Monday, June 20, 2016

An Invite to s Star Party

The Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh is inviting people to a Star Party at
Mingo Creek Park Observatory, located in Mingo Creek Park, Mansion Hill Extension, past Shelter 10 in Washington County, Pa.

Dates:  Friday and Saturday, July 8 and 9, WEATHER PERMITTING
 Times: Safe solar observing; 6:30 PM

Night sky observing; approximately 9:00 PM

 Come and learn about the Mingo Creek Park Observatory, the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh and astronomy in general. The evening events consist of the following:
There will be safe observing of the Sun beginning approximately two hours before sunset through the 4” Lunt Hydrogen Alpha telescope.

After dusk using both the 10” D & G Refractor and the 24” Optical Guidance Systems Reflector telescopes, observe the wonders of the July night sky.  Some objects observed may include views of Jupiter and its moons, Saturn and its rings, Mars and the craters of the Moon.  Many deep sky objects may also be observed such as the Ring Nebula and other nebulae, clusters and double stars.
Presentations about current events in astronomy and the Mingo Creek Park night sky will take place in the Richard Y. Haddad Planetarium at various times throughout the night.

 The Mingo Creek Park Observatory is handicap accessible.  There is no charge for your visit, donations to cover operating expenses will be accepted.  No reservation is needed and there is no limit on group sizes.

NOTE:  Mingo Creek Park Observatory and its grounds, as a part of Mingo Creek County Park, are a no smoking and no alcohol permitted area.

Mingo Creek Park Observatory is operated by an all-volunteer staff of members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh.

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