Hello Astronomy Enthusiasts!
JUNE 2018

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IDA Pittsburgh Chapter Meeting
Thursday, June 7th
6:30 PM

Wagman Observatory
225 Kurn Road
Tarentum, PA 15084

This meeting is for logistics and planning as the chapter organizes its projects. Topics will include strategies to address local community street light pollution and a list of projects that we'll be working on in the coming months.

You might want to throw a portable chair in the trunk, if you have one. There are limited chairs available. We will hold the meeting inside in the event of rain.

Invite your friends! Free and open to the public. Thanks to Heather Panek for making the Facebook invite page!

Note that we have a new email address at
Our website will be getting a new look soon thanks to Sarah O'Melia!

July's meeting will be held at Mingo Observatory.

Don't forget to like our Facebook Page @IDApghOrg

Bill Snyder Astrophotographer Display
Three Rivers Arts Festival

June 1st through the 10th

Bill Snyder, one of the area's finest astrophotographers, has his work displayed at the Three Rivers Arts Festival. Dont miss his colorful artwork at booth #23.
Astronomy on Tap

June 7th
7:00 PM

East End Brewing
147 Julius Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Join Astronomy on Tap Pittsburgh for their upcoming gathering. There will be fun, informal, and accessible talks about astronomy by some friendly local astronomers! We will also have games, prizes, and of course there will be beer!
Wagman & Mingo Star Parties!
Sponsored by the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh

June 8th & 9th
Starting at 6:30 PM EDT
Mingo Creek Park Observatory
1 Shelter 10 Road
Finleyville, PA 15332

June 22nd & 23rd
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
June 15th
7:00 PM

Allegheny Observatory
159 Riverview Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15214

Lectures are held every third Friday of the month. Note that the "Statistics and Machine Learning in Modern Astronomy" lecture was changed for June. We are currently working on the details for this month's lecture.

Reservations are required.

For more information:
Library Star Parties
Stay Tuned for Upcoming Events!

Balwin Library on July 6th & 13th
Bethel Park Library on July 18th & 25th

Details to be announced at a later date.

University of Pittsburgh - Department of Astronomy & Physics - Events
Remember to check out the Events at

WVU - Planetarium & Observatory - Events
Children's Show: Earth Moon Sun
June 22nd
5:00 PM

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.

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

Department of Physics and Astronomy at Pitt
Facebook Page
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Allegheny Observatory Lecture Series
Call Lou at 412-321-2400, after 1:00 PM on the Monday, June 18th to reserve a space for the July 20th lecture which is "Neutrinos by Diana Parno, CMU"


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2018 Lecture Dates
June 15th
July 20th
August 17th
September 21st
October 19th
November 16th
Buhl Planetarium: SkyWatch
June 21st

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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June 8th & 9th
July 20th & 21st
August 11th & 18th
September 7th & 8th
October 6th & 20th
November 3rd

June 22nd & 23rd
July 20th & 21st
August 17th & 18th
September 15th & 29th
October 13th & 27th
November 10th