Wagman Observatory Star Party – Saturday September 15th at 7:30pm

Come see the planets Saturn, Venus, Jupiter, Mars and the Six Day Old Moon. It’s all part of the show during the September Star Party sponsored by the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh.

Observe the Hercules Cluster, the Ring Nebula and the Andromeda Galaxy. This event is scheduled for Saturday, September 15 starting about 7:30 PM EDT.

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Wagman Mars Star Parties July 27 & 28, 2018, 8:45 PM

In honor of Mars making its closest approach since 2003  Mars Star Parties at Wagman Observatory have been added to the AAAP Star Party Schedule on Friday and Saturday, July 27 and 28, 2018, 8:45 PM. The Mars  2018 close approach inspires us to offer a special opportunity to see features of the Martian surface such as light and dark areas, streaks and lines. We are hoping the clouds on both planets cooperate. Just as we have had a rainy/cloudy summer here, a massive dust storm has broken out on Mars. We look forward to clear skies and seeing you and Mars at Wagman Observatory, 225 Kurn Rd, Tarentum, PA 15084 – Phone: (724) 224-2510, June 27 and 28, 8:45 PM. Free and open to the public. Donations greatly appreciated.

Note: Mars 2018 opposition occurs on July 27. Mars will reach its closest approach to Earth at 3:50 a.m. EDT (0750 GMT) on July 31. The Red Planet will also be at its brightest since 2003, when Mars made its closest approach to Earth in almost 60,000 years. Mars at its 2018 opposition will be 35.8 million miles (57.6 million km) away and will have nearly doubled in brightness since June 26. These close approaches occur on a 26 month cycle. Currently, Mars is brighter than it has been in 15 years!

Star Parties at BOTH Wagman and Mingo Observatories on July 20 & 21, 2018

This weekend, July 20th and 21st, there’s a double bonus of FOUR star parties to pick from (two each at Mingo and Wagman Observatories). For all of the details and to check out the public service announcements click on the links below…

Mingo Creek Park Observatory (Washington Co)
Times: 6:30PM Safe Solar Observing; 9:00PM Night Sky Observing

Nicholas E. Wagman Observatory (Allegheny Co)
Times: 8:45PM Night Sky Observing

Wagman Observatory Star Parties on July 20th & 21st

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’s all part of the show during July Star Parties sponsored by the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh. .

The Star Parties start Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21 at 8:45 PM EDT at the Nicholas E. Wagman Observatory in Deer Lakes Regional Park, Frazer Township, Pa., near the village of Russellton, in northeastern Allegheny County and some 18 miles from Pittsburgh.

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Pittsburgh Chapter of International Dark Sky Association Meeting at Wagman Observatory on Thursday June 7th

The Pittsburgh Chapter of the International Dark Sky Association’s next meeting will be hosted by AAAP at Wagman Observatory on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 6:30PM. 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. For additional information, please visit the Facebook Event Details page.

AAAP Observatory Star Parties, May 18 and 19, 2018

The Saturday, May 19, 2018 Star Parties at both Wagman and Mingo Observatories are cancelled due to inclement weather.

The Friday, May 18, 2018 Star Party at Wagman Observatory is cancelled due to inclement weather.

AAAP invites the public to enjoy the spring skies and astronomy outreach this weekend at both the Wagman (8:45 PM)  and Mingo (6:30 PM) Observatories on both Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19, nights. Enjoy the planet Jupiter and the Moon half a week past Full. Learn the constellations and bright stars. See distant nebula. View through the large observatory fixed telescopes and through the telescopes and big binoculars of our member volunteers on the the hill. Engage in stimulating discussion of astronomy topics. Learn about telescopes and astronomical observing. These events are free and open to the public. Donations to support continued outreach is appreciated. Check back here  and on AAAP’s Facebook for updates including inclement weather and ground conditions. If in doubt, please call the observatory phone numbers listed below.

Wagman Observatory, 225 Kurn Road, Tarentum, PA 15084  Phone 724-224-2510, Latitude 40.627 degrees N, Longitude 79.813 degrees W .

Mingo Creek Park Observatory, 1 Shelter 10 Road, Finleyville, PA  15332 Phone 724-348-6150, Latitude 40.211 degrees, Longitude -80.020 degrees Declination -9 degrees.