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NYC EVENTS FOR AUGUST 2018 
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 John Pazmino 
 NYSkies Astronomy Inc  
 nyskies@nyskies.org  
 www.nyskies.org 

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

General notes 
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    'whole City' means the event has no specific or dedicated place. 
It may be enjoyed from the whole NYSkies territory or at a number of 
individual places. Celestial events are typicly 'whole City' events.  
    'all day' means the event is continuous or repeating during the 
open hours of the host facility. Facilities may have limited hours per 
day or days per week. Check with the event contacts.  
    'adv regn reqd',for 'advance registration required/requested' 
means that the event requires or requests signing up before the event. 
You must have your ticket in hand at the gate. There could be a 
deadline some days before the event, after which no more signups are 
accepted. Check with the event contact for specifics. 
    Prices cited are the 'rack rate'. You could qualify for discounts 
 As may be offered by the sponsor. Besides the base price there may be 
noptional extra fees to consider. 

Current Month calendar  
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  Plain dates are in current month;  
  -, previous month; +, next month.  
  Moon phase: .NM., .FQ), (FM), (LQ.  
  Sunset is noted for each Saturday  
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  Sun   Mon   Tue   Wed   Thu   Fri   Sat  sunset 
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  -29   - 30   -31     1     2     3    (4. 20:08 
   5       6     7     8     9    10    .1. 19:59 
  12      13    14    15    16    17   .18) 19:50 
  19      20    21    22    23    24    25  19:39 
 (26)     27    28    29    30    31    +1  19:28 
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Index  of Events  
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 * = 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 
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    BROOKLYN - BK 
 *Floyd Bennett Field - - - S/O 
  Secret Science Club - - -  0 

    CONNECTICUT - CT 
 *A S of Gtr Hartford   - - S/O 
  Astro Soc of Greenwich  - S/O 
 *Astro Soc of New Haven  - 28 
  Bowman Observatory  - - -  1, 15 
 *Litchfield Hills AAC mtg  10 
 *Litchfield Hills starvg - 17 
 *McCarthy Observatory  - - 11 
  New Pond Farm - - - - - -  4 
  Stamford Observatory  - -  3, 10, 17, 24, 31 
 *Van Vleck Obsy (ASGH) - - 18 
  Van Vleck Obsy (WU) - - - S/O 
  Western CT St Univ Obsy - S/O 
 *Westport Astro Soc mtg  - 21 
 *Westport Astro Soc starvg  1, 2, 3, 8, 15, 22, 29 
  -------------------------
  Boothe Meml Astro Soc - 203-377-9933, 
    www.facebook.com/Boothe-Memorial-Astronomical-Society 

    LONG ISLAND - LI 
 *Amateur Observers Soc - - S/O 
  Amer Instt Aero & Astro - S/O 
  Astro Soc of Long Island   1, 8, 15, 22, 29 
  Brookhaven National Lab -  5 
  Custer Institute  - - - -  4, 11, 18, 25 
  Hofstra Univ Obsy - - - - S/O 
  Montauk Observatory - - -  3, 10 
  SUNY Stony Brook   -  - - S/O 
 *Susan Rose Observatory  -  4, 11, 18, 25     
 
    MANHATTAN - MH  
 *Amat Astro Assn starvwg -  0 
 *Amat Astro Assn lecture - S/O 
  Amer Musm Natl Hist   - -  1 
  Ctr for Atmosp Ocean Sci  S/O 
  Ctr for Science & Society S/O 
  Central Pk (Great Lawn) -  3,,10,11,12,17,18,19,24,25,26,31 
 *Columbia Univ Obsy  - - - S/O 
  Cornelia Street Cafe' - - ??? 
  Earth Institute - - - - - ??? 
  Good Housekeeping lab   - 10 
  Governor's Island - - - -  1-Oct 31 
  Gullicar's Gate - - - - -  0 
  Instt Stud Ancnt World  - S/O 
  Intrepid AstroCafe' - - - S/O 
  Intrepid Astro Night  - -  3 / *Inwood Astronomy Project  4, 11, 18, 
25 
  Jupiter Joe Sidewk Astro   0 
  Natl Musm of Mathematics   1 
  NY Academy of Sciences  - ??? 
  NYC-H2O - - - - - - - - -  0 
  New York Univ Astro - - - S/O 
 *NYSkies Astronomy Seminar  3, 17 
  SciCafe'  - - - - - - - -  1 
  Science & the Arts  - - - ??? 
  Simons Foundation - - - - S/O 
  Summer Streets -- - - - -  4, 11, 18 
  Top of the Lawn - - - - -  3,,10,11,12,17,18,19,24,25,26,31 
  TriState computer fair  -  0 
  Unitrd Nations  - - - - - 22-23 
  Urban Park Rangers -  - -  0 
  Weekend Walks - - - - - -  1-mid Dec 2018 
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 Ctr for Space Sci Edu - - info@nyccsse.org, www.nyccsse.org,  
            212-608-6164 n 
    METRO-NORTH - NY  
  Lamont-Doherty Obsy - - - S/O 
  Mid-Hudson Astro Assn - - 10 
  Ramapo Challenger Ctr - - 19 
  Rockland Astro Club - - - 18 
  Vassar College Obsy - - - S/O 
  Ward Pound Ridge  - - - -  4 
  Westchester Amat Astro  - S/O 

    NEW JERSEY - NJ  
  A A A of Princeton  - - - S/O 
  A S of Toms Rv Area - - - ??? 
 *Amat Astro Inc meeting  -  33, 10, 18, 24, 31 
 *Amat Astro Inc lecture  - S/O 
  Joint Base Centennial   -  0 
  Morris Musm Astro Soc - - S/O 
  New Jersey Astro Assn - - 25 
  No Jersey Astro Gp mtg  - S/O 
  No Jersey Astro Gp starvg S/O 
  Peyton Observarory  - - -  8 
  Plasma Physics Lab  - - -  3, 17 
  Rutgers Univ Astro Collqm S/O 
  Rutgers Univ Astro Semnr  S/O 
 *S*T*A*R - - - - - - - - - S/O 
  Schommer Observatory  - -  9, 23 
 *Sheep Hill Astro Assn - -  3 
 *Sheep Hill Observatory  - 17 
 *Utd Astro Clubs of NJ - -  4, 11, 18, 25 
  Washington Xing St Pk - -  3, 10, 17, 24, 31 
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  Dark Sky Observers - www.users.nac.net/gburke/club  
  McDowell Obsy - mec.rst2.edu, 201-460-8300 
  Montclair Telescope Club - 973-948-5284, bischoff@garden.net,    
        users.erols.com/njastro/orgs/mtc.hrm  
  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  
  Alley Pond Park - - - - - S/O 
  York College Observatory  S/O 

    REST OF WORLD 
  Summer Star Party - - - - 10-19 

    STATEN ISLAND - SI   
  Coll of Staten Is Obsy  - S/O 
  Great Kills Park  - - - - 11 
  Staten Is Community TV  -  3, 10, 17, 24, 31 

    THE BRONX - BX 
  
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Ongoing and continuing events 
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    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, 
        matt@nych2o.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. 
          president@aaa.org, 718-522-5014, www.aaa.org  
    all day - whole City - MH - clearsky starviewing  
        VARIOUS PLACES, DATES, HOURS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT  
        Jupiter Joe's Sidewalk Astronomy. Sessions convene in parks 
        usually at dusk. Occasional daytime sunviewing. Free. `       
        Cancelled for clouds.  www.jupiterjoesastronomy.org, 
        jupiyerjoesastronomy@gmail.com 
    all day - Gullivaer's Gate - MH - cultural exhibit 
        indef duration. 216 W 44 St, 7/8 Av. Opened in mid April 2017 
        for preview. Miniature models of landmarks and important 
        structures from around the world. Rooms arranged by quarter of 
        world and for New York City. $36, timed ticket, adv regn reqd. 
        Optional cost for stereopint of visitor into figurine placed 
        at desired item in exhibit. www.gulliversgate.com. 
    all day - whole City - MH - cultural tours & lectures 
        VARIOUS PLACES, DATES, HOURS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT  
        Urban Park Rangers. Tours of parks, landmarks, nabes, hoods. 
        Lectures on history and culture of NYC. Program varies each 
        month. Free. www.nyc.gov/parks  
    10:00 - whole City - MH - Tri-State Computer Fair 
        VARIOUS LOCATIONS, GENERALLY ON SUNDAYS 
        Source of computer systems, software, components, accessories. 
        $7. www.tri-statefairs.com, 718-227-5586 
    20:00 - Bell House - BK - Secret Science Club meeting  
        OCCASIONAL SESSIONS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT 
        149 7 St, 2/3 Av. Lecture and music on various science  
        topics. Free. secretscienceclub.blogspot.com, 718-638-4400, 

List of events 
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Wed  1 Aug 
    all day - Governors Island - MH - cultural shows 
        FERRY IS FREE FOR FIRST WEEK, MAY 1-6, THENAFTER $2 RT 
        Thru 31 Oct. Island is open on every day, 10h-20h weekdayss, 
        10h-19h weekends. Walk and tour thru former military base and 
        new urban park. Shows vary each day or visit by foot or bike. 
        Ferries run every day 10h-17h from Battery Marine Terml, MH, 
        and on weekdays from Pier 6, BK. Island is free but ferry 
         fare is $2 RT. www.nps.gov/gois, 
        www.govisland.com 
    all day - whole City - MH - Weekend Walks street fairs 
        VARIOUS LOCATIONS AND DATES; INQUIRE AT CONTACT 
        Thru mid Dec. NYC Dept of Transptn closes certain steets in 
        all boros on Saturdayss for street fairs. Stores and local 
        orgs offer ntertainment, discount sales, exhibits, food 
        service Free. 
        www.nyc.gov/html/dot/weekendwalks/html/home/home.shtml 
     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 
    19:00 - Amer Musm Natl Hist - MH - SciCafe' show 
        Hall of Ocean Life or hall of planet Earth. Music, drinks, 
        chat with Museum scientists. Free, be 21 or be gone. GI photo 
        ID reqd. 212-769-5100, www.amnh.org/programs 
    20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting 
        Vanderbilt Plm. Free. asliastronomy@yahoo.com, 
        www.asliclub.org 
    20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky Mars viewing 
       Westport Astro Soc. Rolnick Obsy. Extra session for Mars 
        opposition. Free. Cancelled for clouds. www.was-ct.org, 
        203-227-0925 
    20:30 - Greenwich - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        Astro Soc of Greenwich. Curtis Elem Schl, Bowman Obsy. Free. 
        Cancelled for clouds. rickbria@optonline.net, 203-415-6762. , 
        astrogreenwich.org 

Thu  2 Aug 
    20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky Mars viewing - see Aug 1 

Fri  3 Aug 
    10:00 - Princeton - NJ - science tour 
        Plasma Physics Lab. Walk thru history and culture of fproject 
        to capture energy from controled hydrogen fusion. Free, adv 
        regn reqd. Photo ID required for campus security. 
        www.pppl.gov/events 
    18:30 - McBurney House - MH - NYSkies Astronomy Seminar  
        DISCUSSION: METEORS, COMETS, AND THE PERSEIDS 
        125 W 14 St, 6/7 Av. Discussion of astronomy topics, show 
        & tell, skywatching reports, news of astro activity in NYSkies 
        territory. Free. nyskies@nyskies.org, www.nyskies.org     
    18:30 - Montauk - LI - astronomy lecture 
        Montauk Obsy. Montauk Lobraryy. Indoor talk, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free. www.montaukobservatory.com 
    19:30 - Boonton - NJ - Sheep Hill Astro Assn meeting  
        Boonton Senior Ctr. Free. www.sheephillastro.org, 
        contacts@sheephillastro.org, wwestura@optonline.net 
     19:30 - Intrepid Museum - MH - astronomy lecture 
        Flight deck of ship. Indoor/open air lecture, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free. www.intrepidmuseum.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 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting 
        Union Co Coll, Sperry Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky  
        starviewing. Free. www.asterism.org, hfjacinto6@gmail.com  
    20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture 
        Stamford Obsy. $5. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. 
        203-322-6537, www.stamfordmuseum.org, cescovil@earthlink.net 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing 
        PLUS OCCASIONAL EXTRA SESSIONS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT  
        Top of the Lawn. North path of Great Lawn. Free. Cancelled for 
        clouds. tags_p@yahoo.com, www.nyskies.org, nyskies@nyskies.org 
    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, 
      info@princetonastronomy.org 
    20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky Mars viewing - see Aug 1 

Sat  4 Aug 
    07:00 - Bklyn Bg to Upr E Side - MH - Summer Streets 
        Streets closed from motor traffic 07h-13h for promenade from 
        Bklyn Bg to Upr E Side. Only human-powered vehicles aloowed. 
        Street shows, viewing sites, music, performers. Walk thru Park 
        Av tunnel under Murray Hill. New attraction in 2017 is 
        'QuadWash' water-slide at Park Av & 71 St. Free. 
        www.nyc.gov/dot 
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  Summer Streets route                                      5 Av 
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     |<--Lafayette St/4 Av/Park Av S-->|<--Park Av--/\/--      |72 St 
     Foley Sq              Union Sq       Grand Centl Terml    | 
  |--O------------O--------O-----======--|___|-----------------+    
  Bk Bg           Cooper Sq      Park Av Tnl         
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    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 - Ward Pound Ridge - NY - clearsky starviewing 
        Westchester Amat Astro. Meadows Picnic Area. Free. Cancelled 
        for clouds. waa-president@westchesterastronomers.org 
        www.westchesterastronomers.org, 
    20:00 - 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, 
        president@custerobservatory.org, 631-765-2626  
    20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg 
        UACNJ Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free.  
        www.uacnj.org 
    20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing 
        OCCASIONAL EXTRA SESSIONS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT  
        Inwood Astronomy Project. Meet at park entrance, Seaman Av 
        & Isham St. Free. Cancelled for clouds. 917-529-2359 
        www.inwoodastronomy.org, asonskendall@gmail.com 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Aug 3 
    20:30 - West Reading - CT - clearsky starviewingh 
        New Pond Farm, obseratory. $10, adv regn reqd. , cancelled for 
        clouds. www.newpondfarm.org, 203-938-2117, 

Sun  5 Aug 
    10:00 - Upton - LI - Summer Sundays science show 
        Brookhaven Natl Lab. Visit several BNL facilities with demos   
        and talks, Four Sundays, each with different activities. Free, 
        have GI photo ID for campus security. 631-344-2651, 
        www.bnl.gov/evnts 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Aug 3 

Wed  8 Aug 
    20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see Aug 1 
    20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        Westport Astro Soc. Rolnick Obsy. Free. Cancelled for 
        clouds. www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 
     20:30 - Princeton - NJ - clearsky starviewing 
        Princeton Univ, Peyton Hall. Free. Cancelled for clouds 
        www.astro.princeton.edu/observatory/publicobserving.php,//, 
        jeg@astro.princeton.edu, lee@astro.princeton.edu 

Thu  9 Aug 

        Rutgers Univ, Schommer Obsy. Free. Cancelled for clouds.  
        732-205-0020, www.physics.rutgers.edu/ast/ast-serin.html  
        pryor@physics.rutgers.edu 


Fri 10 Aug 
    10:00 - Good Housekeeping Resrch Instt - MH - science tour 
        Also 11:30. Hearst Tower, 57 St & 8 Av. Walk thru history and 
        science of product testing center of Good Housekeeping 
        magazine. Free, adv regn reqd. 212-649-5000, 
        ghritours@hearst.com 
    18:00 - Peppermint Park - MA - Summer Star Party  
        Thru Sun 19 Aug. Rockland Astro Club. Peppermint Park camp. 
        Talks, demos, dark skies, meals, tourism, prizes, cmapg, 
        lodgg. $58 + extras. www.rocklandastronomy.com, 845-446-4336, 
         josealvira@rocklandastronomy.com 
    18:00 - Peppermint Park - MA - Summer Star Party  
        Thru Sun 30 Jun. Rockland Astro Club. Peppermint Park camp. 
        Talks, demos, dark skies, meals, tourism, prizes, cmapg, 
        lodgg. $45 + extras. www.rocklandastronomy.com, 845-446-4336, 
         josealvira@rocklandastronomy.com 
    19:00 - Lk Taghkanic St Pk - NY - clearsky starviewing 
        Mid-Hudson Astro Assn. West Beach parking lot. Free,  
        cancelled for clouds. Adv regn reqd with vehicle make, 
        model, plate number for park security. `       
        www.nidhudsonastronomy.org 
    19:30 - Torrington - CT - Litchfield Hills Amat Astro Club mtg 
        Central Congregational Church. Free.lhaacsec@gmail.com 
        lhastro.org 
    19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - dee Aug 3 
    19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Aug 3 
    20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Aug 3 
    20;00 - Wash'n X'ing - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Aug 3 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Aug 3 
    20:30 - Bridgehampton - LI - astronomy lecture 
        Montauk Obsy. So Fork Natl Hist Musm Indoor talk, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free. www.montaukobservatory.com 

Sat 11 Aug 
    07:00 - Bklyn Bg to Upr E Side - MH - Summer Streets - se Aug 4 
    20:00 - New Milford - CT - astronomy lecture  
        McCarthy Obsy, New Miford HS. Indoor lecture, clearsky  
        starviewing. Free. www.mccarthyobservatory.org, 860-354-1595, 
        contact@mccarthyobservatory.org 
    20:00 - Great Kills Pk - SI - clearsky starviewing 
        Natl Pk Svc. Enter at Hylan Bv to playground; Free. Cancelled 
        for clouds. www.nps.gov/gate, 718-987-6790  n 
    20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing - see Aug 4 
    20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Aug 4 
    20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg - see Aug 4 
    20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing  - see Aug 4 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Aug 3 

Sun 12 Aug 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Aug 3 

Wed 15 Aug 
    20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see Aug 1 
    20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Aug 8 
    20:30 - Greenwich - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Aug 1 

Fri 17 Aug 
    10:00 - Princeton - NJ - science tour - see Aug 3 
    18:30 - McBurney House - MH - NYSkies Astronomy Seminar  
        DISCUSSION: THE MOON IN HER ORBIT 
        125 W 14 St, 6/7 Av. Discussion of astronomy topics, show 
        & tell, skywatching reports, news of astro activity in NYSkies 
        territory. Free. nyskies@nyskies.org, www.nyskies.org 
    19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - dee Aug 3 
    19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Aug 3 
    20;00 - Wash'n X'ing - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Aug 3 
    20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Aug 3 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Aug 3 
    20:30 - Boonton - NJ - clearsky starviewing  
        Sheep Hill Astro Assn Obsy, Free. Cancelled for  
        clouds. sheephillastro.otg, contacts@sheephillastro.org, 
        wwestura@optonline.net 
    20:30 - Litchfield - CT - Litchfield Hills A A C lecture 
        White Meml Consrvn Ctr. Free. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
        starviewing. lhaac.shutterfly.com, lhaacsec@gmail.com 
        lhastro.org 

Sat 18 aug 
    07:00 - Bklyn Bg to Upr E Side - MH - Summer Streets - se Aug 4 
    20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Aug 4 
    20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg - see Aug 4 
    20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing  - see Aug 4 
    20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing - see Aug 4 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Aug 3 
    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,  f        
pparkers@cs.com 
    20:00 - Bear Mountain - NY - clearsky starviewing 
        Rockland Astro Club. Athony Wayne Rec Pk, picnic field. Free, 
        cancelled for clouds. www.rocklandastronomy.com 

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

Tue 21 Aug 
    20:00 - Westport - CT - Westport Astro Soc meeting 
         Rolnick Obsy. Free. www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 \ Wed 22 Aug                                                
    10:00 - United Nations - MH - cultural conference 
        Thru Thu 23 Aug. UN Dpt of Publ Info. UN HQ. 'Finding global 
        ` solutions for global problems'. 67th annual conf preparing 
        various topics for coming session of?General Assembly. Free, 
        adv regn reqd, details under 'General newws'. 
        outreach.un.org/ngorelations/67th-dpibgo-conference 
     20:30 - 
    20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see Aug 1  
    20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Auag 8 

Thu 23 Aug 
    20:30 - Piscataway - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Aug 9 

Fri 24 Aug 
    19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - dee Aug 3 
    19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Aug 3 
    20;00 - Wash'n X'ing - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Aug 3 
    20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Aug 3 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Aug 3 

Sat 25 Aug 
    20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing - see Aug 4 
    20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg - see Aug 4 
    20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Aug 4 
    20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing  - see Aug 4 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Aug 3 
    20:30 - Voorhees St Pk - NJ - NJ Astro Assn meeting 
        NJAA-HQ, Robinson Obsy. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free. www.njaa.org, 908-368-8600 

Sun 26 Aug 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Aug 3 

Tue 28 Aug 
    19:00 - New Haven - CT - Astro Soc of New Haven meeting 
        Yale Univ, Leitner Family Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free. www.asnh.org, prez@asnh.org 

Wed 29 Aug 
    20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see Aug 1 
    20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see aug 8 

Fri 31 Aug 
    19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Aug 3 
    19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - dee Aug 3 
    20;00 - Wash'n X'ing - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Aug 3 
    20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Aug 3 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Aug 3 

Events Skipped This Month 
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  [S/O] SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER RESUMPTION OF ACTIVITY 
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    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, suzana@ldeo.columbia.edu, 
    13:15 - Uniondale - LI - Amat Obsrs Soc meeting. 
        Hofstra Univ, Berliner Hall. Free. www.aosny.org, 
        suerose@optonline.net 
    13:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture 
        Seminar series. Rutgers Univ, Serin 401. Free. 732-445-3974, 
        www.physics.rutgers.edu/ast/seminar 
    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/events.htm 
    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 - Greenwich - CT - Astro Soc of Greenwich meeting 
        Greenwich Public Library. Free with musm adm. 
        rickbria@optonline.net, 203-415-6762, astrogreenwich.org 
    16:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture 
         Colloquium series. Rutgers Univ, Busch Campus, Astro & Phys 
        Lectr Hall. Free. www.physics.rutgers.edu/colloquium, 
        732-445-3974 
    17:00 - Simons Foundation - MH - scinece lecture 
         160 5 Av & 21 St. 'How and why Mercury is different from its 
        sibling rocky planets?'. Free, adv regn reqd. 646-654-0066, 
        ww.simonsfoundation.org 
    18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecture 
        15 E 84 St, 5/Madison Av. Various topics on history and 
         culture of ancient civilizations.. Free, adv regn reqd. 
        isaw..nyu.edu isaw@nyu.edu, 212-992-7842 
    18:00 - Bethpage - LI -  Amer Instt Aero & Astro lecture       
        Bethpage Public Library. Various topics in aeronautics and 
        astronautics. 'Nars sample return missiOn'. Free, optional $5 
        pizza-soda. 516-458-8593, davidparis@twc.com 
    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 
    18:15 - 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 
   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, 
        robbins@mail.csi.cuny.edu, 
     19:30 - Intrepid Museum - MH - AstroCafe' lecture 
        Flight deck of ship. Indoor/open air lecture, clearsky 
        starviewing. Food & drink service, bar drinks sold only to 21+ 
        YO. Free. www.intrepidmuseum.org 
    19:30 - Morristown - NJ - Morris Museum Astro Soc meeting  
         Morris Museum. Free. 973-386-1848, 973-386-1848,, 
        www.mmastrosociety.org, info@morrismusem.org, 
        ckkrish@gmail.com 
    19:30 - Pleasantville - NY - Westchester Amat Astro meeting  
        Pace Univ, Miller Hall, Free. www.westchesterastronomers.org, 
        waa-president@westchesterastronomers.org  
     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 - 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 - Alley Pond Park - QN - astronomy lecture 
        Alley Pond Enviro Ctr. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
        starviewing. $14 at door.. www.alleypond.org, 
        info@alleypond.org, 718-229-4000 
    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 - Upper Montclair - NJ - No Jersey Astro Gp meeting 
        Montclair St Univ, Richardson Hall, Room 232. Free. 
        njastro.org, 973-655-7266 
    20:00 - Floyd Bennett Field - BK - clearsky starviewing 
        Community Garden. NYSKies &amp; Natl Park Svc. Free. Cancelled 
        for clouds. www.nyskies.org, stephenlieber@nyc.rr.com, 
        nyskies@nyskies.org 
    20:00 - Lincroft - NJ - S*T*A*R meeting 
        Brookdale Commty Coll, Mommouth Museum. Free. 
        www.starastronomy.org, s-walters@comcast.net 
    20:00 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc lecture 
        Union Co Coll, Smith Audm. Indoor talk, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free. www.asterism.org 
    20:00 - Danbury - CT - astronomy lecture 
        Westn Conn St Uv, Obsy/Plm. Indoor planetarium show, 
        clearsky starviewing. Free. www.wcsu.edu/starwatch, 
        203-837-8671, dawsond@wcsu.edu 
    20:00 - York College - QN - astronomy lecture . 
        Core Academic Bdg, Rm AC-2E01. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free, adv regn reqd. 718-262-2082, 
        www.york.cuny.edu/centers-institutes/observatory, 
       tpaglione@york.cuny.edu 
    20:00 - Uniondale - LI - clearsky starviewing 
        Hofstra University,Berliner Bdg, Rm 117. Free, 
        adv regn reqd. Cancelled for clouds. 516-463-2759, 
        www.hofstra.edu/Academics, observatory@hofstra.edu 
    20:0:0 - 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 - 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 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        Wesleyan U, Van Vleck Obsy. Free, cancelled for clouds. 
        860-685-3664, www.wesleyan.edu/astro/events 
    21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing 
        Vassar College, Observatory. Free. Cancelled for clouds. 
        physicsandastronomy.vassar.edu/observatory.html, 
        845-437-7340 
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    18:00 - Cornelia St Cafe' - MH - Entertaining Science show 
        29 Cornelia St &amp; W 4 St, Play &amp; music on various 
        science themes. $10 + one drink min. 
        www.corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319 
    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, bschwartz@gc.cuny.edu, 
        scienceandarts@scienceandarts.pmailus.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, webmaster@astra-nj.org 
    19:00 - NY Academy of Sciences - MH - astronomy lecture 
        'The unification of physics: The ques for a Theory of 

General News
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    A couple issues ago I promised to alert you to public events 
staged by the United Nations. There is a two-day conference at 
the UN HQ on 2018 August 22-23 about finding solutions to global 
problems. for sure it has no astronomy content. I list it as 'cultural 
conference'. Altho the event is free, the registration  is an 
officious two-step process. First to set up an 'account' and then to 
to go and register. Fill in the on-screen forms for ONLY the required 
items, marked with '*', skipping all others. Yes, some questions are, 
uh, nervy. For 'institution' or 'affiliation' enter 'National Space 
Society' because that org is a recognized UN NGO and is about as 
innocent as any can be. You get a couple email responses, which you 
better print and keep handy. The final one is an 'approval'.. CLose to 
the 22nd you get email instructions for entering the UN campus. If 
this occasion is your first peek into the interior realms of the UN, 
please study my piece at 

    www.nyskies.org/articles/pazmino/un-open.htm 

It offers tips for a pleasant rewarding visit. Attending a UN event 
requires a high order of world-wiseliness. It's not just an other talk 
or meeting now in a fancier venue. 
    Rockland Astro Club started in July 2018 monthly clearsky 
starviewing in Bear Mountain NY. Sessions are on Saturdays, starting 
on the 18th. 
    Stamford Observatory adjusted its admission fee to $5. It was $3. 
    Westport Astro Soc in late July 2018 opened its Rolnick Obsy for 
nightly viewing of the Mars opposition. The sessions continue on 
August 1, 2, and 3, then revert to normal Wednesday schedule. 
    No Jersey Astro Group skips it/s monthly meeting for August. It 
resumes in September, with the fall season of Thursday starviewing. 
    The crater in 5th Av from the steam explosion on 2018 July 19 is a 
must-see attraction! It is walled in to contain dust and hazardous 
particles. You can peek between the wall panels. 

City News
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    Joey Chestnut on 4 July 2018 held his title at the Nathn's 
annual hotdog contest. He also set a new world record by downing 74 
hotdogs in the ten-minute round. That's 8.1 second per hotdog! Miki 
Sudo held her title in the women's round with 37 hotdogs in 10 
minutes. No new record for her, she chomping 43 hotdogs last year.  
    A trunk steam main exploded on 19 July 2018 ~06:40 EDST under 5 Av 
at 21 St, Flatiron Dist MH. It tore a 5m diameter crater in street, 
threw debris 30m into air , billowed steam to ~200 meters high. 
Adjacent buildings were evacuated for potential hazardous dust 
contamination, streets closed for cleanup and repairs. Some NYSkiers 
stopped there before the Seminar on the 20th to see the crater and 
repair teams. 
    NYSkies Astronomy Seminar on 6 July 2018 looked at the summer 
stars. We walked thru major constellations and asterisms spanning the 
zone from Jupiter thru Delhinus and Antares thru Vega. We inspected 
the planets strung along the ecliptic from Venus in northwest to Mars 
in southeast. Venus is still growing slowly in size and shrinking in 
phase. Binoculars follow her as she matches eastward thru Gemini, 
Cancer, Leo. Saturn in the mid 20s of June passed his 'ring flash' 
phase but I have no positive reports of it. The effect requires a 
close inspection or imaging of Saturn for a couple weeks centered on 
opposition. Else the planet shows no evident increase in brightness. 
Mars is now the brightest of the three full-night planets, passing the 
luster of Jupiter by July 1st. We cruised thru the galactic center 
area and Summer Triangle, noting their astrisms and deepsky targets. 
We explored the 'dark' region of Ophiuchus, Hercules, Draco. Two 
interesting asterism here are Caput Draconis and the Summer Hyades. We 
saw how the alignment of the Milky Way affects the kinds of target for 
summer observing. Open clusters and nebulae hug the Milky Way from the 
south horizon, thru the Summer Triangle, to the north horizon. The 
City's air -- specially under haze of summer -- subdues nebulae. A few 
do show thru on the less humid nights: Lagoon, Trifid, Eagle, 
Dumbbell, Ring. Globular clusters are sprinkled all over but a hive of 
them sit in the galactic center, in Sagittarius-Scorpius. For our 
latitude this area is low on the horizon. NYSkiers favored with trips 
to a southern location can examine these clusters in higher sky. 
Galaxies are spread all over, away from the Milky Way band, but 
probably none are easily found by small scopes. We noted two new 
planetary stars. 24 Bootis has one planet; gamma Librae, two. We 
recalled that the autumn stars in the east can be studied in summer by 
waiting for owl hours. With the adverse weather of summer this is 
hardly a convenience. On the other hand, watching the winter stars in 
the cool breezy nights of autumn is a pleasure. We stepped outside to 
preview Manhattanhenge. The sky was hazy wth a soft Sun. He slided 
across 14th St to set behind buildings on the right side.. Takeaways 
were charts of the summer sky, list of targets visible from the City, 
explanation of 'dog days of August', table of lunar occultations, maps 
of deepsky objects location in the Milky Way galaxy. 
    Astronomer Dr Dinah Levine Moche' passed away on 2018 May 22 at 
age 81.She fell to medical complications from a 2017 hip replacement, 
She got her BA in physics at Radcliffe College and her MA/PhD in 
astronomy & science education at Columbia University. Dinah was a 
life-long educator in astronomy and general science, author of some 20 
books,member of many college administative offices for science 
education. In the 1950s-60s she taught physics and astronomy at New 
York Univ, Columbia, Fashion Instt of Techny, Bronx CC She joined 
Queensborough CC in 1965, retiring as professor of physics in 2016 
after 50 years of service. At QCC Dr Moche' won an NSF grant for its 
observatory in 1975. Her books were mainly for children, to read ny 
themselfs or with grownups, showing astronomy and space science as 
exciting, fun, and realizable. Her best work is 'Astronomy: A self-
teaching guide', a home-study textbook now in its 8th edition. Dinah 
gave lectures, consulting, dialog to astronomy and civic orgs at all 
age levels. She took part in science education conferences and studied 
education practices overseas.. Dr Moche' headed Spacelady LLC to 
handle her authorship business and worked a web 'spacelady.com' and 
Facebook page for correspondence about her books and general 
astronomy. She was a strong effective advocate for women's concerns in 
the educational world, often exerting grievance or court action, nd 
mentored women, young and old, with their careers. Dinah worked with 
others to improve her teaching and writing and from time to time she 
discussed with me ways of explaining or demonstrating assorted 
astronomy topics. Dr Moche' was widowed with two daughters and lived 
in Rye NY. 
    Jim Hendereson headed to the annual world Wikipedia  conference in 
Cpae Town, South Africa, in  mid July 2018. While there he may explore 
the southern sky with binoculars and planetarium software. He probably 
may miss the August 27 lunar eclipse due to trip scheduling. he may 
visit the site of Heerscel's observatory, the Cape observatory  Table 
Mountain. 
    NYSkies Astronomy Seminar on 20 July 2018 discussed lunar 
occultations, the hiding and unhiding of a star by the Moon as she 
travels thru the zodiac. The Moon, being solid rock and nearest of all 
permanent celestial orbs, passes in front of stars and planets 
frequently. For stars brighter than 4th magnitude there are a dozen or 
so occultations over New York City each year. A binocular or scope is 
needed to comfortably witness an occultation because by eye the star 
can be lost in lunar glare when it is close to the Moon. The Moon 
throws a shadow of herself on the ground, like for a solar eclipse, 
equal to her own diameter of some 3600km. Because the star is a point 
at infinity, the shadow is a cylinder, not a tapered cone, and it has 
bo paenumbra zone. Every one in the shadow sees a total occultation 
and those outside see the Moon miss the star. Like for a solar eclipse 
the aspect of an occultation is sensitive to the observer's location. 
For casually watching the event prediction for a close-by town are 
good enough. Set up watch some 20 minutes before the star goes behind 
the Moon to be sure of the correct star and get ahead of differences 
of time due to observer displacement from the base location. For 
predictions for a specific place, like your own observing site, you 
need computer software. Two strong and free programs are 'Occult-4' 
and 'Lunar Occultation Workbench', both for Windows. The output is a 
table of occultations with many parameters listed for each. The 
software instructions explain what these parameters mean but a few 
common ones are: 
    * star catalog designation, with a Bayer or common name alias. 
    * illuminated fraction of Moon's disc and elongation from Sun 
    * alt-azm of Sun and Moon, clues for daytime or twilight events
    * location of star on limb of Moon by several angle methods 
    * lat-lon libration on Moon Some software alert if the star is so 
n close to the north or south limb that a graze occurs near your site, 
with directions to the closest point of the craze line. A graze is 
when a star skims across the Moon's limb,, doing peek-a-boo behind the 
lunar mountains. You have to lay down the graze limit on a roadmap to 
assess feasibility of going to it. The lunar limb looks smooth in a 
telescope, even under moderate power. Under high power the edge has 
rugged relief, like distant hills on Earth. Some software can generate 
a simulated view of the Moon with this relief to alert you to tall 
mountains or deep valleys that could distort the predicted time of the 
occultation. The program reads a file of laser altimeter data compiled 
by lunar orbiting spacecraft, available to software authors. We 
cleared up a confusion, specially in new astronomers, about the Moon's 
orbital movement versus her diurnal motion. As the Moon is carried 
east to west by the rotation of the celestial sphere, she is circling 
the Earth west to east thru the zodiac. This makes it seem 'wrong' for 
a star to go behind the Moon on her east side and then come out on her 
west side, all the while the Moon is moving east to west with the rest 
of the sky.This can be shown thru a planetarium program. The sky moves 
westward some 15 deg/hr while the Moon moves east by 1/2 deg/hr. If 
the planetarium has 'realtime' mode it animates the screen's sky in 
step with the real sky. This is good to show people what is happening 
while they wait for their look thru your scope and to keep track of 
activity during a block by clouds. We saw how a prediction can yield 
only a disappearance and not a reappearance, or vice versa.  In high 
sky we see the star's ingress, immersion, behind the Moon and then the 
star's egress, emersion, from behind the Moon. If the Moon is low in 
east the ingress can occur before moonrise but the egress takes place 
after the Moon rises. Similar logic applies to the Moon near setting. 
The ingress is seen but not the egress. We banterd about occultations 
of planets, there being none recently for the City. These come once or 
twice per decade and are always spectacular sights. The planet's disc 
sinks into the Moon at immersion and oozes out at emersion. We showed 
how occultations in theory could monitor Earth rotation, a spinoff of 
my new article on delta-T uploaded on the 19th. Ocuultations were just 
too crudely recorded in early years because it is really tough to see 
a star just at ingress or egress only by eye. In the 1960s home 
astronomers were hyper on occultations to assist in the Moon Race. We 
had to know precisely where the Moon is to let astronauts land on her 
safely. Occultations were tried as a means of finding longitude but 
the calculations needed on the ship were too hard for most navigators 
and the observation was too tricky on a ship in open sea. An altenate 
method, lunar distances, was used in the stead, even into the early 
20th century. Since about 1990 we know the Moon's motion and position 
at any instant to within a few centimeters by ranging off of mirrors 
on the Moon and radio links with lunar orbiters. Observatories still 
collecting occultation data do so by robootic scopes deployed at know 
locations along a highway. The scope cofigures by GPS for time and 
position, does photometry on the star, and stores the data on disc. 
The observatory picks up the scopes after the event. Home astronomers 
today watch occultations mainly for pleasure. it demonstrates in 
realtime the lunar movement in her orbit far more frequently than with 
eclipses. After the meeting we stopped outside to admire the Moon & 
Jupiter conjunction. Saturn and Mars were behind buildings. Takeaways 
were maps of Moon's zodiac corridor, mechanics of occultations, sampe 
occultation predictions for late July, simlation of several 
occultations, limb profile charts, grazes of Mars and Saturn. 
    At the Seminar on 20 July 2018 I passed around a desk toy that 
folds out to a world and celestial globe. MY late ladylove Hania 
Bartle Gave it to me from the Bank of Poland. She didn't know about 
the asterisms Scutum Sobieski and Taurus Poniatowski, both in the 
night sky when we examined the toy. Hamia, a Polish refugee from WW 
II, and  I went outside to inspect the asterisms in binoculars. She 
was thrilled to see how astronomers honor two of her national heros. 
    At the Seminar of 20 July 2018 I brang printouts of a story and 
homework exercises from webs on learning hieroglyphs. The astronomers 
were amazed how the bizarre pictograms could be an actual language.                    
During the 1980 transit strike I roomed with lady friend Mabel Georgi 
on Manhattan and commuted to work by riding post office trucks! She 
was a hieroglyphs translator for the Brooklyn MuSeum!  To 'earn my 
stay' she made me learn hieroglyphs, which I continued with her for 
year after the strike. 
    Radio Shack on 2018 July 12 announced it will open ~50 mini-sores 
in outlets of HobbyTown USA. In summer 2017  RS closed all of its own 
locations, including those on Manhattan. HobbyTown has only four sites 
in NYSkies: Fairfield CT, New Milford CT, Stamford CT, Stanhope NJ. 
There are none in Metro North, Long Island, New York City. 
    On 23 July 2018 NY Daily News laid off some half of its editorial 
staff and started massive spending cuts. The newspaper previously 
moved its design and layout office to Chicago, home of its parent 
TranC. In 2017 it dropped several feature sections and columns. The 
paper was losing readers for many years, partly from the mass shift of 
news resources into digital media. 
    Walt Disney Company on 2018 July 9 aired plan for a new campus in 
Hudson Sq MH, near West Village and SOHO. It will bring together its 
various NYC operations, such as ABC and ESPN. Already ABC's property 
in Lincoln Sq was sold for residential development. Disney inked a 99-
yr lease from Trinity Church land bounded by Spring St, Varick St, Sn 
Dam St, Hudson St to start moving into existing vacant space and 
later into new office towers. 
    I uploaded a new article into the web to explain the arcane topic 
of delta-T. I started to write it in January 2017 but them it went 
missing and I forgot about it. It turned up on weekend of July 14, 
when i completed and revised it. I included a worked example of delta-
T for the sunrise solar eclipse of 2013 November 3 and a calculation 
of lunar and terrestrial angular momentum. Soonest it hit the web I 
got several inquiries about it, which I'm studying for possible 
revision of the piece. While working on the delta-T piece I found a 
topic that belongs in my leapsecond article. I added into it the 
section 'Intervals of time'.  I also updated the table of leapseconds. 
The articles are at 

    www.nyskies.org/articles/pazmino/delta-t.htm
    www.nyskies.org/articles/pazmino/leap-sec.htm 

    An article of use for playing with occultations, which i  missed 
telling about for the July 20th Seminar, is 

    www.nyskies.org/articles/pazmino/occ-freq.htm 

It discusses the chances of a given star being occulted and the 
application of the 'rule-of-19'. 
    Statue of Liberty was closed for several hours on 4 July 2018 to 
clear off a band of protesters. They spread out a banner agitating 
against certain immigration rules and one woman among them scaled the 
pedestal of the statue. 
    NYC DEP on 2018 July 5 invited the public to catch idling trucks 
and buses. In general the vehicle may not idle, with motor running and 
no person minding it, for longer than 3 minutes. Else it violates DEP 
air quality regs eith penalty of $250, or higher, fine. Any one may 
submit time-stamped photos/videos of candidate vehicles and, if the 
violation sticks, be rewarded with a portion of the fine. Exceptions 
and conditions apply, explained on www.nyc.gov. 

Sky News
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    Manhattanhenge was well observed in 2018 July on the 9th thru 
11th,  plus shoulders at each end. Sky was hazy on all days with temps 
in the low 30Cs. NYSkies observed a preview on July 6 at its Seminar. 
    July 2018 opened with a heat storm of torridity and humidity, the 
first severe one of the summer. Temps hovered in the high 30Cs, with 
some districts in NYSkies reaching 40C. Skies, tho thick with haze, 
gave hard sharp views of the planets and double stars. 
    Some observers ny NYSkies were surprised at the rising 'eclipsed' 
Mon on July 27, 2018. She was in deed blood red, from thick moist 
haze, not the Earth's shadow. The real eclipse on the 27th occurred 
over Europe and Asia during our daytime. 
    In early June 2018 a dust storm erupted on Mars. It interfered 
with both rover and orbiter study of the planet It gradually spread 
over the whole planet by mid July, covering its maria and red lands 
with yellow-white dust. Most astronomers in NYSkies got first good 
look at the storm by eye on July 20, after the Seminar or at 
concurrent starviewings. To me, when I got home from the Seminar,  
Mars was white, not his normal reddish, from the dust coating. Mars is 
the only planet where physical activity on it can be observed by eye 
from Earth. The storm could last well into August before ebbing to 
reveal the normal surface details. 
    The occultation of gamma Librae over midnight between 2018 July 
21-22 was rained or clouded out in NYSkies. This is the first of three 
occultations in late July illustrating a variety of Moon-over-star 
cases. The others, mu Sagittarii on the 25th and omicron Sagittarii on 
the 26th, were observed in some parts of NYSkies thru partly cloudy 
skiES. These two events were grazes near the City but so far I have no 
reports of any one seeing them along their graze lines.