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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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Jul
22
Sat
2017
Raystown Federal Park Star Party
Jul 22 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

More Info Coming Soon!

Raystown Federal Park is requesting a Star Party for Aug 19 2017. They provide a camp site for one night for anyone who wants to stay overnight. However you must contact Ranger Alicia Palmer, the parks contact, for reservation well in advance of the date.

Email: Alicia.E.Palmer@usace.army.mil
Phone: (814) 658-3405

Bill Moutz
01/30/17

Jul
23
Sun
2017
New Moon
Jul 23 all-day

July 23 – 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 09:46 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

Jul
28
Fri
2017
Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower
Jul 28 @ 12:00 am – 1:00 am

July 28-29 – Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower. The Delta Aquarids is an average shower that can produce up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by debris left behind by comets Marsden and Kracht. The shower runs annually from July 12 to August 23. It peaks this year on the night of July 28 and morning of July 29. The crescent moon will set by midnight leaving dark skies for what should be a good early morning show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Aquarius but can appear anywhere in the sky.

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

Wagman Star Party
Jul 28 @ 8:00 pm – Jul 29 @ 12:00 am

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

Jul
29
Sat
2017
Wagman Star Party
Jul 29 @ 8:00 pm – Jul 30 @ 12:00 am

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

Jul
30
Sun
2017
Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation
Jul 30 all-day

July 30 – Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation. The planet Mercury reaches greatest eastern elongation of 27.2 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

Aug
4
Fri
2017
Whitehall Library Star Party
Aug 4 @ 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Place: Whitehall Community Library
Contact: Denise Ignasky (Whitehall Library) – (412) 882-6622
Time: 9:00pm – Presentation will be held in the Library

Rain or Cloudy Makeup Date: August 16, 2017

Bring your binoculars if you have them. Many night sky objects can be seen through 10×50 binoculars. You just need to know where to look!

More Info:
http://wp.3ap.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Whitehall-Library-Star-Party-2017-08-04.pdf

-Tim Kelly

Aug
7
Mon
2017
Full Moon
Aug 7 all-day

August 7 – 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 18:11 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-2017.html

Partial Lunar Eclipse
Aug 7 all-day

August 7 – Partial Lunar Eclipse. A partial lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the Earth’s partial shadow (or penumbra) and only a portion of it passes through the darkest shadow (or umbra). During this type of eclipse a part of the Moon will darken as it moves through the Earth’s shadow. The eclipse will be visible throughout most of eastern Africa; central Asia; the Indian Ocean; and Australia.

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

Aug
11
Fri
2017
Mingo Star Party
Aug 11 @ 6:00 pm – Aug 12 @ 12:00 am

Moonset: 10:18 | Moonrise: 22:44
Sunset: 20:22

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

Aug
12
Sat
2017
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 waning gibbous moon will block out many of the fainter meteors this year but the Perseids are so bright and numerous that it should 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-2017.html

Solar Eclipse Presentation at Cooper-Siegel Community Library
Aug 12 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Presentation on the upcoming solar eclipse.

Contact Fred Klein for more info.
06/26/17

Mingo Star Party
Aug 12 @ 6:00 pm – Aug 13 @ 12:00 am

Moonset: 11:22 | Moonrise: 23:17
Sunset: 20:20

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

Moraine State Park Star Party
Aug 12 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Contact Bill Moutz for details

Aug
17
Thu
2017
Jefferson Hills/Pleasant Hills Libraries Joint Star Party
Aug 17 @ 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Place: Jefferson Hills Library Front Parking Lot
Contact: Darcy Vegallito (Pleasant Hills Library) – (412) 655-2424
Contact: Ann Settle (Jefferson Hills Library) – (412) 655-7741
Time 9:00pm – Presentation will be held in the Jefferson Hills Library

Rain or Cloudy Makeup Date: August 23, 2017

Bring your binoculars if you have them. Many night sky objects can be seen through 10×50 binoculars. You just need to know where to look!

More Info:
http://wp.3ap.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Pleasant-Hills-Jefferson-Hills-Library-Star-Party-2017-08-17.pdf

-Tim Kelly

Aug
21
Mon
2017
New Moon
Aug 21 all-day

August 21 – 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 18:30 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

Total Solar Eclipse
Aug 21 all-day

August 21 – Total Solar Eclipse. A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon completely blocks the Sun revealing the Sun’s beautiful outer atmosphere known as the corona. This is a rare once-in-a-lifetime event for viewers in the United States. The last total solar eclipse visible in the continental United States occurred in 1979 and the next one will not take place until 2024. The path of totality will begin in the Pacific Ocean and travel through the center of the United States. The total eclipse will be visible in parts of Oregon; Idaho; Wyoming; Nebraska; Missouri; Kentucky; Tennessee; North Carolina; and South Carolina before ending in the Atlantic Ocean. A partial eclipse will be visible in most of North America and parts of northern South America.

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

More Info: http://www.eclipse2017.org/eclipse2017_main

Aug
25
Fri
2017
Wagman Star Party
Aug 25 @ 8:00 pm – Aug 26 @ 12:00 am

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

Aug
26
Sat
2017
Wagman Star Party
Aug 26 @ 8:00 pm – Aug 27 @ 12:00 am

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

Sep
5
Tue
2017
Neptune at Opposition
Sep 5 all-day

September 5 – 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-2017.html