Astronomy Weekend at Carnegie Science Center, March 10 & 11, 2018

AAAP kicks off Astronomy Weekend with the Friday, March 9, 2018 AAAP meeting at the Carnegie Science Center, followed by AAAP member volunteers sharing telescopes, table displays and hands-on activities in the Lobby and entrances Saturday and Sunday, March 10 and 11 as the Carnegie Science Center celebrates Space Out! Astronomy Weekend. Astronomy weekend at the science center showcases the astronomy that happens at the Science Center, as well as the latest astronomical news, tools and hands-on activities visitors can experience throughout the year. This event is “free with the cost of admission.” See the Carnegie Science Center website for more information. AAAP volunteers will be happy to answer questions about astronomy, telescopes, our club and more.  AAAP volunteers can see the AAAP’s Guide Star newsletter for details on how to volunteer for this event and on the members email list. The public will find updates on both the Carnegie Science Center Facebook and on AAAP’s Facebook, too.  The AAAP meeting on Friday is free and open to the public.  There is $5 Parking Lot Fee at the Science Center.

Links to NASA’s Lunar Eclipse & Super Blue Blood Moon Broadcast

NASA Lunar Eclipse & Super Blue Blood Moon Broadcast  

AAAP Meeting, February 9, 2018, “Solarquest – Living with Our Star”

 

We wish to extend a warm invitation first to AAAP members and guests, AAAP Facebook Fans, Wagman Star Party Fans, Mingo Star Party Fans, etc.!

Update:  Due to clouds there is no Rooftop Stargazing. Please join us at 7:30 pm for the Solarquest Presentation and guest speaker from DCNR’s Laurel Hill Complex, Kim Peck on astronomy opportunies at Laurel Hill, Laurel Mountain and Kooser.

We will try again for a pre-meeting Meet and Greet with Roof Star Gazing (weather-permitting) at 6:30 PM at the Carnegie Science Center Rooftop Observatory, 1 Allegheny Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Dress to enjoy the fresh air. Enter through the Main Entrance.The meeting starts at 7:30 PM at the 1st Floor Science Stage. AAAP members remain for the business meeting after the lecture. Download the meeting flyer here or https://tinyurl.com/AAAPFeb9-2018 .

Blast into orbit around the Earth with NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, our latest, greatest satellite for exploring the Sun! In this show, embark on a SolarQuest—a quest to learn about our star, the Sun! Learn how the Sun works, how we study it with our satellites, and how the Sun interacts with the Earth and makes life possible.

Mike Hennessy, Carnegie Science Center’s Buhl Planetarium and Digital Media Manager will present on behalf of Carnegie Science Center, SolarQuest: Living with Our Star, a production jointly produced with Goddard Space Flight Center. Demonstrations and NASA videos make this lively and engaging production one not to miss!

Special Directions Due to Feb. 9 Over 21 Night
1. Use Main Front Entrance 2. Follow planetarium staff to elevator for Rooftop Star Gazing or to the Science Stage for the Main Meet-ing. Minors are not permitted in Over 21 Night. 3. $5 Parking Fee by Credit Card only at Parking Lot Exit Gate or the Main Lobby kiosk .

Rooftop Star Gazing Meet and Greet/Lecture, Free and Open to the Public. $5 Parking Fee by Credit Card. Updates on our website at www.3ap.org, on AAAP Facebook and https://tinyurl.com/AAAPFeb9-2018 .

January 5, 2018 AAAP Meeting, Space Weather and Astro Access, Anna Voelker

We wish to extend a warm invitation to university students on break as well as all AAAP members, guests, AAAP Facebook Fans, Wagman Star Party Fans, Mingo Star Party Fans, etc.! There will be a pre-meeting Meet and Greet in the Planetarium Lobby and inside the Planetarium Theater.  The informal show will allow guests to wander into and out of the performance. Roof Star Gazing  will be available, weather-permitting. All this at 6:30 PM  before the 7:30 PM meeting at the Carnegie Science Center Planetarium-Rooftop Observatory, 1 Allegheny Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Dress to enjoy the fresh air. A warm alternative to the rooftop will be available inside of the planetarium and in the planetarium lobby. The meeting starts at 7:30 PM in the Planetarium. AAAP members remain for the business meeting after the lecture.

Astro Access will be an fascinating lecture on both Space Weather and Astronomy Outreach to the Non-Visual and Autistic Learners  by Anna Voelker, whom some of you may know from Pittsburgh and from her TED talks. Anna Voelker, NASA Space Weather Forecaster and Science Educator specializing in astronomy accessibility, uses 3D printing and theatre games to better the reach of science to children who are blind or on the autism spectrum. Anna’s outreach has spanned Allegheny Observatory, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Space Telescope Science Institute, Center of Science and Industry (COSI), and most recently the NASA Kennedy Space Center. Look forward to a lively and fascinating talk about space weather and how astronomy can be accessible and engaging for all. Anna will share videographic data of solar activity and explain its interpretation and implications here on Earth as well as in Space. As part of Anna’s examples of using non-visual means in astronomy outreach there will be a demonstration of a 3D printer courtesy of the Carnegie Scinece Center Fab Lab.  The 3D printer will be tasked to make a tactile globe of the night sky constellations.

Rooftop Star Gazing Meet and Greet/Lecture, Free and Open to the Public. $5 Parking Fee by Credit Card only at Parking Lot Exit Gate, only. Please refer to the event flyer.

Special Directions Due to Carnegie Science Center Public Construction Closure:  1. Use Lower Level Front Entrance (far left of Service Entrance). 2. Follow planetarium staff to Rangos Elevator, Planetarium, Rooftop. 3. Parking Fee by Credit Card only at Parking Lot Exit Gate. Main Entrance Lobby and Parking Kiosk are closed.

Updates on our website at www.3ap.org, on Facebook and Event Flyer Download Link: ( https://tinyurl.com/Jan5AAAP ) .

Next Meeting: February 9, 2018, Carnegie Science Planetarium, Program: Annual Planetarium Sky Show. Please check back for details.

Ursid Meteor Shower and December Solstice

Tonight begins the peak of the annual Ursid Meteor Shower, the spectacular event, caused by dust particles left behind by Comet 8P/Tuttle.  It always peaks near the time of the December Solstice (Winter Solstice) which in Pittsburgh happens today Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 11:27 AM. Experts are calling for the Ursids to peak on the night of the solstice itself, tonight December 21 this year. Best viewing is suggested to be on the morning (tomorrow) of December 22. The waxing crescent moon will set in the evening, providing moon-free viewing for the rest of the night. This shower favors more northerly latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere. The expected rate per hour is 5-10 meteors, but bursts of 100 or more meteors per hour have been observed at times, over the past century. Remember as in watching any meteor shower allow a minimum of 15-20 minutes to allow your eyes to become dark accommodated and try to locate your viewing under clear and dark skies!

Annual Muzzleloader and Archery Hunting at Mingo Park December 26, 2017 through January 13, 2018

Mingo Creek Park will be open for Muzzleloader and Archery Hunting from Dec 26, 2017 through Jan 13, 2018. Often our star party guests equate open gates with a star party.  This time of year that is not true.  Beginning Friday, Dec 22 the Park Staff will leave all park gates (including Shelter 10 gate) open for the duration of the time hunting is permitted. Please avail yourself of hunting season safety considerations such as described here and here.  Members and their invited guests who may visit the Mingo Observatory hill be reminded of the hunting activity even into twilight.