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PghConstellation.com Astronomy Enthusiasts
May 2018 Newsletter
Friday, May 4, Hidden Figures Movie Screening
4 – 6 pm, A301D Doherty Hall, CMU, 5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
The 2016 movie Hidden Figures is about black female mathematicians -- human computers -- who worked at NASA during the Space Race of the 50s and 60s. It chronicles the life of Katherine Johnson (who calculated flight trajectories, launch windows, etc.), Dorothy Vaughan (a NASA supervisor) and Mary Jackson (a NASA engineer). 
Katherine Johnson is now 99 years old. 
The film received three Oscar nominations, two Golden Globe Awards and a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast.
Hosted by the CMU Physics Department's group “Constructive Interference: Women and Minorities in Physics,” who would like to thank the CMU Physics Department, the GSA and the CMU Libraries for their support. The movie is based on an award-winning, non-fiction book by Margot Lee Shetterly, which CI members read and discussed throughout the semester.
Rated PG. Free. Everyone is welcome. Snacks provided. No registration required. Children must be supervised by an adult.
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Wednesday, May 9.  VR - Virtual Reality Planetarium Show
Doors open at 7, lecture at 8, board games continue until 10.
Looking for Group (LFG) - a gaming and coding community center in Brookline (South Hills)
924 Brookline Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15226
Phone: (774) 482-1264
Owners@lfgpgh.com
https://www.lfgpgh.com/
Adler Planetarium is putting on a VR planetarium show. LFG will broadcast the lecture starting at 8:00 pm. Use a smartphone to stream YouTube 360 with provided VR cardboard cutouts.
Feel free to also come to Board Game Night. One $5 entrance fee grants access to both.
"The increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide due to burning coal, oil and gas represents an unprecedented experiment on the planet Earth. Dr. Schrag will discuss how the history of Earth and its neighboring planets provide hints of how that experiment might unfold.
Dr. Schrag has worked on a range of issues in energy technology and policy, including advanced technologies for low-carbon transportation fuel, carbon capture and storage, and risks and opportunities of shale gas. He was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2000. From 2009-2017, he served on President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), contributing to many reports to the President, including energy technology and national energy policy, agricultural preparedness, climate change, and STEM education
Refreshments for this event at LFG-PGH sponsored by Susan and Buck Batson.
https://www.lfgpgh.com/index.php/event/vr-planetarium-show/?instance_id=5966
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Friday, May 11, AAAP Meeting, Carnegie Science Center, 7:30 pm, Mark Kochte, NASA New Horizons Mission Specialist, will talk about “Pluto and Beyond,” the visit of the New Horizons probe to Kuiper Belt Object 2014 Mu69, which is 44.2AU from the Sun. Amateur Astronomical Association of Pittsburgh (AAAP) meetings are free and open to the public. 3ap.org
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Sunday, May 6, 9 pm Urban Astronomizers, Park Ranger Zachary Zelazny's star parties, Schenley Park, Monday, May 7, 9 pm makeup date
Thursday, May 17, 9 pm Schenley Park, Sunday, May 20, 9 pm makeup date
Tuesday, May 29, 9 pm Emerald View Overlook (Mt. Washington Overlook), Thursday, May 31, 9 pm makeup date
https://www.facebook.com/groups/447348198954588/
Zack says, “We're close to the Ice Skating rink. Just take Overlook Drive to where the one-way turn around circle is (marked on the map) and proceed over the hill. I'll have a red light on for you to help locate us!” Map here:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/pamnlOvJk56jCOWJ3
“Please feel free to join, hang out, even bring along your own setup if you'd like. Park ordinances are in effect, no smoking anywhere in the park; any dogs present must be on a leash and remain 10 feet away from any telescope.”
GPS coordinates 40.43081, -79.94584
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The AAAP star parties
Murrysville Community Park, run by Bill Moutz, Tuesday, May 15, beginning at 7:30 pm 
4056 Weistertown Road, Murrysville PA 15632
Mingo Observatory: May 18 & 19; Jun 8 & 9; Jul 20 & 21; Aug 11 & 18; Sep 7 & 8; Oct 6 & 20; Nov 3
Wagman Observatory: May 18 & 19; Jun 22 & 23; Jul 20, & 21; Aug 17 & 18; Sep 15 & 29; Oct 13 & 27; Nov 10
Saturday, May 26, run by Terry Trees, Kunkle Park, 285 Pine Run Church Road., Apollo, PA 15613, starts at sundown
https://3ap.org/resources/star-parties/
for addresses and times
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Sunday May 20, 1 – 3 pm, Nebula Awards mass autographing with 91 science fiction and fantasy authors, including John Scalzi (The Rough Guide to the Universe), Joe Haldeman (Marsbound), Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn), Mary Robinette Kowal (The Calculating Stars), David Levine (Arabella of Mars), Patrick Rothfuss (The Name of the Wind), Lawrence M. Schoen (The Moons of Barsk), Tomas Sweterlitsch (Gone World), and Connie Willis (Doomsday Book).
Free, open to the public.
Pittsburgh Marriott City Center, Grand Ballroom
112 Washington Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
https://nebulas.sfwa.org/
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Monday, May 21, Call Lou Coban at 412-321-2400 at 1 pm for reservations to the June 15th Allegheny Observatory astronomy lecture series talk, “Statistics and Machine Learning in Astronomy” by Ann Lee, Department of Statistics and Data Science, Carnegie Mellon University
https://www.pitt.edu/~aobsvtry/lectures.html
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Saturday, May 19 at 8 and 10 pm, Carnegie Science Center's Buhl Skywatch program
Cost: $4 for non-members / $2 for members and as an add-on to general admission.
Meet in the first floor of Carnegie Science Center at either 8 pm or 10 pm. A guide will lead you to our second-floor Buhl Planetarium, to start the evening with a virtual tour of the night sky.
http://carnegiesciencecenter.org/planetarium/buhl-planetarium-skywatch/
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Spot the station
Have you seen the International Space Station? Look here for future passes in May: 
https://spotthestation.nasa.gov/sightings/view.cfm?country=United_States&region=Pennsylvania&city=Pittsburgh#.Wur3gtPwafU
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