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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’.

Jul
16
Tue
2019
Full Moon
Jul 16 all-day

July 16 – 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 21:38 UTC. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Buck Moon because the male buck deer would begin to grow their new antlers at this time of year. This moon has also been known as the Full Thunder Moon and the Full Hay Moon.

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

Partial Lunar Eclipse
Jul 16 all-day

July 16 – Partial Lunar Eclipse. A partial lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the Earth’s partial shadow (or penumbra) and only a portion of it passes through the darkest shadow (or umbra). During this type of eclipse a part of the Moon will darken as it moves through the Earth’s shadow. The eclipse will be visible throughout most of Europe; Africa; central Asia; and the Indian Ocean.

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

Cranberry Public Library Lecture
Jul 16 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Lecture Topic: Star Life

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

Jul
23
Tue
2019
Millvale Library Lecture
Jul 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Lecture Topic: Star Life

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

Jul
28
Sun
2019
Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower
Jul 28 – Jul 29 all-day

July 28-29 – Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower. The Delta Aquarids is an average shower that can produce up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by debris left behind by comets Marsden and Kracht. The shower runs annually from July 12 to August 23. It peaks this year on the night of July 28 and morning of July 29. The waning crescent moon will not be too much of a problem this year. The skies should be dark enough for what could 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.

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

Exact times and locations are still TBD

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

Aug
1
Thu
2019
New Moon
Aug 1 all-day

August 1 – 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 03:12 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

Sto-Rox Library (PRIVATE LECTURE)
Aug 1 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

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

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

Aug
9
Fri
2019
Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation
Aug 9 all-day

August 9 – Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation. The planet Mercury reaches greatest western elongation of 19.0 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

Wagman Star Party
Aug 9 @ 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/

Mingo Star Party
Aug 9 @ 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/

Aug
10
Sat
2019
Wagman Star Party
Aug 10 @ 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/

Mingo Star Party
Aug 10 @ 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/

Aug
12
Mon
2019
Perseids Meteor Shower
Aug 12 – Aug 13 all-day

August 12-13 – Perseids Meteor Shower. The Perseids is one of the best meteor showers to observe producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by comet Swift-Tuttle which was discovered in 1862. The Perseids are famous for producing a large number of bright meteors. The shower runs annually from July 17 to August 24. It peaks this year on the night of August 12 and the morning of August 13. The nearly full moon will block out most of the fainter meteors this year but the Perseids are so bright and numerous that it could still be a good show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Perseus but can appear anywhere in the sky.

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

Aug
15
Thu
2019
Full Moon
Aug 15 all-day

August 15 – 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 12:30 UTC. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Sturgeon Moon because the large sturgeon fish of the Great Lakes and other major lakes were more easily caught at this time of year. This moon has also been known as the Green Corn Moon and the Grain Moon.

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

Aug
17
Sat
2019
Bethel Park Public Library Star Party
Aug 17 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Presentation at 8:00pm, sky viewing to follow

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

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)