NYC EVENTS FOR MAY 2018 ---------------------- John Pazmino NYSkies Astronomy Inc firstname.lastname@example.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 'email@example.com' because only the current issue is in the website. It is replaced by next month's issue. For events which missed NYC Events, check the NYSkies Yahoogroup forum. Join NYSkies by visiting 'www.nyskies.org/yahoo.htm' and picking either the email or website option. All hours are Eastern Dayulight Savings Time (UT - 4h) . General notes ----------- / '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 -------------------- 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 ------------------------------------------------ -(29) -30 1 2 3 4 5 19:55 6 (7. 8 9 10 11 12 20:03 13 14 .5. 16 17 18 19 20:10 20 .21) 22 23 24 25 26 20:16 27 28 (O29) 30 31 +1 +2 20:22 ------------------------------------------------ Index of Events ------------- * = NASA-JPL Night Sky Network affiliate Date = entry in 'list of events' section '0' = entry in 'ongoing and continuing events' section 'S/O',= entry in 'skipped, Sep/Oct resumption' section 'M/A' = entry in 'skipped, Mar/Apr resumption' secrion // '???' = entry in 'skipped, uncertain resumption' seciton ------- ----------------------------------------------- BROOKLYN - BK *Floyd Bennett Field - - - 18 Secret Science Club - - - 0 CONNECTICUT - CT *A S of Gtr Hartford - - 16 Astro Soc of Greenwich - ??? *Astro Soc of New Haven - 29 Bowman Observatory - - - 2, 16 *Litchfield Hills AAC mtg 11 *Litchfield Hills starvg - 18 *McCarthy Observatory - - 12 New Pond Farm - - - - - - ??? Stamford Observatory - - 4, 11, 18, 25 *Van Vleck Obsy (ASGH) - - 19 Van Vleck Obsy (WU) - - - 2, 9, 16 Western CT St Univ Obsy - 5, 21 *Westport Astro Soc mtg - 15 *Westport Astro Soc starvg 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 ------------------------- Boothe Meml Astro Soc - 203-377-9933, www.facebook.com/Boothe-Memorial-Astronomical-Society LONG ISLAND - LI *Amateur Observers Soc - - 6 Amer Instt Aero & Astro - ??? Astro Soc of Long Island 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Brookhaven National Lab - ??? Cathedral of Incernation 3 Custer Institute - - - - 5, 12, 19, 26 Hofstra Univ Obsy - - - - 6 Montauk Observatory - - - 10 SUNY Stony Brook - - - 4 *Susan Rose Observatory - 5, 12, 19, 26 MANHATTAN - MH *Amat Astro Assn starvwg - 0 *Amat Astro Assn lecture - 4 Amer Musm Natl Hist - - 2 Ctr for Atmosp Ocean Sci 2 Ctr for Science & Society ??? Central Pk (Great Lawn) - 4,5,6,11,12,13,18,19,20,25,26,27 *Columbia Univ Obsy - - - 4 Cornelia Street Cafe' - - 6 Earth Institute - - - - - ??? Fleet Week - - - - - - - 23-29 Good Housekeeping lab - 11 Governor's Island - - - - 1-Oct 31 Gullicar's Gate - - - - - 0 Instt Stud Ancnt World - 3, 10 Intrepid AstroCafe' - - - 18 Intrepid Astro Night - - 11 *Inwood Astronomy Project 5, 12, 19, 26 'Jews in Space' exhibit - 1-early June 'Jews in space' lecture 7 Jupiter Joe Sidewk Astro 0 Manhattanhengee - - - - - 29-31 Memorial Day -- - - - - - 28 Milky Way spring season - 1-June 30 Natl Musm of Mathematics 2 NY Academy of Sciences - ??? NYC-H2O - - - - - - - - - 0 New York Univ Astro - - - 1, 8, 15 *NYSkies Astronomy Seminar 4, 18 omega Centauri challenge 1-31 SciCafe' - - - - - - - - 2 Science & the Arts - - - ??? Simons Foundation - - - - ??? Top of the Lawn - - - - - 4,5,6,11,12,13,18,19,20,25,26,27 TriState computer fair - 0 Urban Park Rangers - - - 0 Weekend Walks - - - - - - 1-mid Dec 2018 World Science Festival - 30-Jun 3 ---------------------------- Ctr for Space Sci Edu - - firstname.lastname@example.org, www.nyccsse.org, 212-608-6164 n METRO-NORTH - NY Lamont-Doherty Obsy - - - 11, 18 Mid-Hudson Astro Assn - - 11 Ramapo Challenger Ctr - - 20 Vassar Coll Obsy - - - - 2 Ward Pound Ridge - - - - 12 Westchester Amat Astro - 4 NEW JERSEY - NJ A A A of Princeton - - - 8 A S of Toms Rv Area - - - ??? *Amat Astro Inc meeting - 4, 11, 25 *Amat Astro Inc lecture - 18 Joint Base centennial - 0 Morris Musm Astro Soc - - 10 New Jersey Astro Assn - - 26 No Jersey Astro Gp mtg - ??? No Jersey Astro Gp starvg ??? Peyton Observarory - - - 9 Plasma Physics Lab - - - 4, 18 Rutgers Univ Astro Collqm S/O Rutgers Univ Astro Semnr S/O *S*T*A*R - - - - - - - - - 3 Schommer Observatory - - 10, 24 *Sheep Hill Astro Assn - - 4 *Sheep Hill Observatory - 18 *Utd Astro Clubs of NJ - - 5, 12, 19, 26 Washington Xing St Pk - - 4, 11, 18, 25 --------------------------- Dark Sky Observers - www.users.nac.net/gburke/club McDowell Obsy - mec.rst2.edu, 201-460-8300 Montclair Telescope Club - 973-948-5284, email@example.com, users.erols.com/njastro/orgs/mtc.hrm NW Jersey Amat Astro - www.nwjaa.org, firstname.lastname@example.org Passaic Co Astro Assn - www.users.nac.net/gburke/PCAA, 973-523-0024 *Raritan Vy Co Coll Plm - www2.raritanval.edu/planetarium Skyland Stargazers - skylandstargazers.tripod.com QUEENS - QN Alley Pond Park - - - - - 19 York College Observatory 9 REST OF WORLD STATEN ISLAND - SI Coll of Staten Is Obsy - ??? Great Kills Park - - - - 19 Staten Is Community TV - 4, 11, 18, 25 THE BRONX - BX ============================= Ongoing and continuing events -------------------------- all day - whole state - NJ - Joint Base centennial shows VARIOUS LOCATIOONS ND TIMES; INQUITR AT CONTACT Thru 2018 Oct 31. 100th annivesaty if Fort Dix and later worls of McGuire AFN and Lakehurst NAS. These are only military facilityies jointly run by all three major branches, army, air force, navy. Events staged at or near bases. Most ree, some pay. www.nj.gov/state/historical/index.html, 609-292-6062, Feedback@sos.nj.gov all day - whole City - MH - cultural tour VARIOUS LOCATIONS AND TIMES; INQUIRE AT CONTACT NYC-H2O. Walk, bike, ride thru history and culture of NYC muwater system facilities and natural waterways in and near the City. Events are pay orfree, adn regn reqd. Bike tours need own bike. www.nych2o.org, email@example.com 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. firstname.lastname@example.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, email@example.com all day - Gullivaer's Gate - MH - cultural exhibit indef duration. 216 W 44 St, 7/8 Av. Opened in mid April 2017 for preview. Miniature models of landmarks and important structures from around the world. Rooms arranged by quarter of world and for New York City. $36, timed ticket, adv regn reqd. Optional cost for stereopint of visitor into figurine placed at desired item in exhibit. www.gulliversgate.com. all day - whole City - MH - cultural tours & lectures VARIOUS PLACES, DATES, HOURS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Urban Park Rangers. Tours of parks, landmarks, nabes, hoods. Lectures on history and culture of NYC. Program varies each month. Free. www.nyc.gov/parks 10:00 - whole City - MH - Tri-State Computer Fair VARIOUS LOCATIONS, GENERALLY ON SUNDAYS Source of computer systems, software, components, accessories. $7. www.tri-statefairs.com, 718-227-5586 20:00 - Bell House - BK - Secret Science Club meeting OCCASIONAL SESSIONS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT 149 7 St, 2/3 Av. Lecture and music on various science topics. Free. secretscienceclub.blogspot.com, 718-638-4400, List of events --------- Tue 1 May all day - VIVO Institt - MH - 'Jews in Space' exhibit Thru early June 2018. Within Ctr for Jewsih Hist buldg, 15 W 16 St, 5/6 Av. Opened Feb 26. Art pieces, photos, books & maps, artifacts from Jewish astronauts and astronomers from 17th century to today. Free, have GI photo ID for campus security. ww.vivo.org, 212-246-6080, firstname.lastname@example.org. all day - Governors Island - MH - cultural shows FERRY IS FREE FOR FIRST WEEK, MAY 1-6, THENAFTER $2 RT Thru 31 Oct. Island is open on every day, 10h-20h weekdayss, 10h-19h weekends. Walk and tour thru former military base and new urban park. Shows vary each day or visit by foot or bike. Ferries run every day 10h-17h from Battery Marine Terml, MH, and on weekdays from Pier 6, BK. Island is free but ferry fare is $2 RT. www.nps.gov/gois, www.govisland.com all day - ehole City - MH - Weekend Walks street fairs VARIOUS LOCATIONS AND DATES; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Thru mid Dec. NYC Dept of Transptn closes certain steets in all boros on Saturdayss for street fairs. Stores and local orgs offer ntertainment, discount sales, exhibits, food service Free. www.nyc.gov/html/dot/weekendwalks/html/home/home.shtml 02:00 - whole City - MH - spring Milky Way season Thru Jun 30. Spring season for sighting Milky Way from within NYC. Requires dark clear sky and thoro knowledge of normal luminous graffiti in sky. Milky Way is in high east sky at about 02:00. www.nyskies.org/articles/pazmino/milky-ny.htm 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/evengts.htm 22:00 - whole City - MH - omega Centauri chaleenge EVENT RESTORED BY READERS REQUEST Thru 31 May. When cluster ome Cen, NGC5128, is on meridian it's about 1 deg alt, yet is observable from within NYC. Requires dark sky and clear horizon. www.nyskies.org/articles/pazmino/51285139.htm. Wed 2 May 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, email@example.com 16:00 - Natl Musm of Mathematics - MH - science show Also 19:00. 'Mathematical Encounters'. Free, adv regn reqd. 212-542-0566, www.momath.org, firstname.lastname@example.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. email@example.com, www.asliclub.org 20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing Westport Astro Soc. Rolnick Obsy. Free. Cancelled for clouds. www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 20:30 - Greenwich - CT - clearsky starviewing Astro Soc of Greenwich. Curtis Elem Schl, Bowman Obsy. Free. Cancelled for clouds. firstname.lastname@example.org, 203-415-6762. , astrogreenwich.org 21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing Vassar College, Observatory. Free. Cancelled for clouds. physicsandastronomy.vassar.edu/observatory.html, 845-437-7340 Thu 3 May 18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecture 15 E 84 St, 5/Madison Av. Various topics on history and culture of ancient civilizations.. Free, adv regn reqd. isaw..nyu.edu email@example.com, 212-992-7842 19:00 - Garden City - LI - dcience lecture Cathedral of the Incarnation. 'Science and faith: The science of the Saint John's Bible'. Freem, adv regn reqd. www.scienceandfaith.eventbrite.com 20:00 - Lincroft - NJ - S*T*A*R meeting Brookdale Commty Coll, Mommouth Museum. Free. www.starastronomy.org, firstname.lastname@example.org Fri 4 May 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 18:15 - Amer Musm Natl Hist - MH - Amat Astro Assn lecture Kaufmann Theater. Free, no musm adm fee. 718-522-5014, email@example.com, www.aaa.org 18:30 - McBurney House - MH - NYSkies Astronomy Seminar DISCUSSION: SUMMER'S GIANT PLANETSJUPITER AND SATURN 125 W 14 St, 6/7 Av. Discussion of astronomy topics, show & tell, skywatching reports, news of astro activity in NYSkies territory. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.nyskies.org 19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting Union Co Coll, Sperry Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.asterism.org, email@example.com 19:30 - Boonton - NJ - Sheep Hill Astro Assn meeting Boonton Senior Ctr. Free. www.sheephillastro.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com 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, firstname.lastname@example.org 19:30 - Pleasantville - NY - Westchester Amat Astro meeting Pace Univ, Miller Hall, Free. www.westchesterastronomers.org, email@example.com 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 20:0:0 - Columbia University - MH - astronomy lecture Pupin Hall, signs to lecture room. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.astro.columbia.edu/outreach, 212-854-3278 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. email@example.com, www.nyskies.org, firstname.lastname@example.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, email@example.com 20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture Stamford Obsy. $3. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. 203-322-6537, www.stamfordmuseum.org, firstname.lastname@example.org Sat 5 May 20:00 - Danbury - CT - astronomy lecture Westn Conn St Uv, Obsy/Plm. Indoor planetarium show, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.wcsu.edu/starwatch, 203-837-8671, email@example.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, firstname.lastname@example.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 - 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, email@example.com, 631-765-2626 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, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see May 4 sun 6 May 13:15 - Uniondale - LI - Amat Obsrs Soc meeting. Hofstra Univ, Berliner Hall. Free. www.aosny.org, email@example.com 18:00 - Cornelia St Cafe' - MH - Entertaining Science show 29 Cornelia St & W 4 St, Play & music on various science themes. $10 + one drink min. www.corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319 20:00 - Uniondale - LI - clearsky starviewing Hofstra University,Berliner Bdg, Rm 117. Free, adv regn reqd. Cancelled for clouds. 516-463-2759, www.hofstra.edu/Academics, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see May 4 Mon 7 May 18:30- VIVO Institt - MH - 'Jews in Space' lecture Within Ctr for Jewsih Hist buldg, 15 W 16 St, 5/6 Av. Astronaut Jefrey Hoffman & Dr Valerie Neal discuss history of Jewish activity in astronomy and space science. $15, adv regn reqd. Have GI photo ID for campus security. ww.vivo.org, 212- 246-6080, email@example.com. Tue 8 May 14:00 - New York University - MH - astronomy lecture - see May 1 15:00 - Upton - LI - science lecture Brookhaven Natl Lab, Bldg 510. 'The cosmic microwave background and how it keeps on revealing more about the universe'. Free, have GI photo ID for campus security. 631-344-2651, www.bnl.gov/physics/evnts 19:30 - Princeton - NJ - Amat Astro Assn of Princeton meeting Princeton U, Peyton Hall. Free. www.princetonastronomy.org, 609-737-2575, firstname.lastname@example.org Wed 9 May 20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see may 2 20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing - see May 2 20:00 - York College - QN - astronomy lecture . Core Academic Bdg, Rm AC-2E01. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. Free, adv regn reqd. 718-262-2082, www.york.cuny.edu/centers-institutes/observatory, email@example.com 20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see May 2 20:30 - Princeton - NJ - clearsky starviewing Princeton Univ, Peyton Hall. Free. Cancelled for clouds www.astro.princeton.edu/observatory/publicobserving.php,//, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com Thu 10 May 18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecture - see May 3 19:30 Sag Harbor - LI - astronomy lecture Montauk Obsy, John Jemian Meml Liby.. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.montaukobservatory.com 19:30 - Morristown - NJ - Morris Museum Astro Soc meeting Morris Museum. Free. 973-386-1848, 973-386-1848,, www.mmastrosociety.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org Fri 11 May 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, email@example.com 11:00 - Palisades - NY - science lecture Lamont-Doherty Earth Obsy, Comer Bldg. Various topics in geophysics and earth science. Free, 845-365-8634, www.ldeo.columbia.edu, firstname.lastname@example.org, 19:00 - Lk Taghkanic St Pk - NY - clearsky starviewing Mid-Hudson Astro Assn. West Beach parking lot. Free, cancelled for clouds. Adv regn reqd with vehicle make, model, plate number for park security. ` www.nidgudsonastronomy.org 19:30 - Intrepid Museum - MH - astronomy lecture Flight deck of ship. Indoor/open air lecture, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.intrepidmuseum.org 19:30 - Torrington - CT - Litchfield Hills Amat Astro Club mtg Central Congregational Church. Free.email@example.com lhastro.org 19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see May 4 19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - see may 4 20;00 - Wash'n X'ing - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see May 4 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see May 4 20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see May 4 Sat 12 May 20:00 - New Milford - CT - astronomy lecture McCarthy Obsy, New Miford HS. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.mccarthyobservatory.org, 860-354-1595, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - Ward Pound Ridge - NY - clearsky starviewing Westchester Amat Astro. Meadows Picnic Area. Free. Cancelled for clouds. email@example.com www.westchesterastronomers.org, 20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see May 5 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see May 4 20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg - see may 5 20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing - see May 5 20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing - see may 5 Sun 13 May 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see May 4 Tue 15 May 14:00 - New York University - MH - astronomy lecture - see May 1 20:00 - Westport - CT - Westport Astro Soc meeting Rolnick Obsy. Free. www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 Wed 16 May 19:30 - New Brittain - CT - Astro Soc of Gtr Hartford meeting Central CT St Univ, Copernicus Plm. Free. www.asgh.org, 860-872-9069, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see may 2 20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing - see May 2 20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see May 2 20:30 - Greenwich - CT - clearsky starviewing - see May 2 Fri 18 May 10:00 - Princeton - NJ - science tour - see May 4 11:00 - Palisades - NY - science lecture - see May 11 18:30 - McBurney House - MH - NYSkies Astronomy Seminar / DISCUSSION: BLACKHOLES, BACKDOOR TO EINSTEIN'S RELATIVITY 125 W 14 St, 6/7 Av. Discussion of astronomy topics, show & tell, skywatching reports, news of astro activity in NYSkies territory. Free. email@example.com, www.nyskies.org 19:30 - Intrepid Museum - MH - AstroCafe' lecture Flight deck of ship. Indoor/open air lecture, clearsky starviewing. Food & drink service, bar drinks sold only to 21+ YO. Free. www.intrepidmuseum.org 19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see May 4 20:00 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc lecture Union Co Coll, Smith Audm. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.asterism.org 20:00 - Floyd Bennett Field - BK - clearsky starviewing Community Garden. NYSKies & Natl Park Svc. Free. Cancelled for clouds. www.nyskies.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com 20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see May 4 20;00 - Wash'n X'ing - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see May 4 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see May 4 20:30 - Litchfield - CT - Litchfield Hills A A C lecture White Meml Consrvn Ctr. Free. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. lhaac.shutterfly.com, firstname.lastname@example.org lhastro.org 20:30 - Boonton - NJ - clearsky starviewing Sheep Hill Astro Assn Obsy, Free. Cancelled for clouds. sheephillastro.otg, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Sat 19 May 19:30 - Alley Pond Park - QN - clearsky starviewing Alley Pond Enviro Ctr. $14 at door. Cancelled for clouds. www.alleypond.org, email@example.com, 718-229-4000 20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing Astro Soc of Gtr Hartford, Wesleyan U, Van Vleck Obsy. Free. Cancelled for clouds. www.asgh.org, 860-872-9069, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - Great Kills Pk - SI - clearsky starviewing Natl Pk Svc. Enter at Hylan Bv to playground; Free. Cancelled for clouds. www.nps.gov/gate, 718-987-6790 n 20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see May 5 20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing - see may 5 20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg - see may 5 20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing - see May 5 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see May 4 Sun 20 May 14:00 - Airmont - NY - science show Ramapo Challenger Ctr, 225 Rt 29. Multimedia imulation of space missions. $20. wwwlhvcc.com, email@example.com, 845-257-3416. 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see May 4 Wed 23 May all day - whole City - MH - Fleet Week show VARIOUS LOCATIONS AND HOURS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Thru 29 May. Dozens of navy ships from several countries dock in NYC for tours and visits. Demos ofair-sea operations a various places in City. Exhibts at Intrepid Museum. Free, possible limited room or long waits. Local news media, www.militarynews.com/app/fleetweknewyork 20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see may 2 20:00 - Danbury - CT - astronomy lecture - see May 5 20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see May 2 Thu 24 May 20:30 - Piscataway - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see May 10 Fri 25 May 19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - see may 4 19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see May 4 20;00 - Wash'n X'ing - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see May 4 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see May 4 20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see May 4 Sat 26 May 20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see May 5 20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg - see may 5 20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing - see may 5 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see May 4 20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing - see May 5 20:30 - Voorhees St Pk - NJ - NJ Astro Assn meeting NJAA-HQ, Robinson Obsy. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.njaa.org, 908-368-8600 Sun 27 May 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see May 4 all day - whole City - MH - Memorial Day Please check with event contact for session falling on this day by rule or outdated schedule c Tue 29 May 19:00 - New Haven - CT - Astro Soc of New Haven meeting Yale Univ, Leitner Family Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.asnh.org, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - gridiron - MH - Manhattanhenge Thru 31 May. Sun sets in line with E-W streets within Manhattan gridiron. Requires clear view along street to horizon in NJ. www.nyskies.org/articles/pazmino/stone-ny.htm wed 30 May all day - whole City - MH - World Science Festival VARIOUS LOCATIONS AND HOURS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Thru Sun 3 Jun. Lectures, shows, performances, exhibits for all sciences. Some events are free, some pay. Many concurrent events in different locations. www.worldsciencefestival.com, email@example.com 20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see may 2 20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see May 2 Events Skipped This Month ----------------------- EVENT MAY RESUME AT DIFFERENT PLACE OR HOUR; INQUIRE AT CONTACT -------------------------------------- -------------------------------------- [S/O] SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER RESUMPTION OF ACTIVITY -------------------------------------- 13:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture Seminar series. Rutgers Univ, Serin 401. Free. 732-445-3974, www.physics.rutgers.edu/ast/seminar 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 -------------------------------------- [???] UNCERTAIN RESUMPTION OF ACTIVITY -------------------------------------- 15:30 - Greenwich - CT - Astro Soc of Greenwich meeting Greenwich Public Library. Free with musm adm. firstname.lastname@example.org, 203-415-6762, astrogreenwich.org 17:00 - Simons Foundation - MH - scinece lecture 160 5 Av & 21 St. 'How and why Mercury is different from its sibling rocky planets?'. Free, adv regn reqd. 646-654-0066, ww.simonsfoundation.org 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 - Uniondale - LI - Amer Instt Aero & Astro lecture Hofstra Univ. Breslin Hall. Various topics in aeronautics and astronautics. 'Nars sample return missiOn'. Free, optional $5 pizza-soda. 516-458-8593, email@example.com 18:00 - Earth Institute - MH - science lecture Columbnia Univ, Lerner Hall, Arledge Audm.. 'Sea level rise: Causes, impacts and options for solutions'. Free, adv regn reqd. ei.columbia.edu 18:30 - 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, 19:00 - Toms River - NJ - Astro Soc of Toms Rv Area meeting Ocean Co Coll, Student Ctr, Solar Lounge. Free. www.astra-nj.org, 732-255-0343, firstname.lastname@example.org 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, email@example.com, 19:00 - NY Academy of Sciences - MH - astronomy lecture 'The unification of physics: The ques for a Theory of 20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - clearsky starviewing No Jersey Astro Gp. Montclair St Univ, Richardson Hall. Free, cancelled for clouds. njastro.org, 973-655-7266, 20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - No Jersey Astro Gp meeting Montclair St Univ, Richardson Hall, Room 232. Free. njastro.org, 973-655-7266 20:30 - West Reading - CT - clearsky starviewingh New Pond Farm, obseratory. $10, adv regn reqd. , cancelled for clouds. www.newpondfarm.org, 203-938-2117, D[ISCUSSION OF NEW YORK ASTRONOMY OMITTED FROM PRELIMINARY EDITION] General news ---------- We welcome back Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association, which seemed dormant for a couple years. It overhauled its web and runs monthly clearsky starviewing. See under May 11. Amateur Observers Society opens in May 2018 new starviewing location, Sagamore Hill museum. Initial program has monthly public sessions and occasional for in-house observing. Events are included in AOS entry in 'ongoing and continuous events'. Intrepid Museum starts in May new starviewing series 'AstroCafe'' on ship's deck. It offers food and drink and requires guests to be at least 21 years old. I list this series separately from Intrepis regularized Astronomy Nights which have no age limits. We welcome on board NW Jersey Amateur Astronomers, Blairstown NJ. It doesn't post a schedule of events but notifies members of them by email.I list the club 'under the line' in the New Jersey section. I skipped the omega Centauri challenge in April's NYC Events because in recent years there were no good reports of seeing this globular cluster from the City. At NEAF several observers from outside the City inquired about the project and described their efforts. I'm restoring the challenge in this edition, altho twilight will interfere by mid May. Westchester Amateur Astronomers moved from its own web to a Facebook page. The old web address redirects to it. It times out after about a minute, then blocks the screen with a log-on panel. 'Jews in space' exhibit is extended into early June, with a major lecture about it on May 7th. Lecture requires an advance purchase ticket for $15; exhibit is free. City News ------- Several NYSkiers sat the series of four lectures on Babylonian astronomy in late March-early April 2018. They were at Institute for Study of the Ancient World and detailed the social and historical factors that maintained the astronomy work for two thousand years. NYSkies exhibited at both Earth Fay, 2018 April 15, and NEAF, April 21-22. Jim Henderson and John Pazmino crewed our booth for both events. We fielded about 500 visitors at Earth Day in Union Sq MH under chillywindy cloudy skies, with rain falling near end of the show. We attracted about the same at NEAF, SUNY Rockland, Suffern NY. Some visitors at each were surprised to learn of our meetings in so central a location, only a few hundred meters from their homes or offices. NYS MTA launched on 23 April 2018 'Bus action' plan to rebuild NYC bus grid. It, among other items,may by 2020: * Realign bus routes for more efficient district coverage * Acquire new buses to replace old obsolete models * Place more bus shelters citywide * Install digital info-panels at shelters * provide curbside fare payment for all routes * Extend hours for short-service routes * Shift bus stops for easier transfer among routes MTA earlier in April rolled out new double-deck buses on certain express routes in Staten Island. NYSkies Astronomy Seminar on 2018 april 6 brang us back to an almost-lost pleasure of watching artificial Earth satellites. We reviewed the story of the erly Sputniks and Explorers and Vanguard, comapring them with modern ones. For one factor, the old satellites had short-loved batteries or deficient solar cells, leaving them to be tracked oprticly. Home astronomers were called into service to eatch these moons, mark their paths on star maps, time meridian crossings, all to monitor their orbit changes due to air drag and irregular garvity. Optical tracking was the way to catch secret or unannounced Russian satellites. Home astronomers learned astrodynamics during this era, 1950s-1960s to calculate orbits and explore Kepler and Newton physics. All maths were done by hand with slide-ruler, log and trig tables, graphical methods. With satellite orbits changing on time scale of says, obtaining addiurnate orbit elements was difficult without access to rapid comms. We relied on kindly family or friends to avail of comms at school or office. By the late 1970s home computers came into use, allowing software to do the calcs and output text information about the path of te satellite in the sky. dsiplayed graphics were crude, yet helpful to visualize the moon's arc thru the constellations. The first softwares were type-in code printed in computer magazines, there being no commercial software yet. By the 1980s home computers improved with ability to transpond with each other thru the telephone mains. An author wrote software, saved it as a file, then let others call into his computer to download it. The prime database of satellites is maintained by the US Space Command, starting in the 1950s as NORAD . The data for each satellite was at first carried in punch cards, two per object and are still called today 'NORAD elements' or 'two-line elements' A simpler set is abstracted for radio enthusiasts resembling more closely the classical orbit elements of astronomy. Thee are the 'keplerian elements'. Both databases are fixed-field layout, ready for use in satellite tracking softwares. The opening on Internet for public use in the 1990s moved space agencies and companies to post satellite information in their webs, including current and archived satellite orbit elements. By the 21st century the number of satellites deployed grew into scores per year from a dozen or so countries. The large number, plus the end of the First Cold War, eroded interest in satellite watching among home astronomers. We now tend to follow special ones, like the Shuttle, Mir, ISS, Tiangong, which are/were bright and obvious in the sky. We look for 'flares' or 'flashes' from moons with large solar panels or flat antennae, mainly those in the Iridium series. We can watch geostationary moons by inspecting the starfield they sit in. At 10th of so magnitude they look like field stars. As the star background shifts from diurnal rotation, the satellite stay still in the telescope. Optical observation of satellites is done in twilight, before sunrise or after sunset. The satellite is high enough to be in sunlight while the ground and sky are dark. Within full night the moon is in the Earth's shadow and invisible. Takeaways were historical articles on satellites, examples of NORAD files, sample pages from satellite webs, plots of orbit changes from air drag and thruster boosts, chart of the Tiangong-1 recent fall out of orbit. A fire broke out in Trump Tower on 7 April 2018, morning. FDNY contained it to apartment 50C, where resident Todd Brassner died. Six firefighters took minor injuries. Smoke filtered to higher floors with no injuries among other tenants. Fire apparently was electrical fault in a utility closet. I was blessed with an ancient article I wrote in the 1970s at NEAF on A2018 April 21. Joe Rao, eclipse chaser and Space.com columnist, left at NYSkies booth a copy of a piece he preserved 'Solar eclipses of the twentieth century' listing all the eclipses, the Saros intervals between them, and a map of eclipses within 200km of Brooklyn. altho the copy was made from a faded original, it is legible. I mounted it in a cover for protection. A 'tiger' was running around in Washington Hts MH on 2018 April 12. It was first seen by locals at ~08:30 EDST at 166 St & St Nicholas Av. The animal was really a large racoon, probably from one of the nearby parks.Police quickly captured the racoon and City's animal control office put it to sleep.. NYSkies Astronomy Seminar on May 20, 2018, was a short one to allow sleep for the next day's trip to NEAF in early morning.We studied the two main observing programs for spring-cummer, Manhattanhenge and Milky Way. See under may 1st.) We explored the structure of the Milky Way galaxy and how it shows as a band across the sky. We learned how, for example, the location of open clusters varies with the alignment of the Milky Way. In spring nightfall the Milky Way hugs the west horizon. Open clusters in it lost in thick air and residual twilight. The rest of the sky has far fewer open clusters away from te MW. The MW is almost never seen by eye from within New York City but once in a while the brightest patches shine thru dimly. These are in the 'summer' sergment, in high sky in spring owl hours. We have two possible chances to see the MW, in May-June and Sep-Nov. these months are the transition between cloudy overly cold winter and hazy humid overly hot summer. Both offer the best chances of clean dark sky to let the MW shine thru.Because at this time many local lights are turned off and the observer had many hours to build up night vision, the spring season for seeing the Milky Way is likely the better of the two. We learned about false sightings, like of lights reflected from low thin haze. The acid test is that thee suspected parch is actually in the ME band and it moves with the stars over time.Success is frankly iffy. It depends heavily on observer preparation and localized influences on the sky. Complete knowledge of the sky's normal illuminations is essential, as it is for spotting aurorae. Manhattanhenge comes twice each year, May 29-31 and July 9- 11. We saw that our June 1 Seminar is only one day late but it is a good time to watch the Stonehenge sunset touch down a little off center. We reviewed the shift of sunset point with season, noting the Manhattanhenge is 20 days before and after the summer solstice. A long sightline in a cross-street is best to get the Stonehenge effect. The ideal view has the wedge or notch of skyscrapers is 1/2 to 2/3 degree wide, snugly holding the setting Sun. We recalled several previous Manhattanhenges, like a few we watched outside our room in 14th street, and offered suggestions for favorable viewing places.Watching the setting Sun can be hazardous. it may distract from minding the surrounds, specially when standing in mid traffic on a cross-street. it can be dazzling, dangerous as if looking into a partial solar eclipse. Takaways were diagrams and depictions of spiral galaxies, location of the major segments of MW around the Sun's place in our galaxy. charts of MW alignment in the sky by season, simulated view of MW from the City. Jose' Campos survived a lightning strike on 2018 April 16. He was outside handling metal cables at Roman Stone Construction Co, Bayshore LI during the day's strong thunderstorm. At ~10:00 lightning hit the ground ~6m away. The electric flowed thru his feet, the cables, and his arm. Campos was knocked out and cowoekers called for medics. Campos recovered fully. Sky News ------ On 1 April 2018 more snow came to NYSkies@ In late night flakes fluttered down, By dawn of April 2 they increased to a full-blown snowfall, covering the City with 12cm by mid afternoon. Warm temperatures at night and into the 3rd melted the snow. Tiangogn-1 dropped out of orbit on 2018 April 2 ~06:16 EDST. Fall was expected for the 1st with leeway of several hours, meaning the ground point was any where along the craft's final laps of Earth. The fall was in Pacific ocean east of Australia near the southern solstice point of orbit. First reports note that probably the entire vehicle burned up with no large pieces reaching the water. NYSkies finished it 2018 Globe at Night program in April with mostly hazy or cloudy sky. GaN continues all year with other target constellations, but we stay with just Orion. This still gives us a six-month run in evening, Nov-Apr. A weak parhelion dextrum gloated over parts of Manhattan on 2018 April 6 late afternoon. i hoped it would persist to let our Seminar admire it. It faded away at about 18h, a bit too early. In early-mid May 2018 Venus floats thru Taurus and Gemini, passing by many bright stars. She continues to grow larger in angular size but is still in a thick gibbous phase. At nightfall she stands almost opposite Jupiter, then rising in southeast. Both parhelia shined thru thin clouds over northern New Jersey on 2018 April 21 late afternoon. They were large glowballs on each side of the Sun with no internal details. They persisted but were slowly snuffed out as clouds thickened toward sunset. No reports at issue time from any one at NEAF observing them. A huge solar coronal ejection was aimed toward Earth on 9-13 April 2018, with hope of generating northern lights over NYSkies.Sky over whole week was cloudy or hazy, smothering any aurora that may have occurred. Jupiter enters the evening sky in early May; saturn, late May. Jupiter this year is slowly gaining on Saturn. Their separation decreases into 2019 in climax in a grand conjunction in 2020. Jupiter- Saturn conjunctions come at 19-20 year intervals and this coming one will be my own FOURTH that I witnessed.