The Pittsburgh Chapter of the International Dark Sky Association will hold a meeting on Thursday, June 7 at 6:30 pm at Wagman Observatory. We’re hoping to discuss new streetlights and strategies for darker skies. Invite friends! Bring portable chairs, if you like. The Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh supports dark skies and light pollution outreach.
Urban Outreach Star Parties are at the Schenley Overlook unless otherwise noted.
All times are from 9PM-11PM.
Sunday 5/6 (Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower) [Rescheduled to Mon., 5/7, due to inclement weather.]
Monday 5/7 (Weather Makeup Date)
Sunday 5/20 (Weather Makeup Date)
Tuesday 5/29 (Emerald View)
Thursday 5/31 (Emerald View Makeup)
Monday 6/11 (Makeup)
Thursday 6/21 (Makeup)
Friday 6/29 (Emerald View)
Saturday 6/30 (Emerald View Makeup)
Sunday 7/15 (Makeup)
Monday 7/23 (Makeup)
Friday 8/3 (Emerald View)
Saturday 8/4 (Emerald View Makeup)
Saturday 8/11 (County Star Party – Boyce) – New Moon!
Thursday 8/16 (Makeup)
Saturday 8/25 (Makeup)
Tuesday 8/28 (Emerald View)
Thursday 8/30 (Emerald View Makeup)
Monday 9/10 (Makeup)
Tuesday 9/18 (Makeup)
Monday 10/1 (Makeup)
Sunday 10/7 (Emerald View Makeup)
Sunday 10/14 (Makeup)
Monday 10/22 (Makeup)
11/1 (Emerald View – No Makeup Date)
If you would like help learning how to set-up and use your own telescope or binoculars, please feel free to bring them and arrive an hour early. AAAP telescope volunteers will share views through their telescopes.
This free event is being run by the Pittsburgh City Park Rangers. Park ordinances are enforced at all times. All ages event. Leashed dogs are permissible but must be under the direct control of their owners, and must remain a minimum of 10 feet away from the telescope at all times.
The Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh kicks-off its 2018 Star Party Season this weekend with the added “fireworks” of the Lyrid Meteor Shower and the weather looks good to very good all weekend! Wagman Observatory will have a star party on both Friday and Saturday starting at 8:05 PM. Mingo Observatory will open on Saturday at 6:00 PM for Safe Solar Viewing. Also on Saturday during the day, there will be AAAP telescope viewing and astronomy activities at the Westmoreland Earth Day, 1-6 PM, Winnie Palmer Nature Center, Latrobe, PA. On Sunday, AAAP will be at the Mt. Lebanon Earth Day (SUNDAY, 22nd APRIL 2018,11am – 3pm, MT LEBANON PARK, 900 Cedar Blvd, Mt. Lebanon, PA15228) offering telescope safe solar viewing and astronomy activities. At Laurel Hill State Park the Earth Day Celebration starts early at 9AM, Saturday, at the Visitor Center.
During the daytime events, enjoy safe solar viewing and astronomy activities. Night sky observing begins at dusk. Look for Lyrid Meteors when the sky darkens. These meteors will be best seen before dawn on Saturday and Sunday mornings. See the planet Venus. View the Waxing Crescent Moon. Catch a last glimpse of the Orion nebula and other wonders of the Spring sky such as the galaxies in the Coma-Virgo Cluster, planetary nebulae and star clusters. These events are free and open to the public. Star party donations are appreciated. Be sure to obtain our 2018 Star Party Schedule, printed copies at our events and downloads on our website. Contact AAAP via Facebook or our website calendar for more updates and more information.
The Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh announces the award of a scholarship in the amount $1,000.00.*
Objective: To promote and encourage the profession of astronomy. Must be enrolled and accepted to study astronomy, physics, or mathematics.
This scholarship is limited to seniors presently enrolled in High Schools located in either Allegheny or Washington Counties of Pennsylvania.
Deadline for submission: Postmarked by April 1, 2018 – Award will be announced and winner notified by May 1, 2018.
*This fund, administered by the AAAP, was initially made possible through the donation of an anonymous benefactor.
Additional information and application form can be found here: