Wagman Star Parties, July 20 and 21, 2018

Wagman Observatory July Star Parties are  Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21 at 8:45 PM EDT. This is an opportunity for amateur astronomers, students and the general public to observe the wonders of the summer sky such as Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars. Visitors will also be able to observe the Moon about one to two days after First Quarter, the Hercules cluster and the Ring Nebula.  See a region of space where stars are being born, catch a dazzling views of four bright planets, visit the craters of the moon and marvel at our Milky Way Galaxy’s finest clusters and nebulae.  It is all part of the show during the July Star Parties at Wagman Observatory sponsored by the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh.

The Nicholas E. Wagman Observatory is located in Deer Lakes Regional Park, Frazer Township, Pa., near the village of Russellton in northeastern Allegheny County and some 18 miles from Pittsburgh. Admission is free, though we gladly accept donations to cover the cost of operation. To reach Wagman Observatory, follow the Orange Belt (accessible from Routes 8 and 28) to Deer Lakes Park, near Russellton. Follow the road through the Park for 1.2 miles and turn left on to the Observatory grounds. Please use parking lights only when you drive through the gate. The Star Parties will be held weather permitting. For more information check out our web page at: www.3ap.org, AAAP’s Facebook or phone the observatory at 724-224-2510.

Laurel Hill (Scenic View) Star Party, July 14, 2018

The Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh will bring their popular family program to Laurel Hill State Park, Saturday, July 14, 2018,8:30 PM to 10:30 PM – Scenic View at Laurel Hill. Experience a guided tour of the sky! 8:30 PM astronomy presentation will lead the program of observing the heavens through the privately owned telescopes our members. Venus, Mars,  Jupiter, and Saturn may also be visible that night. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket, bug spray, and your curiosity. Please no smoking anywhere on the field (it harms the telescopes) and refrain from using flash lights or cell phones, and take care with headlights. The white light ruins night vision. Call park office for more information (814) 445-7725 or check park Facebook if weather looks bad. This is a FREE event. Members of the public are encouraged to bring their own telescopes. 

Location on Google Maps is under the old name of “Penn’s Scenic View.” Laurel Hill State Park Complex, 1454 Laurel Hill Park Road, Somerset, PA 15501 Phone: (814) 445-7725 . Subsequent to video filming the structures were painted state park brown.

International Dark Sky Assn.-Pittsburgh Chapter to be hosted by AAAP at Wagman Observatory, 6:30 PM, Thursday, June 7, 2018

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 at the Schenley Overlook

Urban Outreach Star Parties are at the Schenley Overlook unless otherwise noted.

All times are from 9PM-11PM.

May
Sunday 5/6 (Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower) [Rescheduled to Mon., 5/7, due to inclement weather.]
Monday 5/7 (Weather Makeup Date) 
Thursday 5/17
Sunday 5/20 (Weather Makeup Date)
Tuesday 5/29 (Emerald View)
Thursday 5/31 (Emerald View Makeup)

June
Sunday 6/10
Monday 6/11 (Makeup)
Tuesday 6/19
Thursday 6/21 (Makeup)
Friday 6/29 (Emerald View)
Saturday 6/30 (Emerald View Makeup)

July
Friday 7/13
Sunday 7/15 (Makeup)
Sunday 7/22
Monday 7/23 (Makeup)

August
Friday 8/3 (Emerald View)
Saturday 8/4 (Emerald View Makeup)
Saturday 8/11 (County Star Party – Boyce) – New Moon!
Tuesday 8/14
Thursday 8/16 (Makeup)
Friday 8/24
Saturday 8/25 (Makeup)
Tuesday 8/28 (Emerald View)
Thursday 8/30 (Emerald View Makeup)

September
Thursday 9/6
Monday 9/10 (Makeup)
Sunday 9/16
Tuesday 9/18 (Makeup)
Friday 9/30

October
Monday 10/1 (Makeup)
Thursday 10/4
(Emerald View)
Sunday 10/7 (Emerald View Makeup)
Friday 10/12
Sunday 10/14 (Makeup)
Sunday 10/21
Monday 10/22 (Makeup)

November
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.

 

AAAP 2018 Star Party Season Kicks-Off This Weekend

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.

AAAP Announces 2018 Scholarship in the amount of $1,000.00

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:

2018 Scholarship