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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
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May 25 – 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 19:45 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.
Fred Klein and Frank Pastin will be giving the “What YOU Can See of the Solar System” lecture and Q&A to two groups of 5th graders at State Street Elementary School. This is a private event and is not open to the public.
-Fred Klein (05/2017)
June 3 – Venus at Greatest Western Elongation. The planet Venus reaches greatest eastern elongation of 45.9 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 morning sky. Look for the bright planet in the eastern sky before sunrise.
June 9 – 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 13:10 UTC. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Strawberry Moon because it signaled the time of year to gather ripening fruit. It also coincides with the peak of the strawberry harvesting season. This moon has also been known as the Full Rose Moon and the Full Honey Moon.
Clicks for Cash
Please designate your “Clicks” for the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh.
This year’s web-based contest for charities that have registered to participate in WCCF Gives 2017 will be held from June 12-18.
During the week-long contest, members of the community are encouraged to visit www.wccfgives.org, go to the “Charity Search” section of the site, and click on the charity profile pages of their favorite WCCF Gives participants. The winning organizations will receive unrestricted grants from the Foundation’s Acorn Fund.
I have agreed to give a talk at the Dormont Summer Camp by the pool on Tuesday June 13 at 10:30 AM. Last year we set up telescopes in the parking lot.
June 15 – Saturn at Opposition. The ringed 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 Saturn and its moons. A medium-sized or larger telescope will allow you to see Saturn’s rings and a few of its brightest moons.
Tentative date for the 2017 Wagman Members Picnic. Date subject to change.
Star parties begin at dusk, weather permitting. Kunkle Park is located behind the Washington Township Municipal Building.
June 21 – June Solstice. The June solstice occurs at 04:24 UTC. The North Pole of the earth will be tilted toward the Sun which will have reached its northernmost position in the sky and will be directly over the Tropic of Cancer at 23.44 degrees north latitude. This is the first day of summer (summer solstice) in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of winter (winter solstice) in the Southern Hemisphere.
June 24 – 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 02:31 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.
Bethel Park Library has requested their second star party. This year they have chosen June 28th and July 19th as the backup date.
July 9 – 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 04:07 UTC. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Buck Moon because the male buck deer would begin to grow their new antlers at this time of year. This moon has also been known as the Full Thunder Moon and the Full Hay Moon.