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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 email group. 
This is the relocated 'nysky' yahoogroup, which Yahoo teminated on 
2020 December 15. The new 'nydkird'group started on 2020 November 10.  
By late December the active astronomers from the old group are 
dialoging in the new one. 
    Join the nyskies group by sending an empty, balnk, email to 
'nyskies+subscribe@groups.io'. Any text in the email, including the 
subject, is ignored. 
     The email address you used to subscribe from is the one you then 
after converse with the group. Messages come to you when posted in the 
group. Send messages to the group by emai to 'nyskies@groups.io'. 

    on 1 March 2021 Texas junked most of its lockdown limits! Several 
other states also threw away their restrictions, including Connecticut 
in NYSkies. Its assorted lockdown mandates were relaxed to routine 
health reccommendations. Occupancy and hours of most premises were 
drasticly expanded. Premises nay  set their own capacity and flowthru 
operations as under regular safety rules ibefore the lockdwon era. 
    Even New York loosened constraints on indoor activity. The easing 
is, to be fair, languid. On the whole the state is still running a 
tight lockdown. For instance, our in-person on-site Seminars and 
starviewings are still on hold. 
    Altho Connecticut threw open its doors on march 19, astronomy 
activities may not crank up in time for April resumption. Hosts and 
venues may at first concentrate on getting their own operations in 
gear before welcoming back community events. It also may take a while 
for the event to assemble its program and crew after so long a 
perdormition. As at late March no member of NYC Events positively 
scheduled open public events in Connecticut. 
    When I lean of renewed astronomy operations, I'll note them in our 
email group or in the next NYC Events.
    The original reason for the lockdowns, coronavirus, is fully 
exhausted. The people know far more about the virus by now and just no 
longer treat it as a death or disabling sentence. The use prevetives 
like tonic water, throat gargling, asthma spray, hand washing, 
bleach/alcohol wipes. Most in congested streets and indoors do wear 
masks and keep a meter or so apart. 
    President Biden no longer stresses the virus in his actions, 
focusing mostly on providing virus vaccine to the people. He no longer 
requires his officials to wear masks during travel. His meetings are 
held in care-free settings. 
    Biden's 'come on in' program at the Mexican border doesn't factor 
in virus risk. Newcomers are bunked in close quarters with no bulk 
testing, preventive treatment, special ventilation, quarantine, 
sanitary practices. States receiving the newcomers -- even those with 
strict lockdowns! -- haven't put up serious effective concerns about 
the influx of potential new virus infections. 
    Vaccination is proceding steadily thruout the country. As at March 
19 fully 100 million inoculations were given. Since then the pace 
ramped up to some 2 million per day. Most states by late March allow 
any adult to take the shot. At this pace, fully half of american could 
be vaccinated by <Memorial Day. This percent, together with that 
already developing d resistance to the virus, herd immunity can be 
reached by Independence Day.  Then after there is  no more excuse to 
continue lockdowns any where in the country 

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. 
  #, NYSkies Astronomy Seminar 
  Moon phase: .NM., .FQ), (FM), (LQ.  
  Sunset is noted for each Saturday  
  Sun   Mon   Tue   Wed   Thu   Fri   Sat  sunset 
  ---   ---   ---   ---   ---   ---   ---  ----------
 -(28)  -29   -30   -31     1     2#    3  19:23
   (4..   5     6     7     8     9    10  19:31
  .11.   12    13    14    15    16#   17  19:38
   18    19   .20)   21    22    23    24  19:45                                         
   25   (26)   27    28    29    30    +1  19:53

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' section, 
   '!!!' = entry in 'skipped, encumbered due to lockdowns 
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  Secret Science Club - - - !!! 

 *A S of Gtr Hartford   - - !!! 
 *Astro Soc of New Haven  - !!! 
  Litchfield Hills AAC mtg  !!! 
 *McCarthy Observatory  - - !!! 
  Westport Astro Soc mtg  - !!! 
  Westport Astro Soc starvg !!! 
  Boothe Meml Astro Soc - 203-377-9933, 

 *Amateur Observers Soc - - !!! 
 *Amat Obsrs Soc starviewing!!! 
  Astro Soc of Long Island  !!! 
  Brookhaven National Lab - !!! 
  Custer Institute  - - - - !!! 
  Hmaptons Observatory  - - !!! 
  SUNY Stony Brook - -  - - !!! 
 *Susan Rose Observatory  - !!! 
 *Amat Astro Assn starvwg - !!! 
 *Amat Astro Assn lecture - !!! 
  Amer Instt Archarology  - !!! 
  Ctr for Science & Society !!! 
  Central Pk (Great Lawn) - !!! 
  Earth Institute - - - - - !!! 
  Globe at Night  - - - - -  3-12 
  Gvvernors Island  - - - - SPR 
  Hayden Plm 'Frontiers'  - !!! 
  Hayden Plm 'Live!' -  - - !!! 
  Instt Stud Ancnt World  - !!! 
 *Inwood Astronomy Project  !!! 
  Jupiter Joe's Astronomy - !!! 
  mandatory face masks  - -  0 
  Natl Musm of Mathematics  !!! 
  'Nature of Color' exhibit !!! 
  NYC-H2O - - - - - - - - - !!! 
  New York Map Society  - - !!! 
  NYU Astrop & Relatvty - - !!! 
  nova Cassiopeiae 2021 -    1-indef
 *NYSkies Astronomy Seminar !!! 
  omega Centauri challenge   1-May 31 
  SciCafe' - - - - -  - - - !!! 
 *Top of the Laawn  - - - - !!! 
  Urban Park Rangers  - - - !!! 
 Ctr for Space Sci Edu - - info@nyccsse. org, www.nyccsse.org,  
             212-608-6164 n 

  Lamont-Doherty Obsy - - - !!! 
  Mid-Hudson Astro Assn - - !!! 
  Ward Pound Ridge  - - - - !!! 
  Westchester Amat Astro  - !!! 

  A A A of Princeton  - - - !!! 
 *Amat Astro Inc meeting  - !!! 
  *Amat Astro Inc lecture - !!! 
  A S of Toms Rv Area - - - !!! 
  Morris Musm Astro Soc - - SPR 
  New Jersey Astro Assn - - !!! 
  North Bergen Viaduct  - -  0 
  No Jersey Astro Gp mtg  - !!! 
  Rutgers Univ Astro Collqm !!! 
  Rutgers Univ Astro Semnr  !!! 
 *S*T*A*R - - - - - - - - - !!! 
 *Sheep Hill Astro Assn - - !!! 
 *Utd Astro Clubs of NJ - - !!! 
  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  


  Staten Is Community TV  - !!! 



Ongoing and continuing events 
    all day - North Brgen Viaduct - NJ - road closings and rebuild 
        Thru end 2020.  One lane in each direction is closed during 
        major rebuild of viaduct on NJ495 between NJ Tpk and Lincoln 
        Tnl. Buses have priority on remaining lanes. On-off ramps for 
        local street close from time to time.  www.restorenj495.com /    
all day - whole City - MH - mandatory face masks 
        Indefinite duration. US CDC face mask order from Mon 1 Feb 
        2021 at 23:59 EST. It requires all riders and crew in public 
        transport systems to wear face masks. Order covers usual 
        transport modes and also taxis, ride-share, ride-hire 
        services. It applies to support facilities ike depots, 
        terminals, stations, ports. Mask may be momentarily removed 
        for eating & drinking, as transport system may allow. 
        Violators subject to federal penalties and removal from system 
        at next upcoming safe opportunity. CDC order overlays existing 
        local rules for face masks on public transport. 

List of Events 
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Events with dates are on-site events, all running pm lockdown # 
 # restrictions for attendees. Have in hand your facial mask and # 
 # follow all procedures at the event. Inquire at each event's   # 
 # contact for specific instructions. Mind well that local lock- # 
 # down authorities may intervene on site against violators.     # 

Thu  1 Apr 
    all day - whole Ciry - MH - nova Cassiopeiae 2021
        Adapted from AAVSO Alert Notice 75. Nova Cassiopeiae 2021 
        discovered by Yuji Nakamura, Japan, on 2021 Mar 18 at 9.6 
        magn. Steaily brightening into late Mar. RA 23h 24m 
        47.73s, Decl +61d 11m 14.8s (2000), from alp Cas to bet Cas 
        then one length beyond. Magn ~8.2 on 28 Mar, requies small 
        scope, large binoculars, good finder chart.  Cas in ow NW in 
        Apr eve, low NE in predawn. www.aavso.org 
    00:00 - whole City - MH - omega Centauri challenge 
        Thru 31 May. When cluster ome Cen, NGC5128, is on meridian 
        it's about 1 deg alt, yet is observable from within NYC. 
        Requires good observing skills, dark sky, clear horizon. 

Sat  3 Apr 
    21:30 - whole CIty - MH - Globe at Night exercise 
        Thru Apr 12. NYSkies runs its own Globe at Night exercise in 
        2020-2021 while Orion is in sky at nighfall. Same method and 
        procedure as for prior years for documenting sky transparency 
        over City. Details at www.nyskies.org/gannyc.htm. 

 Events Skipptl This Month 
    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 - Amer Musm Natl Hist - MH - 'Nature of color' exhibit 
        Thru 2021 August. 4th floor. Explore light, wavelength, 
        vision, pigments, radiation, sprctra. $28 adm & exh. 
         212-769-5100, www.ammh.org/exhibitions/color 
    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 - 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  
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    10:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture 
         Colloquium series. Rutgers Univ, Busch Campus, Astro & Phys 
        Lecture Hall. Free. www.physics.rutgers.edu/colloquium, 
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    13;15 - Unionsale - LI - Amat Obsrs Soc meeting 
        Hofstra Univ, Berliner Hall. free. www.aosny.org, 
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    13:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture 
        Seminar series. Rutgers Univ, Serin W330. Free. 732-445-3974, 

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    14:00 - New York University - MH - astronomy lecture 
        726 Broadway, Rm 940. Various topics in astrophys and 
        relativity. Free. Have GI photo ID for campus security. 
    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, 
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    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 
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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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - Amagansett - LI - astronomy lecture 
        Montauk Obsy. Amagansett Library. Indoor talk, clearsky 
         sunviewing. Free. www.montaukobservatory.com 
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    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 
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    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, 
         www.gc.cuny.edu/publicprograms +++ = = = = = 
     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 - 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  
    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, 
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    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 - 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 
    19:00 - 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 - Stony Brook - LI - astronomy lecture                     
        SUNY Stony Brook, Earth &amp; Spc Sci Hall. Indoor lecture, 
        clearsky starviewing. Free. www.ess.sunysb.edu/astro, 
        631-632-8100, slutterbie@notes.cc.sunysb.edu 
    19:30 - Morristown - NJ - Morris Museum Astro Soc meeting  
        Morris Museum. Free. 973-386-1848, 973-386-1848,, 
        www.morrismuseum.org/astro-society, info@morrismusem.org, 
        ckkrish@gmail.com, www.mmastrosociety.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, 
      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 - Pleasantville - NY - Westchester Amat Astro meeting  
        Pace Univ, Lienhard Hall, Free.    
        waa-president@westchesterastronomers.org  Sat  8 Feb 
    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 - 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 - 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,  
    20:00 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc lecture 
         Union Co Coll, Smith Audm. Indoor talk, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free. www.asterism.org 
    20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg 
        UACNJ Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free.  
  20:00 - Princeton - NJ - clearsky starviewing 
        Princeton Univ, Peyton Hall. Free. Cancelled for clouds 
        jeg@astro.princeton.edu, lee@astro.princeton.edu 
    20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - No Jersey Astro Gp meeting 
        Montclair St Univ, Richardson Hall, Room 232. Free. 
       njastro.org, 973-655-7266 jjj 
    20:00 - Westport - CT - 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 - 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 - 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 - Ward Pound Ridge - NY - clearsky starviewing 
        Westchester Amat Astro. Meadows Picnic Area. Free. Cancelled 
        for clouds. waa-president@westchesterastronomers.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 - 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 - Voorhees St Pk - NJ - NJ Astro Assn meeting 
        NJAA-HQ, Robinson Obsy. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free. www.njaa.org, 908-368-8500 
    20:30 - 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
    During March significant loosening of the genral lockdowns took 
place in NYSkies. We may see in the months ahead a restoration of 
astronomy services approaching pre-lockdown levels. 
    Mind well that hosts and venues may have to take care of their own 
operations first before welcoming back community guests,, like 
astronomy clubs. Astronomy centers have to rebuild their crews and 
programs after so long a latent period, already over a year. 
    As at issue time no astronomy events are scheduled to run normally 
in April. They remain for now in their lockdown mode. 
    Northeast Astronomy forum and Earth Day, both crash-cancelled in 
2020 when the lockdowns began, are again call off as free-air events. 
They are running remote webcasts. Their hosts, SUNY Rockland for NEAR 
and Union Sq for ED, aren't ready yet for community events. 
    Astronomy activities starting in spring, mainly starviewings, did 
not put up schedules yet for April. Please inquire at their sponsors 
for latest news. 
    A further reason to leave all NYC Events entries in place is the 
late March  disruption of Internet service in Nw Jersey and 
Connecticut (within NYSkies). Trouble, coupled with phone and TV, 
seems to center on Cablevision, wither directly or by relaying signal 
from other providers.  Some outages were sporadic and temporary, but I 
fond it unreliable to check on events in these states. 

City news
    The in-person NYSkies Astronomy Seminars on March 5 and 19 were 
cancelled due to lockdown. The new digital Seminar, with three 
sessions as at end March, were widely welcomed. With the sessions in 
our web, they are attracting remote audiences. I got requests to let 
clubs use the sessions for a feature of their meetings, like playing a 
movie, followed by discussion about them among the members. The 
sessions are publicly to hand in our web and may be used for astronomy 
erudition. They are at 


Only the current and previous two sessions are online. Older ones are 
put into offline archive. Please download them before they migrate 
away for future enjoyment. 
    some movement started in March to relax the lockdown situation in 
NYSkies.  Theaters in NYC reopened for limited occupancy and indoor 
dining was bumped up to 50% capacity. Connecticut let down most 
lockdown rules, leaving many as recommendations. Premises may set 
their own limits for occupancy, spacing, flowthru.New Jersey allowed 
certain businesses to resume with limited capacity.                  
    Pi Day on March 14 seems to be passed over in 2021. Normally a 
light ceremony convenes around snacks and cake/pie/pizza (cut into 2-
pi slices). I didn't hear of any remote or virtual workarounds for 
this year. Next Pi Day is July 22. 
    The St Patrick's Day parade was cancelled for march 17, a second 
+call-off after  the precipitous one in 2020right after the lockdown 
started. A skeleton precession of Irish bagpipers did a march from the 
lexington Av armory to St Patrick's Cathedral to keep the parade 
continuity like a similar show did in 2020. Parade began in the 
1750s[!] in what is now Lower Manhattan. On March 19 US Prez Biden 
announced the US reached its 100 millionth vaccination and the current 
pace is some 2 million per day. 
    March 14 was the anniversary of the first death from coronavirus 
in New York City.  Several local officials held memorial shows. 
    Johnson & Johson's virus vaccine eas approved in March. 
Distribution began immediately, along side the Pfizer and Moderna 
vaccines. Health officials note that it doesn't matter which serum you 
get, with all being highly effective against the virus. J&J vaccine 
may be more widely available because it is stored under slight cooling 
and needs only one shot. These factors allow more facilities to offer 
it. Pfizer and Moderna need two shots and deep refrigeration. Still no 
walkin service. Prior appointment, usually thru webs,is required. 
    Larry Elder radio show on March 12 had astronomy question. In its 
'Can you beat Kurt' segment he asked for average Earth-Moon distance 
in miles without going over. (A 'mile' is ~1,600m.) One contestant 
gave '238,000 miles' recalled from science class. Other to be smart 
gave 238,999 miles. he was over and lost. Average distance is about 
238,800 miles (384,500km). 

Sky news 
    March 2021 was a good observing month with many clear dark nights. 
The main inhibitent against starviewing was  windy conditions. Several 
times in march wind warnings and bridge speed restrictions wee ordered 
as wind reached 80-90 KPH. Damage was inflicted on loose outdoor 
furniture, flimsy structures, trees and power lines all over NYSkies. 
    Globe at Night wraps up with its April 3-12 run in NYSkies. Ten 
after orion is way to far into evening twilight for good readings. he 
March run scored many clear nights with transp of 4th magn in the 
City; 5th beyond. Details ar 


    Some observes tried for First Crescent on mArch 14. No luck 
reported as at issue time but all had a fun time of it. The NYSkies 
digital session for March 5th probably was a boost toward the effort. 
    Jupiter and Saturn are now in the dawn sky, several degrees apart. 
Jupiter is running ahead, east, of Saturn toward mutual opposition in 
    On Mar 18 nova Cassiopeiae was found by Yuji Nakamura of Japan.  It 
could rise into binocular range in early Apr. Deep Cut finder chart, 
with stars to 10th magn or fetch one from nova obsrving webs. Cas 
skirts horizon in spring in NYSkies, hiddn in landscape around 
midnight. Get view at nightfall in low NW or in presawn in low NE. See 
April 1. 
    Venus is technicly an evening star, but is drenched in strong 
twilight. she gradually eases east from the Sun and climbs into darker 
twilight in late May. 
    Mars is in Taurus, heading toward Gemini. a modest pink star, 
he'll eventually slide into evening twilight in the fall. 
    March 26 gave the City its first summer weather of 2021! in midday 
temps peaked at high 20Cs, causing most people outdoors to shed their 
winter coats. Some walked about in shirt sleeves. Late afternoon brang 
the winds, up to 80KPH. Loose furniture and weak 
structures were blown around. 
    April and May are the months for the omega Centauri challenge, 
topic of our april 2 digital Seminar. full instructions are at


Challenge requires good observing skill,clear southern horizon, clear 
day horizon sky. 
    On March 26 assured that asteroid Apophis will not collide with 
Earth in 2036 or 2068. It  swings by Earth in 2029 and 2036, with 
comfortable misses. Until now Apophis orbit was loose enough to allow 
a small chance of 2068 collision. 
    Earth Hour on March 27 was totally clouded out, hiding the Full 
Moon. I inspected the sky just before, in middle of, and just after 
Earth Hour for any changes in hotspots or other luminous graffiti 
effects. There were no hotspots due to the ongoing lockdown and the 
Full Moon  was obscured. Except for the sky getting darker as evening 
progressed there were no changes from alteration of luminous graffiti.