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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’.

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

Apr
27
Sat
2019
Mingo Star Party
Apr 27 @ 8:15 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
Apr 27 @ 8:15 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/

May
4
Sat
2019
New Moon
May 4 all-day

May 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 22:46 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

May
6
Mon
2019
Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower
May 6 – May 7 all-day

May 6-7 – Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower. The Eta Aquarids is an above average shower capable of producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak. Most of the activity is seen in the Southern Hemisphere. In the Northern Hemisphere the rate can reach about 30 meteors per hour. It is produced by dust particles left behind by comet Halley which has known and observed since ancient times. The shower runs annually from April 19 to May 28. It peaks this year on the night of May 6 and the morning of the May 7. The thin crescent moon will set early in the evening leaving dark skies for what should be a good show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Aquarius but can appear anywhere in the sky.

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

May
10
Fri
2019
AAAP Meeting
May 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

General Business Meeting & Annual Officer Elections
Guest speaker and topic: Steve Quick presents, “Light Mapping Pittsburgh”

May
11
Sat
2019
International Astronomy Day
May 11 all-day
May
17
Fri
2019
CANCELLED: Wagman Star Party
May 17 @ 8:30 pm – 11:45 pm

CANCELLED due to inclement weather
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/

May
18
Sat
2019
Full Moon & Blue Moon
May 18 all-day

May 18 – 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 21:11 UTC. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Flower Moon because this was the time of year when spring flowers appeared in abundance. This moon has also been known as the Full Corn Planting Moon and the Milk Moon. Since this is the third of four full moons in this season it is known as a blue moon. This rare calendar event only happens once every few years giving rise to the term “once in a blue moon.” There are normally only three full moons in each season of the year. But since full moons occur every 29.53 days occasionally a season will contain 4 full moons. The extra full moon of the season is known as a blue moon. Blue moons occur on average once every 2.7 years.

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

Wagman Star Party
May 18 @ 8:30 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/

May
20
Mon
2019
State Street Elementary (PRIVATE EVENT)
May 20 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

This is a private event. If you would like to volunteer, please contact the 3AP organizer.

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

May
24
Fri
2019
Mingo Star Party
May 24 @ 8:45 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/

May
25
Sat
2019
Mingo Star Party
May 25 @ 8:45 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/