ASTRO-LINKS (local and general interest)

The Summer 2016 UPDATE

Sky and Telescope Magazine
            - this week’s sky at a glance:
            - top ten telescope questions:

Stellarium 
 (a FREE high quality night-sky simulation /planetarium software program; avb. for PC or Mac)
             http://www.stellarium.org/ 

STAR-MAP downloads (free):
http://www.midnightkite.com/starcharts.html   = good basic map for the money (free!)
http://www.cloudynights.com/item.php?item_id=1052    = higher detail / more complicated

MOON-PHASES Cheatsheet (LINK) = everything you need to know for learning the Moon's cycle

MOON MAP
Here's a very cool and easy to use online Moon-Map (LINK)

GEOSTATIONARY SATELLITE IMAGE 
updated and animated to show recent weather over the eastern US (LINK)

TIME and DATE.com:
The best resource on the web for info on the calendar and time: (LINK)

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ALLEGHENY OBSERVATORY:      http://www.pitt.edu/~aobsvtry/tours.html
Free tours of this historic observatory run April through August, 
on Thursdays** and Friday nights. Reservations are required; 
call 412/ 321-2400 between 1PM and 5PM Monday through Friday.  
 **NOTE: The Thursday night tours are given by our own Eric Canali !
        
"UNDAUNTED" The Forgotten Giants of Allegheny Observatory...
( website & trailer:  www.undauntedthemovie.com )
New documentary film, DVD and soundtrack NOW AVAILABLE REVIEWS...
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Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh (AAAP) 
STAR PARTY Schedules 
for Wagman Observatory( Deer Lakes Park, North Hills) 
and Mingo (South Hills)
   
You can call the Wagman Observatory at 724-224-2510 or the
Mingo Creek Park Observatory at 724-348-6150 to confirm sky conditions.

Mingo Creek Park Observatory   (off Rte. 88 between Finleyville and Monongahela PA *** )     

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Spaceweather.com           the latest info on sunspot activity, solar storms, and aurora alerts
            http://www.spaceweather.com

Messier Objects 

Sun-Dogs and Solar Halo phenomena  


METEOR SHOWERS for the rest of 2016...

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***MAP for the MINGO CREEK OBSERVATORY: