
13
Fri
2019
AAAP Meeting @ TBD
Sep 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

General Business Meeting
Guest speaker and topic: Siska De Baerdemaeker presents (TBD)

Sep
14
Sat
2019
Full Moon
Sep 14 all-day

September 14 – 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 04:34 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-2019.html

Sep
20
Fri
2019
Mingo Star Party
Sep 20 @ 7:30 pm – 11:45 pm

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

Mingo Observatory Phone: (724)348-6150

Please Note: Safe solar observing begins approximately 2 hours prior to the event start time, with a break until dark sky observing begins.

For Moonset, Moonrise, and Sunset times, please visit the Time and Date website at:
https://www.timeanddate.com/

Sep
21
Sat
2019
Mingo Star Party
Sep 21 @ 7:30 pm – 11:45 pm

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

Mingo Observatory Phone: (724)348-6150

Please Note: Safe solar observing begins approximately 2 hours prior to the event start time, with a break until dark sky observing begins.

For Moonset, Moonrise, and Sunset times, please visit the Time and Date website at:
https://www.timeanddate.com/

Wagman Star Party
Sep 21 @ 7:30 pm – 11:45 pm

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

Wagman Observatory Phone: (724)224-2510

For Moonset, Moonrise, and Sunset times, please visit the Time and Date website at:
https://www.timeanddate.com/

Sep
23
Mon
2019
September Equinox
Sep 23 all-day

September 23 – September Equinox. The September equinox occurs at 07:50 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-2019.html

Sep
28
Sat
2019
New Moon
Sep 28 all-day

September 28 – 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 18:26 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-2019.html

Bethel Park Community Center Star Party
Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Presentation at 7:15pm, sky viewing to follow

Please Note: This event will take place in Millennium Park

3AP Contact: Tim Kelly (t.m.kelly349@gmail.com)

Murrysville Community Park Star Party
Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Exact times and locations are still TBD

3AP Contact: Bill Moutz (sailboat25@verizon.net)

Oct
5
Sat
2019
Wagman Star Party
Oct 5 @ 7:00 pm – 11:45 pm

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

Wagman Observatory Phone: (724)224-2510

For Moonset, Moonrise, and Sunset times, please visit the Time and Date website at:
https://www.timeanddate.com/

Oct
8
Tue
2019
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. The first quarter moon will set shortly after midnight leaving fairly dark skies for observing. 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-2019.html

Oct
11
Fri
2019
Baldwin Borough Public Library Star Party
Oct 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Presentation at 6:30pm, sky viewing to follow

3AP Contact: Tim Kelly (t.m.kelly349@gmail.com)

Oct
13
Sun
2019
Full Moon
Oct 13 all-day

October 13 – 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 21:09 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-2019.html