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’.

Oct
12
Fri
2018
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
18
Thu
2018
Heritage Public Library Star Party
Oct 18 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The power point presentation part of the Star Party will still go on cloudy or rainy on Oct 18 at 6:30 in the evening. If you can bring your telescope to show the guests, please let me know if you will be attending.

Directly adjoining the library parking lot is tennis courts and ballfields which if we set up in the parking lot for the tennis courts should keep most of the business lights at our back.

Organizer: Mike Christeson ( acslvchair@yahoo.com )

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

Nov
1
Thu
2018
Citiparks Emerald View Star Party
Nov 1 @ 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 )

Nov 1st (No Rain Date)

Nov
3
Sat
2018
Mingo Star Party
Nov 3 @ 4:30 pm – Nov 4 @ 12:00 am

Moonrise: 03:08 | Moonset: 16:28
Sunset: 18:14

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

Nov
5
Mon
2018
Taurids Meteor Shower
Nov 5 – Nov 6 all-day

November 5-6 – Taurids Meteor Shower. The Taurids is a long-running minor meteor shower producing only about 5-10 meteors per hour. It is unusual in that it consists of two separate streams. The first is produced by dust grains left behind by Asteroid 2004 TG10. The second stream is produced by debris left behind by Comet 2P Encke. The shower runs annually from September 7 to December 10. It peaks this year on the the night of November 5. The thin crescent moon will set early in the evening leaving dark skies for viewing. Best viewing will be just after midnight from a dark location far away from city lights. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Taurus but can appear anywhere in the sky.

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

Nov
6
Tue
2018
Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation
Nov 6 all-day

November 6 – Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation. The planet Mercury reaches greatest eastern elongation of 23.3 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

Nov
7
Wed
2018
New Moon
Nov 7 all-day

November 7 – 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 16:02 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

Nov
9
Fri
2018
AAAP Meeting
Nov 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Annual Kevin J. Brunelle Astrophotography Contest

Nov
10
Sat
2018
Wagman Star Party (Mid Autumn)
Nov 10 @ 5:00 pm – Nov 11 @ 12:00 am

Moonrise: 09:45 | Moonset: 19:34
Sunset: 17:05

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

Nov
17
Sat
2018
Leonids Meteor Shower
Nov 17 – Nov 18 all-day

November 17-18 – Leonids Meteor Shower. The Leonids is an average shower producing up to 15 meteors per hour at its peak. This shower is unique in that it has a cyclonic peak about every 33 years where hundreds of meteors per hour can be seen. That last of these occurred in 2001. The Leonids is produced by dust grains left behind by comet Tempel-Tuttle which was discovered in 1865. The shower runs annually from November 6-30. It peaks this year on the night of the 17th and morning of the 18th. The waxing gibbous moon will set shortly after midnight leaving fairly dark skies for what could be a good early morning show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Leo but can appear anywhere in the sky.

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

Nov
23
Fri
2018
Full Moon
Nov 23 all-day

November 23 – 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 05:40 UTC. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Beaver Moon because this was the time of year to set the beaver traps before the swamps and rivers froze. It has also been known as the Frosty Moon and the Hunter’s Moon.

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

Dec
7
Fri
2018
New Moon
Dec 7 all-day

December 7 – 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 07:20 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

Dec
13
Thu
2018
Geminids Meteor Shower
Dec 13 all-day

December 13-14 – Geminids Meteor Shower. The Geminids is the king of the meteor showers. It is considered by many to be the best shower in the heavens producing up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by debris left behind by an asteroid known as 3200 Phaethon which was discovered in 1982. The shower runs annually from December 7-17. It peaks this year on the night of the 13th and morning of the 14th. The first quarter moon will set shortly after midnight leaving dark skies for what should be an excellent early morning show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Gemini but can appear anywhere in the sky.

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