NYSkies Astronomy Inc
The support service for home astronomy in New York




NYC Events




 John Pazmino 
 NYSkies Astronomy In+c  
    The following astronomy activities in the commuting ring enclosing 
New York City are operated by various organizations. A few cultural  
tems of special importance to City astronomers are also included.  
    Altho NYC Events confirms the listed items, they are subject to 
change by their sponsors. Check with their contacts. Let the sponsor  
know that you learned of its event thru NYC Events.  
    Frequently asked questions and explanation of NYC Events is at 
    You may ask for previous NYC Events thru 'nyskies@nyskies.org' 
because only the current issue is in the website. It is replaced by  
next month's issue.  
    For events which missed NYC Events, check the NYSkies Yahoogroup 
forum. Join NYSkies by visiting 'www.nyskies.org/yahoo.htm' and 
picking either the email or  website option.  
    All hours are Eastern Daylight Savings Time (UT - 4h). 

    During  April and May 2020 we learned so much about coronavirus 
that it is no longer the dreaded death sentence for new victims. In 
general, healthy persons under age 55, including children, may 
experience no or weak symptoms and recover on their own or with off-
self remedies. Persons over 55 and all others with depressed ability 
to combat illness can suffer strong  symptoms. 
     Medical treatment obvious soonest symptoms show up is almost 
always successful. There are now, thanks to all-points medical work 
during the pandemic, several medications. Your physician can evaluate 
for your circumstances. Typicly you avoid hospital confinement. 
    I leave all events in the '!!!' section which normally continue 
into the summer. Those which normally end their season in May or June 
are moved to the 'AUT' section. 
    'AUT' events may be delayed or curtailed. It takes a couple 
months, thru the summer, to organize them and resources are shut down 
or dispersed. While a museum for a lecture series resuming in October 
may be open, the lecture room may not be in service, props and staff 
may not be available, speakers may not be booked. 
    I left out events that normally begin for the summer because 
virtually all resources to stage them are still shut down. 
   There can be activities coming back on stream, not yet announced. 
Please inquire at the event contact for addiurnate status. 

 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  
  Plain dates are in current month; 
  -, previous month; +, next month. 
  #, NYSkies Astronomy Seminar 
  Moon phase: .NM., .FQ), (FM), (LQ.  
  Sunset is noted for each Saturday  
 Sun   Mon   Tue   Wed   Thu   Fri   Sat  sunset 
 ---   ---   ---   ---   ---   ---   ---   ------
 -31     1     2     3     4    (5#)   6  20:25 
   7     8     9    10    11    12   (13. 20:28 
  14    15    16    17    18    19#   20  20:31 
 .21.   22    23    24    25    26    27  20:31 
 .28)   29    30    +1    +2    +3    +4  20:31 

Index  of Events  / ------------- 
 * = NASA-JPL Night Sky Network affiliate  
 date = entry in 'list of events' section 
 0' = entry in 'ongoing and continuing events' section 
 'AUT'= entry in 'skipped, autumn resumption' section 
  'SPR' = entry in 'skipped, spring resumption' secrion 
  '???' = entry in 'skipped, uncertain resumption' seciton, 
  '!!!' = entry in 'skipped, suspended due to coronavirus 
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  Astronomy on Tap  - - - - !!! 
 *Floyd Bennett Field - - - !!! 
  Secret Science Club - - - !!! 

 *A S of Gtr Hartford   - - AUT 
  Astro Soc of Greenwich  - AUT 
 *Astro Soc of New Haven  - AUT 
  Bowman Observatory  - - - AUT 
 *Litchfield Hills AAC mtg  AUT 
 *Litchfield Hills lecture  !!! 
 *McCarthy Observatory  - - !!! 
  New Pond Farm - - - - - - !!! 
  Stamford Observatory  - - !!! 
 *Van Vleck Obsy (ASGH)   - !!! 
  Van Vleck Obsy (WU) - - - AUT 
  Western CT St Univ Obsy - AUT 
 *Westport Astro Soc mtg  - !!! 
 *Westport Astro Soc starvg !!! 
  Boothe Meml Astro Soc - 203-377-9933, 

 *Amateur Observers Soc - - AUT 
 *Amat Obsrs Soc starviewing!!! 
  Amer Instt Aero & Astro - AUT 
  Astro Soc of Long Island  !!! 
  Brookhaven National Lab - !!! 
  Custer Institute  - - - - !!! 
  Hofstra Univ Obsy   - - - AUT 
  Hmaptons Observatory  - - !!! 
  PubSci - - - - - - -  - - !!! 
  SUNY Stony Brook - -  - - AUT 
 *Susan Rose Observatory  - !!! 
 *Amat Astro Assn starvwg - AUT 
 *Amat Astro Assn lecture - !!! 
  Amer Instt Archarology  - AUT 
  Amer Musm Natl Hist - - - !!! 
  Ctr for Atmosp Ocean Sci  AUT 
  Ctr for Science & Society AUT 
  Central Pk (Great Lawn) - !!! 
 *Columbia Univ Obsy  - - - AUT 
  coronavirus pandemic  - -  0 
  Earth Institute - - - - - AUT 
  GC Presents - - - - - - - AUT 
  Governors Island  - - - - !!! 
  Hayden Plm 'Frontiers'  - AUT 
  Hayden Plm 'Live!'  - - - AUT 
  Instt Stud Ancnt World  - AUT 
  Intrepid Museum - - - - - !!! 
 *Inwood Astronomy Project  !!! 
  Jupiter Joe's Astronomy - !!! 
  Milky Way spring season -  1-30 
  Natl Musm of Mathematics  !!! 
  NYC-H2O - - - - - - - - - !!! 
  New York Map Society  - - AUT 
  NYU Astrop & Relatvty - - AUT 
 *NYSkies Astronomy Seminar !!! 
  SciCafe' - - - - -  - - - !!! 
  Simons Foundation - - - - aut 
  SpaceX NYC  - - - - - - - !!! 
 *Top of the Laawn  - - - - !!! 
  transit system shutdown -  1-indef 
  Urban Park Rangers  - - - !!! 
  weekend walks - - - - - - !!! 
  WTC station closings  - -- 0 
 Ctr for Space Sci Edu - - info@nyccsse.org, www.nyccsse.org,  
            212-608-6164 n 

  Bear Mountain - - - - - - !!! 
  Lamont-Doherty Obsy - - - AUT 
  Mid-Hudson Astro Assn - - !!! 
  Rockland Astro Club - - - AUT 
  Vassar College Obsy - - - AUT 
  Ward Pound Ridge  - - - - !!! 
  Westchester Amat Astro  - AUT 

  A A A of Princeton  - - - AUT 
 *Amat Astro Inc meeting  - !!! 
  *Amat Astro Inc lecture - AUT 
  A S of Toms Rv Area - - - !!! 
  McDowell Observatory  - - AUT 
  Morris Musm Astro Soc - - !!! 
  New Jersey Astro Assn - - AUT 
  North Bergen Viaduct  - -  0 
  No Jersey Astro Gp mtg  - !!! 
  No Jersey Astro Gp starvg !!! 
  Peyton Observarory  - - - !!! 
  Plasma Physics Lab  - - - !!! 
  Rutgers Univ Astro Collqm AUT 
  Rutgers Univ Astro Semnr  AUT 
 *S*T*A*R - - - - - - - - - AUT 
  Schommer Observatory  - - !!! 
 *Sheep Hill Astro Assn - - !!! 
 *Sheep Hill Observatory  - !!! 
 *Utd Astro Clubs of NJ - - !!! 
  Washington Xing St Pk - - !!! 
  WTC station closings  - -  0 
  Dark Sky Observers - www.users.nac.net/gburke/club  
  Montclair Telescope Club - 973-948-5284,,    
  NW Jersey Amat Astro - www.nwjaa.org, info@nwjaa.org 
  Passaic Co Astro Assn - www.users.nac.net/gburke/PCAA, 973-523-0024 
 *Raritan Vy Co Coll Plm  - www2.raritanval.edu/planetarium  
   Skyland Stargazers  -  skylandstargazers.tripod.com 

    QUEENS - QN  
  'Science on Screen'   - - !!! 
 'Space Odyssey' exhibit  - !!! 
  York College Observatory  AUT 


  Coll of Staten Is Obsy  - AUT 
  Great Kills Park  - - - - !!! 
  Staten Is Community TV  - !!! 



Ongoing and continuing events 
    all day - whole City - MH - coronavirus pandemic 
        indef duration.   Coronavirus spread rapidly thruout genral 
        population in march with ovr 800 cases in NYC by mid march 
        2020. Massive cancellations, suspensions, postponements of 
        events; closings of schools, colleges, stores, malls, sport 
        arenae, restaurants. Vulnerable people are those for saeasonal 
        flu and lung illness. Consult medical provider for specific 
        concerns and treatment. 
    all day - H&M WTC line - MH - WTC station closings 
        Thru late 2020. World Trade Center station closes every 
        weekend to repair tunnels under Hudson River ruined by 
        hurricane Sandy. Station closes at 00h on each Saturday, 
        reopens at 05h on following Monday. WTC-bound trains turn at 
        Exchange Pl station. For service to WTC, use 33 St line to 
        connect to NYC subways. www.panynj.gov 
    all day - H&M WTC line - NJ - WTC station closings 
        Thru late 2020. World Trade Center station closes every 
        weekend to repair tunnels under Hudson River ruined by 
        hurricane Sandy. Station closes at 00h on each Saturday, 
        reopens at 05h on following Monday. WTC-bound trains turn at 
        Exchange Pl station. For service to WTC, use 33 St line to 
        connect to NYC subways. www.panynj.gov 
    all day - North Brgen Viaduct - NJ - road closings and rebuild 
        Thru end 2020.  One lane in each direction is closed during 
        major rebuild of viaduct on NJ495 between NJ Tpk and Lincoln 
        Tnl. Buses have priority on remaining lanes. On-off ramps for 
        local street close from time to time.  www.restorenj495.com 

List of Events 
Fri  1 May 
    all day - whole City - MH - transit system shutdown 
        indefinite duration. Entire NYC transit system closes 01h-05h, 
        every night for all-points coronavirus disinfection. Program 
        covers all subway cars, buses, stations. Trains and buses 
        enr oute at 01h finish their run. LIRR and MNR also undergo 
        nightly disinfection but otherwise operate as they were. 
    00:00 - whole City - MH - Milky Way speing 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    

Events Skipped This Month 
    10:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture 
         Colloquium series. Rutgers Univ, Busch Campus, Astro & Phys 
        Lecture Hall. Free. www.physics.rutgers.edu/colloquium, 
    13;15 - unionsale - LI - Amat Obsrs Soc meeting 
        Hofstra Univ, Berliner Hall. free. www.aosny.org, 
    13:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture 
        Seminar series. Rutgers Univ, Serin W330. Free. 732-445-3974, 
    14:00 - Avenues HQ - MH - New York Map Society lecture 
         11 E 26 St, 17th floor. Various topics about map making, 
        cartography, geography.  Free, adv regn reqd. Have GI photo ID 
         for caampus security. www.newyorkmapsociety.org, 
    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. 
    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 
    15:30 - Upton - LI - Summer Sundays science show 
        Brookhaven Natl Lab. Small seminar room. 'What is the Higgs 
        boson hiding?'. Free, have GI photo ID for campussecurity. 
        631- 344-2651, www.bnl.gov/evnts 
    15:30 - Greenwich - CT - Astro Soc of Greenwich meeting 
        Greenwich Audubon Center. Free. rickbria@optonline.net, 
        203-415-6762. astrogreenwich.org  
    16:15 - Simons Foundation - MH - scinece lecture 
        160 5 Av & 21 St. 'The quest for the ideal glass'. Tea 16:15, 
        lecture 17:00. Free, adv regn reqd. 646-654-0066, 
    17:00 - Danbury - CT - astronomy lecture 
        Westn Conn St Uv, Obsy/Plm. Indoor planetarium show, 
        clearsky starviewing. Free. www.wcsu.edu/starwatch, 
       203-837-8671, dawsond@wcsu.edu 
    18:00 - 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 
    18:00 - Palisades - NY - science lecture 
        Lamont-Doherty Earth Obsy, Monell audm. 'Climate, carbon ```      
`       dioxide, and sea level: Past is prologue'. Free, 
         845-365-8634, www.ldeo.columbia.edu, 845-365-8988 
    18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecruee 
        15 E 84 St, 5/Madison Av. Various topics on history and 
        culture of ancient societies. Free, adv regn reqd. 
        isaw..nyu.edu, isaw@nyu.edu, 212-992-7800 
    18:00 - Columbia University- MH - Ctr for Sci and Soc lecture 
        Fauerweather Hsll, Rm 513. 'The triumph of scientific 
        imagination, 1760-1900'. Free, 
        adv regn reqd. 212-854-7211, scienceandsociety.columbia.edu 
    18:00 - Bethpage - LI -  Amer Instt Aero & Astro lecture       
        Hofstra Univ, Breslin Hall, rm216 . Various topics in 
        aeronautics and astronautics. 'Observations from the 
        Apollo LM to the Shuttlre and ISS, and beyond'. Free, $7 opt 
        pizza-soda, adv regn reqd.718-812-2727, greghomatas@msn.com 
    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 - Hunter College - MH - Amer Instt Archaeolgy lecture 
        Hemmerdinger Screening Room. Various topics on archaeology and 
        anthropology. Free, adv regn reqd. GI photo ID required for 
        campus security. www.aia-nysociety.org, 
    18:30 - CUNY Graduate Center - MH -'GC presents' lecture 
        365 5 Av & 34 St. 'Climate change:The effects on coastal 
        environments''. Free, adv regn reqd. 212-817-7000, 
    19:00 - Hayden Planetarium - MH - 'Astronomy live!' lecture 
       Live narrated planetarium show. Enter at 81 St/Cntl Pk W. 
       $15, adv regn reqd. 212-769-5100, www.amnh.org/programs  
    19:00 - Hayden Planetarium - MH - 'Frontiers' lecture 
         Kayfnamm Thtr. Enter at 81 St/Cntl Pk W. $15, adv regn reqd. 
        212-769-5100, www.amnh.org/programs  
     19:00 - lyndhurst - NJ - clearsky starviewing 
        Ctr for Enviro & Sci Edu, McDowell Obsy. Free. cancelled 
        for clouds. Requires climbing narrow spiral stairs into domw. 
        www.njsea.com/observatory, info@njsea.com, 201-460-1700 
     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 - Suffern - NY - RRockland Astronomy Club meeting 
        Rockalnd Commty Coll, main bldg. Free. 
    19:30 - Stony Brook - LI - astronomy lecture                     
        SUNY Stony Brook, Earth & Spc Sci Hall. Indoor lecture, 
        clearsky starviewing. Free. www.ess.sunysb.edu/astro, 
        631-632-8100, slutterbie@notes.cc.sunysb.edu 
    19:30 - Pleasantville - NY - Westchester Amat Astro meeting  
        Pace Univ, Lienhard Hall, Free.    
        waa-president@westchesterastronomers.org  Sat  8 Feb 
    19:30 - Torrington - CT - Litchfield Hills Amat Astro Club mtg 
        Central Congregational Church. Free. lhastro.org, 
    19:30 - New Brittain - CT - Astro Soc of Gtr Hartford meeting 
        Central CT St Univ, Copernicus Plm. Free. www.asgh.org, 
        860-872-9069, pparkerrs@cs.com 
    19:30 - New Haven - CT - Astro Soc of New Haven meetinG 
        Yale Univ, Leitner Family Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free. www.asnh.org, prez@asnh.org 
    19:30 - Princeton - NJ - Amat Astro Assn of Princeton meeting 
        Princeton U, Peyton Hall. Free. www.princetonastronomy.org, 
        609-737-2575, info@princetonastronomy.org 
    20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        Wesleyan U, Van Vleck Obsy. Free, cancelled for clouds. 
        860-685-3664, www.wesleyan.edu/astro/events 
   20:00 - Coll of Staten Is - SI - clearsky starviewing 
        Astrophys Obsy. Free, cancelled for clouds. 718-982-2818, 
        csivc.csi.cuny.edu/supernove7/files/home.html, 718-892-3259, 
    20:00 - 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 
    20:00 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc lecture 
         Union Co Coll, Smith Audm. Indoor talk, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free. www.asterism.org 
    21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing 
        Vassar College, Observatory. Free. Cancelled for clouds. 
        physicsandastronomy.vassar.edu/observatory.html, descent 
    20:00 - Lincroft - NJ - S*T*A*R meeting 
        Brookdale Commty Coll, Mommouth Museum. Free. 
        www.starastronomy.org, s-walters@comcast.net 
    20:00 - York College - QN - astronomy lecture . 
        Core Academic Bdg, Rm AC-2E01. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free, adv regn reqd. 718-262-2082, 
    20:30 - Voorhees St Pk - NJ - NJ Astro Assn meeting 
        NJAA-HQ, Robinson Obsy. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free. www.njaa.org, 908-368-8500 
    all day - whole City - MH - clearsky starviewing  
        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 - Weekend Walks street fairs 
       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. 
    all day - Governors Island - MH - cultural shows 
        Thru 31 Oct. Island is open every day, 10h-20h. From May 24 
        thru Aug 30, Fri-Sat, 10h-22h. Walk and tour thru 
        former military base and new urban park. Shows vary each day 
        or visit by foot or bike. Ferries run every 1/2 hr from 
        Battery Marine Terml, MH, and on weekdays from Pier 6, BK. 
        Island is free but ferry fare is $2 RT. www.nps.gov/gois, 
    all day - Musm Moving Imnage - QN - '2oo1:' exhinit 
        Thru Jul 18. 36-01 35 Av (Astoria). '2001: A space odyssey'. 
        Props, customes, models, A/V sorts, ephemridalia, posters. 
        Certain days show '2001: A space odyssey' film. $15 adm, $25 
        adm  +film. www.novingimage.us, 718-777-6888. 
    all day - Amer Musm Natl Hist - MH - 'Nature of color' exhibit 
        Thru 2021 august. 4th floor. Explore light, wavelength, 
        vision, pigments, radiation, sprctra. $28 adm & exh. 
         212769-5100, www.ammh.org/exhibitions/color 
    all day - whole City - MH - cultural tour 
        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, 
     all day - whole island - LI - clearsky starviewing  
        Amat Obsrs Soc. Sessions convene in parks usually at dusk. 
        Occasional daytime sunviewing. Free. Cancelled for clouds. 
         www.aosny.org, suerose@optonline.net 
    all day - whole City - MH - clearsky starviewing  
        Jupiter Joe's Sidewalk Astronomy. Sessions convene in parks 
        usually at dusk. Occasional daytime sunviewing. Free. `       
        Cancelled for clouds.  www.jupiterjoesastronomy.org, 
    all day - whole City - MH - cultural tours & lectures 
        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 - Princeton - NJ - science tour 
        Plasma Physics Lab. Walk thru history and culture of fproject 
        to capture energy from controled hydrogen fusion. Free, adv 
        regn reqd. Have GI photo ID for campus security. 
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     16:00 - Natl Musm of Mathematics - MH - science show 
        Also 19:00. 'Mathematical Encounters'. Free, adv regn 
        reqd. 212-542-0566, www.momath.org, info@momath.org 
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    17:30 - Intrepid Museum - MH - Free Friday show 
        Pier 86 and ship. Exhibits, demos, talks. Clearsky movies 
        and starviewing. Free. www.intrepidmuseum.org 
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    18:00 - Shalel Lounge - MH - SpaceX NYC meeting 
        65 W 70 St, Amsterdam Av. Fiscussion on space industry and 
        development. Free, opt meal/drink. www.meetup.com/SpaceX-NYC 
    18;00 - Musm Moving Imnage - QN - 'Science on screen' cinema 
        36-01 35 Av (Astoria). 'Women on the Moon'. $15. 
        www.novingimage.us, 718-777-6888. 
    18:00 - Amagansett - LI - astronomy lecture 
        Montauk Obsy. Amagansett Library. Indoor talk, clearsky 
         sunviewing. Free. www.montaukobservatory.com 
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     19:00 - Toms River - NJ - Astro Soc of Toms Rv Area meeting 
        Ocean Co Coll, Novins Planetarium. Free. 
        www.astra-nj.org, 732-255-0343, webmaster@astra-nj.org 
    19:00 - Patchoque - LI- PubSci show 
        Brookhaven Natl Lab, Blue Point Brewing Co, 225 W Main St. 
        'The quantum revolution'. Free, opt meal/drink. 
    19:00 - West Reading - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        New Pond Farm, obseratory. $10, adv regn reqd. cancelled for 
        clouds. www.newpondfarm.org, 203-938-2117 
    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 
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    19:15 - 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. `       
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    19:30 - Boonton - NJ - Sheep Hill Astro Assn meeting  
        Boonton Senior Ctr. Free. www.sheephillastro.org, 
        contacts@sheephillastro.org, wwestura@optonline.net 
    19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show 
        100 Cable Way, Mariners Hr SI. 'Geology forum' Live audience, 
        seating at 19:30, on air at 20:00. Free. www.sictv.org, 
    19:30 - Morristown - NJ - Morris Museum Astro Soc meeting  
        Morris Museum. Free. 973-386-1848, 973-386-1848,, 
        www.morrismuseum.org/astro-society, info@morrismusem.org, 
    19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting 
        Union Co Coll, Sperry Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky  
        starviewing. Free. www.asterism.org 
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     20:00 - Litchfield - CT - Litchfield Hills A A C lecture 
        White Meml Consrvn Ctr. Free. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
        starviewing. lhaacsec@gmail.com, lhastro.org 
    20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing 
        Inwood Astronomy Project. Meet at park entrance, Seaman Av 
        & Isham St. Free. Cancelled for clouds. 917-529-2359 
         www.inwoodastronomy.org, asonskendall@gmail.com 
    20:00 - Floyd Bennett Field - BK - clearsky starviewing 
        Community Garden. NYSKies & Natl Park Svc. Free. Cancelled 
        for clouds. www.nyskies.org, stephenlieber@nyc.rr.com, 
    20:00 - Boonton - NJ - clearsky starviewing  
        Sheep Hill Astro Assn Obsy, Free. Cancelled for  
        clouds. sheephillastro.otg, contacts@sheephillastro.org, 
   20:00 - Greenwich - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        Astro Soc of Greenwich. Curtis Elem Schl, Bowman Obsy. Free. 
        Cancelled for clouds. rickbria@optonline.net, 203-415-6762. , 
   20:00 - Princeton - NJ - clearsky starviewing 
        Princeton Univ, Peyton Hall. Free. Cancelled for clouds 
        jeg@astro.princeton.edu, lee@astro.princeton.edu 
    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, 
    20:00 - Westport - CT - Westport Astro Soc meeting 
        Rolnick Obsy. Free. www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 
    20:00 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        Westport Astro Soc. Rolnick Obsy.  Free. Cancelled for clouds. 
        www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 
    20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting 
        Vanderbilt Plm. Free. asliastronomy@yahoo.com, 
    20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg 
        UACNJ Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free.  
    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, 
    20:00 - Ward Pound Ridge - NY - clearsky starviewing 
        Westchester Amat Astro. Meadows Picnic Area. Free. Cancelled 
        for clouds. waa-president@westchesterastronomers.org 
    20:00 - Way Station Pub - BK - Astronomy on Tap meting 
        683 Washington Av & Prospect Pl (Prospect Hts). Informal 
        astronomy discussion in pub setting. Free, one drink purchase 
        reqd. astronomyontap.org/locatons/new-york-city 
    20:00 - 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 - Bear Mountain - NY - clearsky starviewing 
        Rockland Astro Club. Anthony Wayne Rec Area, picnic field. 
        Free, cancelled for clouds. www.rocklandastronomy.com 
    20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting 
        Custer Instt. Indoor program, clearsky starviewing. $5-$15. 
        Varies with program. www.custerobservatory.org, 
        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 - 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 jjj 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing 
        Top of the Lawn. North path of Great Lawn. Free. Cancelled for 
        clouds. tags_p@yahoo.com, www.nyskies.org, nyskies@nyskies.org 
    20:00 - Bell House - BK - Secret Science Club meeting  
        149 7 St, 2/3 Av. Lecture and music on various science  
        topics. Free. secretscienceclub.blogspot.com, 718-638-4400, 
    20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture 
        Stamford Obsy. $5. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. 
        starviewing also called off for outdoor temp < -6C. 
        203-322-6537, www.stamfordmuseum.org 
    20:00 - New Milford - CT - astronomy lecture  
        McCarthy Obsy, New Miford HS. Indoor lecture, clearsky  
        starviewing. Free. www.mccarthyobservatory.org, 860-354-1595, 
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    20:30 - Piscataway - NJ - clearsky starviewng 
        Rutgers Univ, Schommer Obsy. Free. Cancelled for clouds.  
        732-205-0020, www.physics.rutgers.edu/ast/ast-serin.html  
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General News 
    There were few new cancellations of vents for May. Almost all were 
called off in April as part of a series of actvity proceding into 
spring or summer.The major new ones wed Fleet Week and Woeld Science 
Festival. Fleet Week was skipped entirely while WSF shifted to 
webcasts of many talks and shows. 
    US NPS reminds that their properties in NYSkies are open for 
casual enjoyment . No indoor or group activities are permitted. Hours, 
services, facilities vary among properties. inquire at contact. 
    NJ Gov Murphy on May 5 extended stay-home order thru June 5. Since 
then he moved the date to June 15.. 
    On may 29 NYS Gov Cuomo posted end date for state's stay-home 
order, June 8. Until then he'll crank up transit services to handle 
the increase of ridership. 
    All three states in NYSkies ordered around May 1 that schools and 
colleges stay closed until Sep 2020. Events resuming in, or postponed 
into, autumn at these venues may be delayed until normal operations 
are restored. 
    Stay-home rules were lifted by NYS Gov Cuomo on May 22 for two 
NYSkies districts. Metro North went off stay-home on May 26; Long 
island, May 27. 
    Many summer starparties in US Northeast were cancelling or 
postponed in May. Most suffered loss of their venue, like camps and 
parks shut down until further notice. Treatment of advance 
registrations, from before the coronavirus episode, is specific for 
each event. Please inquire at starparty sponsor for latest news. 
    On May 5 NJ Gov Murphy extended his stay-home order to June. 
Astronomy and related events tentatively postponed into June were 
killed. Possibly many in June are called off due to lost time to set 
them up during may. 

City News
    NYSkies Astronomy Seminar for May 1 and 15 were skipped as 
McBurney House, as part of the regional coronavirus shutdown, 
remained closed. 
    NYC Science & Engineering Fair cancelled its finals round, set for 
Mar 22. Winners of preliminaries on Mar 8 at Citi Field were to 
compete in it for City's entry into national fair. Fair's venue Amer 
Musm Natl Hist was closed in mid March from coronavirus and NYS began 
'stay-home' regimen. No word yet on how City winner  for national fair 
was chosen. 
    TB show 'are you smarter than a fifth grader' on May 16  had a 
couple science questions. Fill-in: As seen from Earth, which is the 
brightest planet in the sky?; answer 'Venus'. Fill-in: Ozone is a 
molecule composed of which chemical element?; answer 'oxygen'. 
    Earth Day New York on May 4 sent refund of NYSkies registration 
for the Earth Day Fair. Fair, set for April 19 in Union Square, was 
called off when NYC in mid march banned events for large crowds from 
city parks. The Fair normally attracts 100,000-150,000 visitors with a 
full thousand stopping at the NYSkies booth. 
    TV show 'Are you smarter than a fifth grader?' on may 6 offered 
several science questions. True/false: opposite electric charges 
attract; answer as 'true'. True/false: For an airplane in flight, air 
flows faster across the top of the wing; answer was 'true'. Multi-
choice: A 60-pound [~27kg] person on Earth weighs how much on Saturn, 
60, 120. 400 pounds?; answer was '60' (Saturn's surface gravity is 
about equal to Earth's_. Fill-in: Which planet is named for Roman 
goddess of love?; answer was 'Venus'. FIll-in: How many circular faces 
does a cylinder have?; answer was '2'. 
    'Are you smarter than a fifth grader?' TV show on May 2 offered 
several sci/math questions. Multi-chose: Stars generally having the 
highest surface temperature are blue ones, yellow, red?; answer was 
'blue'. Fill-in: What is area of triangle with sides 5, 5, 6?; Answer  
was'12' the triangle is two adjacent 3-4-5 triangles. Fill-in: Number 
2850 in scientific notation is 2.850x10^n, what is n?; answer was  
'3'. fill-in: What is the greatest number of Mondays any month can 
have?; answer was '5'. 
    Cover of 'ad Astra' magazine, spring 2020,  lists interview with 
Dr Neil Tyson on his show 'Cosmos: Possible worlds'. Story, page 18, 
discusses the show, but has no actual Tyson interview.  
    NYC DOT on may 7 began closing  streets from motor traffic to 
become walkways, Scheme is similar to cancelled 'Weekend walks' but 
may be permanent. First group is interior roads in several parks, 
Broadway from  Madison Sq to Times Sq, MH; blocks in Lower East Side, 
MH; blocks in Downtown, BK; blocks in Morrisania, BX; 34th Av  in 
Jackson Hts, QN. More in rest of year, totaling about 160km. 
    The NYSkies astronomy walk thru Grand Central Terminal is 
suspended until after the coronavirus situation subsides. It was 
previously postponed from March to May. Event is occasional with no 
set month and was skipped in 2019. 
     I uploaded a new segment of the 'Cosmological models' room of our 
web. It collects and upgrades several smaller texts to discuss 
electromagnetic waves. It's at 


The main page for this room is reached by punching 'Cosmological 
models' on our hoepage or directly at 


    Jet Blue airline honored frront line workers on may 7 with a 
flyyover of three airliners. They took off from JFk airport at 19h 
EDST, looped around New York City, and returned to JFK by 19:45. 
Flight path was vaguely described in announcement, causing many 
observers to miss sight of the planes. I didn't see them but heard 
them far south of my house. 
    I put up an update of the 19th century astronomy article. Text was 
cleaned up and several new items were added. it's at


sky News 
    During the NY-NJ-CT stay-home orders in April and may 2020 most 
NYSkkiers acquired higher appreciation of the open sky. They were home 
in districts with low skyline and more casual chances to see the sky. 
They also stayed up later, into the shorter nighttime. They also saw 
weather flows by day and changing diurnal light & shade over their 
    NYSkies turf on May 8 and 9 got a winter snowfall! Tempps fell to 
0C-5C in most sectors with light rain.Arc from east LI, southwest CT, 
mid Hudson NY, north NJ got thin snow, with a couple cm ground cover. 
All snow sublimed during the 9th under warmer air. 
    By mid May 2020 twilight started to interfere with the omega 
Centauri sightings. Overall win both april and May weather was never 
dark and clear enough for a good shot at the cluster. 
    Ny mid May jupiter and Saturn were sliding into midnight sky. They 
rise in southeast as a twin planet, closing together slowly for their 
grand conjunction in December 2020. 
    potential Milky Way nights on May 19, 20, 23, all in owl hours. No 
sightings reported but observers noted deep transparency of 4-1/2 to 5 
over most of City. Sky was generally darker with absence of glowdomes 
and hotspots of luminous graffiti. 
    Manhattanhenge occurs on May 29-31, too late for this NYC Events. 
Because the City still prohibits outdoor crowds,, viewing may be 
subdued. In normal years Manhattanhenge attracts a few myriads of 
spectators. The July NYC Events will have observing reports for it. 
The next instance os July 9-11. 
    Venus left our sky in late May, heading to her inferior 
conjunction in early June. In early night there are no classical 
planets, but in owl hours Jupiter-Saturn-Mars come into southeast sky