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 NYC EVENTS FOR SEPTEMBER 2017 
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 John Pazmino 
 NYSkies Astronomy Inc  
 nyskies@nyskies.org  
 www.nyskies.org 


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

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

Current Month calendar  
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  Plain dates are in current month;  
  -, previous month; +, next month.  
  Moon phase: .NM., .FQ), (FM), (LQ.  
  Sunset is noted for each Saturday  
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  Sun   Mon   Tue   Wed   Thu   Fri   Sat   sunset 
  ------------------------------------------------
  -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 
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Index  of Events  
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 * = NASA-JPL Night Sky Network affiliate  
 Date = entry in 'list of events' section 
 '0' = entry in 'ongoing and continuing events' section 
 'S/O',= entry in 'skipped, Sep/Oct resumption' section 
  'M/A' = entry in 'skipped, Mar/Apr resumption' secrion // '???' = 
entry in 'skipped, uncertain resumption' seciton 
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    BROOKLYN - BK 
 *Floyd Bennett Field - - - 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 
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 Ctr for Space Sci Edu - - info@nyccsse.org, www.nyccsse.org,  
        212-608-6164 
  Physics Club of NY  - - - jdepalma@nyc.rr.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, 
   ropstbaum@bergen.edu 
  Dark Sky Observers  - - - www.users.nac.net/gburke/club  
  McDowell Obsy -mec.rst2.edu, 201-460-8300 
  Montclair Telescope Club  973-948-5284, bischoff@garden.net,    
        users.erols.com/njastro/orgs/mtc.hrm  
  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 
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    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. 
          president@aaa.org, 718-522-5014, www.aaa.org  
    all day - whole City - MH - clearsky starviewing  
        VARIOUS PLACES, DATES, HOURS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT  
        Jupiter Joe's Sidewalk Astronomy. Sessions convene in parks 
        usually at dusk. Occasional daytime sunviewing. Free. `       
        Cancelled for clouds.  www.jupiterjoesastronomy.org, 
        jupiyerjoesastronomy@gmail.com 
    all day - Gullivaer's Gate - MH - cultural exhibit 
        indef duration. 216 W 44 St, 7/8 Av. Opened in mid April 2017 
        for preview. Miniature models of landmarks and important 
        structures from around the world. Rooms arranged by quarter of 
        world and for New York City. $36, timed ticket, adv regn reqd. 
        Optional cost for stereopint of visitor into figurine placed 
        at desired item in exhibit. www.gulliversgate.com. 
    all day - whole City - MH - cultural tours & lectures 
        VARIOUS PLACES, DATES, HOURS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT  
        Urban Park Rangers. Tours of parks, landmarks, nabes, hoods. 
        Lectures on history and culture of NYC. Program varies each 
        month. Free. www.nyc.gov/parks  
    10:00 - whole City - MH - Tri-State Computer Fair 
        VARIOUS LOCATIONS, GENERALLY ON SUNDAYS 
        Source of computer systems, software, components, accessories. 
        $7. www.tri-statefairs.com, 718-227-5586 
    20:00 - Bell House - BK - Secret Science Club meeting  
        OCCASIONAL SESSIONS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT 
        149 7 St, 2/3 Av. Lecture and music on various science  
        topics. Free. secretscienceclub.blogspot.com, 718-638-4400, 

List of events 
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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. nyskies@nyskies.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, hfjacinto6@gmail.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, slutterbie@notes.cc.sunysb.edu 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing 
        PLUS OCCASIONAL EXTRA SESSIONS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT  
        Top of the Lawn. North path of Great Lawn. Free. Cancelled for 
        clouds. tags_p@yahoo.com, www.nyskies.org, nyskies@nyskies.org 
    20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture 
        Stamford Obsy. $3. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. 
        203-322-6537, www.stamfordmuseum.org, cescovil@earthlink.net 
    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 
        president@custerobservatory.org, 631-765-2626  
    20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg 
        UACNJ Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free.  
        www.uacnj.org 
    20:00 - 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 - 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, 
        contacts@sheephillastro.org, wwestura@optonline.net 
    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, info@momath.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. rickbria@optonline.net, 203-415-6762. , 
        astrogreenwich.org   
     20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting 
        Vanderbilt Plm. Free. asliastronomy@yahoo.com, 
        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, s-walters@comcast.net 

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, 
        ghritours@hearst.com 
    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.lhaacsec@gmail.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, 
         contact@mccarthyobservatory.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,trips@erausa.org 
    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,//, 
        jeg@astro.princeton.edu, lee@astro.princeton.edu 
    20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - No Jersey Astro Gp meeting 
        Montclair St Univ, Richardson Hall, Room 232. Free. 
        njastro.org, 973-655-7266 
    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, info@morrismusem.org, 
        ckkrish@gmail.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  
        pryor@physics.rutgers.edu 

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. nyskies@nyskies.org, 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, contacts@sheephillastro.org, 
        wwestura@optonline.net 
    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, info@alleypond.com, 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,  
        pparkers@cs.com 
     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 - 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, 
        matt@nych2o.org 
    14:00 - Airmont - NY - science show 
        Ramapo Challenger Ctr, 225 Rt 29. Multimedia 
       imulation of space missions. $20. wwwlhvcc.com, 
        director@lhvcc.com, 845-257-3416. 
    15:30 - Greenwich - CT - Astro Soc of Greenwich meeting 
        Greenwich Public Library. Free with musm adm. 
        rickbria@optonline.net, 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 isaw@nyu.edu, 
         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, pparkerrs@cs.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, suzana@ldeo.columbia.edu, 
    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, stephenlieber@nyc.rr.com, 
        nyskies@nyskies.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, lhaacsec@gmail.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, prez@asnh.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, 
        matt@nych2o.org 
    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 
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 EVENT MAY RESUME AT DIFFERENT PLACE OR HOUR; INQUIRE AT CONTACT 
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 [S/O] SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER reSUMPTION OF ACTIVITY 
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    13:15 - Uniondale - LI - Amat Obsrs Soc meeting. 
        Hofstra Univ, Berliner Hall. Free. www.aosny.org, 
        suerose@optonline.net 
    13:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture 
        Seminar series. Rutgers Univ, Serin 401. Free. 732-445-3974, 
        www.physics.rutgers.edu/ast/seminar 
    18:00 -CUNY Graduate Center - MH - Ctr for Sci & Soc lecture 
        385 Fifth Av. 'Early modernb science intertwine An 
        Iberoamerican perspective'.. Free, adv regn reqd, Free,  
        limited seating. 212-854-7211, 
        scienceandsociety.columbia.edu 
    18:15 - Amer Musm Natl Hist - MH - Amat Astro Assn lecture 
         Kaufmann Theater. Free, no musm adm fee. 718-522-5014, 
        president@aaa.org, www.aaa.org 
    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, davidparis@optonline.net 
    19:30 - Princeton - NJ - Amat Astro Assn of Princeton meeting 
       Princeton U, Peyton Hall. Free. www.princetonastronomy.org, 
        609-737-2575, info@princetonastronomy.org 
    19:30 - Pleasantville - NY - Westchester Amat Astro meeting  
        Pace Univ, Miller Hall, Free. www.westchesterastronomers.org, 
        waa-president@westchesterastronomers.org  
        info@princetonastronomy.org  
    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. outreach-admin@astro.columbia.edu, 
         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, observatory@hofstra.edu 
    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, 
        robbins@mail.csi.cuny.edu, 
   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, 
       tpaglione@york.cuny.edu 

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  [???] UNCERTAIN RESUMPTION OF ACTIVITY 
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    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, shafer@cims.nyu.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 
    18:00 - Earth Institute - MH - science lecture 
        Columbnia Univ, Lerner Hall, Arledge Audm.. Sea level rise: `        
Causes, impacts and options for solutions'. Free, adv regn 
        reqd. ei.columbia.edu 
    18:30 - CUNY Graduate Center - MH - Science and the Arts show 
        'TNo, No, Nobel' on women who missedthe Nobel Prize for 
        their work. Free. 212-817-7521, bschwartz@gc.cuny.edu, 
        scienceandarts@scienceandarts.pmailus.com, 
    19:00 - Toms River - NJ - Astro Soc of Toms Rv Area meeting 
        Ocean Co Coll, Student Ctr, Solar Lounge. Free. 
        www.astra-nj.org, 732-255-0343, webmaster@astra-nj.org 
    19:00 - NY Academy of Sciences - MH - astronomy lecture 
        'The unification of physics: The ques for a Theory of 
        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, 
        info@newpondfarm.org 

General News 
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    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
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    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 
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    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
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    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.