Jaw-dropping near conjunction of Jupiter and Venus in June, espceially in late June and into early July.  June 30 and July 1 it will be especially dramatic.

Come out to the Wagman Star Parties and the Mingo Star Parties June 20 and June 21 to see the King and Queen of Planets in the gathering darkness from AAAP’s observtory hills.  Stay as the sky darkens and more stars come out and enjoy views through the observatory telecsopes and through member telecsopes. For more information on the weekend star parties : Wagman and Mingo June 20 and 21, 2015 Star Parties Meanwhile, and into early July, step outside  in gathering dusk , look west and see one of nature’s spectacular sky shows!

 

 

Jupiter and Venus, 3 Degree Conjunction, July 1, 2015, Stellarium Screen Capture

Jupiter and Venus, 3 Degree Conjunction, July 1, 2015, Stellarium Screen Capture

“At present, the planets Venus and Jupiter are both heading eastward (upward) along the ecliptic, toward the star Regulus. You might think Jupiter should get to Regulus first, since the king planet lodges so much closer to Regulus, the only 1st-magnitude star to sit almost squarely on the ecliptic. However, the closer that a planet resides to the sun, the faster that the planet travels in its smaller orbit. Venus, the second planet outward from the sun, races along at 35 kilometers per second whereas Jupiter, the fifth planet outward, plods along at 13 kilometers per second.

But that’s not all. Jupiter’s orbital path is a solid seven times longer than that traveled by Venus. For that reason, Venus will zoom toward Regulus day by day, whereas Jupiter will travel at a snail’s pace.”  From Bruce McClure, Earth-Sky Tonight

 

 

Sunspot 2371

Sunspot 2371

Update:

Wednesday

Aurora Possible Wednesday evening:

The coronal mass ejection that erupted June 22 in conjunction with the R2 solar flare has been modeled and arrival is expected June 24 at 2300 UT

 

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If you experienced electrial interruption Tuesday it might have been Sunspot AR2371 . AR2371 has a ‘beta-gamma-delta’ magnetic field that harbors energy for X-class solar flares. June 22 and 23 there have been highly energetic Coronal Mass Ejections (CME’s) spewing particles and energy outward.

The effects can include power outages, radio and cell phone disruptions, and aurora.

Sunspots, areas of increased turbulence, appear as dark areas on the surface of the Sun because the material cools as the gases are whipped away from the Sun’s surface. A sunspot is related to a CME or Coronal Mass Ejection in that Sunspots often produce CME’s, which involve the ejection of highly energetic material away from the Sun’s surface.  Some CME’s occur independent of sunspots.

Never look directly at the Sun and worse never point a telescope or binoculars at the Sun. Permanent eye damage can result from looking at the sun even once. There are special filters that allow safe solar viewing when used properly.  Both Wagman and Mingo Observatories have telescopes especially equipped for solar observing and offer public observing of the sun prior to regularly scheduled star parties conditions permitting,

This active sunspot, an “Active Region” (AR), called AR2371 and it has produced powerful CME’s in the last two days making it a possibility for the Pittsburgh Area to see aurora.

To optimize your chances of seeing aurora,  find a dark location.  Look north, in the area of the North Star (Polaris), the last star in the handle of the Little Dipper.  Use the Pointer Stars in the Big Dipper to find Polaris. Give your eyes a chance to adjust to the darkness and look for light in the Northern Sky. It may be colored or not.  Often it is green. Often waiting until after the 11PM news concludes and folks turn out the household lights darkens the sky yields better results.

Good Luck!

Keep up to date with more information on the  AAAP Facebook Page  and visit AAAP’s July 24 and 25 Star Parties, at Wagman and Mingo Observatories..  AAAP Monthly Meeting s resume in September.

Sunspot AR2371

 

Joint USAF/NOAA Solar Geophysical Activity Report and Forecast SDF Number 172 Issued at 2200Z on 22 Jun 2015

Joint USAF/NOAA Solar Geophysical Activity Report and Forecast
SDF Number 172 Issued at 2200Z on 22 Jun 2015

 

 

 

Please join the Amateur Astreonomers Association of Pittsburgh on Friday and Saturday, June 19 and 20, 2015 at the Wagman Observatory and the Mingo Observatory as we open our buildings and grounds to the the public for June Star Parties. Please check here for updates as announced. Events are conditions permitting.

Note from Wagman Observatory, 4PM, Friday June 19, 2015:

Tonight’s Star Party at Wagman Observatory is cancelled.  Cloud cover goes all the way back to Illinois and radar shows rain moving this way through Indiana and Ohio.  I’ll wait until tomorrow to decide what to do for that SP.
 
Tom

Note:  Mingo Observatory will be in operation using the Haddad Planetarium regardless of the cloud cover.  However, if attendance is lacking the facility may close earlier.  Mingo Phone:  724-348-6150 .

Planets Jupiter and Venus will be at close conjunction. Don’t miss the jaw dropiing encouter through late June and early July. More information:Jaw-dropping Jupiter – Venus Encounter

9:30 PM the Western sky will reveal planets Jupiter and Venus above the setting Moon, all in Cancer. The Moon itself 3 or 4 nights after New Moon,  will be but a slim cresent, with 12 % illumination. To the South, Saturn will hang low in the sky, in Libra.  Stellarium screen capture.

Stellarium61915930PM SW

 

Wagman Observatory

225 Kurn Road Tarentum, PA 15084 ~ 724-224-2510 ~ Latitude 40.627 degrees Longitude -79.813 degrees

Wagman Star Parties start Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20 at 8:55 p.m. 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.

Wagman Observatory ISS an Iridium Flare Times as they become available: http://www.heavens-above.com/?lat=40.626&lng=-79.82925&alt=100&loc=Nicholas+E.+Wagman+Observatory&TZ=EST

No ISS Visible Pass for Wagman on Friday. one on Saturday at 21:58:54/

ISS – Visible Passes
20 Jun -1.3 21:54:01 10° W 21:56:30 20° SW 21:58:54 10° S visible

 

Wagman Observatory Iridium Flares for June 19 and 20, 2015, including morning and evening flares.
Jun 19, 03:01:18 -7.8 39° 146° (SSE) Iridium 54 2 km (W) -7.9 -22°
Jun 19, 04:38:29 -1.3 29° 103° (ESE) Iridium 77 49 km (W) -7.0 -11°
Jun 19, 21:35:22 -5.6 18° 342° (NNW) Iridium 47 9 km (W) -5.8 -7°
Jun 19, 22:36:10 0.2 11° 285° (WNW) Iridium 76 237 km (E) -5.5 -15°
Jun 19, 23:42:55 -4.6 30° 239° (WSW) Iridium 60 15 km (W) -7.4 -22°
Jun 20, 02:55:12 -3.4 39° 148° (SSE) Iridium 83 15 km (E) -7.9 -22°
Jun 20, 04:32:22 -3.4 28° 104° (ESE) Iridium 82 24 km (E) -6.9 -12°
Jun 20, 21:29:07 -5.2 19° 342° (NNW) Iridium 11 11 km (W) -5.9 -6°
Jun 20, 23:36:53 -7.2 31° 240° (WSW) Iridium 45 10 km (E) -7.4 -22°

Mingo Observatory

1 Shelter 10 Road Finleyville, PA 15332 ~ 724-348-6150 ~  This address does not lend to mapping.  Please use the GPS Coordinates. GPS coordinates are Latitude 40*:12′:42″ Longitude 80*:01′:14″ or Latitude 40.211degrees, Longitude -80.020 degrees. Declination -9 degrees.  For directions and information about the Mingo Observatory visit:  https://wp.me/P46Qqk-18 .

Mingo Observatory will open Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20  for solar viewing and evening star party.  View the Sun early with our 4″ Lunt Solar Telescope and then see wonders of the night sky through our 24 inch Ritchey-Chretien Reflector and 10 inch Refractor telescopes, sky conditions permitting.

Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20, 2015 Mingo Observatory will open at 5:30 PM for Solar Observing and at 7:00 PM for viewing  the Evening Sky. Open Rain or shine, cloudy or clear! 

Planetarium Schedule: 7:00 PM: Sky Show, 8:00 PM: Program: How Astronomers Determine Time,  Ken Kobus 9:00 PM: Sky Show, 10:00 PM: Program How Astronomers Determine Time, Ken Kobus.

Mingo Observatory ISS an Iridium Flare Times as they become available:  http://www.heavens-above.com/?lat=40.211&lng=-80.019&loc=Mingo+Creek+Park+Observatory&alt=0&tz=EST

ISS – Visible Passes
Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
19 Jun -0.7 22:49:08 10° WSW 22:49:54 11° SW 22:50:25 10° SW visible
20 Jun -1.4 21:54:00 10° W 21:56:33 21° SW 21:59:02 10° S visible

 

Mingo  Observatory Iridium Flares for June 19 and 20, 2015, including morning and evening flares.
http://www.heavens-above.com/IridiumFlares.aspx?lat=40.211&lng=-80.019&loc=Mingo+Creek+Park+Observatory&alt=0&tz=EST
Jun 19, 03:01:08 -4.2 38° 146° (SE) Iridium 54 12 km (E) -7.8 -22° 
Jun 19, 04:38:20 -2.7 29° 103° (ESE) Iridium 77 33 km (W) -6.9 -12° 
Jun 19, 21:35:15 -5.8 18° 342° (NNW) Iridium 47 2 km (W) -5.8 -7° 
Jun 19, 22:36:01 0.4 11° 284° (WNW) Iridium 76 255 km (E) -5.5 -16° 
Jun 19, 23:42:47 -7.3 30° 239° (WSW) Iridium 60 5 km (E) -7.4 -22° 
Jun 20, 04:32:13 -1.8 27° 104° (ESE) Iridium 82 41 km (E) -6.9 -12° 
Jun 20, 21:29:00 -5.8 19° 342° (NNW) Iridium 11 4 km (W) -5.9 -6° 
Jun 20, 23:36:45 -3.0 31° 239° (WSW) Iridium 45 30 km (E) -7.4 -22° 
Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
19 Jun ? 21:24:30 10° WSW 21:27:04 38° SSE 21:29:38 10° E visible
19 Jun ? 22:59:46 10° W 23:01:13 26° WSW 23:01:13 26° WSW visible
20 Jun ? 21:37:37 10° WSW 21:40:16 50° S 21:42:55 10° E visible
20 Jun ? 23:13:04 10° W 23:13:48 16° WSW 23:13:48 16° WSW visible

 

Stars  “come out”  after sunlight fades from view.  The sun does not set this weekend until approximately 8:53 PM and darkness does not descend until approximately one hour later.   Please use parking lights only  when you drive through the Wagman gate or pass Shelter 10 approaching Mingo Observatory. Drive very slowly and cautiously. There is no  alcohol or tobacco permitted on  our  observatory grounds. We suggest you bring bottled water.  There is no running water on either site. There are park style restroom facilities. Dress warmly as springtime nights can be quite chilly afer the sun goes down.

The summer solstice comes on June 21, 2015 at 16:38 UTC. For North American time zones, that places the solstice at 12:38 p.m. EDT, June 21, 2015, make these June Star Parties the final nights of Spring. The solstice  brings the northernmost sun for the year, as seen from around the globe.

 

Rise &  Set Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for 2015-06-19

http://www.almanac.com/astronomy/rise/PA/Pittsburgh/2015-06-19

Body Dawn
Breaks
Rises Sets Dark
Descends
Day
Length
Sun 3:44 A.M. 5:49 A.M. 8:53 P.M. 10:58 P.M. 15:03
Moon 8:56 A.M. 11:03 P.M.
Mercury 4:48 A.M. 6:58 P.M.
Venus 9:22 A.M. 11:42 P.M.
Mars 5:43 A.M. 8:48 P.M.
Jupiter 10:00 A.M. 11:56 P.M.
Saturn 6:22 P.M. 4:22 A.M.
Uranus 2:18 A.M. 3:12 P.M.
Neptune 12:45 A.M. 11:50 A.M.
Pluto 9:42 P.M. 7:22 A.M.

All times are Eastern Daylight Time at sea level.

“Dawn Breaks” and “Darkness Descends” values are based on astronomical twilight (not civil twilight).

Rise &  Set Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for 2015-06-2o

http://www.almanac.com/astronomy/rise/PA/Pittsburgh/2015-06-20

Body Dawn
Breaks
Rises Sets Dark
Descends
Day
Length
Sun 3:44 A.M. 5:49 A.M. 8:53 P.M. 10:58 P.M. 15:03
Moon 9:54 A.M. 11:38 P.M.
Mercury 4:45 A.M. 6:57 P.M.
Venus 9:23 A.M. 11:40 P.M.
Mars 5:42 A.M. 8:47 P.M.
Jupiter 9:57 A.M. 11:52 P.M.
Saturn 6:17 P.M. 4:18 A.M.
Uranus 2:14 A.M. 3:08 P.M.
Neptune 12:41 A.M. 11:46 A.M.
Pluto 9:38 P.M. 7:18 A.M.  

All times are Eastern Daylight Time at sea level.

“Dawn Breaks” and “Darkness Descends” values are based on astronomical twilight (not civil twilight).

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 the sky looking west at 9 PM. These star parties  present an opportunity to observe other wonders of the Spring sky such as the galaxies in the Coma-Virgo Cluster, planetary nebulae and star clusters.
Did you get a telescope recently and don’t know how to use it? Bring it along and members of the AAAP will help!
Looking to buy a telescope, accessories, star charts and books? Our star parties are the place to start. We’ll have free handouts, guides and booklets to point visitors in the right direction. Admission is free, though we gladly accept donations to cover the cost of operation.
Stars do not “come out” until after sunlight fades from view.  The sun does not set this weekend until approximately 8:10 PM and darkness does not descend until approximately one hour later.   Please use parking lights only  when you drive through the Wagman gate or pass Shelter 10 approaching Mingo Observatory. Drive very slowly and cautiously.There is no  alcohol or tobacco permitted on  the observatory grounds. We suggest you bring bottled water.  There is no running water on either site. There are park style restroom facilities. Dress warmly as springtime nights can be quite chilly afer the sun goes down.

 

Mingo Observatory

Mingo Creek Park Observatory,1 Shelter 10 Road, Finleyville, PA  15332 Phone 724-348-6150 This address does not lend to mapping.  Please use the GPS Coordinates. GPS coordinates are Latitude 40*:12′:42″ Longitude 80*:01′:14″ or Latitude 40.211degrees, Longitude -80.020 degrees. Declination -9 degrees.  For directions and information about the Mingo Observatory visit<a title=”Mingo Observatory” href=”https://wp.me/P46Qqk-18″ target=”_blank”>  https://wp.me/P46Qqk-18 </a> .

Open Rain or shine, cloudy or clear! Planetarium Schedule: 7:00 PM: Sky Show, 8:00 PM: Program TBA  9:00 PM: Sky Show, 10:00 PM: Program TBA.

View the Sun early with our 4″ Lunt Solar Telescope and then see wonders of the night sky through our 24 inch Ritchey-Chretien Reflector and 10 inch Refractor telescopes, sky conditions permitting.

No ISS Passes to be seen this weekend. ISS is not to return to our night skies until May 30, 2015.

Iridium Flares for Mingo Observatory

None for Friday.  Two for Saturday:

May 24, 22:01:200.911°347° (NNW)Iridium 75138 km (E)-5.4-14°

May 24, 22:50:59-0.711°275° (W)Iridium 66168 km (E)-5.8-20°

 

Wagman Observatory

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

This event is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, May 22 and 23 starting at 8:35 PM EDT. 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. This is an opportunity for amateur astronomers, students and the general public to observe the wonders of the Spring sky such as the galaxies in the Coma-Virgo Cluster, planetary nebulae and star clusters. The Star Parties will be held WEATHER PERMITTING. The public should call 724-224-2510 for more information.

 

 

Rise & Set Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for 2015-05-22

http://www.almanac.com/astronomy/rise/PA/Pittsburgh/2015-05-22

Friday, May 22, 2015

Body Dawn
Breaks
Rises Sets Dark
Descends
Day
Length
Sun 4:01 A.M. 5:57 A.M. 8:36 P.M. 10:32 P.M. 14:39
Moon 10:12 A.M. Next Day
Mercury 6:39 A.M. 9:29 P.M.
Venus 8:52 A.M. 12:09 A.M.
Mars 6:19 A.M. 9:06 P.M.
Jupiter 11:29 A.M. 1:38 A.M.
Saturn 8:21 P.M. 6:19 A.M.
Uranus 4:06 A.M. 4:57 P.M.
Neptune 2:35 A.M. 1:39 P.M.
Pluto 11:35 P.M. 9:15 A.M.

All times are Eastern Daylight Time at sea level.

“Dawn Breaks” and “Darkness Descends” values are based on astronomical twilight (not civil twilight).

AAAP Logo - 0314 x 0314 - photo white on black - rev 2The 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 during the business portion of the meeting. More May meeting information appears in the May Guide Star.  Members and Guests should convene at the Bayer Science Stage, Carnegie Science Center, One Allegheny Ave.Pittsburgh, PA 15212  promptly at 7:30 pm. The parking fee is $5 at the inside lobby kiosk. It is recommended to enter and exit through the same gate.

AAAP Logo - 0314 x 0314 - photo white on black - rev 2

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:
“As long as people have been telling stories, the planet Mars has a been an object of fascination and a key setting, or character, in those stories. In the half century of exploration by robotic spacecraft, the visions of H.G. Wells and Percival Lowell have been replaced with a very different picture of the red planet.” . Members and Guests should convene at the Bayer Science Stage, Carnegie Science Center, One Allegheny Ave.Pittsburgh, PA 15212  promptly at 7:30 pm. The parking fee is $5.

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 the sky looking west at 9 PM, naked-eye, counterclockwise, one sees Jupiter and the Moon with bright stars Procyon, Sirius, Rigel, Betelgeuse, Planet Venus , Capella ,  and swinging back around , Castor and Pollux.  These star parties  present an opportunity to observe other wonders of the Spring sky such as the galaxies in the Coma-Virgo Cluster, planetary nebulae and star clusters.  Did you get a telescope recently and don’t know how to use it? Bring it along and members of the AAAP will help!  Looking to buy a telescope, accessories, star charts and books? Our star parties are the place to start. We’ll have free handouts, guides and booklets to point visitors in the right direction.  Admission is free, though we gladly accept donations to cover the cost of operation.

Stars do not “come out” until after sunlight fades from view.  The sun does not set this weekend until approximately 8:10 PM and darkness does not descend until approximately one hour later.   Please use parking lights only when you drive through the Wagman gate or pass Shelter 10 approaching Mingo Observatory. Drive very slowly and cautiously.  There is no  alcohol or tobacco permitted on  the observatory grounds. We suggest you bring bottled water.  There is no running water on either site. There are park style restroom facilities. Dress warmly as springtime nights can be quite chilly afer the sun goes down.

 

Wagman Star Parties

Wagman Observatory,  225 Kurn Road, Tarentum, PA 15084  Phone 724-224-2510 Latitude 40.627 degrees, Longitude -79.813 degrees   This event is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25 starting at 8:10 PM EDT.   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. Important note to those planning on the Saxonburg Bridge.  Please scroll down to the Saxonburg Bridge Detour information listed on the website.  Wagman Observatory Information

 

Mingo Star Parties

Mingo Creek Park Observatory,1 Shelter 10 Road, Finleyville, PA  15332 Phone 724-348-6150 This address does not lend to mapping.  Please use the GPS Coordinates. GPS coordinates are Latitude 40*:12′:42″ Longitude 80*:01′:14″ or Latitude 40.211degrees, Longitude -80.020 degrees. Declination -9 degrees.  For directions and information about the Mingo Observatory visit  https://wp.me/P46Qqk-18  .

Friday, April 24th and Saturday, April 25th:  Open Rain or shine, cloudy or clear!  4:00 PM for Filtered Solar Observing, 7:00 PM for Planetarium Show, Dusk for Celestial Observing.  Planetarium Schedule: 7:00 PM: Sky Show, 8:00 PM: Program – Chilean Astronomy Connection – George Guzik 9:00 PM: Sky Show, 10:00 PM: Program – Chilean Astronomy Connection – George Guzik.

Safely view the Sun early with our 4″ Lunt Solar Telescope and then see the night sky through our 24 inch Ritchey-Chretien Reflector and 10 inch Refractor telescopes.  Check back for updates.

Guests will also be guided in viewing the ISS Passes, Iridium Flares, satellite observation, etc. See Heavens-Above  for times and availibility of objects in the sky.  As the date of the event nears and more information develops it may be added as resources allow.

There is an ISS Pass predicted for just before 10:47 PM on Friday, but the altitude is so low, reaching a height of only 18°  it will be difficult to observe. That is the only ISS pass in the “Search Period” ending on May 4.

From: Heavens-Above.com

Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
24 Apr -0.9 20:46:46 10° W 20:49:06 18° SW 20:51:21 10° S visible

There is an Iridium Flare predicted for Saturday but not for Friday.

From: Heavens-Above.com

Time Brightness Altitude Azimuth Satellite Distance to flare centre Brightness at flare centre Sun altitude
Apr 25, 21:47:16 0.0 53° 86° (E) Iridium 98 48 km (W) -8.3 -18°

 

April 25, 2015 is Spring Astronomy Day.

These Star Parties also coincide with one of two 2015 Earth Day Weekends. Celebrate the “Blue Marble.”

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Rise & Set Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for 2015-04-25

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Body Dawn
Breaks
Rises Sets Dark
Descends
Day
Length
Sun 4:44 A.M. 6:26 A.M. 8:09 P.M. 9:51 P.M. 13:43
Moon 12:25 P.M. 1:53 A.M.
Mercury 7:05 A.M. 9:37 P.M.
Venus 8:29 A.M. 11:43 P.M.
Mars 7:05 A.M. 9:15 P.M.
Jupiter 1:03 P.M. 3:18 A.M.
Saturn 10:17 P.M. 8:11 A.M.
Uranus 5:49 A.M. 6:36 P.M.
Neptune 4:19 A.M. 3:23 P.M.
Pluto 1:26 A.M. 11:02 A.M.

All times are Eastern Daylight Time at sea level.

“Dawn Breaks” and “Darkness Descends” values are based on astronomical twilight (not civil twilight).

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 if the crowd is sparse the observatory may close earlier than usual.  Late arrivals may wish to telephone 724-348-6150 to confirm.

 

Saturday’s skies are anticipated to be clear and we are looking forward to operating the telescopes.

 

 

Stellarium.org  Screen Captures:

March 28, 20115, 8:00PM looking wsw.

March 28, 20115, 8:00 PM looking WSW.

 

March 28, 2015, 9:00 PM

March 28, 2015, 9:00 PM, looking WSW.

 

The AMATEUR ASTRONOMERS ASSOCIATION OF PITTSBURGH is pleased to invite you to the Wagman Observatory and to the Mingo Creek County Park Observatory for the Kick-Off of the 2015 Star Party Season. New this year is enhanced solar observing at both facilities and digital screen upgrades inside of both facilities. The first star party weekend is Friday and Saturday March 27 and 28, 2015   . There are star parties at both Wagman and MIngo Observatories.

 

MINGO CREEK PARK OBSERVATORY – STAR PARTIES. March 27 and 28, 2015  SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES. See stars,galaxies, nebula, planets, Moon, meteors,and more, up close through our 10″ and 24″ fixed telescopes and members telescopes on the hill. Conditions permitting possible solar view with new Lunt solarscope! Haddad Planetarium offers lectures, movies, sky shows. Solar Viewing begins at 4:00 PM Conditions Permitting. 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM End time depending on conditions. Donations gladly accepted. Address: 1 Shelter 10 Road, Nottingham Township, PA 15301 40.2110 N, 80.0190 W   For more information and group pre-registration, 724-384-6150 or MingoSPCoordinator@3ap.org.

 

MARCH 28, 2015 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM EARTH HOUR MINGO OBSERVATORY will host a special Earth Hour program focused on dark skies, light pollution and astrophotography.

 

WAGMAN OBSERVATORY STAR PARTIES start 7:40 PM EDT Saturday, March 27 and 28 at 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.

This is an opportunity for amateur astronomers, students and the general public to observe the wonders of the spring sky and say good-bye to some of the Winter Constellations. Visitors will have an opportunity to observethe Moon shortly after First Quarter, and the bright planets, Venus and Jupiter.

Did you get a telescope recently and don’t know how to use it? Bring it along and members of the AAAP will help!

Looking to buy a telescope, accessories, star charts and books? Wagman Observatory is the place to start. We’ll have free handouts, guides and booklets to point visitors in the right direction.

The Star Party will be held WEATHER PERMITTING. The public should call 724-224-2510 for more information.

 

 

 

AAAP Logo rev 1 - 0314 x 0313 - photo black on whiteThe 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

Saxonburg Bridge Detour For Visitors to Wagman Observatory:

Driving North on Saxonburg Blvd, make a right turn onto Rte 910.  Follow this until you reach the Emerling Park entrance and turn left onto Cove Run Road. The Emerling Ice Cream Stand is at that corner.
Follow Cove Run Road to the second left, which is Mill Dam Road.  Stay on Mill Dam Road until it ends and turn left onto Rich Hill/ Union Road.  Stay on it until the you reach the intersection with Michael (Nursery) Road.  Turn right onto it an take your usual route to Wagman Observatory.  This adds 0.9 miles onto your normal trip.
Second choice:  Make at left onto Rte 910 and follow it until Campbell Road on your right.  Turn here and stay on it until You see the sign for Russellton-Dorseyville Road on your left.  Turn here and it takes you to the intersection of Saxonburg Blvd and Russellton-Dorseyville Road.  Just follow your regular route from here.  This detour might be easier to follow.  I don’t know what condition it’s in, but I do know that Cove Run and Mill Dam Roads aren’t in great condition, unless they made improvements since the last bridge closure.
This adds 2.1 miles.