NYC EVENTS FOR JUNE 2018 ----------------------- John Pazmino NYSkies Astronomy Inc firstname.lastname@example.org www.nyskies.org The following astronomy activities in the commuting ring enclosing New York City are operated by various organizations. A few cultural items of special importance to City astronomers are also included. Altho NYC Events confirms the listed items, they are subject to change by their sponsors. Check with their contacts. Let the sponsor know that you learned of its event thru NYC Events. Frequently asked questions and explanation of NYC Events is at 'www.nyskies.org/nyc-faq.htm'. You may ask for previous NYC Events thru 'email@example.com' because only the current issue is in the website. It is replaced by next month's issue. For events which missed NYC Events, check the NYSkies Yahoogroup forum. Join NYSkies by visiting 'www.nyskies.org/yahoo.htm' and picking either the email or website option. All hours are Eastern Dayulight Savings Time (UT - 4h) . General notes ----------- / 'whole City' means the event has no specific or dedicated place. It may be enjoyed from the whole NYSkies territory or at a number of individual places. Celestial events are typicly 'whole City' events. 'all day' means the event is continuous or repeating during the open hours of the host facility. Facilities may have limited hours per day or days per week. Check with the event contacts. 'adv regn reqd',for 'advance registration required/requested' means that the event requires or requests signing up before the event. You must have your ticket in hand at the gate. There could be a deadline some days before the event, after which no more signups are accepted. Check with the event contact for specifics. Prices cited are the 'rack rate'. You could qualify for discounts As may be offered by the sponsor. Besides the base price there may be noptional extra fees to consider. Current Month calendar -------------------- Plain dates are in current month; -, previous month; +, next month. Moon phase: .NM., .FQ), (FM), (LQ. Sunset is noted for each Saturday --------------------------------- Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat sunset ------------------------------------------------ -27 -28 -(29) -30 -31 1 2 20:22 3 4 5 (6. 7 8 9 20:26 10 11 12 .13. 14 15 16 20:29 17 18 19 .20) 21 22 23 20:31 24 25 26 ( 27) 28 29 30 20:31 ------------------------------------------------ Index of Events ------------- * = NASA-JPL Night Sky Network affiliate Date = entry in 'list of events' section '0' = entry in 'ongoing and continuing events' section 'S/O',= entry in 'skipped, Sep/Oct resumption' section 'M/A' = entry in 'skipped, Mar/Apr resumption' secrion // '???' = entry in 'skipped, uncertain resumption' seciton ------- ----------------------------------------------- BROOKLYN - BK *Floyd Bennett Field - - - 15 Parade of Trains - - - - 16-17 Secret Science Club - - - 0 CONNECTICUT - CT *A S of Gtr Hartford - - S/O Astro Soc of Greenwich - S/O *Astro Soc of New Haven - 26 Bowman Observatory - - - 6, 20 *Litchfield Hills AAC mtg 8 *Litchfield Hills starvg - 15 *McCarthy Observatory - - 9 New Pond Farm - - - - - - ??? Stamford Observatory - - 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 *Van Vleck Obsy (ASGH) - - 16 Van Vleck Obsy (WU) - - - S/O Western CT St Univ Obsy - S/O *Westport Astro Soc mtg - 19 *Westport Astro Soc starvg 6, 13, 20, 27 ------------------------- Boothe Meml Astro Soc - 203-377-9933, www.facebook.com/Boothe-Memorial-Astronomical-Society LONG ISLAND - LI *Amateur Observers Soc - - 3 Amer Instt Aero & Astro - 20 Astro Soc of Long Island 6, 13, 20, 27 Brookhaven National Lab - ??? Custer Institute - - - - 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Hofstra Univ Obsy - - - - S/O Montauk Observatory - - - 15, 27, 29 SUNY Stony Brook - - - S/O *Susan Rose Observatory - 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 MANHATTAN - MH *Amat Astro Assn starvwg - 0 *Amat Astro Assn lecture - S/O Amer Musm Natl Hist - - 6 Ctr for Atmosp Ocean Sci S/O Ctr for Science & Society ??? Central Pk (Great Lawn) - 1,2,3,8,9,10,15,16,17,22,23,24,29,30 *Columbia Univ Obsy - - - ??? Cornelia Street Cafe' - - 3 Earth Institute - - - - - ??? Good Housekeeping lab - 8 Governor's Island - - - - 1-Oct 31 Gullicar's Gate - - - - - 0 Instt Stud Ancnt World - S/O Intrepid AstroCafe' - - - 15 Intrepid Astro Night - - 8 *Inwood Astronomy Project 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 'Jews in Space' exhibit - 1-late June 'Jews in space' lecture 21 Jupiter Joe Sidewk Astro 0 Milky Way spring season - 1-30 Natl Musm of Mathematics 6 NY Academy of Sciences - ??? NYC-H2O - - - - - - - - - 0 New York Univ Astro - - - S/O *NYSkies Astronomy Seminar 1, 15 SciCafe' - - - - - - - - 6 Science & the Arts - - - ??? Simons Foundation - - - - S/O Top of the Lawn - - - - - 1,2,3,8,9,10,15,16,17,22,23,24,29,30 TriState computer fair - 0 Urban Park Rangers - - - 0 Weekend Walks - - - - - - 1-mid Dec 2018 World Science Festival - 1-3 ---------------------------- Ctr for Space Sci Edu - - firstname.lastname@example.org, www.nyccsse.org, 212-608-6164 n METRO-NORTH - NY Lamont-Doherty Obsy - - - S/O Mid-Hudson Astro Assn - - 15 Ramapo Challenger Ctr - - 17 Vassar College Obsy - - - S/O Ward Pound Ridge - - - - 9 Westchester Amat Astro - 1 NEW JERSEY - NJ A A A of Princeton - - - 12 A S of Toms Rv Area - - - ??? *Amat Astro Inc meeting - 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 *Amat Astro Inc lecture - S/O Joint Base Centennial - 0 Morris Musm Astro Soc - - 14 New Jersey Astro Assn - - 23 No Jersey Astro Gp mtg - 13 No Jersey Astro Gp starvg S/O Peyton Observarory - - - ??? Plasma Physics Lab - - - 1, 15 Rutgers Univ Astro Collqm S/O Rutgers Univ Astro Semnr S/O *S*T*A*R - - - - - - - - - 7 Schommer Observatory - - 14, 21 *Sheep Hill Astro Assn - - 1 *Sheep Hill Observatory - 15 *Utd Astro Clubs of NJ - - 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Washington Xing St Pk - - 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 --------------------------- Dark Sky Observers - www.users.nac.net/gburke/club McDowell Obsy - mec.rst2.edu, 201-460-8300 Montclair Telescope Club - 973-948-5284, email@example.com, users.erols.com/njastro/orgs/mtc.hrm NW Jersey Amat Astro - www.nwjaa.org, firstname.lastname@example.org Passaic Co Astro Assn - www.users.nac.net/gburke/PCAA, 973-523-0024 *Raritan Vy Co Coll Plm - www2.raritanval.edu/planetarium Skyland Stargazers - skylandstargazers.tripod.com QUEENS - QN Alley Pond Park - - - - - 23 York College Observatory S/O REST OF WORLD STATEN ISLAND - SI Coll of Staten Is Obsy - S/O Great Kills Park - - - - 16 Staten Is Community TV - 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 THE BRONX - BX ============================= Ongoing and continuing events -------------------------- all day - whole state - NJ - Joint Base centennial shows VARIOUS LOCATIOONS ND TIMES; INQUITR AT CONTACT Thru 2018 Oct 31. 100th annivesaty if Fort Dix and later worls of McGuire AFN and Lakehurst NAS. These are only military facilityies jointly run by all three major branches, army, air force, navy. Events staged at or near bases. Most ree, some pay. www.nj.gov/state/historical/index.html, 609-292-6062, Feedback@sos.nj.gov all day - whole City - MH - cultural tour VARIOUS LOCATIONS AND TIMES; INQUIRE AT CONTACT NYC-H2O. Walk, bike, ride thru history and culture of NYC muwater system facilities and natural waterways in and near the City. Events are pay orfree, adn regn reqd. Bike tours need own bike. www.nych2o.org, email@example.com all day - whole City - MH - clearsky starviewing VARIOUS PLACES, DATES, HOURS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Amat Astro Assn. Sessions convene in parks usually at dusk. Occasional daytime sunviewing. Free. Cancelled for clouds. firstname.lastname@example.org, 718-522-5014, www.aaa.org all day - whole City - MH - clearsky starviewing VARIOUS PLACES, DATES, HOURS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Jupiter Joe's Sidewalk Astronomy. Sessions convene in parks usually at dusk. Occasional daytime sunviewing. Free. ` Cancelled for clouds. www.jupiterjoesastronomy.org, email@example.com all day - Gullivaer's Gate - MH - cultural exhibit indef duration. 216 W 44 St, 7/8 Av. Opened in mid April 2017 for preview. Miniature models of landmarks and important structures from around the world. Rooms arranged by quarter of world and for New York City. $36, timed ticket, adv regn reqd. Optional cost for stereopint of visitor into figurine placed at desired item in exhibit. www.gulliversgate.com. all day - whole City - MH - cultural tours & lectures VARIOUS PLACES, DATES, HOURS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Urban Park Rangers. Tours of parks, landmarks, nabes, hoods. Lectures on history and culture of NYC. Program varies each month. Free. www.nyc.gov/parks 10:00 - whole City - MH - Tri-State Computer Fair VARIOUS LOCATIONS, GENERALLY ON SUNDAYS Source of computer systems, software, components, accessories. $7. www.tri-statefairs.com, 718-227-5586 20:00 - Bell House - BK - Secret Science Club meeting OCCASIONAL SESSIONS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT 149 7 St, 2/3 Av. Lecture and music on various science topics. Free. secretscienceclub.blogspot.com, 718-638-4400, List of events --------- Fri 1 Jun all day - VIVO Institt - MH - 'Jews in Space' exhibit Thru late June 2018. Within Ctr for Jewsih Hist buldg, 15 W 16 St, 5/6 Av. Opened Feb 26. Art pieces, photos, books & maps, artifacts from Jewish astronauts and astronomers from 17th century to today. Free, have GI photo ID for campus security. ww.vivo.org, 212-246-6080, firstname.lastname@example.org. all day - whole City - MH - World Science Festival VARIOUS LOCATIONS AND HOURS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Thru Sun 3 Jun. Lectures, shows, performances, exhibits for all sciences. Some events are free, some pay. Many concurrent events in different locations. www.worldsciencefestival.com, email@example.com all day - Governors Island - MH - cultural shows FERRY IS FREE FOR FIRST WEEK, MAY 1-6, THENAFTER $2 RT Thru 31 Oct. Island is open on every day, 10h-20h weekdayss, 10h-19h weekends. Walk and tour thru former military base and new urban park. Shows vary each day or visit by foot or bike. Ferries run every day 10h-17h from Battery Marine Terml, MH, and on weekdays from Pier 6, BK. Island is free but ferry fare is $2 RT. www.nps.gov/gois, www.govisland.com all day - whole City - MH - Weekend Walks street fairs VARIOUS LOCATIONS AND DATES; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Thru mid Dec. NYC Dept of Transptn closes certain steets in all boros on Saturdayss for street fairs. Stores and local orgs offer ntertainment, discount sales, exhibits, food service Free. www.nyc.gov/html/dot/weekendwalks/html/home/home.shtml 00:00 - whole City - MH - spring Milky Way season Thru Jun 30. Spring season for sighting Milky Way from within NYC. Requires dark clear sky and thoro knowledge of normal luminous graffiti in sky. Milky Way is in high east sky at about 02:00. www.nyskies.org/articles/pazmino/milky-ny.htm 10:00 - Princeton - NJ - science tour Plasma Physics Lab. Walk thru history and culture of fproject to capture energy from controled hydrogen fusion. Free, adv regn reqd. Photo ID required for campus security. www.pppl.gov/events 18:30 - McBurney House - MH - NYSkies Astronomy Seminar PRESENTATION: HOW WE WENT TO THE MOON A HUNDREED YEARS AGO 125 W 14 St, 6/7 Av. Discussion of astronomy topics, show & tell, skywatching reports, news of astro activity in NYSkies territory. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.nyskies.org 19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting Union Co Coll, Sperry Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.asterism.org, email@example.com 19:30 - Boonton - NJ - Sheep Hill Astro Assn meeting Boonton Senior Ctr. Free. www.sheephillastro.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com 19:30 - Pleasantville - NY - Westchester Amat Astro meeting Pace Univ, Miller Hall, Free. www.westchesterastronomers.org, firstname.lastname@example.org 19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show 100 Cable Way, Mariners Hr SI. 'Geology forum' Live audience, seating at 19:30, on air at 20:00. Free. www.sictv.org, 718-727-1414 20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture Stamford Obsy. $3. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. 203-322-6537, www.stamfordmuseum.org, email@example.com 20;00 - Wash'n X'ing - NJ - clearsky starviewing Amat Astro Assn of Princeton. Simpson Obsy. Free, cancelled for clouds. www.princetonastronomy.org, 609-737-2575, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing PLUS OCCASIONAL EXTRA SESSIONS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Top of the Lawn. North path of Great Lawn. Free. Cancelled for clouds. email@example.com, www.nyskies.org, firstname.lastname@example.org Sat 2 Jun 20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting OCCASIONAL EXTRA EVENTS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Custer Instt. Indoor program, clearsky starviewing. $5-$15. Varies with program. www.custerobservatory.org, email@example.com, 631-765-2626 20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg UACNJ Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.uacnj.org 20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing Amat Obsrs Soc. capus of Custer Institt. Sessions concurrent with Custer's own events. Free, cancelled for clouds. www.aosny.org, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing OCCASIONAL EXTRA SESSIONS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Inwood Astronomy Project. Meet at park entrance, Seaman Av & Isham St. Free. Cancelled for clouds. 917-529-2359 www.inwoodastronomy.org, email@example.com 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jun 1 Sun 3 Jun 13:15 - Uniondale - LI - Amat Obsrs Soc meeting. Hofstra Univ, Berliner Hall. Free. www.aosny.org, firstname.lastname@example.org 18:00 - Cornelia St Cafe' - MH - Entertaining Science show 29 Cornelia St & W 4 St, Play & music on various science themes. $10 + one drink min. www.corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jun 1 Wed 6 Jun 16:00 - Natl Musm of Mathematics - MH - science show Also 19:00. 'Mathematical Encounters'. Free, adv regn reqd. 212-542-0566, www.momath.org, email@example.com 19:00 - Amer Musm Natl Hist - MH - SciCafe' show Hall of Ocean Life or hall of planet Earth. Music, drinks, chat with Museum scientists. Free, be 21 or be gone. GI photo ID reqd. 212-769-5100, www.amnh.org/programs 20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting Vanderbilt Plm. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.asliclub.org 20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing Westport Astro Soc. Rolnick Obsy. Free. Cancelled for clouds. www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 20:30 - Greenwich - CT - clearsky starviewing Astro Soc of Greenwich. Curtis Elem Schl, Bowman Obsy. Free. Cancelled for clouds. email@example.com, 203-415-6762. , astrogreenwich.org Thu 7 Jun 20:00 - Lincroft - NJ - S*T*A*R meeting Brookdale Commty Coll, Mommouth Museum. Free. www.starastronomy.org, firstname.lastname@example.org Fri 8 Jun 10:00 - Good Housekeeping Resrch Instt - MH - science tour Also 11:30. Hearst Tower, 57 St & 8 Av. Walk thru history and science of product testing center of Good Housekeeping magazine. Free, adv regn reqd. 212-649-5000, email@example.com 19:30 - Intrepid Museum - MH - astronomy lecture Flight deck of ship. Indoor/open air lecture, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.intrepidmuseum.org 19:30 - Torrington - CT - Litchfield Hills Amat Astro Club mtg Central Congregational Church. Free.firstname.lastname@example.org lhastro.org 19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - see Jun 1 19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Jun 1 20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Jun 1 20;00 - Wash'n X'ing - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Jun 1 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jun 1 Sat 9 Jun 20:00 - New Milford - CT - astronomy lecture McCarthy Obsy, New Miford HS. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.mccarthyobservatory.org, 860-354-1595, email@example.com 20:00 - Ward Pound Ridge - NY - clearsky starviewing Westchester Amat Astro. Meadows Picnic Area. Free. Cancelled for clouds. firstname.lastname@example.org www.westchesterastronomers.org, 20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Jun 2 20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg - see Jun 2 20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing - see Jun 2 20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing - see Jun 2 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jun 1 Sun 10 Jun 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jun 1 Tue 12 Jun 19:30 - Princeton - NJ - Amat Astro Assn of Princeton meeting Princeton U, Peyton Hall. Free. www.princetonastronomy.org, 609-737-2575, email@example.com Wed 13 Jun 20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - No Jersey Astro Gp meeting Montclair St Univ, Richardson Hall, Room 232. Free. njastro.org, 973-655-7266 20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see Jun 6 20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Jun 6 Thu 14 Jun 19:30 - Morristown - NJ - Morris Museum Astro Soc meeting Morris Museum. Free. 973-386-1848, 973-386-1848,, www.mmastrosociety.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com 20:30 - Piscataway - NJ - clearsky starviewing Rutgers Univ, Schommer Obsy. Free. Cancelled for clouds. 732-205-0020, www.physics.rutgers.edu/ast/ast-serin.html firstname.lastname@example.org Fri 15 Jun 10:00 - Princeton - NJ - science tour - see Jun 1 18:30 - McBurney House - MH - NYSkies Astronomy Seminar DISCUSSION: OBSERVING THE MOON'S SURFACE 125 W 14 St, 6/7 Av. Discussion of astronomy topics, show & tell, skywatching reports, news of astro activity in NYSkies territory. Free. email@example.com, www.nyskies.org 19:00 - Lk Taghkanic St Pk - NY - clearsky starviewing Mid-Hudson Astro Assn. West Beach parking lot. Free, cancelled for clouds. Adv regn reqd with vehicle make, model, plate number for park security. ` www.nidgudsonastronomy.org 19:30 - Intrepid Museum - MH - AstroCafe' lecture Flight deck of ship. Indoor/open air lecture, clearsky starviewing. Food & drink service, bar drinks sold only to 21+ YO. Free. www.intrepidmuseum.org 19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - see Jun 1 19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Jun 1 20:00 - Floyd Bennett Field - BK - clearsky starviewing Community Garden. NYSKies & Natl Park Svc. Free. Cancelled for clouds. www.nyskies.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com 20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Jun 1 20;00 - Wash'n X'ing - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Jun 1 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jun 1 20:30 - Boonton - NJ - clearsky starviewing Sheep Hill Astro Assn Obsy, Free. Cancelled for clouds. sheephillastro.otg, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com 20:30 - Litchfield - CT - Litchfield Hills A A C lecture White Meml Consrvn Ctr. Free. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. lhaac.shutterfly.com, firstname.lastname@example.org lhastro.org 21:30 Bridgehampton - LI - astronomy lecture Montauk Obsy, South Fork Natl Hist Musm.. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.montaukobservatory.com Sat 16 Jun 11:00 - Brighton Beach - BK - Parade of Trains show Thru Sun 17 Jun. NY Transit Museum. Brighton line, Brighton Bh station. Visit and ride several antique subway trains. Get ferroviana at pop-up Museum shop, rap with subway crew, take pictures and films of trains. Cintinuous rides along Brighton line. Free with any subway route to Brighton Bh station. www.nytransitmuseum.org 20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing Astro Soc of Gtr Hartford, Wesleyan U, Van Vleck Obsy. Free. Cancelled for clouds. www.asgh.org, 860-872-9069, email@example.com 20:00 - Great Kills Pk - SI - clearsky starviewing Natl Pk Svc. Enter at Hylan Bv to playground; Free. Cancelled for clouds. www.nps.gov/gate, 718-987-6790 n 20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing - see Jun 2 20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing - see Jun 2 20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg - see Jun 2 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jun 1 20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Jun 2 Sun 17 Jun 14:00 - Airmont - NY - science show Ramapo Challenger Ctr, 225 Rt 29. Multimedia imulation of space missions. $20. wwwlhvcc.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, 845-257-3416. 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jun 1 Tue 19 Jun 20:00 - Westport - CT - Westport Astro Soc meeting Rolnick Obsy. Free. www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 Wed 20 Jun 18:00 - Bethpage - LI - Amer Instt Aero & Astro lecture Bethpage Public Library. Various topics in aeronautics and astronautics. 'Nars sample return missiOn'. Free, optional $5 pizza-soda. 516-458-8593, email@example.com 20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see Jun 6 20:30 - Greenwich - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Jun 6 20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Jun 6 Thu 21 Jun 18:30 - VIVO Institt - MH - 'Jews in Space' lecture Within Ctr for Jewsih Hist buldg, 15 W 16 St, 5/6 Av. Reflection and prospection honoring astronaut Ilan Ramon, who died in the Columbia Shuttle disaster in 2003. $15, adv regn reqd. Have GI photo ID for campus security. ww.vivo.org, 212- 246-6080, firstname.lastname@example.org. 20:30 - Piscataway - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Jun 14 Fri 22 Jun 19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Jun 1 19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - see Jun 1 20;00 - Wash'n X'ing - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Jun 1 20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Jun 1 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jun 1 Sat 23 Jun 19:30 - Alley Pond Park - QN - astronomy lecture Alley Pond Enviro Ctr. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. $14 at door.. www.alleypond.org, email@example.com, 718-229-4000 20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing - see Jun 2 20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing - see Jun 2 20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg - see Jun 2 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jun 1 20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Jun 2 20:30 - Voorhees St Pk - NJ - NJ Astro Assn meeting NJAA-HQ, Robinson Obsy. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.njaa.org, 908-368-8600 Sun 24 Jun 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jun 1 Tue 26 Jun 19:00 - New Haven - CT - Astro Soc of New Haven meeting Yale Univ, Leitner Family Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.asnh.org, firstname.lastname@example.org Wed 27 Jun 20:30 East hampton - LI - astronomy lecture Montauk Obsy, Fuild Hall.. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.montaukobservatory.com 20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see Jun 6 20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Jun 6 Fri 29 Jun 14:30 East hampton - LI - astronomy lecture Montauk Obsy, Fuild Hall.. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.montaukobservatory.com 19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - see Jun 1 19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Jun 1 20;00 - Wash'n X'ing - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Jun 1 20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Jun 1 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jun 1 Sat 30 Jun 20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing - see Jun 2 20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing - see Jun 2 20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg - see Jun 2 20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Jun 2 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jun 1 Events Skipped This Month ----------------------- EVENT MAY RESUME AT DIFFERENT PLACE OR HOUR; INQUIRE AT CONTACT -------------------------------------- -------------------------------------- [S/O] SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER RESUMPTION OF ACTIVITY -------------------------------------- 11:00 - Palisades - NY - science lecture Lamont-Doherty Earth Obsy, Comer Bldg. Various topics in geophysics and earth science. Free, 845-365-8634, www.ldeo.columbia.edu, email@example.com, 13:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture Seminar series. Rutgers Univ, Serin 401. Free. 732-445-3974, www.physics.rutgers.edu/ast/seminar 14:00 - New York University - MH - astronomy lecture 726 Broadway, Rm 940. Various topics in astrophys and relativity. Free. Have GI photo ID for campus security. physics.nyu.edu/events.htm 15:30 - Courant Institute - MH - science lecture Ctr for Atmosp & Ocean Studies. Weaver Hall, 251 Mercer St. Various topics in geophysics and earth science. Free. caos.cims.nyu.edu, firstname.lastname@example.org 15:30 - Greenwich - CT - Astro Soc of Greenwich meeting Greenwich Public Library. Free with musm adm. email@example.com, 203-415-6762, astrogreenwich.org 16:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture Colloquium series. Rutgers Univ, Busch Campus, Astro & Phys Lectr Hall. Free. www.physics.rutgers.edu/colloquium, 732-445-3974 17:00 - Simons Foundation - MH - scinece lecture 160 5 Av & 21 St. 'How and why Mercury is different from its sibling rocky planets?'. Free, adv regn reqd. 646-654-0066, ww.simonsfoundation.org 18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecture 15 E 84 St, 5/Madison Av. Various topics on history and culture of ancient civilizations.. Free, adv regn reqd. isaw..nyu.edu firstname.lastname@example.org, 212-992-7842 18:15 - Amer Musm Natl Hist - MH - Amat Astro Assn lecture Kaufmann Theater. Free, no musm adm fee. 718-522-5014, email@example.com, www.aaa.org 19:00 - Coll of Staten Is - SI - clearsky starviewing Astrophys Obsy. Free, cancelled for clouds. 718-982-2818, csivc.csi.cuny.edu/supernove7/files/home.html, firstname.lastname@example.org, 19:30 - Stony Brook - LI - astronomy lecture SUNY Stony Brook, Earth & Spc Sci Hall. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.ess.sunysb.edu/astro, 631-632-8100, email@example.com 19:30 - New Brittain - CT - Astro Soc of Gtr Hartford meeting Central CT St Univ, Copernicus Plm. Free. www.asgh.org, 860-872-9069, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc lecture Union Co Coll, Smith Audm. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.asterism.org 20:00 - Danbury - CT - astronomy lecture Westn Conn St Uv, Obsy/Plm. Indoor planetarium show, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.wcsu.edu/starwatch, 203-837-8671, email@example.com 20:00 - York College - QN - astronomy lecture . Core Academic Bdg, Rm AC-2E01. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. Free, adv regn reqd. 718-262-2082, www.york.cuny.edu/centers-institutes/observatory, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - Uniondale - LI - clearsky starviewing Hofstra University,Berliner Bdg, Rm 117. Free, adv regn reqd. Cancelled for clouds. 516-463-2759, www.hofstra.edu/Academics, email@example.com 20:0:0 - Columbia University - MH - astronomy lecture Pupin Hall, signs to lecture room. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.astro.columbia.edu/outreach, 212-854-3278 20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - clearsky starviewing No Jersey Astro Gp. Montclair St Univ, Richardson Hall. Free, cancelled for clouds. njastro.org, 973-655-7266, 20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing Wesleyan U, Van Vleck Obsy. Free, cancelled for clouds. 860-685-3664, www.wesleyan.edu/astro/events 21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing Vassar College, Observatory. Free. Cancelled for clouds. physicsandastronomy.vassar.edu/observatory.html, 845-437-7340 -------------------------------------- [???] UNCERTAIN RESUMPTION OF ACTIVITY -------------------------------------- 18:00 -CUNY Graduate Center - MH - Ctr for Sci & Soc lecture 385 Fifth Av. 'Early modernb science intertwine An Iberoamerican perspective'.. Free, adv regn reqd, Free, limited seating. 212-854-7211, scienceandsociety.columbia.edu 18:00 - Earth Institute - MH - science lecture Columbnia Univ, Lerner Hall, Arledge Audm.. 'Sea level rise: Causes, impacts and options for solutions'. Free, adv regn reqd. ei.columbia.edu 18:30 - CUNY Graduate Center - MH - Science and the Arts show 'TNo, No, Nobel' on women who missedthe Nobel Prize for their work. Free. 212-817-7521, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, 19:00 - Toms River - NJ - Astro Soc of Toms Rv Area meeting Ocean Co Coll, Student Ctr, Solar Lounge. Free. www.astra-nj.org, 732-255-0343, email@example.com 19:00 - NY Academy of Sciences - MH - astronomy lecture 'The unification of physics: The ques for a Theory of 20:30 - West Reading - CT - clearsky starviewingh New Pond Farm, obseratory. $10, adv regn reqd. , cancelled for clouds. www.newpondfarm.org, 203-938-2117, 20:30 - Princeton - NJ - clearsky starviewing Princeton Univ, Peyton Hall. Free. Cancelled for clouds www.astro.princeton.edu/observatory/publicobserving.php,//, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com General news ---------- June is the first of each year's two 'sea-change' of astronomy activity. Events running on a school-year schedule go into recess while summertime events start up. In Sep-Oct the change-over reverses. I some times have the case of an event having no session in May, being in the '???' section, and still having no instance for June. I follow that event's pattern from prior years, usually placing it in the 'S/O' section. World Science Festival runs into June 2018, ending with a science street fair in Washington Sq on the 3rd. NYSkies works with the Festival on Saturday the 2nd at Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park. We are astronomy resource crew to distribute star & planet charts, point out the stars, handle astronomy questions. Event features a science lecture, starviewing, and music/dance, all starting at 7PM. Event could be called off for adverse weather. Alley Pond Enviro Ctr notes that its monthly astronomy nights include an indoor talk. The event is weather independent. NYC Events previously listed it as 'clearsky starviewing, cancelled for clouds'. The 'Jews in space' exhibit at VIVO Instt continues to late June 2018, from intense public interest. There is also an extra lecture honoring israel's first astronaut Ilan Ramon on June 21. Our Seminar on June 1 is one day after the May Manhattanhenge window. We will step outside to watch the Sun set a bit off of the line of 14th St. The Seminar on July 6 is a couple days too early, but we'll again watch an off-centered sunset. In 2018 the United Nations staged several public events on a wide range of subjects. None so far were astro/sci. With reconstruction at the UN winding down, some offices found that events opened to outsiders as a UN effort to alleviate construction nuisance, improved public awareness of their work. They on their own continue to offer events to the public, now without the targeted invites, like the ones I sporadicly got over the past several years. You do have to register and sometimes pick up a visitors pass to enter the campus. Almost all are short-notice events, missing the upcoming NYC Events. Events of potential interest for NYSkiers will be posted in our Yahoogroup and email list. Please mind well that the topic could be thoroly repulsive, even tho it is considered worthy of UN attention. Montauk Obsy has three events in June 2018 at different locations hours and locations. See under June 15, 27, 29. City News ------- Amat Obsrs Soc on 18 May 2018 called off its 'City of stars' tour for 19 May for impending rain. Rain date is June 2nd. The 19th was rainy, shifting between thin drizzle and strong downpour. At the NYSkies Seminar on 18 May 2018 Steve Kaye described his recent trip to St Louis MO. While there he visited Cahokia, remains of a preColumbian society just across the Missouri Rv in Collinsville IL. He examined Woodhenge, in replica because the original wood structure long ago decayed. He showed, with handouts of an article, that the inhabitants used it to keep track of seasons and lunar motion, similar to Stonehenge. World Science Festival in April-May 2018 found that unauthorized outfits were soliciting as the Festival. NYSkies received a couple, requests, which we handed over to the Festival for investigation. Festival advises that supporters work only with its official agents. NYSkies Astronomy Seminar on 4 May 2018 explored the planets Jupiter and Saturn, now coming into the nightfall sky. We also refreshed our mind for Mars, topic of a few sessions ago. Mars is still an owl-hour object but increasingly under watch by observers. Jupiter slided east one more zodiac constellation since 2017, then in Virgo, now in Libra. He takes one year per constellation to fill out his 12-year circuit thru the zodiac. Saturn dwells in Sagittarius, taking for about 2-1/2 years in each constellation to complete his 29- year round of the zodiac. For the next several years we'll discuss Jupiter and Saturn together in one session. here to gore we treated the two in separate sessions. The planets are now closing together toward a major conjunction in 2020. Such meetups come at 20-year intervals, the last few in 2000, 1980, and 1960. Yes, I saw ALL THREE of them! Mars, Jupiter, Saturn are in or approaching their oppositions. They go thru retrograde loops. Those for Jupiter and Saturn are sways to-fro more than 'loops', like that coming up for Mars in June. We saw that the progress of all of the planets is best monitored with binoculars, since many of the stars around them are dim. The loops invite photography, specially in a series a week apart. Unlike mars, Jupiter and Saturn stay about the same brightness all the time. They do get dimmer near solar conjunction, but then they are in twilight with few background stars. In contrast, Mars is steadily on the increase, to surpass Saturn and then Jupiter by late July. The wide range of brightness for Mars comes from the 5-to-1 range of his angular diameter from opposition to superior conjunction. Jupiter as a telescope target is always a delight. In the smaller scopes his moons dance around him. Larger scopes reveal the cloud bands and the Great Red Spot. The GRS waxes and wanes in prominence yearly and also drifts in longitude around the planet.. Planetarium software that simulate close-up views of the planets usually use a stock map of clouds but then need an addiurnate longitude fo the GRS. This is taken from a current Jupiter observing source, like an astronomy magazine or web. The software then plots a reddish spot at the proper longitude for the GRS. Jupiter illustrates the flip-flop in orientation for astronomy pictures, now with north at top. Traditionally south was at top because early telescopes had as few optical surfaces as possible, maximizing the thruput of photons,. such scopes yielded 'up-side-down' images, south up for northern observers. Modern scopes with clearer lens material and image capture can produce views in any orientation. The GRS is in Jupiter's south hemisphere, being near the top of older pictures and near the bottom in modern ones. The moons orbit in Jupiter's equator plane, which is close to the ecliptic. The moons swing around Jupiter fro side to side rather than 'going around' him. Jupiter sources publish charts of the moons displacement east/west of the ball and tables of events among them. These include eclipses, transits, occultations against the ball.. Before 1970 the moons were numbered,I-IV. To promote spaceprobe visits to Jupiter, NASA revived proper names assigned by Marius, never in common use: Io, Europa, Ganymmede, Callisto. None of Jupiter's other 60ish moons are visible in home telescopes. Saturn presents a beautiful scene more or less static for each apparition. His rings are still wide open, starting to close up since maximum phase in 2017. The north face is tilted to us now. We saw how tough it was to properly interpret crude scope views of Saturn in the 1600s. Galileo drew Saturn as a triple planet, assuming the ring ansae were companion spheres. Huygens in mid-1600s sussed out the annular nature, showing that the rings are fixed in space and we see them fro different asides during Saturn's motion around the Sun. We learned that the last edge-on phase, when the rings disappeared in small scopes, was in 2009. The previous maximum south- side phase ws in 2002,. Then maximum north-side open was in 2017, next edge-on in 2024. Some of us wondered if the colors shown in modern pictures of Jupiter and Saturn are real because most times they see the planets in small scopes as 'black-&-white' or in a single weak tint. In some telescopes of the 1970-1990 period, colors were muted by suboptmal design and build, a situation that dissuaded planetary observing for a long while. Modern scopes do give good color rendition. Some observers inspect the planets in twilight. Colors stand out without the glare and contrast of a dark sky background. Of Saturn's moons, five or six are within reach of home scopes. Titan, the largest moon, is always in sight, altho it can be missed as a field star. The others require careful skill and a detail chart for the day and hour of viewing. The moons run concentric with the rings, going around Saturn, making it all the harder to identify them. We noted that the rings are a plane of separate rocks and boulders, individual moonlets. This was suggested in the mid 1800s and confirmed in the early 1900s A solid ring could never be stable, keeping centered on the ball, and would tear apart under tidal and centrifugal forces across its width. The rings are lettered A, outer, and B, inner, separated by Cassini's division. The Crepe ring, ring C, is sometimes seen as a shading on the inner edge of ring B. We finished the session with a look at the just-issued picture of the Milky Way by the Gaia project. It was compiled from the craft's survey of 1.7 billion stars. A large picture in the takeaway showed the the all-sky scene of our Milky Way in full color. We'll study this again at the next session. Takeaways were maps of Jupiter and Saturn paths in sky, close-up views of both planets, sample tables of Jupiter moon positions and events, example early drawings of Saturn, Huygens's diagram of the tilted rings, general array of Saturn moons, angular extent of Jupiter moons if all were somehow visible to eye or binoculars, views of Saturn at several oppositions. On 10 May 2018 NYSkiers helped fill ISAW's lecture hall to hear about Islamic science penetration into Europe in the 15th-17th centuries. The appreciation of astronomy, mathematics, medicine was demonstrated, in spite of political and military hostility against the Arab infiltration into europe. NYSkies Astronomy Seminar on 18 May 2018 walked thru the backdoor from blackholes to Einstein relativity. I gave a slideshow on blackholes, the backdoor to relativity, to Amateur Observers Society in April. The audience lost way because there were no takeaways and it couldn't keep track of the maths from the slides on screen. This present Seminar was a major upgrade with the maths in takeaways and a healthy dialog among the astronomers. Every one seemed to be heading in the path toward personal pursuit of relativity, banking off of their familiarity with blackholes. Explanations of blackholes are reasonably mature and most home astronomers do understand how blackholes work. We recalled that descriptions for home astronomers of relativity, special and general, often are so shallow that the subject seems too complex to understand. We saw that te main difficulty with relativity was that its effects and phaenomena are so small with few convincing examples to illustrate them. A blackhole is the extreme case of general relativity whose behavior is dramaticly different from that experienced far from the blackhole. Without realizing, a home astronomer is comparing a regime of spacetime in a strong gravity field with that in his own, safe, weak field. We began with a review of Newton's laws of motion and gravity. We saw immediately that Newton ran into the concept of a blackhole! His inverse-square law and replacement of a bulk mass by a point mass produce a runaway growth of gravity field strength with proximity to the point mass. This is in essence the blackhole. Newton avoided this situation by asserting that all real bodies have a surface o block too-close proximity to the central point, keeping a finite gravity field strength. Newton also had problems with 'mass'. He used it as the property of matter to resist change of motion and also as the property that generates a gravity field. The two are distinct features of matter, yet they seemed to be measured by the one parameter 'mass'. Newton by experiment found as best he could the two were identical. Until the late 20th century we weren't sure why 'mass' stands for both gravity and inertia. We didn't know at the meeting what the newly-found Higgs boson tells us. Nothing more was done until Michell in late 1700s proposed that the largest stars in space could not be seen because their escape velocity is greater than lightspeed. The worked with imperfect numerical values but came up with a star's maximum radius is 500 times the Sun's, assuming the same density. He worked with Newton's formula for the combination of mass and radius until it made the escape velocity equal to lightspeed. He also note that the presence of such a 'dark star' is revealed if luminous, visible, bodies orbiting it. We reminded that some blackholes today are studied by monitoring their orbiting stars. Today we usually hold the mass constant and let the radius shrink. When it reduces to a value that makes escape speed equal lightspeed, we have the blackhole. For the Sun this radius is 2.9km (almost always rounded to 3km); Earth, 9mm. This limiting radius was first worked out from Einstein's theory by Schwarzschild in 1910s and is the Schwarzschild radius. So far we were going over much familiar territory, with most members adding their comments into the discussion. We next slided over to relativity, starting from the formula for escape velocity. First we transposed it to get o a statement of energy in a gravity field. A body when dropped from a given distance from the attrahent loses potential energy, which is converted into kinetic energy. We noted that the energy equation applies to other forms of energy, not only mechanical.. The goal now was to derive, in a backdoor method, the relativity connection of time or space between observers in two gravity fields. The blackhole model makes this easy because one observer is near the 'event horizon' while the other, Earth, is a safe distance away. We chose to work with the unit of time, rather than of length, called dT. To get to this unit, we needed an energy that is simple, yet contains dT. We picked the energy of a photon, given by E=h*f, h being Planck's constant. Because eventually this h will drop out of our formulae, we have E::f, E::1/dT. We wrote out the equations for energy near the blackhole and in ideally a zero gravity field. For all known blackholes we are so far away the gravity is zero. The result is that the perceived dT by the sage observer is related to that of the close-in observer by the ratio of observers's distances from the blackhole. The safe observer perceives the close-om observer's dT as larger, greater. Time seems slower to the safe person than for the close observer. In the limit as the close-in person approaches the event horizon, his time experienced at the safe observer stops, dT ->infy. His activity is 'frozen'. Blackholes were at first called 'frozen stars'. 'Blackhole' was initially treated as a naughty word, specially in Europe. By the 1980s it was in routine use, often as one word. We skipped a similar derivation for special relativity due to accidental omission of a page in the takeaway. We slided into special relativity ny applying logic. By comparing the relative speed between the two observers and lightspeed, the standing person perceives time at the moving person as slower. dT is greater. We noted carefully that in special relativity each person can be the 'standing' person and the effects at the opposite person are reciprocal. In general relativity thee is no symmetry of effect. Each person is actually in a different gravity field. We saw that 'time' is not just the reading on a clock, as in silly cartoons of space travellers seeing a wall clock running slow. Time applies to ANY AND ALL activity: heart beat, metabolism,, metal rust, wood rot. All these procede at a normal pace for the person attached to them but are perceived to run slower ny the other observer. Altho this Seminar was among the more mathematical ones, most members felt they were now better prepared to appreciate Einstein's theory of relativity, at least for comparing unit time between observers. Takeaways were the printed slides from the April talk. At the Seminar on 18 May 2018 we examined a full-color print of Gaia's new portrait of the Milky Way. It was issued in late April in a news piece from the Gaia office. We saw that toward the galactic center stars are mostly yellow. Around the anticenter stars are mostly blue. A couple astronomers explained that the center the older yellow supergiants. The spiral arms away from the center have younger blue supergiants. We mused that digital imaging of the MW in summer and winter may being out this same color distinction, but I have not heard of such attempts. NYSkiers got a triple-whammy of shows about nuclear energy in May 2018! On the 20th they heard what happened at the Ukraine's Chernobyl station. The lecture was at the Ukrainian Museum. On the 21st they explored how atomic powered submarines work, explained by a nuclear engineer from China. The talk was at the Pfizer Bldg. At National Grid HQ on the 24th they saw how a tsunami destroyed Japan's Fukushima power plant. All three shows were short-notice events missing May's NYC Events but posted in our Yahoogroup. Sky News ------ May 2018 opened with a does of raw summer weather! Temps rose to the 30Cs with humid air and little breeze. Relief came on the 3rd in evening with a thunderstorm that grazed the City. It threw down wind- blown rain and stirred up cool breeze. Storm passed south of NYC with typical thunder, lightning, heavy rain. Overall May 2018 was a poor month for observing. We had a couple clear nights but most nights served up cloud or rain. Temps ranged from mild to full summer heat. he omega Centauri hunt was a bomb-out in April-May 2018. The sky was never dark and clear enough to try for the globular cluster. I'll put up the challenge again in April 2019 for an other go at it. No night in May 2018 was close to a potential Milky Way night. The window for possibly spotting the MW continues thru June 30. Violent thunderstorm sweeped over NYSkies on 2018 May 15 mid afternoon thru night. It hit NYC and LI with heavy rain, but Metro- North and New Jersey suffered felled trees, ripped-up power lines, and coastal flooding. Rail service in M-N was delayed by trees falling into tracks. Some roads and rails closed from storm debris blockage. During thunderstorm of 2018 May 15 at least three tornados were touched down in NYSkies. One scored ground thru Orange & Sullivan county, NY. Other two were hit & run events in Putnam county, NY. All three were weak with central winds of up to 200KPH. No reported injuries, deaths, major structural damage. Jupiter at nightfall moves into center south in June, followed by Saturn and mars in midnight-owl hours. The three are in their retrograde loops all summer: ------------------------------------------------- RETROGRADE LOOPS FOR MARS, JUPITER, SATURN IN 2018 ------------------------------------------------- event | Mars | Jupiter| Saturn -------------+---------------+-+------- west station | Jun 26 | Mar 9 | Apr 18 opposition | Jul 27 | May 9 | Jun 27 east station | Aug 27 | Jul 10 | Sep 6 --------------------------------------- The 'ring flash' may be seen at Saturn's opposition on June 27, 2018, but it demands continuous inspection of the planet for a couple weeks before and after opposition. It can not be obvious with only a look at opposition or with only sporadic views around hen. The planet spikes in brightness, a few tenths magnitude, because at opposition the ring moonlets completely hide their shadows behind them. The entire ring surface is lighted. It may be best to take digital pictures of the planet in the sky repeatedly and asses the brightness against nearby stars. This phaenomenon is a subtile one, often missed by experienced observers, even me.