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2020 General Meetings: Jan 10, Feb 14, Mar 13, Apr 10, May 8, Sep 11, Oct 9, Nov 13

2020 Mingo Star Parties: Apr 24 & 25; May 15 & 16; Jun 19 & 20; Jul 17 & 18; Aug 7 & 8; Sep 11 & 12; Oct 23 & 24; Nov 14

2020 Wagman Star Parties: Apr 3 & 4; May 1, 2, 29 & 30; Jun 26 & 27; Jul 24 & 25; Aug 21 & 22; Sep 5 & 26; Oct 10 & 24; Nov 7

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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

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

Please Note: This event will take place in Millennium Park

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)

Sep
6
Fri
2019
Wagman Star Party
Sep 6 @ 7:45 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/

Sep
7
Sat
2019
Wagman Star Party (Dark Sky)
Sep 7 @ 7:45 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/

Sep
9
Mon
2019
Neptune at Opposition
Sep 9 all-day

September 9 – Neptune at Opposition. The blue 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 Neptune. Due to its extreme distance from Earth it will only appear as a tiny blue dot in all but the most powerful telescopes.

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

Sep
13
Fri
2019
AAAP Meeting @ TBD
Sep 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

General Business Meeting
Guest speaker and topic: Siska De Baerdemaeker presents (TBD)

Sep
14
Sat
2019
Full Moon
Sep 14 all-day

September 14 – 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 04:34 UTC. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Corn Moon because the corn is harvested around this time of year. This moon is also known as the Harvest Moon. The Harvest Moon is the full moon that occurs closest to the September equinox each year.

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

Sep
20
Fri
2019
Mingo Star Party
Sep 20 @ 7:30 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/

Sep
21
Sat
2019
Mingo Star Party
Sep 21 @ 7:30 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
Sep 21 @ 7:30 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/

Sep
23
Mon
2019
September Equinox
Sep 23 all-day

September 23 – September Equinox. The September equinox occurs at 07:50 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 fall (autumnal equinox) in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of spring (vernal equinox) in the Southern Hemisphere.

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

Sep
28
Sat
2019
New Moon
Sep 28 all-day

September 28 – 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 18:26 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