January 2019 Announcement

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AAAP January 11 Meeting
7:30 pm at the Allegheny Observatory

Open to the public

Ryan Muzzio (CMU, Department of Physics)
"Young Stellar Objects: The Opening Chapter in the Life of a Star"

IAU (International Astronomical Union) 100 Year Anniversary
To celebrate IAU' 100 year anniversary they will have a year-long celebration to increase awareness of a century of astronomical discoveries. IAU is inviting astronomy and physics students to write a short story, of no more than 150 words, as part of their challenge on creative writing.

The deadline for submission is 15 January 2019, 11 pm UTC.

See IAU's website for further information.

Moon Shot
January 18th and 19th

Seven actors squeeze onto a 21-square feet stage to recreating the Apollo 11 moon landing. The show brings humor to space exploration with a stage as tight as NASA's original Mercury capsules.

Run Time: 60 minutes, no intermission

Byham Theater
101 6th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Total Lunar Eclipse
Wagman Observatory will be open to the public for the Total Lunar Eclipse on Sunday night January 20 from 10 PM until 2 AM. Totality lasts from 11:41 PM to 12:44 AM. Mid-eclipse is at 12:12 AM.

The Nicholas E. Wagman Observatory is located in Deer Lakes Regional Park.
The Lunar Eclipse Party will be held WEATHER PERMITTING., 724-224-2510 for more information.

Astronomy Public Lecture Series
Remember to call Lou Coban at 1 pm on Monday, January 21 at 412-321-2400 for free reservations to the February 15th Astronomy Public Lecture Series talk by particle theorist Brian Batell (Pitt)

Local IDA Meeting Set for Jan. 23
The next Pittsburgh Chapter meeting of the International Dark-sky Association (IDA) will be held Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 6:30 pm at Allegheny will be called off if it snows.

The event is free and open to the public. Please join us for progress reports on our many projects.

Destination Moon Exhibit
Open until February 18th

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

Website Link

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:

"Chasing Darkness" by Eva Botkin-Kowacki
Pittsburgh got a shout-out in the Christian Science Monitor article "Chasing Darkness" by Eva Botkin-Kowacki.

Read it Here

International Dark-sky Association Donor's Calendar
Pitt student Mike Lincoln has a photo in the International Dark-sky Association donor's calendar for 2019.

For a $50 donation to IDA (, you can own a calendar and see his spectacular astrophotography of the Milky Way from a dark site south of Pittsburgh, photoshopped onto a City of Pittsburgh image from Mount Washington.