The April Wagman Star Parties and the April Mingo Star Parties will be on April 24 and 25, 2015. They should be especially starry nights falling at the end of the Lyrid Meteor Shower. Please plan on sticking around for the darkening of the sky when meteors are more visible to see the best ones. The Stellarium screen capture depicts Read more
Friday, March 27, 2015, 4:00 PM Update
The Wagman Observatory Star Party scheduled for Friday, March 27, 2015 is CANCELLED due to conditions.
The Mingo Observatory Star Party is ON. Mingo planetarium can operate regardless of sky conditions. Be aware Read more
The Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh is pleased to invite you to the Wagman Observatory and to the Mingo Creek County Park Observatory for 2015 Star Party Season.
|March 27, 28||Yes Yes|
|April 24, 25||Yes Yes|
|May 22, 23||Yes Yes|
|June 19, 20||Yes Yes|
|July 24, 25||Yes Yes|
|Aug 14, 15||10th Anniversary||No star party|
|Aug 21, 22||No star party||Yes|
|Sep 5 Dark Sky (late moonrise)||Yes Yes|
|Sep 19||Yes Yes|
|Sep 27 Lunar Eclipse (Sunday night)||Yes Yes|
|Oct 3 Dark Sky (late moonrise)||Yes Yes|
|Oct 17||Yes Yes|
|Nov 7||No star party||Mid-Autumn Star Party|
|Nov 14||Bundle-up Star Party||No star party|
Cancelled due to weather.
See large clusters of stars, beautiful colored double stars, visit the craters of the moon and view the planets Uranus and Neptune. It’s all part of the show during Mid-Autumn November Star Party sponsored by the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh. It’s the last scheduled public event for 2014 at Wagman Observatory. Read more
The AAAP shared the eclipse at Wagman Observatory and at various locations around the Greater Ptttsburgh Region and beyond. From Wagman Observatory for the eclipse member Matt Jones made this 10 frames per second time lapse video you may enjoy.
As skies darken, bright planets Mars and Saturn appear. After the Sun sets see the dark sky yield views of “hard to spot” objects, followed by the stunning sight of Moonrise. AAAP opens both Wagman and Mingo Observatories to the public Saturday October 11, 2014 for Moonrise Star Parties. Observe the autumn skies and watch the Gibbous Moon rise at 9:14 PM, EDT. Marvel at the wonders of the universe using the telescopes inside AAAP observatories and the member telescopes stationed outside. Read more