October 2018 Newsletter

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IDA Pittsburgh Chapter Meeting
Monday, October 22nd
6:30 PM

The next Pittsburgh chapter meeting of the International Dark-Sky Association will be Monday, October 22nd at 6:30 pm in the Connan Room of the Cohon University Center at Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.

We'll be discussing the City of Pittsburgh plans to begin changing streetlights to LEDs in 2019. A new Metro 21 grant at CMU to make a light pollution map of Pittsburgh, before, during and after the installation using UAVs. We’ll also continue discussion of our various projects.

Free, open to the public, free parking in the East Campus Garage next door (take a ticket at the entrance, then put it back in when you leave).
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AAAP Meetings

The October 12th meeting of the AAAP will be held at 343 Alumni Hall on the Pitt Main Campus in Oakland at 7:30 pm. Arthur Kosowsky (Pitt) will present, "Simons Observatory: The Next Great Microwave Telescopes."
Wagman & Mingo Star Parties
Sponsored by the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh

October 6th & 27th
Starting at 6:30 PM EDT
Mingo Creek Park Observatory
1 Shelter 10 Road
Finleyville, PA 15332

October 13th & 27th
Starting at 8:45 PM EDT
Nicholas E. Wagman Observatory
225 Kurn Road
Tarentum, PA 15084

Meet friendly, intelligent amateur astronomers who are anxious to share their hobby. This is a great place to start if you have recently purchased a telescope or are looking for information about buying a telescope. Bring your own binoculars or just use your own eyes. All AAAP Star Parties are free, but donations are appreciated!

The Star Parties will be held WEATHER PERMITTING.
Allegheny Observatory Lecture

Call Lou Coban on Monday, October 22nd at 1:00 pm for free reservations to the public lecture on November 16th: "Simons Observatory: The Next Great Microwave Telescopes." Presenter: Arthur Kosowsky (Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pittsburgh)

Reservations are required.

For more information contact Allegheny Observatory .
October Calhoun StarGaze
West Virginia star party!

October 5th - 7th

Join regional Amateur Astronomers at the Calhoun County Dark Skies Park in West Virginia for the 3rd annual Calhoun Stargaze Starparty!
Website Link

AAAP Off-Site Presentations and Star Parties!
Let's celebrate fall with these presentations and star parties.

Citiparks Emerald View Star Party
Off-site star party
October 4th
9:00 PM
Website Link

Hillman State Park
Off-site star party
October 5th at 6:45 pm - midnight
Website Link

Jacob’s Creek Park
Off-site star party
October 12th
Website Link

Mason-Dixon Line Festival
Off-site star party
October 13th
Website Link
Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission

Opens September 29th at the Heinz History Center

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

Destination Moon Launch Party

October 12th
6:00 - 9:00 PM
Join the Heinz History Center for a groundbreaking new exhibition from the Smithsonian. See the moon exhibition and the original Columbia Command Module.
Website Link

Destination Moon Movie Nights at Row House Cinema

Heinz History Center

October 2nd
7:30 - 10:00 PM

A special one-night-only screening of the movie “The Right Stuff” and hear about the Destination Moon exhibition from a History Center curator.
Website Link

October 3rd
7:00 - 10:00 PM

Experience the award-winning 2016 film "Hidden Figures" as it explores the contributions of a team of female African American mathematicians who served a vital role at NASA during the early years of America’s space program.
Website Link

Tickets are $10 per person, available through Row House Cinema.
First Man: An Evening with James R. Hansen

Heinz History Center

November 1st
7:00 - 9:00 PM

Spend an evening with James R. Hansen, author of “First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong” and expert consultant on the upcoming feature film of the same name starring Ryan Gosling.
Website Link
WVU - Planetarium & Observatory - Events
October 12th
7:00 PM Solar Superstorms
8:00 PM Understanding Dark Matter

October 26th
5:00 PM Monthly Children's Show - The Secrets of Gravity
6:00 PM Monthly Children's Show Earth's Wild Ride

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.

Tom Reiland's Star Hopping Classes

October 15th & 17th
7:00 PM
Location: Wagman Observatory
Conducted by Tom Reiland, Director, Nicholas E. Wagman Observatory

Tom Reiland will be conducting astronomical observing classes for beginners and those with some minor experience. If you are interested, please contact/message me for more info. There is no fee, though donations are always welcome. Bring your binoculars and/or telescopes if you wish. Tom does not use or operate computer aided scopes. I will instruct those attending how use the Star-Hopping Method that he learned and later developed some of his own techniques. Classes will be held weather permitting. Class size is limited.

See the AAAP Facebook Page for further information.
Science You Can See (and Hear)

November 13th and 14th
Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall at the University of Pittsburgh
During the day for school students and Tuesday night for the public

This year’s Faraday Lecture will be presented by the team of Colin Gould and Gregg Gould. The demonstrations performed will fall in two general areas; electromagnetic induction and sound. Many of the demonstrations will utilize particularly large-scale apparatus to help the audience see/hear the scientific principles involved. These lectures/demonstrations are entertaining as well as educational.
Website Link
Solar System Poems from Local Author

Mary Soon Lee was born and raised in London, but now lives in Pittsburgh. She writes both fiction and poetry, and has won the Rhysling Award and the Elgin Award. Check out the links for her poetry.

How to Speak to Pluto

How to Fly by Neptune
Careers in Space
Check out local careeres in space robotics. Visit the Astrobotic website for further information.

Astronomy Links
Physics Department at CMU
Facebook Page
Twitter Feed
Events Page

Astronomy on Tap
Facebook Page

Department of Physics and Astronomy at Pitt
Facebook Page
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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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2018 Lecture Dates
October 19th
November 16th
Buhl Planetarium: SkyWatch
October 20th and November 23rd

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 2018 public star parties at Mingo and Wagman Observatories.

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October 6th & 20th
November 3rd

October 13th & 27th
November 10th