Hello Astronomy Enthusiasts!
Just a couple of quick announcements for you.

Allegheny Observatory Lecture
June 15th
7:00 PM

Friday, June 15, the Allegheny Observatory talk will be "Organics on Mars" by Diane Turnshek instead of "Statistics and Machine Learning in Modern Astronomy" by Ann Lee. Dr Lee will follow up with her topic in the 2019 lecture series.

Call Lou Cobin at Allegheny Observatory at 1 pm on Monday, June 18 at 412-321-2400 for free reservations for the Friday, July 20 talk by Diana Pardo (CMU) on "Neutrinos: To Earth from the Stars and Beyond."

Allegheny Observatory
159 Riverview Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15214

Reservations are required. For more information:

Life on Mars - Cooper-Siegel Library
"The First Martians"
June 21st

It's time for humans to go to Mars. In the 60's and 70's, lunar missions were designed for "flags and footprints" -- political statements, with no extended plans. Mars is a planet with 1/3 Earth gravity, subsurface water and a thin atmosphere, and that allows for the possibility of colonization. NASA has plans to send astronauts to the red planet in the 2030's, but private organizations are outpacing our government's schedule. It takes a planet to achieve this extraordinary goal. Who will be first to make Mars their home?

Cooper-Siegel Community Library
403 Fox Chapel Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
For more information: 412.828.9520. x15

Dark Skies Over Pittsburgh
RMU - Stem Speaker Series
June 27th
6:00 - 7:00 PM
Robert Morris University
Yorktown Hall

Speaker Diane Turnshek teaches astronomy at Carnegie Mellon University and The University of Pittsburgh. She crewed the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah, where she turned her attention to dark sky advocacy. She also heads the Pittsburgh chapter of the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) and is a Dark Sky Defender award recipient.

Join us & learn more about our stars and the night sky!

Why are LEDs making the stars harder to see? What do satellite data, ISS photos and nighttime drone flights tell us about where to see the Milky Way in Allegheny County? Learn about how everyday citizens have taken up the fight to take back our dark skies & what you can do to help!

Free Event Open to the Public Register to Attend: Sarah Macdonald, SEMS Outreach Manager 412.397.6331 or

Two Scientists Walk Into Bar

The Carnegie Science Center is hosting “Two Scientists Walk Into A Bar” on Friday, August 3, 2018. The goal is to bring science to the public in an informal and engaging way. 50 scientists in 25 bars around town. Visit the website for times and locations the week before the event.

Hashtag #twoscientists