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NYC EVENTS FOR FEBRUARY 2018 
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           John Pazmino 
 NYSkies Astronomy Inc  
 nyskies@nyskies.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 '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 hours from November 1 thru November 4 are Eastern Daylight 
Savings Time (UT - 4h).  All hours from November 5 and out 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.  
    '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.  
  Moon phase: .NM., .FQ), (FM), (LQ.  
  Sunset is noted for each Saturday  
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  Sun   Mon   Tue   Wed   Thu   Fri   Sat   sunset 
  ------------------------------------------------
  -28   -29   -30  -(31)    1     2     3   17:16 
    4     5     6    (7.    8     9    10   17:25                         0
   11    12    13    14    .15.  16    17   17:33
   18    19    20    21     22  .23)   24   17:41
   25    26    27    28    (+1)  +2    +3   17:50
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Index  of Events  
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 * = 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 
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 --------------NROOKLYN - BK 
 *Floyd Bennett Field - - - M/A 
  Secret Science Club - - -  0 

    CONNECTICUT - CT                                                                          
 *A S of Gtr Hartford - - - 21 
  Astro Soc of Greenwich  - 25
 *Astro Soc of New Haven  - 27 
  Bowman Observatory  - - -  7, 21 
 *Litchfield Hills AAC mtg   9 
 *Litchfield Hills starvg - 16 
 *McCarthy Observatory  - - 10 
  New Pond Farm - - - - - - ??? 
  Stamford Observatory  - -  2, 9, 16, 23        
 *Van Vleck Obsy (ASGH) - - 24
  Van Vleck Obsy (WU) - - -  7, 14, 21, 28
  Western CT St Univ Obsy - M/A 
 *Westport Astro Soc mtg  - 20
 *Westport Astro Soc starvg  7, 14, 21, 28    
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  Boothe Meml Astro Soc - 203-377-9933, 
    www.facebook.com/Boothe-Memorial-Astronomical-Society 

    LONG ISLAND - LI 
 *Amateur Observers Soc - -   4 
  Amer Instt Aero & Astro -  21 
  Astro Soc of Long Island    7, 14, 21, 28
  Brookhaven National Lab - ??? 
  Custer Institute  - - - -  3, 10, 17, 24
  Hofstra Univ Obsy - - - -  4
  Montauk Observatory - - -  1
  SUNY Stony Brook   -  - -  2
 *Susan Rose Observatory  -  3, 10, 17, 24 
 
    MANHATTAN - MH  
 *Amat Astro Assn starvwg -  0 
 *Amat Astro Assn lecture -  2
  Amer Musm Natl Hist   - -  7
  Ctr for Atmosp Ocean Sci  M/A 
  Ctr for Science & Society ??? 
  Central Pk (Great Lawn) -  2,3,4,9,10,11,16,17,18,23,24,25
 *Columbia Univ Obsy  - - -  9, 23
  Cornelia Street Cafe'   -  4 
  Earth Institute - - - - - ??? 
  flu season - - - - - -  -  0
  Globe at Night  - - - - -  5-14
  Good Housekeeping lab   -  9 
  Greenwich Vg bookfair     17-18
  Gullicar's Gate - - - - -  0 
  Instt Stud Ancnt World  -  8, 20, 22
 *Inwood Astronomy Project   3, 10, 17, 24 
  Jupiter Joe Sidewk Astro   0 
  Natl Musm of Mathematics   7 
  NY Academy of Sciences  - ??? 
  NYC-H2O - - - - - - - - -  0 
  New York Univ Astro - - - M/A  
 *NYSkies Astronomy Seminar  2, 16 
  Presidents Day -- - - - - 19 
  SciCafe'  - - - - - - - -   7
  Science & the Arts  - - - ??? 
  Simons Foundation - - - - 14, 21
  Top of the Lawn - - - - -  2,3,4,9,10,11,16,17,18,23,24,25
  Transit Center  - - - - -  6
  TriState computer fair  -  0 
  Urban Park Rangers -  - -  0 
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 Ctr for Space Sci Edu - - info@nyccsse.org, www.nyccsse.org,  
        212-608-6164 n 
    METRO-NORTH - NY  
  Lamont-Doherty Obsy - - -  2, 9, 16, 23 
  Ramapo Challenger Ctr - - 18
  Vassar Coll Obsy  - - - -  7, 14, 21, 28
  Ward Pound Ridge  - - - - M/A 
  Westchester Amat Astro  -  2

    NEW JERSEY - NJ  
  A A A of Princeton  - - - 13 
  A S of Toms Rv Area - - - ??? 
 *Amat Astro Inc meeting  -  2, 9, 23 
 *Amat Astro Inc lecture  - 16 
  Joint Base centennial   -  0 
  Morris Musm Astro Soc - - M/A 
  New Jersey Astro Assn - - M/A 
  No Jersey Astro Gp mtg  - 13
  No Jersey Astro Gp starvg  1, 8, 15, 22
  Peyton Observarory  - - -  7 
  Plasma Physics Lab  - - -  2, 16 
  Rutgers Univ Astro Collqm M/A 
  Rutgers Univ Astro Semnr   1, 8, 15, 22 
 *S*T*A*R - - - - - - - - -  1 
  Schommer Observatory  - -  8, 15      
 *Sheep Hill Astro Assn - -  2 
 *Sheep Hill Observatory  - 16 
 *Utd Astro Clubs of NJ - - M/A 
  Washington Xing St Pk - - M/A 
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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, bischoff@garden.net,    
        users.erols.com/njastro/orgs/mtc.hrm  
  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 - - - - - 24 
  York College Observatory  14

    REST OF WORLD 

    STATEN ISLAND - SI   
  Coll of Staten Is Obsy  - M/A 
  Great Kills Park  - - - - M/A 
  Staten Is Community TV  -  2, 9, 16, 23 

    THE BRONX - BX 
  
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Ongoing and continuing events 
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    all day - whole City - MH - flu  season
        Indefinite duration. 2017-2018 season for flu illness is more 
        severe than pervious years. NYSkies land as at late January 
        2018 has about double the cases and larger portion of cases 
        needing special medical attention. Symptoms resemble normal 
        flu but can quickly turn serious if not cared for. It's best 
        to consult health service soonest after catching a flu-like 
        illness rather than treating it like in prior years. Details 
        at local health agencies and medical provider.. 
    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, 
        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 - 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 
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Thu  1 Feb
    13:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture 
        Seminar series. Rutgers Univ, Serin 401. Free. 732-445-3974, 
        www.physics.rutgers.edu/ast/seminar 
    18:00 East Hampton - LI - astronomy lecture 
        Montauk Obsy, East Hampton Middle School. Indoor talk, 
        clearsky starviewing. Free. www.montaukobservatory.com 
    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  2 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. Photo ID required for campus security. 
        www.pppl.gov/events 
    11:00 - Palisades - NY - science lecture 
        Lamont-Doherty Earth Obsy, Monell Audm. Various topics in 
        geophysics and earth science. Free, 845-365-8634, 
        www.ldeo.columbia.edu, suzana@ldeo.columbia.edu, 
    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 
    18:30 - McBurney House - MH - NYSkies Astronomy Seminar  
        DISCUSSION: ASTRONOMICAL FACTORS FOR CLIMATE CHANGE 
        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   19:00 
    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 - 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 - Boonton - NJ - Sheep Hill Astro Assn meeting  
        Boonton Senior Ctr. Free. www.sheephillastro.org, 
        contacts@sheephillastro.org, wwestura@optonline.net 
    19:30 - Pleasantville - NY - Westchester Amat Astro meeting  
        Pace Univ, Miller Hall, Free. www.westchesterastronomers.org, 
        waa-president@westchesterastronomers.org  
        info@princetonastronomy.org  
    19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting 
        Union Co Coll, Sperry Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky  
        starviewing. Free. www.asterism.org, hfjacinto6@gmail.com  
    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 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture 
        Stamford Obsy. $3. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. 
        203-322-6537, www.stamfordmuseum.org, cescovil@earthlink.net 

Sat  3 Feb
    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 - Inwood Hill Park - MH - clearsky 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 - 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  
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 2 

Sun  4 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 
    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 Feb 2 

Tue  6 Feb
    18:00 - Transit Center - MH cultural conference
        1 Whitehall St, 17th fl. 'Can we rebuild transit in New York while 
        construuction costs are sky-high?'. Free, adv regn reqd.
        www.transitcenter.org/events.

Wed  7 Feb
    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 
    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 
    17:00 - whole CIty - MH - Globe at Night exercise 
        Thru Feb 14. NYSkies runs its own GLOBE at Night exercise in 
        December 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 
    19:00  - 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   
    19:30 - 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 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting 
        Vanderbilt Plm. Free. asliastronomy@yahoo.com, 
        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 
    20:00 - 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 

Thu  8 Feb
    13:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture - see Feb 1
    18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecture 
        15 E 84 St, 5/Madison Av. Exhibition lecture 'Weeks, months, 
        yeats in Greek and Roman calendars' with  'Time and Cosomos' 
        showw.. Free, adv regn reqd. isaw..nyu.edu isaw@nyu.edu, 
         212-992-7842 
    20:00 - uPPER mONTCLAIR - nj - CLEARSKY STARVIEWING - see Feb 1
    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  
        pryor@physics.rutgers.edu 

 Fri  9 Feb
    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, 
        ghritours@hearst.com 
    11:00 - Palisades - NY - science lecture - see Feb 2 
    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 - Torrington - CT - Litchfield Hills Amat Astro Club mtg 
        Central Congregational Church. Free.lhaacsec@gmail.com 
        lhastro.org 
    19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - aww Feb 2 
    19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Feb 2 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 2 
    20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Feb 2 

 Sat 10 Feb
    20:00 - New Milford - CT - astronomy lecture  
        McCarthy Obsy, New Miford HS. Indoor lecture, clearsky  
        starviewing. Free. www.mccarthyobservatory.org, 860-354-1595, 
        contact@mccarthyobservatory.org 
    20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing  -see Feb 3 
    20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 3 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 2 
    20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Feb 3 
 
Sun  11 Feb 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 2 

 Tue 13 Feb 
    19:30 - Princeton - NJ - Amat Astro Assn of Princeton meeting 
        Princeton U, Peyton Hall. Free. www.princetonastronomy.org, 
        609-737-2575, info@princetonastronomy.org 
    20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - No Jersey Astro Gp meeting 
        Montclair St Univ, Richardson Hall, Room 232. Free. 
        njastro.org, 973-655-7266 
 
Wed 14 Feb
    17:00 - Simons Foundation - MH - scinece lecture 
         160 5 Av & 21 St. 'Symmetry, topology and electronic 
        phases of matter''. Free, adv regn reqd. 646-654-0066, 
          ww.simonsfoundation.org 
    19:30 - 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, 
       tpaglione@york.cuny.edu 
    20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see Feb 7
    20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 7
    20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 7
    21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 7

 Thu 15 Feb
    13:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture - see Feb 1
    20:00 - uPPER mONTCLAIR - nj - CLEARSKY STARVIEWING - see Feb 1
    20:30 - Piscataway - NJ - clearsky starviewing see Feb 8

Fri 16 Feb 
    10:00 - Princeton - NJ - science tour - see Feb 2 
    11:00 - Palisades - NY - science lecture - see Feb 2 
    18:30 - McBurney House - MH - NYSkies Astronomy Seminar  
         DISCUSSION: VENUS COMES INTO THE EENING SKY 
        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 2 
    20:00 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc lecture 
        Union Co Coll, Smith Audm. Indoor talk, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free. www.asterism.org 
    20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Feb 2 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 2 
    20:30 - Litchfield - CT - Litchfield Hills A A C lecture 
        White Meml Consrvn Ctr. Free. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
        starviewing. lhaac.shutterfly.com, lhaacsec@gmail.com 
        lhastro.org 
    20:30 - Boonton - NJ - clearsky starviewing  
        Sheep Hill Astro Assn Obsy, Free. Cancelled for  
        clouds. sheephillastro.otg, contacts@sheephillastro.org, 
        wwestura@optonline.net 

Sat 17 Feb 
  11:00 - P S 3 - MH - Greenwich Village Antqn Book Fair 
        Thru Sun 18 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 
    20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing  -see Feb 3
    20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 3 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 2 
    20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Feb 3 

Sun 18 Feb 
    14:00 - Airmont - NY - science show 
        Ramapo Challenger Ctr, 225 Rt 29. Multimedia 
       imulation of space missions. $20. wwwlhvcc.com, 
        director@lhvcc.com, 845-257-3416. 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 2 

Mon 19 Feb 
    all day - whole City - MH - Presidents Day 
        Please check with event contact for session falling on this 
        day by rule or outdated schedule c  

Tue 20 Feb
    18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecture - see Feb 8
    20:00 - Westport - CT - Westport Astro Soc meeting 
         Rolnick Obsy. Free. www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 
    18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecture - see Feb 8

Wed 21 Feb 
    17:00 - Simons Foundation - MH - scinece lecture 
         160 5 Av & 21 St. The universe at its infancy: one second 
        after the big bang''. Free, adv regn reqd. 646-654-0066, 
          ww.simonsfoundation.org 
    18:00 - Bethpage - LI -  Amer Instt Aero & Astro lecture       
        Bethpage Publ Liby. Various topics i naeronautics and 
        astronautics. 'Nars sample return missiOn'. Free, optional $5 
        pizza-soda. 516-458-8593, davidparis@twc.com 
    19:00  - Greenwich - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 7 
     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 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see Feb 7 
    20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 7
    20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 7
    21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 7

Thu 22 Feb
    13:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture - see Feb 1
    18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecture - see Feb 8
    20:00 - uPPER mONTCLAIR - nj - CLEARSKY STARVIEWING - see Feb 1

Fri 23 Feb
    11:00 - Palisades - NY - science lecture - see Feb 2 
    19:00- Columbia University - MH - astronomy lecture - drr Fev 9
    19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - aww Feb 2 
    19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Feb 2 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 2 
    20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Feb 2 

Sat 24 Feb
    19:30 - Alley Pond Park - QN - clearsky starviewing 
        Alley Pond Enviro Ctr. $14 at door. Cancelled for clouds. 
        www.alleypond.org, info@alleypond.org, 718-229-4000 
     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,  
        pparkers@cs.com 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 2 
    20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing  -see Feb 3 
    20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 3 
    20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Feb 3 

Sun 25 Feb 
    15:30 - Greenwich - CT - Astro Soc of Greenwich meeting 
        Greenwich Public Library. Free with musm adm. 
        rickbria@optonline.net, 203-415-6762, astrogreenwich.org 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 2 

Tue 27 Feb 
    19:00 - New Haven - CT - Astro Soc of New Haven meeting 
        Yale Univ, Leitner Family Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky 
       tarviewing. Free. www.asnh.org, prez@asnh.org 

Wed 28 feb
    20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see Feb 7
    20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 7
    20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 7
    21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 7

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  [M/A] MARCH-APRIL RESUMPTION OF ACTIVITY 
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    11:00 - 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/evengts.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, shafer@cims.nyu.edu 
    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 - 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 
   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, 
        robbins@mail.csi.cuny.edu, 
    19:30 - Floyd Bennett Field - BK - clearsky starviewing 
        Community Garden. NYSKies & Natl Park Svc. Free. Cancelled 
        for clouds. www.nyskies.org, stephenlieber@nyc.rr.com, 
        nyskies@nyskies.org 
    19:30 - Morristown - NJ - Morris Museum Astro Soc meeting  
         Morris Museum. Free. 973-386-1848, 973-386-1848,, 
        www.mmastrosociety.org, info@morrismusem.org, 
        ckkrish@gmail.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, 
    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 - Ward Pound Ridge - NY - clearsky starviewing 
        Westchester Amat Astro. Meadows Picnic Area. Free. Cancelled 
        for clouds. waa-president@westchesterastronomers.org 
        www.westchesterastronomers.org, 
    20:30 - Voorhees St Pk - NJ - NJ Astro Assn meeting 
        NJAA-HQ, Robinson Obsy. Free. www.njaa.org, 908-368-8600 

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  [???] UNCERTAIN RESUMPTION OF ACTIVITY 
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    15:00 - Upton - LI - science lecture 
        Brookhaven Natl Lab, Bldg 510. 'A unified program of argon 
        dark matter searches'. Free, have GI photo ID for campus 
        security. 631-344-2651, www.bnl.gov/physics/evnts 
    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 - West Reading - CT - clearsky starviewingh 
        New Pond Farm, obseratory. $10, adv regn reqd. , cancelled for 
        clouds. www.newpondfarm.org, 203-938-2117, 
        info@newpondfarm.org 
    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, bschwartz@gc.cuny.edu, 
        scienceandarts@scienceandarts.pmailus.com, 
    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, webmaster@astra-nj.org 
    19:00 - NY Academy of Sciences - MH - astronomy lecture 
        'The unification of physics: The ques for a Theory of 
        Everything'. $15, adv regn reqd. wwww.nyas.org, 212-298-8600 [ 
General News 
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    In January 2018 there were widespread cancellations of events from 
the severe winter storm early in the month..Some were called off with 
advance notice. Others were forced out of action by hazardous travel 
conditions or closure of host facilities. 
    With a month and more of hard winter ahead it is wise to confirm 
the event before setting off to it. And, please mind you local road 
and rail situation. 
    Sheep Hill Astro Soc now meets on first Friday of each month. 
Until now their meetings were on the first Sunday. 
    After NYC Events issued for January 2018 Simons Foundation set out 
its spring lecture dates. One was January 31 for 'Ocean worlds of the 
outer solar system'! NYSkies learned of it thru the Yahoogroup and 
supplemental email. NYSkiers signed up right away to secure a seat in 
the Simons small auditorium. Simons and Amer Instt of Aeron & Astribn 
both have astro/space lectures on Feb 21! They are too close in time 
and too far in distance to attend both. You must make a hard choice. 
    A couple times per year I hear the whine that there are 'too many' 
event conflicts in NYC Events. Specially on Fridays and Wednesdays 
there are several astronomy activities running together, forcing 
readers to make the hard choice of which to attend. Can't the event 
sponsors arrange a better layout of schedule to lessen these 
conflicts? 
    It would be essentially impossible to shift events away from 
conflicts. Sponsors are constrained by their host facilities to fit 
their events into a larger schedule scheme way outside their control 
or effective influence. 
    Balancing these comments, all from within NYSkies, are those from 
remote readers. The typical situation elsewhere there has only one or 
possibly two astronomy events per month. Readers there are awed at the 
huge number of astronomy events in our turf, so abundant that we can 
'enjoy' frequent conflicts! A collateral comment is the 'ease' we have 
to attend just about any of the NYC Events  sessions, by a bus or 
train ride from Manhattan, or -- yes! -- by walking. 

City News 
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    New Year's Eve in Times Sq on Dec 31, 2017, was among the coldest 
and windiest in some 50 years! Temps fell to -15C, sending about 40 of 
the one million  revellers to hospitals for exposure treatment. NYC 
Mayor was at the show,taking his swear-in earlier in day at City Hall. 
US Senator Sanders presided in the outdoor rite, noting that compared 
to his Vermont weather it was a 'heat wave' in NYC. 
    Prospect Park, BK, converted to a car-free zone on 2017 Dec 29. 
Only emergency, Parks Dept, certain authorized vehicles are allowed on 
the park's roads. Park was closed to motor traffic on weekends and 
late nights but is now a 24/7 car-free area. 
    On 7 Jon 2018 NYPD and NYC DOT posted 2017's lowest traffic deaths 
in the City. Only 214 pedestrians were killed, a 7% drop from 2016 and 
continuing decline since 2013. Decrease comes rom newly lowered 
vehicle speed limit of 25MPH (~40KPH), tighter enforcement of traffic 
rules, new physical barriers and buffers at certain intersections. Ab 
other major factor was the expanded monitoring of traffic by EZ-Pass 
sensors thruout the City. 
    NYPD on 11 January 2018 noted lowest crime deaths in NYC since 
1950s! Only 290 homicides occurred. accompanied by only 798 shootings. 
Arrests also fell to just 96,517, falling below 100,000 for first time 
since 1960s. Decline continues tend started in 1990s being now the 
lowest rate per capita of all world cities.  NYPD credits focused 
efforts in troubled districts, smarter patrols, new evidence handling 
methods. 
    I yploaded two more major segments of 'Cosmological models' into 
the web, replacing old files. They are 'The early universe' and 
'Historical cosmologies'. The former explains how the original 
elements were created in the bigbang; the latter, several alternative 
models for the universe. On the homepage, www.nyskies.org, punch 
'CosModels' in the header banner. On the new page, scroll to the one 
or other new segment. The segment title links to the very article. 
    NYSkies Astronomy Seminar on 5 January 2018 attracted healthy 
attendance toughing out arctic cold and wind. Jim Henderson put out 
pizza; Carrie Ho, dumplings and bottled water. The meeting explored 
optical effects in the sky from sunlight, and moonlight. We 
emphasized three more common effects: rainbows, halos, parhelia. We We 
saw that rainbows are formed by refraction and reflection in rain 
drops, usually in a distant rain field. To see a rainbow, face into 
your shadow. The rainbow is 42d radius, centered on your head's 
shadow. To have enough of the arc in high sky, above skyline, the Sun 
must be at low altitude. We recalled that in NYC weather typicly 
travels west to east. The rain field must be in the east in late 
afternoon or west in early morning. In mid day the Sun is too high to 
shine into distant rain droplets. The refraction of sunlight in the 
droplets disperses the sunlight into its spectral colors, red on the 
outer edge of the rainbow to violet on the inner. As a general rule, 
atmospheric effects with spectral colors are caused partly or wholly 
by refraction. All-white effects are pure reflections. Occasionally a 
second rainbow nests against the outer edge of the main bow, with 
reversed colors. Rainbows can be seen as a full ring from an airplane 
flying over rain, from a high floor with rain below and away from you. 
A full ring can be made in a garden hose set to thin mist or spray and 
aimed at your shadow. Crude rainbows are formed by dew or wet grass. 
Halos around the Sun and parhelia are formed by refraction/reflection 
in ice crystals in the stratosphere. They can not be anticipated from 
ground-level weather conditions, which occur in the troposphere. Water 
crystalizes into hexagonal columns, prisms, plates, whence the six-
sided patterns in frost and snowflakes. These crystals can be jumbled 
up in the stratosphere to divert sunlight thru them into a ring 22d 
radius around the Sun. The colors are red to violet, inner to outer 
edgge.
    We saw why the interior of the halo is darker than outside because 
sunlight heading into there is deviated into the halo. This feature is 
easier to notice with a lunar halo when there is no distracting glare 
from daylight. If the crystals are plates they can hover horizontally 
and divert light to the left or right of the Sun. They create a 
segment of the halo, often intensely brilliant with saturated colors. 
These spots are called 'mock suns', 'sun dogs', parhelia. One is a 
parhelion. On rare instances the parhelion is so brilliant it makes 
its OWN 22d halo! A parhelion often has a 'cauda' extending away from 
the Sun, making the apparition resemble a massive comet. This is the 
parhelic arc, sometimes strong enough to encircle the sky at the Sun's 
altitude. A rare treat is the 46d halo.     t normally accompanies the 
22d halo; it is seldom seen by itself. Er learned that ice crystal 
effects are so high in the stratosphere that low clouds can block 
them. Extremely bright effects can shine thru thin cloud! To more 
comfortably inspect halos and parhelia hide the Sun behind street 
furniture, wall, roof, tree. You must do this for taking pictures of 
the formations.. Let the camera set the exposure, which will likely 
make the sky darker than it is. The optical formations stand out 
better and the colors are more vivid. We reminded that eclipse glasses 
ae useless as a guard against looking directly into the Sun. NOTHING 
is visible thru them, only the disc of the Sun. Mechanicly occulting 
the solar disc is the proper way to avoid strikes by direct solar 
rays. Er leaned that similar effects are caused by the Moon, specially 
when near full.. The colors are usually muted. Some NYSkiers were 
hoping to see a 'snow halo', a lunar halo in clouds bringing the 
winter storm in evening of January 3rd. Altho the Moon rose in clear 
sky, it clouded over quickly to smother her and any halo. We found 
that in spite of the ease of watching atmospheric optics there seems 
to be no uniform method of recording them or taking suitable 
measurements. We suggested the formations be plotted, like for 
aurorae, on an alt-az sky grid, with associated header info. Grids can 
be constructed from planetarium software by turning off all sky 
objects except the alt-az lines. The last Observer's Handbook for the 
2018 edition's offer was taken by Jim Henderson, bringing the NYSkies 
offer to a close. The last mailed-out book was on/about December 27th. 
All four of the AMNH entry+1 tickets were taken by NYSkiers. Takeawaus 
were diagrams of the light paths thru water and ice; photos of 
rainbows, halos, article on harry Potter constellations furnished by 
Kren Reese; parhelia; article on observing halos; extra phase 
diagrams for H2O; extra articles for Pazmino's Cluster. 
    GEICO insurance company ads starting around New Year's Day 
include silly astronomy facts. Ad mentions some feature of a planet, 
then notes some ridiculous use or value of it. Example: Spaceprobes 
found it snows on Mars. When we settle on Mars we can build 'snow 
martians'. 
    On 11 Jan 2018 NYC Mayor deBlasio released his statue committee's 
report. It leaves all statues, monuments, memorials on municipal 
property in place except one. It noted that the Marion Sims statue at 
103 St/5 Av should be relocated to Green-Wood cemetery. Some other 
items may get new caption plaques with extra biographic info. 
Committee suggested that new monuments be installed to honor  Native 
Americans in City history. 
    NYS Governor Cuomo on 18 January 2018 put out plan to place tolls 
along perimeter of Manhattan south of 60th St. $11.50 would be 
collected for each motor vehicle entering this zone between 06h and 
20h on workdays. Vehicles must have EZ-Pass , like for regular toll 
facilities or get bill in mail from photo of licence plate. Vehicles 
used entirely inside th zone are not charged. EZ-Pass scanners are 
already in place on about 1,000 street corners thruout the City, for 
monitoring traffic flow. Those on the zone boundary, plus any needed 
new ones, can be set to charge the toll. 
    New York and other states with high income tax are considering to 
scrap the tax and replace tit with a payroll tax. scheme is work-
around of new Federal $10,000 cap on state income tax deduction, 
easily exceded by wealthy taxpayers. Paytoll tax is paid by employer 
as regular business expense already fully deductible on its Federal 
tax. Worker no longer has state withholding from his pay. Many 
variations are under study. Inquire at your state's department of 
income tax. 
    Political skirmishes in US Congress triggered a closure of federal 
operations on Jan 20-22. First two days were on weekend with little 
serious effect on public. Monday the 22nd saw most federal offices 
closed with only certain critical functions running. Congress approved 
short-term spending authority on the 22nd, allowing government to 
reopen on the 23nd. New funding lasts only thru Feb 8th, then a new 
round of debate begins in COngress.  
    NYSkies Astronomy Seminar on 2018 January 19 explore supermoons, 
blue Moons, selenehelia, and lunar eclipses. All four events occur in 
dawn of January 31st! We learned that there is no formal rule to 
qualify a supermoon. The intent is to find a Full Moon close to 
perigee so she is angularly larger than a Full Moon away from perigee. 
Some rules make the Jan 31 Moon, in eclipse, a supermoon; other rules, 
not. We learned that there are two rules for a blue Moon. The soft one 
is the second of two Full Moons in a calendar month. With Full Moons 
on Jan 1 and 31, the one on the 31st is a blue Moon. This rule is 
sensitive to timezone, which can push the first or second Full Moon 
into the adjacent moth. In the UK, the FUll Moon occurred on Jan 2 and 
the next is on Feb 1, missing a blue Moon event. The hard rule counts 
the Full Moon is each seasonal quarter of the year. Usually there are 
three but once in while -- once in a blue Moon -- the quarter has four 
Full Moons. The third one is the blue Moon, because in a defunct 
almanac this event was printed in the monthly page with blue ink.We 
examined the surprisingly many instances of selenehelia in the City 
since 1960. When assembling material for this Seminar I expected to 
find a couple, two within my vivid memory. I found a dozen, up to the 
Jan 31 instance. Most of them I missed for adverse weather, high 
skyline, being away from the sky. I used the hard rule that the Moon 
must be in eclipse at sunrise/sunset. The soft rule is that a Full 
Moon must actually rise/set with the Sun, not be in high sky at these 
moments. We studied the lunar eclipse on Jan 31 noting that it is a 
tough event to witness. A clear clean horizon toward the setting Moon 
is required. Photography may be chancy, but the image could be saved 
by digital manipulation i n on the computer. Takeaways were aricles 
explaining blue Moon and supprrmoon, chart and timetable for the lunar 
eclipse, and simulations of the hard selenehelia of new York City. 
    NYS arranged with US NPS to cover cost of running Statue of 
Liberty during 2018 January 20-22 federal shutdown. Plan started on 
the 23rd, for $65,000/day. After this one day, normal government 
services resumed. 

Sky News 
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    First blizzard of 2017-18 winter in NYC came in dawn of 4 January 
2018. By 08h EST the round had 4-6 cm cover and growing. Temps were 
normal winter, about -5C. Dawn of 4 Jan was extremely dark! It looked 
outside lie full night at local  sunrise. Normal morning daylight 
broke thru at around 08h EST. When snowfall stopped in late afternoon, 
some 25 cm accumulated in the City. 
    Peripheral regions of NYSkies took heavy snow and strong wind on 
2018 Jan 3-7 from first massive winter storm and blizzard of season. 
Temperatures skidded to -20C to -25C, up to 1/2m snow cover, winds of 
up to 80KPH. After snow stopped, the ground cover froze into dangerous 
ice, causing lots of spin-outs and crashes on roads. 
    The Observer's Handbook offer closed on January 5, 2018; no more 
requests are received. That's when the last copy was taken home ny an 
astronomer  at the January 5th Seminar. Offer for the 2019 edition 
opens in Sep-Oct 2018. 
    Some readers hoped to catch a 'snow halo' in evening of 2018 Jan 
3. before the coming snowfall. Often the Moon sprouts a halo like for 
the Sun but more diffuse and mostly white. The sky was too cloudy, 
hiding the Moon. 
    The lunar eclipse on January 31 ia  TOUGH ONE TO OBSERVE. iT 
occurs in bright dawn, at low altitude, and likely dulled by horizon 
mist and haze. Furthermore, the Moon sets  soon after first contact. 
This eclipse is hyped in the astronomy and general media because, by 
some rules, it happens during a blue Moon and supermoon. It also is a 
true selenehelion for NYSkies turf. 
    January 2018 was a downer for observing, altho we had a few dark 
clear nights. Most of the nights were cloudy. Occasional snow fell 
since the January 4th blizzard with small cover in the City. Many cm 
built up in the surrounds. 
    Venus enters th evening sky in late February, peeking over the 
horizon above the sunset point. She'll be with us all spring and 
summer. 
    Some news media played p federal shutdown with rumors that NASA 
had to stop tracking an Earth-smashing asteroid! Asteroid 2002-
AJ129was always under watch since discovery and is no threat to Earth. 
It misses by some 4.2 million km on Feb 4. It is estimated to be about 
1 km diameter, roughly the size of Lower Manhattan south of Wall 
Street. NASA and other space agencies track thousands of small 
asteroids, large meteors, passing near Earth with none being any 
serious threat of collision. 
    Get your last look at Uranus in February. He's sliding lower in 
the west at nightfall to leave us in March evening twilight. Jupiter 
comes into the owl hour sky, followed by Saturn in predawn hours. 
Mars is creeping westward from the Sun, also in predawn sky, but can 
be overlooked for its modest brightness. He's winding up for the grand 
show in summer when he rounds a close opposition. I got scattered 
reports of sundogs in mid January, altho I myself did not notice any. 
I did see many iridescences on high clouds near the Sun. The uptick in 
reports came from the Seminar on January 5 on solar halos and other 
atmospheric effects