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NYC EVENTS FOR FEBRUARY 2020 
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 John Pazmino 
 NYSkies Astronomy In+c  
 nyskies@nyskies.org 
   wwww.nyskies.org 
    
    The following astronomy activities in the commuting ring enclosing 
New York City are operated by various organizations. A few cultural  
tems 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 'nyskies@nyskies.org' 
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 hHours are Eastern Standard Time (UT - 5h). 

 General notes 
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    '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.  
c    '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  
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  Plain dates are in current month;  
  -, previous month; +, next month. 
  #, NYSkies Astronomy Seminar
c  Moon phase: .NM., .FQ), (FM), (LQ.  
  Sunset is noted for each Saturday  
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   Sun   Mon   Tue   Wed   Thu   Fri   Sat  sunset 
  -26    -27   -28   -29   -30   -31    .1) 17:13 
    2      3     4     5     6     7#    8  17:22 
   (9)    10    11    12    13    14   (15. 17:30 
   16     17    18    19    20    21#   22  17:39 
  .23.    24    25    26    27    28    29  17:47 
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Index  of Events  / ------------- 
 * = NASA-JPL Night Sky Network affiliate  
 date = entry in 'list of events' section 
 '0' = entry in 'ongoing and continuing events' section 
 'AUT'= entry in 'skipped, autumn resumption' section 
  'SPR' = entry in 'skipped, spring resumption' secrion 
  '???' = entry in 'skipped, uncertain resumption' seciton 
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    BROOKLYN - BK 

  Astronomy on Tap  - - - - 19 
  Canarsie line curtailment  0 
 *Floyd Bennett Field - - - SPR 
  Secret Science Club - - -  0 

    CONNECTICUT - CT 
 *A S of Gtr Hartford   - - 19
  Astro Soc of Greenwich  - SPR 
 *Astro Soc of New Haven  - 25
  Bowman Observatory  - - -  5, 19
 *Litchfield Hills AAC mtg  14
 *Litchfield Hills lecture  21
 *McCarthy Observatory  - -  8
  New Pond Farm - - - - - -  1
  Stamford Observatory  - -  7, 14, 21, 28
 *Van Vleck Obsy (ASGH) - -  1
  Van Vleck Obsy (WU) - - -  5, 12, 19, 26
  Western CT St Univ Obsy - SPR 
 *Westport Astro Soc mtg  - 18
 *Westport Astro Soc starvg  5, 12, 19, 26    
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  Boothe Meml Astro Soc - 203-377-9933, 
    www.facebook.com/Boothe-Memorial-Astronomical-Society 

    LONG ISLAND - LI 
 *Amateur Observers Soc - -  2
 *Amat Obsrs Soc starviewing 0 
  Amer Instt Aero & Astro - ??? 
  Astro Soc of Long Island   5, 12, 19, 26
  Brookhaven National Lab - ??? 
  Custer Institute  - - - -  1, 8, 15, 22, 29
  Hofstra Univ Obsy - - - -  2 
  Montauk Observatory - - -  7 
  SUNY Stony Brook - -  - -  7 
 *Susan Rose Observatory  -  1, 8, 15, 22, 29
 
    MANHATTAN - MH  
 *Amat Astro Assn starvwg -  0 
 *Amat Astro Assn lecture - 14
  Amer Instt Archarology  - 20 
  Canarsie line curtailment  0 
 Ctr for Atmosp Ocean Sci -  5, 12, 26
  Ctr for Global Wrg Policy 12 
  Ctr for Science & Society 24 
  Central Pk (Great Lawn) -  1,2,7,8,9,14,15,16,21,22,23,28,29
 *Columbia Univ Obsy  - - - 14
  Earth Institute - - - - - ??? 
  GC Presents - - - - - - - SPR 
  Globe at Night  - - - - - 14-23 
  Greenwich Vg bookfair - - 22-23 
  Hayden Plm 'Frontiers'  - 10 
  Hayden Plm 'Live!'  - - - 25 
  Instt Stud Ancnt World  -  6, 7, 11
  Intrepid Museum - - - - - SPR 
 *Inwood Astronomy Project   1, 8, 15, 22, 29
  Metropn Engg Soc Cncl - - 13 
  Metropn Museum of Art - -  1-Mar 1 
  Natl Musm of Mathematics   5 
  NY Academy of Sciences  - ??? 
  NYC-H2O - - - - - - - - -  0 
  New York Map Society  - - 29 
  NYU Astrop & Relatvty - -  4, 11 
 *NYSkies Astronomy Seminar  7, 21 
  Presidents Day  - - - - - 17
  SciCafe' - - - - -  - - -  5 
  Simons Foundation - - - -  5, 12, 19 
 *Top of the Laawn  - - - -  1,2,7,8,9,14,15,16,21,22,23,28,29 
  Urban Park Rangers  - - -  0 
  WTC station closings  - -- 0 
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 Ctr for Space Sci Edu - - info@nyccsse.org, www.nyccsse.org,  
            212-608-6164 n 

    METRO-NORTH - NY  
  Bear Mountain - - - - - - SPR 
  Lamont-Doherty Obsy - - -  7, 14, 20, 21, 28 
  measles epidemic  - - - -  0 
  Mid-Hudson Astro Assn - - 21 
  Rockland Astro Club - - -  7
  Vassar Coll Obsy- - - - -  5, 12, 19, 26 
  Ward Pound Ridge  - - - - SPR 
  Westchester Amat Astro  -  7 

    NEW JERSEY - NJ  
  A A A of Princeton  - - - 11
 *Amat Astro Inc meeting  -  7, 14, 28 
  *Amat Astro Inc lecture - 21 
  A S of Toms Rv Area - - - ???
  Liberty Sci Ctr - - - - -  1-13 
  Morris Musm Astro Soc - - SPR 
  New Jersey Astro Assn - - 13 
  North Bergen Viaduct  - -  0 
  No Jersey Astro Gp mtg  - 12 
  No Jersey Astro Gp starvg  6, 13, 20, 27
  Peyton Observarory  - - - ??? 
  Plasma Physics Lab  - - -  7, 21 
  Rutgers Univ Astro Collqm  5, 12, 19, 26 
  Rutgers Univ Astro Semnr  SPR 
 *S*T*A*R - - - - - - - - -  6 
  Schommer Observatory  - - 13, 27 
 *Sheep Hill Astro Assn - -  7 
 *Sheep Hill Observatory  - 21 
 *Utd Astro Clubs of NJ - - SPR 
  Washington Xing St Pk - - SPR 
  WTC station closings  - -  0 
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  Dark Sky Observers - www.users.nac.net/gburke/club  
  McDowell Obsy - mec.rst2.edu, 201-460-8300 
  Montclair Telescope Club - 973-948-5284,,    
        users.erols.com/njastro/orgs/mtc.htm 
  NW Jersey Amat Astro - www.nwjaa.org, info@nwjaa.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  
  Museum of Moving Image  -  1-Jul 18
  York College Observatory  19 

    REST OF WORLD 

     STATEN ISLAND - SI 
  Coll of Staten Is Obsy  - SPR 
  Great Kills Park  - - - - SPR 
  Staten Is Community TV  -  7, 14, 21, 28 

    THE BRONX - BX 

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Ongoing and continuing events 
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    all day - ehole county - NY - measles epidemic 
        Indef duration. Outbreaks of measles in several counties 
        in NYSkies. Of the 1,500+ cases in US, some 1,000 are in 
        NYSkies! UN WHO warned that if epidemic continues thru 
        yearend, it may revoke US status as a measles-free country. 
        Most counties offer free measles shots. Consult health 
        provider for precautions and vaccination. 
    all day - H&M WTC line - MH - WTC station closings 
        Thru late 2020. World Trade Center station closes every 
        weekend to repair tunnels under Hudson River ruined by 
        hurricane Sandy. Station closes at 00h on each Saturday, 
        reopens at 05h on following Monday. WTC-bound trains turn at 
        Exchange Pl station. For service to WTC, use 33 St line to 
        connect to NYC subways. www.panynj.gov 
    all day - H&M WTC line - NJ - WTC station closings 
        Thru late 2020. World Trade Center station closes every 
        weekend to repair tunnels under Hudson River ruined by 
        hurricane Sandy. Station closes at 00h on each Saturday, 
        reopens at 05h on following Monday. WTC-bound trains turn at 
        Exchange Pl station. For service to WTC, use 33 St line to 
        connect to NYC subways. www.panynj.gov 
    all day - North Brgen Viaduct - NJ - road closings and rebuild 
        Thru end 2020.  One lane in each direction is closed during 
        major rebuild of viaduct on NJ495 between NJ Tpk and Lincoln 
        Tnl. Buses have priority on remaining lanes. On-off ramps for 
        local street close from time to time.  www.restorenj495.com 
    all day - Canarsie line - MH - night and weekend slowdown 
        Thru mid 2020. Curtailed service  20h to 05h daily and 20h 
        Fri-05h Mon on  weekends. Trains run single-track thru one 
        tunnel between Bedford Av statio aand 8th Av terminal. Round-
        trip takes about 20 minutes. Other track and tunnel are 
        closed. Service may change according as progress of work. 
        Normal two-way service runs 05h-20h on weekdays. www.mta.info. 
    all day - Canarsie line - BK - night and weekend slowdown 
        Thru mid 2020. Curtailed service  20h to 05h daily and 20h 
        Fri-05h Mon on  weekends. Trains run single-track thru one 
        tunnel between Bedford Av statio aand 8th Av terminal. Round-
        trip takes about 20 minutes. Other track and tunnel are 
        closed. Service may change according as progress of work. 
        Normal two-way service runs 05h-20h on weekdays. www.mta.info. 
     all day - whole island - LI - clearsky starviewing  
        VARIOUS PLACES, DATES, HOURS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT  
        Amat Obsrs Soc. Sessions convene in parks usually at dusk. 
        Occasional daytime sunviewing. Free. Cancelled for clouds. 
         www.aosny.org, suerose@optonline.net 
    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, 
        matt@nych2o.org 
    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. 
          president@aaa.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, 
        jupiyerjoesastronomy@gmail.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  
    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 
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Sat  1 Feb
    all day - Jersey City - NJ - astronomy show 
       Theu Feb 13; Liberty Sci Ctr. Two planetarium shows during 
        visit. 'Search for lifer' and 'Black holes' at different 
        hours. $34.99 Premium Pass, incl both plm shows and run of 
        museum. www.lsc.org, 201-200-1000, guestcomments@lsc.org 
    all day - Musm Moving Imnage - QN - '2oo1:' exhinit 
        Thru Jul 18. 36-01 35 Av (Astoria). '2001: A space odyssey'. 
        Props, customes, models, A/V sorts, ephemridalia, posters. 
        Certain days show '2001: A space odyssey' film. $15 adm, $25 
        adm +film. www.novingimage.us, 718-777-6888. 
    all day - Metropn Museum of Art - MH - - sciencve exhibit 
       Thru Mar 1. 'Making Marvels', 16th-18th century scientific 
        devices, gadgets, instruments, tools. $25, incl exh tour on 
        Feb 5 13:30 & Feb 18 13:30. www.metmuseum.org, 212-535-3700. 
    18:00 - West Reading - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        New Pond Farm, obseratory. $10, adv regn reqd. cancelled for 
        clouds. www.newpondfarm.org, 203-938-2117 
    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. tags_p@yahoo.com, www.nyskies.org, nyskies@nyskies.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, 
        pparkerrs@cs.com 
    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, asonskendall@gmail.com 
    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, suerose@optonline.net             
    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, 
        president@custerobservatory.org, 631-765-2626  

Sun  2 Feb 
    13:15 - Uniondale - LI - Amat Obsrs Soc meeting. 
        Hofstra Univ, Berliner Hall. Free. www.aosny.org, 
        suerose@optonline.net 
     18:00 - Uniondale - LI - clearsky starviewing 
        Hofstra University,Berliner Bdg, Rm 117. Free, 
        adv regn reqd. Cancelled for clouds. 516-463-2759, 
        www.hofstra.edu/Academics, observatory@hofstra.edu 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 1

Tue  4 Feb 
    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 

Wed  5 Feb 
    10:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture 
         Colloquium series. Rutgers Univ, Busch Campus, Astro & Phys 
        Lecture Hall. Free. www.physics.rutgers.edu/colloquium, 
        732-445-3974+ 
    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, shafer@cims.nyu.edu 
     16:00 - Natl Musm of Mathematics - MH - science show 
        Also 19:00. 'Mathematical Encounters'. Free, adv regn 
        reqd. 212-542-0566, www.momath.org, info@momath.org 
    16:15 - Simons Foundation - MH - scinece lecture 
        160 5 Av & 21 St.'How gravitational waves pointed us to the 
        origin of gold'. Tea 16:15, lecture 17:00. Free, adv regn 
        reqd. 646-654-0066, ww.simonsfoundation.org 
   19:00 - Greenwich - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        Astro Soc of Greenwich. Curtis Elem Schl, Bowman Obsy. Free. 
        Cancelled for clouds. rickbria@optonline.net, 203-415-6762. , 
        astrogreenwich.org 
    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 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        Westport Astro Soc. Rolnick Obsy.  Free. Cancelled for clouds. 
        www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 
    20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        MEETS ONLY DURING CLASSES; INQUIRE AT CONTACT 
        Wesleyan U, Van Vleck Obsy. Free, cancelled for clouds. 
        860-685-3664, www.wesleyan.edu/astro/events 
    20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting 
        Vanderbilt Plm. Free. asliastronomy@yahoo.com, 
        www.asliclub.org 
    21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing 
        MEETS ONLY DURING CLASSES; INQUIRE AT CONTACT 
        Vassar College, Observatory. Free. Cancelled for clouds. 
        physicsandastronomy.vassar.edu/observatory.html, 

Thu  6 Feb 
    18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecruee 
        15 E 84 St, 5/Madison Av. Various topics on history and 
        culture of ancient societies. Free, adv regn reqd. 
        isaw..nyu.edu, isaw@nyu.edu, 212-992-7800 
    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 - Lincroft - NJ - S*T*A*R meeting 
        Brookdale Commty Coll, Mommouth Museum. Free. 
        www.starastronomy.org, s-walters@comcast.net 

fri  7 Feb 
    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. Have GI photo ID for campus security. 
        www.pppl.gov/events 
    18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecruee - see Feb 6 
    18:00 - Amagansett - LI - astronomy lecture 
        Montauk Obsy. Amagansett Library. Indoor talk, clearsky 
         sunviewing. Free. www.montaukobservatory.com 
    18:30 - McBurney House - MH - NYSkies Astronomy Seminar 
        DISCUSSION: WHY STARS CHANGE THEIR BRIGHTNESS 
        125 W 14 St, 6/7 Av. Discussion of astronomy topics, show 
        & tell, skywatching reports, news of astro activity in NYSkies 
        territory. Free. nyskies@nyskies.org, www.nyskies.org 
    19:30 - Suffern - NY - RRockland Astronomy club meeting
        Rockalnd Commty Coll, main bldg. Free. 
        www.rocklandastronomy.com 
    19:30 - Boonton - NJ - Sheep Hill Astro Assn meeting  
        Boonton Senior Ctr. Free. www.sheephillastro.org, 
        contacts@sheephillastro.org, wwestura@optonline.net 
    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 
    19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting 
        Union Co Coll, Sperry Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky  
        starviewing. Free. www.asterism.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, slutterbie@notes.cc.sunysb.edu 
    19:30 - Pleasantville - NY - Westchester Amat Astro meeting  
        Pace Univ, Lienhard Hall, Free.    
        www.westchesterastronomers.org, 
        waa-president@westchesterastronomers.org  
     20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture 
        Stamford Obsy. $5. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. 
        starviewing also called off for outdoor temp < -6C. 
        203-322-6537, www.stamfordmuseum.org 
        info@stamfordmuseum.org 
     20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 1 

Sat  8 Feb
    20:00 - New Milford - CT - astronomy lecture  
        McCarthy Obsy, New Miford HS. Indoor lecture, clearsky  
        starviewing. Free. www.mccarthyobservatory.org, 860-354-1595, 
        mccarthyobservatory@gmail.com 
    20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Feb 1
    20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing - see Feb 1
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 1
    20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing  - see Feb 1

Sun 9 Feb
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 1

Mon 10 Feb 
    19:00 - Hayden Planetarium - MH - 'Frontiers' lecture 
         Kayfnamm Thtr. Enter at 81 St/Cntl Pk W. $15, adv regn reqd. 
        212-769-5100, www.amnh.org/programs  

Tue 11 Feb
    14:00 - New York University - MH - astronomy lecture - see Feb 4 
    18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecruee - see Feb 6 
    19:30 - Princeton - NJ - Amat Astro Assn of Princeton meeting 
        Princeton U, Peyton Hall. Free. www.princetonastronomy.org, 
        609-737-2575, info@princetonastronomy.org 

Wed 12 Feb
    10:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture - see Feb 5 
    15:30 - Courant Institute - MH - science lecture - see Feb 5 
    16:15 - Simons Foundation - MH - scinece lecture 
        160 5 Av & 21 St.'Tje race to build quantum computers'. 
        Tea 16:15, lecture 17:00. Free, adv regn 
        reqd. 646-654-0066, ww.simonsfoundation.org 
    18:00 - Columbia University - MH - science lecture 
        Ctr for Global Energy Policy. Intl Affairs Bldg, 420 W 118 St. 
        'new and emerging policies for carbon capture'. Free, adv regn 
        reqd. energypolicy@columbia.edu. 
    20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - No Jersey Astro Gp meeting 
        Montclair St Univ, Richardson Hall, Room 232. Free. 
        njastro.org, 973-655-7266 jjj 
    20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 5 
    20:00 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 5 
    20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see Feb 5
    21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 5

Thu 13 Feb
    19:00 - Ukrainian East Vg restuarant - MH - science lecture 
        Metropn Engg soc Cncl. 140 2 Av & 9 St. 'From moonwalks to 
        spaceplanes: A history of the Space Shuttle'. Free, lecure 
        only. $ opt dinner  at 17:30, adv regn reqd. info@mescnyc.org, 
        212-669-2003 
    19:30 - Morristown - NJ - Morris Museum Astro Soc meeting  
        Morris Museum. Free. 973-386-1848, 973-386-1848,, 
        www.morrismuseum.org/astro-society, info@morrismusem.org, 
        ckkrish@gmail.com 
    20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - clearsky starviewing - se Feb 6 
    20:30 - Piscataway - NJ - clearsky starviewng 
        Rutgers Univ, Schommer Obsy. Free. Cancelled for clouds.  
        732-205-0020, www.physics.rutgers.edu/ast/ast-serin.html  
        pryor@physics.rutgers.edu 

Fri 14 Feb
    15:30 - Palisades - NY - science lecture - see Fen 7 
    18:15 - Amer Musm Natl Hist - MH - Amat Astro Assn lecture 
         Kaufmann Theater. Free, no musm adm fee. 718-522-5014, 
         president@aaa.org, www.aaa.org 
    19:00 - Columbia University - MH - astronomy lecture 
          Pupin Hall, signs to lecture room. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
         starviewing. Free. outreach-admin@astro.columbia.edu, 
         www.astro.columbia.edu/outreach, 212-854-3278 
    19:30 - whole CIty - MH - Globe at Night exercise 
        Thru Febb 23. NYSkies runs its own Globe at Night exercise in 
        2019-2020 while Orion is in sky at nighfall. Same method and 
        procedure as for prior years for documenting sky transparency 
        over City. Details at www.nyskies.org/gannyc.htm 
    19:30 - Torrington - CT - Litchfield Hills Amat Astro Club mtg 
        Central Congregational Church. Free. lhastro.org, 
        lhastro@gmail.com 
    19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Feb 7 
    19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - see Feb 7 
     20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Feb 7 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 1

Sat 15 Feb 
    20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing - see Feb 1
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 1
    20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing  - see Feb 1
    20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Feb 1

Sun 16 Feb
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 1

Mon 17 Feb
    all day - whole City - MH - Presidents Day
        Please check with event contaact for session falling on this 
        day by rule or ediurnate schedule

Tue 18 Feb
    20:00 - Westport - CT - Westport Astro Soc meeting 
        Rolnick Obsy. Free. www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 

Wed 19 Feb
    10:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture - see Feb 5 
    16:15 - Simons Foundation - MH - scinece lecture 
        160 5 Av & 21 St.'Quantum technologies: New quantum 
        revolution'. Tea 16:15, lecture 17:00. Free, adv regn 
        reqd. 646-654-0066, ww.simonsfoundation.org 
    19:00 - 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, 
   19:00 - Greenwich - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 5 
    19:30 - New Brittain - CT - Astro Soc of Gtr Hartford meeting 
        Central CT St Univ, Copernicus Plm. Free. www.asgh.org, 
        860-872-9069, pparkerrs@cs.com 
    20:00 - Way Station Pub - BK - Astronomy on Tap meting 
        683 Washington Av & Prospect Pl (Prospect Hts). Informal 
        astronomy discussion in pub setting. Free, one drink purchase 
        reqd. astronomyontap.org/locatons/new-york-city 
    20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 5 
    20:00 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 5
    20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see Feb 5
    21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 5

Thu 20 Feb 
    18:00 - Palisades - NY - science lecture 
        Lamont-Doherty Earth Obsy, Monell audm. 'Climate, carbon
```      dioxide, and sea level: Past is prologue'. Free,
         845-365-8634, www.ldeo.columbia.edu, 
        suzana@ldeo.columbia.edu, 
    18:30 - ISAW - MH - Amer Instt Archaeolgy lecture 
        15 E 84 St & Mad/5 Av. Various topics on archaeology and 
        anthropology. Free, adv regn reqd. GI photo ID required for 
        campus security. www.aia-nysociety.org, 
        info@aia-nysociety.org 
    20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - clearsky starviewing - se Feb 6 

Fri 21 Feb 
    10:00 - Princeton - NJ - science tour - see Feb 7
    15:30 - Palisades - NY - science lecture - see Fen 7 
    17:00- 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.nidhudsonastronomy.org 
      18:30 - McBurney House - MH - NYSkies Astronomy Seminar  
         DISCUSSION: WHAT ARE THOSE LINES ACROSS A STAR'S SPECTRUM? 
        125 W 14 St, 6/7 Av. Discussion of astronomy topics, show 
        & tell, skywatching reports, news of astro activity in NYSkies 
        territory. Free. nyskies@nyskies.org, www.nyskies.org     
    19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Feb 7 
    20:00 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc lecture 
         Union Co Coll, Smith Audm. Indoor talk, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free. www.asterism.org 
     20:00 - Litchfield - CT - Litchfield Hills A A C lecture 
        White Meml Consrvn Ctr. Free. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
        starviewing. lhaacsec@gmail.com, lhastro.org 
    20:00 - Boonton - NJ - clearsky starviewing  
        Sheep Hill Astro Assn Obsy, Free. Cancelled for  
        clouds. sheephillastro.otg, contacts@sheephillastro.org, 
        wwestura@optonline.net 
     20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Feb 7 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 1

Sat 22 Feb
  11:00 - P S 3 - MH - Greenwich Village Antqn Book Fair 
        Thru Sun 23 Feb. 490 Hudson St & Christopher St. Deep source 
        for astronomy books, maps, prints, posters. $15, 2-day tkt. 
        www.ps3nyc.org/bookfair.htm, www.gvabookfair.org, 
        gvabookfair@gmail.com, 516-657-6212, www,gvabf.com 
    20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Feb 1 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 1
    20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing - see Feb 1
    20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing  - see Feb 1

Sun 23 Feb
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 1

Mon 24 Feb 
    18:15 - Columbia University- MH - Ctr for Sci and Soc lecture 
        Heyman Ctr for Humanities. 'The disposition of naturer'. Free, 
        adv regn reqd. 212-854-7211, scienceandsociety.columbia.edu 
 
Tue 25 Feb 
    19:00 - Hayden Planetarium - MH - 'Astronomy live!' lecture 
       Live narrated planetarium show. Enter at 81 St/Cntl Pk W. 
       $15, adv regn reqd. 212-769-5100, www.amnh.org/programs  
    19:30 - New Haven - CT - Astro Soc of New Haven meetinG 
        Yale Univ, Leitner Family Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free. www.asnh.org, prez@asnh.org 

Wed 26 Feb
    10:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture - see Feb 5 
    15:30 - Courant Institute - MH - science lecture - see Feb 5 
    20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 5
    20:00 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 5
    20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see Feb 5
    21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 5

Thu 27 Feb
    20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - clearsky starviewing - se Feb 6
    20:30 - Piscataway - NJ - clearsky starviewng - see Feb 13 

Fri 28 Feb
    15:30 - Palisades - NY - science lecture - see Fen 7 
     19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - see Feb 7 
    19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Feb 7 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 1 
     20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Feb 7

Sat 29 Feb 
    14:00 - Avenues HQ - MH - New York Map Society lecture 
         11 E 26 St, 17th floor. Various topics about map making, 
        cartography, geography.  Free, adv regn reqd. Have GI photo ID 
         for caampus security. www.newyorkmapsociety.org, 
        mapsocietyny@gmail.com 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 1 
    20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing - see Feb 1
    20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing  - see Feb 1
    20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Feb 1

Events Skipped This Month 
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  EVENT MAY RESUME AT DIFFERENT PLACE OR HOUR; INQUIRE AT CONTACT 
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  [SPR] SPRING RESUMPTION OF ACTIVITY 
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    13:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture 
        Seminar series. Rutgers Univ, Serin W330. Free. 732-445-3974, 
        www.physics.rutgers.edu/ast/seminar 
    15:30 - Greenwich - CT - Astro Soc of Greenwich meeting 
        Greenwich Audubon Center. Free. rickbria@optonline.net, 
        203-415-6762. astrogreenwich.org  
    17:00 - Danbury - CT - astronomy lecture 
        Westn Conn St Uv, Obsy/Plm. Indoor planetarium show, 
        clearsky starviewing. Free. www.wcsu.edu/starwatch, 
       203-837-8671, dawsond@wcsu.edu 
    17:30 - Intrepid Museum - MH - Free Friday show 
        Pier 86 and ship. Exhibits, demos, talks. Clearsky movies 
        and starviewing. Free. www.intrepidmuseum.org 
    18:30 - CUNY Graduate Center - MH -'GC presents' lecture 
        365 5 Av & 34 St, Skylight Room. 'Navigating the maze of 
        science and technology policy'. Free, adv regn reqd. 
        www.gc.cuny.edu/publicprograms 
    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, 
       info@princetonastronomy.org 
     20:00 - Ward Pound Ridge - NY - clearsky starviewing 
        Westchester Amat Astro. Meadows Picnic Area. Free. Cancelled 
        for clouds. waa-president@westchesterastronomers.org 
        www.westchesterastronomers.org, 
    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 - 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 - Floyd Bennett Field - BK - clearsky starviewing 
        Community Garden. NYSKies &amp; Natl Park Svc. Free. Cancelled 
        for clouds. www.nyskies.org, stephenlieber@nyc.rr.com, 
        nyskies@nyskies.org 
    20:30 - Voorhees St Pk - NJ - NJ Astro Assn meeting 
        NJAA-HQ, Robinson Obsy. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free. www.njaa.org, 908-368-8500 
   20:30 - Coll of Staten Is - SI - clearsky starviewing 
        Astrophys Obsy. Free, cancelled for clouds. 718-982-2818, 
        csivc.csi.cuny.edu/supernove7/files/home.html, 
        robbins@mail.csi.cuny.edu, 
        845-437-7340 
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  [???] UNCERTAIN RESUMPTION OF ACTIVITY 
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    15:00 - Upton - LI - Summer Sundays science show 
        Brookhaven Natl Lab. Bldg 510. 'A new paradigm for dark matter 
        search at the LHC'. Free, have GI photo ID for campussecurity. 
        631- 344-2651, www.bnl.gov/evnts 
    18:00 - Bethpage - LI -  Amer Instt Aero & Astro lecture       
        Hofstra Univ, Breslin Hall, rm216 . Various topics in 
        aeronautics and astronautics. 'Observations from the 
        Apollo LM to the Shuttlre and ISS, and beyond'. Free, $7 opt 
        pizza-soda, adv regn reqd.718-812-2727, greghomatas@msn.com 
    19:00 - NY Academy of Sciences - MH - astronomy lecture 
        'The nystery of our mathematical universe'. $20. www.nyas.org 
     19:00 - Toms River - NJ - Astro Soc of Toms Rv Area meeting 
        Ocean Co Coll, Novins Planetarium. Free. 
        www.astra-nj.org, 732-255-0343, webmaster@astra-nj.org 
   20:00 - Princeton - NJ - clearsky starviewing 
        Princeton Univ, Peyton Hall. Free. Cancelled for clouds 
        www.astro.princeton.edu/observatory/publicobserving.php, 
        jeg@astro.princeton.edu, lee@astro.princeton.edu 
    20:00 - Lincroft - NJ - S*T*A*R meeting 
        Brookdale Commty Coll, Mommouth Museum. Free. 
        www.starastronomy.org, s-walters@comcast.net 

General News
 ----------
 ---Metropolitan Museum of Art, for its running  exhibit of scientific 
devices 'Making Marvels,' has two guided tours in February. Museum 
admission includes them on the 5th and 18th. See Feb 1st. 
    Stamford  Obsy stays closed not only for clouds but also for air 
temp colder than -6c. check with contact on clear, but cold, nights. 
    Morris Museum Astro Soc now meets every month except Jul & Aug.  
It previously also skipped Jan & Feb. See Feb 1. 
     Columbia Univ Obsy posted one lecture for spring 2020, but not 
yet a full slate. There could be a second talk later in the month, 
since the Obsy usually runs two per month. 
    Lamont-Doherty Obsy has both weekly colloquia and a lecture 
program. The lecture is on the 20th while colloquia are on all 
Fridays. 
    Altho the measles epidemic seems under control, the NYSkies 
territory still has quite half of all cases in the US. Most are in 
metro-North and brooklyn. I keep this item until the situation abates. 
    Ramapo Challenger Ctr leaves NYSkies. it no longer runs public 
shows.  Operations are focused on prearranged groups, such as school 
classes, camps,scouts. 
    'City of science' talks at CUNY Grad Ctr are part of its 'GC 
Presents' lecture series. I list 'GC Presents' to capture possible 
other events for astronomers.    
     Mid Hudson Astro Assn put out its 2020 starviewing schedule. 
Please sign up in advance with specs of your vehicle. State park will 
admit only those in its register. 
    Liberty Sci Ctr's planetarium was built  into former IMAX chamber, 
making it the largest planetarium in the Americas. Its dome is 27m 
across. Moscow's planetarium seems to still hold the  world's size 
record of 30m. 

City News
 -------
    The John Batchelor radio show, 770AM in NYSkies,, on January 3 
discussed Betelgeuse. It reported the star dimmed in prior couple 
months, described star's activity and location in the sky. It assured 
that Betelgeuse will not explode in near future but will eventually 
return to normal brightness. 
    Parking meters in NYC on January 1 tripped on computer glitch. 
Software no longer recognized credit card wxpiry dates in 2020 and 
late and rejected the card. Debit card and phone tap still worked. 
Software was patched by Jan 3 to handle dates in 2020s. 
    NYSkies Astronomy Seminar on january 3 was one of the fuller 
sessions recently. A dozen of us turned out to learn about Betelgeuse. 
Myrna Coffino set out bit-size cakes to munch. We went thru a quick 
overview of star lifecycle, showing how a star needs internal pressure 
to keep it from collapsing. Pressure comes from radiant energy 
generated in the star's core. Stars producing energy by hydrogen-
helium process plot on HR Diagram along its main Sequence. The star's 
location on the MS is a function of mass, low to high from bottom to 
top. We learned that when H-He process gives out, the star no longer 
can maintain place on MS  as it shifts to other nuclear energy 
processes. The star migrates to the upper right section of the HRD as 
a red giant or supergiant. Chemical elements are fused from helium to 
ultimately iron. The core fills with iron, which can not be further 
fused to yield radiant energy. when these other reactions peter out 
the star collapses. a low mass star subsides softly to becomes a white 
dwarf. Medium mass stars collapse fast enough to crush the core and 
trigger a supernova eruption. The core compacts into a neutron star. A 
more massive star also supernovates but the core becomes a blackhole. 
he event fuses the material outside the core into all the other 
chemical elements beyond iron. Betelgeuse is a supergiant star near 
the end of its life, supposedly on the cusp of going supernova. We 
monitor it on & off but so far it behaved itself. It fluctuates a 
couple tenth magnitude in a lazy pattern. We traced a current 
lightcurve of Betelgeuse to se how in November 2019 it began a normal 
decrease. In a couple weeks the decline continued more rapidly and 
deeper than normal. Joe Fedrick got a glimpse of betelgeuse thru thin 
cloud on jan 2nd and found it as dim as Bellatrix. john Pazmino on Dec 
27 saw it about equal to Aldebaran. We discovered how humongous 
Betelgeuse is from several observatory pictures. The optical star, 
what we see by visual light, is about the diameter of Jupiter's orbit. 
Its disc is spotted with bright and ark patches, looking somewhat like 
Mars! These swirl  around like clouds and loft away from the star. In 
infrared and longer wavebands the star fills the solar system and 
reaches to some 800aU diameter. Takeaways were diagrams of star 
lifecycles, HRDs, spectral classes, evolution of post-MS stars, 
starchart of Betelgeuse region with comparison stars, lightcurve for 
past1-1/2 years, pictures of Betelgeuse in different wavebands, series 
of disc images, descriptive article on Betelgeuse. 
    On Jan 17 at NYSkies Seminar Myrna Coffino gave news of her incite 
to sit on BoD of Kepler Space Instt. Kepler, no relation to Kepler 
spaceprobe, promotes exploration a d human habitation in outer space. 
Her work with Natl Space Soc, UN committees, NYSkies factored into HER 
invite. 
    At the UN Holocaust memorial on Jan 27 I saw many guests impeded 
at entry to the campus because they lacked proper ID. A few handed up 
a business card or the registration letter. For all events at United 
Nations -- and at lots of other places -- you must have in hand a duly 
issued validated photo ID from a government office. so far, a driver's 
licence is accepted even if not yet REAL-ID compliant. I note in event 
listing any need for such ID. 
   NYS tax dept in mid Jan 2020 invited state taxpayers to use its new 
online tax return system. It compiles both state and federal returns 
to make sure the two are properly congruent. Service, with electronic 
filing of both returns, is free. Details at www.tax.ny.gov. 
    NYSkies Astronomy Seminar on Jan 17 overviewed action of planets 
in 2020. We first clarified the aspects or configurations of planets 
relative to the Sun. We saw they occur when planet sits at certain 
elongation from the Sun. Most are esily observed but two are dependent 
on terrestrial factors. These are first and last sighting around 
conjunction when the planet enters or leaves twilight. We learned that 
many aspects were watched by the Egyptian sand Babylonians some 4,000 
years ag! We discovered how configurations seen from Earth are inverse 
of those sen from the planet. Several were verified by pictures of 
Earth taken by spaceprobes at other planets.  We can simulate them in 
solar system softwares allowing a sky view from other planets. We next 
walked thru many arrangements of Venus. Mars. Jupiter, Saturn  in 
2020. These are alignments with each other planet, Moon, stars. All 
are visually attractive but require clear sky. All are suitable for 
bare-eye, with binocular or telescope giving more detailed views. For 
many configurations we examined a sky view, solar system view, and a 
visibility view. The solar system scene showed the sightlines from 
Earth to Sun and planet. The visibility view showed the portion of 
night when the planet is in the sky during two months centered on the 
event date. For example we saw how Venus at inferior conjunction 
shifts sides from evening star to morning star in early June. We 
learned that events among planets and stars should be watched from a 
week before thru a week after the date to appreciate the kinetics of 
planetary motion. don't look only on the very date of the event. 
Aspects with the Moon must be captured on the event date because the 
Moon moves so fast. a day before and after dissolves the scene.  The 
configurations dealed with Venus east elongation and inferior 
conjunction, Mars east quadrature thru opposition and retrograde loop, 
Jupiter-Saturn thru conjunctions with the Moon and then with each 
other. The latter is specially important because a Jupiter-Saturn 
conjunction occurs only every 20 years! for the elders of us this 
instance, 2020 December 21, is the last one we will witness. I myself 
watched three previous ones, 1960, 1980-81. 2000. The 1980-81 show was 
a triple event because the planets were gyrating in their retrograde 
loops. passing each other three times in several months. We saw that 
the Moon joins J-S in October and November in a dusk convention, but 
misses the planets in December. We'll look more carefully at Mars and 
Jupiter-Saturn later this year. We had a Venus session in fa;ll 2019. 
Takeaways were tables and diagrams of planet aspects, chart of 
Babylonian aspects, graph of Mars position and motion near opposition, 
series of scenes for all four planets, usually with a sky and solar 
system view. 
    Many NYSkiers and ~150 other scientists packed Simons Foundation 
on Jan 22 for a quantum physics/blackhole talk. They saw similarities 
between particle and blackhole behavior, including some with 'hot' 
electrical superconduction. 
    In early January 2020 AT&T  put out revised privacy policy rules. 
The changes may result from the public release of personal phone  logs 
obtained from AT&T in the recent impeachment inquest. 
    Meade Instruments on 4 Dec 2019 filed for Chap 11 protection in 
Central Dist of CA  federal court. Action followed Meade's loss of 
price-fixing lawsuit from Orion Telescopes and Binoculars. Case 
awarded ~$8 million  damages to Orion, leaving Meade unable to finance 
its own  debts. Meade continues operations under federal trustee 
during its reorganization. 
    Grace period on 14 St ended on Jan 21. Vehicles obstructing bus 
lanes get $50 moving violation based on photo of vehicle taken with 
bus-mounted cameras. Traffic in 14 St, in front of NYSkies meeting 
room, seems calm with a few cars skirting thru in curb lanes. 
    Larry Elder radio show on Jan 24 had a maths question in its 'Can 
you beat Kurt' segment: What is the longest side of a right triangle 
called? First player passed up answer. other cone correctly named it 
'hypotenuse' but lost game for low total score. 

sky News 
 ------
    Betelgeuse seemed to slow or pause its decline in early Jan 2020. 
It stayed at or a bit dimmer than Bellatrix thru late month. Continue 
monitoring the star with the comparison stars below. 
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 COMPARISON STARS FOR BETELGEUSE 
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 star  | name        | magn
 -----+--------------+-----
 alp Ori | Betelgeuse | var
 ---------+-----------+--------
 alp CMa \ sirius     | -1.4
 alp Aur | Capella    | +0.1 
 bet Ori |Rigel       | +0.2
 alp CMi | Procyon    | +0.4
 alp Tau | Aldebaran  | +0.9
 bet Gem | Pollux     | +1.2
 eps CMa | Adhara     | +1.5
 alp Gem | Castor     | +1.6
 gam Ori | Bellatrix  | +1.7
 bet Tau | Elnath     | +1.7
 bet Aur | Menkalinan | +1.9
 gam Gem | Alhena     | +2.0
 bet CMa | Mirzam     | +2.0
 kap Ori | Saiph      | +2.1
 eta CNa | Aludra     | +2.5 
 alp Lep | Arneb      | +2.6
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Orion  stick-figure is significantly distorted without the normal  
brightness of Betelgeuse. Thru NYSkies assistance in January, Night Sky 
Network and Globe at Night now promote observing Betelgeuse. 
    Cloud-burst of snow fell on Jan 18 ~10h EST on scattered sections 
of NYSkies. Lasting only one hour, it put down several centimeters of 
cover. It persisted in full sunlight for rest of day and melted 
overnight under warmer temps. 
    Spring-like weekend came to NYSkies land on Jan 11-12. Temps rose 
to mid 10Cs with gentle breeze and partly sunny sky. Some towns 
reported all-time high for these dates, which are usually in the f-10C 
range. Weather on the 13th slided back to normal winter. 
    Scarsdale HS student Wolf Cukier, Scarsdale NY, helped find the 
first circumbimary exoplanet. It, TOI1338b in NASA's TESS planet-
hunting spaceprobe program, orbits BOTH stars of an eclipsing binary. 
Cukier worked with the TESS team as summer intern in 2019. Discovery 
was highlighted at Amer Astro Soc meeting on 6 Jan 2020. 
    Ultra clear dark night on January 16. Transparency hit 5th magn in 
most of NYC. Air was chilly and windy. Several DSOs seen by eye, sky 
filled with small stars, fainter constellations traced out. 
 air was about 0C with strong wind. 
    Steve Kaye on Jan 3-5 was in Arizona for a friend's wedding He  
watched the Quadrantid meteors, telling friend they were nature's                  
fireworks for the wedding. He noted there were enough bright meteors 
to give a shower effect even with large Moon in the sky. 
    A rare winter sun-shower fell on Jan 16 early morning. With Sun 
shining, thin cool rain started ~09h EST over scattered parts of NYC. 
It lasted an hour or so, leaving streets wet.. Water dried up by noon 
under continued sunshine.t  
    Venus in January 2020 broke into higher sky in twilight. Every one 
sees her as she starts her majestic flight in western sky thru May