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2017 General Meetings: Jan 13, Feb 10, Mar 10, Apr 7, May 12

2017 Mingo Star Parties: Apr 21 & 22; May 19 & 20; Jun 23 & 24; Jul 14 & 15; Aug 11 & 12; Sep 15 & 16; Oct 14 & 28; Nov 11

2017 Wagman Star Parties: Mar 31; Apr 1; May 5 & 6; Jun 2 & 3; Jun 30; Jul 1, 28, & 29; Aug 25 & 26; Sep 9 & 23; Oct 7 & 28; Nov 4

 

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Sep
20
Wed
2017
New Moon
Sep 20 all-day

September 20 – 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 05:30 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-2017.html

Sep
22
Fri
2017
September Equinox
Sep 22 all-day

September 22 – September Equinox. The September equinox occurs at 20:02 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-2017.html

Allegheny Observatory/AAAP Open House
Sep 22 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

AAAP members who wish to volunteer must make arrangements with Lou C (please see the Guide Star). Open house beings at 7pm, volunteers please report between 6-6:30pm. Times listed are approximated and may differ.

Please Note: This is a free but ticketed event and requires advanced reservations.

More Info: http://www.pitt.edu/~aobsvtry/tours.html

Baldwin Borough Public Library Star Party
Sep 22 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Rain or Cloudy Makeup Date: October 6, 2017

Baldwin Borough Public Library
41 Macek Drive
Baldwin, PA 15227

Library Contact: Dolores Colarosa (412-885-2255)
AAAP Contact: Tim Kelly

Longitude: -79.96410746
Latitude: 40.35711927

Sep
23
Sat
2017
Wagman Star Party
Sep 23 @ 8:00 pm – Sep 24 @ 12:00 am

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

Sep
29
Fri
2017
Punxsutawney Star Party
Sep 29 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

It is about 100 people getting together for an event for trappers. Punxsy is a pretty dark place if you aren’t right under the lights. If you contact him directly let me know, too. Thanks.

Contact Don Powell (the event organizer)
Cell – 814-541-7746
Work – 814-938-7416

Ken Coles

Monroeville Library Star Party
Sep 29 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Monroeville Library Star Party. Starts at sunset (about 7:30) on Friday September 29 with cloud date Saturday September 30.

The moon will be more than half full, Saturn will be in a good position and Jupiter sets shortly after sunset. Other stars, star clusters, and nebula will be visible.

As before, the party will be on the ball field behind Ramsey Elementary School at 2200 Ramsey Rd, Monroeville, PA 15146. Volunteers can pull up to the fence to unload, but please park in the main parking lot.

AAAP Volunteers should contact Fred K. who is organizing this event.

Sep
30
Sat
2017
International Astronomy Day
Sep 30 all-day

KD 5/15/2016

Chartiers-Houston Community Library Star Party
Sep 30 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Presentation will be held in the Library followed by night sky viewing.

Rain or Cloudy Makeup Date: October 7, 2017
Library Contact: Laura Swanson – (724) 745-4300
3AP Contact: Tim Kelly

Oct
5
Thu
2017
Full Moon
Oct 5 all-day

October 5 – Full Moon. Moon will be directly opposite the Earth from the Sun and will be fully illuminated as seen from Earth. This phase occurs at 18:40 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. 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-2017.html

Oct
6
Fri
2017
AAAP Meeting
Oct 6 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Note this October 6, 2017 AAAP Meeting is scheduled on a First Friday instead of on a 2nd Friday.

Oct
7
Sat
2017
Draconids Meteor Shower
Oct 7 all-day

October 7 – Draconids Meteor Shower. The Draconids is a minor meteor shower producing only about 10 meteors per hour. It is produced by dust grains left behind by comet 21P Giacobini-Zinner which was first discovered in 1900. The Draconids is an unusual shower in that the best viewing is in the early evening instead of early morning like most other showers. The shower runs annually from October 6-10 and peaks this year on the the night of the 7th. Unfortunately the nearly full moon will block all but the brightest meteors this year. If you are extremely patient you may be able to catch a few good ones. Best viewing will be in the early evening from a dark location far away from city lights. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Draco but can appear anywhere in the sky.

Source: http://www.seasky.org/astronomy/astronomy-calendar-2017.html

Wagman Star Party
Oct 7 @ 8:00 pm – Oct 8 @ 12:00 am

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

Oct
9
Mon
2017
Better Observing Techniques Class
Oct 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Better Observing Techniques Classes will be held at Wagman Observatory on Sep 11, Sept 13, Oct 9, and Oct 11. They will start about 7 or 7:30 PM and will end when the last person leaves. Classes are all weather permitting.

Please contact Tom Reiland, Wagman Observatory Director, if you’re interested in attending.

Oct
11
Wed
2017
Better Observing Techniques Class
Oct 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Better Observing Techniques Classes will be held at Wagman Observatory on Sep 11, Sept 13, Oct 9, and Oct 11. They will start about 7 or 7:30 PM and will end when the last person leaves. Classes are all weather permitting.

Please contact Tom Reiland, Wagman Observatory Director, if you’re interested in attending.

Oct
14
Sat
2017
Kunkle Park Star Party
Oct 14 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Star parties begin at dusk, weather permitting. Kunkle Park is located behind the Washington Township Municipal Building.

Terry Trees
03/29/17

Mason-Dixon Line 250th Anniversary Star Party @ TBD
Oct 14 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Mason-Dixon Line 250th Anniversary Star Party
Contact Pete Zapadka

Mingo Star Party
Oct 14 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 15 @ 12:00 am

Moonrise: 01:55 | Moonset: 16:09
Sunset: 18:41

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

Oct
18
Wed
2017
AAAP-SSP Meeting
Oct 18 all-day

Save the date. More information to follow.

Oct
19
Thu
2017
New Moon
Oct 19 all-day

October 19 – 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 19:12 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-2017.html