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2018 General Meetings: Jan 5, Feb 9, Mar 9, Apr 13, May 11, Sep 13, 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

 

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Apr
30
Mon
2018
Full Moon
Apr 30 all-day

April 30 – 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 00:58 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-2018.html

May
6
Sun
2018
Eta Aquarids
May 6 – May 7 all-day

May 6-7 – Eta Aquarids. 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 waning gibbous moon will block most of the fainter meteors this year but you should be able to catch quite A few good ones if you are patient. 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-2018.html

May
9
Wed
2018
Jupiter at Opposition
May 9 all-day

May 9 – Jupiter at Opposition. The 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 Jupiter and its moons. A medium-sized telescope should be able to show you some of the details in Jupiter’s cloud bands. A good pair of binoculars should allow you to see Jupiter’s four largest moons appearing as bright dots on either side of the planet.

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

May
11
Fri
2018
AAAP Meeting
May 11 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
May
15
Tue
2018
New Moon
May 15 all-day

May 15 – 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 11:48 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

May
18
Fri
2018
Mingo Star Party
May 18 @ 6:30 pm – May 19 @ 12:00 am

Moonrise: 09:01 | Moonset: NA
Sunset: 20:31

For more information, please visit our Star Party link at:
http://wp.3ap.org/resources/star-parties-2/

Wagman Star Party
May 18 @ 8:30 pm – May 19 @ 12:00 am

Moonrise: 08:59 | Moonset: NA
Sunset: 20:31

For more information, please visit our Star Party link at:
http://wp.3ap.org/resources/star-parties-2/

May
19
Sat
2018
Westmoreland-Fayette Campapalooza
May 19 all-day

Westmoreland-Fayette Campapalooza, Mammoth Park, 254 County Park Road, Mt Pleasant, PA 15666.

KD/11/08/2017

Mingo Star Party
May 19 @ 6:30 pm – May 20 @ 12:00 am

Moonset: 00:04 | Moonrise: 10:05
Sunset: 20:32

For more information, please visit our Star Party link at:
http://wp.3ap.org/resources/star-parties-2/

Wagman Star Party
May 19 @ 8:30 pm – May 20 @ 12:00 am

Moonset: 00:04 | Moonrise: 10:03
Sunset: 20:32

For more information, please visit our Star Party link at:
http://wp.3ap.org/resources/star-parties-2/

May
29
Tue
2018
Full Moon
May 29 all-day

May 29 – 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 14:19 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.

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

Jun
8
Fri
2018
Mingo Star Party
Jun 8 @ 6:30 pm – Jun 9 @ 12:00 am

Moonrise: 02:45 | Moonset: 15:01
Sunset: 20:47

For more information, please visit our Star Party link at:
http://wp.3ap.org/resources/star-parties-2/

Jun
9
Sat
2018
Mingo Star Party
Jun 9 @ 6:30 pm – Jun 10 @ 12:00 am

Moonrise: 03:15 | Moonset: 16:05
Sunset: 20:48

For more information, please visit our Star Party link at:
http://wp.3ap.org/resources/star-parties-2/

Jun
16
Sat
2018
New Moon
Jun 16 all-day

June 13 – 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 19:44 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

Jun
21
Thu
2018
June Solstice
Jun 21 all-day

June 21 – June Solstice. The June solstice occurs at 10:07 UTC. The North Pole of the earth will be tilted toward the Sun which will have reached its northernmost position in the sky and will be directly over the Tropic of Cancer at 23.44 degrees north latitude. This is the first day of summer (summer solstice) in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of winter (winter solstice) in the Southern Hemisphere.

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

Jun
22
Fri
2018
Wagman Star Party
Jun 22 @ 8:45 pm – Jun 23 @ 12:00 am

Moonset: 02:35 | Moonrise: 15:38
Sunset: 20:53

For more information, please visit our Star Party link at:
http://wp.3ap.org/resources/star-parties-2/

Jun
23
Sat
2018
Wagman Star Party
Jun 23 @ 8:45 pm – Jun 24 @ 12:00 am

Moonset: 03:05 | Moonrise: 16:40
Sunset: 20:53

For more information, please visit our Star Party link at:
http://wp.3ap.org/resources/star-parties-2/

Jun
27
Wed
2018
Saturn at Opposition
Jun 27 all-day

June 27 – Saturn at Opposition. The ringed 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 Saturn and its moons. A medium-sized or larger telescope will allow you to see Saturn’s rings and a few of its brightest moons.

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

Jun
28
Thu
2018
Full Moon
Jun 28 all-day

June 28 – 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 04:53 UTC. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Strawberry Moon because it signaled the time of year to gather ripening fruit. It also coincides with the peak of the strawberry harvesting season. This moon has also been known as the Full Rose Moon and the Full Honey Moon.

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

Jul
12
Thu
2018
Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation
Jul 12 all-day

July 12 – Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation. The planet Mercury reaches greatest eastern elongation of 26.4 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