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NYC EVENTS FOR MATCH 2017 
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 John Pazmino      -
 NYSkies Astronomy Inc  
 @nyskies.org  
 www.nyskies.org 
 
    The following astronomy activities in the commuting ring enclosing 
New York City are operated by various organizations. A few cultural  
items of special importance to City astronomers are also included.  
    Altho NYC Events confirms the listed items, they are subject to 
change by their sponsors. Check with their contacts. Let the sponsor  
know that you learned of its event thru NYC Events.  
    Frequently asked questions and explanation of NYC Events is at 
'www.nyskies.org/nyc-faq.htm'.  
    You may ask for previous NYC Events thru 'nyskies@nyskies.org' 
because only the current issue is in the website. It is replaced by  
next month's issue.  
    For events which missed NYC Events, check the NYSkies Yahoogroup 
forum. Join NYSkies by visiting 'www.nyskies.org/yahoo.htm' and 
picking either the email or website option.  
    Hours from March 1st thru the 11th are Eastern Standard Time (UT - 
5h). Hours from March 12th and out are Estern 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.  
    'all day' means the event is continuous or repeating during the 
open hours of the host facility. Facilities may have limited hours per 
day or days per week. Check with the event contacts.  
    'adv regn reqd',for 'advance registration required/requested' 
means that the event requires or requests signing up before the event. 
You must have your ticket in hand at the gate. There could be a 
deadline some days before the event, after which no more signups are 
accepted. Check with the event contact for specifics. 
    Prices cited are the 'rack rate'. You could qualify for discounts 
 As may be offered by the sponsor. Besides the base price there may be 
noptional extra fees to consider. 

Current Month calendar  
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  Plain dates are in current month;  
  -, previous month; +, next month.  
  Moon phase: .NM., .FQ), (FM), (LQ.  
  Sunset is noted for each Saturday  
  Sun   Mon   Tue   Wed   Thu   Fri   Sat   sunset 
  ------------------------------------------------
 .-26.  -27   -28     1     2     3     4  17:51 EST 
   .5)    6     7     8     9    10    11  17:59 EST 
  (12)   13    14    15    16    17    18  19:06 EDST 
   19   (20.   21    22    23    24    25   19:14 EDST 
   26   .27.   28    29    30    31    +1   19:21 EDST 
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 Index of Events  
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 * = NASA-JPL Night Sky Network affiliate  
 Date = entry in main listing, else month of resumption 
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    BROOKLYN - BK 
 *Floyd Bennett Field - - - 31 
  Ringling Bros Cirucs  - -  1-3 
  Secret Science Club - - -  0 

    CONNECTICUT - CT  
 *A S of Gtr Hartford - - - ??? 
 Astro Soc of Greenwich - - 26 
 *Astro Soc of New Haven  - 28 
  Boothe Meml Astro Soc - -  3, 17 
  Bowman Observatory  - - -  1, 15 
 *Litchfield Hills AAC  mtg ??? 
 *Litchfield Hills starvg   ??? 
 *McCarthy Observatory  - -  11 
  New Pond Farm - - - - - -  4 
 Stamford Observatory - - -  3, 10, 17, 24, 31 
 *Van Vleck Obsy (ASG)  - - 25 
  Van Vleck Obsy (WU) - - -  1, 8 
  Western CT St Univ Obsy - 11, 25 
  Westport Astro Soc mtg  - 21 
 *Westport Astro Soc starvg  1, 8, 15, 22, 29 
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  Bethany Observatory - www.asnh.org, prez@asnh.org 

    LONG ISLAND - LI  
 *Amateur Observers Soc - -  5 
  Amer Instt Aero & Astro - ??? 
  Astro Soc of Long Island   1, 8, 15, 22, 29 
  Brookhaven National Lab - ??? 
 Custer Institute - - - - -  4, 11, 18, 25 
  Hofstra Univ Obsy - - - -  5 
 *Jones Beach - - - - - - - M/A 
  Montauk Observatory - - -  4 
  SUNY Stony Brook   -  - -  3 
 *Susan Rose Observatory  -  4, 11, 18, 25 
  -------------------------
  National Space Soc-LISS - chapters.nss.org/ny/longisland,  
        trekker724@aol.com 
 
    MANHATTAN - MH  
 *Amat Astro Assn starvwg -  0 
 *Amat Astro Assn lecture -  3 
  Amer Musm Natl Hist   - -  1 
  Ctr for Atmosp Ocean Std   1, 8, 29 
  Ctr for Science & Society 29 
  Central Pk (Great Lawn) -  3,4,5,10,11,12,17,18,19,24,25,26,31 
 *Columbia Univ Obsy  - - -  3, 17 
  Cornelia Street Cafe'   -  5 
  Daylight Savings Time - - 12 
  GLOBE at Night  - - - -   20-29 
  Good Housekeeping lab   - 10 
  Instt Stud Ancnt World  -  9, 20, 22, 28, 29 
 *Inwood Astronomy Project   4, 11, 18, 25 
  Natl Musm of Mathematics   1 
  NY Academy of Sciences  - ??? 
  NYC-H2O - - - - - - - - - ??? 
  NYC Sci & Engg Fair - - -  5 
  NYPL Mid-Manhattan  - - -  30  
  New York Univ Astro - - - ??? 
 *NYSkies Astronomy Seminar  3, 17 
  Pi Day  - - - - - - - - - 14 
  SciCafe'  - - - - - - - -  1 
  Science & the Arts  - - - ??? 
  Simons Foundation - - - -  1, 8 
  South Ferry station - - -  0 
  'Time and cosmos' exhibit  1-Apr 23 
  'Time and Cosmos' lecture  3, 10, 17, 24, 31 
  Top of the Lawn - - - - -  3,4,5,10,11,12,17,18,19,24,25,26,31 
  TriState computer fair  -  0 
  Urban Park Rangers -  - -  0 
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  Ctr for Space Sci Edu - - info@nyccsse.org, www.nyccsse.org,  
        212-608-6164 
  Physics Club of NY  - - - jdepalma@nyc.rr.com, www.sconyc-ny.org 

    NEW JERSEY - NJ  
  A A A of Princeton  - -  14 
  A S of Toms Rv Area - -  10 
 *Amat Astro Inc meeting    3, 10, 24, 31 
 *Amat Astro Inc lecture   17 
  Instt for Advd Study  -- M/A 
  Morris Musm Astro Soc -   9 
 *New Jersey Astro Assn    25 
  No Jersey Astro Gp mtg    8 
 No Jersey Astro Gp starvg  2, 16, 23, 30 
  Peyton Observarory  - - -??? 
  Plasma Physics Lab  - - - 3, 17 
  Ringling Bros Circus  - - 2-9 
  Rutgers Univ Astro Collqm 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 
  Rutgers Univ Astro Semnr  2, 9, 16, 23, 30 
 *S*T*A*R - - - - - - - - - 2 
  Schommer Observatory  - - 9, 16 
  Sheep Hill Astro Assn - -  5 
 *Sheep Hill Observatory  - 17 
 *Utd Astro Clubs of NJ - - M/A 
  Washington Xing St Pk - - M/A 
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  Buehler-Columbia AAA   - - www.bergen.edu/buehler, 
   ropstbaum@bergen.edu 
  Dark Sky Observers  - - - www.users.nac.net/gburke/club  
  McDowell Obsy -mec.rst2.edu, 201-460-8300 
  Montclair Telescope Club  973-948-5284, bischoff@garden.net,    
        users.erols.com/njastro/orgs/mtc.hrm  
  Natl Space Soc-NJN  - chapters.nss.org/nj/njn, cpankanin@aol.com 
  Passaic Co Astro Assn  www.users.nac.net/gburke/PCAA, 973-523-0024 
 *Raritan Vy Co Coll Plm  - www2.raritanval.edu/planetarium  
   Skyland Stargazers  - - - skylandstargazers.tripod.com 

+    QUEENS - QN  
  Alley Pond Park - - - - - 18 
  York College Observatory   8 

    REST OF WORLD 

    STATEN ISLAND - SI   
  Coll of Staten Is (day) - ???  
  Coll of Staten Is (eve) - ??? 
  Great Kills Park  - - - -  4 
  Staten Is Community TV  -  3, 10, 17, 24, 31 

    THE BRONX - BX 

    UPSTATE - NY  
  Lamont-Doherty Obsy - - -  3, 10, 17, 24, 31 
  Ramapo Challenger Ctr - - 19 
  Vassar Coll Obsy  - - - -  1, 8, 29 
  Ward Pound Ridge  - - - - 18 
  Westchester Amat Astro  -  3 
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  Mid-Hudson Astro Asson - www.midhudsonastro.org, 845-485-5669 
 =============================================================== 

Ongoing Conditions and Situatios 
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    all day - South Ferry - MH - South Ferry station reopened 
        Indefinite duration. Old closed South Ferry station 
        reopened on April 4 for access to Battery Pk and SI Ferry. 
        You must Be in 1st 5 cars to get off at South Ferry. 
        www.mta.info 
    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 - cultural tours & lectures  
        VARIOUS PLACES, DATES, HOURS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT  
        Urban Park Rangers. Tours of parks, landmarks, nabes, hoods. 
        Lectures on history and culture of NYC. Program varies each 
        month. Free. www.nyc.gov/parks  
    10:00 - whole City - MH - Tri-State Computer Fair 
        VARIOUS LOCATIONS, GENERALLY ON SUNDAYS 
        Source of computer systems, software, components, accessories. 
        $7. www.tri-statefairs.com, 718-227-5586 
    20:00 - Bell House - BK - Secret Science Club meeting  
        OCCASIONAL SESSIONS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT 
        149 7 St, 2/3 Av. Lecture and music on various science  
        topics. Free. secretscienceclub.blogspot.com, 718-638-4400, 

List of events 
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 -------------------------------------------------------Sun  1 Jan Wed  
1 Mar 
    all day - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - 'Time and cosmos' exhibit 
        Thru 23 Apr 2017. 15 E 84 St, 5/Madison Av.  Timekrrping and 
        celestial instruments from Graeco-Roman period. Curator tours 
        on Fridays 18h. Free. isaw.nyu.edu, isaw@nyu.edu, 
        212-992-7842  
    all day -  Barclays Center - BK - Ringling Brothers Circus 
        Thru Fri 3 Mar. Final season of traditional American  CIRCUs, 
        last run in Brooklyn. All acts and performances eexcept those 
        with the elephants. ~$35-~$150, adv regn reqd. 
        www.barclays.com, www.ringling.com 
    15:30 - Courant Institute - MH - science lecture 
        Ctr for Atmosp & Ocean Studies. Weaver Hall, 251 Mercer 
        St. Various topics in geophysics and earth science. Free. 
        caos.cims.nyu.edu, shafer@cims.nyu.edu 
    16:00 - Natl Musm of Mathematics - MH - science show 
        'Mathematical Encounters'. Free, adv regn reqd. 
        212-542-0566, www.momath.org, info@momath.org 
    16:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture 
        Colloquium series. Rutgers Univ, Busch Campus, Astro & Phys 
        Lectr Hall. Free. www.physics.rutgers.edu/colloquium, 
        732-445-3974 
    17:00 - Simons Foundation - MH - scinece lecture 
        160 5 Av & 21 St. 'Cultural heritage 2017: Space-based 
        solutions''. Free, adv regn reqd. 646-654-0066, 
        ww.simonsfoundation.org 
    19:00  - Greenwich - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        Astro Soc of Greenwich. Curtis Elem Schl, Bowman Obsy. Free. 
        Cancelled for clouds. rickbria@optonline.net, 203-415-6762. , 
        astrogreenwich.org   
    19:00 - Amer Musm Natl Hist - MH - SciCafe' show 
        Hall of Ocean Life or hall of planet Earth. Music, drinks, 
        chat with Museum scientists. Free, be 21 or be gone. GI photo 
        ID reqd. 212-769-5100, www.amnh.org/programs 
    20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        Wesleyan U, Van Vleck Obsy. Free, cancelled for clouds. 
        860-685-3664, www.wesleyan.edu/astro/events 
     20:00 - Centerport - li - Astro Soc of LI meeting 
        Vanderbilt Plm. Free. asliastronomy@yahoo.com, 
        www.asliclub.org 
    20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        Westport Astro Soc. Rolnick Obsy. Free. Cancelled for  
    21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing 
        Vassar College, Observatory. Free. Cancelled for clouds. 
        physicsandastronomy.vassar.edu/observatory.html, 
        845-437-7340 
        clouds. www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 

Thu  2 Mar 
    all day - Newark - NJ - Ringling Brothers Circus 
        Thru Thu 9 Mar. Pridential Center.Final season of traditional 
        American  CIRCUs, last run in Brooklyn. All acts and 
        performances eexcept those with the elephants. ~$30-~$90, adv 
        regn reqd. www.prudentialcenternewark.com, www.ringling.com 
    13:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture 
        Seminar series. Rutgers Univ, Serin 401. Free. 732-445-3974, 
        www.physics.rutgers.edu/ast/seminar 
    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,  
        robbins@mail.csi.cuny.edu, 

fri  3 Mar 
    10:00 - Princeton - NJ - science tour 
        Plasma Physics Lab. Walk thru history and culture of fproject 
        to capture energy from controled hydrogen fusion. Free, adv 
        regn reqd. Photo ID required for campus security. 
        www.pppl.gov/events 
    15:30 - Palisades - NY - science lecture 
        Lamont-Doherty Earth Obsy, Monell Audm. Various topics in 
        geophysics and earth science. Free, 845-365-8634, 
        www.ldeo.columbia.edu, suzana@ldeo.columbia.edu, 
    18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - 'Time & cosmos' tour 
        15 E 84 St, 5 Av/Madison Av. Walk thru history and culture of 
        timekrrping and celestial instruments from Graeco-Roman 
        period. Free. www.nyu.edu/isaw, 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 - McBurney House - MH - NYSkies Astronomy Seminar  
        DISCUSSION: JUPITER RETURNS TO US IN SPRING  
        * THIS TOPIC WAS POSTPONED FROM jANUARY 20th * 
        125 W 14 St, 6/7 Av. Discussion of astronomy topics, show 
        & tell, skywatching reports, news of astro activity in NYSkies 
    19:00 - Columbia University - MH - astronomy lecture 
         Pupin Hall, signs to lecture room. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
         starviewing. Free. outreach-admin@astro.columbia.edu, 
         www.astro.columbia.edu/outreach, 212-854-3278 
    19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show 
        100 Cable Way, Mariners Hr SI. 'Geology forum' Live audience, 
        seating at 19:30, on air at 20:00. Free. www.sictv.org, 
        718-727-1414 
     19:30 - Stony Brook - LI - astronomy lecture 
        SUNY Stony Brook, Earth & Spc Sci Hall. Indoor lecture, 
        clearsky starviewing. Free. www.ess.sunysb.edu/astro, 
        631-632-8100, slutterbie@notes.cc.sunysb.edu 
    19:30 - Pleasantville - NY - Westchester Amat Astro meeting  
        Pace Univ, Miller Hall, Free. www.westchesterastronomers.org, 
        waa-president@westchesterastronomers.org  
        info@princetonastronomy.org  
    19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting 
        nion Co Coll, Sperry Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky  
        starviewing. Free. www.asterism.org, hfjacinto6@gmail.com  
        territory. Free. nyskies@nyskies.org, www.nyskies.org 
     20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture 
        Stamford Obsy. $3. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. 
        203-322-6537, www.stamfordmuseum.org, cescovil@earthlink.net 
    20:00 - Stratford - CT - Boothe Meml Astro Soc mtg 
        Boothe Meml Pk, Obsy. Free. www.bmas.org, info@bmas.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  4 Mar 
   19:00 - West Reading - CT - clearsky starviewingh 
        New Pond Farm, obseratory. $10, adv regn reqd. , cancelled for 
        clouds. www.newpondfarm.org, 203-938-2117, 
        info@newpondfarm.org 
     19:00 - East Hampton - LI - astronomy lecture 
        Montauk Obsy, The Ross School. Indoor talk, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free. www.montaukobservatory.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.custerobservator 
        president@custerobservatory.org, 631-765-2626  
    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 - Inwood Hill Park - MH - clearsky starviewing 
        OCCASIONAL EXTRA SESSIONS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT  
        Inwood Astronomy Project. Meet at park entrance, Seaman Av 
        & Isham St. Free. Cancelled for clouds. 917-529-2359 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 3 

Sun  5 Mar 
    13:15 - Uniondale - LI - Amat Obsrs Soc meeting. 
        Hofstra Univ, Berliner Hall. Free. www.aosny.org, 
        suerose@optonline.net             -
    14:00 - City College - MH - NYC Science & Engineering Fair 
        Shepard Hall. Hundreds of projects exhibited by NYC high 
        school students on all sciences and technology. Free. 
        collegenow.cuny.edu/sciencefair, nycsef@cuny.edu 
    18:00 - Cornelia St Cafe' - MH - Entertaining Science show 
        29 Cornelia St & W 4 St, Play & music on various 
        science themes. $10 + one drink min. 
        www.corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319 
    19:00 - 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 
    19:30 - Boonton - NJ - Sheep Hill Astro Assn meeting  
        Boonton Senior Ctr. Free. www.sheephillastro.org, 
        contacts@sheephillastro.org, wwestura@optonline.net 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 3 

Wed  8 Mar 
    15:30 - Courant Institute - MH - science lecture - see Mar 1 
    16:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture - see Mar 1 
    17:00 - Simons Foundation - MH - scinece lecture 
        160 5 Av & 21 St. 'Atomic clocks and quantum physics''. Free, 
        adv regn reqd. 646-654-0066, ww.simonsfoundation.org 
   19:30 - York College - QN - astronomy lecture . 
        Core Academic Bdg, Rm AC-2E01. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free, adv regn reqd. 718-262-2082, 
        www.york.cuny.edu/centers-institutes/observatory, 
       tpaglione@york.cuny.edu 
    20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - No Jersey Astro Gp meeting 
        Montclair St Univ, Richardson Hall, Room 232. Free. 
        njastro.org, 973-655-7266 
    20:00 - Centerport - li - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see mar 1 
    20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 1 
    20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 1 
    21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 1 

Thu  9 Mar 
    13:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture - see Mar 2 
      18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH -cultural lecture 
        15 E 84 St, 5/Madison Av. Exhibition lecture 'Weeks, months, 
        yeats in Greek and Roman calendars' with  'Time and Cosomos' 
        showw.. Free, adv regn reqd. isaw..nyu.edu isaw@nyu.edu, 
         212-992-7842 
     19:30 - Morristown - NJ - Morris Museum Astro Soc meeting  
         Morris Museum. Free. 973-386-1848, 973-386-1848,, 
        www.mmastrosociety.org, info@morrismusem.org, 
        ckkrish@gmail.com 
    20:30 - Piscataway - NJ - clearsky starviewing 
        Rutgers Univ, Schommer Obsy. Free. Cancelled for clouds.  
        732-205-0020, www.physics.rutgers.edu/ast/ast-serin.html  
        pryor@physics.rutgers.edu 

Fri 10 Mar 
    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 
    15:30 - Palisades - NY - science lecture - see Mar 3 
    18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - 'Time & cosmos' tour - see mar 
    19:00 - Toms River - NJ - Astro Soc of Toms Rv Area meeting 
        Ocean Co Coll, Student Ctr, Solar Lounge. Free. 
        www.astra-nj.org, 732-255-0343, webmaster@astra-nj.org 
    19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Mar 3 
    19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - see Mar 3 
     20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Mar 3 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 3 

Sat 11 Mar 
    19:00 - 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 
    20:00 - New Milford - CT - astronomy lecture  
        McCarthy Obsy, New Miford HS. Indoor lecture, clearsky  
        starviewing. Free. www.mccarthyobservatory.org,  860-354-1595, 
         contact@mccarthyobservatory.org, 
  20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Mar 4 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 3 
    20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing  - see Mar 4 
    20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 4 

Sun 12 Mar 
    02:00 - whole City - MH - Daylight Savings Time starts 
        Set clocks AHEAD, FORWARD one hour. Most people do this when 
        they go to bed on the previous night so they wake up at the 
        new time. The hour 02:00 thru 02:59 does not exist. The minute 
        after 01:59 is 03:00. 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 3 

Tue 14 Mar 
    all day- whole City - MH - Pi Day 
        Also July 22. Reflect and contemplate about the number 'pi'. 
        Dates are rough value of 'pi', 3.14 and 22/7. Ask at local 
        astronomy center for possible festivities and celebrations. 
    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 15 Mar 
    16:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture - see Mar 1 
    19:00  - Greenwich - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 1 
     20:00 - Centerport - li - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see mar 1 
    20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 1 

Thu 16 Mar 
    13:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture - see Mar 2 
    20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 2 
    20:30 - Piscataway - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 9 

Fri 17 Mar 
    10:00 - Princeton - NJ - science tour- see Mar 3 
    15:30 - Palisades - NY - science lecture - see Mar 3 
    18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - 'Time & cosmos' tour - see mar 
    18:30 - McBurney House - MH - NYSkies Astronomy Seminar  
        DISCUSSION: EASY GLOBULAR CLUSTERS AND A REAL CHALLENGING ONE 
        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 - Columbia University - MH - astronomy lecture 
    19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Mar 3 
    20:00 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc lecture 
        Union Co Coll, Smith Audm. Indoor talk, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free. www.asterism.org 
     20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Mar 3 
    20:00 - Stratford - CT - Boothe Meml Astro Soc mtg - see Mar 3 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 3 
     20:30 - Boonton - NJ - clearsky starviewing  
        Sheep Hill Astro Assn Obsy, Free. Cancelled for  
        clouds. sheephillastro.otg, contacts@sheephillastro.org, 
        wwestura@optonline.net 

Sat 18 Mar 
    19:00 - Alley Pond Park - QN - clearsky starviewing 
        Alley Pond Enviro Ctr. $14 at door. Cancelled for clouds. 
        www.alleypond.com, info@alleypond.com, 718-229-4000 
     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 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing  - see Mar 4 
    20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Mar 4 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 3 
    20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 4 

Sun 19 Mar 
    14:00 - Airmont - NY - science show 
        Ramapo Challenger Ctr, 225 Rt 29. Multimedia 
       imulation of space missions. $20. wwwlhvcc.com, 
        director@lhvcc.com, 845-257-3416. 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 3 

Mon 20 Mar 
    18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH -cultural lecture - see Mar 9 
    20:0 - whole CIty - MH - GLOBE at Night exercise 
        Thru Mar 29. NYSkies runs its own GLOBE at Night exercise in 
        December while Orion is in sky at nighfall. Same method and 
        procedure as for prior years for documenting sky transparency 
        over City. Details at www.nyskies.org/gannyc.htm Sun 19 Feb 

Wed 22 Mar 
    16:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture - see Mar 1 
    18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH -cultural lecture - see Mar 9 
     20:00 - Centerport - li - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see mar 1 
    20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 1 

Thu 23 Mar 
    13:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture - see Mar 2 
    20:00 - Westport - CT - Westport Astro Soc meeting  
        Rolnick Obsy. Free. www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 
    20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 2 

Fri 24 Mar 
    18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - 'Time & cosmos' tour - see mar 
    15:30 - Palisades - NY - science lecture - see Mar 3 
    19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - see Mar 3 
    19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Mar 3 
     20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Mar 3 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 3 

Sat 25 Mar 
    19:00 - Danbury - CT - astronomy lecture - see Mar 11 
    20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Mar 4 
    20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing  - see Mar 4 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 3 
    20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 4 
    20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        Astro Soc of Gtr Hartford, Wesleyan U, Van Vleck Obsy. Free. 
        Cancelled for clouds. www.asgh.org, 860-872-9069,  
        pparkers@cs.com 
    20:30 - Voorhees St Pk - NJ - NJ Astro Assn meeting 
        NJAA-HQ, Robinson Obsy. Free. www.njaa.org, 908-368-8600 

Sun 26 mar 
    15:30 - Greenwich - CT - Astro Soc of Greenwich meeting 
        Bruce Museum. Free with musm adm. rickbria@optonline.net, 
        203-415-6762, astrogreenwich.org 
    20:00 - cENTRAL pARK - mh - CLEARSKY STARVIEWING - SEE mAR 3 

Tue 28 Mar 
     18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH -cultural lecture - see Mar 9 
    19:00 - New Haven - CT - Astro Soc of New Haven meeting 
        Yale Univ, Leitner Family Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free. www.asnh.org, prez@asnh.org 

Wed 29 Mar 
    15:30 - Courant Institute - MH - science lecture - see Mar 1 
    16:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture - see Mar 1 
    18:00 -CUNY Graduate Center - MH - Ctr for Sci & Soc lecture 
        385 Fifth Av. 'Early modernb science intertwine An 
        Iberoamerican perspective'.. Free, adv regn reqd, Free,  
        limited seating. 212-854-7211, 
        scienceandsociety.columbia.edu 
     18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH -cultural lecture - see Mar 9 
    20:00 - Centerport - li - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see mar 1 
    20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 1 
    21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 1 

Thu 30 Mar 
    13:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture - see Mar 2 
    18:30 - NYPL Mid-Manhattan Liby - MH - cultural lecture 
       City of dreams: The 400-year epic history of immigrant new 
        Yorkt'. Free. www.nypl.org/calendar/index.cfm 
    20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 2 

Fri 31 Mar 
    15:30 - Palisades - NY - science lecture - see Mar 3 
    18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - 'Time & cosmos' tour - see mar 
    19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - see Mar 3 
    19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Mar 3 
     20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Mar 3 
    20:00 - cENTRAL pARK - mh - CLEARSKY STARVIEWING - SEE mAR 3 
    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 

Events Skipped This Month 
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 [M/A] MARCH/APRIL RESUMPTION OF ACTIVITY 
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    11:00 - Princeton - NJ - Instt Advd Stud lecture 
        Princeton Univ, Bloomberg Hall, library. Free.          
        www.sns.ias.edu/astro/astrocal.php, 
        wserber@astro.princeton.edu 
    20:00 - Jones Beach St Pk - LI - astronomy lecture 
         Amat Obsrs Soc. Roosevelt Natr Ctr. Indooe lecture, clearsky 
         starviewing. $4, adv regn reqd. www.aosny.org, 516-785-3614, 
         suerose@optonline.net 
    20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg 
        UACNJ Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free.  
        www.uacnj.org 
    20:30 - Wash'n Xing S P - NJ - clearsky starviewing 
        Amat Astro Assn of Princeton. Simpson Obsy. Free, cancelled 
       for clouds. www.princetonastronomy.org, 609-737-2575, 
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  [???] UNCERTAIN RESUMPTION OF ACTIVITY 
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    13:30 - Coll of Staten Is - SI - clearsky sunviewing 
        Astrophys Obsy. Free, cancelled for clouds. 718-982-2818, 
        csivc.csi.cuny.edu/supernove7/files/home.html, 
        robbins@mail.csi.cuny.edu, 
    14:00 - New York University - MH - astronomy lecture 
        Meyer Hall, 5th fl. Various topics in astrophys and 
        relativity. Free. Have GI photo ID for campus security. 
    15:30 - Upton - LI - science lecture 
        Brookhaven Natl Lab, BLDG 510.. 'The exprrimental challenge of 
        21 cm cosmology'. Free, have GI photo ID for campus security. 
         www.bnl.gov/physics/evnts, 631-344-2651   
    18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - 'Time & cosmos' tour 
        15 E 84 St, 5 Av/Madison Av. Walk thru history and culture of 
        timekrrping and celestial instruments from Graeco-Roman 
        period. Free, adv regn reqd. isaw.nyu.edu, isaw@nyu.edu, 
        212-992-7842  
    18:30 - Bethpage - LI -  Amer Instt Aero & Astro lecture       
        Bethpage Publ Liby. Various topics in aeronautics and 
        astronautics. Free, optional $5 pizza-soda. 516-458-8593, 
        davidparis@optonline.net 
    18:30 - CUNY Graduate Center - MH - Science and the Arts show 
        'TNo, No, Nobel' on women who missedthe Nobel Prize for 
        their work. Free. 212-817-7521, bschwartz@gc.cuny.edu, 
        scienceandarts@scienceandarts.pmailus.com, 
    19:00 - Bethany - CT - astronomy lecture 
        Astro Soc of New Haven. Yale Univ, Bethany Obsy. Indoor 
        lecture, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.asnh.org, 
        prez@asnh.org                       
    19:00 - NY Academy of Sciences - MH - astronomy lecture 
        'The unification of physics: The ques for a Theory of 
        Everything'. $15, adv regn reqd. wwww.nyas.org, 212-298-8600 
    19:30 - Middletown - CT - Astro Soc of Gtr Hartford meeting 
        Wesleyan Univ, Van Vleck Obsy. Free. www.asgh.org, 
        860-872-9069, pparkerrs@cs.com         
    19:00 - Boro Hall - NK - cultural lecture 
        NYC-H2O. 'Black Jacks: african American seamen in the ago of 
        sail' C'. Free, adv regn reeqd. www.nych2o.org, 
        matt@nych2o.org 
    19:00 - 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 
    19:00 - Coll of Staten Is - SI - clearsky starviewing 
        Astrophys Obsy. Free, cancelled for clouds. 718-982-2818, 
        csivc.csi.cuny.edu/supernove7/files/home.html, 
   19:30 - Torrington - CT - Litchfield Hills Amat Astro Club mtg 
       Central Congregational Church. Free.lhaacsec@gmail.com 
        lhastro.org, 
    20:30 - Litchfield - CT - Litchfield Hills A A C lecture  
        White Meml Consrvn Ctr. Free. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
        starviewing. lhaac.shutterfly.com, lhaacsec@gmail.com 
       lhastro.org 

General News 
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    The February 2017 NYC Events was uploaded into our web before the 
astronomy discussion section was proof-read. Several reader called my 
attention to the typos there. I uploaded on 12 February 2017 a cleaned 
up edition with no changes other than fixing the typos. If you missed 
it, you may ask for an archival copy.
    AAA of Princeton in early February called off its meeting for the 
14th. it found that day was Valentine's Day, a possible conflicting 
holiday.
    Litchfield Hills AAC has nothing in its web for meetings in March. 
Last knoWn event was the general monthly meeting in january. 
    Astro Soc of Gtr hartford has no posted meetings since September 
2016.It does maintain monthly starviewing at Van Vleck Observatory. 
    College of SI observatory posted no events since December 2016. In 
some previous years it did start the spring season during March, 
missing NYC Events. 

City News
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    Uber ride-share service on 2017 February 7 noted it began a study 
to build flying cars to sped trips for customers. It hired aeropace 
ngineer mark Moore,from NASA  langeley to adapt vertical-take-off-&- 
landing, VTOL, aviationics for small cars. Moore has over 30 yr 
experience wokring on CTOL for miltiary aircraft. The goal is to build 
a fleet of CTOL cars that Uber can fly over ground traffic in New York 
City. Conceptually the uber car lifts vericly with customer with 
electric engines and flies a few tens of meters up, following street 
alignments,. At the target it settles down vericly to let the customer 
off. First test vehicle could fly by 2022. 
    Smack Mellon gallery, DUMBO NK, displayed perhaps the largest 
model of the Moon on 2017 February 10-26. A project to show how 
massive a celestial object can be, the 18 meter globe of paper and 
urethane was mounted above the gallery floor. Visitors walked under it 
like at the hayden Sphere at the Planetarium. it had, with some artist 
leeway, maria, hills, craters. On certain evenings dance and song 
shows were staged with lunar themes. 
    NYSkies Astronomy Seminar on 3 February 2017 examined properties 
of stars on the Main Sequence of the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram. We 
reviewed some history of the HRD, first published in about 1917. This 
was long before we knew what stars were made of, Einstein physics, or 
nuclear science. The graph plots stars by their surface temperature 
and luminous output.We learned that until the stars are dense and hot 
enough for nuclear fusion they are not true 'stars'. They are weakly 
glowing in infrared by gravity compression, often hidden inside their 
nebula. We also learned that in spite of recent ability to examine all 
wavelengths of EEMR by astrophysical satellites, the HR diagram is 
still plotted only for the visual band of the spectrum. Very cool 
stars, emitting little or no visible radiation are off of the graph. 
When a star ignites its fusion process it settles to a steady-state 
temperature and luminosity, according as its mass, along a band, the 
Main Sequence. Low mass stars are near the bottom of the MS; high, 
top. The temperature determines the radiation output per unit area of 
the star while luminosity is the total output over the whole star. 
Combined these factors give the size, wither area or radius of the 
star. In the HRD size trends from small in the lower left to large at 
the upper right. Stars on the MS radiate by burning hydrogen into 
helium. The energy output comes from conversion of a small fraction of 
hydrogen mass thru the E=mc2 law. For the Sun this amounts to about 4-
1/3 million tons per second. At this rate the Sun's residence on the 
main Sequence is some 8-9 billion years. Eventually the available 
hydrogen runs out and the star shifts to other nuclear methods to 
continue shining. The star's new luminosity and temperature are no 
longer on the MS but usually above and right of it.  The duration of 
MS residence is approximately the fuel supply divided by the rate of 
consumption. Low mass stars have less fuel but also far lower burn 
rate; they live for tens of billions of years. High mass stars have 
lots of fuel but also a ferocious consumption. They last only a few 
million years. In a sample of stars, typicly a cluster, the mass-age 
trend along the MS yields the age of the sample. As the cluster ages, 
the high mass stars leave the MS first, leaving lower mass stars on 
the MS. The HRD shows a turn-off at the age of the next lower mass of 
star will soon leave the MS. Because stars are fundamentally the same 
every where in the universe, the MS of their HRD carries the same 
properties as that for nearby stars. The mass-luminosity-age function 
along it is that same. Fo a group of stars of unknown distance a plot 
of its MS is compared to that of nearby stars. The displacement of the 
two MS lines is the difference between the known luminosity of nearby 
stars and the apparent, dimmer, luminosity of the group. This 
difference with the inverse-square law yields the distance to the 
cluster. We learned that the radiation  now received from a star was 
not created now, 8 or so minutes ago for the Sun. The radiation is 
captured and emitted countless times in a random walk thru the bulk of 
the star until it reaches the surface. This may take millions of 
years. We deduce the workings inside the star by nuclear science 
applied to the information contained in the arriving radiation, 
realizing it is ediurnae by many eons. Takeaways were articles on 
stellar energy production, calculations of energy from the Sun, 
comparison with energy produced by Con Edison by combustion methods, 
HED plots for several star clusters showing the migration of high mass 
stars off from the MS and a plot from a cluster with the MS 
displacement to get its distance. 
    NYC Transit on 2017 February 1 reported on first month of service 
on new 2nd Ave line. Ridership reached 155,000 per weekday, about half 
moving from the adjacent Lexington Avenue and half apparently all-new 
subway riders. Line attaches to yellow line truck in midtown Manhattan 
with many interchanges with other lines. Line is worked by route Q, 
extended uptown from former terminal at 57 St/7 Av. At extra heavy 
traffic hours, some N trains, normally serving the Astoria  line, are 
diverted into 2nd Avenue. 
    This final season of the Ringling Brothers circus as at 11 Feb 
2017 is the busiest in its history! Many shows for March, April, May 
are sold out. Some arenae had to rearrange seating to fit additional 
spectators. So far, the for arenae in NYSkies are already configured 
for maximum seating for the circus. 
    The race for NYC mayor in November 2017 is getting incandescent. 
Incumbent deBlasio is ever more under criminal inquiry that could 
compromise his reelction. Clinton did not yet declare her candidacy 
but has runaway support by Democrats..Clinton forces from the 2016 US 
president campaign are cranking up publicity for her by rallies, news 
exposure, entertainment shows. 
    The  NYSkies Astronomy Seminars in February were treated to pizza 
snacks. For the session of the 3rd Steve Beltzere brang a large pie 
with plates and napkins. Jim Henderson on the 17th, set out a pie with 
soda and cups. All of us at both meetings devoured the snack with 
hearty appreciation. 
    NYSkies Astronomy Seminar on February 17 previewed the spring 
stars of New York. We saw how the monthly drift of stars moves the 
winter stars westward from south and brings up spring stars from the 
east. This was related to the saying, 'March enters like a lion and 
leaves like a lamb'. The animals refer to the winter weather in early 
March and spring weather in the end but why these two particular 
animals? The answer is that Leo, lion, rises, enters, in twilight in 
March and Aries,, lamb, sets, leaves. We examined the tilt of the 
Milky Way from overhead in winter to hugging the horizon in spring. 
The tilt changes the mix of deepsky targets in the sky. Spring is 
dominated by galaxies, including the Virgo and Coma galaxy clusters. 
An other feature of the new Milky Way alignment is the overall dimmer 
stars, making the spring sky 'empty' compared to the winter. The 
brighter stars around the Sun line up along the Milky Way and are 
dragged into the west with it.Separate charts displayed example 
planetary stars of spring, with a full list in an other takeaway. 
After some 25 years of exoplanet study, most observers still neglect 
these stars as specimina to show the public. The planetary stars in 
the highest order bind humans to the cosmos. We can see in our sky the 
star, the sun, of the extrasolar planets. Are the people on those 
planets looking up in their sky at our Sun? We followed the path of 
comet 45P/ Honda-Mrkos, Padaskova. it wasn't a naked-eye comet, but 
visible in binoculars as it skimmed thru Virgo and Leo. Venus 
continues to wow observers.She swells out in size rapidly as she 
swings back toward the Sun in March. Some astronomers are fielding 
inquiries from firends about that beacon of hovering aircraft in 
western twilight. Jupiter rises near midnight in late February, then 
slides into night and evening sky in the spring. We have a Jupiter 
session on March 3rd. Lunar occultations in spring are of Hyades stars 
and Aldebaran, with new ones of Regulus later in spring. A few 
occultations over the City are near the graze limit, where the Moon 
brushes, or grazes, by the star at her north or south limb. Seeing 
these involves a dedicated travel to the limit track on the ground. We 
examined this path for the graze of Aldebaran of March 4-5. The City 
gets a brief covering of the star a the lunar north pole. The path 
passes from Poughkeepsie thru central Connecticut. Takeaways were 
starcharts of spring and the comet, list of deepsky objects for the 
City, list of 2017 occultations, diagrams of March graze of Aldebaran, 
and charts of spring planetary stars. 
    Village of Uley, Gloustershire, UK, on 17 January 2017 renewed 
request for return of its gorilla! it, now in American Museum of 
Natural History's Hall of Primates, was orphaned in 1917  in Africa in 
World War I. After several hands, in1918 RAF Major Robert Penny bought 
him and began to raise him as a human boy named John Daniel. Penny in 
1919 moved John to his aunt's home in Uley. At age 4, after more 
changes of hand, he entered the Ringling Brothers circus. He performed 
there, such as in Madison Sq Garden, until he died in 1921. The Uley 
twonsfolk believed he died from a broken heart. The gorilla's body was 
sold to the Museum, where ut was on display ever since. On & of the 
village asked for John's return, or at least for a visit. 
    I uploaded a new article discussing the early experience with 
Second Avenue subway. It includes some technical details and a track 
map. It's at 'www.nyskies.org/articles/pazmino/2av-open.htm'. 
    My article for observing the aurora from New York was updated in 
February. I replaced the section on photography, written when film was 
he one means of capturing pictures, with one on digital imaging. I 
added new sections on NOAA's web to track geophysical parameters 
relating to aurora activity and on cautions when examining older, 
before digital, illustrations of aurorae. Article is at 
'www.nyskies.org/articles/pazmino/aurorany.htm'. 
    On 2017 Feb 19 ~10h EST a Piper PA-28 airplane crash landed in 
Bayonne NJ. Pilot George Petway steered the plane to a wide street, 
avoiding houses but smashing a few parked cars and ripping down 
electric lines. There were no ground injuries. Petway was hospitalized 
and is working with NTSB and FAA to study the incident. The plane, 
owned by Airborne Flight Services, Farmingdale LI, apparently had 
mechanical trouble while flying near Statue of Liberty. 
    The new raised roadway of Bayonne Bridge opened for traffic at 05h 
EST on 20 February 2017. It at 64-182 meter above Kill van Kull allows 
taller ships to enter ports in Newark and Elizabeth. The old deck was 
45-1/2 meter high. Bridge is open during daylight and then closed at 
night to remove structures associated with lower deck. Bridge should 
be clear for taller ships by yearend 2017. 
    A few NYSkiers sat a talk on February 16, 2017, t 19h EST about 
the new 2nd Av subway.It Metropolitan Engineering Society Council 
hosted it at the DC37 office near WTC. The talk was free, preceded by 
an optional pay dinner. Speaker from NYS MTA explained various 
construction details and problems along the line. A vigorous Q&A 
followed. 
    New cafe' opened in Greenwich Vg MH on early February 2017 for raw 
cooky dough! Do {say 'doh') Cafe' owner Kristen Tomlan wanted a baked 
pastry service but realized he didn't know how to cook. Shop, 50 
LaGuardia Pl, offers the dough in ice-cream style servings and also  
has gluten-free and vegetarian stock.  
    Chuck, the official groundhog for New York, on 2 February 2017 did 
NOT see his shadow. The sky after sunrise was totally cloudy over his 
home at Staten island Zoo. The City will have an early spring -- which 
in face it did thruout February. This year was Chuck's second show. He 
replaced Charlotte, who died after NYC Mayor deBlasio dropped her in 
the 2014 show. Chuck's test for spring was performed in a large glass 
box with a small lift. At 07:30 EST, right after sunrise, the lift 
raised Chuck to eye-level for the shadow inspection with no 
interference from officials or spectators. 
    Whitney Museum, Gansevoort branch, simulated astronaut life in a 
space station. On 2017 February 9-19 several female actors worked and 
lived in a corridor of the museum 90cm X 11m. Show ran 247, included 
with museum admission. Several NYSkiers visited the show.
    In February 2017 NYC MTA converted Verrazano Bridge to all-EZPass 
toll collection. This is part of ongoing project to move all tolls to 
EZPass and end cash payments. On Verrazano tolls are paid at gates on 
Staten Is for double-amount tin only the Brooklyn-Staten Is crossing. 
MTA intended to have one-way tolls at thee gates for crossing in both 
directions, like one its other facilities. In 1965 a federal law 
imposed double-toll-one-way collection that must be revoked by US 
Congress. For now, vehicles can exploit the roll procedure to go from 
NJ to and from NYC and LI for FREE!  They cross Verrazano from SI to 
Bklyn with NO toll. It is presumed they paid double in the Bklyn->SI 
direction. They return to NJ via Holland or Lincoln tunnel on 
Manhattan. These collect double toll in the NJ-Manh direction. Again 
it's presumed the vehicles paid when entering Manhattan. Again there 
is NO toll. MTA, other NYC officials, are agitating for the Verrazano 
toll law to be revoked so tolls are collected each way or double in 
the SI-Bklyn  direction. 

Sky News 
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    January 30, 2017, was the darkest clearest night so far this year. 
Stars to 4-1/2 to 5th magnitude were visible generally all over the 
City after moonset in early night. Venus shined with extra brilliance, 
causing some observers to ask if this was the night of 'greatest 
lighted area'. Lots of small stars spotted in 'the Sea' and empty zone 
between Auriga-Gemini and Ursa Major. Sky clouded over near midnight. 
    A lunar halo minor graced the sky over NYC on February 8, 2017, in 
evening thru night. Moon was shining thru thin clouds. All white 
diffuse border, complete all around the Moon. Some observers were 
surprised that the sky inside the halo was darker than outside, but 
this is a normal aspect of halos. By late night clouds grew too thick 
for the Moon to shine thru. 
    Jupiter entered night sky around midnight in February. Real 
observing season begins in March but some astronomers are inspecting 
the planet now. First blizzard of 2016-2017 winter came to NYSkies in 
predawn of 9 Feb 2017. Snow in NYC fell densely until mid afternoon of 
the 9th leaving ~25cm on ground in Central Pk. Areas outside the City 
got 35-50 cm. Temperatures stayed below 0C for rest of day, causing 
icy road and rail travel conditions. Most snow melted by mid day of 
the 10th under warmer temperatures.. 
    Daylight Savings Time begins on March 12, Sunday, at 02h EST. This 
hour instantly becomes 03h EDST. There is no time from 02:00 th 02:59, 
this hour block is lost until we revert to EST in November. Many 
astronomers stay with Standard Time all year long for their work. 
    Some observers had trouble finding comet Honda-Mrkos-Padashova in 
February 2017. It did fade quickly as it marched thru Leo, in high 
eastern sky at nightfall. Main difficulty seemed to be weak star-
hopping skills and erratic weather. Once found the comet was easy to 
follow until it faded out of reach. 
    Many observers by early Feb 2017 were able to tell that Venus in 
binoculars was not just a point but had dimension. In small scopes she 
presented a candid crescent. Venus is swelling in size and shrinking 
in phase rapidly as she races toward inferior conjunction in march. 
    The last ten days of February 2017 were extra warm, almost summer-
like,. Days alternated between temperatures of high 10Cs spiking to 
21C! Intermediate ddys dipped back to more seasonal 0C to C.