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NYC EVENTS FOR DECEMBER 2019 
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 John Pazmino 
 NYSkies Astronomy In+c  
 nyskies@nyskies.org 
   wwww.nyskies.org 

    The following astronomy activities in the commuting ring enclosing 
New York City are operated by various organizations. A few cultural  
tems of special importance to City astronomers are also included.  
    Altho NYC Events confirms the listed items, they are subject to 
change by their sponsors. Check with their contacts. Let the sponsor  
know that you learned of its event thru NYC Events.  
    Frequently asked questions and explanation of NYC Events is at 
'www.nyskies.org/nyc-faq.htm'.  
    You may ask for previous NYC Events thru 'nyskies@nyskies.org' 
because only the current issue is in the website. It is replaced by  
next month's issue.  
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forum. Join NYSkies by visiting 'www.nyskies.org/yahoo.htm' and 
picking either the email or  website option.  
    All hHours are Eastern Standard Time (UT - 5h). 

General notes 
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    'whole City' means the event has no specific or dedicated place. 
It may be enjoyed from the whole NYSkies territory or at a number of 
individual places. Celestial events are typicly 'whole City' events.  
c    'all day' means the event is continuous or repeating during the 
open hours of the host facility. Facilities may have limited hours per 
day or days per week. Check with the event contacts.  
    'adv regn reqd',for 'advance registration required/requested' 
means that the event requires or requests signing up before the event. 
You must have your ticket in hand at the gate. There could be a 
deadline some days before the event, after which no more signups are 
accepted. Check with the event contact for specifics. 
    Prices cited are the 'rack rate'. You could qualify for discounts 
 As may be offered by the sponsor. Besides the base price there may be 
noptional extra fees to consider. 

Current Month calendar  
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  Plain dates are in current month;  
  -, previous month; +, next month. 
  #, NYSkies Astronomy Seminar 
c  Moon phase: .NM., .FQ), (FM), (LQ.  
  Sunset is noted for each Saturday  
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   Sun   Mon   Tue   Wed   Thu   Fri   Sat  sunset 
     1     2     3    .4)    5     6#    7  16:28 
     8     9    10    11   (12)   13    14  16:29 
    15    16    17   (18.   19    20#   21  16:31 
    22    23    24    25   .26.   27    28  16:36 
    29    30    31    +1   .+2)   +3#   +4  16:41 
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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 
 'ART',= entry in 'skipped, autumnt resumption' section 
  'SPR' = entrt in 'skipped, spring resumption' secrion 
  '???' = entry in 'skipped, uncertain resumption' seciton 
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    BROOKLYN - BK 
  Astronomy on Tap  - - - - 18 
  Canarsie line curtailment  0 
 *Floyd Bennett Field - - -  6 
  Secret Science Club - - -  0 

    CONNECTICUT - CT 
 *A S of Gtr Hartford   - - 18 
  Astro Soc of Greenwich  - ??? 
 *Astro Soc of New Haven  - 31 
  Bowman Observatory  - - -  4, 18 
 *Litchfield Hills AAC mtg  13 
 *Litchfield Hills lecture  SPR 
 *McCarthy Observatory  - - 14 
  New Pond Farm - - - - - -  7 
  Stamford Observatory  - -  6, 13, 20, 27 
 *Van Vleck Obsy (ASGH) - -  7 
  Van Vleck Obsy (WU) - - - SPR 
  Western CT St Univ Obsy -  7 
 *Westport Astro Soc mtg  - 17 
 *Westport Astro Soc starvg  4, 11, 18 
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  Boothe Meml Astro Soc - 203-377-9933, 
    www.facebook.com/Boothe-Memorial-Astronomical-Society 

    LONG ISLAND - LI 
 *Amateur Observers Soc - -  1 
 *Amat Obsrs Soc starviewing 0 
  Amer Instt Aero & Astro - ???
  Astro Soc of Long Island   4, 11, 18 
  Brookhaven National Lab -  5 
  Custer Institute  - - - -  7, 14, 214, 28 
  Hofstra Univ Obsy - - - -  8 
  Montauk Observatory - - -  7 
  SUNY Stony Brook - -  - -  6 
 *Susan Rose Observatory  -  7, 14, 21, 28 
 
    MANHATTAN - MH  
 *Amat Astro Assn starvwg -  0 
 *Amat Astro Assn lecture - 13 
  Amer Instt Archarology  - sPR 
  Bloomingdale's storer - - 1-Jan 5
  Canarsie line curtailment  0 
 Ctr for Atmosp Ocean Sci - SPR 
  Ctr for Science & Society ??? 
  Central Pk (Great Lawn) -  6,7,8,13,14,15,20,21,22,27,28,29    
  Christmas Day - - - - - - 25 
  Christmas Eve - - - - - - 24 
  City of Science - - - - -  5 
 *Columbia Univ Obsy  - - -  6 
  Earth Institute - - - - - ??? 
  Globe at Night  - - - - - 18-27 
  Hayden Planetarium  - - -  2, 19, 20 
  Holiday train - - - - - -  1, 8, 15, 22, 29 
  Instt Stud Ancnt World  -  3, 4, 5, 12 
  Intrepid Museum - - - - - SPR 
 *Inwood Astronomy Project   7, 14, 21, 28 
  Natl Musm of Mathematics   4 
  New Year's Eve  - - - - -  
  NY Academy of Sciences  - ???
  NYC-H2O - - - - - - - - -  0 
  New York Map Society  - -  7 
  NYU Astrop & Relatvty - - SPR         
 *NYSkies Astronomy Seminar  6, 20 
  Observer's Handbook offer  1-indef 
 Rockefeller Center - - - -  1-Jan 5
  SciCafe' - - - - -  - - -  4 
  Simons Foundation - - - - SPR 
 *Top of the Laawn  - - - -  6,7,8,13,14,15,20,21,22,27,28,29 
  Urban Park Rangers  - - -  0
  WTC station closings  - -- 0 
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 Ctr for Space Sci Edu - - info@nyccsse.org, www.nyccsse.org,  
            212-608-6164 n 

    METRO-NORTH - NY  
  Lamont-Doherty Obsy - - -  4
  measles epidemic  - - - -  0 
  Mid-Hudson Astro Assn - - ??? 
  Ramapo Challenger Ctr - - 15 
  Rockland Astro Club - - -  7 
  Vassar College Obsrvatory SPR 
  Ward Pound Ridge  - - - - SPR 
  Westchester Amat Astro  -  6 

    NEW JERSEY - NJ  
  A A A of Princeton  - - - 10 
 *Amat Astro Inc meeting  -  6, 13, 27 
  *Amat Astro Inc lecture - 20 
  A S of Toms Rv Area - - - 13 
  Morris Musm Astro Soc - - 12 
  New Jersey Astro Assn - - SPR 
  North Bergen Viaduct  - -  0 
  No Jersey Astro Gp mtg  - 11 
  No Jersey Astro Gp starvg  5, 12, 19 
  Peyton Observarory  - - - 18 
  Plasma Physics Lab  - - -  6, 20 
  Rutgers Univ Astro Collqm  4, 11 
  Rutgers Univ Astro Semnr   5 
 *S*T*A*R - - - - - - - - -  5 
  Schommer Observatory  - - 12, 19 
 *Sheep Hill Astro Assn - -  6 
 *Sheep Hill Observatory  - 20 
 *Utd Astro Clubs of NJ - - SPR 
  Washington Xing St Pk - - SPR 
  WTC station closings  - -  0 
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  Dark Sky Observers - www.users.nac.net/gburke/club  
  McDowell Obsy - mec.rst2.edu, 201-460-8300 
  Montclair Telescope Club - 973-948-5284,,    
        users.erols.com/njastro/orgs/mtc.htm 
  NW Jersey Amat Astro - www.nwjaa.org, info@nwjaa.org 
  Passaic Co Astro Assn - www.users.nac.net/gburke/PCAA, 973-523-0024 
 *Raritan Vy Co Coll Plm  - www2.raritanval.edu/planetarium  
   Skyland Stargazers  -  skylandstargazers.tripod.com 

s    QUEENS - QN  
  York College Observatory  11 

    REST OF WORLD 
  Franklin Institute  - - -  1-Jan 5 

     STATEN ISLAND - SI 
  Coll of Staten Is Obsy  - SPR 
  Great Kills Park  - - - - SPR 
  Staten Is Community TV  -  6, 13, 20, 27 

    THE BRONX - BX 

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Ongoing and continuing events 
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    all day - ehole county - NY - measles epidemic 
        Indef duration. Outbreaks of measles in several counties 
        in NYSkies. Of the 1,500+ cases in US, some 1,000 are in 
        NYSkies! UN WHO warned that if epidemic continues thru 
        yearend, it may revoke US status as a measles-free country. 
        Most counties offer free measles shots. Consult health 
        provider for precautions and vaccination. 
    all day - H&M WTC line - MH - WTC station closings 
        STATION STAYS IN SERVICE ALL WEEKENDS IN DECEMBER 2019 
        Thru ate 2020. World Trade Center station closes every 
        weekend to repair tunnels under Hudson River ruined by 
        hurricane Sandy. Station closes at 00h on each Saturday, 
        reopens at 05h on following Monday. WTC-bound trains turn at 
        Exchange Pl station. For service to WTC, use 33 St line to 
        connect to NYC subways. www.panynj.gov 
    all day - H&M WTC line - NJ - WTC station closings 
        STATION STAYS IN SERVICE ALL WEEKENDS IN DECEMBER 2019 
        Thru late 2020. World Trade Center station closes every 
        weekend to repair tunnels under Hudson River ruined by 
        hurricane Sandy. Station closes at 00h on each Saturday, 
        reopens at 05h on following Monday. WTC-bound trains turn at 
        Exchange Pl station. For service to WTC, use 33 St line to 
        connect to NYC subways. www.panynj.gov 
    all day - North Brgen Viaduct - NJ - road closings and rebuild 
        Thru end 2020.  One lane in each direction is closed during 
        major rebuild of viaduct on NJ495 between NJ Tpk and Lincoln 
        Tnl. Buses have priority on remaining lanes. On-off ramps for 
        local street close from time to time.  www.restorenj495.com 
    all day - Canarsie line - MH - night and weekend slowdown 
        Thru mid 2020. Curtailed service  20h to 05h daily and 20h 
        Fri-05h Mon on  weekends. Trains run single-track thru one 
        tunnel between Bedford Av statio aand 8th Av terminal. Round-
        trip takes about 20 minutes. Other track and tunnel are 
        closed. Service may change according as progress of work. 
        Normal two-way service runs 05h-20h on weekdays. www.mta.info. 
    all day - Canarsie line - BK - night and weekend slowdown 
        Thru mid 2020. Curtailed service  20h to 05h daily and 20h 
        Fri-05h Mon on  weekends. Trains run single-track thru one 
        tunnel between Bedford Av statio aand 8th Av terminal. Round-
        trip takes about 20 minutes. Other track and tunnel are 
        closed. Service may change according as progress of work. 
        Normal two-way service runs 05h-20h on weekdays. www.mta.info. 
     all day - whole island - LI - clearsky starviewing  
        VARIOUS PLACES, DATES, HOURS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT  
        Amat Obsrs Soc. Sessions convene in parks usually at dusk. 
        Occasional daytime sunviewing. Free. Cancelled for clouds. 
         www.aosny.org, suerose@optonline.net 
    all day - whole City - MH - cultural tour 
        VARIOUS LOCATIONS AND TIMES; INQUIRE AT CONTACT 
        NYC-H2O. Walk, bike, ride thru history and culture of NYC 
        muwater system facilities and natural waterways in and near 
        the City.  Events are pay orfree, adn regn reqd. Bike tours 
        need own bike. www.nych2o.org, 
        matt@nych2o.org 
    all day - whole City - MH - clearsky starviewing  
        VARIOUS PLACES, DATES, HOURS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT  
        Amat Astro Assn. Sessions convene in parks usually at dusk. 
        Occasional daytime sunviewing. Free. Cancelled for clouds. 
          president@aaa.org, 718-522-5014, www.aaa.org  
    all day - whole City - MH - clearsky starviewing  
        VARIOUS PLACES, DATES, HOURS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT  
        Jupiter Joe's Sidewalk Astronomy. Sessions convene in parks 
        usually at dusk. Occasional daytime sunviewing. Free. `       
        Cancelled for clouds.  www.jupiterjoesastronomy.org, 
        jupiyerjoesastronomy@gmail.com 
    all day - whole City - MH - cultural tours & lectures 
        VARIOUS PLACES, DATES, HOURS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT  
        Urban Park Rangers. Tours of parks, landmarks, nabes, hoods. 
        Lectures on history and culture of NYC. Program varies each 
        month. Free. www.nyc.gov/parks  
    20:00 - Bell House - BK - Secret Science Club meeting  
        OCCASIONAL SESSIONS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT 
        149 7 St, 2/3 Av. Lecture and music on various science  
        topics. Free. secretscienceclub.blogspot.com, 718-638-4400, 

List of Events 
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Sun  1 Dec 
    all day - whole City - MH - Observer's Handbook offer OPENS 
        The NYSkies offer for the 2020 RASC Onserver's Handbook opens 
        on September 16. The books are printed in mid October for 
        delivery to NYSkies in late October. You better put in 
        your request NOW. Cost is still $23 per copy, with P&P. 
        www.nyskies.org/oh.htm, nyskies@nyskies.org, 
        www.nyskies.org/ohclub.htm 
    all day - Philadelphia - PA - 'Museum of the Moon' exhibit 
       Thru Jan 5. Franklin Institute, Franklin Py & 20 st. World's 
        largest most detailed model of Moon, 7m diam, ~200 micron 
        print res. This is exhibit's only show near NYC. Explore and 
        enjoy Instt science museum and planetarium. $23 genl adm. 
        www.fi.edy, guestservices@fi.edu, 215-448-1200. 
    all day - Bloomingdale's store - MH - holiday exhibit
        Thru Jan 5. Store windows celebrate 50th anniversary of Apollo 
        11 with space-themed animations and displays. Exhibit in  both 
        both Lexington Av and 3 Av sides. 
    all day - Rockefeller Center - MH - street closings 
        Thru Jan 5. Streets bordering RockC closed to motor traffic 
        for shoppers and tourists. Additional closings on Dec 4 for 
        Christmas tree lighting ceremonies. 
    10:00 - 6 Av & 8 Av lines - MH  - Holiday train 
        Transit Museum runs vintage train on 6 Av & 8 Av lines on  
        Sundays between Thanksgiving and New Year's. Train is mixed 
        with regular trains with a complex route. Train leaves 2 Av 
        station at 10h, 12h, 14h, 16h. It leaves 125 St station at 
        11h, 13h, 15h, 17h 
        ----------------------------------------
        uPTOWN: 2 Av/Houston, Bway-Lafa/Houston, W 4 St upper,
         14 St/8 Av, 23 St/8 Av, 34 St/8 Av, 42 St/8 Av, 50 St/8 Av, 
         59 St/8 Av, 125 St/8 Av. Train relays at 145 St/StNick lower 
         center track. 
        -------------------------------------------------------
        DOWNTOWN: 125 St/8 Av, 59 St/8 Av, 7 Av/53 St, 50 St/6 Av, 42 
        St/6 Av, 34 St/6 Av, W 4 St lower, Bway-Lafa/Houston, 2 
        Av/Houston. Train turns at 2 Av center track. 
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    13:15 - Uniondale - LI - Amat Obsrs Soc meeting. 
        Hofstra Univ, Berliner Hall. Free. www.aosny.org, 
        suerose@optonline.net 

Mon  2 Dec 
    19:00 - Hayden Planetarium - MH - 'Frontiers' lecture 
       Kayfnamm Thtr. Enter at 81 St/Cntl Pk W. $15, adv regn reqd. 
        212-769-5100, www.amnh.org/programs  

Tue  3 Dec 
    18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecruee 
        15 E 84 St, 5/Madison Av. Various topics on history and 
        culture of ancient societies. Free, adv regn reqd. 
        isaw..nyu.edu, isaw@nyu.edu, 212-992-7800 

Wed  4 Dec 
    10:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture 
         Colloquium series. Rutgers Univ, Busch Campus, Astro & Phys 
        Lecture Hall. Free. www.physics.rutgers.edu/colloquium, 
        732-445-3974+ 
     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 
    18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecruee - see Dec 3 
    18:00 - Palisades - NY - science lecture 
        Lamont-Doherty Earth Obsy, Monell Audm. 'our changing 
        planet'. Free, 845-365-8634, www.ldeo.columbia.edu, 
        suzana@ldeo.columbia.edu, 
   19:00 - Greenwich - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        Astro Soc of Greenwich. Curtis Elem Schl, Bowman Obsy. Free. 
        Cancelled for clouds. rickbria@optonline.net, 203-415-6762. , 
        astrogreenwich.org  
    19:00 - Amer Musm Natl Hist - MH - SciCafe' show 
        Hall of Ocean Life or hall of planet Earth. Music, drinks, 
        chat with Museum scientists. Free, be 21 or be gone. GI photo 
        ID reqd. 212-769-5100, WWW.AMNH.ORG/PROGRAMS 
    20:00 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        Westport Astro Soc. Rolnick Obsy.  Free. Cancelled for clouds. 
        www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 
    20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting  
        Vanderbilt Plm. Free. asliastronomy@yahoo.com, 
        www.asliclub.org 

Thu  5 Dec 
    13:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture 
        Seminar series. Rutgers Univ, Serin W330. Free. 732-445-3974, 
        www.physics.rutgers.edu/ast/seminar 
    15:00 - Upton - LI - Summer Sundays science show 
        Brookhaven Natl Lab. Bldg 510. 'A new paradigm for dark matter 
        search at the LHC'. Free, have GI photo ID for campussecurity. 
        631- 344-2651, www.bnl.gov/evnts 
    18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecruee - see Dec 3 
    18:30 - CUNY Graduate Center - MH -'Ciry of sceince' lecture 
        365 5 Av & 34 St, Skylight Room. 'Navigating the maze of 
        science and technology policy'. Free, adv regn reqd. 
        www.gc.cuny.edu/publicprograms 
    20:00 - Lincroft - NJ - S*T*A*R meeting 
        Brookdale Commty Coll, Mommouth Museum. Free. 
        www.starastronomy.org, s-walters@comcast.net 
    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 

Fri  6 Dec 
    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: OBSERVING DEEPSKY OBJECTS 
        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 
    19:0:0 - 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 
    19:30 - Boonton - NJ - Sheep Hill Astro Assn meeting  
        Boonton Senior Ctr. Free. www.sheephillastro.org, 
        contacts@sheephillastro.org, wwestura@optonline.net 
     19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting 
        Union Co Coll, Sperry Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky  
        starviewing. Free. www.asterism.org 
     19:30 - Stony Brook - LI - astronomy lecture                     
        SUNY Stony Brook, Earth & Spc Sci Hall. Indoor lecture, 
        clearsky starviewing. Free. www.ess.sunysb.edu/astro, 
        631-632-8100, slutterbie@notes.cc.sunysb.edu 
    19:30 - Pleasantville - NY - Westchester Amat Astro meeting  
        Pace Univ, Lienhard Hall, Free.    
        www.westchesterastronomers.org, 
        waa-president@westchesterastronomers.org  
    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 - 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 
    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 

Sat  7 Dec 
    14:00 - Avenues HQ - MH - New York Map Society lecture 
        TENTATIVE DATE; INQUIRE AT CONTACT 
         11 E 26 St, 17th floor. Various topics about map making, 
        cartography, geography.  Free, adv regn reqd. Have GI photo ID 
         for caampus security. www.newyorkmapsociety.org, 
        mapsocietyny@gmail.com 
    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 
    18:00 - Bridgehampton - LI - astronomy lecture 
        Montauk Obsy. South Fork Natl Hist Musm. Indoor talk, clearsky 
         sunviewing. Free. www.montaukobservatory.com 
    19:00 - West Reading - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        New Pond Farm, obseratory. $10, adv regn reqd. cancelled for 
        clouds. www.newpondfarm.org, 203-938-2117 
    20:00 - 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 - Bear Mountain - NY - clearsky starviewing 
        TENTATIVE DATE; INQUIRE AT CONTACT 
        Rockland Astro Club. Anthony Wayne Rec Pk, picnic field. Free, 
        cancelled for clouds. www.rocklandastronomy.com 
    20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing  
        Amat Obsrs Soc. capus of Custer Institt. Sessions concurrent 
        with Custer's own events. Free, cancelled for clouds. 
        www.aosny.org, suerose@optonline.net             
    20:00 - 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 - 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 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Dec 6 

Sun  8 Dec 
    10:00 - 6 Av & 8 Av lines - MH  - Hliday train - see Dec 1 
     18:00 - Uniondale - LI - clearsky starviewing 
        Hofstra University,Berliner Bdg, Rm 117. Free, 
        adv regn reqd. Cancelled for clouds. 516-463-2759, 
        www.hofstra.edu/Academics, observatory@hofstra.edu 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Dec 6 

 Tue 10 Dec 
    19:30 - Princeton - NJ - Amat Astro Assn of Princeton meeting 
        Princeton U, Peyton Hall. Free. www.princetonastronomy.org, 
        609-737-2575, info@princetonastronomy.org 

Wed 11 Dec 
    10:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture - see Dec 4 
    19:00 - York College - QN - astronomy lecture . 
        Core Academic Bdg, Rm AC-2E01. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
    20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - No Jersey Astro Gp meeting 
        Montclair St Univ, Richardson Hall, Room 232. Free. 
        njastro.org, 973-655-7266 jjj 
    20:00 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing  - see Dec 4 
    20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see Dec 4 

Thu 12 Dec 
    18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecruee - see Dec 3 
    19:30 - Morristown - NJ - Morris Museum Astro Soc meeting  
        Morris Museum. Free. 973-386-1848, 973-386-1848,, 
        www.morrismuseum.org/astro-society, info@morrismusem.org, 
        ckkrish@gmail.com 
    20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Dec 5 
    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 13 Dec 
    18:15 - Amer Musm Natl Hist - MH - Amat Astro Assn lecture 
         Kaufmann Theater. Free, no musm adm fee. 718-522-5014, 
         president@aaa.org, www.aaa.org 
     19:00 - 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 
   19:30 - 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 Dec 6 
     19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - see Dec 6 
     20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Dec 6 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Dec 6 

Sat 14 Dec 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Dec 6 
    20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing - see Fec 7 
    20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing - see Dec 7 
    20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Dec 7 

Sun 15 Dec 
    10:00 - 6 Av & 8 Av lines - MH  - Hliday train - see Dec 1 
    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 Dec 6 

Tue 17 Dec 
    20:00 - Westport - CT - Westport Astro Soc meeting 
        Rolnick Obsy. Free. www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 

Wed 18 Dec 
   19:00 - Greenwich - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Dec 6 
    19:00 - whole CIty - MH - Globe at Night exercise 
        Thru Dec 27. NYSkies runs its own Globe at Night exercise in 
        2018-2019 while Orion is in sky at nighfall. Same method and 
        procedure as for prior years for documenting sky transparency 
        over City. Details at www.nyskies.org/gannyc.htm 
    19:30 - 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 - 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 - 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 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing  - see Dec 4 
    20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see Dec 4 

Thu 19 Dec 
    19:00 - Hayden Planetarium - MH - holiday lecture 
       'Earthshine: Apollo 8'. Enter at 81 St/Cntl Pk W. 
       $15, adv regn reqd. 212-769-5100, www.amnh.org/programs  
    20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Dec 5 
    20:30 - Piscataway - NJ - clearsky starviewng - see Dec 12 

Fri 20 Dec 
    10:00 - Princeton - NJ - science tour - see Dec 6 
    18:30 - McBurney House - MH - NYSkies Astronomy Seminar  
        DISCUSSION: STARS OF OUR WINTER 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     
    19:00 - Hayden Planetarium - MH - 'Astronomy live!' lecture 
       Live narrated planetarium show. Enter at 81 St/Cntl Pk W. 
       $15, adv regn reqd. 212-769-5100, www.amnh.org/programs  
    19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Dec 6 
    20:00 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc lecture 
         Union Co Coll, Smith Audm. Indoor talk, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free. www.asterism.org 
    20:00 - Boonton - NJ - clearsky starviewing  
        Sheep Hill Astro Assn Obsy, Free. Cancelled for  
        clouds. sheephillastro.otg, contacts@sheephillastro.org, 
        wwestura@optonline.net 
     20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Dec 6 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Dec 6 

Sat 21 Dec 
    20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing - see Fec 7 
    20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing - see Dec 7 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Dec 6 
    20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Dec 7 

Sun 22 Dec 
    10:00 - 6 Av & 8 Av lines - MH  - Hliday train - see Dec 1 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Dec 6 

Tue 24 Dec 
    all day - whole City - MH - cgrustnas Eve 
        Please check with event contact for session falling on this 
        day by rule or outdated schedule 

Wed 25 Dec
    all day - whole City - MH - Christmas Day 
        Please check with event contact for session falling on this 
        day by rule or outdated schedule 

Fri 27 Dec 
    19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Dec 6 
     19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - see Dec 6 
     20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Dec 6 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Dec 6 

Sat 28 Dec 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Dec 6 
    20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing - see Fec 7 
    20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Dec 7 
    20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing - see Dec 7 

Sun 29 Dec 
    10:00 - 6 Av & 8 Av lines - MH  - Hliday train - see Dec 1 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Dec 6 

Events Skipped This Month 
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  EVENT MAY RESUME AT DIFFERENT PLACE OR HOUR; INQUIRE AT CONTACT 
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  [SPR] SPRING RESUMPTION OF ACTIVITY 
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    14:00 - New York University - MH - astronomy lecture 
        726 Broadway, Rm 940. Various topics in astrophys and 
        relativity. Free. Have GI photo ID for campus security. 
        physics.nyu.edu/events.htm 
    15:30 - Courant Institute - MH - science lecture 
        Ctr for Atmosp & Ocean Studies. Weaver Hall, 251 Mercer 
        St. Various topics in geophysics and earth science. Free. 
        caos.cims.nyu.edu, shafer@cims.nyu.edu 
    16:15 - Simons Foundation - MH - scinece lecture 
        160 5 Av & 21 St. 'Reductionism vs. bootstrap: Are big things 
        always made of elementary things?'. Buffet smacks 16:15, 
        lecture 17:00. Free, adv regn reqd. 646-654-0066, 
        ww.simonsfoundation.org 
    17:30 - Intrepid Museum - MH - Free Friday show 
        Pier 86 and ship. Exhibits, demos, talks. Clearsky movies 
        and starviewing. Free. www.intrepidmuseum.org 
    18:30 - CUNY Grad Ctr - MH - Amer Instt Archaeolgy lecture 
        TENTATIVE LOCATION; INQUIRE AT CONTACT 
        365 Fifth Av, 34 St.Various topics on archaeology and 
        anthropology. Free, adv regn reqd. GI photo ID required for 
        campus security. www.aia-nysociety.org, 
        info@aia-nysociety.org 
     20:00 - Litchfield - CT - Litchfield Hills A A C lecture 
        White Meml Consrvn Ctr. Free. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
        starviewing. lhaacsec@gmail.com, lhastro.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 
    20:00 - 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 - Ward Pound Ridge - NY - clearsky starviewing 
        Westchester Amat Astro. Meadows Picnic Area. Free. Cancelled 
        for clouds. waa-president@westchesterastronomers.org 
        www.westchesterastronomers.org, 
    20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg 
        UACNJ Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free.  
        www.uacnj.org 
    20:00 - Great Kills Pk - SI - clearsky starviewing 
        Natl Pk Svc. Enter at Hylan Bv to playground; Free. Cancelled 
        for clouds. www.nps.gov/gate, 718-987-6790  n 
    20:30 - Voorhees St Pk - NJ - NJ Astro Assn meeting 
        NJAA-HQ, Robinson Obsy. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free. www.njaa.org, 908-368-8500 
   20:30 - Coll of Staten Is - SI - clearsky starviewing 
        Astrophys Obsy. Free, cancelled for clouds. 718-982-2818, 
        csivc.csi.cuny.edu/supernove7/files/home.html, 
        robbins@mail.csi.cuny.edu, 
    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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    15:30 - Greenwich - CT - Astro Soc of Greenwich meeting 
        Greenwich Audubon Center. Free. rickbria@optonline.net,
        203-415-6762. astrogreenwich.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 - 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 
    19:00 - NY Academy of Sciences - MH - astronomy lecture 
        'The nystery of our mathematical universe'. $20. www.nyas.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 


General news
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    I removed a couple ongoing cultural activities from NYC Events. 
While they are still wonderful events, they during 2019 became absorbed 
into the astronomer's life. I continue to list temporary ones, like 
exhibits and shows. 
    Astro Soc of Greenwich shifted its meetings to Greenwich Audubon 
Center. They were at the Greenwich Public Library. 
    Some weekly events are suspended across Christmas and New Year's. 
They continue on normal schedule in January. 
    Weekend Walks ended in November, There are no events in December. 
NYC DOT will run these street closings again starting in spring 2020.
    College of SI Obsy seems to lose it entire fall season. I moved it 
to 'SPR' pending details of its operations.
    There were several in-house viewings of the 
Mercury transit on November 11. i knew of a couple but, not being 
public, they were not included in the November 2019 NYC Events. all 
sessions were successful with mild clear weather,
    Please be wisely of winter weather for events in December-February. 
They could be cancelled for adverse road or rail conditions or be 
forced closed by heavy snow. Check with event contact before going to 
a winter event, even if it is an indoor event. NYSkies does not cancel 
its Seminar save for the most compelling causes. In fact, we cancelled 
only ONE session in our history. That was the session when hurricane 
Sandy knocked out electric, other utilities, around McBurney House. 

City news 
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    On Oct 30 some 20 towns and counties in New Jersey cancelled 
Halloween outdoor  celebrations. They all cited fear of rain for the 
next day and evening. Morning newscasts on the 30th read off the list 
and a fw suggested these towns will call off Christmas events due to 
cold or snow. It did rain lightly in Halloween evening but heavy 
downpour came near midnight when most outdoor activity was over. The 
Greenwich Village Halloween parade stepped off on time with no concern 
for rain. 
    NYC DOT closes off curb lanes in 5th Av from Thanksgiving to New 
Year's Day to widen paths for shoppers and visitors. The lanes are set 
off by temporary barriers, leaving the two center lanes for toad 
traffic. The reach is 48 St-51 St. 
    NYSkies Astronomy Seminar on Nov 1 gave last minute information 
    FedEx on Nov 23 -24 tested 'Roxo',its new robot delivery vehicle, 
in SOHO MH. The white meter-cube with a human-tall sensor mast carries 
the 'FedEx' splash. It moves at up to jogging speed, can mount curbs 
and ramps, turn in place. Test made bo deliveries but ran thru 
assorted streets to exercise its AI and sensing systems. A FedEx crew 
paced the device to record its actions and deter people from molesting 
it. Roxo is tested in other towns but still is only a prototype. for 
the mercury Transit. We answered questions and detailed the use of 
transits to determine the Earth-Sin distance. As at the meeting date 
NYSkies knew of only four public transit viewings: Morris Museum Astro 
Soc, Morristown NJ; Maontauk Obsy, East Hampton LI; McCarthy Obsy, new 
Milford CT; Westport Astro soc, Westport CT. a couple of us heard of other 
viewings under planning with no firm details. We then move to the 
prime topic of exoplanets. We saw how serious suggestion of exoplanets 
came up in the 1780s to explain the light output of star Algol The 
idea faded until the 1940s with better understanding of star birth and 
development. Some of the material in the nebula around a star did not 
all fall into the star. It could cool into solid drops in orbit around 
the star as planets. Deliberate attempts to dins exoplanets, also 
called extrasolar planets, began in 1950s by tracking wobbles in a 
star's proper motion. The disturbing pull on the star could indicate a 
low-mass cold body, a  planet, rather than a small dim star. Results 
were persuasive but hardly conclusive. One star studied by van de 
Kamp, Barnard's star, in 2018, long after his time, was confirmed to 
host a planet. An other method, dominant in the late 20th century, 
relied on Doppler motion of the star as a planet tugged on it. At 
first only massive planets close to the star were found, the 'hot 
Jupiters'.  Today we can detect planets that wiggle the host star by 
mere meters per second of  Doppler shift. The method quickly improved 
to capture Neptune planets farther away from the star. The transit 
method dominates the 21st century mostly from planet-hunting 
satellites above the atmosphere. The planet crossing in front of the 
star blocks a bit of its light. This is sensed by photometers to flag 
a potential planet.  Kepler and COROT spaceprobes so far found several 
thousand planets. Direct imaging in visual and infrared bands in 21st 
century found several planets when they are far from the star, like 
for  star Fomalhaut, The early planets were discovered around dim 
obscure stars out of reach from home astronomers. in 1995 a planet was 
found at 51 Pegasi,  visible by bare-eye or binoculars. By 1999 about 
a dozen more planets were found around bright stars, with upsilon 
Andromeda hosting several of them. I realized these special stars -- 
planetary stars -  could become a major new target for home 
astronomers. They can see the star and muse that the people on its 
planet are looking back at our Sun in their own sky. I started to 
collect information on the bright planetary stars, which evolved into 
the present master table in our web. It contains over 100 planetary 
stars, almost all with Bayer or Flamsteed names, with about 150 
planets. it's at 'www.nyskies.org/articles/pazmino/planstar.htm'. The 
table is updated occasionally to capture newly announced planetary 
stars. We learned that several webs track all planetary stars, such as 
Extasolar Planet Encyclopedia. This web presents data in a spreadsheet 
for download and manipulation. We skimmed over  the search for 
extraterrestrial life on the exoplanets for want of time. Looking for 
life actually was tried in the 1890s when the new radio industry heard 
signal code from mars. It later was proved false because in fact the 
noise came from Jupiter, in the sky with Mars at the time.Jupiter 
generates natural radio noise,. In the 1920s all radio transmission on 
Earth was halted for one minute to listen for radio signal from mars 
with none heard. Searching for life beyond Earth merits a full session 
for itself. Takeaways were extras of the Mercury transit package from 
the Oct 18 meeting, Historical  articles  pictures of dustdiscs at 
stars that could condense into planets, diagrams and Examples of the 
various planet detection methods, pages from exoplanet webs, maps of 
51 Pegasi and planetary stars in Corona Borealis,pages from the master 
table of bright planetary stars, cartoons of Earth astronomers looking 
at a planetary star and extraterrestrials looking at our Sun. 
    The Donald on Oct 30 officially switched residence from new York 
to Florida, being fed up with reckless taxation and incompetent 
administration in the City. His permanent abode is his second home 
in Palm Beach FL. He continues to visit  Trump Tower until he leaves 
presidency in 2025. 
    Strong winds in eve of Nov 27 caused Macy's parade to apply its 
strong-wind plan for the balloons. Altho winds calmed by morning of 
28th, Thanksgiving Day, balloons were pulled to 2m from ground. Extra 
handlers under balloons kept them from scraping ground or striking 
street furniture. 
    NYSies Astronomy Seminar on Nov 15 heard several reports of the 
mercury transit and discussed double stars. Greg Homatas missed 
watching the transit but followed it on webcasts and emails from other 
observers. John Pazmino and Steve Kaye viewed thru filtered optics 
from their homes in Brooklyn.e Steve showed pictures he took of the 
event. Others went to a watch arranged on short notice in Floyd 
Bennett Field to watch thru its scopes. Joe Fedric watchedfrom his 
home in the Bronx by filtered direct view and telescope projection. 
Every one commented on the utter absence of sunspots on the Sun, 
leaving only Mercury to mar the solar disc. We then went into the 
double star topic. We learned some history, starting with Galileo's 
attempt to observe parallax with Mizar. he found no detctable 
parallax, suggesting that it was either way too small, the Mizar 
components were really adjacent, or, erm, the Earth didn't orbit the 
Sun to generate a parallax. we mentioned several double stars found by 
chance in the 1600s-1700s all be accident and assumed to be chance 
alignment of independent stars. We discussed Michell's statistical 
work to show that double stars were orders more common than reasonable 
odds would a;;pw. He at the time had no evidence to back him up 
because double stars were too casually observed. Herschel discovered 
hundreds of double stars with intent to study parallax and proper 
motions. He found that most doubles were in fact two stars in orbital 
motion, the first instance of gravity applied beyond the solar system. 
The first orbit for a double, binary, star was worked up in 1820s for 
xi Ursae Majoris and gamma Virginis. gamma was about to round 
periastron in 1830s, inducing dread and fear among astronomers. with 
no idea what stars were, the prospect of some catastrophe when the 
comites 'merged' seemed real.  The stars survived, merely coming 
closer together than scopes of the time could resolve. We recalled the 
next periastron of gamma in the 2-thous, with amazement for home 
astronomers reliviing the cosmic drama. We explored telescope 
resolution to see how star imaged can blend under too low power or very 
close stars. We saw that a binary star has two sun-sized masses 
orbiting a center of mass between them. Kepler found a simple form of 
the law of periods in the solar system because the Sun had almost all 
the mass between him and any planet. The CM is inside the Sun, masking 
it from detection. Newton added the mass factor in the 1680s but he 
couldn't test it because binary stars were not yet known.  We studied 
diagrams of several binary stars of short period, whose orientation a 
and separation change substantially within an astronomer's career. We 
learned that if the comites of a binary star are separately visible 
they must be far apart linearly. The farther away a binary star is, 
the longer is its period, centuries or millennia. The decades-long 
period stars are nearby to us, tens to hundreds of lightyears away. We 
examined diagrams for astrometric and spectrometric binaries to see 
how the individual mass of the components is determined. from the 
stars's luminosity ad spectral class we plot it on the Hertzsprung 
Russell diagram. Each plot is labeled, for many binary stars, the 
mass. The trend comes out that the star mass increases upward along 
the Main sequence, leading to the mass-luminosity rule. Binary stars 
are specially useful in understanding stellar evolution because their 
comites were created at about the same time and have the same chemical 
makeup. We didn't bear  up on the distinction of 'double' and 'binary' 
star for casual observing. Both types, the chance lineup and gravity 
binding, form beautiful targets in small scopes.The colors, generated 
by the spectral class, are strongly exaggerated in double stars by 
physiological effects in human vision. Takeaways were historical 
articles on double stars, diagrams of spectrometric and astrometric 
binaries, orbits diagrams of several short-period binaries, sample HR 
diagram and period-luminosity graph. 
    NYC DOT on Nov 7 began adding raised platforms at certain bus 
stops along 14th St on Manhattan. These let buses stay in center lane 
and not pull over to curb for doing stops. other vehicles in curb 
lanes, which must leave 14 St at next right turn, have to swerve 
around the platforms. Work also extends sidewalks along Union Sq, 
leaving only the center lanes open. 
    NYC Transit in mid November fitted route M14 buses in 14 St with 
head-end cameras. Bus driver by pedal snaps pictures of vehicles 
obstructing bus lanes. Prints of the picture is sent, with moving-
violation ticket, to car's owner. fine is typcly $100, plus city & 
state processing fees. 

Sky news 
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    Transit of Mercury was widely observed all over NYSkies. almost 
all viewing was by individuals or small groups. Weather was balmy, 
around 15C,  light breeze,  some scattered clouds. Sky clouded over in 
late afternoon, long after 4th contact. In general, this is the final 
Mercury transit local astronomers will witness from NYSkies land, 
unless they do transit-chasing trips in 2032 or 2039. 
    November 2019 was a so-so month for observing, with many cloudy or 
rainy nights. Overall, the clouds stayed thru the night. Clear nights 
gave good observing, with some allowing bare-eye sights of several 
DSOs. No night was up to letting the Milky Way  shine thru. 
    First snow in NYSkies fell on Nov 7 evening. Almost all in west 
sector of turf, laying a few cm on ground. City and LI got some rain. 
    The solar eclipse on December 26 recalled to some readers the 
Christmas eclipse in 2000. That was partial in NYSkies, observed under 
full winter air. This year's eclipse occurs at local midnight.  It 
illustrates the 'rule-of-19' where a given eclipse is followed by an 
other one on the same date 19 years later. There may be a chatter of 
one day. 2019 Dec 26  is 19 years after 2000 Dec 25, missing by only 
21 minutes. 
    Intl Earth Rotttn Svc will NOT  add a leapsecond in the last minute 
of 2019 Dec 31. Delta-T remains -37s until further notice. Previous 
leapsecond was added in 2019 June 30.  
    The convention of planets and Moon in southwest on Nov 28 eve was 
veiled by haze or thin cloud for most of NYSkies. From bottom to top: 
Venus, Jupiter, Moon, Saturn. 
Haze/cloud softened 
earthshine on Moon.
    First snow in NYC came in afternoon of Nov 12. Flurries fell over 
most places with no accumulation. Rest of NYSkies got rain. In some 
areas the rain froze to ground ice, making road travel hazardous. 
    New bright planetary star epsilon Indi with one planet. Star is a 
binary with brown dwarf comes. Planet orbits the visible component. 
Some specs: 
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 star name    | epsilon Indi
 HD number    | H d 209100
 distance     | 3.6 pc
 spectrum     | K2-V
 App magm     | +4.7
 Rt Asc (2000)| 22h 03m 22s 
 Decl (2000)  | -56d 47m 10s 
 -------------+-------------
 planet mass  | 3.25 Jupiter
 semimaj axis | 11.55 AU
 orbit period | 16.509 day
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    Readers ask why planetary star HR5183, reported in august  is not 
in our table of bright planetary stars. When a star lacks a 
Bayer/Flamsteed na me I , include it if it is brighter than +6.0 
magnitude. HR5183, having no Bayer/Flamsteed name, is +6.3 magn, too 
dim for the master table. It's in the news because its planet runs in 
a grossly excentric orbit and some investigators fear the planet may 
spiral into the host star with a colossal explosion.The flash could be 
a bare-ee sight from Earth. Some specs for further inquiry: HD# = 
120066,RA = 13h47m, DE = +06d21m, dist = 31pc, Mapp = +6.3, Spec = G0-
V. it sits once more beyond from zeta Virginis to  between 78 and 84 
Virginis. 
    Asteroid Vesta slides thru Cet, Ari, Tau in winter 2019-20. At 
6th-7th magn it is easily followed in binoculars. In late Nov it's in 
Caput Ceti, then arcs north and east by Feb 2020.