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2017 General Meetings: Jan 13, Feb 10, Mar 10, Apr 7, May 12

2017 Mingo Star Parties: Apr 21 & 22; May 19 & 20; Jun 23 & 24; Jul 14 & 15; Aug 11 & 12; Sep 15 & 16; Oct 14 & 28; Nov 11

2017 Wagman Star Parties: Mar 31; Apr 1; May 5 & 6; Jun 2 & 3; Jun 30; Jul 1, 28, & 29; Aug 25 & 26; Sep 9 & 23; Oct 7 & 28; Nov 4

 

Mar
25
Sat
2017
Astronomy Weekend
Mar 25 all-day

Astronomy Weekend, Carnegie Science Center
March 25 – 26, 2017
AAAP members will be presenting astronomy to the public again this year at Carnegie Science Center’s March 25-26, 2017 Astronomy Weekend. More information and time to be posted as become available.Generally, AAAP sets up in the lobby(information tables and displays and telescopes outside, weather permitting. Typically Saturday morning and after noon and Sunday morning and early afternoon.
Posted 1/29/2017 KD, AAAP VP, Program Chair

Mar
26
Sun
2017
Astronomy Weekend
Mar 26 all-day

Astronomy Weekend, Carnegie Science Center
March 25 – 26, 2017
AAAP members will be presenting astronomy to the public again this year at Carnegie Science Center’s March 25-26, 2017 Astronomy Weekend. More information and time to be posted as become available.Generally, AAAP sets up in the lobby(information tables and displays and telescopes outside, weather permitting. Typically Saturday morning and after noon and Sunday morning and early afternoon.
Posted 1/29/2017 KD, AAAP VP, Program Chair

Mar
28
Tue
2017
New Moon
Mar 28 all-day

March 28 – New Moon. The Moon will located on the same side of the Earth as the Sun and will not be visible in the night sky. This phase occurs at 02:58 UTC. This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere.

Source: http://www.seasky.org/astronomy/astronomy-calendar-2017.html

Mar
31
Fri
2017
Wagman Star Party
Mar 31 @ 8:00 pm – Apr 1 @ 12:00 am

For more information, please visit our Star Party link at:
http://wp.3ap.org/resources/star-parties-2/

Apr
1
Sat
2017
Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation
Apr 1 all-day

April 1 – Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation. The planet Mercury reaches greatest eastern elongation of 19 degrees from the Sun. This is the best time to view Mercury since it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the evening sky. Look for the planet low in the western sky just after sunset.

Source: http://www.seasky.org/astronomy/astronomy-calendar-2017.html

Wagman Star Party
Apr 1 @ 8:00 pm – Apr 2 @ 12:00 am

For more information, please visit our Star Party link at:
http://wp.3ap.org/resources/star-parties-2/

Apr
7
Fri
2017
Jupiter at Opposition
Apr 7 all-day

April 7 – Jupiter at Opposition. The giant planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. It will be brighter than any other time of the year and will be visible all night long. This is the best time to view and photograph Jupiter and its moons. A medium-sized telescope should be able to show you some of the details in Jupiter’s cloud bands. A good pair of binoculars should allow you to see Jupiter’s four largest moons appearing as bright dots on either side of the planet.

Source: http://www.seasky.org/astronomy/astronomy-calendar-2017.html

AAAP Meeting
Apr 7 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

General Business Meeting & Annual Officer Nominations
Guest speaker and topic: Chien-Ting Chen, PhD presents “Hunting for Powerful Monsters: Supermassive Black Holes in Distant Galaxies”

Chien-Ting Chen, PhD is an astrophysicist at Pennsylvania State University. The lecture will take place at the Buhl Planetarium Theater of the Carnegie Science Center.

Apr
11
Tue
2017
Full Moon
Apr 11 all-day

April 11 – Full Moon. The Moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun and its face will be will be fully illuminated. This phase occurs at 06:08 UTC. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Pink Moon because it marked the appearance of the moss pink or wild ground phlox which is one of the first spring flowers. This moon has also been known as the Sprouting Grass Moon; the Growing Moon; and the Egg Moon. Many coastal tribes called it the Full Fish Moon because this was the time that the shad swam upstream to spawn.

Source: http://www.seasky.org/astronomy/astronomy-calendar-2017.html

Apr
21
Fri
2017
Mingo Star Party
Apr 21 @ 6:00 pm – Apr 22 @ 12:00 am

Moonrise: 03:50 | Moonset: 14:45
Sunset: 20:05

For more information, please visit our Star Party link at:
http://wp.3ap.org/resources/star-parties-2/

Apr
22
Sat
2017
Lyrids Meteor Shower
Apr 22 – Apr 23 all-day

April 22-23 – Lyrids Meteor Shower. The Lyrids is an average shower usually producing about 20 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by dust particles left behind by comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher which was discovered in 1861. The shower runs annually from April 16-25. It peaks this year on the night of the night of the 22nd and morning of the 23rd. These meteors can sometimes produce bright dust trails that last for several seconds. The crescent moon should not be too much of a problem this year. Skies should still be dark enough for a good show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Lyra but can appear anywhere in the sky.

Source: http://www.seasky.org/astronomy/astronomy-calendar-2017.html

Mingo Star Party
Apr 22 @ 6:00 pm – Apr 23 @ 12:00 am

Moonrise: 04:26 | Moonset: 15:50
Sunset: 20:06

For more information, please visit our Star Party link at:
http://wp.3ap.org/resources/star-parties-2/

Apr
26
Wed
2017
New Moon
Apr 26 all-day

April 26 – New Moon. The Moon will located on the same side of the Earth as the Sun and will not be visible in the night sky. This phase occurs at 12:17 UTC. This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere.

Source: http://www.seasky.org/astronomy/astronomy-calendar-2017.html

Apr
29
Sat
2017
International Astronomy Day
Apr 29 all-day

KD 5/14/2015

May
5
Fri
2017
Wagman Star Party
May 5 @ 8:00 pm – May 6 @ 12:00 am

For more information, please visit our Star Party link at:
http://wp.3ap.org/resources/star-parties-2/

May
6
Sat
2017
Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower
May 6 – May 7 all-day

May 6-7 – Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower. The Eta Aquarids is an above average shower capable of producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak. Most of the activity is seen in the Southern Hemisphere. In the Northern Hemisphere the rate can reach about 30 meteors per hour. It is produced by dust particles left behind by comet Halley which has known and observed since ancient times. The shower runs annually from April 19 to May 28. It peaks this year on the night of May 6 and the morning of the May 7. The waxing gibbous moon will block out many of the fainter meteors this year. But if you are patient you should be able to catch quite a few of the brighter ones. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Aquarius but can appear anywhere in the sky.

Source: http://www.seasky.org/astronomy/astronomy-calendar-2017.html

Wagman Star Party
May 6 @ 8:00 pm – May 7 @ 12:00 am

For more information, please visit our Star Party link at:
http://wp.3ap.org/resources/star-parties-2/

May
10
Wed
2017
Full Moon
May 10 all-day

May 10 – Full Moon. The Moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun and its face will be will be fully illuminated. This phase occurs at 21:42 UTC. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Flower Moon because this was the time of year when spring flowers appeared in abundance. This moon has also been known as the Full Corn Planting Moon and the Milk Moon.

Source: http://www.seasky.org/astronomy/astronomy-calendar-2017.html

May
12
Fri
2017
AAAP Meeting
May 12 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

General Business Meeting & Annual Officer Elections
Guest speaker and topic: TBD

May
17
Wed
2017
Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation
May 17 all-day

May 17 – Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation. The planet Mercury reaches greatest western elongation of 25.8 degrees from the Sun. This is the best time to view Mercury since it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the morning sky. Look for the planet low in the eastern sky just before sunrise.

Source: http://www.seasky.org/astronomy/astronomy-calendar-2017.html