February 2019 Newsletter

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IDA Pittsburgh Chapter Meeting
2 pm on Saturday, March 9
Community Forge at 1256 Franklin Ave, Wilkinsburg, PA 15221

The parking lot is located on the east side of the building. From Route 30, when you turn onto Franklin, make your first left to enter the Community Forge lot." We'll be in the seminar room to the right, second doorway after you go up a set of stairs.

Duquesne astronomer Patrick Cooper (coop) is a co-owner of the building, which has a 17" telescope on the roof.
Don't forget to like our Facebook Page @IDApghOrg

Metro21 Lunch and Learn
We hope to see you on Friday, February 15 at 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm in 1002 Hamburg Hall at CMU for a Metro21 Lunch and Learn!

This Lunch & Learn will highlight Diane Turnshek, Special Lecturer in the Physics Department at CMU, and her seminar titled “Light Smart: Dark-Sky Friendly Artificial Lighting”.

Diane will discuss how billions of dollars a year are wasted on artificial lighting and the negative effects the light pollution has on plant, animal and human populations. But there’s good news: the City of Pittsburgh is refitting 40K streetlights over the next two years -- replacing high pressure sodium vapor bulbs with much more efficient, 2700K or less, shielded, dimmable LEDs. To aid in future research and decision making, we will be flying drones over Pittsburgh on moonless, clear nights to make the first, publicly available, high resolution light pollution map of a city.

Learn more about Diane’s Metro21 project here:

Check out this Metro21 podcast with Diane Turnshek to learn more about her work:


See you on Friday at noon!
Astronomy on Tap
February 20th
7:00 PM
3810 Butler Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Astronomy on Tap will be back in action to bring you fun and informal astronomy lectures by your local astronomers and cosmologists!

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AAAP Meetings
Carnegie Science Center - March 8th
The speaker for the AAAP meeting is Eric Fischer who will give “Untold Stories from the Apollo Missions” in honor of the Apollo 11 “Destination Moon” Exhibit at the Heinz History Center and this year’s 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. Eric may be joined by a docent from the History Center for the presentation.

Pitt Alumni Hall in Oakland - April 12th
The meeting is at 7:30 PM. Topic to be Announced.
Destination Moon Exhibit

Heinz History Center
On Display until February 18th
7:00 - 9:00 PM

The Heinz History Center is partnering with the Smithsonian to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Mission.

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Triangulation: Dark Skies
The Pittsburgh chapter of the IDA is announcing an opportunity for writers to get paid for short stories dealing with light pollution.

“Triangulation: Dark Skies” will be published in May, 2019 with 20 original speculative fiction stories in which skies filled with stars play an important role. This is an educational anthology, to be given out (or sold) at astronomy outreach events.

We pay 4 cents per word for stories up to 5000 words. The submission period is now through February 28, 2019. The competition is stiff, but everyone reading this has an edge up since we understand the issues. We grok the awe of a dark sky and the sadness at pervasive skyglow.

Good luck! Guidelines are here:
WVU - Planetarium & Observatory - Events
February 23
2:00 PM
Giveaway Show!

3:00 PM Monthly Children's Show - Earth Moon Sun

West Virginia University Planetarium is located on the PL Floor of White Hall, 135 Willey Street.

Admission is free but reservations are required. Reservations must be made before 3:30 pm on the days of the shows.

Careers in Space
Check out local careeres in space robotics. Visit the Astrobotic website for further information.

Astronomy Links
Physics Department at CMU
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Astronomy on Tap
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Department of Physics and Astronomy at Pitt
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Allegheny Observatory Lecture Series
Call 412-321-2400 at 1:00 PM on the Monday after each lecture for free reservations.


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2019 Lecture Dates
March 15
April 19
May 17
June 21
July 19
August 16th
September 20
October 18
November 15
Buhl Planetarium: SkyWatch
Feburary 9th

Visitors are invited to come to SkyWatch at the Henry Buhl, Jr. Planetarium & Observatory and get up-close and personal with amazing celestial objects.

Cost: $4 for non-members / $2 for members and as an add-on to general admission or an Omnimax show

Meet in the first floor of Carnegie Science Center at either 7 pm or 9 pm. A guide will lead you to the second-floor Buhl Planetarium, to start the evening with a virtual tour of the night sky.

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AAAP Star Parties
Below is the complete list of 2019 public star parties at Mingo and Wagman Observatories.

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April 27
May 24 & 25
June 21 & 22
July 12 & 13
August 9 & 10
September 20 & 21
October 25 & 26
November 9

April 13 & 27
May 17 & 18
June 7 & 8
July 12, & 13
August 9 & 10
September 6, 7, & 21
October 5 & 19
November 2