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Deer Lakes ‘Star Parties’ offer views of the cosmos

Tribune-Review
| Tuesday, April 17, 2018 11:27 a.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.

Sometimes you need to take some time to just look at the night sky — and possibly the Coma-Virgo Cluster.

Those interested will have the chance to do so this weekend at two Star Parties at the Nicholas E. Wagman Observatory in Deer Lakes Park in Frazer, hosted by the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh (AAAP).

In addition to galaxies, visitors will be able to view Venus, the Great Orion Nebula, the moon one to two days before the first quarter, planetary nebulae and star clusters.

“Whether you’re an avid stargazer or have never looked through a telescope, Star Parties provide an amazing experience and plenty of lasting memories,” Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said in prepared remarks. “Thank you to the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh for your passion and commitment to educating our community about the night sky. We are tremendously fortunate to have you hosting events at Wagman Observatory.”

The parties kick off Friday and Saturday at 8:05 p.m. AAAP volunteers will be at both to help attendees with telescopes and provide purchasing advice, the county said.

Admission is free. There will also be free handouts, guides, and booklets available.

For more information call 724-224-2510 or visit http://3ap.org/.

Madasyn Czebiniak is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-226-4702, mczebiniak@tribweb.com, or on Twitter @maddyczebstrib.

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