NYC EVENTS FOR MARCH 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 from March 1 thru March 10 are Eastern Standard Time (UT - 5h). All hours from March 11 and out 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 ------------------------------------------------ -25 -26 -27 -28 (1) 2 3 17:50 EST 4 5 6 7 8 (9. 10 18:57 EDST 11 12 13 14 15 16 .17. 19:05 EDST 18 19 20 21 22 23 .24) 19:12 EDST 25 26 27 28 29 30 (31) 19:20 EDST ------------------------------------------------ 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 - - - 23 Secret Science Club - - - 0 CONNECTICUT - CT *A S of Gtr Hartford - - - 21 Astro Soc of Greenwich - 11 *Astro Soc of New Haven - 27 Bowman Observatory - - - 7, 21 *Litchfield Hills AAC mtg 9 *Litchfield Hills starvg - 16 *McCarthy Observatory - - 10 New Pond Farm - - - - - - 10 Stamford Observatory - - 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 *Van Vleck Obsy (ASGH) - - 24 Van Vleck Obsy (WU) - - - 21, 28 Western CT St Univ Obsy - 10, 24 *Westport Astro Soc mtg - 13 *Westport Astro Soc starvg 7, 14, 21, 28 ------------------------- Boothe Meml Astro Soc - 203-377-9933, www.facebook.com/Boothe-Memorial-Astronomical-Society LONG ISLAND - LI *Amateur Observers Soc - - 4 Amer Instt Aero & Astro - 22 Astro Soc of Long Island 7, 14, 21, 28 Brookhaven National Lab - ??? Custer Institute - - - - 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Hofstra Univ Obsy - - - - 4 Montauk Observatory - - - 9, 16 SUNY Stony Brook - - - 2 *Susan Rose Observatory - 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 MANHATTAN - MH *Amat Astro Assn starvwg - 0 *Amat Astro Assn lecture - 2 Amer Musm Natl Hist - - 7 Ctr for Atmosp Ocean Sci M/A Ctr for Science & Society ??? Central Pk (Great Lawn) - 2,3,4,9,10,11,16,17,18,23,24,25,30,31 *Columbia Univ Obsy - - - 9, 23 Cornelia Street Cafe' - - 4 Daylight Savings Time - - 11 Earth Institute - - - - - ??? flu season - - - - - - - 0 Globe at Night - - - - - 8-17 Good Housekeeping lab - 9 Gullicar's Gate - - - - - 0 Instt Stud Ancnt World - 8, 20, 29 *Inwood Astronomy Project 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 'Jews in Space' exhibit - 1-early May 2018 Jupiter Joe Sidewk Astro 0 Natl Musm of Mathematics 7 NY Academy of Sciences - ??? NYC-H2O - - - - - - - - - 0 NYC Sci & Engg Fair - - - 4 New York Univ Astro - - - 6, 13, 20, 27 *NYSkies Astronomy Seminar 2, 16 Pi Day - - - - - - - - - 14 SciCafe' - - - - - - - - 7 Science & the Arts - - - ??? Simons Foundation - - - - 28 Top of the Lawn - - - - - 2,3,4,9,10,11,16,17,18,23,24,25,30,31 TriState computer fair - 0 Urban Park Rangers - - - 0 ---------------------------- Ctr for Space Sci Edu - - firstname.lastname@example.org, www.nyccsse.org, 212-608-6164 n METRO-NORTH - NY Lamont-Doherty Obsy - - - 2, 9, 23, 30 Ramapo Challenger Ctr - - 18 Vassar Coll Obsy - - - - 7, 28 Ward Pound Ridge - - - - 17 Westchester Amat Astro - 2 NEW JERSEY - NJ A A A of Princeton - - - 13 A S of Toms Rv Area - - - ??? *Amat Astro Inc meeting - 2, 9, 23, 30 *Amat Astro Inc lecture - 16 Joint Base centennial - 0 Morris Musm Astro Soc - - 8 New Jersey Astro Assn - - M/A No Jersey Astro Gp mtg - 14 No Jersey Astro Gp starvg 1, 15, 22, 29 Peyton Observarory - - - 14 Plasma Physics Lab - - - 2, 16 Rutgers Univ Astro Collqm 21, 28 Rutgers Univ Astro Semnr 15 *S*T*A*R - - - - - - - - - 1 Schommer Observatory - - 8, 15 *Sheep Hill Astro Assn - - 2 *Sheep Hill Observatory - 16 *Utd Astro Clubs of NJ - - M/A Washington Xing St Pk - - M/A --------------------------- 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 Passaic Co Astro Assn www.users.nac.net/gburke/PCAA, 973-523-0024 *Raritan Vy Co Coll Plm - www2.raritanval.edu/planetarium Skyland Stargazers - - - skylandstargazers.tripod.com QUEENS - QN Alley Pond Park - - - - - 24 York College Observatory 14 REST OF WORLD STATEN ISLAND - SI Coll of Staten Is Obsy - M/A Great Kills Park - - - - 17 Staten Is Community TV - 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 THE BRONX - BX ============================= Ongoing and continuing events -------------------------- all day - whole City - MH - flu season Indefinite duration. 2017-2018 season for flu illness is more severe than pervious years. NYSkies land as at late January 2018 has about double the cases and larger portion of cases needing special medical attention. Symptoms resemble normal flu but can quickly turn serious if not cared for. It's best to consult health service soonest after catching a flu-like illness rather than treating it like in prior years. Details at local health agencies and medical provider.. all day - whole state - NJ - Joint Base centennial shows VARIOUS LOCATIOONS ND TIMES; INQUITR AT CONTACT Thru 2018 Oct 31. 100th annivesaty if Fort Dix and later worls of McGuire AFN and Lakehurst NAS. These are only military facilityies jointly run by all three major branches, army, air force, navy. Events staged at or near bases. Most ree, some pay. www.nj.gov/state/historical/index.html, 609-292-6062, Feedback@sos.nj.gov all day - whole City - MH - cultural tour VARIOUS LOCATIONS AND TIMES; INQUIRE AT CONTACT NYC-H2O. Walk, bike, ride thru history and culture of NYC muwater system facilities and natural waterways in and near the City. Events are pay orfree, adn regn reqd. Bike tours need own bike. www.nych2o.org, firstname.lastname@example.org all day - whole City - MH - clearsky starviewing VARIOUS PLACES, DATES, HOURS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Amat Astro Assn. Sessions convene in parks usually at dusk. Occasional daytime sunviewing. Free. Cancelled for clouds. email@example.com, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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 --------- Thu 1 Mar all day - VIVO Institt - MH - 'Jews in Space' exhibit Thru early May 2018. Within Ctr for Jewsih Hist buldg, 15 16 St, 5/6 Av. Opened Feb 26.Art pirvrs, photos, boolls & maps, artifacts from hewish astronautsd astronomers from 17th century to today. Free, have GI photo ID for campus security. ww.vivo.or, 212-246-6080, email@example.com. 20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - clearsky starviewing No Jersey Astro Gp. Montclair St Univ, Richardson Hall. Free, cancelled for clouds. njastro.org, 973-655-7266, 20:00 - Lincroft - NJ - S*T*A*R meeting Brookdale Commty Coll, Mommouth Museum. Free. www.starastronomy.org, firstname.lastname@example.org Fri 2 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 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, email@example.com, 18:15 - Amer Musm Natl Hist - MH - Amat Astro Assn lecture Kaufmann Theater. Free, no musm adm fee. 718-522-5014, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.aaa.org 18:30 - McBurney House - MH - NYSkies Astronomy Seminar DISCUSSION: THE SPRING TRANSISTION STARS 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 19:00 19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting Union Co Coll, Sperry Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.asterism.org, firstname.lastname@example.org 19:30 - Stony Brook - LI - astronomy lecture SUNY Stony Brook, Earth & Spc Sci Hall. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.ess.sunysb.edu/astro, 631-632-8100, email@example.com 19:30 - Pleasantville - NY - Westchester Amat Astro meeting Pace Univ, Miller Hall, Free. www.westchesterastronomers.org, firstname.lastname@example.org 19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show 100 Cable Way, Mariners Hr SI. 'Geology forum' Live audience, seating at 19:30, on air at 20:00. Free. www.sictv.org, 718-727-1414 19:30 - Boonton - NJ - Sheep Hill Astro Assn meeting Boonton Senior Ctr. Free. www.sheephillastro.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.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. email@example.com, www.nyskies.org, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture Stamford Obsy. $3. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. 203-322-6537, www.stamfordmuseum.org, email@example.com Sat 3 Mar 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 - Inwood Hill Park - MH - clearsky starviewing OCCASIONAL EXTRA SESSIONS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Inwood Astronomy Project. Meet at park entrance, Seaman Av & Isham St. Free. Cancelled for clouds. 917-529-2359 www.inwoodastronomy.org, email@example.com 20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting OCCASIONAL EXTRA EVENTS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Custer Instt. Indoor program, clearsky starviewing. $5-$15. Varies with program. www.custerobservatory.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 631-765-2626 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 2 Sun 4 Mar 13:15 - Uniondale - LI - Amat Obsrs Soc meeting. Hofstra Univ, Berliner Hall. Free. www.aosny.org, email@example.com 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, firstname.lastname@example.org 18:00 - Uniondale - LI - clearsky starviewing Hofstra University,Berliner Bdg, Rm 117. Free, adv regn reqd. Cancelled for clouds. 516-463-2759, www.hofstra.edu/Academics, 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 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 2 Tue 6 Mar 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 Wedd 7 Mar 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 19:00 - 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 19:00 - Natl Musm of Mathematics - MH - science show 'Mathematical Encounters'. Free, adv regn reqd. 212-542-0566, www.momath.org, email@example.com 20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting Vanderbilt Plm. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing Vassar College, Observatory. Free. Cancelled for clouds. physicsandastronomy.vassar.edu/observatory.html, 845-437-7340 Thu 8 Mar 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 email@example.com, 212-992-7842 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 20:00 - whole CIty - MH - Globe at Night exercise Thru Mar 17 NYSkies runs its own GLOBE at Night exercise in December while Orion is in sky at nightfall. Same method and procedure as for prior years for documenting sky transparency over City. Details at www.nyskies.org/gannyc.htm 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 9 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, email@example.com 11:00 - Palisades - NY - science lecture - see Mar 2 19:00- 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 19:00 Montauk - LI - astronomy lecture Montauk Obsy, Montauk Library. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.montaukobservatory.com 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 Mar 2 19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - see Mar 2 20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Mar 2 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 2 Sat 10 Mar 18:00 - Danbury - CT - astronomy lecture Westn Conn St Uv, Obsy/Plm. Indoor planetarium show, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.wcsu.edu/starwatch, 203-837-8671, firstname.lastname@example.org 19:00 - West Reading - CT - clearsky starviewingh New Pond Farm, obseratory. $10, adv regn reqd. , cancelled for clouds. www.newpondfarm.org, 203-938-2117, email@example.com 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 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Mar 3 20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 3 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 2 20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 3 Sun 11 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. 15:30 - Greenwich - CT - Astro Soc of Greenwich meeting Greenwich Public Library. Free with musm adm. email@example.com, 203-415-6762, astrogreenwich.org 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 2 Tue 13 Mar 14:00 - New York University - MH - astronomy lecture - see Mar 6 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 20:00 - Westport - CT - Westport Astro Soc meeting Rolnick Obsy. Free. www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 Wed 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 - 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 19:30 - 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 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 7 20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 7 Thu 15 Mar 13:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture Seminar series. Rutgers Univ, Serin 401. Free. 732-445-3974, www.physics.rutgers.edu/ast/seminar 20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - clearsky starviewing - se Mar 1 20:30 - Piscataway - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 8 Fri 16 Mar 10:00 - Princeton - NJ - science tour - see Mar 2 18:30 - McBurney House - MH - NYSkies Astronomy Seminar DISCUSSION: THE PERIHELIC OPPOSITION OF MARS 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 19:00 Beidgehampton - LI - astronomy lecture Montauk Obsy, south Shore Natl Hist Musm. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.montaukobservatory.com 19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Mar 2 20:00 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc lecture Union Co Coll, Smith Audm. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.asterism.org 20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Mar 2 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 2 20:30 - Boonton - NJ - clearsky starviewing Sheep Hill Astro Assn Obsy, Free. Cancelled for clouds. sheephillastro.otg, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:30 - Litchfield - CT - Litchfield Hills A A C lecture White Meml Consrvn Ctr. Free. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. lhaac.shutterfly.com, email@example.com lhastro.org Sat 17 Mar 20:00 - Ward Pound Ridge - NY - clearsky starviewing Westchester Amat Astro. Meadows Picnic Area. Free. Cancelled for clouds. firstname.lastname@example.org www.westchesterastronomers.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 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 3 20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Mar 3 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 2 20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 3 Sun 18 Mar 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 Mar 2 Tue 20 Mar 14:00 - New York University - MH - astronomy lecture - see Mar 6 18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecture - aee Mar 8 Wed 21 Mar 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 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 - see Mar 7 20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 7 Wed 21 Mar 19:00 - Greenwich - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 7 19:30 - New Brittain - CT - Astro Soc of Gtr Hartford meeting Central CT St Univ, Copernicus Plm. Free. www.asgh.org, 860-872-9069, firstname.lastname@example.org Thu 22 Mar 18:00 - Bethpage - LI - Amer Instt Aero & Astro lecture Bethpage Publ Liby. Various topics i naeronautics and astronautics. 'Nars sample return missiOn'. Free, optional $5 pizza-soda. 516-458-8593, email@example.com 20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - clearsky starviewing - se Mar 1 Fri 23 Mar 11:00 - Palisades - NY - science lecture - see Mar 2 19:00- Columbia University - MH - astronomy lecture - see Mar 9 19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - see Mar 2 19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Mar 2 20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Mar 2 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 2 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 Sat 24 Mar 18:00 - Danbury - CT - astronomy lecture - see Mar 10 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 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 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Mar 3 20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 3 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 2 20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 3 Sun 25 Mar 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 2 Tue 57 Mar 19:00 - New Haven - CT - Astro Soc of New Haven meeting Yale Univ, Leitner Family Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky Tue 27 Mar 14:00 - New York University - MH - astronomy lecture - see Mar 6 tarviewing. Free. www.asnh.org, firstname.lastname@example.org Wed 28 Mar 16:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture - see Mar 21 17:00 - Simons Foundation - MH - scinece lecture 160 5 Av & 21 St. 'Pnserving the birth of the universe'. Free, adv regn reqd. 646-654-0066, ww.simonsfoundation.org 20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 21 20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see Mar 7 20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 7 21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 7 Thu 29 Mar 18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecture - aee Mar 8 20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - clearsky starviewing - se Mar 1 Fri 30 Mar 11:00 - Palisades - NY - science lecture - see Mar 2 19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - see Mar 2 19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Mar 2 20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Mar 2 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 2 Sat 31 Mar 20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Mar 3 20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 3 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 2 20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 3 vents Skipped This Month ----------------------- EVENT MAY RESUME AT DIFFERENT PLACE OR HOUR; INQUIRE AT CONTACT -------------------------------------- [M/A] MARCH-APRIL RESUMPTION OF ACTIVITY -------------------------------------- 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 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, 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 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg UACNJ Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.uacnj.org 20:30 - Voorhees St Pk - NJ - NJ Astro Assn meeting NJAA-HQ, Robinson Obsy. Free. www.njaa.org, 908-368-8600 -------------------------------------- [???] UNCERTAIN RESUMPTION OF ACTIVITY -------------------------------------- 15:00 - Upton - LI - science lecture Brookhaven Natl Lab, Bldg 510. 'A unified program of argon dark matter searches'. Free, have GI photo ID for campus security. 631-344-2651, www.bnl.gov/physics/evnts 18:00 -CUNY Graduate Center - MH - Ctr for Sci & Soc lecture 385 Fifth Av. 'Early modernb science intertwine An Iberoamerican perspective'.. Free, adv regn reqd, Free, limited seating. 212-854-7211, scienceandsociety.columbia.edu 18:00 - Earth Institute - MH - science lecture Columbnia Univ, Lerner Hall, Arledge Audm.. 'Sea level rise: Causes, impacts and options for solutions'. Free, adv regn reqd. ei.columbia.edu 18:30 - 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 - NY Academy of Sciences - MH - astronomy lecture 'The unification of physics: The ques for a Theory of General News ---------- Many readers alerted me that the NYC Events fir February 2018 had lots of typos in the discussion section. It sure did because I in error uploaded it without spell checking. A leaned-up edition is in the web as at February 4th. Only typos were fixed; all information content is left as is. In April we distribute NYC Events to thousands of visitors at our booth at Earth Day and NEAF. They love the compilation of astronomy activity in the new York region and are ready to take in your events. they will inquire at your contact for event information. If the contact is ediurnate, your potential audience could miss out. This happens for clubs that change crew frequently. Please look at the contact noted for your events: web, email, telephone. Advise us of any changes for the April issue of NYC Events. Please also examine your events for 'clearsky starviewing'. We note that they are 'cancelled for clouds'. Is it? You may have in indoor program with starviewing feature for clear skies. For adverse weather the indoor activity is expanded; the event is not cancelled. In early February 2018 Night Sky Network discovered a glitch in our NYSkies email service. Occasional emails to NYSkies were intercepted by a long-defunct address at Earthlink. I called out host, who quickly found the culprit and removed the intercept. Montauk Obsy has two session in March at different towns. On the 9th it meets in Montauk; 16, Bridgehampton. Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory moved its Friday colloquia to the Comer Building. They were in the Monell Auditorium. Natl Musm of Math now has its 'Math encounters' only at 19h. The 16h show may be displaced by other museum events. Jupiter Joe's Sidewalk Astronomers now offers starviewing outside of Manhattan. I leave it listed under Manhattan but do inquire at it for its off-island activity. I sent out a preliminary edition of NYC Events in morning of MArch 27th. a couple hours later I got news of a new space/astro exhibit that opened on the previous evening! It's 'Jews in Space' about astronomers and astronauts of that faith. Show is at VIVO Institute on Manhattan for a two-month run. See under March 1. City News ------- The January 2018 3-week federal funding expired on 2018 February 8 23:59 EST before an extension was approved, shutting down nonessential government operations. Congress posted a longer extension at about 06h EST on the 8th,allowing most services to resume during the day. NYSkies Astronomy Seminar on 2 February 2018 examined the astronomy influences on climate change. We looked at variations of solar radiation output due to the Sun's lifecycle. It is slowly increasing temperature and output as it ages on the Main Sequence. MS stars maintain about the same state until they evolve into redgiants, but do undergo a slight, a couple percent, increase of temperature and output.. We saw that on the mid and short term the Sun's radiation varies on scales of millennia and decades, in a more or less cyclical pattern. This radiation reaches Earth and is processed by the atmosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere in ways we simply have no firm theory for. We could examine only the arrival of solar energy at Earth but not beyond. These interactions are both global and regional, modulated by topography and latitude. The radiation reaching Earth varies annually from the axial tilt of the planet and excentricity of its orbit. The tilt, or obliquity, governs the seasons while the excentricity shifts the severity of seasons between north and south hemisphere. We learned that the tilt ranges from some 22-1/2 to 24-1/2 degrees. This changes the range of season at a given location, as expressed by the range of Sun's noon altitude during the year. The excentricity moves Earth nearer and farther from Sun to sit in greater or lesser solar radiation influx. We learned that the location of perihelion around the orbit migrates thru the ecliptic about one degree in 55 years. This shifts the seasons to fall at neater or farther points in the orbit. More over, at perihelion Earth moves a bit faster, making the associated season a it shorter then the others. Earth moves slower at apohelion, making its season a bit longer. We saw that the periods and amplitudes of these orbit cycles is not fully known or understanded. Authors differ on the effect of overlapping cycles according as the models they work with. The first serious effort to study astronomy factors in climate change was made by Milankovitch in the 1930s to explain the Ice Ages. Since then his model was expanded by modern astrodynamics and computation. We name the whole discipline of Earth orbit odifications after him. We in New York always had a fascination for the Ice Ages because the last round actually covered the northern half of the City. It left a 'bathtub ring' of debris east-west across Staten Is, Brooklyn, Queens, and Long is. We today still suffer small earthquakes as the bedrock relaxes from removal of pressure when the 3-k, thick ice cap melted away. Most home astronomers learn of axial tilt only when discussing current cause of seasons, with some account of precession. Precession shifts the calendar dates of the seasons because our western calendar is ganged to the solar year. They learn of perihelion migration usually as part of Einstein's general relativity. The perihelion of Mercury moves faster than ordinary gravity predicts because the planet's orbit is in a spacetime region near the Sun more distorted than that for other planets. We studied several graphs of Earth temperature derived from combined cycles of orbit parameters. They come from assorted sources and can not be directly compared or combined. Data for solar influx was tough to collect before the Space Age due to interference form Earth's atmosphere. With heliophysical satellites good solar data a is in hand,but only for a few decades. One graph we examined showed solar radiation at ground level. Of keen interest were two deep dips in the late 1980s and early 1990s caused b blocking of sunlight by volcanos El Chicho'n and Pinatubo. I related my experience with the Pinatubo eruption. On an eclipse trip to the Philippines I toot ride to a lake district north of Manila.The tour guide explained the surrounding volcanos were all extinct, one being, erm, Pinatubo. Back home when Pinatubo blew off, the dust plume traveled around th world. I with other astronomers was in the Hamptons, partly to see if the plume reaches us there. It did FROM THE ATLANTIC OCEAN SIDE of Long Island. The dust circulated across China, south Asia, Middle East, Europe, ATlantic Ocean, to North America. And it stayed over us for almost TWO YEARS!! We saw that modern home computers can experiment with orbit changes if the software works on tue astrodynamics an not 'trolley track' models. We studied a table compiled from several programs sawing evolution of perihelion, excentricity, obliquity, seasonal distance from Sun, and precession for the period 1600-2100. Takeawys were diagrams of orbit parameters, articles on solar radiation changes, graphs of Earth temperature changes, computer simulation of orbit parameters. On 21 Feb 2018 about 8 NYSkiers, with a hundred other scientists, filled Simons Foundation. They learned how the earliest period of the universe is explored by with neutrinos emitted from then. Much of talk was on the methods and instruments developed in last two decades. Several NYSkiers went to the Greenwich Village bookfair on February 17-18, 2018. Most noticed the smaller size the fair compared to prior years. Apart from these minuses, many dealers offered good astronomy, other interest, items. NYSkies Astronomy Seminar on 16 February 2018 psyched us for the coming evening apparition of Venus. This is the first of three sessions spread over the next months for the spring and summer planets: Venus, Mars, and Jupiter-Saturn. We reviewed the orbit of Venus as an inferior or interior planet between Earth and Sun. We saw how its motion was modeled by the geocentric and heliocentric system. Both are equivalent from an Earth-based observer. Both models, when used before Kepler and Galileo, employed circular orbits. We noted that Venus, and Mercury, have retrograde loops like the outer planets. The outer planets's loops occur in dark sky against background stars. Venus and Mercury loops take place in strong twilight with no backdrop of stars to track them. The entire apparition of Venus fits within 2018 and technicly began in mid January after superior conjunction. It isn't until end of February/ start of March when Venus eased far enough east of thE Sun to be seen after sunset. Even then you need a low clear horizon. Altho Venus remains a small almost full disc for a couple months in spring it is a pointer for elusive Mercury. Mercury is hard to recognize in twilight, even tho it is zeroth magnitude. It can e hunted up by triangulating between the sunset point and Venus. Venus moves steadily eastward thru the zodiac, passing Pleiades, Hyades, Castor & Pollux in spring months. In summer it passes the Beehive cluster, Regulus, and Spica. By August the phase of Venus is gibbous with the half-moon stage in mid month. The planet in spring is in a steeply inclined section of the ecliptic, putting it in a dark sky for a couple hours after sunset. By mid summer the ecliptic relaxes o a shallow angle from the horizon. While Venus is still far from the Sun, it is low on the horizon for the rest of the apparition. We examined charts of Venus in the sky, relative to Sun and Earth, and view in the telescope. For us in the City latitude at t he best performance of Venus is in autumn when it is skirting the horizon. It then swells in angular size and thins in phase. By mid October, with some luck, Venus presents a large crescent in the telescope, changing shape and size by the night. Venus leaves the evening sky at inferior conjunction in late October. We saw that on occasion Venus can be spotted as BOTH evening and morning star within the same day, or nigh t. If Venus is far north of the SUn it sets after the SU IN EVENING AND RISES BEFORE THE sUN IN MORNING. In the 2018 round of Venus it is south of the Sun, letting the southern hemisphere enjoy this sight. To bring out the motion, speed, of Venus thru the zodiac we studied a chart from an astrology program. It displayed clearly the range of speed, degree/say, and the retrograde loop for a couple of apparitions. Venus can be seen in daylight with preparation. From a planetarium program find when Venus sits at a known alt-az over your local skyline, like at a certain lamppole or roof peak. Keep in thre shade to avoid looking into the Sun by accident. With binoculars slowly inspect the area of Venus. It should pop out as a pinpoint. The optic must be sharply focused first, like on distant landscape, else Venus is diffused into the daylight sky. er wrapped up by walking thru the calculation of 'greatest illuminated area' as the disc gets larger and phase gets smaller. Takeaways were sky charts for Venus; geocentric and heliocentric models; geocentric plot of Venus relative to Earth; elongation chart of planets for 2018; diagrams of phases; combined monthly charts of sky, solar system telescope views; articles about Venus apparition; worksheet for illuminated area. NYC mayor on 2018 Feb 15 pledged extra safety at City's schools. He offered expanded deployment of metal detectors, staging 'active shooter' exercises, and spot checks of students for weapons. He set aside posting armed guards in more schools due to cost constraints. Sky News ------ Lots of readers tried for the lunar eclipse on January 31, 2018. And almost all got a good view, as allowed by skyline. Many were blessed to see BOTH Moon and Sun together for a true selenehelion. The typical scene was a setting Moon, her upper side notched by the umbra, with sunlight glinting off of foreground landscape. Several observers noted the Moon did look bigger or larger than usual, due to the supermoon effect. Sky and Telescope magazine in its web column 'The week at a glance' for Feb 17-25 highlights Pazmino's Cluster. The group remains in good view thru late April for mid north latitudes. It is geometricly circumpolar but near lower culmination it is smothered by horizon shmutz. Article mixes up the cluster's history but the cluster is up there forever for all to enjoy. Full story is at www.nyskies.org/articles/pazmino/pazclus.htm By the soft rule, March 2018 has a Blue Moon. For our timezone Full Moons are on the 1st and 31ar. with the second one being the Blue Moon. We last enjoyed a blue Moon in January when on the 31st it coincided with a lunar eclipse, supermoon, and selenehelion. February 20 and 21, 2018, were actually summer! Temps rose into mid 20Cs with moist or humid air. People shedded their winter coats; many went about in short-sleeves. Weather returned to seasonal levels, with light rain, on the 22nd. Night of 2018 February 18 was an extra clear one with transparency over NYC of 4-182 to 5. The winter sky was filled with stars of the dimmer constellations of Monoceros, Eridanus, Lepus, Lynx, others. Orion and Taurus were peppered with their own fainter stars. By midnight the sky started to haze over. After the Seminar of 2018 Feb 16 some NYSkiers tried to catch sight of Venus right after sunset. Efforts were impeded by skyline and too-bright twilight. i sometimes produce visuals and graphics from astrology software, not astronomy ones. Certain astronomy features have extra importance for astrologers and are better or simpler depicted by their softwares. Of course, any life-status interpretation of these graphics is left to the astrologers.