September 2019 Newsletter

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Dan Peden on Mount Washington
On clear nights, Dan Peden frequently sets up his telescope on the sidewalk on Mount Washington. Consider joining him with your telescope or just come and talk to about astronomy with the people in the line. On nice nights, it’s always a tourist hit!
Visualizing Hubble’s Colorful Universe
Monday night, Sept 2nd, join us for Café Scientifique at the Carnegie Science Center, for Visualizing Hubble’s Colorful Universe.

Free, open to the public, doors open at 6 (cash bar and food available for purchase), event starts at 7.

Presented by Zolt Levay, a photographer involved with several space missions at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is the best telescope astronomers have had for three decades now – it has imaged the universe in exquisite detail.

Photographer Zolt Levay will describe some of the most powerful images in Hubble’s gallery and how scientific data is extracted from these working photographs. Currently, he is working on personal photography projects including seeking our dark, clear skies to explore the relationships between landscapes, the night sky, and the cosmos.

Please register at the website HERE
AAAP star parties at Wagman Observatory
Friday and Saturday nights September 6th and 7th, and also Friday night September 21st, the AAAP star parties will be held at Wagman Observatory.

AAAP Site:
Triangulation: Dark Skies
Wednesday, the 11th of September at 4:30 pm: Announcing a free reading/signing event! Triangulation: Dark Skies is a themed genre anthology about stars and light pollution. 

Join us at the Physics Department of Carnegie Mellon University in Wean Hall, room 7316 for the reading. 

The book of stories is edited by AAAP member Diane Turnshek and Scotland writer Chloe Nightingale and holds 21 speculative fiction pieces.

Join us for an update on the nighttime city mapping project at CMU and a reading by Dark Skies author Mary Soon Lee, one of the world's premier astronomy poets.

Samples of Mary’s work can be seen here:
"How to be a Star" 
"How to Thank the Earth"
"New Year's Resolutions"
"How to Seduce Apophis"

Triangulation: Dark Skies is available from Amazon: 
$17.99 for the paperback, $2.99 for the e-book
Free for anyone who might be interested in reviewing it HERE (only during the month of September) 

First AAAP Fall Lecture
Friday, September 13th, the first AAAP fall lecture speaker will be Ms. Siska De Baerdemaeker talking about “What Philosophy Can Mean for Cosmology and Astronomy.”

Free, open to the public. Join us at Pitt’s Alumni Hall in Oakland, Room 343 at 7:30 pm.

Ms. De Baerdemaeker works in the department of history and philosophy of science at the University of Pittsburgh. She has a B.A. in physics and a M.A. in philosophy from the University of Leuven in Belgium.

Street parking around Alumni Hall is free after 6:00 pm. The Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall underground parking garage is a $5.00 flat rate after 4:00 p.m.

AAAP Site:
Simons Observatory: The Next Great Microwave Telescopes
Friday, September 20th, Allegheny Observatory Lecture Series “Simons Observatory: The Next Great Microwave Telescopes” by Arthur Kosowsky (Chairman, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pittsburgh)

Free lecture, very limited seating, Reservations must be made through calling 412-321-2100.
AAAP star parties at Mingo Creek Observatory
Friday and Saturday nights September 20th and 21st, the AAAP star parties will be held at Mingo Creek Observatories

AAAP Site:
Eta Carina, Supernovae, and ‘Seeing the Past Again
Monday, September 23rd, call Lou Coban (412-321-2100) at 1 pm for reservation to the Allegheny Observatory October 18th lecture: “Eta Carina, Supernovae, and ‘Seeing the Past Again’” by John Hillier (Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pittsburgh).
Allegheny Observatory Open House
Friday, October 4, the Allegheny Observatory Open House reservations for the annual event are only still available for the very latest tours starting near 10 pm.

If you'd like free tour tickets, please call the observatory at 412-321-2400.

AAAP members will have telescopes on the front lawn, which will be available for viewing after dark for everyone, even if you don’t have reservations for the tours.
AAAP Off-site star parties
Sept. 14 – with “Full Moon Hike,” Frick Park, 8:30 to 11:00 PM
Sept. 26 – Kunkle Park
Sept. 28 – Murrysville Community Park (4056 Wiestertown Rd 15632), 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Sept. 28 – and presentation, Bethel Park Community Center, 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Oct. 4 – “Fall Wonders,” Schenley Park, 8:00 to 10:30 PM
Oct. 11 – and presentation, Baldwin Borough Public Library, 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Oct. 12 (rain date Oct. 13) Monroeville Public Library
Oct. 18 – and presentation, Hillman State Park, 6:30 to 9:00 PM
Oct. 21 (rain date Oct. 23) East Allegheny School District
Astronomical League Good Lighting Awards
Nominations for the Astronomical League Good Lighting Awards as a Component of Community Enlightenment – Thanks to Terry Trees and the AAAP for this information.

We’ve been asked to gather examples of good, attractive lighting in our community. Select the best, and award the winner a plaque for display.
Three important factors for evaluation:
Are the outdoor lights properly shielded?
Is the illumination at a proper level?
If the lights are LEDs, are their color temperatures less than or equal to 2700K?

We will invite the media to our presentation. Hoping to spark others into action. Contact Terry at for more information.
IDA Local Meeting
Tuesday, Oct 1 for the next IDA local meeting at Allegheny Observatory. 6:30 - 8 pm.