To promote, improve and encourage the profession of Astronomy, the AAAP will provide an award in the amount of $1000 for High School Seniors who are presently enrolled in either Allegheny or Washington Counties who are planning to study astronomy, physics or mathematics.  Deadline for submission: April 1, 2015

Additional details and the application packet can be found here.

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

 

 

Note:

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.

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(Diane Turnshek is still doing the Allegheny Observatory talk this Friday. Reservations needed: 412-321-2400).

De-Light Pittsburgh

Special Public Astronomy Seminar: Diane Turnshek (Physics, CMU)

New date: Thursday, March 5, 2015 7:00 pm

102 Thaw Hall, 3943 O’Hara Street, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA 15260

De-Light Pittsburgh is a year-long initiative designed to inspire a city-wide focus on energy efficiency while encouraging energy consciousness and ecological conservation to citizens. This innovative program will kick-off during the internationally-recognized Earth Hour 2015. Downtown and Oakland property owners and managers are encouraged to dim or turn off rooftop signage and other non-essential lighting for one hour on Saturday, March 28th from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m..

Abstract:
2015 is the International Year of Light and, by turning them off, we hope to bring attention to climate change issues, educate the public about the dangers of over-lighting, show off the wonders of the heavens and change the public’s perception that brighter is always better. See how scientists are using art as a vehicle for social change in the battle against light pollution. Come, help celebrate the dark.

Bio:
Diane Turnshek stacks careers. She’s a part-time instructor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pittsburgh and a special faculty member in the Department of Physics at Carnegie Mellon University. She’s also taught at seven other local institutions of higher learning. She publishes hard science fiction stories about colonizing other worlds and first contact with aliens and, in 2012, spent weeks on Mars (the Mars Desert Research Station in the high Utah desert).

Free and open to the public. The room is handicapped-accessible with prior notification; call 412-624-9000. Sponsored by Allegheny Observatory.

De-Light Pittsburgh

https://www.go-gba.org/event/earth-hour-2015-de-light-pittsburgh-kickoff-celebration/

Check back and check AAAP’s Facebook Page for more Earth Hour Programming.

M106 M106 is a spiral galaxy in the northern constellation Canes Venatici the Hunting Dogs. It lies some 25 million light-years from Earth. Some astronomers think emissions from M106 indicate a vast quantity of material is falling into a supermassive black hole at the galaxy’s core. (5.2-inch Thomas M. Back TMB 130 refractor, Apogee U8300 CCD camera, Hydrogen-alpha/LRGB image with exposures of 6, 7 2, 2, and 2 hours, respectively) Bill Snyder from Connellsville, Pennsylvania

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M106 is a spiral galaxy in the northern constellation Canes Venatici the Hunting Dogs. It lies some 25 million light-years from Earth. Some astronomers think emissions from M106 indicate a vast quantity of material is falling into a supermassive black hole at the galaxy’s core. (5.2-inch Thomas M. Back TMB 130 refractor, Apogee U8300 CCD camera, Hydrogen-alpha/LRGB image with exposures of 6, 7 2, 2, and 2 hours, respectively)
Bill Snyder from Connellsville, Pennsylvania

Mr. Bill Snyder, besides winning this Astronomy Magazine Picture of the Day, was recently recognized for the December 24, 2014 NASA APOD, http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap141224.html . He was previously recognized for The Astronomy Magazine Picture of the Day, December 12, 2014 for his image of the fish Head Nebula. Mr. Synder has won many APOD’s (~7 or 8) and many Astronomy Magazine Pictures of the Day. Bill is the reigning 2014 International Astrophotographer of the Year in the Deep Space Category http://www.rmg.co.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/astronomy-photographer-of-the-year/2014-winners/deep-space . His work may be viewed on his website www.billsnyderastrophotography.com .

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The feature presentation of the February 13, 2015 monthly meeting is the annual planetarium show, Stars Over Pittsburgh. Members should convene at the Bayer Science Stage promptly at 7:30 pm, before heading up as a group to the Planetarium. Please do not go directly to the planetarium entrance. Save $2.00 off the $5.00 fee parking by presenting the parking voucher included in the February Guide Star newsletter. In case of an inclement weather cancellation, it will be reported on the website, in a special Guide Star supplement, on the AAAP listserver and on the club’s Facebook page.