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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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Nov
24
Fri
2017
Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation
Nov 24 all-day

November 24 – Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation. The planet Mercury reaches greatest eastern elongation of 22.0 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 evening sky. Look for the planet low in the western sky just after sunset.

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

Dec
3
Sun
2017
Full Moon / Supermoon
Dec 3 all-day

December 3 – Full Moon / Supermoon. 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 15:47 UTC. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Cold Moon because this is the time of year when the cold winter air settles in and the nights become long and dark. This moon has also been known as the Full Long Nights Moon and the Moon Before Yule. This is also the only supermoon for 2017. 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-2017.html

Dec
9
Sat
2017
AAAP Meeting & Holiday Party
Dec 9 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

General Business Meeting & Holiday Party – Members Only

AAAP Members will gather for a Holiday Party and Awards Program. See the club’s November and December Guide Star newsletters for more information.

Dec
13
Wed
2017
Geminids Meteor Shower
Dec 13 – Dec 14 all-day

December 13-14 – Geminids Meteor Shower. The Geminids is the king of the meteor showers. It is considered by many to be the best shower in the heavens producing up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by debris left behind by an asteroid known as 3200 Phaethon which was discovered in 1982. The shower runs annually from December 7-17. It peaks this year on the night of the 13th and morning of the 14th. The waning crescent moon will be no match for the Geminids this year. The skies should still be dark enough for an excellent show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Gemini but can appear anywhere in the sky.

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

Dec
18
Mon
2017
New Moon
Dec 18 all-day

December 18 – 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 06:30 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

Dec
21
Thu
2017
December Solstice
Dec 21 all-day

December 21 – December Solstice. The December solstice occurs at 16:28 UTC. The South Pole of the earth will be tilted toward the Sun which will have reached its southernmost position in the sky and will be directly over the Tropic of Capricorn at 23.44 degrees south latitude. This is the first day of winter (winter solstice) in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of summer (summer solstice) in the Southern Hemisphere.

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

Ursids Meteor Shower
Dec 21 – Dec 22 all-day

December 21-22 – Ursids Meteor Shower. The Ursids is a minor meteor shower producing about 5-10 meteors per hour. It is produced by dust grains left behind by comet Tuttle which was first discovered in 1790. The shower runs annually from December 17-25. It peaks this year on the the night of the 21st and morning of the 22nd. The crescent moon will set early in the evening leaving dark skies for optimal observing. Best viewing will be just after midnight from a dark location far away from city lights. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Ursa Minor but can appear anywhere in the sky.

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

Jan
5
Fri
2018
Pre-Meeting with Rooftop Observatory
Jan 5 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

6:30-7:30 PM Meet and Greet at the Carnegie Science Center, Rooftop Observatory
Free and Open to the Public

Enjoy the Pre-Meeting Meet and Greet at the Carnegie Science Center Rooftop Observatory. Share socializing and the sky before the Jan. 5 AAAP Meeting. See Mars, possibly Uranus and bright stars in the sky.

Update 11/15/2015 KD

AAAP Meeting
Jan 5 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

January 5 AAAP Meeting Free and Open to the Public
6:30-7:30 PM Meet and Greet at the Carnegie Science Center, Rooftop Observatory
7:30 PM Regular AAAP Meeting Planetarium, Carnegie Science Center
Meeting Program:
Speaker: Anna Volker, AstroAccess: Disability Inclusion in Space Education and Outreach

Science education can come in many forms. A poem, performance, or piece of pottery. When this approach to sharing scientific knowledge is taken, we make it more accessible to people of all ability levels and backgrounds. This talk not only shares this idea, it demonstrates it.

Anna Voelker is a NASA Space Weather Forecaster and science educator specializing in astronomy accessibility for people with disabilities. She uses 3D printing and theatre games to make science more inclusive for children who are blind or on the autism spectrum. She has worked in astronomy outreach through a variety of institutions, including the Allegheny Observatory, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA Kennedy Space Center, Space Telescope Science Institute, and COSI (Center of Science and Industry).

Note the January AAAP Meeting is being held on the first Friday instead on on a 2nd Friday.

Update 11/15/2017

Feb
9
Fri
2018
AAAP Meeting
Feb 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Mar
9
Fri
2018
AAAP Meeting
Mar 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Apr
13
Fri
2018
AAAP Meeting
Apr 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Apr
20
Fri
2018
Wagman Star Party
Apr 20 all-day

AAAP 2018 Schedule of Observatory Star Parties have been posted on www.3ap.org to assist in scheduling. Please check back for start times and additional information. The start time vary with onset of darkness.

Mingo 2018 Star Party Dates: Apr 21; May 11 & 12; Jun 8 & 9; Jul 20 & 21; Aug 11 & 18; Sep 14 & 15; Oct 6 & 20; Nov 3

Wagman 2018 Star Party Dates: Apr 20 & 21; May 18 & 19; Jun 22 & 23; Jul 20 & 21; Aug 17 & 18; Sep 15 & 29; Oct 13 & 27; Nov 10

KD 11/06/2017

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

KD 5/14/2016

Wagman Star Party
Apr 21 all-day

AAAP 2018 Schedule of Observatory Star Parties have been posted on www.3ap.org to assist in scheduling. Please check back for start times and additional information. The start time vary with onset of darkness.

Mingo 2018 Star Party Dates: Apr 21; May 11 & 12; Jun 8 & 9; Jul 20 & 21; Aug 11 & 18; Sep 14 & 15; Oct 6 & 20; Nov 3

Wagman 2018 Star Party Dates: Apr 20 & 21; May 18 & 19; Jun 22 & 23; Jul 20 & 21; Aug 17 & 18; Sep 15 & 29; Oct 13 & 27; Nov 10

KD 11/06/2017

Mingo Star Party
Apr 21 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

AAAP 2018 Schedule of Observatory Star Parties have been posted on www.3ap.org to assist in scheduling. Please check back for start times and additional information. The start time vary with onset of darkness.

Mingo 2018 Star Party Dates: Apr 21; May 11 & 12; Jun 8 & 9; Jul 20 & 21; Aug 11 & 18; Sep 14 & 15; Oct 6 & 20; Nov 3

Wagman 2018 Star Party Dates: Apr 20 & 21; May 18 & 19; Jun 22 & 23; Jul 20 & 21; Aug 17 & 18; Sep 15 & 29; Oct 13 & 27; Nov 10

KD 11/06/2017

May
11
Fri
2018
AAAP Meeting
May 11 all-day
Rescheduled-Mingo Star Party
May 11 all-day

Mingo 2018 Star Party Dates: April 21, May 18 & 19, June 8 & 9, July 20 & 21, Aug 11 & 18, Sept 7 & 8, Oct 6 & 20, Nov 3 Note: 11/17/2017 Update

AAAP 2018 Schedule of Observatory Star Parties have been posted on www.3ap.org to assist in scheduling. Please check back for start times and additional information. The start time vary with onset of darkness.

Mingo 2018 Star Party Dates: Apr 21; May 11 & 12; Jun 8 & 9; Jul 20 & 21; Aug 11 & 18; Sep 14 & 15; Oct 6 & 20; Nov 3

Wagman 2018 Star Party Dates: Apr 20 & 21; May 18 & 19; Jun 22 & 23; Jul 20 & 21; Aug 17 & 18; Sep 15 & 29; Oct 13 & 27; Nov 10

KD 11/06/2017

May
12
Sat
2018
Rescheduled-Mingo Star Party
May 12 all-day

Mingo 2018 Star Party Dates: April 21, May 18 & 19, June 8 & 9, July 20 & 21, Aug 11 & 18, Sept 7 & 8, Oct 6 & 20, Nov 3 Note: 11/17/2017 Update

AAAP 2018 Schedule of Observatory Star Parties have been posted on www.3ap.org to assist in scheduling. Please check back for start times and additional information. The start time vary with onset of darkness.

Mingo 2018 Star Party Dates: Apr 21; May 11 & 12; Jun 8 & 9; Jul 20 & 21; Aug 11 & 18; Sep 14 & 15; Oct 6 & 20; Nov 3

Wagman 2018 Star Party Dates: Apr 20 & 21; May 18 & 19; Jun 22 & 23; Jul 20 & 21; Aug 17 & 18; Sep 15 & 29; Oct 13 & 27; Nov 10

KD 11/06/2017