NYC EVENTS FOR SEPTEMBER 2017 ---------------------------- John Pazmino NYSkies Astronomy Inc firstname.lastname@example.org www.nyskies.org The following astronomy activities in the commuting ring enclosing New York City are operated by various organizations. A few cultural items of special importance to City astronomers are also included. Altho NYC Events confirms the listed items, they are subject to change by their sponsors. Check with their contacts. Let the sponsor know that you learned of its event thru NYC Events. Frequently asked questions and explanation of NYC Events is at 'www.nyskies.org/nyc-faq.htm'. You may ask for previous NYC Events thru 'email@example.com' because only the current issue is in the website. It is replaced by next month's issue. For events which missed NYC Events, check the NYSkies Yahoogroup forum. Join NYSkies by visiting 'www.nyskies.org/yahoo.htm' and picking either the email or website option. All hours are Eastern Daylight Savings Time (UT - 4h). General notes ----------- / 'whole City' means the event has no specific or dedicated place. It may be enjoyed from the whole NYSkies territory or at a number of individual places. Celestial events are typicly 'whole City' events. 'all day' means the event is continuous or repeating during the open hours of the host facility. Facilities may have limited hours per day or days per week. Check with the event contacts. 'adv regn reqd',for 'advance registration required/requested' means that the event requires or requests signing up before the event. You must have your ticket in hand at the gate. There could be a deadline some days before the event, after which no more signups are accepted. Check with the event contact for specifics. Prices cited are the 'rack rate'. You could qualify for discounts As may be offered by the sponsor. Besides the base price there may be noptional extra fees to consider. Current Month calendar -------------------- Plain dates are in current month; -, previous month; +, next month. Moon phase: .NM., .FQ), (FM), (LQ. Sunset is noted for each Saturday --------------------------------- Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat sunset ------------------------------------------------ -27 -28 -.29) -30 -31 1 2 19:26 3 4 5 (6) 7 8 9 19:15 10 11 12 (13. 14 15 16 19:03 17 18 19 .20. 21 22 23 18:51 24 25 26 .27) 28 29 30 18:39 ------------------------------------------------ Index of Events ------------- * = NASA-JPL Night Sky Network affiliate Date = entry in 'list of events' section '0' = entry in 'ongoing and continuing events' section 'S/O',= entry in 'skipped, Sep/Oct resumption' section 'M/A' = entry in 'skipped, Mar/Apr resumption' secrion // '???' = entry in 'skipped, uncertain resumption' seciton ------- ----------------------------------------------- BROOKLYN - BK *Floyd Bennett Field - - - 22 Kings Theatre - - - - - 18 Secret Science Club - - - 0 CONNECTICUT - CT *A S of Gtr Hartford - - - 20 Astro Soc of Greenwich - 17 *Astro Soc of New Haven - 26 Bowman Observatory - - - 6, 20 Connecticut Star Party - 22-24 *Litchfield Hills AAC mtg 8 *Litchfield Hills starvg - 22 *McCarthy Observatory - - 8 New Pond Farm - - - - - - ??? Stamford Observatory - - 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 *Van Vleck Obsy (ASGH) - - 16 Van Vleck Obsy (WU) - - - 6, 13, 20, 27 Western CT St Univ Obsy - S/O *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 - - S/O Amer Instt Aero & Astro - S/O Astro Soc of Long Island 6, 13, 20, 27 Brookhaven National Lab - ??? Custer Institute - - - - - 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Hofstra Univ Obsy - - - - S/O Montauk Observatory - - - 15 SUNY Stony Brook - - - 1 *Susan Rose Observatory - 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 MANHATTAN - MH *Amat Astro Assn starvwg - 0 *Amat Astro Assn lecture - S/O Amer Musm Natl Hist - - 6 Ctr for Atmosp Ocean Std ??? Ctr for Science & Society S/O Central Pk (Great Lawn) - 1,2,3,8,9,10,15,16,17,22,23,24,29,30 *Columbia Univ Obsy - - - S/O Cornelia Street Cafe' - ??? Earth Institute - - - -- ??? Good Housekeeping lab - 8 Governors Island - - - - 1-25 Gullicar's Gate - - - - - 0 Instt Stud Ancnt World - 18, 21, 26 *Inwood Astronomy Project 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Jupiter Joe Sidewk Astro 0 Labor Day - - - - - - - 4 Legionnaires's disease - 0 Milky Way autumn season - 1-Nov 30 Natl Musm of Mathematics 6 NY Academy of Sciences - ??? NYC-G2O - - - - - - - - - 17, 27 New York Univ Astro - - - 8, 15, 29 *NYSkies Astronomy Seminar 1, 15 Riverside Pk South (day) 24 SciCafe' - - - - - - - - 6 Science & the Arts - - - ??? Simons Foundation - - - - 6 Top of the Lawn - - - - - 1,2,3,8,9,10,15,16,17,22,23,24,29,30 Tribute in Light - - - - 11 TriState computer fair - 0 Urban Park Rangers - - - 0 Weekend Walks - - - - - - 1-Oct 31 Zika virus alet - - - - 0 ----------------- Ctr for Space Sci Edu - - firstname.lastname@example.org, www.nyccsse.org, 212-608-6164 Physics Club of NY - - - email@example.com, www.sconyc-ny.org NEW JERSEY - NJ A A A of Princeton - - - S/O A S of Toms Rv Area - - - ??? *Amat Astro Inc meeting - 1, 8, 22, 29 *Amat Astro Inc lecture - 15 Morris Musm Astro Soc - - 14 *New Jersey Astro Assn 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 No Jersey Astro Gp mtg - 13 No Jersey Astro Gp starvg S/O Peyton Observarory - - - 13 Phillipsburg RR Museum - 9 Plasma Physics Lab - - - 1, 15 Rutgers Univ Astro Collqm 20, 27 Rutgers Univ Astro Semnr S/O *S*T*A*R - - - - - - - - - 7 Schommer Observatory - - 14, 21 Sheep Hill Astro Assn - - 3 *Sheep Hill Observatory - 15 *Utd Astro Clubs of NJ - - 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Washington Xing St Pk - - 1l 8l 15l 22l 29 --------------------------- Buehler-Columbia AAA - - www.bergen.edu/buehler, firstname.lastname@example.org Dark Sky Observers - - - www.users.nac.net/gburke/club McDowell Obsy -mec.rst2.edu, 201-460-8300 Montclair Telescope Club 973-948-5284, email@example.com, users.erols.com/njastro/orgs/mtc.hrm Passaic Co Astro Assn www.users.nac.net/gburke/PCAA, 973-523-0024 *Raritan Vy Co Coll Plm - www2.raritanval.edu/planetarium Skyland Stargazers - - - skylandstargazers.tripod.com + QUEENS - QN Alley Pond Park - - - - - 16 York College Observatory S/O REST OF WORLD STATEN ISLAND - SI Coll of Staten Is Obsy - S/O Great Kills Park - - - - 23 Staten Is Community TV - 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 THE BRONX - BX UPSTATE - NY Lamont-Doherty Obsy - - - 22 Ramapo Challenger Ctr - - 17 Vassar Coll Obsy - - - - 6, 13, 20, 27 Ward Pound Ridge - - - - 16 Westchester Amat Astro - S/O ---------------------------- Mid-Hudson Astro Asson - www.midhudsonastro.org, 845-485-5669 =============================================================== Ongoing and continuing events -------------------------- all day - whole City - MH - Zika virus warning WARNING APPLIES TO OTHEER MOSQUITO HAZARS LIKE YELLOW FEVER, LUYME'S DISEASE, MNLARIA, SARS.IN MAY 2017 NEW CASES ERUPTED IN NEW YORK CITY ABD OTHER PARTS OF UNITED STATES AMONG TRAVELLERS RETURNING FROM ZIKA-INFECTED AREAS. Indefinite duration. US CDC warns of new mosquito-carried Zika VIRUS from most of Central America, most Caribbean islands, Mexico. Bite caught in these areas can be fatal if not quickly and properly treated.Travellers should get medical checkup soonest after return to US. Details at health care provider or public health authorities. all day - whole City - MH - Legionnaires's disease warning Indefinite duration. NYC Dept of Health warns of new outbreak of Legionnaires's disease on Manh. Caused by viruscarried thru HVAC ducts. Victims suffer flu-like symptoms. Disease is curble if treated in early phase, else it can be fatal. Details at health care provider or public health authorities. 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. firstname.lastname@example.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, email@example.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 --------- Fri 1 Sep all day - Governors Island - MH - cultural shows Thru 25 Sep. Island is open on every daym 10h-20h weekdayss, 10h-19g weejebds.Walkand 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.governoreisland.com all day - whole City - MH - Weekend Walks street fairs VARIOUS LOCATIONS AND DATES; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Thru Oct 31. 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 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: HOW DID YOU EXPERIENCE THE GREAT AMERICAN ECLIPSE? 125 W 14 St, 6/7 Av. Discussion of astronomy topics, show & tell, skywatching reports, news of astro activity in NYSkies territory. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.nyskies.org 19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting nion Co Coll, Sperry Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.asterism.org, email@example.com 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, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing PLUS OCCASIONAL EXTRA SESSIONS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Top of the Lawn. North path of Great Lawn. Free. Cancelled for clouds. email@example.com, www.nyskies.org, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture Stamford Obsy. $3. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. 203-322-6537, www.stamfordmuseum.org, email@example.com 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, 21:00 - whole City - MH - autumn Milky Way season Thru Nov 30. Fallseason for sighting Milky Way from within NYC. Requires dark clear sky and thoro knowledge of normal luminous graffiti in sky. Milky Way is in high east sky at about 02:00. www.nyskies.org/articles/pazmino Sat 2 Sep 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.custerobservator firstname.lastname@example.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 - 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 - clearsky starviewing OCCASIONAL EXTRA SESSIONS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Inwood Astronomy Project. Meet at park entrance, Seaman Av & Isham St. Free. Cancelled for clouds. 917-529-2359 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 1 20:30 - Voorhees St Pk - NJ - NJ Astro Assn meeting NJAA-HQ, Robinson Obsy. Free. www.njaa.org, 908-368-8600 Sun 3 Sep 19:30 - Boonton - NJ - Sheep Hill Astro Assn meeting Boonton Senior Ctr. Free. www.sheephillastro.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 1 Mon 4 Seo all day - whole City - MH - Labor Day Please check with event contact for session falling on this day by rule or outdated schedule Wed 6 Sep 16:00 - Natl Musm of Mathematics - MH - science show Also 19;00. 'Mathematical Encounters'. Free, adv regn reqd. 212-542-0566, www.momath.org, firstname.lastname@example.org 17:00 - Simons Foundation - MH - scinece lecture 160 5 Av & 21 St. 'From moonshine to black holes: Number thory in mathematics and pjysics'. Free, adv regn reqd. 646-654-0066, ww.simonsfoundation.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 - Greenwich - CT - clearsky starviewing Astro Soc of Greenwich. Curtis Elem Schl, Bowman Obsy. Free. Cancelled for clouds. email@example.com, 203-415-6762. , astrogreenwich.org 20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting Vanderbilt Plm. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.asliclub.org 20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing Wesleyan U, Van Vleck Obsy. Free, cancelled for clouds. 860-685-3664, www.wesleyan.edu/astro/events 20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing Westport Astro Soc. Rolnick Obsy. Free. Cancelled for clouds. www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing Vassar College, Observatory. Free. Cancelled for clouds. physicsandastronomy.vassar.edu/observatory.html, 845-437-7340 Thu 7 Sep 20:00 - Lincroft - NJ - S*T*A*R meeting Brookdale Commty Coll, Mommouth Museum. Free. www.starastronomy.org, email@example.com Fri 8 Sep 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, firstname.lastname@example.org 11:00 - New York University - MH - astronomy lecture 726 Broadway, Rm 940. Various topics in astrophys and relativity. Free. Have GI photo ID for campus security. 19:30 - Torrington - CT - Litchfield Hills Amat Astro Club mtg Central Congregational Church. Free.email@example.com lhastro.org 19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - see Sep 1 19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Sep 1 20;00 - Wash'n X'ing - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 1 20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Sep 1 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 1 20:00 - New Milford - CT - astronomy lecture MEETS ON FRIDAY, NOT SATURDAY McCarthy Obsy, New Miford HS. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.mccarthyobservatory.org, 860-354-1595, firstname.lastname@example.org Sat 9 Sep 08:30 - Phillipsburg - NJ - cultural tour Elec RR Assn. Walk and ride thru history and culture of northern NJ steam railroads and trolleyss. Departs from near PoA bus depot, Manh. $79, incl meals, adv regn reqd. www.erausa.org,email@example.com 20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Sep 2 20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 2 20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg - see Sep 2 20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 2 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 1 20:30 - Voorhees St Pk - NJ - NJ Astro Assn meeting - see Sep 2 Sun 10 sep 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 1 Wed 13 Sep 19:30 - whole City - MH - Tribute in Light memorial World Trade Center. Two parallel blue beams shine dusk to dawn to honor victims of 2001 World Trade Center collapse. Beams approximate floor plan of Twin Towers and can reach tens of kilometers high. Geometry determines height of beam top as observed from all over NYSkies. Details in local news media.. www.nyskies.org/articles/pazmino/trib-lt.htm 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 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 Sep 6 20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see Sep 6 20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 6 21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 6 Thu 14 Sep 19:30 - Morristown - NJ - Morris Museum Astro Soc meeting Morris Museum. Free. 973-386-1848, 973-386-1848,, www.mmastrosociety.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com 20:30 - Piscataway - NJ - clearsky starviewing Rutgers Univ, Schommer Obsy. Free. Cancelled for clouds. 732-205-0020, www.physics.rutgers.edu/ast/ast-serin.html firstname.lastname@example.org Fri 15 Swp 10:00 - Princeton - NJ - science tour - see Sep 1 11:00 - New York University - MH - astronomy lecture - see Sep 8 18:30 - McBurney House - MH - NYSkies Astronomy Seminar DISCUSSION: STARS OF THE NEW YORK AUTUMN NIGHT 125 W 14 St, 6/7 Av. Discussion of astronomy topics, show & tell, skywatching reports, news of astro activity in NYSkies territory. Free. email@example.com, www.nyskies.org 19:00 -Sag Harbor - LI - astronomy lecture Montauk Obsy,Noeth Fork Natl Hist Musm. Indoor talk, 19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Sep 1 clearsky starviewing. Free. www.montaukobservatory.com 20:00 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc lecture Union Co Coll, Smith Audm. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.asterism.org 20:30 - Boonton - NJ - clearsky starviewing Sheep Hill Astro Assn Obsy, Free. Cancelled for clouds. sheephillastro.otg, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com 20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Sep 1 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 1 20;00 - Wash'n X'ing - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 1 Sat 16 Sep 13:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - astronomy show Utd A C of NJ, UACNJ Obsy. talks, demos, exhibits, clearsky sunviewing, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.uacnj.org 19:30 - Alley Pond Park - QN - clearsky starviewing Alley Pond Enviro Ctr. $14 at door. Cancelled for clouds. www.alleypond.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, 718-229-4000 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, email@example.com 20:00 - Ward Pound Ridge - NY - clearsky starviewing Westchester Amat Astro. Meadows Picnic Area. Free. Cancelled for clouds. firstname.lastname@example.org www.westchesterastronomers.org, 20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 2 20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Sep 2 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 1 20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 2 20:30 - Voorhees St Pk - NJ - NJ Astro Assn meeting - see Sep 2 Sun 17 Sep 12:00 - High Bridge Park - MH - cultural tour NYC-H2O. Walk thru history and culture of former aqueduct over harlem River. $32.49, adv regn reeqd. www.nych2o.org, email@example.com 14:00 - Airmont - NY - science show Ramapo Challenger Ctr, 225 Rt 29. Multimedia imulation of space missions. $20. wwwlhvcc.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, 845-257-3416. 15:30 - Greenwich - CT - Astro Soc of Greenwich meeting Greenwich Public Library. Free with musm adm. email@example.com, 203-415-6762, astrogreenwich.org 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 1 Mon 18 Sep 18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecture 15 E 84 St, 5/Madison Av. Exhibition lecture 'Weeks, months, yeats in Greek and Roman calendars' with 'Time and Cosomos' showw.. Free, adv regn reqd. isaw..nyu.edu firstname.lastname@example.org, 212-992-7842 20:00 - Kings Theatre - BK - astronomy show 1027 fLATBUSH aVM cHURCH/tILDEN aV. lIVE DIALOG ON ASTRONOMY, PHYSICS, BIOLOGY, OTHER SCIENCES WTIH nEIL tYSON. $35-$55, ADV REGN REQD. WWW.KINGSTHEATRE.COM tue 19 Sep 20:00 - Westport - CT - Westport Astro Soc meeting Rolnick Obsy. Free. www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 Wed 20 Sep 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 19:30 - Middletown - CT - Astro Soc of Gtr Hartford meeting Wesleyan Univ, Van Vleck Obsy. Free. www.asgh.org, 860-872-9069, email@example.com 20:00 - Greenwich - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 6 20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see Sep 6 20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 6 20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 6 21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 6 Thu 21 Sep 18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecture - see Sep 18 20:30 - Piscataway - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 21 Fri 22 Sep 15:00 - Palisades - NY - science lecture Lamont-Doherty Earth Obsy, Monell Audm. Various topics in geophysics and earth science. Free, 845-365-8634, www.ldeo.columbia.edu, firstname.lastname@example.org, 16:00 - Goshen - CT - Connecticut Star Party Thru Sun 24 Sep. Astro Soc of New Haven. Strang Camp. Dark skies, talks, demos, camping, food service, lodging, tourism. $24 + extras. www.asnh.org 19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - see Sep 1 19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Sep 1 20:00 - 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 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Sep 1 20;00 - Wash'n X'ing - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 1 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 1 20:30 - Litchfield - CT - Litchfield Hills A A C lecture White Meml Consrvn Ctr. Free. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. lhaac.shutterfly.com, email@example.com lhastro.org Sat 23 Sep 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 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Sep 2 20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 2 20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg - see Sep 2 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 1 20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 2 20:30 - Voorhees St Pk - NJ - NJ Astro Assn meeting - see Sep 2 Sun 24 Sep 12;00 - Riverside Pk South - MH - clearsky sunviewing NYC Dept of Parks. Pier 1 in park. Free, cancelled for clouds. www.nyc.gov/parks.org/event/astronomy 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 1 Tue 26 Sep 18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecture - see Sep 18 19:00 - New Haven - CT - Astro Soc of New Haven meeting Yale Univ, Leitner Family Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.asnh.org, firstname.lastname@example.org Wed 27 Sep 16:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture - see Sep 20 18:30 - City Hall Park - MH - cultural tour NYC-H2O. Walk thru history and culture of early NYC water supply system. $32.49, adv regn reeqd. www.nych2o.org, email@example.com 20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 6 20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see Sep 6 20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 6 21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 6 Fri 29 Sep 11:00 - New York University - MH - astronomy lecture - see Sep 8 19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Sep 1 19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - see Sep 1 20;00 - Wash'n X'ing - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 1 20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Sep 1 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 1 Sat 30 Sep 20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Sep 2 20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 2 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 1 20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 2 20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg - see Sep 2 20:30 - Voorhees St Pk - NJ - NJ Astro Assn meeting - see Sep 2 vents Skipped This Month ----------------------- EVENT MAY RESUME AT DIFFERENT PLACE OR HOUR; INQUIRE AT CONTACT -------------------------------------------------------------- [S/O] SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER reSUMPTION OF ACTIVITY -------------------------------------- 13:15 - Uniondale - LI - Amat Obsrs Soc meeting. Hofstra Univ, Berliner Hall. Free. www.aosny.org, firstname.lastname@example.org 13:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture Seminar series. Rutgers Univ, Serin 401. Free. 732-445-3974, www.physics.rutgers.edu/ast/seminar 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, email@example.com, www.aaa.org 18:30 - East Meadow - LI - Amer Instt Aero & Astro lecture Spumante Restaurant. Various topics in aeronautics and astronautics. Free, optional $5 pizza-soda. 516-458-8593, firstname.lastname@example.org 19:30 - Princeton - NJ - Amat Astro Assn of Princeton meeting Princeton U, Peyton Hall. Free. www.princetonastronomy.org, 609-737-2575, email@example.com 19:30 - Pleasantville - NY - Westchester Amat Astro meeting Pace Univ, Miller Hall, Free. www.westchesterastronomers.org, firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com º 20:00 - Danbury - CT - astronomy lecture Westn Conn St Uv, Obsy/Plm. Indoor planetarium show, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.wcsu.edu/starwatch, 20:00 - Columbia University - MH - astronomy lecture Pupin Hall, signs to lecture room. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.astro.columbia.edu/outreach, 212-854-3278 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, email@example.com 20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - clearsky starviewing No Jersey Astro Gp. Montclair St Univ, Richardson Hall. Free, cancelled for clouds. njastro.org, 973-655-7266, 20:30 - Coll of Staten Is - SI - clearsky starviewing Astrophys Obsy. Free, cancelled for clouds. 718-982-2818, csivc.csi.cuny.edu/supernove7/files/home.html, firstname.lastname@example.org, 20:30 - York College - QN - astronomy lecture . Core Academic Bdg, Rm AC-2E01. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. Free, adv regn reqd. 718-262-2082, www.york.cuny.edu/centers-institutes/observatory, email@example.com -------------------------------------- [???] UNCERTAIN RESUMPTION OF ACTIVITY -------------------------------------- 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/physics/evnts, 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, 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 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, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.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 19:00 - NY Academy of Sciences - MH - astronomy lecture 'The unification of physics: The ques for a Theory of Everything'. $15, adv regn reqd. wwww.nyas.org, 212-298-8600 20:30 - West Reading - CT - clearsky starviewingh New Pond Farm, obseratory. $10, adv regn reqd. , cancelled for clouds. www.newpondfarm.org, 203-938-2117, firstname.lastname@example.org General News ---------- I opened a new section 'Eclipse news', below, for items about the Great American Eclipse. They were at first placed in 'City news' and 'Sky news' in the early compilation of this NYC Events. Many astronomy events that normally resume in September were not posted at issue time. I suspect that the event crews are still on their way home from the Great American Eclipse and couldn't fire up their fall 2017 activities. I left these events in the 'S/O' section. Inquire at the event contact for latest news. Mid-Manhattan Library leaves NYC Events to begin a top-to-bottom rebuild. As at issue time none of its wonderful lectures are shifted to an other branch. More in 'City News'. Astro Soc of Greenwich now meets in Greenwich Public Library. it previously convened at Bruce Museum. Sessions are still on Sunday afternoons. Boothe Meml Astro Soc cleaned up its Facebook page and posted pix from August 21 solar eclipse. Club notes that it has no upcoming events. I moved club to 'under the line' in COnnecticut with contact. McCarthy Obsy posts a Friday date, the 8th, for its 'Second Saturday' lecture. This may be a typo but do inquire at contact. McCarthy listed its August lecture for Friday the 11th, but I don't know how it was resolved. NYC Events welcomes new band of stargazers, Jupiter Joe's Sidewalk Astronomy. It started in early 2017 and conducts irregular sessions, mostly on Manhattan. See 'Ongoing and continuing events'. Institute for Advanced Study leaves NYC Events. It apparently no longer offers astrophysics seminars, only ones for mathematics. Center for Atmosphere and Ocean Studies moves into the '???' section. It notes there are no lectures for fall 2017. Cornelia Street Cafe's web went completely blank with no content. I moved Cormelia to th '???' section. City News ------- Mid-Manhattan Library closed doors on 2017 August 1 for a complete rebuild of its aging house. At 5th Av and 40th St, diagonal from the Main Library, it was the nation's busiest circulation library with a myriad of visitors and about 6,000 transactions per day. Some operations are moved to the Main Library nut its cultural lectures are syspended. Mid-Manhattan reopens in winter 2019-2020. By mid-laer August 2017 all Radio Shack stores on Manhattan, and likely thruout the coutnry, are closed. RRS went bankrupt in May 2017 with plan to close certain stores. As court case progressed RS ended up closing essentially all stores. On 2017 August 16 ~13h EDST a stun grenade accidently detonated in 26 Federal Pz building, Foley Sq MH. The blast injured an FBI agent who was handling grenade in basement work area. A stun grenade sends out a blinding flash and deafening moise to disorient and distract target people. There is no explosive but the local heat can ignite nearby flammables and burn neaby people. Amtrak's rebuilding at Penn Station is on track to finish by 31 August 2017. Normal train service should resume during the Labor Day weekend. A;tho the 'Summer of Hell' may be over, residual work in the depot continues at night and weekends into October 2017. Stun grenades, like the one detonated on 16 August 2017 in 26 Federal Pz and also called flash-bang grenades, are openly sold at eBay andd Amazon! Priices are typicly $15-$25 and qunatity per putchase may be limited. Summer Streets for 2017 was a mixed show from August's erratic weather. Augst 5th was partly cloudy but cool and breezy, good for outdoor activity. August 12 was rained out. The final run on Aug 18 was partly cloudy, hot, humid. NYSkies Astronomy Seminar on 4 August 2017 explored the Perseid meteor shower and the comet-meteor relation. The 2017 Perseids peak was predawn of August 12th. We learned how in the early 1800s the strange iron stones occasionally found in the ground were traced to falls from the sky. Meost mteorites are made of stone but these are mixed in with ordinary terrestrial stones. Iron meteorites are easier to find, being dense, magnetic, dark. In 1799 we triangulated falling stars from the Leonid shower and found they were tens of kilometers above Earth. In the 1830s we discovered that there is a substantial increase in shooting stars in August while other months had roughly equal lesser numbers. In 1833 the Leomids sent down a storm of shooting stars, all falling from Leo, in mid November. In other years before and after the Leonids offered only a few meteors. Meteor showers, all two of them, were known as the August and November meteors. By 1840 we found that these August meteors fell from Perseus and were in time called the Perseids. Yhe November shower from leo became the leonids. As more showers were recognized they were named for their months, then by the canstellation they radiate from. The name is the constellation's patronumic, an offspring or derivative of the constellation. In a meteor shower the upstream path of the meteors headed into deep space above the known atmosphere. In the 1860s two comets were discovered, Swift-Tuttle and Tempel-Tuttle. They were periodic comets with a couple tens of year cycle. The orbit of S-T almost coincided with the path of the Perseid meteors; T-T, Leonids. Meteors of a shower are debris spilled from the comet nto its orbit. Earth intercepted these meteors, pulling them to fall as shooting stars. Many more meteor-comet links were found by 1900. Meteor watching was a large part of home astronomy until 1970s, when general social evolution shifted astronomers from the tediumm of this program. Today almost all home meteor watching is a casual pasttime. And almost all of it is only for the Perseids. In the 1990s with supercomputers and astrodynamics software we modelsed comets more precisely. We learned that meteors seen in a given yer's shower did not spill from the parent comet at its last pweihelion. They are ejected several rounds ago and travel in a thread or string near the comet's orbit. If we hit one we get the shower, else not. This accounts for the erratic performance of the Leonids with no strong shower in 1900 and 1933. The comet's thrads missed us. The Perseid meteors are more evenly sprad along the orbit, making a reliable shower every year. One factor to mid with meteor observing is the loacation and phase of the Moon. A large Moon will mask the fainter falling stars while in other years there is no Moon around. This effect is the crude 'Rule-of-three', applcable to any annual event, even those on Earth. The Perseids open the observing season for Pazmino's Cluster, that sits a few degrees from the radiant in Camelopardalis. I discoveed it in 1977 to become the one and only showcase feature of the constellaton. Takeaways were starcharts of Perseus for the meteor showr, diagram of S-T comet and meteor stream, perspective effect of radiant, drift of raiant on sky, charts of Moon-Perseids for 'Rule-pf-three', article and chart for Pazmino's Cluster. A dead Central Park tree branch fell on Ann Goldman, Midtown MH, on 2017 Aug 15 ~10:00hEDST. She was near the W 62 St gate with her 3 children, one an infant, when the limb hit her on the head and back. Two children wre in a double-stroller; the infant. a cuddle pack. Witnesses started to free her until park workers with chain saws cut up the branch. All four victims were hospitalized and then relased after treatment. NYSkiers Steve Kaye and John Pazmino took part in educator development workshops at Intrepid Museum. The events were part of Space & Science Fest, 2017 August 3-6. In one session they learned about difficulties tin studying ionosphere and new ways to overcome them with specially designed gliders and balloonns, and miniature electronics. They in an other session played with marshmellow-sized robots by drawing color-coded tracks for them to navigate along. The two also examined the 'Dtones' exhibit and heard a couple short NASA talks. On 2017 August 22 the Village Voice advised that it is ending its print edition. It continues its web edition. VV was founded in 1955 by Norman Mailer &a as the first major alternative-lifestyle newspaper. In this century the VV steadily shrank in content and lost much of its classified ads to webs and social media. NYSkies Astronomy Seminar on Friday 18 Augst 2017 was weakly attended due to mmembers already on their way to the Great American Eclipse and to heavy afternoon rain. The session was an open loor for assorted astronomy problems and questions. Carrie Ho supplied snack packets. One curious topic was treatment of various eye conditions, like cataracts, contact lenses, and gloucoma. Some members have relatives with these conditions. The meeting wuapped up at ~20:30 EDST for an early start home. The net Seminar, September 1, is an eclipse roundup from all who observed the eclipse, in totality or pertial atras. KMart, owned by Sears, bean closing stores nationwide in spring 2017. Closings in NYSkies are so far mostly in New Jersey and Long Island. KMart may go bankrupt under continuing revenue declines but hopes it can hold on o its falgship Manhattan outlets on Astor Place and Penn Plaa. Eclipse News ---------- Some astronomers traveling by air to the 2017 August 21 eclipse got a shock at airport security. Travelers from certain states were advised that starting 22 January 2018 their state driver license is no longer valid ID for air travel!. US DHS cited 9 states for being too lax to verify personal parameters noted on driver license. Out-of-spec states are Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Washington. State must revise license process and issue new compliant driver licenses.. Situation comes from 2005 Real-ID Act requiring positive verification of parameters noted on ID documents presented at airports. Law was disenforced until now. August 2017 was frustrating for eclipse chasers to exercise their plans. Yet the weather in NYSkies was about the same all along the eclipse path east of the Appalachian Mountains, where many of us went for the totality. Those who practiced their routines under the various weather conditions here were far better able to deal with them under the eclipsed Sun. Some eclipse photographers were hit by unexpected glitch in autofocus cameras. Cameras performed normally in pretotality partial phases. Soonest the Sun was completely covered by the Moon the autofocus mechanism lost control! Tim Timmons in Columbia SC reported that his shutter was locked because the his camera couldn't find a focus. Steve Kaye near St Louis MO saw his camera slew in and out of focus for about half a minute before it settled at infinity. This behavior could not be simulated in rehearsals before the eclipse. Astronomers returning from the Great American Eclipse were irritated and angered by the lousy weather forecasts along the totality band. Predictions for rain, cloud, thunderstorms persuaded many to divert from their original target site to others in a mad scramble along congested roads. The dire forecasts were often completely wrong, with clear sky over the original site, presenting a clear view of eclipse if they stayed put. Joe Rao, Amat Obsrs Soc and NYSkies, caught a boo-boo about the next total eclipse in South Carolina. I mentioned in a NYSkies Yahoogroup post that it is in 2079, taken from otherwise good eclipse commentary on local TB in Columbia SC. Joe showed that it misses South Carolina because it starts at sunrise in New Jersey. he notes the next SX eclipse is in 2052, skimming the Atlantic coast over Charleston. Some astronomers in NYSkies tried to see First Crescent on Tuesday 22 August 2017, after seeing the eclipse on the 21st. Sky was mostly cloudy, interfering with viewing the thin crescent Moon. In early to mid August 2017 an upswell began in announced public eclipse viewing in NYSkies. Apparently they were last-minute arrangements cobbled from staff thinned out by astronomers away at the totality zone. Some were mentioned in general newspapers with articles about the eclipse. Others popped up on astronomy center webs. Sue Rose ((IIRC), Amat Obsrs Soc, noted a set of NY Times articles for the August solar eclipse in an early August edition. At the time the material was only in print form. Now it's in the NY Times web at www.nytimes.com/news-event/solar-eclipse-2017 This the table of contents that in the newspaper had page numbers for each piece. Here the entries are links to the online articles. A way to reduce accidently looking into the Sun with eclipse glasses is an eclipse mask. From a paper dinner plate cut out a window 1/3 down from the top edge that's a little smaller than the front panel of the eclipse glasses. Cut off the temple bars and securely tape the panel into the window, being sure no open space allows sunlight to leak thru. The cut from the center of the plate, near the nose notch of the glasses, a triangle about 6-7cm on a side. The entire plate is held against the face with the triangle resting on the nose and eyes looking thru the glasses. This mask covers the whole face, with lower chance of getting raw sunlight into the eyes. The white space on the plate may be decorated to taste. Sky news ------ August 2017 was a typical summer month, with the rays of Sirius and Sun combining at sunrise for extra heat. Most days were hazy, humid, with intermittent rain. Interspersed among the torrid days were days with autumn-like cool breeze and clear dark nights. The Perseid meteor shower was clouded or rained out over NYSkies. The peak hours were predawn of August 12th, over a full deck of clouds. Even if clear, the large gibbous Moon was a major suppression of the meteor count, specially for observers in gray-sky lands. Jupiter is leaving us in twilight as evening star.Saturn sets in late night. Soon the will be no bright planets for evening observing. The rainbows under Second Avenue are still bright and colorful. NYC Transit advised John Pazmino in early August that the phenomenon was referred to the agency's 'station design department for study. To see them go to 72/2, 86/2, 96/2 stations and look at the 'Blood-&- bones' strip along the outer wall.