Where Have the Stars Gone?
January 26, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Free for members; $5 students; $10 non-members. Advance registration required.

As the Frick plans an important project to better light our museum campus for visitors, we are thinking about the serious issue of Dark Skies, and are beginning a series of Dark Skies programs with this presentation and panel conversation by local leading experts. Diane Turnshek and Stephen Quick’s research at Carnegie Mellon University, originally intended to help the city with the upcoming relamping of Pittsburgh’s streetlights with new LEDs, has led to a better understanding of how nighttime lighting can be achieved so we can see stars and the milky way at night, assist astronomers with their work, and help restore a better environmental balance. They will be joined by Daylon Burt, President of the International Dark-Sky Association, Pittsburgh Section and Michael Lincoln, Director of the Pennsylvania International Dark-Skies organization. After introducing the concept of Dark Skies and how the night sky is adversely impacted by over-lighting, we will discuss easy and important steps everyone can take to reduce our lighting impact on the night sky.

Pittsburgh Dark Sky Meeting
February 3, 2021
7:00 PM

Pittsburgh Section of the International Dark Sky Organization meeting Wednesday evening, Feb 3, online, check out details at (and sign up for the newsletter.)

Woodland Hills Telescope

The Woodland Hills Telescope has been sold to the highest bidder, but only the optics will be removed for future use and the rest scrapped.

If anyone is interested in the other parts, including the dome, please let me know in the next week or so.

Star Parties and Lectures

The AAAP has temporarily suspended star parties. Stay tuned.

The Allegheny Observatory lectures are still on hold.

The Confluence of Astronomy and Genre Fiction
February 6, 2021
12:00 PM

Online genre writing workshop:
Science fiction, fantasy and horror writers have always had a love affair with the night sky, but portraying it as it really looks takes going outside and looking up. Light pollution has obscured most of the stars from our view. With free planetarium programs available now, authors can know what the phase of the Moon was on a particular date and when it rose, have characters tromp through a dark night during the peak of a meteor shower, catch an eclipse in the making and see what Earth looks like in the skies of Mars. For verisimilitude's sake, let's take the stars out of our eyes and put them back in the sky where they belong.

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Local Podcasts

Daylon Burt's is starting a new podcast on astrophotography to go along with his "Escaping the Office" one:

"Isn't that Something"
This channel is a curious melange of things that make you say "Isn't that something." Produced by Ralph Crewe. Expect new videos on a huge range of topics semi-regularly.