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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’.

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

Bethel Park Community Center Star Party
Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Presentation at 7:15pm, sky viewing to follow

Please Note: This event will take place in Millennium Park

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

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

Exact times and locations are still TBD

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

Oct
5
Sat
2019
Wagman Star Party
Oct 5 @ 7:00 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/

Oct
8
Tue
2019
Draconids Meteor Shower
Oct 8 all-day

October 8 – 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 8th. The first quarter moon will set shortly after midnight leaving fairly dark skies for observing. 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-2019.html

Oct
11
Fri
2019
Baldwin Borough Public Library Star Party
Oct 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Presentation at 6:30pm, sky viewing to follow

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

Oct
13
Sun
2019
Full Moon
Oct 13 all-day

October 13 – 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 21:09 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.

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

Oct
18
Fri
2019
Hillman State Park Star Party
Oct 18 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

6:45pm – Presentation "Star Life"
7:15pm – Sky Viewing
Notes: There will be no moon that night, but 4 planets will be visible as well as many deep sky objects. The event takes place at the model airplane field. This is on top of a hill with
clear viewing in all directions.

Information for 3AP Volunteers: Those with scopes can drive onto the runway to setup.

Directions to Hillman SP's Radio Control Airport/Airfield:

From the North (Beaver)

Take PA-18 south
Turn Left at Light in Florence onto Steubenville Pike Continue 1.5 miles on Steubenville Pike Turn Left on Haul Road Continue 1.7 miles on Haul Road (Gravel and Asphalt Road) Turn Right on Kramer Road (Gravel Road) Continue 0.7 miles on Kramer Road and turn left into entrance of Hillman State Park's Model Airfield Follow gravel road to airfield at top of hill.

**Please note that once you enter Hillman State Park, follow signage for Radio Control Model Airport to find Hillman State Park's Model Airfield.

From the South (Burgettstown and Washington)

Take PA-18 north
Turn Right at Light in Florence onto Steubenville Pike Continue 1.5 miles on Steubenville Pike Turn Left on Haul Road Continue 1.7 miles on Haul Road (Gravel and Asphalt Road) Turn Right on Kramer Road (Gravel Road) Continue 0.7 miles on Kramer Road and turn left into entrance of Hillman State Park's Model Airfield Follow gravel road to airfield at top of hill.

**Please note that once you enter Hillman State Park, follow signage for Radio Control Model Airport to find Hillman State Park's Model Airfield.

From East (Pittsburgh)

Take US-22 West
Take the PA-18 exit for Florence/Burgettstown Turn Left at Light onto PA-18 North Turn Right at Light onto Steubenville Pike Continue 1.5 miles on Steubenville Pike Turn Left on Haul Road Continue 1.7 miles on Haul Road (Gravel and Asphalt Road) Turn Right on Kramer Road (Gravel Road) Continue 0.7 miles on Kramer Road and turn left into entrance of Hillman State Park's Model Airfield Follow gravel road to airfield at top of hill.

**Please note that once you enter Hillman State Park, follow signage for Radio Control Model Airport to find Hillman State Park's Model Airfield.

From West (Weirton and Steubenville)

Take US-22 East
Take the PA-18 exit for Florence/Burgettstown Turn Left onto PA-18 North Turn Right at Light onto Steubenville Pike Continue 1.5 miles on Steubenville Pike Turn Left on Haul Road Continue 1.7 miles on Haul Road (Gravel and Asphalt Road) Turn Right on Kramer Road (Gravel Road) Continue 0.7 miles on Kramer Road and turn left into entrance of Hillman State Park's Model Airfield Follow gravel road to airfield at top of hill.

**Please note that once you enter Hillman State Park, follow signage for Radio Control Model Airport to find Hillman State Park's Model Airfield.

Oct
19
Sat
2019
Wagman Star Party
Oct 19 @ 6:45 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/

Oct
20
Sun
2019
Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation
Oct 20 all-day

October 20 – Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation. The planet Mercury reaches greatest eastern elongation of 24.6 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-2019.html

Oct
21
Mon
2019
Orionids Meteor Shower
Oct 21 – Oct 22 all-day

October 21-22 – Orionids Meteor Shower. The Orionids is an average shower producing up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by dust grains left behind by comet Halley which has been known and observed since ancient times. The shower runs annually from October 2 to November 7. It peaks this year on the night of October 21 and the morning of October 22. The second quarter moon will block some of the fainter meteors this year but the Orionids tend to be fairly bright so it could still be a good show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Orion but can appear anywhere in the sky.

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

Oct
25
Fri
2019
Mingo Star Party
Oct 25 @ 6:30 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/

Oct
26
Sat
2019
Mingo Star Party
Oct 26 @ 6:30 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/

Oct
27
Sun
2019
Uranus at Opposition
Oct 27 all-day

October 27 – Uranus at Opposition. The blue-green 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 Uranus. Due to its distance it will only appear as a tiny blue-green dot in all but the most powerful telescopes.

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

Oct
28
Mon
2019
New Moon
Oct 28 all-day

October 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 03:39 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

Nov
2
Sat
2019
Wagman Star Party
Nov 2 @ 6:15 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/