NYC EVENTS FOR FEBRUARY 2019 --------------------------- John Pazmino NYSkies Astronomy Inc email@example.com www.nyskies.org 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 'www.nyskies.org/nyc-faq.htm'. You may ask for previous NYC Events thru 'firstname.lastname@example.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 Standard Time (UT - 5h). 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 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ----- -(27. -28 -29 -30 -31 1# 2 17:15 3 .4. 5 6 7 8 9 17:23 10 11 .12) 13 14 15# 16 17:32 17 18 (19) 20 21 22 23 17:40 24 25 (26. 27 28 +1# +2 17:48 ------------------------------------------------ Index of Events ------------- * = NASA-JPL Night Sky Network affiliate Date = entry in 'list of events' section '0' = entry in 'ongoing and continuing events' section 'S/O',= entry in 'skipped, Sep/Oct resumption' section 'M/A' = entry in 'skipped, Mar/Apr resumption' secrion // '???' = entry in 'skipped, uncertain resumption' seciton ------- ----------------------------------------------- BROOKLYN - BK Canarsie line closings - 0 *Floyd Bennett Field - - - SPR Secret Science Club - - - 0 CONNECTICUT - CT *A S of Gtr Hartford - - 20 Astro Soc of Greenwich - 3 *Astro Soc of New Haven - 26 Bowman Observatory - - - 6, 20 *Litchfield Hills AAC mtg 8 *Litchfield Hills starvg - 22 *McCarthy Observatory - 9 New Pond Farm - - - - - - ??? Stamford Observatory - - 1, 8, 15, 22 *Van Vleck Obsy (ASGH) - - 16 Van Vleck Obsy (WU) - - - 6, 13, 20, 27 Western CT St Univ Obsy - SPR *Westport Astro Soc mtg - 19 *Westport Astro Soc starvg 6, 13, 20, 27 ------------------------- Boothe Meml Astro Soc - 203-377-9933, www.facebook.com/Boothe-Memorial-Astronomical-Society LONG ISLAND - LI *Amateur Observers Soc - - 3 *Amat Obsrs Soc starviewing 0 Amer Instt Aero & Astro - 21 Astro Soc of Long Island 6, 13, 20, 27 Brookhaven National Lab - ??? Custer Institute - - - - 2, 9, 16, 23 Hofstra Univ Obsy - - - - 3 Montauk Observatory - - - ??? SUNY Stony Brook - - - - 1 *Susan Rose Observatory - 2, 9, 16, 23 MANHATTAN - MH *Amat Astro Assn starvwg - 0 *Amat Astro Assn lecture 8 Amer Instt Archarology - 27 Ctr for Atmosp Ocean Sci 13 Ctr for Science & Society ??? Central Pk (Great Lawn) - 1,2,3,8,9,10,15,16,17,22,23,24 *Columbia Univ Obsy - - - 1, 15 Cornelia Street Cafe' - SPR Earth Institute - - - - - ??? Globe at Night - - - - - 1-5, 27-Mar 7 Good Housekeeping lab - 8 Greenwich Vg bookfair - - 16-17 Gullivarr's Gate- - - - - 0 Instt Stud Ancnt World - 5, 12, 19, 26 Intrepid AstroCafe' - - - SPR Intrepid Astro Night - - SPR *Inwood Astronomy Project 2, 9, 16, 23 Metro Engg Soc Council - 12 Natl Musm of Mathematics 6 NY Academy of Sciences - SPR NYC-H2O - - - - - - - - - 0 NY History of Science - - ??? New York Map Society - - SPR New York Univ Astro - - - 5, 12, 19, 26 *NYSkies Astronomy Seminar 1, 15 Presidents Day - - - - - 18 SciCafe' - - - - - - - - 6 Simons Foundation - - - - 27 Top of the Lawn - - - - - 1,2,3,8,9,10,15,16,17,22,23,24 TriState computer fair - 0 Urban Park Rangers - - - 0 WTC station closings - - 0 --------------------------- Ctr for Space Sci Edu - - email@example.com, www.nyccsse.org, 212-608-6164 n METRO-NORTH - NY Lamont-Doherty Obsy - - - 8 Mid-Hudson Astro Assn - - ??? Ramapo Challenger Ctr - - 17 Rockland Astro Club - - - ??? Vassar College Obsy - - - 6, 13, 20, 27 Ward Pound Ridge - - - - SPR Westchester Amat Astro - 1 NEW JERSEY - NJ A A A of Princeton - - - 12 *Amat Astro Inc meeting - 1, 8, 22 C *Amat Astro Inc lecture -15 A S of Toms Rv Area - - - ??? Morris Musm Astro Soc - - 14 New Jersey Astro Assn - - SPR North Bergen Viaduct - - 0 No Jersey Astro Gp mtg - 13 No Jersey Astro Gp starvg SPR Peyton Observarory - - - ??? Plasma Physics Lab - - 1, 15 Rutgers Univ Astro Collqm 6, 13, 20, 27 Rutgers Univ Astro Semnr 7, 14, 21, 28 *S*T*A*R - - - - - - - - - 7 Schommer Observatory - - 14, 28 *Sheep Hill Astro Assn - - 1 *Sheep Hill Observatory - 15 *Utd Astro Clubs of NJ - - SPR Washington Xing St Pk - - SPR WTC station closings - - 0 --------------------------- Dark Sky Observers - www.users.nac.net/gburke/club McDowell Obsy - mec.rst2.edu, 201-460-8300 Montclair Telescope Club - 973-948-5284,, users.erols.com/njastro/orgs/mtc.htm NW Jersey Amat Astro - www.nwjaa.org, firstname.lastname@example.org Passaic Co Astro Assn - www.users.nac.net/gburke/PCAA, 973-523-0024 *Raritan Vy Co Coll Plm - www2.raritanval.edu/planetarium Skyland Stargazers - skylandstargazers.tripod.com QUEENS - QN Alley Pond Park - - - - - SPR York College Observatory 13 REST OF WORLD STATEN ISLAND - SI Coll of Staten Is Obsy - SPR Great Kills Park - - - - SPR Staten Is Community TV - 1, 8, 15, 22 THE BRONX - BX ============================= Ongoing and continuing events --------------------------qall day - H&M ETC sline - MH - ETC 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 qall day - H&M ETC sline - NJ - ETC 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 all day - Canarsie line - BK - occasional weekend shutdown CERTAIN WEEKENDS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Thru March 2019. Canarsie line closes on about a dozen specific weekends for preliminary work in advance of total shutdown in april 2019. No service bten Bway Jc and 8th Av from 22h Fri to 05h Mon. Trains run only Canarrsie to B'eay Jc. WEekends may change based on work progress. www.mta.info. all day - whole island -LI - clearsky starviewing VARIOUS PLACES, DATES, HOURS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Amat Obsrs Soc. Sessions convene in parks usually at dusk. Occasional daytime sunviewing. Free. Cancelled for clouds. www.aosny.org, email@example.com all day - whole City - MH - cultural tour VARIOUS LOCATIONS AND TIMES; INQUIRE AT CONTACT NYC-H2O. Walk, bike, ride thru history and culture of NYC muwater system facilities and natural waterways in and near the City. Events are pay orfree, adn regn reqd. Bike tours need own bike. www.nych2o.org, firstname.lastname@example.org all day - whole City - MH - clearsky starviewing VARIOUS PLACES, DATES, HOURS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Amat Astro Assn. Sessions convene in parks usually at dusk. Occasional daytime sunviewing. Free. Cancelled for clouds. email@example.com, 718-522-5014, www.aaa.org all day - whole City - MH - clearsky starviewing VARIOUS PLACES, DATES, HOURS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Jupiter Joe's Sidewalk Astronomy. Sessions convene in parks usually at dusk. Occasional daytime sunviewing. Free. ` Cancelled for clouds. www.jupiterjoesastronomy.org, firstname.lastname@example.org all day - Gullivaer's Gate - MH - cultural exhibit indef duration. 216 W 44 St, 7/8 Av. Opened in mid April 2017 for preview. Miniature models of landmarks and important structures from around the world. Rooms arranged by quarter of world and for New York City. $36, timed ticket, adv regn reqd. Optional cost for stereopint of visitor into figurine placed at desired item in exhibit. www.gulliversgate.com. all day - whole City - MH - cultural tours & lectures VARIOUS PLACES, DATES, HOURS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Urban Park Rangers. Tours of parks, landmarks, nabes, hoods. Lectures on history and culture of NYC. Program varies each month. Free. www.nyc.gov/parks 10:00 - whole City - MH - Tri-State Computer Fair VARIOUS LOCATIONS, GENERALLY ON SUNDAYS Source of computer systems, software, components, accessories. $7. www.tri-statefairs.com, 718-227-5586 20:00 - Bell House - BK - Secret Science Club meeting OCCASIONAL SESSIONS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT 149 7 St, 2/3 Av. Lecture and music on various science topics. Free. secretscienceclub.blogspot.com, 718-638-4400, list of Events ------------ Fri 1 Feb 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. www.pppl.gov/events 18:30 - McBurney House - MH - NYSkies Astronomy Seminar DISCUSSION: ECLIPSE REPORTS, SKY DIRECTIONS & ORIENTATION 125 W 14 St, 6/7 Av. Discussion of astronomy topics, show & tell, skywatching reports, news of astro activity in NYSkies territory. Free. email@example.com, www.nyskies.org 19:0:0 - Columbia University - MH - astronomy lecture Pupin Hall, signs to lecture room. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.astro.columbia.edu/outreach, 212-854-3278 19:00 - whole CIty - MH - Globe at Night exercise Thru Feb 5. NYSkies runs its own Globe at Night exercise in 19:30 - Boonton - NJ - Sheep Hill Astro Assn meeting Boonton Senior Ctr. Free. www.sheephillastro.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org 19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show 100 Cable Way, Mariners Hr SI. 'Geology forum' Live audience, seating at 19:30, on air at 20:00. Free. www.sictv.org, 718-727-1414 19:30 - Stony Brook - LI - astronomy lecture SUNY Stony Brook, Earth & Spc Sci Hall. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.ess.sunysb.edu/astro, 631-632-8100, email@example.com 19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting Union Co Coll, Sperry Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.asterism.org 2018-2019 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. 19:30 - Pleasantville - NY - Westchester Amat Astro meeting Pace Univ, Lienhard Hall, Free. www.westchesterastronomers.org, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture Stamford Obsy. $5. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. 203-322-6537, www.stamfordmuseum.org email@example.com 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. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.nyskies.org, email@example.com Sat 2 Feb 20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting OCCASIONAL EXTRA EVENTS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Custer Instt. Indoor program, clearsky starviewing. $5-$15. Varies with program. www.custerobservatory.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 631-765-2626 20:00 - 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, email@example.com 20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing OCCASIONAL EXTRA SESSIONS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Inwood Astronomy Project. Meet at park entrance, Seaman Av & Isham St. Free. Cancelled for clouds. 917-529-2359 www.inwoodastronomy.org, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 1 Sun 3 Feb 13:15 - Uniondale - LI - Amat Obsrs Soc meeting. Hofstra Univ, Berliner Hall. Free. www.aosny.org, email@example.com 15:30 - Greenwich - CT - Astro Soc of Greenwich meeting Greenwich Public Library. Free with musm adm. firstname.lastname@example.org, 203-415-6762, astrogreenwich.org 18:00 - Uniondale - LI - clearsky starviewing Hofstra University,Berliner Bdg, Rm 117. Free, adv regn reqd. Cancelled for clouds. 516-463-2759, www.hofstra.edu/Academics, email@example.com 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 1 Tue 5 Feb 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 212-992-7842 Wed 6 Feb 10:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture Colloquium series. Rutgers Univ, Busch Campus, Astro & Phys Lectr Hall. Free. www.physics.rutgers.edu/colloquium, / 732-445-3974 16:00 - Natl Musm of Mathematics - MH - science show Also 19:00. 'Mathematical Encounters'. Free, adv regn reqd. 212-542-0566, www.momath.org, email@example.com 19:00 - Amer Musm Natl Hist - MH - SciCafe' show Hall of Ocean Life or hall of planet Earth. Music, drinks, chat with Museum scientists. Free, be 21 or be gone. GI photo ID reqd. 212-769-5100, www.amnh.org/programs 19:00 - Greenwich - CT - clearsky starviewing Astro Soc of Greenwich. Curtis Elem Schl, Bowman Obsy. Free. Cancelled for clouds. firstname.lastname@example.org, 203-415-6762. , astrogreenwich.org 20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing MEETS EVERY WEDNESDAY ONLY DURING CLASSES; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Wesleyan U, Van Vleck Obsy. Free, cancelled for clouds. 860-685-3664, www.wesleyan.edu/astro/events 20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting Vanderbilt Plm. Free. email@example.com, www.asliclub.org 20:00 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing Westport Astro Soc. Rolnick Obsy. Free. Cancelled for clouds. www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing MEETS EVERY WEDNESDAY ONLY DURING CLASSES; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Vassar College, Observatory. Free. Cancelled for clouds. physicsandastronomy.vassar.edu/observatory.html, 845-437-7340 Thu 7 Feb 13:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture Seminar series. Rutgers Univ, Serin 401. Free. 732-445-3974, www.physics.rutgers.edu/ast/seminar 20:00 - Lincroft - NJ - S*T*A*R meeting Brookdale Commty Coll, Mommouth Museum. Free. www.starastronomy.org, firstname.lastname@example.org Fri 8 Feb 10:00 - Good Housekeeping Resrch Instt - MH - science tour Also 11:30. Hearst Tower, 57 St & 8 Av. Walk thru history and science of product testing center of Good Housekeeping magazine. Free, adv regn reqd. 212-649-5000, email@example.com 15:30 - Palisades - NY - science lecture Lamont-Doherty Earth Obsy, Comer Bldg. Various topics in geophysics and earth science. Free, 845-365-8634, www.ldeo.columbia.edu, firstname.lastname@example.org, 18:15 - Amer Musm Natl Hist - MH - Amat Astro Assn lecture Kaufmann Theater. Free, no musm adm fee. 718-522-5014, email@example.com, www.aaa.org 19:30 - Torrington - CT - Litchfield Hills Amat Astro Club mtg Central Congregational Church. Free. 19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - see Feb 1 19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Feb 1 20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Feb 1 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 1 Sat 9 Feb 20:00 - New Milford - CT - astronomy lecture McCarthy Obsy, New Miford HS. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.mccarthyobservatory.org, 860-354-1595, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 2 20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing - see Feb 2 20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting see feb 2 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 1 Sun 10 Feb 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 1 Tue 12 Feb 14:00 - New York University - MH - astronomy lecture - see Fen 5 18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecture - see Feb 5 19:00 - DC37 HQ - NH - science lecture Metro Engg Soc Council. 125 Barclay St. "US nuclear industry response to Fukishima'. Free. Opt $50 dinner at 17:30. www.mescnyc.org, email@example.com 19:30 - Princeton - NJ - Amat Astro Assn of Princeton meeting Princeton U, Peyton Hall. Free. www.princetonastronomy.org, 609-737-2575, firstname.lastname@example.org Wed 13 Feb 10:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture - see Feb 6 15:30 - Courant Institute - MH - science lecture Ctr for Atmosp & Ocean Studies. Weaver Hall, 251 Mercer St. Various topics in geophysics and earth science. Free. caos.cims.nyu.edu, email@example.com 19:30 - York College - QN - astronomy lecture . Core Academic Bdg, Rm AC-2E01. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. Free, adv regn reqd. 718-262-2082, www.york.cuny.edu/centers-institutes/observatory, 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 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 6/ 20:00 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 6 20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see Feb 6 21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing see Feb 6 Thu 14 Feb 13:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture - dee Feb 7/ 19:30 - Morristown - NJ - Morris Museum Astro Soc meeting Morris Museum. Free. 973-386-1848, 973-386-1848,, www.morrismuseum.org/astro-society, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Fri 15 Feb 10:00 - Princeton - NJ - science tour - see Feb 1 18:30 - McBurney House - MH - NYSkies Astronomy Seminar DISCUSSION: THE HERTZSPRUNG-RUSSELL DIAGRAM 125 W 14 St, 6/7 Av. Discussion of astronomy topics, show & tell, skywatching reports, news of astro activity in NYSkies territory. Free. email@example.com, www.nyskies.org 19:0:0 - Columbia University - MH - astronomy lecture -see Febb 1 19:30 - New Brittain - CT - Astro Soc of Gtr Hartford meeting Central CT St Univ, Copernicus Plm. Free. www.asgh.org, 860-872-9069, firstname.lastname@example.org 19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Feb 1 20:00 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc lecture Union Co Coll, Smith Audm. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.asterism.org 20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Feb 1 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 1 20:30 - Boonton - NJ - clearsky starviewing Sheep Hill Astro Assn Obsy, Free. Cancelled for clouds. sheephillastro.otg, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Sat 16 Feb 11:00 - P S 3 - MH - Greenwich Village Antqn Book Fair Thru Sun 17 Feb. 490 Hudson St & Christopher St. Deep source for astronomy books, maps, prints, posters. $15, 2-day tkt. www.ps3nyc.org/bookfair.htm, www.gvabookfair.org, email@example.com, 516-657-6212 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 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting see feb 2 20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing - see Feb 2 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 1 20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 2 Sun 17 Feb 14:00 - Airmont - NY - science show Ramapo Challenger Ctr, 225 Rt 29. Multimedia imulation of space missions. $20., firstname.lastname@example.org, 845-257-3416, ramapoparks#ramapo.org, www.ramapoparks.org, 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 1 Mon 18 Feb all day - whole City - MH -Presidents Day Please check with event contact for session falling on this day by rule or outdated schedule Tue 19 Feb 14:00 - New York University - MH - astronomy lecture - see Fen 5 18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecture - see Feb 5 20:00 - Westport - CT - Westport Astro Soc meeting Rolnick Obsy. Free. www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 Wed 20 Feb 10:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture - see Feb 6 19:00 - Greenwich - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 6 20:00 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 6 20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 6 20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see Feb 6 21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing see Feb 6 Thu 21 Feb 13:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture - dee Feb 7/ 18:30 - 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, email@example.com Fri 22 Feb 19:00 - Litchfield - CT - Litchfield Hills A A C lecture White Meml Consrvn Ctr. Free. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. firstname.lastname@example.org, lhastro.org 19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - see Feb 1 19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Feb 1 20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Feb 1 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 1 Sat 23 Feb 20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing - see Feb 2 20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting see feb 2 20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 2 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 1 Sun 24 Feb 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 1 Tue 26 feb 14:00 - New York University - MH - astronomy lecture - see Fen 5 18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecture - see Feb 5 19:30 - New Haven - CT - Astro Soc of New Haven meeting Yale Univ, Leitner Family Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.asnh.org, email@example.com Wed 27 Feb 10:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture - see Feb 6 17:00 - Simons Foundation - MH - scinece lecture 160 5 Av & 21 St. 'Learning to count in string theory''. Free, adv regn reqd. 646-654-0066, ww.simonsfoundation.org 18:30 -Hunter College - MH - Amer Instt Archaeolgy lecture 46 E 70 St. Various topics on archaeology and anthropology. Free, adv regn reqd. www.aia-nysociety.org, firstname.lastname@example.org 98:00 - whole CIty - MH - Globe at Night exercise Thru mar 7. NYSkies runs its own Globe at Night exercise in 2018-2019 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 . 20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing - see 6 Feb 20:00 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 6 20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see Feb 6 21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing see Feb 6 Thu 28 Feb 13:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture - dee Feb 7/ 20:30 - Piscataway - NJ - clearsky starviewng - see Feb 14 Events Skipped This Month ----------------------- EVENT MAY RESUME AT DIFFERENT PLACE OR HOUR; INQUIRE AT CONTACT -------------------------------------- -------------------------------------- [SPR] SPRING RESUMPTION OF ACTIVITY -------------------------------------- 14:00 - World School - MH - New York Map Society lecture 11 W 26 St, 7th fl, upstairs from MoMath. 'Mapping the heavens'.Various topics about map making, cartography, geography. Free, adv regn reqd. www.newyorkmapsociety.org, mapsociety@email@example.com 16:30 - Danbury - CT - astronomy lecture Westn Conn St Uv, Obsy/Plm. Indoor planetarium show, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.wcsu.edu/starwatch, 203-837-8671, firstname.lastname@example.org 18:00 - Cornelia St Cafe' - MH - Entertaining Science show 29 Cornelia St & W 4 St, Play & music on various science themes. $10 + one drink min. www.corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319 19:00 - Coll of Staten Is - SI - clearsky starviewing Astrophys Obsy. Free, cancelled for clouds. 718-982-2818, csivc.csi.cuny.edu/supernove7/files/home.html, email@example.com, 19:00 - NY Academy of Sciences - MH - astronomy lecture 'The nystery of our mathematical universe'. $20. www.nyas.org 19:30 - Intrepid Museum - MH - AstroCafe' lecture Flight deck of ship. Indoor/open air lecture, clearsky starviewing. Food & drink service, bar drinks sold only to 21+ YO. Free. www.intrepidmuseum.org 19:30 - Intrepid Museum - MH - astronomy lecture Flight deck of ship. Indoor/open air lecture, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.intrepidmuseum.org 19:30 - Alley Pond Park - QN - astronomy lecture Alley Pond Enviro Ctr. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. $14 at door.. www.alleypond.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 718-229-4000 19:30 - Floyd Bennett Field - BK - clearsky starviewing Community Garden. NYSKies & Natl Park Svc. Free. Cancelled for clouds. www.nyskies.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg UACNJ Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.uacnj.org 20:00 - 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 - Ward Pound Ridge - NY - clearsky starviewing Westchester Amat Astro. Meadows Picnic Area. Free. Cancelled for clouds. email@example.com www.westchesterastronomers.org, 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 - Wash'n X'ing - NJ - clearsky starviewing Amat Astro Assn of Princeton. Simpson Obsy. Free, cancelled for clouds. www.princetonastronomy.org, 609-737-2575, firstname.lastname@example.org 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 -------------------------------------- [???] UNCERTAIN RESUMPTION OF ACTIVITY -------------------------------------- 15:00 - Upton - LI - science lecture Brookhaven Natl Lab.Bldg 510. 'Weighing galaxy clusters with weak lensing in Hyper Suprime-Cam Survey'. Free, have GI photo ID for campus security. 631-344-2651, www.bnl.gov/evnts 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 -CUNY Graduate Center - MH - Ctr for Sci & Soc lecture 385 Fifth Av. 'Early modernb science intertwine An Iberoamerican perspective'. Free, adv regn reqd, Free, 212-854-7211, scienceandsociety.columbia.edu 18:00 -CUNY Graduate Center - MH - NY Hist of Sci lecture 385 Fifth Av. 'Early modernb science intertwine An Iberoamerican perspective'. Free, adv regn reqd. 212-854-7211, scienceandsociety.columbia.edu 18:30 - West Reading - CT - clearsky starviewingh New Pond Farm, obseratory. $10, adv regn reqd. , cancelled for clouds. www.newpondfarm.org, 203-938-2117, 19:00 - Bridgehampton - LI - astronomy lecture Montauk Obsy. South Fork Natl Hist Musm. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.montaukobservatory.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 19:00 - 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, email@example.com 20:00 - Bear Mountain - NY - clearsky starviewing Rockland Astro Club. Anthony Wayne Rec Pk, picnic field. Free, cancelled for clouds. www.rocklandastronomy.com 20:00 - Princeton - NJ - clearsky starviewing Princeton Univ, Peyton Hall. Free. Cancelled for clouds www.astro.princeton.edu/observatory/publicobserving.php, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com General News ---------- ---february sees the resumption of activity hibernating thru the winter. Some started in late january, missing that issue of NYC Events. More resumptions come in march and April. Some events, almost all in the rural sectors of NYSkies, were called off from icy roads or balky rails during January 2019. Please inquire at the event contact in case of possible weather-related cancellations. NY Hist of Sci for spring 2019 posts its lectures separately from its roff outfit Ctr for Sci and Soc. I give each its own entry, both in Manhattan. tHEIR fEBRUARY MEETINGS HAVE LITTLE OF INTEREST FOR ASTRONOMERS, PLACING THE ORGS IN THE '???' SECTION. Instt for Study of Ancient World returns to its normal weekly lectures, all at 18h.for a couple months it had more frequent sessions at various hours, sometimes associated with an current exhibition. Astro Soc of Toms Rv Area helped with analyzing a possible eteorite found in Silver Lk NJ. Club is still active but its events page is out of order. I leave it in the '???' section. Van Vleck Obsy and Vassar Coll Obsy start their spring 2019 season in February. I that I leave their entries for every Wednesday but some days may be skipped when classes are off-duty. Please inquire at the contact before going aa session. City News ------On 2019 January 2 NYS Gov Cuomo called off the spring total closing of the Canarsie subway line. He said the line can continue service with only brief interruptions to repair the Sandy-wrecked tunnels under east River. he told NYS MTA to cancel current contracts and work them over with the new regimen of operatiion. PATH on 2019 January 5 started weekend shutdown of its station under WTC. Plan allows PATH to repair Hudson River tunnels between WTC and jersey City NJ, damaged by hurricane Sandy. Closure is every weekend from 00h Saturday to 05h Monday thru end 2020. PATH trains heading to WTC short-turn at Exchange Pl station. From there riders may transfer to ferry to Battery Pk City. They may also take the 33rd St branch and connect to subways on Manhattan for the WTC vicinity. NYSkies Astronomy Seminar on 4 January 2019 started the new year with preparation for the great lunar eclipse. This occurs across midnight of January 20-21 over all of NYSkies. We reviewing the mechanics of lunar eclipses, where the Moon slides thru the shadow of Earth at Full Moon. We studied a shlock diagram of sun-Earth-Moon and discussed the gross out-of-scale layout. All diagrams fitting on a letter page are hideously distorted both in size and separation of the orbs. A true scale diagram would be immensely long For an Earth of 10mm diameter on paper the Sun would have to be a full meter across and stand some 100 meters away. We learned about the two zones of the shadow, umbra and paenumbra. An observer in the umbra sees the Sun completely covered by Earth. In the paenubra he sees the sun partially covered by Earth. For practical purposes we during the eclipse do not notice the paenumbra because the sunlight in it is only partly cut off, causing little dimming. Only very close to the edge of the umbra could the paenumbra be dark enough to notice as a dusky shading on the lunar limb where a few minutes later the umbra will arrive. We noted the shift in reference during the eclipse. we may fix on the Moon and let the shadow pass over her. We may fix on the shadow, almost stationary in the stars,, and let the Moon pass thru it. Both ways are correct. We saw how the Moon's orbit is tilted to the Sun's [apparent] orbit, it being simpler to hold Earth still and let Sun and Moon circle around her. The Moon at full phase can pass south or north of the umbra, with no eclipse. if the lunar orbit is edge-on to the umbra, the Moon passes thru it for an eclipse. We discussed how the physical sizes of the bodies allow for a generous leeway off of exact alignment to make an eclipse. if the three were points there would never be a perfect lineup. We traced possible paths of Moon thru umbra to simulate various eclipses. For a full immersion we have a total eclipse, like in january. A little far from the line-up, along the line of nodes of the two orbits, the Moon slides off center thru the umbra and is only partly covered, for a partial eclipse. Farther again from the nodal line the Moon misses the umbra for no visible eclipse. She could dip into the paenumbra but there is no noticeable dimming of the Moon. We disinquiched between a solar eclipse, dependent on the observer's location on Earth, and a lunar eclipse, with same aspect from all places where the Moon is in the sky. We bantered about the 2017 solar eclipse which most of us at the meeting saw. When we plot the line of nodes, full Moon, and midnight on a calendar we get a set of triangles among all three lines. The smaller the triangle, the more likely a lunar eclipse will take place. We examined one such plot I did in 4972 to demonstrate eclipse in year 1973. This plot also has a line for the Sun to cover solar eclipses. We then examined a published plot of eclipses for the 1990s-2000s. This showed the bunching of eclipses into two segments of the year with none in between because the Moon is too far from the nodal line. We next looked at the timetable for our January eclipse/ By mere lick the eclipse is centered on local midnight, putting the Moon in high south sky for most of the event. The Moon sits in Cancer, a few degrees west of M44 cluster, as shown in a full sky map and a close-up of the eclipse vicinity. During slack moments in totality there are many deepsky objects to explore near the Moon. Or we could just admire the slow revelation of stars as the Moon's brilliance ebbs. We compared the midnight map, near mid eclipse, to the nightfall map for winter skies. We saw how the sky rotated to move the winter stars to the southwest and bring in more of the spring stars in the east. We then studied the aspect of the sky during the eclipse as seen from the Moon. The Earth intervenes between Sun and Moon causing a solar eclipse for the lunar resident. Simulations of this eclipse were studied, created with a solar system software centered on the Moon. with no air on the Moon to blind us from seeing the corona and other solar eclipse features, we really don't need a solar eclipse. We could mechanicly cover the Sun at will when we want to examine the Sun outside his photosphere. a historical note came when we realized the Earth's shadow on the Moon is always part of a circle. This happens no matter how the Earth is turned toward the Moon. The only geometric shape that can do this is a sphere, giving strong evidence that the Earth is a sphere. An illustration from a mediaeval astronomy book emphasized this conclusion. Astrology software can yield interesting features of the lunar eclipse that aren't easily given by astronomy softwares. A horoscope chart for mid eclipse dramaticly shows the opposition of Sun and Moon relative to the zodiac. The horoscope also shows the position of the lunar ascending node and apogee. We realized that the Moon is only 4 degrees from the node,, within the limit for a total eclipse. We also saw the Moon is close to her perigee, 180deg from apogee, meaning the Moon is little larger than average and moves a little faster than average. This eclipse by these factors lasts a little shorter than average for the same path thru the umbra. We also spotted the conjunction of Venus and Jupiter not yet risen during the eclipse! This would cap off a long night of eclipse watching when they rise in morning twilight. Astroloers take careful note of the speed of planets as well as position. a chart from an astrology program plotted the speed, degree/say, of the Moon as she circulates thru the zodiac in January 2019. Her highest speed is close to the eclipse. For those with telescopes -- binoculars really giving the most pleasing view -- we found that we can follow the umbra by timing when it crosses various small bright craters. Both covering and uncovering can be noted. We can also work occultations which with a normal full Moon would be hard or impossible to observe. Myrna Coffino brang a snack kit of cheese-&- crackers and cupcakes. These supplemented Jim Henderson's pizza and soda. Gregory Homatas supplied lunar phase calendar for 2019 to show the slippage of full Moon thru the months. Takeaways were pictures and diagrams of eclipse mechanics, plots of Moon-Sun-node in calendar layout, sky charts for mid eclipse, eclipse timetable, simulations of solar eclipse seen from the Moon, astrology horoscope and speed graph, sample crater timings and occultation map. Newark airport, was forced to close on 2019 Jan 22 ~16h EST by a hobby drone nearby. it was first spotted ~1,000m over Teterboro airport, ~35k, n of newark. Incoming flights were diverted and departures were held on ground. Drone apparently landed somewhere, allowing newark to resume partial operations at 17:45 and full service at 19:00. Port Authority and US FAA are investigating the incident. NYSkies Astronomy Seminar on 18 January 2019 was packed with members and topics! We began with a load-U-go discussion of the lunar eclipse of jan 20-21. We studied charts of the Moon's pass thru the Earth shadow and the general sky at mid eclipse. Er clarified the distinction between the Moon's eart-west diurnal motion and her west- east orbit motion thru the shadow. We next looked at the conjunction of Venus and Jupiter centered on January 222. We gain demonstrated diurnal and orbit motion. The next topic was a news item sent to me by Myrna Coffino. It explained the 'runaway pole', the north magnetic pole racing off of Canada, into the Arctic ocean, toward Russia. The NMP since discovery in 1830s wandered around in northern Canada. In the late 1990s it suddenly speeded up to zoom into the Arctic Ocean. This pole, and its southern mate, determine the magnetic field at and near ground level. This field is remapped every five years to account for the displacement of the two poles, with the next revision due in 2020. The NMP is running away so fast that NOAA early in 2018 planned to remap the field now, ahead of 2020. With the US government shutdown of December NOAA has to hold off the remapping. The main topic was spectrometry, confined for now to the classification of stellar spectra. Details of how spectra are generated what information we extract from them is deferred for a future Seminar. We traced the history of spectrometry from Newton's day thru Fraunhofer, who first mapped the spectrum from the Sun. We learned that each chemical element produces a unique spectrum with its own set of dark or bright lines. The 'lines' are artificially made within the spectrometer for ease of inspection and study. Matching these lines with those in a target's spectrum identifies the elements present in the target, Fraunhofer lettered the major and some minor lines in the Sun's spectrum, such as the C line (from hydrogen), D (sodium) and pair H&K lines (calcium). We saw how spectra of other stars resembled and differed from the Sun's. The sorting out improved with the 1890s arrangement in order of the density of the lines produced by hydrogen and lettered A thru O. When temperature was discovered as the primary force generating spectra, the sequence was shuffled into high-low temperature. The letters were left alone, resulting in the current jumbled alphabet sequence OBAFGKM. We discussed the construction of a spectroscope, noting that there were no cheap competent ones for home astronomy. There are many at sale designed for bright light sources, like the Sun and lamps. We took a break to inspect spectra of local lights thru a small homemade spectroscope. it had a shoot of rainbow plastic at the eye end and a cardboard slit at the target end. Jim Henderson offered his multi-color pocket torch as an other target to study. We found out that we all play with spectra every day! a pocket radio traces across frequencies in the radio range and receives 'bright line' emission from radio broadcasts. We followed the shift of photographic spectra to digital graphs, which occurred in the 1980s. Today photographic spectra, spectrograms, are produced for public or illustrative uses. We work only with the digital profile. We do not bother with the colors, they having no physical meaning. Spectrograms were taken only on B&W film and digital profile have no color information. We learned how temperature excites or ionizes atoms in the star to yield lines. The spectrum consists of an envelope or continuum, the 'nand of color', with the lines impressed into it. The shape of this continuum plus the mix of lines in it fix the star's temperature. We studied a table of spectral classes with details of the temperature and description of the major lines. We skipped the decimal parts of a class, staying just with the main letter. Some classes lack all ten parts for historical and technical reasons. We explored the units of measure in spectrometry. In the optical part of the electromagnetic spectrum we use wavelength, In some other parts we use frequency or energy. All three are commutable with each other. Wavelength historicly is dimensioned in angstroms, after Angstrom, mid 1800s spectrometrist. one angstrom is 1e10 meter, there then being no formal prefix for very small fraction of a meter. The current unit is the nanometer, equal 10 angstrom. Both measures are in concurrent use in astronomy. We explained the notation for ionization, the removal by temperature of electrons from an atom. In physics the neutral atom with all electrons is in its quiet lowest energy state, denoted roman number I. An atom with one electron removed is in the next higher state, II, and so on.The roman number is one greater than the actual number of removed electrons. In Chemistry plus signs are used to explicitly show the missing electrons. The atom has a net positive charge from its protons no longer netted out by these electrons. An atom with three electrons removed is +++, and so on. Both methods are in wide use in astronomy, such as Fe V the same as Fe++++.We looked at Kirchoff's law for creating a continuum, bright line, and dark line spectrum. The latter two are also called emission and absorption spectra because the bright line is an excess output of energy at its wavelength while a dark line is a decess of output. Historicly this help solve the mystery of nebulae, which did not resolve into stars under better telescopes in the 19th century. Huggins looked at the spectrum of a globular nebula (I forget which one) and saw it had only bright lines. If it was really made of unresolved stars it would have a continuum spectrum with some dark lines. the nebula was a thin could of gas. We looked at spectra of other celestial objects: a comet, Uranus & neptune, a radio source, and luminous graffiti in the night sky,atmospheric distortion of solar spectrum, front-end wide field spectrum, slitless spectrum of globular nebula. We wrapped up with two diagrams with all wrong paths for the light passing thru a prism. These came from webs tracking about spectroscopy! The entire session was filled with additional questions and remarks from the members. many of us asked for further discussion of spectra, like the generation of lines by atomic structure and the HR Diagram. These are excellent topics for future meetings. Takeaways were data and charts of the lunar eclipse, chart of the Venus-Jupiter appulse, maps of the N and S magnetic pole displacement, historical pictures of spectra, comparison of photo and digital spectra, sample datafile for a digital spectrum, sample spectra of elements, illustrations of dark and bright line spectra, photo and profile spectra for spectral classes, pictures of tabletop prism and grating spectroscopes, several nonstellar spectra, erroneous light paths thru prism. We ran a little overtime! The session, which began on time, closed lights and door at quite 9:50PM. A 50cm diameter water main burst on 2019 Jan 23 ~05:50 EST under 14 St & 7 Av, Chelsea. This is at the far corner of our Seminar's block. Flooding in area closed gray and red subway lines and diverted road traffic. Train service was restored in mid morning, repairs to pipe and street continued for a few says. The Holocaust Remembrance at the United nations, 28-31 Jan 2019, is in progress at issue time. Several NYSkiers signed up to attend on one or an other day. I'll report on them in the March NYC Events. Sky News ------ Overall January was a poor observing month. many special celestial events were clouded out over NYSkies. These included the flyby of comet Wirtamen at Capella, Quadrantid meteor shower (altho a large Moon would have tempered the show), Globe at Night measurements, Jupiter-Venus conjunction. The one grand exception was the lunar eclipse on the 20-21. The sky was clear and dark with roving scattered clouds. The clouds masked the Moon from time to time but did not seriously impede viewing the wonderful show. The air was, uh, frigid, the coldest so far in 2019, with stiff wind driving a deep chill factor.Reports are coming in at issue rime. They'll be summarized in the Mach 2019 NYC Events. I, likely many other astronomers, made a Globe at Night assessment during the lunar eclipse on 2019 Jan 20-21. This supplements the standard schedule, like Earth Hour does in March, to add an other datum point in logging the general condition of the sky. The pass of Capella by comet Wirtamen was clouded out in NYSkies over the New Year's weekend. My own viewing of the comet ended in the couple clear nights between Christmas and New Year's. Until then i saw the comet four or five times, enough to fill my desire to follow a bright comet in a night sky. It always looked like a large globular cluster in binoculars with no hint of tail. At the 2019 January 4 Seminar a couple members reported trying to see Wirtamen and failed from hazy sky reflecting ground lights. Reports of the lunar eclipse are coming into NYSkies! Every one who toughed it out with the cold and wind got spectacular views! Scattered clouds, hiding the Moon once in a while, were no obstacle against a thoroly marvelous view. The February 1st Seminar will give time for presenting eclipse reports. The Globe at Night session for 2018 Dec 29-2019 Jan 7 was mostly clouded out. Altho on some nights it cleared up late at night or in owl hours, every one I heard from observed in early night, under cloud. The next session is 2019 Jan 27-Feb 5. Some observers, I too, had a hunch that the clear nights in late December 2018 were some how 'filtered' to make stars dimmer than normal. One possible cause was ash and dust from the volcano event in Indonesia on Dec 24. A run of cloudy nights ended December, continuing thru January 7. The next several nights were dark and clear with stars were of normal brilliance. The day sky was clean deep blue. The apparent dimming of stars before New Year's may have been a temporary local effect. Over the days centered on the lunar eclipse there was a passing between Jupiter and Venus in the dawn sky. Clouds broke up continuous watching, yet the change of orientation and separation of the two planets was a wonderful show. Scattered reports of travel hazards for lunar eclipse viewers on 20 January 2019. Sudden plunge in temps and rise of strong wind iced roads and froze some spirits Observing sessions in open field away from shelter sufferd badly with decimated attendance. Sessions with shelter fared better, giving visitors beautiful views in spite of fast-moving scattered clouds. Newcomers to astronomy were amazed how fast planets can move Observing from clear sections of the country they saw Jupiter and Venus scoot around each other in dawn sky in the mid 20s of January 2019. when an appulse comes along, please watch it for a few days before the event thru a few days after to acquire the sense of planetary motion. Jean and Nora Muchanic on 11 January 2019 found in Silver Bh NJ an apparent meteorite. It was heavy and partly buried in the beach sand. Astro Soc of Toms Rv Area referred the women to Franklin Institute, Philadelphia for study. Institute found the rock was a chunk of ordinary coal. A monster fireball flew past US East Coast on 9 January 2019 ~06:30 EST. Path was ~100km off-shore parallel to coast starting off of Washington DC , ending off Newport News VA. It was seen from LI to NC, suggesting the meteor was in very high atmosphere. It likely burned up completely with no meteorites falling to the ground. A meteor hit the Moon ron 2019 January 21 ~23:41 EST, a couple minutes before 2nd contact. This is the first lunar meteor ever observed during a lunar eclipse. It was caught on videos, some aired publicly as live eclipse coverage. Flash was beyond recognition by eyeball viewers. It showed as a tiny dot on one or two video frames, sometimes first spotted upon replay. Time and lunar lat-lon are uncertain due to low resolution full-disc images, obscured lunar features in the umbra, and loose synch of frame timing. Lunar meteors are captured about weekly by dedicated searches during small Moon periods.