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Party with the stars at Wagman Observatory

Mary Pickels
| Tuesday, April 17, 2018 12:21 p.m
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Louis B. Ruediger| Tribune-Review
Wagman Observatory, located in Deer Lakes Park, is the site of two upcoming Star Parties at 8:50 p.m. June 22-23.
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Guy Wathen | TRIB TOTAL MEDIA
The Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh will host star parties April 20-21 at Nicholas E. Wagman Observatory in Deer Lakes Park. Events are free and open to the public. Above, an audience listens to Bill Roemer of South Fayette Township as he gives a talk about star families during a 2014 star party at Mingo Creek Park Observatory in Washington County.
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Louis B. Ruediger| Tribune-Review
Wagman Observatory, located in Deer Lakes Park, is the site of two upcoming Star Parties at 8:50 p.m. June 22-23.
ptrastronomers2072414
Guy Wathen | TRIB TOTAL MEDIA
The Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh will host star parties April 20-21 at Nicholas E. Wagman Observatory in Deer Lakes Park. Events are free and open to the public. Above, an audience listens to Bill Roemer of South Fayette Township as he gives a talk about star families during a 2014 star party at Mingo Creek Park Observatory in Washington County.
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Louis B. Ruediger| Tribune-Review
Wagman Observatory, located in Deer Lakes Park, is the site of two upcoming Star Parties at 8:50 p.m. June 22-23.
ptrastronomers2072414
Guy Wathen | TRIB TOTAL MEDIA
The Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh will host star parties April 20-21 at Nicholas E. Wagman Observatory in Deer Lakes Park. Events are free and open to the public. Above, an audience listens to Bill Roemer of South Fayette Township as he gives a talk about star families during a 2014 star party at Mingo Creek Park Observatory in Washington County.
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Louis B. Ruediger| Tribune-Review
Wagman Observatory, located in Deer Lakes Park, is the site of two upcoming Star Parties at 8:50 p.m. June 22-23.
ptrastronomers2072414
Guy Wathen | TRIB TOTAL MEDIA
The Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh will host star parties April 20-21 at Nicholas E. Wagman Observatory in Deer Lakes Park. Events are free and open to the public. Above, an audience listens to Bill Roemer of South Fayette Township as he gives a talk about star families during a 2014 star party at Mingo Creek Park Observatory in Washington County.
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Louis B. Ruediger| Tribune-Review
Wagman Observatory, located in Deer Lakes Park, is the site of two upcoming Star Parties at 8:50 p.m. June 22-23.
ptrastronomers2072414
Guy Wathen | TRIB TOTAL MEDIA
The Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh will host star parties April 20-21 at Nicholas E. Wagman Observatory in Deer Lakes Park. Events are free and open to the public. Above, an audience listens to Bill Roemer of South Fayette Township as he gives a talk about star families during a 2014 star party at Mingo Creek Park Observatory in Washington County.
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Louis B. Ruediger| Tribune-Review
Wagman Observatory, located in Deer Lakes Park, is the site of two upcoming Star Parties at 8:50 p.m. June 22-23.
ptrastronomers2072414
Guy Wathen | TRIB TOTAL MEDIA
The Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh will host star parties April 20-21 at Nicholas E. Wagman Observatory in Deer Lakes Park. Events are free and open to the public. Above, an audience listens to Bill Roemer of South Fayette Township as he gives a talk about star families during a 2014 star party at Mingo Creek Park Observatory in Washington County.
VNDWagmanObservatory072717
Louis B. Ruediger| Tribune-Review
Wagman Observatory, located in Deer Lakes Park, is the site of two upcoming Star Parties at 8:50 p.m. June 22-23.
ptrastronomers2072414
Guy Wathen | TRIB TOTAL MEDIA
The Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh will host star parties April 20-21 at Nicholas E. Wagman Observatory in Deer Lakes Park. Events are free and open to the public. Above, an audience listens to Bill Roemer of South Fayette Township as he gives a talk about star families during a 2014 star party at Mingo Creek Park Observatory in Washington County.
VNDWagmanObservatory072717
Louis B. Ruediger| Tribune-Review
Wagman Observatory, located in Deer Lakes Park, is the site of two upcoming Star Parties at 8:50 p.m. June 22-23.
ptrastronomers2072414
Guy Wathen | TRIB TOTAL MEDIA
The Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh will host star parties April 20-21 at Nicholas E. Wagman Observatory in Deer Lakes Park. Events are free and open to the public. Above, an audience listens to Bill Roemer of South Fayette Township as he gives a talk about star families during a 2014 star party at Mingo Creek Park Observatory in Washington County.
VNDWagmanObservatory072717
Louis B. Ruediger| Tribune-Review
Wagman Observatory, located in Deer Lakes Park, is the site of two upcoming Star Parties at 8:50 p.m. June 22-23.
ptrastronomers2072414
Guy Wathen | TRIB TOTAL MEDIA
The Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh will host star parties April 20-21 at Nicholas E. Wagman Observatory in Deer Lakes Park. Events are free and open to the public. Above, an audience listens to Bill Roemer of South Fayette Township as he gives a talk about star families during a 2014 star party at Mingo Creek Park Observatory in Washington County.
VNDWagmanObservatory072717
Louis B. Ruediger| Tribune-Review
Wagman Observatory, located in Deer Lakes Park, is the site of two upcoming Star Parties at 8:50 p.m. June 22-23.
ptrastronomers2072414
Guy Wathen | TRIB TOTAL MEDIA
The Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh will host star parties April 20-21 at Nicholas E. Wagman Observatory in Deer Lakes Park. Events are free and open to the public. Above, an audience listens to Bill Roemer of South Fayette Township as he gives a talk about star families during a 2014 star party at Mingo Creek Park Observatory in Washington County.
VNDWagmanObservatory072717
Louis B. Ruediger| Tribune-Review
Wagman Observatory, located in Deer Lakes Park, is the site of two upcoming Star Parties at 8:50 p.m. June 22-23.
ptrastronomers2072414
Guy Wathen | TRIB TOTAL MEDIA
The Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh will host star parties April 20-21 at Nicholas E. Wagman Observatory in Deer Lakes Park. Events are free and open to the public. Above, an audience listens to Bill Roemer of South Fayette Township as he gives a talk about star families during a 2014 star party at Mingo Creek Park Observatory in Washington County.
VNDWagmanObservatory072717
Louis B. Ruediger| Tribune-Review
Wagman Observatory, located in Deer Lakes Park, is the site of two upcoming Star Parties at 8:50 p.m. June 22-23.
ptrastronomers2072414
Guy Wathen | TRIB TOTAL MEDIA
The Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh will host star parties April 20-21 at Nicholas E. Wagman Observatory in Deer Lakes Park. Events are free and open to the public. Above, an audience listens to Bill Roemer of South Fayette Township as he gives a talk about star families during a 2014 star party at Mingo Creek Park Observatory in Washington County.

With some cooperation from Mother Nature, and all eyes trained above, participants in the April 20-21 star parties at Nicholas E. Wagman Observatory in Deer Lakes Park may view the planet Venus, the Great Orion Nebula, and the moon one to two days before the first quarter.

The Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh is hosting the 8:05 p.m. star parties at the Frazer Township site.

“Whether you’re an avid stargazer or have never looked through a telescope, star parties provide an amazing experience and plenty of lasting memories,” Rich Fitzgerald, county executive, says in a release.

Amateur astronomers, students, and the general public can observe the spring sky’s wonders, including galaxies in the Coma-Virgo Cluster, planetary nebulae and star clusters, according to the release.

The observatory opened in 1987, and has since welcomed more than 66,000 visitors.

Star party admission is free, with donations accepted to cover operations’ costs.

Association volunteers will be on hand to help participants learn to use an existing telescope or to provide purchasing advice.

Events take place weather permitting.

Details: 724-224-2510 or //3ap.org

Mary Pickels is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5401 or mpickels@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MaryPickels.

Mary Pickels is a Tribune-Review staff reporter. You can contact Mary at 724-836-5401, mpickels@tribweb.com or via Twitter .

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