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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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Jan
31
Wed
2018
Full Moon / Supermoon / Blue Moon
Jan 31 all-day

January 31 – Full Moon / Supermoon / 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 13:27 UTC. Since this is the second full moon in the same month it is sometimes referred to as a blue moon. This is also the last of two supermoons for 2018. 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-2018.html

Total Lunar Eclipse
Jan 31 all-day

January 31 – Total Lunar Eclipse. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes completely through the Earth’s dark shadow or umbra. During this type of eclipse the Moon will gradually get darker and then take on a rusty or blood red color. The eclipse will be visible throughout most of western North America; eastern Asia; Australia; and the Pacific Ocean. (NASA Map and Eclipse Information)

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

Feb
9
Fri
2018
AAAP Meeting
Feb 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Feb
15
Thu
2018
New Moon
Feb 15 all-day

February 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 21:05 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

Partial Solar Eclipse
Feb 15 all-day

February 15 – Partial Solar Eclipse. A partial solar eclipse occurs when the Moon covers only a part of the Sun sometimes resembling a bite taken out of a cookie. A partial solar eclipse can only be safely observed with a special solar filter or by looking at the Sun’s reflection. This partial eclipse will only be visible in parts of Chile; Argentina; and Antarctica. (NASA Map and Eclipse Information)

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

Mar
2
Fri
2018
Full Moon
Mar 2 all-day

March 2 – 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 00:51 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.

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

Mar
9
Fri
2018
AAAP Meeting
Mar 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Mar
15
Thu
2018
Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation
Mar 15 all-day

March 15 – Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation. The planet Mercury reaches greatest eastern elongation of 18.4 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

Mar
17
Sat
2018
New Moon
Mar 17 all-day

March 17 – 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 13:12 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-2018.html

Mar
20
Tue
2018
March Equinox
Mar 20 all-day

March 20 – March Equinox. The March equinox occurs at 16:15 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 spring (vernal equinox) in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of fall (autumnal equinox) in the Southern Hemisphere.

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

Mar
31
Sat
2018
Full Moon / Blue Moon
Mar 31 all-day

March 31 – 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 12:37 UTC. Since this is the second full moon in the same month it is sometimes referred to as a blue moon. This year is particularly unique in that January and March both contain two full moons while February has no full moon.

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

Apr
13
Fri
2018
AAAP Meeting
Apr 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Apr
16
Mon
2018
New Moon
Apr 16 all-day

April 16 – 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 01:58 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

Apr
20
Fri
2018
Wagman Star Party
Apr 20 @ 8:00 pm – Apr 21 @ 12:00 am

Moonset: 00:10 | Moonrise: 10:11
Sunset: 20:03

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

Apr
21
Sat
2018
International Astronomy Day
Apr 21 all-day

KD 5/14/2016

Mingo Star Party
Apr 21 @ 6:00 pm – Apr 22 @ 12:00 am

Moonset: 1:12 | Moonrise: 11:11
Sunset: 20:04

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

Wagman Star Party
Apr 21 @ 8:00 pm – Apr 22 @ 12:00 am

Moonset: 01:13 | Moonrise: 11:09
Sunset: 20:04

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

Apr
22
Sun
2018
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 first quarter moon will set shortly after midnight leaving dark skies for the what could be a good show. 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-2018.html

Apr
29
Sun
2018
Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation
Apr 29 all-day

April 29 – Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation. The planet Mercury reaches greatest western elongation of 27 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-2018.html

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