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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

 

Dec
14
Wed
2016
Full Moon, Supermoon
Dec 14 all-day

December 14 – Full Moon, Supermoon. 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 00:06 UTC. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Cold Moon because this is the time of year when the cold winter air settles in and the nights become long and dark. This moon has also been known as the Full Long Nights Moon and the Moon Before Yule. This is also the last of three supermoons for 2016. The Moon will be at its closest approach to the Earth and may look slightly larger and brighter than usual.

Source: http://www.seasky.org/astronomy/astronomy-calendar-2016.html

Dec
21
Wed
2016
Winter Solstice
Dec 21 all-day

December 21 – December Solstice. The December solstice occurs at 10:44 UTC. The South Pole of the earth will be tilted toward the Sun, which will have reached its southernmost position in the sky and will be directly over the Tropic of Capricorn at 23.44 degrees south latitude. This is the first day of winter (winter solstice) in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of summer (summer solstice) in the Southern Hemisphere.

Source: http://www.seasky.org/astronomy/astronomy-calendar-2016.html

Ursids Meteor Shower
Dec 21 @ 6:00 pm – Dec 22 @ 6:00 am

December 21, 22 – Ursids Meteor Shower. The Ursids is a minor meteor shower producing about 5-10 meteors per hour. It is produced by dust grains left behind by comet Tuttle, which was first discovered in 1790. The shower runs annually from December 17-25. It peaks this year on the the night of the 21st and morning of the 22nd. The second quarter moon will block many of the fainter meteors. But if you are patient, you might still be able to catch a few of the brighter ones. Best viewing will be just after midnight from a dark location far away from city lights. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Ursa Minor, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

Source: http://www.seasky.org/astronomy/astronomy-calendar-2016.html

Dec
29
Thu
2016
New Moon
Dec 29 all-day

December 29 – 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 06:53 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-2016.html

Jan
3
Tue
2017
Quadrantids Meteor Shower
Jan 3 @ 12:00 am – 1:00 am

January 3-4 – Quadrantids Meteor Shower. The Quadrantids is an above average shower with up to 40 meteors per hour at its peak. It is thought to be produced by dust grains left behind by an extinct comet known as 2003 EH1 which was discovered in 2003. The shower runs annually from January 1-5. It peaks this year on the night of the 3rd and morning of the 4th. The first quarter moon will set shortly after midnight leaving fairly dark skies for what could be a good show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Bootes but can appear anywhere in the sky.

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

Jan
12
Thu
2017
Full Moon
Jan 12 all-day

January 12 – 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 11:34 UTC. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Wolf Moon because this was the time of year when hungry wolf packs howled outside their camps. This moon has also been know as the Old Moon and the Moon After Yule.

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

Venus at Greatest Eastern Elongation
Jan 12 all-day

January 12 – Venus at Greatest Eastern Elongation. The planet Venus reaches greatest eastern elongation of 47.1 degrees from the Sun. This is the best time to view Venus since it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the evening sky. Look for the bright planet in the western sky after sunset.

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

Jan
13
Fri
2017
AAAP Meeting
Jan 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

General Business Meeting
Guest speaker and topic: Thomas Beatty, PhD presents “Well, Now What? What to Do Once You’ve Found Another Earth”

Recent discoveries by the Kepler mission have shown us that Earth-sized planets are fairly common in the Galaxy. We expect to find several “habitable” planets that are the size and mass of Earth over the next decade, but then what? How do we distinguish between a nice temperate Earth, and an acidic metal-melting Venus? What can we learn about the climates, and even the weather, of exoplanets? Could we identify life, or even intelligence?

Dr Beatty is a post-doctoral fellow at Pennsylvania State University’s Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds. The meeting will be held at the Science Stage of the Carnegie Science Center.

Jan
19
Thu
2017
Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation
Jan 19 all-day

January 19 – Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation. The planet Mercury reaches greatest western elongation of 24.1 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

Jan
28
Sat
2017
New Moon
Jan 28 all-day

January 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 00:07 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

Feb
10
Fri
2017
AAAP Meeting
Feb 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

General Business Meeting
Guest speaker and topic: Annual Planetarium Show, Buhl Planetarium Theater, Carnegie Science Center

Feb
11
Sat
2017
Full Moon
Feb 11 all-day

February 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 00:33 UTC. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Snow Moon because the heaviest snows usually fell during this time of the year. Since hunting is difficult this moon has also been known by some tribes as the Full Hunger Moon since the harsh weather made hunting difficult.

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

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
Feb 11 all-day

February 11 – Penumbral Lunar Eclipse. A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the Earth’s partial shadow or penumbra. During this type of eclipse the Moon will darken slightly but not completely. The eclipse will be visible throughout most of eastern South America; eastern Canada; the Atlantic Ocean; Europe; Africa; and western Asia.

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

Feb
26
Sun
2017
Annular Solar Eclipse
Feb 26 all-day

February 26 – Annular Solar Eclipse. An annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon is too far away from the Earth to completely cover the Sun. This results in a ring of light around the darkened Moon. The Sun’s corona is not visible during an annular eclipse. The path of the eclipse will begin off the coast of Chile and pass through southern Chile and southern Argentina across the southern Atlantic Ocean and into Angola and Congo in Africa. A partial eclipse will be visible throughout parts of southern South America and southwestern Africa.

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

New Moon
Feb 26 all-day

February 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 14:59 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
10
Fri
2017
AAAP Meeting
Mar 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

General Business Meeting
Guest speaker and topic: Harsha Blumer, PhD presents “High-Energy Astrophysics: The Fascinating World of Supernova Explosions and Pulsars”

Harsha Blumer, PhD is a post-doctoral researcher at West Virginia University, Morgantown, WVA and Greenbank Observatory. The lecture will take place at the Science Stage in the Carnegie Science Center.

Mar
12
Sun
2017
Full Moon
Mar 12 all-day

March 12 – 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 14:54 UTC. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Worm Moon because this was the time of year when the ground would begin to soften and the earthworms would reappear. This moon has also been known as the Full Crow Moon; the Full Crust Moon; the Full Sap Moon; and the Lenten Moon.

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

Mar
20
Mon
2017
March Equinox
Mar 20 all-day

March 20 – March Equinox. The March equinox occurs at 10:29 UTC. The Sun will shine directly on the equator and there will be nearly equal amounts of day and night throughout the world. This is also the first day of spring (vernal equinox) in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of fall (autumnal equinox) in the Southern Hemisphere.

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

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