September 2018 Newsletter

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IDA Pittsburgh Chapter Meeting
Monday, September 17th
6:30 PM

The next Pittsburgh chapter meeting of the International Dark-sky Association will be Monday, September 17th at 6:30 pm in the Wright Room of the Cohon University Center at Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.

We'll be discussing the new project to make a detailed Pittsburgh city light pollution map before the LED streetlights start being installed next year.

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).

2dc824ef-c581-49e2-a9d8-9e13e00360a9.jpg Spectroscopy from Drone Flight over CMU, credit: Michael Lincoln
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Two Scientists Walk Into A Bar
September 22nd at locations around the Pittsburgh Area

Join local scientists at popular watering holes around the Pittsburgh Area! Sponsored by Carnegie Science Center. Times and locations subject to change. Contact the Carnegie Science Center for further information.

Check out the list of locations (*Astronomy Focused):

Roundabout Brewery (6-8pm)
Abjuration Brewing (3-5pm)
East End Brewing (1-3pm east end location)
East End Brewing (1-3pm strip district location
De Fer Coffee Shop (12-2pm)
* Federal Galley with Diane Turnshek (5-7pm)
* 4 Seasons Brewing with Patrick Cooper (6-8pm)
Rusty Gold Brewing (3-5pm)
Cobblehause Brewing (2-4pm)
* Spoonwood Brewing with Andrew Zenter (6:30-8:30pm)
Wigle Whiskey (5-7pm & 7:30-9:30pm)
Threadbare Cider (5-7pm & 7:30-9:30pm)
River's Casino (TBD)
Bier's Pub (TBD)
Allegheny Wine Mixer (TBD)
Burgh'ers Brewing (TBD)
Allegheny City Brewing (TBD)
* Grist House with Ralph Crewe (4-6pm)
Park House (TBD)
The Modern Cafe (TBD)
Couch Brewing (TBD)
Park House (TBD)
Helltown Brewing (1-3pm)
Levity Brewing (TBD)

AAAP Meetings
The September 14th AAAP meeting will be held at 7:30 pm in the Buhl Planetarium on the second level at the Carnegie Science Center. John Thornton (CEO of Astrobotics) will speak on "Making the Moon Accessible to the World." The planetarium doors close and lock at 7:30 pm, so don't be late!

The October 12th meeting of the AAAP will be held at 343 Alumni Hall on the Pitt Main Campus in Oakland at 7:30 pm. Arthur Kosowsky (Pitt) will present, "Simons Observatory: The Next Great Microwave Telescopes."
Wagman & Mingo Star Parties
Sponsored by the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh

September 15th & 29th
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.
AAAP Off-Site Presentations & Star Parties!
Let's get ready for Fall and kick off the new season with these presentations & star parties.

Kunkle Park Star Party
September 15th
9:00 PM
285 Pine Run Church Road
Apollo, PA 15613
Kunkle Park Website

Bethel Park Community Center
Off-site star party
Sept. 15, rain date 29, 8:00 to 10:30 pm.

Citiparks Schenley Overlook Star Party
September 16th and September 30th
9:00 PM
Schenley Park Website

Citiparks Emerald View Star Party
October 4th
9:00 PM
Emerld View Park Website

Hillman State Park
Off-site star party
Oct. 5 at 6:45 pm - midnight
Website Link

Jacob’s Creek Park
Off-site star party
Oct. 12
Website Link

Mason-Dixon Line Festival
Off-site star party
Oct. 13
Website Link
Library Star Parties
Mark your calendar for this month's library star parties!

Registration is required. Contact the library for registration information. Bring binoculars if you have them!

Balwin Library on September 14th at 6:30 PM
41 Macek Drive #115
Pittsburgh, PA 15227
Baldwin Website

Bethel Park Library on September 15th at 8:30PM
5100 W Library Avenue
Bethel Park, PA 15102
Bethel Park Website

Monroeville Library on September 19th at 7:00 PM
4000 Gateway Campus Blvd.
Monroeville, PA 15146
Monroeville Website

Whitehall Public Library on September 22nd at 7:00 PM
...rain date 29
Snyder's Field
Southview Drive
Whitehall Website

Monroeville Library on September 28th at 7:00 PM
4000 Gateway Campus Blvd.
Monroeville, PA 15146
Monroeville Website

Allegheny Observatory Lecture
There still are Allegheny Observatory Open House tickets available for Friday, October 28 for tours starting at 7:30, 8:30, 9:00, 9:30 and 10:00 pm.

To get free tickets, contact Allegheny Observatory .
159 Riverview Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15214

Call Lou Coban on Monday, Sept. 24th at 1:00 pm for free reservations to the public lecture on October 19th: "The Shape of the Universe: A History of the Geometry of Nature from Plato to String Theory" by Patrick Cooper (Department of Physics, Duquesne University)

Reservations are required.

For more information contact Allegheny Observatory .

WVU - Planetarium & Observatory - Events
September 14th
5:00 PM
Children's Shows: The Secrets of Gravity and Acciental Astronauts

September 28th
6:00 PM
Fall Family Weekend: Stars of the Pharoahs

September 29th
6:00 PM
Fall Family Weekend: Ultimate Universe

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.

Optica Fantastica: Images to Illuminate the Physics of Light
4:30 pm on Tuesday, September 25
Sir Michael Berry will visit Pittsburgh to give a talk in Wean Hall 7316

Abstract: A talk based entirely on pictures. Seas sparkle, sunshine generates rainbows, ships make waves. The explanations of these familiar phenomena are as abstract as elsewhere in physics, but pictures are helpful because in light and waves on water we can often see what we are thinking about. There are other optical phenomena that are not immediately perceived (associated with polarization or fine-scale interference, for example), but even with these we can generate pictures to help our understanding. Poets and novelists, as well as painters, have sometimes represented optical phenomena in ways that are surprisingly close to those of physicists.

Astronomy on Tap
September 27th
Astronomy on Tap will be at East End Brewing starting at 7 pm.
Check Facebook or Twitter for updated information:

New Pittsburgh Astronomers

The Pittsburgh Astronomy community would like to welcome two new Astronomers to the Physics Department at Carnegie Mellon University.

Dr. Qirong Zhu studies the co-evolution of massive black holes and host galaxies from cosmic dawn to present day using a set of high-resolution, hydrodynamic cosmological simulations.

Dr. Arya Farahi works on cosmological large scale structure simulations to better understand the characteristic properties of detection pipelines and statistical models in the Dark Energy Survey.

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

University of Pittsburgh - Department of Astronomy & Physics - Events
Remember to check out the September Events at

Astronomy Links
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Events Page

Department of Physics and Astronomy at Pitt
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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
September 21st -- FULL
October 19th
November 16th
Buhl Planetarium: SkyWatch
September 21st

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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September 7th & 8th
October 6th & 20th
November 3rd

September 15th & 29th
October 13th & 27th
November 10th