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NYC EVENTS FOR MARCH 2019 
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 John Pazmino 
 NYSkies Astronomy Inc  
 nyskies@nyskies.org  
 www.nyskies.org 

    The following astronomy activities in the commuting ring enclosing 
New York City are operated by various organizations. A few cultural  
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 'nyskies@nyskies.org' 
because only the current issue is in the website. It is replaced by  
next month's issue.  
    For events which missed NYC Events, check the NYSkies Yahoogroup 
forum. Join NYSkies by visiting 'www.nyskies.org/yahoo.htm' and 
picking either the email or website option.  
    All hours from 2019 March 1 to 9 are Eastern Standard Time. All 
hours from March 10 and out are Eastern Daylight Savings Time (UT - 
5h). 

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

Current Month calendar  
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  Plain dates are in current month;  
  -, previous month; +, next month. 
  #, NYSkies Astronomy Seminar 
  Moon phase: .NM., .FQ), (FM), (LQ.  
  Sunset is noted for each Saturday  
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  Sun   Mon   Tue   Wed   Thu   Fri   Sat  sunset 
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  -24   -25  -(26.  -27   -28     1#    2  17: 48 EST 
    3     4     5    .6.    7     8     9  17: 56 EST 
   10    11    12    13   .14)   15#   16  189 04 EDST 
   17    18    19   (20)   21    22    23  19:11 EDST 
   24    25    26   (27.   28    29    30  19:18 EDST 
   31    +1    +2    +3    +4   +.5#.  +6. 19:26 EDST 
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Index  of Events  
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 * = NASA-JPL Night Sky Network affiliate  
 Date = entry in 'list of events' section 
 '0' = entry in 'ongoing and continuing events' section 
 'S/O',= entry in 'skipped, Sep/Oct resumption' section 
  'M/A' = entry in 'skipped, Mar/Apr resumption' secrion // '???' = 
entry in 'skipped, uncertain resumption' seciton 
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    BROOKLYN - BK 
  Canarsie line closings  -  0 
 *Floyd Bennett Field - - - SPR 
  Caro Comumity Center  - - 13 
  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 - - - - - -  9 
  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 - SPR 
 *Westport Astro Soc mtg  - 19 
 *Westport Astro Soc starvg  6, 13, 20, 27   
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  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 - ??? 
  Astro Soc of Long Island   6, 13, 20, 27 
  Brookhaven National Lab - ??? 
  Custer Institute  - - - -  2, 9, 16, 23, 30 
  Hofstra Univ Obsy - - - -  3 
  Montauk Observatory - - -  1 
  SUNY Stony Brook - -  - -  1 
 *Susan Rose Observatory  -  2, 9, 16, 23, 30 
 
    MANHATTAN - MH  
 *Amat Astro Assn starvwg -  0 
 *Amat Astro Assn lecture    1 
  Amer Instt Archarology  - 14 
  Ctr for Atmosp Ocean Sci   6, 27 
  Ctr for Science & Society 13 
 Central Pk (Great Lawn)  -  1,2,3,8,9,10,15,16,17,22,23,24,29,30,31 
 *Columbia Univ Obsy  - - - 1, 15, 29 
  Cornelia Street Cafe'   - ??? 
  Daylight Savings Time - - 10 
  Earth Institute - - - - - ??? 
  Globe at Night - - - -  - 1-7, 27-Apr 5 
  Good Housekeeping lab   -  8      
  Gullivarr's Gate- - - - -  0 
  Instt Stud Ancnt World  - 12 
  Intrepid AstroCafe' - - - SPR 
  Intrepid Astro Night  - - SPR 
 *Inwood Astronomy Project   2, 9, 16, 23, 30 
  Natl Musm of Mathematics   6 
  NY Academy of Sciences  - SPR 
  NYC-H2O - - - - - - - - -  0 
  NYC Sci & Engg Fair - - -  3 
  NY History of Science - - 13 
  New York Map Society  - - 19 
  NYU Astrop & Relatvty - -  5, 12, 19, 26              5, 12, 19, 26 
 *NYSkies Astronomy Seminar  1, 15 
  Pi Day  -- - - -  - - - - 14 
  SciCafe'  - - - - - - - -  6 
  Simons Foundation - - - - 13 
  Top of the Lawn - - - - -  1,2,3,8,9,10,15,16,17,22,23,24,29,30,31 
  TriState computer fair  - -  0 
  Urban Park Rangers  - - - -  0 
  WTC station closings  - - -  0 
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 Ctr for Space Sci Edu - - info@nyccsse.org, www.nyccsse.org,  
            212-608-6164 n 

    METRO-NORTH - NY  
  Lamont-Doherty Obsy - - -                8 
  Mid-Hudson Astro Assn - - ??? 
  Ramapo Challenger Ctr - - 17 
  Rockland Astro Club - - - ??? 
  Vassar College Obsy - - -  6, 13, 20, 27 
  Ward Pound Ridge  - - - -  2 
  Westchester Amat Astro  -  1 

    NEW JERSEY - NJ  
  A A A of Princeton  - - - 12 
 *Amat Astro Inc meeting  -  1, 8, 22 
  *Amat Astro Inc lecture   15 
  A S of Toms Rv Area - - -  8 
  Morris Musm Astro Soc - - 14 
  New Jersey Astro Assn - - 23 
  North Bergen Viaduct  - -  0 
  No Jersey Astro Gp mtg  - 13 
  No Jersey Astro Gp starvg  7, 21, 28 
  Peyton Observarory  - - -  6 
  Plasma Physics Lab  - - -  1, 15 
  Rutgers Univ Astro Collqm  6, 13, 27 
  Rutgers Univ Astro Semnr   7, 14, 28 
 *S*T*A*R - - - - - - - - -  7 
  Schommer Observatory  - - 14, 21, 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 
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  Dark Sky Observers - www.users.nac.net/gburke/club  
  McDowell Obsy - mec.rst2.edu, 201-460-8300 
  Montclair Telescope Club - 973-948-5284,,    
        users.erols.com/njastro/orgs/mtc.htm 
  NW Jersey Amat Astro - www.nwjaa.org, info@nwjaa.org 
  Passaic Co Astro Assn - www.users.nac.net/gburke/PCAA, 973-523-0024 
 *Raritan Vy Co Coll Plm  - www2.raritanval.edu/planetarium  
   Skyland Stargazers  -  skylandstargazers.tripod.com 

s    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  - - - - 30 
  Staten Is Community TV  -  1, 8, 15, 22, 29 

    THE BRONX - BX 

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Ongoing and continuing events 
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    all day - H&M WTC line - MH - WTC station closings 
        Thru late 2020. World Trade Center station closes every 
        weekend to repair tunnels under Hudson River ruined by 
        hurricane Sandy. Station closes at 00h on each Saturday, 3        
reopens at 05h on following Monday. WTC-bound trains turn at 
        Exchange Pl station.For service to WTC, use 33 St line to 
        connect to NYC subways. www.panynj.gov 
    all day - H&M WTC line - NJ - WTC station closings 
        Thru late 2020. World Trade Center station closes every 
        weekend to repair tunnels under Hudson River ruined by 
        hurricane Sandy. Station closes at 00h on each Saturday, 
        reopens at 05h on following Monday. WTC-bound trains turn at 
        Exchange Pl station.For service to WTC, use 33 St line to 
        connect to NYC subways. www.panynj.gov 
    all day - North Brgen Viaduct - NJ - road closings and rebuild 
        Thru end 2020.  One lane in each direction is closed during 
        major rebuild of viaduct on NJ495 between NJ Tpk and Lincoln 
        Tnl. Buses have priority on remaining lanes. On-off ramps for 
        local street close from time to time.  www.restorenj495.com 
    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, suerose@optonline.net 
    all day - whole City - MH - cultural tour 
        VARIOUS LOCATIONS AND TIMES; INQUIRE AT CONTACT 
        NYC-H2O. Walk, bike, ride thru history and culture of NYC 
        muwater system facilities and natural waterways in and near 
        the City.  Events are pay orfree, adn regn reqd. Bike tours 
        need own bike. www.nych2o.org, 
        matt@nych2o.org 
    all day - whole City - MH - clearsky starviewing  
        VARIOUS PLACES, DATES, HOURS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT  
        Amat Astro Assn. Sessions convene in parks usually at dusk. 
        Occasional daytime sunviewing. Free. Cancelled for clouds. 
          president@aaa.org, 718-522-5014, www.aaa.org  
    all day - whole City - MH - clearsky starviewing  
        VARIOUS PLACES, DATES, HOURS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT  
        Jupiter Joe's Sidewalk Astronomy. Sessions convene in parks 
        usually at dusk. Occasional daytime sunviewing. Free. `       
        Cancelled for clouds.  www.jupiterjoesastronomy.org, 
        jupiyerjoesastronomy@gmail.com 
    all day - Gullivaer's Gate - MH - cultural exhibit 
        indef duration. 216 W 44 St, 7/8 Av. Opened in mid April 2017 
        for preview. Miniature models of landmarks and important 
        structures from around the world. Rooms arranged by quarter of 
        world and for New York City. $36, timed ticket, adv regn reqd. 
        Optional cost for stereopint of visitor into figurine placed 
        at desired item in exhibit. www.gulliversgate.com. 
    all day - whole City - MH - cultural tours & lectures 
        VARIOUS PLACES, DATES, HOURS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT  
        Urban Park Rangers. Tours of parks, landmarks, nabes, hoods. 
        Lectures on history and culture of NYC. Program varies each 
        month. Free. www.nyc.gov/parks  
    10:00 - whole City - MH - Tri-State Computer Fair 
        VARIOUS LOCATIONS, GENERALLY ON SUNDAYS 
        Source of computer systems, software, components, accessories. 
        $7. www.tri-statefairs.com, 718-227-5586 
    20:00 - Bell House - BK - Secret Science Club meeting  
        OCCASIONAL SESSIONS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT 
        149 7 St, 2/3 Av. Lecture and music on various science  
        topics. Free. secretscienceclub.blogspot.com, 718-638-4400, 

ist of Events 
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Fri  1 Mar 
    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 
    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, suzana@ldeo.columbia.edu, 
    18:15 - Amer Musm Natl Hist - MH - Amat Astro Assn lecture 
         Kaufmann Theater. Free, no musm adm fee. 718-522-5014, 
         president@aaa.org, www.aaa.org 
    18:30 - McBurney House - MH - NYSkies Astronomy Seminar  
        DISCUSSION: POLARIS AND THE CEPHEIDS 
        125 W 14 St, 6/7 Av. Discussion of astronomy topics, show 
        & tell, skywatching reports, news of astro activity in NYSkies 
        territory. Free. nyskies@nyskies.org, www.nyskies.org     
    19:0:0 - Columbia University - MH - astronomy lecture 
          Pupin Hall, signs to lecture room. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
         starviewing. Free. outreach-admin@astro.columbia.edu, 
         www.astro.columbia.edu/outreach, 212-854-3278 

    19:30 - Boonton - NJ - Sheep Hill Astro Assn meeting  
        Boonton Senior Ctr. Free. www.sheephillastro.org, 
        contacts@sheephillastro.org, wwestura@optonline.net 
    19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show 
        100 Cable Way, Mariners Hr SI. 'Geology forum' Live audience, 
        seating at 19:30, on air at 20:00. Free. www.sictv.org, 
        718-727-1414 
   19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting 
        Union Co Coll, Sperry Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky  
        starviewing. Free. www.asterism.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. tags_p@yahoo.com, www.nyskies.org, nyskies@nyskies.org 
    19:30 - Pleasantville - NY - Westchester Amat Astro meeting  
        Pace Univ, Lienhard Hall, Free.    
        www.westchesterastronomers.org, 
        waa-president@westchesterastronomers.org  
    19:30 - Southampton - LI - astronomy lecture 
        Montauk Obsy. SUNY Southampton, Chancellors Hall. Indoor talk, 
        clearsky starviewing. Free. www.montaukobservatory.com 
     19:30 - Stony Brook - LI - astronomy lecture 
        SUNY Stony Brook, Earth & Spc Sci Hall. Indoor lecture, 
        clearsky starviewing. Free. www.ess.sunysb.edu/astro, 
        631-632-8100, slutterbie@notes.cc.sunysb.edu 
    20:00 - 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 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture 
        Stamford Obsy. $5. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. 
        203-322-6537, www.stamfordmuseum.org 
        info@stamfordmuseum.org 

Sat  2 Mar 
    20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing  
        Amat Obsrs Soc. capus of Custer Institt. Sessions concurrent 
        with Custer's own events. Free, cancelled for clouds. 
        www.aosny.org, suerose@optonline.net             
    20:00 - Ward Pound Ridge - NY - clearsky starviewing 
        Westchester Amat Astro. Meadows Picnic Area. Free. Cancelled 
        for clouds. waa-president@westchesterastronomers.org 
        www.westchesterastronomers.org, 
    20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing 
        OCCASIONAL EXTRA SESSIONS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT  
        Inwood Astronomy Project. Meet at park entrance, Seaman Av 
        & Isham St. Free. Cancelled for clouds. 917-529-2359 
        www.inwoodastronomy.org, asonskendall@gmail.com 
    20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting 
        OCCASIONAL EXTRA EVENTS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT  
        Custer Instt. Indoor program, clearsky starviewing. $5-$15. 
        Varies with program. www.custerobservatory.org, 
        president@custerobservatory.org, 631-765-2626  
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 1 

Sun  3 Mar 
    13:15 - Uniondale - LI - Amat Obsrs Soc meeting. 
        Hofstra Univ, Berliner Hall. Free. www.aosny.org, 
        suerose@optonline.net 
    14:00 - City College - MH - NYC Science & Engineering Fair 
        Shepard Hall. Hundreds of projects exhibited by NYC high N        
school students on all sciences and technology. Free. 
        collegenow.cuny.edu/sc 
    15:30 - Greenwich - CT - Astro Soc of Greenwich meeting 
        Greenwich Public Library. Free with musm adm. 
        rickbria@optonline.net, 203-415-6762, astrogreenwich.org 
     19:00 - Uniondale - LI - clearsky starviewing 
        Hofstra University,Berliner Bdg, Rm 117. Free, 
        adv regn reqd. Cancelled for clouds. 516-463-2759, 
        www.hofstra.edu/Academics, observatory@hofstra.edu 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 1 

Tue  5 Mar 
    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 

Wed  6 Mar 
   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 
    15:30 - Courant Institute - MH - science lecture 
        Ctr for Atmosp & Ocean Studies. Weaver Hall, 251 Mercer 
        St. Various topics in geophysics and earth science. Free. 
        caos.cims.nyu.edu, shafer@cims.nyu.edu 
     16:00 - Natl Musm of Mathematics - MH - science show 
        Also 19:00. 'Mathematical Encounters'. Free, adv regn 
        reqd. 212-542-0566, www.momath.org, info@momath.org 
   19:00 - Amer Musm Natl Hist - MH - SciCafe' show 
        Hall of Ocean Life or hall of planet Earth. Music, drinks, 
        chat with Museum scientists. Free, be 21 or be gone. GI photo 
        ID reqd. 212-769-5100, www.amnh.org/programs 
    20:00 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        Westport Astro Soc. Rolnick Obsy.  Free. Cancelled for clouds. 
        www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 
    20:00 - Greenwich - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        Astro Soc of Greenwich. Curtis Elem Schl, Bowman Obsy. Free. 
        Cancelled for clouds. rickbria@optonline.net, 203-415-6762. , 
        astrogreenwich.org 
     20:00 - Princeton - NJ - clearsky starviewing 
         Princeton Univ, Peyton Hall. Free. Cancelled for clouds 
         www.astro.princeton.edu/observatory/publicobserving.php, 
        jeg@astro.princeton.edu, lee@astro.princeton.edu 
    20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        MEETS 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. asliastronomy@yahoo.com, 
        www.asliclub.org 
    21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing 
        MEETS ONLY DURING CLASSES; INQUIRE AT CONTACT 
        Vassar College, Observatory. Free. Cancelled for clouds. 
        physicsandastronomy.vassar.edu/observatory.html, 
        845-437-7340 

Thu  7 Mar 
    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, s-walters@comcast.net 
    20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - clearsky starviewing 
        No Jersey Astro Gp. Montclair St Univ, Richardson Hall.        
        Free, cancelled for clouds. njastro.org, 973-655-7266 

fri  8 Mar 
    10:00 - Good Housekeeping Resrch Instt - MH - science tour 
        Also 11:30. Hearst Tower, 57 St & 8 Av. Walk thru history and 
        science of product testing center of Good Housekeeping 
        magazine. Free, adv regn reqd. 212-649-5000, 
        ghritours@hearst.com 
    19:00 - Toms River - NJ - Astro Soc of Toms Rv Area meeting 
        Ocean Co Coll, Novins Planetarium. Free. 
        www.astra-nj.org, 732-255-0343, webmaster@astra-nj.org 
    19:30 - Torrington - CT - Litchfield Hills Amat Astro Club mtg 
        Central Congregational Church. Free. 
    19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Mar 1 
    19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - see Mar 1 
    20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Mar 1 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 1 

Sat  9 Mar 
    19:00 - West Reading - CT - clearsky starviewingh 
        New Pond Farm, obseratory. $10, adv regn reqd. , cancelled for 
        clouds. www.newpondfarm.org, 203-938-2117, 
    20:00 - New Milford - CT - astronomy lecture  
        McCarthy Obsy, New Miford HS. Indoor lecture, clearsky  
        starviewing. Free. www.mccarthyobservatory.org, 860-354-1595, 
        mccarthyobservatory@gmail.com 
    20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Mar 2 
    20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing - see Mar 2 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 1 
    20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing  - see Mar 2 

Sun 10 Mar 
    02:00 - whole City - MH - Daylight Savings Time starts 
        Set clocks AHEAD, FORWARD one hour. Most people do this when 
        they go to bed on the previous night so they wake up at the 
        new time. The hour 02:00 thru 02:59 does not exist. The minute 
        after 01:59 is 03:00. 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 1 

Tue 12 Mar 
    14:00 - New York University - MH - astronomy lecture - see Mar 5 
    18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecture 
        15 E 84 St, 5/Madison Av. Various topics on history and 
         culture of ancient civilizations.. Free, adv regn reqd. 
        isaw..nyu.edu isaw@nyu.edu, 212-992-7842 
    19:30 - Princeton - NJ - Amat Astro Assn of Princeton meeting 
        Princeton U, Peyton Hall. Free. www.princetonastronomy.org, 
        609-737-2575, info@princetonastronomy.org 

Wed 13 Mar 
    10:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture - see Mar 6 
    13:0 - Carro Community Center - BK - astronomy lecture 
       3000 Filmore Av & Nostrand Av (Marine Pk). 'Mahattanhenge'. 
        Fre. 646-552-6640 
    17:00 - Simons Foundation - MH - scinece lecture 
         160 5 Av & 21 St. 'Hunting for daek matter with the Xenon 
        Project'. Free, adv regn reqd. 646-654-0066, 
        ww.simonsfoundation.org 
    18:00 - New York University- MH - Ctr for sci and Soc lecture 
        Galatin Hall, 1 Washington Pl, Rm 801 'Renaissance 
        geomtery: Platonic solids'. Free, adv regn reqd. 
        212-854-7211, scienceandsociety.columbia.edu 
    18:00 - New York University- MH - NY Hist of Sci lecture 
        Galatin Hall, 1 Washington Pl, Rm 801 'Renaissance 
        geomtery: Platonic solids'. Free, adv regn reqd. 
        212-854-7211, scienceandsociety.columbia.edu 
    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 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 6 
    20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 6 
    20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see Mar 6 
    21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 6 

Thu 14 Mar 
    all day- whole City - MH -  Pi Day 
        Also July 22. Reflect and contemplate about the number 'pi'. 
        Dates are rough value of 'pi', 3.14 and 22/7. Ask at local 
        astronomy center for possible festivities and celebrations. 
    13:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture - see Mar 7 
    18:30 -ISAW - MH - Amer Instt Archaeolgy lecture 
        15 E 84 St. Various topics on archaeology and anthropology. 
        Free, adv regn reqd. www.aia-nysociety.org, 
        info@aia-bysociety.org 
    19:30 - Morristown - NJ - Morris Museum Astro Soc meeting  
         Morris Museum. Free. 973-386-1848, 973-386-1848,, 
         www.morrismuseum.org/astro-society, info@morrismusem.org, 
         ckkrish@gmail.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  
        pryor@physics.rutgers.edu 

fri 15 Mar 
    10:00 - Princeton - NJ - science tour - see Mar 1 
    18:30 - McBurney House - MH - NYSkies Astronomy Seminar  
        DISCUSSION: GOOD-BYE WINTER, AND GOOD-BYE MILKY WAY 
        125 W 14 St, 6/7 Av. Discussion of astronomy topics, show 
        & tell, skywatching reports, news of astro activity in NYSkies 
        territory. Free. nyskies@nyskies.org, www.nyskies.org 
    19:0:0 - Columbia University - MH - astronomy lecture - see Mar 1 
    19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Mar 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 Mar 1 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 1 
    20:30 - Boonton - NJ - clearsky starviewing  
        Sheep Hill Astro Assn Obsy, Free. Cancelled for  
        clouds. sheephillastro.otg, contacts@sheephillastro.org, 
        wwestura@optonline.net 

Sat 16 Mar 
    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, 
        pparkerrs@cs.com 
    20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing - see Mar 2 
    20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Mar 2 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 1 
    20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing  - see Mar 2 

sun 17 Mar 
    14:00 - Airmont - NY - science show 
        Ramapo Challenger Ctr, 225 Rt 29. Multimedia 
       imulation of space missions. $20., director@lhvcc.com, 
        845-257-3416, ramapoparks#ramapo.org, 
        www.ramapoparks.org, 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 1 

Tue 19 Mar 
    14:00 - NYPL 42nd St branch - MH - New York Map Society lecture 
     Various topics about map making, cartography, geography. 
        Free, adv regn reqd. www.newyorkmapsociety.org, 
        mapsociety@ny@gmail.com 
    14:00 - New York University - MH - astronomy lecture - see Mar 5 
    20:00 - Westport - CT - Westport Astro Soc meeting 
         Rolnick Obsy. Free. www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 

Wed 20 Mar 
    19:30 - New Brittain - CT - Astro Soc of Gtr Hartford meeting 
        Central CT St Univ, Copernicus Plm. Free. www.asgh.org, 
        860-872-9069, pparkerrs@cs.com 
    20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see Mar 6 
    20:00 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 6 
    20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 6 
    21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 6 

Thu 21 Mar 
    20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 7 
    20:30 - Piscataway - NJ - clearsky starviewng - see Mar 14 

fri 22 Mar 
     19:00 - Litchfield - CT - Litchfield Hills A A C lecture 
        White Meml Consrvn Ctr. Free. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
        starviewing. lhaacsec@gmail.com, lhastro.org 
    19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - see Mar 1 
    19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Mar 1 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 1 
    20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Mar 1 

Sat 23 Mar 
     19:00 - Danbury - CT - astronomy lecture 
        Westn Conn St Uv, Obsy/Plm. Indoor planetarium show, 
        clearsky starviewing. Free. www.wcsu.edu/starwatch, 
       203-837-8671, dawsond@wcsu.edu 
    20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing  - see Mar 2 
    20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Mar 2 
    20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing - see Mar 2 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 1 
    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 

Sun 24 Mar 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 1 

Tue 26 Mar 
    14:00 - New York University - MH - astronomy lecture - see Mar 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, prez@asnh.org 

Wed 27 Mar 
    10:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture - see Mar 6 
    15:30 - Courant Institute - MH - science lecture - see Mar 6 
    20:00 - whole CIty - MH - Globe at Night exercise 
        Thru Apr 5. 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 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see Mar 6 
    20:00 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 6 
    20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 6 
    21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 6 

Thu 28 Mar 
    13:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture - see Mar 7 
    20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 7 
    20:30 - Piscataway - NJ - clearsky starviewng - see Mar 14 

fri 29  Mar 
    19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Mar 1 
    19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - see Mar 1 
    20:0:0 - Columbia University - MH - astronomy lecture - see Mar 1 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 1 
    20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Mar 1 

Sar 30 Mar 
    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 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing  - see Mar 2 
    20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing - see Mar 2 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 1 
    20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Mar 2 

Sun 31 Mar 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Mar 1 

 Events Skipped This Month 
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  EVENT MAY RESUME AT DIFFERENT PLACE OR HOUR; INQUIRE AT CONTACT 
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  [SPR] SPRING RESUMPTION OF ACTIVITY 
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   19:00 - Coll of Staten Is - SI - clearsky starviewing 
        Astrophys Obsy. Free, cancelled for clouds. 718-982-2818, 
        csivc.csi.cuny.edu/supernove7/files/home.html, 
        robbins@mail.csi.cuny.edu, 
    19:00 - 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, 
        info@alleypond.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, stephenlieber@nyc.rr.com, 
        nyskies@nyskies.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 - Wash'n X'ing - NJ - clearsky starviewing 
        Amat Astro Assn of Princeton. Simpson Obsy. Free, cancelled 
       for clouds. www.princetonastronomy.org, 609-737-2575, 
      info@princetonastronomy.org 

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  [???] UNCERTAIN RESUMPTION OF ACTIVITY 
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    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 - 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 
    18:30 - 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, davidparis@twc.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 
    20:00 - Bear Mountain - NY - clearsky starviewing 
        Rockland Astro Club. Anthony Wayne Rec Pk, picnic field. Free, 
        cancelled for clouds. www.rocklandastronomy.com 

General news 
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    march is the wake-up month for events hibernating thru the winter. 
Please note that the resumption of these events may have new locations 
and hours. Also, altho Mach days and dates parallel February's, 
monthly events could shift their date in March . Don;t assume they 
occur on the same date and day as in february.
    the NY Soc of Hist of Sci and Ctr for Sci and Soc have a joint 
meeting on March 13th. The two outfits posted separate schedules and I 
list the meeting for each.  I give a slide show on March 13 at the 
Carro Commty Ctr on 'Manhattanhenge'. It's the same one I'll give to 
AOS and NYSkies in May. if you are convenient to Marine Pk BK, I'll be 
happy to greet you. 
    Schommer Obsy, Rutgers Univ, has three sessions in march, not the     
usual two. They are on the 14, 21, 28. 
    I heartfully thank you magnificent astronomers for passing notices 
of interesting activity in our turf. These are mostly events missing 
NYC Events or posted too late for it. I forward the notices to others 
via both NYSkies Yahoogroup and our extended distribution list. Know 
well that in virtually all cases you should inquire recta mente at the 
event contact for details and instructions. You can also put the 
notice, in regular text form, no pictures or graphics, laterale mente 
into NYSkies Yahoogroup. It's easy to join the group, the simple 
instructions are in the preamble of this NYC Events. Please 
deliberately read the notice for all of the seven Ws. Fill in any 
missing ones or tell otherwise. (OK, 'wow' has two Ws, so there are 
really eight.) 
    Columbia Univ Obsy has three talks in March, not its normal two. 
The ones on the 1st and 15th start at 19h; the 29th, 20h. 
    Welcome back, Astro Soc of Toms Rv Area! it posted its full 2019 
schedule of meetings and other activities, with its March meeting on 
the 8th. I moved ASTRA into the main list of events. 
    Cornelia St Cafe' seems to have web trouble again, its page being 
blank. It was set to resume its Sunday shows in march but as at issue 
time it's in the '???' section. 

City news 
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    Amazon on 2019 Feb 14 pulled out of plan to move to LIC QN. it was 
set to build a new corporate campus, HQ3, nwith NYS and NYC finance 
and burocracy breaks. All parties blame each other for the loss of the 
project. amazon will expand its other new campus in Arlington VA. 
    Several NYSkiers attended the UN Holocaust Remembrance show on 
January 28-31, 2019. Others at the Feb 1st Seminar mentioned friends 
who went. I took in just the events on the 31st and found, by chance!, 
Myrna Coffino. The audience numbered about a full thousand, with maybe 
more NYSkiers mixed in some where. 
    Fox-national Geographic on 15 February 2019 put off Dr Tyson's 
'Cosmos' 2nd season, to start March 3rd. Company is waiting for 
results of inquests on Tyson's alleged  sexual misconduct at AMNH. 
Reruns of 'Family Guy' fills the time slot. 
    NYSkies Astronomy Seminar on 1 February 2019 heard reports from 
the january 20-21 lunar eclipse. Greg Homatas and Steve Kaue, showed 
their photos of the eclipse, noting struggles with strong wind and 
deep cold. Joe Fedrick and John Pazmino gave verbal accounts, also 
with impediments from cold and wind. We marveled at the news of a 
meteor hitting the Moon during the eclipse. Several of us had copies 
of web accounts of it, with pictures.The main theme was orientation 
and navigation in the sky, a skill that confused newcomers while 
watching the eclipse. We compared out view of the ground around us 
with that of the celestial sphere. We see a minuscule part of the 
spherical Earth, only a few tens of kilometers around us at most. In 
the sky we see ideally half of the entire celestial sphere. a map of 
the Earth can be faithfully drawn on a flat sheet, even a couple 
hundred kilometers wide. a map of the sky on flat sheet shoes severe 
distortion if more than about 15 degrees wide. it is at first tough to 
relate the distorted map to the sky for star-ID or binocular 
browsing.Constellation charts are, like section of Earth, drawn with 
north at top. The starmap shows the constellation as it appears on the 
local meridian in culmination. when the constellation is off of the 
meridian, near rising or setting, it is rotated away from north-up and 
can be hard to recognize. We illustrated this effect with scenes of 
winter and summer stars at rise, culmination, set times. We studied 
the alignment of main stars over the horizon and saw how the line-up 
rotates during the motion of the stars across the sky. We carefully 
explained the difference between diurnal and seasonal motion, and then 
with proper orbital motion of the Moon during the eclipse. The Moon 
moved west to east thru the Earth's shadow while she also moved east 
to west during the  night. We saw how the direction t north, other 
compass points, shift as the stars move. In the east north is roughly 
45o to left of top. In the west it's 45o right of top. A portrait 
chart of stars must be turned, like a wheel, to line up its north to 
the north in the sky. It is best to understand that north in the sky 
is always toward Polaris, the North Star, regardless where in the sky 
we are looking. Polaris is near enough, about 1/4o from the north 
celestial pole to mark that point for star browsing. We saw that in 
the southern hemisphere there is no bright 'south Star'. astronomers 
there box in the south pole among other stars around it. We reminded 
that a given aspect of the sky occurs with 365 combinations of date 
and hour thruout the year. Many of them are in daylight. To see these 
scenes we must choose a date-hour combo falling in nighttime. We noted 
that it is easier to follow the sky motions and orientation nowayrars 
thru planetarium software. manipulate the sky on screen to see how the 
constellations tilt and turn during a night or season. For planets we 
may have no choice because of their proper motion thru the zodiac. a 
nighttime combo could lose the event we wanted to see. We saw hoe 
mixed up directions can be around the North Star, looking north on the 
horizon. North is always toward that star, even if point horizontally 
or even upward. We stressed that unless the date and hour of a scene 
is stipulated, it's best to give locations and motions on celestial 
compass, not on the horizon compass. This is crucial if using a polar-
mounted telescope, else the observer can get really lost in space. 
John Pazmino related the story of losing his way in Perseus and 
tripped on a new star cluster, now the Pazmino Cluster. We explained 
that in the sky we can not use linear distances because we have no 3D 
view of the stars nor a definite distance away to them. We must employ 
only angular measure in degrees. The distance or separation, between 
two points in the sky is in degrees of the complete circuit of the 
heavens while direction between the points is in degrees around a 
compass set on one of the points. In this way we are moving around 
like ships at sea. a 'nautical mile' is really one arcminute on the 
surface, about 1,800m. We studied several charts of asterisms with 10o 
fields to compare with a binocular field. By examining how much of the 
chart fits in the binocular field we estimate the angular field of 
view. This is written on a tag attached to the optic. Binocs for 
sports and landscape use commonly cite their field of view by the 
landscape width covered at a fixed distance away, like 150m wide from 
1,000m away. The angle, for sky use, is calculated by trig from the 
triangle with base at the landscape and apex at the observer. 
Takeaways were charts of celestial and horizontal coordinate grids; 
winter and summer constellations as the rise, culminate, set; 
directions near Polaris as Big Dipper circulates around it; 10o fields 
of several asterisms in all seasons. 
    NYC Transit during February 2019 confirmed its cancellation of the 
Canarsie line shutdown, first stated in early January. some details of 
line's revised operation are still under study at issue time. Most 
planned substitute transit services are called off, such as turning 
14th St and WillyB into bus-only corridors and running new express 
buses from Canarsie line stations in Brooklyn. Line will run at all 
times. Normal service during weekdays, weekend and late night has 20-
min headway. The tunnels will be repaired one at a time while trains 
take turns running in the other.
    NYSkies Astronomy Seminar on 15 February 2019 heard more lunar 
eclipse reports and then took up the main theme of the Hertzsprung-
Russell Diagram. We traced the developments in physics and photography 
in the 1880s-1900s that accumulated a large new database of star 
properties. We learned that the spectral classes were generated by 
temperature thru quantum mechanics and that distances were derived 
from photographic measures of parallax. We learned that in open 
clusters stars on a graph of apparent magnitude vs spectral class 
aligned in a narrow band, from cool dim stars to hot bright ones. We  
explained the definition and correspondence of absolute magnitude and 
luminosity. And the correspondence between spectral class, 
temperature, and color index.. As the author decides, the HRD may have 
any combination of these parameters for its axes, a more common set 
being absolute magnitude and spectral class. We saw how all stars, 
with the known distances, plot mostly in a thin band, some in a group 
in upper right, a few scattered in lower left. Qw showed how the 
combination of temperature and luminosity yield the star's radius. The 
upper right sector of the HRD has giant and supergiant stars. the 
lower left corner has dwarfs. the central diagonal band with most of 
the known stars is the Main Sequence. By plotting an HRD from various 
groups of stars, we get different mixes of plots, giving clue to the 
kinds of star in the groups. By plotting members of binary stars on 
the HRD we found that along the Main Sequence stars trend in mass from 
small at the lower end to massive at the upper. We learned that the MS 
is the locus of stars in their hydrogen-burning stars. Stars not 
burning hydrogen plot off of the MS, like in the giant and supergiant 
sectors. We saw got the MS is cut off as a cluster ages because the 
more massive stars, at the upper part of the MS, end hydrogen-burning 
and change to othr of-MS energy processes. By stellar modelling we 
calculate how long it takes to exhaust hydrogen-burning as a function 
of mass. The turn-off point of the MS occurs at the age when stars of 
its mass shift to off-MS energy production and is an index of the 
group's age. We exploited the MS as a feature of physical laws thruout 
the universe. By superposing the MS of a cluster, or galaxy, of 
unknown distance over the MS for a standard HRD built from stars of 
known distance, we gt an offset of magnitude between the two. This 
offset correspomds to the distance of the cluster. As we winded down 
we noted that Polaris plots in the giant region and that it and almost 
all stars above and right of the MS are variable in radiation output. 
An extra treat came from John Gale. He gave each of us a vintage one-
dollar coin with the eagle-on -the-Moon motif. Takeaways were 
historical HRDs, modern version, homemade HRD from Observer's Handbook 
star catalog, HRDs of assorted star clusters, HRDs with mass and 
radius contours, graph of mass-luminosity on the MS, diagram of MS 
turn-off points for various ages of cluster, MS offset for remote 
cluster; 
    Two manhole covers blew off, releasing flames into the air, on 16 
Feb 2019, evening. Incident was at 50 St & 8 Av, Theater District MH. 
No reported injuries, minor damage to facades and windows, nearby 
theaters were evacuated. Theater shows were suspended for the night, 
reopened during street repairs on the 17th. Cause under study at issue 
time. 
    The Larry Elder radio talk show on 8 Feb 2019 had some astronomy. 
In the segment 'Can you beat Curt' a call-in contestant was asked for 
the average Earth- Moon distance in miles (~1.6km) without overshoot. 
He gave 230,000. Curt, larry's brother, offered 250,000, a bit over. 
guest won a 'My Pillow'.  Moon averages 384,000km from Earth. 

Sky news 
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    Night of 9 February 2019 was extra dark and clear. Even with half 
Moon, transparency fell to quite 5th magnitude for most of NYC.  The 
sky was filled wall to wall with small stars in faint constellations. 
The Milky Way path, but not the very band,, was easily traced by the 
massing up of stars along it. Temp was ~-5C with light breeze. 
    Many NYSkiers, other astronomers, watched the 2019 Jan 20-21, some 
giving reports at the Seminars of 1 and 15 February. All noted the 
eclipse as darker than normal, with none of the bright rays or spots 
seen in the umbra. maria were vague patches. Telescope users remarked 
on a blue fringe on the umbra, a feature missed by bare-eye and 
binocular viewers. Those trying photography were hindered by the 
Moon's high altitude. Tripods could tilt to the zenith and handheld 
cameras shaked from cold and wind. No one visually saw the lunar 
meteor, which lasted only an instant with no hope of verifying it.  
    Astronomers in late 2018 are working with new fix for distance to 
Polaris. It came from mid 2018 Gaia DR2 data for binary comes of 
Polaris: 131.1pc, 447.1ly. This is in range of prior values with far 
tighter precision. Distance is critical to calibrate Cepheid Period-
Luminosity relation.