October 2018 Mid-Month 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 and 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).
Don't forget to like our Facebook Page @IDApghOrg

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

Wagman & Mingo Star Parties
Sponsored by the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh

October 20th ( Sci-Fi Themed) & 27th & November 3rd
Starting at 6:30 PM EDT
Mingo Creek Park Observatory
1 Shelter 10 Road
Finleyville, PA 15332

October 27th & November 10th
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 .
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 feature film of the same name starring Ryan Gosling.

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

November 9th
7:00 PM - From Earth to the Universe
8:00 PM - Supervolcanos

November 30th
5:00 PM - Children's Show - Larry Cat in Space
6:00 PM - Children's Show - Accidental Astronauts

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.

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.

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Astronomy on Tap
November 14th
7:00 PM
3810 Butler Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Hotdogs and Not Dogs on the menu. The three, short astronomy talks will be hotdog themed.

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Behind the Scenes with the Smithsonian’s Michael Neufeld
December 9th
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Heinz History Center

Dr Michael Neufield is the senior curator of the Smithsonian's space history at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. Dr. Neufield will talk about his work at the Smithsonian and discuss how American made history by putting a man on the moon in 1969.

See More Here
Astronomy Links
Physics Department at CMU
Facebook Page
Twitter Feed
Events Page

Astronomy on Tap
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Department of Physics and Astronomy at Pitt
Facebook Page
Twitter Feed
Summary Page
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
November 16th: Simons Observatory -- The Next Great Microwave Telescopes
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 20th & 27th & November 3rd
November 3rd

October 27th & November 10th
November 10th