Diane will be speaking at the following events. Please join her!

Impact of Satellites on Observational Astronomy

Friday, April 15, 2023, 7 pm 

Allegheny Observatory talk at the Public Lecture Series in Astronomy

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Call 412-321-2400 for free reservations.

Parsec Ink table at the Greater Pittsburgh Festival of Books

May 12-13, 2023

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Space-themed Fundraising Gala

Friday, May 26, 2023

Time: 8 pm

Allegheny Rivertrail Park gala event, talk and star party

STEMist Speaker Panel

“Light Pollution Mitigation”

Date: TBD 6/19 – 6/23 

1-2 pm Eastern Daylight Time

The event is organized by STEMist, a 501c(3) nonprofit organization that aims to teach STEM subjects to upper elementary and middle school students. More Info

Invited plenary speaker on Measurement and Modeling

Artificial Light at Night Conference

Calgary, Canada
Aug 10 – 13, 2023


Candlelight Dinner

Thursday, March 23, 2023

6 pm

CMU Candlelight, five-course dinner and speakers in honor of the National Day of Unplugging.

(Cooked without electricity!) –sold out–

“Yes, Virginia, there is a Milky Way”

Invited speaker for hybrid meeting of the Roanoke Valley Astronomical Society.

Monday, February 20, 2023, 8:00 pm

Dark sky advocacy is nine parts education to one part action, all done while rereading The Little Engine That Could. Light pollution mitigation efforts are most effective with all stakeholders involved. The top advocates are not professional astronomers, whose livelihood depends on dark skies, but amateur astronomers who not only understand the issues, but bring a wide range of skills to the table. At the end of the presentation, the hope is that we’ve identified where various talents would be most satisfyingly useful, given tools to get underway, and celebrated successful examples from other states. Let’s shine a spotlight on our cause!

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“Light Pollution Research”

Friday, February 3, 2023, 11am, GHC 4102

Carnegie Mellon Physics Upperclass Colloquium II

(junior and senior physics majors)

Astronomical Society of the Pacific, ASP2022, A Virtual Conference

Communicating Science to Students and the Public

December 8 – 10, 2022

“Talking to the Press About Dark Skies” (time to be scheduled)

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About Space Out! Astronomy Day:

Space Out! Astronomy Day is the perfect time for a day trip to Pittsburgh! See Mars: The Next Giant Leap, The Buhl Planetarium, and more. There will be plenty of things to do with family like stargazing in the Planetarium, looking for water with a Mars rover, and learning how to use a telescope!

Carnegie Science Center Astronomy Career Panels for middle and high school students (Registration only through individual area schools.)
Friday, November 18, 2022
Time: 10 and 11 am (et)

Spaced Out Astronomy Day for the general public (included with general admission), showing the new “Mars, the Next Giant Leap!” planetarium show. 
November 19, 2022 – It is strongly encouraged that you purchase your tickets online in advance of arriving.

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The International Dark Sky Association’s free online “Under One Sky” conference on Friday November 11 and Saturday November 12.

The conference goes around the world and around the clock. 

Saturday at 1:45 pm (ET). Policy Panel Workshop with Yana Yakushina, Amy C. Oliver, Diane Turnshek and Anna Pasková.

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Thriving on a Simulated Martian Outpost

In-person at the Peters Township Public Library in Washington County
Date: Thursday, October 6
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Location: 616 E. McMurray Road. McMurray, Pennsylvania 15317
Register HERE

Preparing for the challenges of space exploration, the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah has operated since the early 2000s, traditionally with six researchers who crew the outpost in two-week rotations. The high-elevation desert location was chosen for sweeping vistas of red rock layers sans vegetation that simulate the physical environment of Mars. The human factors of spaceflight are studied, for instance, crew selection, habitat design, food fatigue, group dynamics of isolation, the effect of exercise and music on mood disorders and efficient EVAs in spacesuits. Outside our two-story, 33-foot wide, cylindrical habitation module called “the Hab,” wayfinding is practiced and extremophiles are found and catalogued, including endoliths, a bacteria that flourishes inside rock. Join us to hear the story-behind-the-story of the award-winning documentary, “Above and Below,” made during Crew 120’s simulated visit to the red planet.

A short astronomy podcast: “Mars Desert Research Station”

PechaKucha Night 2022 during Pittsburgh Architecture Week

“PechaKucha is BACK! After a three-year hiatus, AIA Pittsburgh is once again hosting the ever-popular PechaKucha Night. PechaKucha Nights are informal, fun gatherings held in more than 1,000 cities world-wide, where creative people share their ideas, works and thoughts in a 20×20 format. PechaKucha Night is based on a simple, dynamic presentation style: 20 images x 20 seconds per image. It’s about artistic and creative celebration, and promotion of local talent. The event is constantly varied and dynamic, and always produces a relaxed, informal, and fun environment.”

“Welcome Aboard the Dark Skies Bandwagon”

Once seen, bad outdoor lighting can’t be unseen. Harshly glaring night lights with a blue cast can be more than unsightly, they can harm plants and animals in the nighttime ecosystem and even disrupt human health. Lighting designers who consider shielded outdoor lights, with low wattage and low temperature, are following the guidance of Pittsburgh’s Dark Sky Ordinances enacted in 2021. Save energy and money. Be kind to the natural environment. Protect your health. See more stars. Win, win, win, win! Diane Turnshek’s Bio

Sponsored by AIA
Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2022.
Time: 5:30 – 7:15p.m Doors open at 5:30 pm and presentations start at 6:00 pm.
Location: Ascender in The Village of Eastside shopping center, 3rd floor.
(6401 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206)
Free parking.
$15 General Admission / $10 Student and 65+
Light Food & Beverage included in ticket price.

Diane Turnshek will be speaking about dark skies at Sunday Assembly!
Date: September 18th
Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am 
September’s monthly theme is space.

Attend in-person at the gathering space located on the lower level of Wilkins School Community Center in Regent Square.
Wilkins School Community Center · 7604 Charleston Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15218

Or join via Zoom by registering HERE  

WeConservePA Workshop
The Journey Back to the Stars: Limiting the Harmful Effects of Light Pollution

Free Virtual Event
Wednesday, August 3, 2022
7:00 PM
Information and Event Registration.

The night sky is getting brighter each year, obscuring the stars from our sight. Light pollution is the cause, the excessive, obtrusive, artificial light at night that prevents us from living under a sky bright with stars. It adversely affects human health and the entire nighttime ecosystem, and can produce unsafe glare and raises our carbon footprint by wasting energy. We can limit the disruption of wildlife across Pennsylvania and restore our environmental balance with a combination of education, technology, and ordinances. Join experts in the field to learn about the dark side of light and what steps can be taken to bring back the stars. Learn more about the Pennsylvania chapter of the International Dark-Sky Association: https://www.idapgh.org/

Astronomy on Tap 

June 29, 2022
7 pm
Two Frays Brewery
5113 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh , PA 15224

Astronomy on Tap presents a great opportunity for the astronomy community to interact with the general public and present accessible, engaging science presentations on space and science topics ranging from planets to black holes to galaxies to the beginning of the Universe, along with trivia and other games, prizes, music, and more surprises! 
The national AoT website
Twitter: @AoTPgh, https://twitter.com/AoTPGH

Tenth Annual Pennsylvania Firefly Festival

Diane will be speaking about Dark Skies on Friday, June 24th and Saturday, June 25th at 8:30 pm
The PA Firefly Festival tickets are now sold out.


Upper St. Clair Library Zoom Event: “Have you heard the good news about dark skies?”

Date: Thursday, May 26, 2022
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm (ET)
Online: This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.

Join astronomer Diane Turnshek for this informative presentation.  Dark skies initiatives are sweeping the country. People are looking for good news and a type of pollution that’s easy to fix. Reducing light pollution (excess artificial light at night) is not only good for our health, safer, and better for animals and plants, it actually saves money and reduces our carbon footprint. Join us for nighttime outdoor lighting tips and ideas on how you can take part in a fun astronomy activism with no pushback — everyone loves seeing stars in a dark sky!

World Migratory Bird Day

Saturday, May 13, 2022
8:30 am – 1:30 pm
Frick Park, 15-person tours on hiking loop from the Frick Environmental Center (talks, tabling, bird banding)
*To ensure social distancing and safety, registration is required for each activity.*
[Information and Registration]

A panel talk at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Dim the Lights for Nature: a conversation about light pollution, wildlife, people and sustainable cities
Thursday, May 5, 2022, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, CMOA theater

Diane will speak at the Christine Frechard Art Gallery
Saturday, April 9 at 5-6 pm
5126 Butler St. Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Intersect@CMU Conference
Innovating a Sustainable Future For All Cities and Infrastructure

View the presentation video on Vimeo

Thursday Feb 10, 2022
Time: 10:45 AM-11:45 AM EST
This conference is free and open to all.

More than half the world’s population lives in cities, and the United Nations projects that this number will increase to two thirds by 2050. While the Sustainable Development Goals were agreed at the national level, cities are at the frontline of taking action. How will cities and infrastructure adapt to these new and growing needs? How will we ensure that everyone has access to green spaces, clean air and safe transportation? Who should have a say in how these decisions are made?

We will be hosting a conversation among planners, practitioners, academics and community leaders to explore how we should be thinking and planning for sustainable societies in the future.

Talk at La Roche University
“Outer Space” Part of the AAUW North Hills Great Decisions program.

Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022
Time: 9:30 – 11:30 am EST
Free to attend and open to the public (virtual event*).

The launch of Sputnik I in October 1957 marked the beginning of the space era and of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union. In the 21st century, there are many more participants in space, including countries such as India and China, and commercial companies such as SpaceX. How will the United States fare in a crowded outer space.

Sponsored by the North Hills Pittsburgh Chapter of The American Association of University Women.
The Great Decision topic comes from a list by the Foreign Policy Association.

*Due to COVID 19 there will be no Face to Face meeting for 2022. Great Decisions will be offered by a Virtual format. As you may know, Great Decisions is a non-partisan program developed by the Foreign Policy Association in 1954 that has become America’s largest discussion program. The program model involves reading, meeting to watch a documentary, and discussing the most critical issues facing America today. Our program will once again include a speaker each week who will share additional information on the topic of the week.