AAAP Mingo Star Party and Wagman Star Party On Both Friday, May 22 and Saturday, May 23, 2015

9 PM SW May 23, 2015 Jupiter above the Moon, Venus to the right. Stellarium.org Screen Capture

9 PM SW May 23, 2015 Jupiter above the Moon, Venus to the right. Stellarium.org Screen Capture

The May Wagman Star Parties and the May Mingo Star Parties will be on May 22 and 23, 2015. Arrive early to see the evening planets. Please plan on sticking around for the darkening of the sky when dimmer objects brighten. The  Stellarium screen capture depicts Read more

AAAP May Monthly Meeting, 7:30 PM Friday, May 8, 2015 Carnegie Science Center, Bayer Science Stage

 The May 8, 2015 AAAP  monthly meeting will feature Dr. James LoPresto, Phd. presenting “Solar Polar Vortex Studies and What Appears To Be An Upcoming Maunder Minimum”. Currently, he is Professor of Physics/Astronomy at Edinboro University.  The Annual Election of Officers will be held Read more

AAAP April Monthly Meeting, 7:30 PM Friday, April 10, 2015 Carnegie Science Center, Bayer Science Stage

The April 10, 2015 monthly meeting will feature, AAAP’s own Dr. Ken Cole’s presentation, “Making A New Atlas of Mars,” a different top-down look at the Red Planet. Here is Ken’s lecture synopsis: Read more

AAAP Mingo Star Party and Wagman Star Party On Both Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25, 2015

See Jupiter near to the Moon in Cancer, with bright stars and planet Venus all in view.

Looking West at 9 PM, April 25, 2015. Stellarium Screen Capture

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

AAAP 2015 Star Party Season Kick-off At Both Wagman and Mingo Observtories, March 27 and 28, 2015 and Earth Hour, March 28, 2015, 8:30 – 9:30 PM

Tonight – March 28, 2015 – the waxing gibbous moon isn’t far from the very bright planet Jupiter on the sky’s dome. If you look carefully, you should also see the Gemini stars Castor and Pollux – noticeable for their brightness and nearness to each other – near the moon and Jupiter. Another bright star, Procyon, is also nearby. Just remember, Jupiter easily outshines all these stars. It’s the brightest object in the moon’s vicinity tonight.

Tonight – March 28, 2015 – the waxing gibbous moon isn’t far from the very bright planet Jupiter on the sky’s dome. If you look carefully, you should also see the Gemini stars Castor and Pollux – noticeable for their brightness and nearness to each other – near the moon and Jupiter. Another bright star, Procyon, is also nearby. Just remember, Jupiter easily outshines all these stars. It’s the brightest object in the moon’s vicinity tonight.

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

Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh 2015 Star Party Schedule

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.

Date Mingo      Wagman
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

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