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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

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Jan
11
Fri
2019
AAAP Meeting
Jan 11 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

General Business Meeting

Guest Speaker and Topic: Ryan Muzzio presents “Young Stellar Objects: The Opening Chapter in the Life of a Star”

AAAP meetings are always free and open to the public. This meeting will take place at the Allegheny Observatory. Parking is also free.

Additional Information:
The AAAP starts the New Year with a sure-to-be fascinating lecture on the early life of stars. We tend to think of stars as very old, but all stars start out as infants and toddlers, so to speak. Our guest speaker for the club’s January 11, 2018 meeting is himself a young star in the field of astronomy: Ryan Muzzio, a first year graduate student in the Department of Physics at CMU. Unlike recent years, we hold our first meeting of the year at Allegheny Observatory rather than the Carnegie Science Center, but at the standard start time of 7:30 pm.

Here is the synopsis of Mr. Muzzio’s lecture: “Stars have many complex phases of life. They form in some of the coldest places in the universe, output immense amounts of energy for billions of years, and die in magnificent ways. Many of the mechanisms that drive their early development still puzzle astronomers, making it a hot area of study. Fortunately, 400 light years away exists the Taurus and Rho-Ophiuchus molecular clouds, active star forming regions that are home to countless young stellar objects. These stars host a wide range of properties. Some have what seem to be unpredictable variations in luminosity, some have discs that interact with each other, and some have jets of ionized gas. Astronomers, using near infrared detectors, peer into the lives of these active stars and hope to shed light on how stars develop.”

The Usual Meeting Reminders: Of course, January can be an unfriendly month to travelers. If a major snow or ice storm is in progress on the 11th, we must cancel the meeting and schedule Mr. Muzzio’s talk for another time. Members can also check the AAAP’s Facebook page and 3ap.org web site for meeting status info. Parking is tight at AO, even when there is no snow on the ground, so please consider car-pooling so that we can squeeze everyone in.

Jan
20
Sun
2019
Wagman Total Lunar Eclipse Party
Jan 20 @ 10:00 pm – Jan 21 @ 2:00 am

Totality lasts from 11:41 to 12:44 AM.

Mid-eclipse is at 12:12 AM.

Guests will also have the opportunity to observe other celestial wonders during this event.

For additional info, visit us on Facebook (https://bit.ly/2CXIyai) or our website (3ap.org)

Jan
21
Mon
2019
Full Moon & Supermoon
Jan 21 all-day

January 21 – 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 05:16 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 three supermoons for 2019. 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-2019.html

Total Lunar Eclipse
Jan 21 all-day

January 21 – 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 North America; South America; the eastern Pacific Ocean; western Atlantic Ocean; extreme western Europe; and extreme western Africa.

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

Jan
22
Tue
2019
Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter
Jan 22 all-day

January 22 – Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter. A conjunction of Venus and Jupiter will be visible on January 22. The two bright planets will be visible within 2.4 degrees of each other in the early morning sky. Look for this impressive sight in the east just before sunrise.

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

Feb
4
Mon
2019
New Moon
Feb 4 all-day

February 4 – 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 21:03 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

Feb
8
Fri
2019
AAAP Meeting
Feb 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

General Business Meeting
Guest speaker and topic: Annual Planetarium Show, Buhl Planetarium Theater, Carnegie Science Center

Feb
19
Tue
2019
Full Moon & Supermoon
Feb 19 all-day

February 19 – 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 15:53 UTC. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Snow Moon because the heaviest snows usually fell during this time of the year. Since hunting is difficult this moon has also been known by some tribes as the Full Hunger Moon since the harsh weather made hunting difficult. This is also the second of three supermoons for 2019. 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-2019.html

Feb
27
Wed
2019
Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation
Feb 27 all-day

February 27 – Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation. The planet Mercury reaches greatest eastern elongation of 18.1 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-2019.html

Mar
6
Wed
2019
New Moon
Mar 6 all-day

March 6 – 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 16:04 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

Mar
8
Fri
2019
AAAP Meeting
Mar 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

General Business Meeting
Guest speaker and topic: TBD

Mar
20
Wed
2019
March Equinox
Mar 20 all-day

March 20 – March Equinox. The March equinox occurs at 21:58 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-2019.html

Mar
21
Thu
2019
Full Moon & Supermoon
Mar 21 all-day

March 21 – 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 01:43 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. This is also the last of three supermoons for 2019. 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-2019.html

Apr
5
Fri
2019
New Moon
Apr 5 all-day

April 5 – 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 08:51 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

CANCELLED McKnight Elementary School (Lecture)
Apr 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This event has been cancelled due to the forecast of inclement weather.

3AP Contact: Fred Klein (ffk@fredkleinastro.com)

Apr
11
Thu
2019
Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation
Apr 11 all-day

April 11 – Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation. The planet Mercury reaches greatest western elongation of 27.7 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-2019.html

Apr
12
Fri
2019
AAAP Meeting
Apr 12 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

General Business Meeting & Annual Officer Nominations
Guest speaker and topic: Tom Reiland, topic TBD

Apr
13
Sat
2019
Wagman Star Party
Apr 13 @ 8:00 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/

Apr
19
Fri
2019
Full Moon
Apr 19 all-day

April 19 – 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 11:12 UTC. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Pink Moon because it marked the appearance of the moss pink or wild ground phlox which is one of the first spring flowers. This moon has also been known as the Sprouting Grass Moon; the Growing Moon; and the Egg Moon. Many coastal tribes called it the Full Fish Moon because this was the time that the shad swam upstream to spawn.

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

Apr
22
Mon
2019
Lyrids Meteor Shower
Apr 22 – Apr 23 all-day

April 22-23 – Lyrids Meteor Shower. The Lyrids is an average shower usually producing about 20 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by dust particles left behind by comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher which was discovered in 1861. The shower runs annually from April 16-25. It peaks this year on the night of the night of the 22nd and morning of the 23rd. These meteors can sometimes produce bright dust trails that last for several seconds. The waning gibbous moon will block out many of the fainter meteors this year but if you are patient you should still be able to catch a few of the brightest ones. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Lyra but can appear anywhere in the sky.

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