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NYC EVENTS FOR AUGUST 2019 
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 John Pazmino 
 NYSkies Astronomy Inc  
 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 hours are Eastern Daylight Savings Time (UT - 4h). 

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. 


Persied meteor shower 
 -------------------
    In 2019 The Persieds  peak on August 13, owl hours to dawn. This 
is a midweek night with a almost full Moon in the southwest. While 
observers will stand watch, there may be few public perseid events. 
    The Moon sets in NYSkies at quite 04h EDST, daen arrives at 05h, 
leaving only one hour of dark sky for the shower. Viwing can begin at 
midnight, with Moon in sky, with fewer meteors expeccted. 
    None were announced at issue time but do inquire at your astronomy 
centr for latest news. 

Current Month calendar  
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  Plain dates are in current month;  
  -, previous month; +, next month. 
  #, NYSkies Astronomy Seminar 
  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  20:10 
     4    5      6    .7)    8     9    10  20:01 
    11   12     13    14   (15)   16#   17  19:51 
    18   19     20    21    22   (23.   24  19:41 
    25   26     27    28    29   .30.   31  19:30 
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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 
 '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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    BROOKLYN - BK 
  Astronomy on Tap  - - - - ??? 
  Canarsie line curtailment  0 
 *Floyd Bennett Field - - - AUT 
  Secret Science Club - - -  0 

    CONNECTICUT - CT 
 *A S of Gtr Hartford   - - AUT 
  Astro Soc of Greenwich  - AUT 
 *Astro Soc of New Haven  - AUT   
  Bowman Observatory  - - -  7, 21 
 *Litchfield Hills AAC mtg   9 
 *Litchfield Hills starvg - 23 
 *McCarthy Observatory  - - 10 
  New Pond Farm - - - - - - ??? 
  Stamford Observatory  - -  2, 9, 16, 23, 30 
 *Van Vleck Obsy (ASGH) - - 10 
  Van Vleck Obsy (WU) - - - AUT  
  Western CT St Univ Obsy - AUT 
 *Westport Astro Soc mtg  -  20 
 *Westport Astro Soc starvg  7, 14, 21, 28     
  -------------------------
  Boothe Meml Astro Soc - 203-377-9933, 
    www.facebook.com/Boothe-Memorial-Astronomical-Society 

    LONG ISLAND - LI 
 *Amateur Observers Soc - - AUT 
 *Amat Obsrs Soc starviewing 0 
  Amer Instt Aero & Astro -            17 
  Astro Soc of Long Island   7, 14, 21, 28        
  Brookhaven National Lab -  4 
  Custer Institute  - - - -   3, 10, 17, 24, 31 
  Hofstra Univ Obsy - - - - AUT 
  Montauk Observatory - - -  3 
  SUNY Stony Brook - -  - - AUT 
 *Susan Rose Observatory  -  3, 10, 17, 24, 31 
 
    MANHATTAN - MH  
 *Amat Astro Assn starvwg -  0 
 *Amat Astro Assn lecture - AUT 
  Amer Instt Archarology  - AUT 
  Apolllo-50th webcasts - -           11 
  Canarsie line curtailment  0 
 Ctr for Atmosp Ocean Sci - AUT 
  Ctr for Science & Society AUT 
  Central Pk (Great Lawn) - 
  Central Pk (Great Lawn) -   2,3,4,9,10,11,16,17,18,23,24,25,30,31 
  City of Science - - - - - AUT 
 *Columbia Univ Obsy  - - - AUT 
  Earth Institute - - - - - AUT 
  Good Housekeeping lab   -  9 
  Gocernors Island  - - - -  1-Oct 31 
  Gullivarr's Gate- - - - -  0 
  Hyden Planetarium - - - - AUT 
  Instt Stud Ancnt World  - AUT 
  Intrepid Museum - - - - - 16 
  *Inwood Astronomy Project  3, 10, 17, 24, 31 
  Natl Musm of Mathematics   5 
  NY Academy of Sciences  - AUT 
  NYC-H2O - - - - - - - - -  0 
  NY History of Science - - AUT 
  New York Map Society  - - AUT 
  NYU Astrop & Relatvty - - AUT 
 *NYSkies Astronomy Seminar  2, 16 
  SciCafe' - - - - -  - - -  7 
  Simons Foundation - - - - AUT
  Summer Streets -  - - - -  3, 10, 17
 *Top of the Laawn  - - - -  2,3,4,9,10,11,16,17,18,23,24,25,30,31
  TriState computer fair --  0 
  Urban Park Rangers  - - -  0 
  Weekend Walks - - - - - -  1-Dec 
  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  
  Lamont-Doherty Obsy - - - AUT 
  measles epidemic  - - - -  0 
  Mid-Hudson Astro Assn - -  2
  Ramapo Challenger Ctr - - 18       
  Rockland Astro Club - - -  9
  Vassar College Obsy - - - AUT 
  Ward Pound Ridge  - - - - 24
  Westchester Amat Astro  - AUT 

    NEW JERSEY - NJ  
  A A A of Princeton  - - - AUT 
 *Amat Astro Inc meeting  -  2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  *Amat Astro Inc lecture - AUT 
  A S of Toms Rv Area - - - AUT
  Morris Musm Astro Soc - -   8
  New Jersey Astro Assn - - AUT 
  North Bergen Viaduct  - -  0 
  No Jersey Astro Gp mtg  - AUT
  No Jersey Astro Gp starvg AUT 
  Peyton Observarory  - - - ???
  Plasma Physics Lab  - - -  2, 16
  Rutgers Univ Astro Collqm AUT  
  Rutgers Univ Astro Semnr  AUT 
 *S*T*A*R - - - - - - - - - AUT 
   Schommer Observatory  - -  8, 15
 *Sheep Hill Astro Assn - -  2
 *Sheep Hill Observatory  - 16
 *Utd Astro Clubs of NJ - -  3, 10, 17, 24, 31
  Washington Xing St Pk - -  2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  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 

s    QUEENS - QN  
  York College Observatory  AUT 

    REST OF WORLD 
  Summer Star Party - - - -
  Stelagane erly entry  - -  1
  stellafane convention - -  2-4


     STATEN ISLAND - SI 
  Coll of Staten Is Obsy  - AUT 
  Great Kills Park  - - - -               20 
  Staten Is Community TV  -  2, 9, 16, 23, 300  

    THE BRONX - BX 

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Ongoing and continuing events 
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    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 - ehole county - NY - measles epidemic 
        Indef duration. Outbreaks of measles in several counties 
        in NYSkies. Of the 1,000+ cases in US, some 800 are in 
        NYSkies! UN WHO warned that if epidemic continues thru 
        yearend, it will 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 - 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 - 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 stereoprint 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, 

ist of Events 
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Thu  1 Aug
     all day - whole City - MH - Weekend Walks street fairs 
        VARIOUS LOCATIONS AND DATES; INQUIRE AT CONTACT 
       Thru mid Dec. NYC Dept of Transptn closes certain steets in 
        all boros on Saturdayss for street fairs. Stores and local 
         orgs offer ntertainment, discount sales, exhibits, food 
        service Free. 
        www.nyc.gov/html/dot/weekendwalks/html/home/home.shtml 
    all day - Governors Island - MH - cultural shows 
        Thru 31 Oct. Island is open every day, 10h-20h. From May 24 
        thru Aug 30, Fri-Sat, 10h-22h. Walk and tour thru 
        former military base and new urban park. Shows vary each day 
        or visit by foot or bike. Ferries run every 1/2 hr from 
        Battery Marine Terml, MH, and on weekdays from Pier 6, BK. 
        Island is free but ferry fare is $2 RT. www.nps.gov/gois, 
        www.govisland.com 
    09:00 - Peppermint Park - MA - Summer Star Party  
        Thru Sun 4 Aug. Rockland Astro Club. Peppermint Park camp. 
        Talks, demos, dark skies, meals, tourism, prizes, cmapg, 
        lodgg. $59 + extras. www.rocklandastronomy.com, 845-446-4336, 
         josealvira@rocklandastronomy.com 
   15:00 - Springfield - VT - Stellafane early entry  
        Springfield Telscp Mkrs. Breezy Hill. Field & camping open for 
        early arrivals. No other services on site. $10 + convtn regn,         
        adv online regn only. webmaster@stellafane.org,  
        www.stellafane.org,  

Fri  2 Aug
    09:00 - Springfield - VT - Stellafane convention  
        Thru Sun 4 Aug. Springfield Telscp Mkrs. Breezy Hill.  
        Talks, demos, swop tables, workshops, food svc, lodging, 
        camping, dark skies, tourism, prizes. $35 adv regn, $45 at 
        gate + extras. webmaster@stellafane.org, www.stellafane.org 
    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 
    18:30 - McBurney House - MH - NYSkies Astronomy Seminar 
        DISCUSSION: THE PERSEID METEOR SHOWE, PLUS PAZMINO'S CLUSTER 
        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 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting 
        Union Co Coll, Sperry Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky  
        starviewing. Free. www.asterism.org 
    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 
     20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture 
        Stamford Obsy. $5. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. 
        203-322-6537, www.stamfordmuseum.org 
        info@stamfordmuseum.org 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing 
        PLUS OCCASIONAL EXTRA SESSIONS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT  
        Top of the Lawn. North path of Great Lawn. Free. Cancelled for 
        clouds. tags_p@yahoo.com, www.nyskies.org, nyskies@nyskies.org 
    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 
    20:300 - 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 

Sat  3 Aug
    07:00 - Bklyn Bg to Upr E Side - MH - Summer Streets 
        Streets closed from motor traffic07h-13h for promenade from
        Bklyn Bg to Upr E Side. Only human-powered vehicles aloowed. 
        Street shows, viewing sites, music, performers. Walk thru Park 
        Av tunnel under Murray Hill. New attraction in 2017 is 
        'QuadWash' water-slide at Park Av & 71 St. Free. 
        www.nyc.gov/dot 
  --------------------------------
  Summer Streets route                                      5 Av 
  ====================                                       --O--
     |<--Lafayette St/4 Av/Park Av S-->|<--Park Av--/\/--      |72 St 
     Foley Sq              Union Sq       Grand Centl Terml    | 
  |--O------------O--------O-----======--|___|-----------------+    
  Bk Bg           Cooper Sq      Park Av Tnl         
  --------------------------------------------------------------------
    14:00 - East Hampton - LI - astronomy lecture 
        Montauk Obsy. rOSS sCHOOL. Indoor talk, 
        clearsky starviewing. Free. www.montaukobservatory.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 - 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 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg 
        UACNJ Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free.  
        www.uacnj.org 
    20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing  
        Amat Obsrs Soc. capus of Custer Institt. Sessions concurrent 
        with Custer's own events. Free, cancelled for clouds. 
        www.aosny.org, suerose@optonline.net             
    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 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Aug 2

Sun  4 Aug
    10:00 - Upton - LI - Summer Sundays science show 
        Brookhaven Natl Lab. Visit several BNL facilities with demos   
        and talks, Four Sundays, each with different activities. Free, 
        have GI photo ID for campus security. 631-344-2651, 
        www.bnl.gov/evnts 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Aug 2

Wed  7 Aug 
     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 
    20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting  
        Vanderbilt Plm. Free. asliastronomy@yahoo.com, 
        www.asliclub.org 
    20:00 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing  
        Westport Astro Soc. Rolnick Obsy.  Free. Cancelled for clouds. 
        www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 
    2:30 - 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 

Thu  8 Aug
     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 
    20:30 - 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  9 Aug
    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 
   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 Aug 2
    19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - see Aug 2
    20:00 - Bear Mountain - NY - clearsky starviewing 
        Rockland Astro Club. Anthony Wayne Rec Pk, picnic field. Free, 
        cancelled for clouds. www.rocklandastronomy.com 
     20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Aug 2
    20;00 - Wash'n X'ing - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Aug 2
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Aug 2

Sat 10 Aug
    07:00 - Bklyn Bg to Upr E Side - MH - Summer Streets - see Aug 3
    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 - 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 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Aug 3
    20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing - see Aug 3
    20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg - see Aug 3
    20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing  - see Aug 3
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Aug 2

Sun 11 Aug
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Aug 2

Wed 14 Aug
    20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting  - see Aug 7
    20:00 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing  - see Aug 7

Thu 15 Aug
    20:30 - Piscataway - NJ - clearsky starviewng - see Aug 8

Fri 16 Aug 
    10:00 - Princeton - NJ - science tour - see Aug 2
    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 - McBurney House - MH - NYSkies Astronomy Seminar  
        PRESENTATION: DIRECTION AND OREINTATION IN THE 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 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - see Aug 2
    19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show  see Aug 2
    20;00 - Wash'n X'ing - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Aug 2
     20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Aug 2
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Aug 2
    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 Aug
    07:00 - Bklyn Bg to Upr E Side - MH - Summer Streets - see Aug 3
    20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing - see Aug 3
    20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg - see Aug 3
    20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Aug 3
    20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing  - see Aug 3
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Aug 2

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

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

Wed 21 Aug 
    20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting  - see Aug 7
    20:00 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing  - see Aug 7
    2:30 - Greenwich - CT - clearsky starviewing - see aug 7

Fri 23 aug
    19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show  see Aug 2
    19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - see Aug 2
     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 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Aug 2
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Aug 2
    20;00 - Wash'n X'ing - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Aug 2

Sat 24 Aug
    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 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Aug 3
    20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing  - see Aug 3
    20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg - see Aug 3
    20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing - see Aug 3
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Aug 2

Sun 25 Aug
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Aug 2

Wed 28 Aug 
    20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting  - see Aug 7
    20:00 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing  - see Aug 7

Fri 30 Aug
    19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show  see Aug 2
    19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - see Aug 2
     20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Aug 2
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Aug 2
    20;00 - Wash'n X'ing - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Aug 2

Sat 31 Aug
    20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Aug 3
    20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing - see Aug 3
    20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg - see Aug 3
    20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing  - see Aug 3
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Aug 2

Events Skipped This Month 
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  EVENT MAY RESUME AT DIFFERENT PLACE OR HOUR; INQUIRE AT CONTACT 
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  [AUT] AUTUMN RESUMPTION OF ACTIVITY 
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    10:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture 
         Colloquium series. Rutgers Univ, Busch Campus, Astro & Phys 
        Lectr Hall. Free. www.physics.rutgers.edu/colloquium, 
        732-445-3974 + 
    13:15 - Uniondale - LI - Amat Obsrs Soc meeting. 
        Hofstra Univ, Berliner Hall. Free. www.aosny.org, 
        suerose@optonline.net 
    13:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture 
        Seminar series. Rutgers Univ, Serin 401. Free. 732-445-3974, 
        www.physics.rutgers.edu/ast/seminar 
    14:00 - New York University - MH - astronomy lecture 
        726 Broadway, Rm 940. Various topics in astrophys and 
        relativity. Free. Have GI photo ID for campus security. 
        physics.nyu.edu/events.htm 
    14:00 - NYPL 42nd St branch - MH - New York Map Society lecture 
         Various topics about map making, cartography, geography. 
        Free, adv regn reqd. www.newyorkmapsociety.org, 
        mapsociety@ny@gmail.com 
    15:30 - Greenwich - CT - Astro Soc of Greenwich meeting 
        Greenwich Public Library. Free with musm adm. 
        rickbria@optonline.net, 203-415-6762, astrogreenwich.org 
    15:30 - Palisades - NY - science lecture 
        Lamont-Doherty Earth Obsy, Comer Bldg. Various topics in 
        geophysics and earth science. Free, 845-365-8634, 
        www.ldeo.columbia.edu, suzana@ldeo.columbia.edu, 
    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 
    16:15 - Simons Foundation - MH - scinece lecture 
         160 5 Av & 21 St. 'Physics in real and counterfactual 
        universes''s moon titan '. Buffet smacks 16:15, lecture 17:00. 
        Free, adv regn reqd. 646-654-0066, 
        ww.simonsfoundation.org 
    18:00 - Columbia University- MH - Ctr for sci and Soc lecture 
       Fauenweather Hall, Room 513. 'Comparing domains of 
        improvisation'. Free, adv regn reqd. 
        212-854-7211, scienceandsociety.columbia.edu 
    18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecture 
        15 E 84 St, 5/Madison Av. Various topics on history and 
         culture of ancient civilizations.. Free, adv regn reqd. 
        isaw..nyu.edu isaw@nyu.edu, 212-992-7842 
    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 - CUNY Graduate Center - MH -'Ciry of sceince' lecture 
        365 5 Av & 34 St, Skylight Room. 'Plants, bioiversity, and the 
        survival of the panet'. Free, adv regn reqd. 
        www.gc.cuny.edu/publicprograms 
    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 - Columbia Univ - MH - Amer Instt Archaeolgy lecture 
        Schermerhorn Hallt. Various topics on archaeology and 
        anthropology. Free, adv regn reqd. www.aia-nysociety.org, 
        info@aia-bysociety.org 
    18:00 - New York University- MH - NY Hist of Sci lecture 
        Galatin Hall, 1 Washington Pl, Rm 801 'Pathologies of 
       blackness'. Free, adv regn reqd. 212-854-7211, 
        scienceandsociety.columbia.edu 
     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 
    19:00 - NY Academy of Sciences - MH - astronomy lecture 
        'The nystery of our mathematical universe'. $20. www.nyas.org 
    19:00 - Hayden Planetarium - MH - astronomy lecture 
        'Black holes and the force of gravity'. Enter Plm 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 
    19:30 - Pleasantville - NY - Westchester Amat Astro meeting  
        Pace Univ, Lienhard Hall, Free.    
        www.westchesterastronomers.org, 
        waa-president@westchesterastronomers.org  
    19:30 - Hayden Planetarium - MH - astronomy lecture 
        'Degenrates of the universe'. Enter Plm at 81 St & Cntl Pk W. 
        $15, adv regn reqd. 212-769-5100, www.amnh.org/programs  
    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 
     19:30 - Stony Brook - LI - astronomy lecture                     
        SUNY Stony Brook, Earth &amp; Spc Sci Hall. Indoor lecture, 
        clearsky starviewing. Free. www.ess.sunysb.edu/astro, 
        631-632-8100, slutterbie@notes.cc.sunysb.edu 
    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 - 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 - Upper Montclair - NJ - No Jersey Astro Gp meeting 
        Montclair St Univ, Richardson Hall, Room 232. Free. 
        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 
    20:00 - Danbury - CT - astronomy lecture 
        Westn Conn St Uv, Obsy/Plm. Indoor planetarium show, 
        clearsky starviewing. Free. www.wcsu.edu/starwatch, 
       203-837-8671, dawsond@wcsu.edu 
    20:0:0 - 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 
    20:00 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc lecture 
         Union Co Coll, Smith Audm. Indoor talk, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free. www.asterism.org 
    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 
     20:00 - 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 
   20:30 - 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, 
    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 
    20:30 - 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 - 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, 
    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, 
        845-437-7340 

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  [???] UNCERTAIN RESUMPTION OF ACTIVITY 
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    18:00 - Hempstead - 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 
    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 - West Reading - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        New Pond Farm, obseratory. $10, adv regn reqd. cancelled for 
        clouds. www.newpondfarm.org, 203-938-2117 
     21:00 - 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 
 
General news
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    A NYC court on June 29 ordered delay in 14th St traffic revision. 
It did not start on July 1 but no new date is set. Court allowed M14 
bus to convert to 'ticket' service in  existing lanes and traffic 
flow. Current street traffic presented only normal interference with 
viewing Manhattanhenge. I drop this item until definite news comes. 
    Several Apollo-11 celebrations were hit by the torrid weather in 
mid July. Outdoor events suffered the most with depressed or early 
departing audiences. Indoor events also were shriveled, including the 
NYSkies Astronomy Seminar on the 19th. Most members had to leave well 
before the '100 years ago' slideshow was finished. 
    New Pond Farm had a starviewing session in July, too late for NYC 
Events. I moved the event from the 'AUT' to the '???' section.
    Brookhaven Natl Lab started its annual Summer Sundays in late 
July, but posted them too late for NYC Events. One date remains, 
listed under August 4. 
    Cornelia street Cafe' leaves NYC Events. its renovation apparently 
reconfigured the cafe' to restaurant service with no shows. 
    Alley Pond Park leaves NYC Events. it's monthly starviewings ended 
in spring and are now discontinued.
    Columbia U astronomy outreach had an Apollo lecture in July, too 
late for NYC Events. it posts nothing for the rest of summer. I leave 
in the 'AUT' section. 

City news
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    A sanitation truck on July 3 bumped a guard rail on NJ495 and 
overturned. Truck and debris blocked all NJ-bound lanes from Lincoln 
Tnl from ~13h to  ~18h EDST. Tunnel was shut down from NJ-bound traffic 
traffic, including buses from PoA, disrupting rushhour and 
Independence getaways. Partial service restored at ~18h for buses 
only. Other traffic clogged Holland Tnl and GWB, causing delays and 
waits up to 2 hours leaving the City. 
    Joey Chestnut and Miki Sido both held their titles at Nathan's 
hotdog contest on July 4. Joey downed 71 hotdogs in the 10-minute run; 
Miki, 31. That's 8.1 second/hotdog for Joey, 19.4 for Miki. Both fell 
short of their all-time record of 74 & 37 set in 2018.  
    NYSkies Astronomy Seminar on July 12 was first of two Apollo-11 
celebrations. We watched two  'Sky at night' shows featuring the first 
and last man on the Moon. After the films we broke off to witness the 
last Manhattanhenge of the year. The first was  from 1970 with Neil 
Arrmstrong. He described landscape and working conditions on Moon, 
view of sky, navigation hazards, ground colors. Rest of show 
discussed then-new study of stars by infrared radiation. We were amused 
by the crude devices used, lack of orbital IR spacecraft, absence of 
computers and digital date handling. Altho the speakers attached to 
the projector had low volume, the audio was comfortably heard. The 
projector by some wrong button press at first displayed the film 
upside-down and mirrored. since there was only minor bits of text 
in the film we set the projector upside down to get the picture upside 
up. and let the mirrored view alone.  There was time before 
Manhattanhenge  to run the second film, from a 1982 'Sky at night' 
show with Gene Cernan, but by some arcane mishap there was no audio. 
After troubleshooting the computer for a few minutes time ran out  to 
show it before Manhattanhenge. We suspended work and filled the 
leftover minutes with astronomy banter. Then we all went into 14th St 
for Manhattanhenge.The sky was clear with the Sun just behind the left 
buildings far down the street. Surrounding us were some 100 other 
witnesses on the west side of the 6th Av corner, near our meeting 
hall. 100 more were on the east side of the corner. All were jockeying 
for picture taking and chatting among themselfs. Soonest they learned 
we were astronomers stepping out of our meeting, in that there hall, 
they flooded us with questions about Manhattanhenge. Cars and buses 
were impeded, honking and yelling at the crowd. We had to skitter 
aside when a vehicle looked like it wasn't slowing down. We all had a 
clear view of the setting Sun, then slowly dispersed. We resumed our 
meeting. We fiddled with the dead audio and suddenly, without known 
action, it blared out of the speakers. We restarted the Cernan film, 
and watched it with no further glitches. Cernan also spoke of the 
appearance of the sky, colos on surface, navigating problems. he also 
described collecting lunar rock samples. He handled them inside the 
lunar capsule with bare hands. With time left in the meeting, we 
bantered about some features of the films. We noticed that Armstrong 
spoke with oldstyle measures while Cernan used metrics. We discussed 
color in astronomy with Joe Fedrick describing his experience with 
lunar and planet observing. He never saw consistent color on the 
Moon, only shades of gray. Some of us described distance judgement 
problems when travelling in unfamiliar lands, like Arizona and 
Australia. We chatted about the 1//6 gravity on the Moon. Greg Homatas 
recalled an Apollo astronaut gooofing off in a moonwalk and toppling 
backwards. John Pazmino recalled a workshop he sat years ago about  
jumping on the Moon. Several of us announced other Apollo 
commemorations, most on short notice missing NYC Events. John Pazmino 
showed his moon rock, a real one, and a copy of the Apollo-11 flight 
plan and surface activity books. He got them at an antique bookfair, 
where Apollo-era material is gravitating to. The rock was a chip mounted 
in a display box, along with similar chips from Mars and Vesta. We 
closed shop at about 9:20PM with note that the next Seminar is on the 
normal 3rd Friday the 19th. 
    Electric power cut in west Midtown MH on 13 Jul 18:47 EDST. Area 
was about 72 St, southern Central Pk, 5 Av 42 St. Broadway, 32 St, 
Hudson Rv, with brief cut south to 12 St. Some 50,000 customers, ~ 
~150,000 residents. Affected districts included Riverside S, Sherman-
Verdi Sq, Lincoln Ctr, Rockefeller Ctr, Bryant Pk, Times Sq. Hudson 
Yds, Penn Sta (switched to on-site power), Columbus Cr, Herald Sq,penn 
South (briefly), Chelsea (briefly), West Vg (briefly). Power 
restoration began ~22h, complete by ~01h on 14th. No reported deaths, 
injuries, medical cases, safety problems. Cause under study by Con 
Edison and NYC OEM.
    Amer Musm Natl Hist on Jul 27 cleared Dr Tyson of alleged 
inappropriate conduct and Tyson remains Rose Ctr/Haydn Plm director. 
AMNH staff claimed Tyson in 1990s groped under her dress at a social 
meeting  'to look for Pluto' after admiring her solar system tatoo on 
her arm.  Claims proved false. 
     NY Times on Jul 18 has 'Apollo 11 moon landing 50th anniversary', 
downplaying the US achievements  against those of the dead-&-gone 
Soviet Union. It points out that USSR was really the first to land s 
probe on the Moon and send ethnicly diverse cosmonauts into orbit. 
    NY Post on Jul 18 has 'Showtime on the Apollo', a 16-page pull-out 
booklet celebrating the Apollo-11 fight and those leading to it.. 
filled with pictures and historical commentary. 
    NYSkies Astronomy Seminar on July 19 suffered from raising air 
temperature outside, putting concern about members getting home in 
time to avoid the extra hot air coming later in the night. We played 
the slideshow 'How we went to the Moon a hundred years ago'. It was 
revised several times since first shown in 2009 as members and readers 
called m notice to new items to include. We began with an overview of 
New York in 1900 and the City's need to offer cool and fresh relief to 
the people in summer. We saw the nearby beaches along new York's south 
shore, part of a vast network along the US East Coast. If the people 
could get to them easily and cheaply they could escape the torrid 
humid conditions in town. The closest beach was Coney Island, then an 
actual island,  now connected to the mainland. By the 18990s ferries 
and railroads connecting it to the City. 'City' in the late 1890s 
referred to both New York on Manhattan and Separate Brooklyn on Long 
Island. They merged in 1898, with some 200 other towns and villages, 
to form today's New York City. While Coney Island was growing as a 
people's refuge from summer weather, astronomy was realizing that 
people like humans live on Mrs. The planet has land and seas, polar 
ice, seasons, and evidence of civil works. In 1899 Tesla reported 
hearing radio signals from Mars! We saw several examples of how Earth 
and Mars will work together in medicine, technology, and trade. In 
1898 there was an industrial show in Niagara Falls with a simulated 
trip to the Moon. After the show the ride was taken to Coney Island 
and set up in a new entertainment mall Luna Park. It was a major 
attraction until the mall was destroyed in 1943 by fire. We took a 
ride to Coney Island to see this amazing attraction. We saw how 
several railroads working Coney Island were tied into the City subway 
grid We boarded our train, a model from 1903, and traced the ride to 
Coney Island. After a journey thru Manhattan and Brooklyn we arrived 
in Coney Island. Er made out way to luna Park and to the 'Trip to the 
Moon' pavilion. After getting tickets we loaded into the 'space boat' 
overlooking Niagara Falls and surrounds. Luna Park kept the old 
scenery because Niagara Falls was so well-known. The boar lifted onto 
the air, soared off Earth, thru rough 'space storms'. It came to rest 
in a Moon crater where we were greeted by midget moon-maidens. We met 
the king an queen of the Moon, heard _silently) a couple moon-theme 
songs. After leaving the pavilion w strolled around Coney Island, 
sampling its rides and beaches. We peeked at some current cultural 
features of Coney Island. All during the show we carried a vigorous 
dialog about Brooklyn and early life in the City. This at times forced 
a long dwell on a slide before displaying to the next one. While 
crosstalk at our meetings is one welcome feature, allowing members to 
interact socially, in this show it prolonged the presentation. By the 
time we were exploring Coney Island it was getting near the end of our 
session and several of us had to leave. They wanted to get home before 
the arrival of the really hot airs arrive later at night. We hopped 
thru the remaining slide to finish the session. These, which we'll 
five a do-over at a future Seminar, showed how we had real hope of 
actual space travel to the Moon. The pictures came from contemporary 
writings about space travel in the 19-Ohs era. We folded tent at 
9:15OM and exited into a extra-strong summer night. 
    In evening rushhour of Jul 19 a software malfunction shut down the 
entire red and green subway lines for several hours. Signals fell to 
default red with raised trippers. Service restored in phases from ~23h 
thru owl hours of the 20th. This disruption may have forced some 
NYSkiers to miss our Seminar on the 19th.  from dialog in late 20s of 
July, it's best to show the 'Moon' slideshow in full at a future 
meeting, rather than start it from a mid point. 
    EXtra high heat and moisture in air on Jul 20-21 forced Con Edison 
to stage temporary rolling blackouts in certain districts. Utility 
deliberately shuts off circuits to remove their demand from grid, 
lowering risk of overload and and system breakdown. 
    NYC Mayor deBlasio gave champion US Women's Soccer Team a 
tickertape parade on July 10, just after it returned home from 
defeating competitor Holland. Event was witnessed by thousands of team 
suppoetwrs. deBalsio on Jul 26 suggested that a tickertape parade 
could be staged for the 9/11 first responders after Congress passed an 
extended 9/11 compensation program. he'll set up a committee to study 
the feasibility of such a parade. 

Sky news
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    Scattered parts of NYSkies on July 6 enjoyed rare thunder sun-
shower! Like ordinary sun-shower with loud booms of thunder. sound 
seemed to come from overhead, above rain clouds, in clear parts of 
sky. Rain lasted about an hour in mid afternoon. Other parts of 
NYSkies had no rain or normal thunder rain. 
    Weak tornado hit Mount Laurel NJ on Jul 6 ~14:07 EDST. It 
developed from heavy storm that flooded low areas. Tornado hopped over 
a warehouse and flipped or threw a parked car against it. No injuries 
or other property damage report. 
    Extreme torridity & humidity swepped over NYSkies on July 19 ~22h 
EDST. It  sent temps to high 30Cs during the 20th and 21st, with some 
places recording 40C. Heat was quenched by strong thunderstorm in 
evening of 21st. Following storms on next several days caused 
scattered flooding and lightning hazards. Both torridity and storms 
triggered power cuts all over NYSkies.
    New planetary star HD113337 Draconis, north of Big Dipper. Planets 
discovered a few years ago but confirmed now. 
 ------------------------------------------
  sTar    | --- Dra 
    HD number | HD113337 
    Rt Asc    | 13h 01m
    Declin    | +63d 37m
    App Magn  | +6.0
    Spectrum  | F6-V
    Distance  |  37 pc
    Sun Magn  | +7.6       
    ----------+-----------+---- -     
    Planet    | b         | c 
    Mass      | 3.1 Jup   | 7.2 Jup 
    S M A     | 1.03 AU   | 4.8 AU 
    period    | 323.4 day | 8624.7 day 
    Announced |  2013     | 2018 
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    Manhattanhenge was widely observed on July 9-12, ny some three 
myriads of witnesses. There were a few organized 'Manhattanhenge 
watches' on Roosevelt Is and Long Is City. Depending on location on 
manhattan clouds either covered the sunset or framed it. Next instance 
is May 2020. 
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