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 NYC EVENTS FOR NOVEMBER 2019 
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 John Pazmino 
 NYSkies Astronomy In+c  
 nyskies@nyskies.org 
   wwww.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.  
    Hours from November 1 thru 2 are Eastern Daylight Savings Time (UT 
- 4h). Hours from November 3 and out are Eastern Standard 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 
c  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  17:51 EDST
     3    .4)    5     6     7     8     9  16:44 EST
    10    11   (12)   13    14    15#   16  16:37 EST
    17    18    19.   20    21    22    23  16:33 EST
    24     25  .26.   27    28    29    30  16:29 EST
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Index  of Events  / ------------- 
 * = NASA-JPL Night Sky Network affiliate  
 Date = entry in 'list of events' section 
 '0' = entry in 'ongoing and continuing events' section 
 'ART',= entry in 'skipped, autumnt resumption' section 
  'SPR' = entrt in 'skipped, spring resumption' secrion 
  '???' = entry in 'skipped, uncertain resumption' seciton 
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    BROOKLYN - BK 
  Astronomy on Tap  - - - - 20 
  Canarsie line curtailment  0 
 *Floyd Bennett Field - - -  1 
  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
 *Litchfield Hills AAC mtg   8
 *Litchfield Hills lecture  15
 *McCarthy Observatory  - -  9
  New Pond Farm - - - - - -  2
  Stamford Observatory  - -  1, 8, 15, 22, 29   
 *Van Vleck Obsy (ASGH) - -  2
  Van Vleck Obsy (WU) - - -  6, 13, 20, 27 
  Western CT St Univ Obsy -  9, 23 
 *Westport Astro Soc mtg  -  19
 *Westport Astro Soc starvg  6, 13, 20, 27       
  -------------------------
  Boothe Meml Astro Soc - 203-377-9933, 
    www.facebook.com/Boothe-Memorial-Astronomical-Society 

    LONG ISLAND - LI 
 *Amateur Observers Soc - -  3 
 *Amat Obsrs Soc starviewing 0 
  Amer Instt Aero & Astro - ???
  Astro Soc of Long Island   6, 13, 20 
  Brookhaven National Lab - 14 
  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  - 13 
  Canarsie line curtailment  0 
 Ctr for Atmosp Ocean Sci -  6, 20 
  Ctr for Science & Society ??? 
  Central Pk (Great Lawn) -  1,2,3,8,,9,10,15,16,17,22,23,24,29,30 
  City of Science - - - - -  7 
 *Columbia Univ Obsy  - - -  1, 15 
  Earth Institute - - - - - ??? 
  Eastern Standard Time  - -  3 
  Election Day - - - - - - -  5
  Good Housekeeping lab  - -  8 
  Globe at Night   - - - - - 18-27
  Gullivar's Gate - - - - -  0 
  Hayden Planetarium  - - -  4, 26 
  Instt Stud Ancnt World  - 12, 14, 19 
  Intrepid Museum - - - - - SPR
 *Inwood Astronomy Project   2, 9, 16, 23, 30 
  Milky Way fall season - -  1-30 
  Natl Musm of Mathematics   6 
  NY Academy of Sciences  - ???
  NYC-H2O - - - - - - - - -  0 
  New York Map Society  - -  2 
  NYU Astrop & Relatvty - - 12    
 *NYSkies Astronomy Seminar  1, 15 
  Observer's Handbook offer  1-indef 
  SciCafe' - - - - -  - - -  6 
  Simons Foundation - - - -  6 
  Thanksgiving Day  - - - - 28 
 *Top of the Laawn  - - - -  1,2,3,8,,9,10,15,16,17,22,23,24,29,30 
  Transit of Mercury  - - - 11
  TriState computer fair --  0 
  Urban Park Rangers  - - -  0 
  Veterans Day  - - - - - - 11 
  Weekend Walks - - - - - -  1-Dec 
  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 - - -  1
  measles epidemic  - - - -  0 
  Mid-Hudson Astro Assn - - ??? 
  Ramapo Challenger Ctr - - 17 
  Rockland Astro Club - - - 30 
  Vassar College Obsrvatory  6, 13, 20, 27 
  Ward Pound Ridge  - - - - 23 
  Westchester Amat Astro  -  1 

    NEW JERSEY - NJ  
  A A A of Princeton  - - - 12 
 *Amat Astro Inc meeting  -  1, 8, 22, 29 
  *Amat Astro Inc lecture - 15 
  A S of Toms Rv Area - - -  8 
  Morris Musm Astro Soc - - 14 
  New Jersey Astro Assn - - SPR 
  North Bergen Viaduct  - -  0 
  No Jersey Astro Gp mtg  - 13  
  No Jersey Astro Gp starvg  7, 14, 21 
  Peyton Observarory  - - - ??? 
  Plasma Physics Lab  - - -  1, 15 
  Rutgers Univ Astro Collqm  6, 13, 20, 27 
  Rutgers Univ Astro Semnr   7, 14, 21 
 *S*T*A*R - - - - - - - - -  7 
  Schommer Observatory  - - 14, 21 
 *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  
  York College Observatory  13 

    REST OF WORLD 

     STATEN ISLAND - SI 
  Coll of Staten Is Obsy  - ???
  Great Kills Park  - - - - 23 
  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 s       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 - ehole county - NY - measles epidemic 
        Indef duration. Outbreaks of measles in several counties 
        in NYSkies. Of the 1,000+ cases in US, some 800 are in 
        NYSkies! UN WHO warned that if epidemic continues thru 
        yearend, it will revoke US status as a measles-free country. 
        Most counties offer free measles shots. Consult health 
        provider for precautions and vaccination. 
    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 - MH - night and weekend slowdown 
        Thru mid 2020. Curtailed service  20h to 05h daily and 20h 
        Fri-05h Mon on  weekends. Trains run single-track thru one 
        tunnel between Bedford Av statio aand 8th Av terminal. Round-
        trip takes about 20 minutes. Other track and tunnel are 
        closed. Service may change according as progress of work. 
        Normal two-way service runs 05h-20h on weekdays. www.mta.info. 
    all day - Canarsie line - BK - night and weekend slowdown 
        Thru mid 2020. Curtailed service  20h to 05h daily and 20h 
        Fri-05h Mon on  weekends. Trains run single-track thru one 
        tunnel between Bedford Av statio aand 8th Av terminal. Round-
        trip takes about 20 minutes. Other track and tunnel are 
        closed. Service may change according as progress of work. 
        Normal two-way service runs 05h-20h on weekdays. 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 stereoprint 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 Nov
    all day - whole City - MH - Observer's Handbook offer OPENS 
        The NYSkies offer for the 2020 RASC Onserver's Handbook opens 
        on September 16. The books are printed in mid October for 
        delivery to NYSkies in late October. You better put in 
        your request NOW. Cost is still $23 per copy, with P&P. 
        www.nyskies.org/oh.htm, nyskies@nyskies.org, 
        www.nyskies.org/ohclub.htm 
     all day - whole City - MH - Weekend Walks street fairs 
        VARIOUS LOCATIONS AND DATES; INQUIRE AT CONTACT 
       Thru mid Dec. NYC Dept of Transptn closes certain steets in 
        all boros on Saturdayss for street fairs. Stores 
        and local orgs offer ntertainment, discount sales, exhibits, 
        food service Free.  
         www.nyc.gov/html/dot/weekendwalks/html/home/home.shtml 
    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, 
    18:00 - whole City - MH - autumn Milky Way season 
        Thru Nov 30. Fall season 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 west sky at 
        at nightfall. www.nyskies.org/articles/pazmino/milky-ny.htm 
    18:00 - Montauk - LI - astronomy lecture 
        Montauk Obsy. Montauk Library. Indoor talk, clearsky 
         sunviewing. Free. www.montaukobservatory.com 
    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: ARE THOSE STARS LOOKING BACK AT US? 
        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 - 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 
    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 
    19:30 - Pleasantville - NY - Westchester Amat Astro meeting  
        Pace Univ, Lienhard Hall, Free.    
        www.westchesterastronomers.org, 
        waa-president@westchesterastronomers.org  
    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 - 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. $5. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. 
        203-322-6537, www.stamfordmuseum.org 
        info@stamfordmuseum.org 

Sat  2 Nov 
    14:00 - Avenues HQ - MH - New York Map Society lecture 
         11 E 26 St, 17th floor. Various topics about map making, 
        cartography, geography.  Free, adv regn reqd. Have GI photo ID 
         for caampus security. www.newyorkmapsociety.org, 
        mapsocietyny@gmail.com 
    19:00 - West Reading - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        New Pond Farm, obseratory. $10, adv regn reqd. cancelled for 
        clouds. www.newpondfarm.org, 203-938-2117 
    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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 1 

Sun  3 Nov 
     02:00 - whole City - MH - Eastern Standard Time returns 
        Set clocks BACK, BEHIND, one hour to return to EST. Most 
        readers will do this on the previous night when they go to 
        sleep so they wake up in the proper time. The clock hour 01:00 
        to 01:59 repeats, first for EDST and again for EST. 
    13:15 - Uniondale - LI - Amat Obsrs Soc meeting. 
        Hofstra Univ, Berliner Hall. Free. www.aosny.org, 
        suerose@optonline.net 
     18:00 - Uniondale - LI - clearsky starviewing 
        Hofstra University,Berliner Bdg, Rm 117. Free, 
        adv regn reqd. Cancelled for clouds. 516-463-2759, 
        www.hofstra.edu/Academics, observatory@hofstra.edu 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 1 

Mon  4 Nov 
    19:00 - Hayden Planetarium - MH - Frontiers lecture 
        Sounds of the universe'..In Kayfnamm Thtr.Enter at 77 St, Cntl 
        Pk W/Columbus Av. $15, adv regn reqd. 212-769-5100, 
        www.amnh.org/programs  

Tue  5 Nov
    all day - whole City - MH - Election Day 
        Please check with event contact for session falling on this 
        day by rule or outdated schedule 

wed  6 Nov 
    10:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture 
         Colloquium series. Rutgers Univ, Busch Campus, Astro & Phys 
        Lecture 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 
    16:15 - Simons Foundation - MH - scinece lecture 
        160 5 Av & 21 St. 'Reductionism vs. bootstrap: Are big things 
        always made of elementary things?'. Buffet smacks 16:15, 
        lecture 17:00. 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 
   19:30 - Greenwich - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        Astro Soc of Greenwich. Curtis Elem Schl, Bowman Obsy. Free. 
        Cancelled for clouds. rickbria@optonline.net, 203-415-6762. , 
        astrogreenwich.org  
    20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting  
        Vanderbilt Plm. Free. asliastronomy@yahoo.com, 
        www.asliclub.org 
    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 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing  
        Westport Astro Soc. Rolnick Obsy.  Free. Cancelled for clouds. 
        www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 
    21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing 
        MEETS ONLY DURING CLASSES; INQUIRE AT CONTACT 
        Vassar College, Observatory. Free. Cancelled for clouds. 
        physicsandastronomy.vassar.edu/observatory.html, 
        845-437-7340 

Thu  7 Nov 
    13:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture 
        Seminar series. Rutgers Univ, Serin W330. Free. 732-445-3974, 
        www.physics.rutgers.edu/ast/seminar 
    18:30 - CUNY Graduate Center - MH -'Ciry of sceince' lecture 
        365 5 Av & 34 St, Skylight Room. 'Exploring the mysteries of 
        black holes'. Free, adv regn reqd. 
        www.gc.cuny.edu/publicprograms 
    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 Nov
    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 
   19:30 - Torrington - CT - Litchfield Hills Amat Astro Club mtg 
        Central Congregational Church. Free. lhastro.org, 
        lhastro@gmail.com 
    19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - see Nov 1 
    19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Nov 1 
     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 
     20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Nov 1 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 1 

Sat  9 Nov 
    17:00 - 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 - 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 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 1 
    20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Nov 2 
    20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing - see Nov 2 
    20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing  - see Nov 2 

Sun 10 Nov 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 1 

Mon 11 Nov
    all day - whole City - MH - Veterans Day 
        EVENTS FOR MERCURY TRANSIT MAY BE STAGED TODAY 
        Please check with event contact for session falling on this 
        day by rule or outdated schedule 
    07:00 - whole City - MH - transit of mErcury
        Planet Mercury crosses in front of Sun. Requires proper solar 
        solar protection or projection and telescope of min 40 power. 
        Timetable for new York is valid for all of NYSkies within a 
        minute. Note well that times are in EST. Some authors by 
        mistake state hours in EDST or other zone daylight time. 
       ---------------------------------------------------------
 MERCURY TRANSIT, 2019 NOVEMBER 11 
 ----------------------------------
 timetable of events for New York
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  EST    | event       | alt-az | remarks
 ------+----------- -+--------+--------
 06:08 | civil dawn  | -- --- | start of daytime work
 06:37 | sunrise     | 00 112 | start of daylight
 07:36 | 1st contact | 09 123 | Mercury enters Sun, 7:30 position
 07:37 | 2nd contact | 10 124 | Mercury fully on Sun
 10:20 | mid transit | 29 158 |  Mercury deepest into Sun
 11:40 | solar noon  | 32 180 | Sun crosses meridian
 13:03 | 3rd contact | 29 203 | Mercury leaves Sun, 3:00 position
 13:04 | 4th contact | 28 204 | Mercury fully off Sun
 16:41 | sunset      | 00 247 | end of daylight
 17:10  | civil dusk  |-- --- | end of daytime work
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    PLEASE INQUIRE RECTA MENTE AT CONTACT FOR THESE MERCURY TRANSIT 
        VIEWINGS FOR FULL AND LATEST DETAILS. ALSO INQUIRE AT OTHER 
        ASTRONOMY CENTERS IN EARLY NOVEMBER FOR EVENTS MISSING NYC 
        EVENTS. NOTE THAT EVENTS MAY COVER ONLY  PART OF MERCURY'S 
        CROSSING OF THE SUN. 
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    07:30 - New Milford - CT - viewing Mercury transit 
        McCarthy Obsy, New Miford HS. Free.
``       www.mccarthyobservatory.org, 860-354-1595, 
        mccarthyobservatory@gmail.com 
    08:30 - Westport - CT - viewing Mercury transit 
       Westport Astro Soc. Rolnick Obsy. Free. 
        www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 ----------------------------    
10:00 - East Hampron - LI - viewing Mercury transit 
        Montauk Obsy. Ross School. Tennis Center.  Free. 
        www.montaukobservatory.com 
    11:00 - Morristown - NJ - viewing Mercury transit 
         Morris Museum Astro Doc. Morris Museum. Free. 973-386-1848, 
        973-386-1848,, www.morrismuseum.org/astro-society, 
        info@morrismusem.org, 
         ckkrish@gmail.com 

Tue 12 Nov 
    14:00 - New York University - MH - astronomy lecture 
        726 Broadway, Rm 940. Various topics in astrophys and 
        relativity. Free. Have GI photo ID for campus security. 
        physics.nyu.edu/events.htm 
    18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecruee 
        15 E 84 St, 5/Madison Av. Various topics on history and 
        culture of ancient societies. Free, adv regn reqd. 
        isaw..nyu.edu, isaw@nyu.edu, 212-992-7800 
    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 Nov 
    10:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture - see Nov 6 
    18:30 - CUNY Grad Ctr - MH - Amer Instt Archaeolgy lecture 
            TENTATIVE LOCATION; INQUIRE AT CONTACT 
        365 Fifth Av, 34 St.Various topics on archaeology and 
        anthropology. Free, adv regn reqd. GI photo ID required for 
        campus security. www.aia-nysociety.org, 
        info@aia-nysociety.org 
    19:00 - York College - QN - astronomy lecture . 
        Core Academic Bdg, Rm AC-2E01. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
    20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - No Jersey Astro Gp meeting 
        Montclair St Univ, Richardson Hall, Room 232. Free. 
        njastro.org, 973-655-7266 jjj 
    20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 6 
    20:00 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing  - see Nnov 6 
    20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting  - see Nov 6 
    21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 6 

Thu 14 Nov 
    13:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture - see Nov 7 
    15:00 - Upton - LI - Summer Sundays science show 
        Brookhaven Natl Lab. Bldg 510. 'Cosmology: halo splashback 
        detection'. Free, have GI photo ID for campus security. 631-
        344-2651, www.bnl.gov/evnts 
    18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecruee - see Nov 12 
     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 
    20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 7 
    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 Nov 
    10:00 - Princeton - NJ - science tour - see Nov 1 
    18:30 - McBurney House - MH - NYSkies Astronomy Seminar  
        DISCUSSION: BINARY STARS 
        125 W 14 St, 6/7 Av. Discussion of astronomy topics, show 
        & tell, skywatching reports, news of astro activity in NYSkies 
e        territory. Free. nyskies@nyskies.org, www.nyskies.org     
    19:0:0 - Columbia University - MH - astronomy lecture - see Nov 1 
    19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Nov 1 
     20:00 - Litchfield - CT - Litchfield Hills A A C lecture 
        White Meml Consrvn Ctr. Free. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
        starviewing. lhaacsec@gmail.com, lhastro.org 
    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 Nov 1 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 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 Nov 
    20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing - see Nov 2 
    20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing  - see Nov 2 
    20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Nov 2 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 1 

Sun 17 Nov 
    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, 
    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 Nov 1 

Mon 18 Nov
    19:00 - whole CIty - MH - Globe at Night exercise 
        Thru Nov 27. 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  Dates in 
        this page are not yet bumped up, but all instructions and 
        charts are same as in previous years. 

Tue 19 Nov
    18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecruee - see Nov 12 
    20:00 - Westport - CT - Westport Astro Soc meeting 
        Rolnick Obsy. Free. www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 

Wed 20 Nov 
    10:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture - see Nov 6 
    15:30 - Courant Institute - MH - science lecture - see Nov 6 
    19:30 - New Brittain - CT - Astro Soc of Gtr Hartford meeting 
        Central CT St Univ, Copernicus Plm. Free. www.asgh.org, 
        860-872-9069, pparkerrs@cs.com 
   19:30 - Greenwich - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 6
    20:00 - Way Station Pub - BK - Astronomy on Tap meting 
        683 Washington Av & Prospect Pl (Prospect Hts). Informal 
        astronomy discussion in pub setting. Free, one drink purchase 
        reqd. astronomyontap.org/locatons/new-york-city 
    20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting  - see Nov 6 
    20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 6 
    20:00 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing  - see Nnov 6 
    21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 6 

Thu 21 Nov 
    13:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture - see Nov 7 
    20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 7 
    20:30 - Piscataway - NJ - clearsky starviewng - see Nov 14 

Fri 22 Nov 
    19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - see Nov 1 
    19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Nov 1 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 1 
     20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Nov 1 

Sat 23 Nov 
    17:00 - Danbury - CT - astronomy lecture - see Nov 9 
    20:00 - Great Kills Pk - SI - clearsky starviewing 
        Natl Pk Svc. Enter at Hylan Bv to playground; Free. Cancelled 
        for clouds. www.nps.gov/gate, 718-987-6790  n 
     20:00 - Ward Pound Ridge - NY - clearsky starviewing 
        Westchester Amat Astro. Meadows Picnic Area. Free. Cancelled 
        for clouds. waa-president@westchesterastronomers.org 
        www.westchesterastronomers.org, 
    20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Nov 2 
    20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing - see Nov 2 
    20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing  - see Nov 2 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 1 

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

Tue 26 Mov
    19:00 - Hayden Planetarium - MH - Astronomy Live! lecture 
        'Traveling the neighborhood'..Enter at 81 St, Cntl Pk 
        W/Columbus Av. $15, adv regn reqd. 212-769-5100, 
        www.amnh.org/programs  
    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 Nov 
    10:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture - see Nov 6 
    20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 6 
    20:00 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing  - see Nnov 6 
    21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 6 

Thu 28 Nov 
    all day - whole City - MH - Thanksgiving Day 
        Please check with event contact for session falling on this 
        day by rule or outdated schedule 

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

Sat 30 Nov 
    20:00 - Bear Mountain - NY - clearsky starviewing 
        Rockland Astro Club. Anthony Wayne Rec Pk, picnic field. Free, 
        cancelled for clouds. www.rocklandastronomy.com 
    20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing - see Nov 2 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 1 
     20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing  - see Nov 2 
    20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Nov 2 


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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    17:30 - Intrepid Museum - MH - Free Friday show 
        Pier 86 and ship. Exhibits, demos, talks. Clearsky movies 
        and starviewing. Free. www.intrepidmuseum.org 
    20;00 - Wash'n X'ing - NJ - clearsky starviewing 
        Amat Astro Assn of Princeton. Simpson Obsy. Free, cancelled 
       for clouds. www.princetonastronomy.org, 609-737-2575, 
       info@princetonastronomy.org 
    20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg 
        UACNJ Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free.  
        www.uacnj.org 
    20:30 - Voorhees St Pk - NJ - NJ Astro Assn meeting 
        NJAA-HQ, Robinson Obsy. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free. www.njaa.org, 908-368-8500 
  --------------------------------------
  [???] UNCERTAIN RESUMPTION OF ACTIVITY 
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    18:00 - Columbia University- MH - Ctr for sci and Soc lecture 
       Fauenweather Hall, Room 513. 'Comparing domains of 
        improvisation'. Free, adv regn reqd. 
        212-854-7211, scienceandsociety.columbia.edu 
    18:00 - Hempstead - LI -  Amer Instt Aero & Astro lecture       
       Hofstra Univ, Breslin Hall, rm216 . Various topics in 
         aeronautics and astronautics. 'Observations from the 
        Apollo LM to the Shuttlre and ISS, and beyond'. Free, $7 opt 
        pizza-soda, adv regn reqd.718-812-2727, greghomatas@msn.com 
    19:00 - NY Academy of Sciences - MH - astronomy lecture 
        'The nystery of our mathematical universe'. $20. www.nyas.org 
   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 - 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 
    20:300 - 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 

General news
 ----------
    On October 28 afternoon people all over the country started 
getting marketing or scamming phonecalls from '202-502-7313'.This is a 
US Government phone IN MY AGENCY! It is a phantom number to mask 
certain agency phones from outsiders. It shows on recipient's Caller 
ID. When dialed to call back, an  intercept reports that the number is 
not in service. If you receive a call from '202-502-7313', please 
capture the date, time, town of receipt, caller's name/firm, dialog 
details. Email these particulars to me at 'john.pazmino@ferc.gov'. 
I'll pass on the material to my cybersecurity office. 
    Yahoo began on Oct 28 a two-step reduction in its yahoogroup 
service. First, new uploads to the extra folders like Files, Calendar, 
Photos, Links are no longer accepted and the group becomes a basic 
email chat-room. Group members with material in the folders may save 
it to local storage, delete it, or abandon it. All groups convert to 
'private' if they were previously 'public'. New members may join by 
invite, which they may request from the group's admin. Second, on Dec 
14 all extra folders are permanently erased, along with any residual 
content in them. 
    The NYSkies group 'nysky' for over some 15 years was almost 
entirely a dialog space worked by email. Its folders were minimally 
used and any material in them is thoroly ediurnate. NYSkiers having 
material in the extra folders should review it for save or delete. 
Else on Dec 1 it goes poof when Yahoo removes permanently the folders. 
New members may join by sending a request to 'nyskies@nyskies.org' . 
The member is enrolled under the email's return address. or an other 
one specified in the request.  
    NYSkies Observer's Handbook offer is halfway subscribed for as at 
late October. A few clubs put in group requests for their members, 
pushing the number of taken copies higher than at same point last 
year. To get your hat on a copy, visit 

    www.nyskies.org/oh.htm 

please understand that we do not accept 'reservations' or 'set asides' 
for the book. Only actual requests are handled. Also, we can not at 
all promise to obtain additional copies to fill a tardy request.  

City news
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    NYC DOT traffic pattern on 14th St, 3 Av to 9 Av,  started on Oct 
3. From 06h to 22h on weekdays, center lanes carry commercial vehicles 
and buses. Curb lanes allow momentary pick-up, drop-off, and entry 
into parking garages. Buses pull into curb lane to do their stops. All 
turn into and out of 14th St are only rights, no left turns permitted. 
    A manhole exploded on Oct 10, injyring two workers nearby. The 
cover was reported at 15:40 EDST as billowing smoke from it. When FDNY 
arrived a couple minutes later the cover blasted off. situation was 
stabilized by evening rushhour. 
    NYSkies Astronomy Seminar on 4 October 2019 previewed the autumn 
stars. We started a bit late because the folding partition in our room 
was jammed open. It separates us from an adjacent unrelated group 
meeting. McBurney House moved us to an other room for the meeting. We 
saw that stars from summer are still in sight in west at nightfall. 
Stars o winter come into view in east after midnight. The cool mild 
fall weather makes it comfortable to observe these stars, avoiding the 
weather prevailing in winter and summer.We examined the two large 
groups of stars in fall, the Sea and te Andromeda story. The Sea is 
the region with constellations of an aquatic feature, such as 
Delphinus, Aquarius, Pisces, Cetus. As far as is known these stars 
were placed here by chance. Each has its own story separately from 
adjacent constellations. the andromeda story is written into an other 
group around Andromeda. The story is traced thru Perseus, Cetus, 
Cepheus, others, all in one section of the heavens. This deliberate 
collection is the only one in the heavens.We studied the Milky Way as 
seen from Earth. In summer we look inward toward the core and denser 
spiral arms. In winter we see the thin arms. The Milky Way missed from 
our latitude is the 'southern' MW. With more stars and the bright core  
the summer MW segment is what we look for in the City's Milky Way 
seasons. We never see the weaker winter MW. In the sky the Milky Way 
in fall springs from southwest, to overhead, to northeast. The divide 
between summer and winter segments is between Cepheus and Cassiopeia. 
We saw that deepsky targets are disposed in the sky by the MW path. 
Open clusters and nebulae hug the MW; globular clusters are sprinkled 
all over the sky; galaxies are massed away from the MW with many in 
their own clusters. One close galaxy cluster, commonly missed out by 
observers, is the Sculptor cluster, between Fomalhaut and Diphda. We 
studied charts of Perseus to compare its open clusters and galaxies. 
Most clusters align tightly with the MW while galaxies are peppered in 
the south and west parts of Perseus. We discussed the nebulae, as 
blocking view beyond them. We study the center of the Milky Way galaxy 
with infrared and radio bands that dust is transparent to. We recalled 
a science demo showing how e can 'see' infrared. Most digital image 
devices are sensitive io the near infrared. By aiming a RV remote 
control unit at such device, the live-view screen shows the blinking 
IR lamp as a visible light. We noted that burglars may use their cell 
phones to scan a house for IR cameras at night. The invisible IR light 
shows up as a bright spot light on the phone's screen. We lose the two 
giant planets Jupiter and Saturn in fall, gain Venus as the evening 
star, and have Uranus and neptune in high south. We learned that while 
uranus is easily seen in binoculars, or the scopes of earlier
centuries, it was not positively recognized as a planet until Herschel 
found it in 1780s. It was occasionally cataloged as a star and treated 
as an error when it was not seen at its place again. Today's small 
scopes show Uranus's disc and green-blue, cyan?, tint. We reminded 
that much of the summer stars is still in view in fall. We studied a 
chart of the Cygnus X-1 blackhole, orbiting a 8th magn star in Cygnus. 
it's a degree east of eta Cygni in high west sky. We discussed three 
variable stars in fall, delta Cephei, omicron Ceti (Mira), beta Persei 
(Algol). We compared the natures of their light variations, all easily 
followed with eye or binoculars. Mira varies with an 11-month cycle 
and it rising to a peak brightness in October. Algol, an eclipsing 
binary star, stays bright for a couple days, then dips in brightness 
and comes back up in a couple hours. If this happens in early night, 
the 'wink' watched in convenient hours. We learned the history of all 
three stars with new features of them still being discovered today. 
Takeaways were charts for autumn, the Sea and Andromeda story; diagram 
of Milky Way segments seen from New York latitude; charts of open 
clusters,  globular cluster, galaxies in sky relative to Milky Way 
band; map of clusters and galaxies in Perseus; finder chart for Cugnus 
X-1 blackhole; charts of motion of Uranus and Neptune; articles and 
diagrams for del Cep, Mira, Algol; atlas planets covering autumn sky; 
antique atlas plates for Andromeda and Pegasus. 
   I yploaded new piece telling how Sky & Telescope was rescued from 
potential death in June 2019. It has a newly issued essay by Amer 
Astro Soc with historical details. It's at 

    www.nyskies.org/articles/pazmino/aas-s&t.htm

    New York state inaugurated 'early voting' for the 2019 elections. 
from Oct 26 to Nov 3 voters may stop at designated polling stations, 
not always the ones used for general election on Nov 5. Stations open 
typicly 07h-20h, including both weekends. 
    NYSkies Astronomy Seminar on oct 4 geared us up for the Mercury 
transit of Nov 11th. We were in our normal room with a repaired room 
divider. We looked at the orbits of Mercury and Earth and saw that a 
transit occurs only when both Earth and Mercury are at one of his 
orbit nodes. This can happen only in early may and early November, 
with the next instance on november 11, 2019. At this time mercury 
crosses over the solar disc as a small black dot. For this coming 
transit the crossing starts at about 07:36 EDST and ends at about 
13:04. We emphasized that we will be back  in Standard Time, the 
return being on Nov 3. We studied list of transits to learn that this 
2019 event is the last one visible from new York until 2049!  Two 
earlier ones, 2032 and 2039, take place during our night. We reviewed 
some history of mercury transit from the first predicted one in early 
1600s. the first ones were missed because the telescope was not yet 
invented. Gassendus telescopicly observed the 1631 transit. Later ones 
were routinely followed. Halley saw the 1677 transit, inspiring him to 
plan for the Venus transits of the 1700s. He passed on long before 
then but the transits were recorded by astronomers from all over the 
world. We learned that an early use of mercury transits, occurring 13 
or so times per century, was to get the Earth-Sun distance. The 
angular diameter of Mercury is easier to measure in a transit than in 
open sky in twilight. With an assumed linear size of mercury the solar 
distance is found, but no one knew how big Mercury was. If is was as 
small as the Moon, the Sun would be about 100 million kilometers away, 
a stupendous remoteness in the 18th century. A better, but vastly 
harder, exercise was to track Mercury across the Sun from different 
places on Earth and solve the long thin triangles with apices at 
Mercury. The crude 17th-18th century geography thwarted the effort. We 
no longer have scientific use for transits but in the 1990s a brand-
new application came up. Transits are now tests and calibrations for 
instruments searching for exoplanets by the transit method. When a 
planet crosses its home star it cuts off a bit of the star's light. 
Sensing and analyzing this dip in brightness some information about 
the planet is extracted. Mercury is a known planet crossing a known 
star, ideal to prove out the instruments. We studied ways to observe 
the transit, noting that the usual solar eclipse methods, while sage, 
will not show Mercury. His dot on the Sun is too small. A regular 
telescope is needed, with the proper solar filters or projection. Some 
of us have the filters saved from the 2017 solar eclipse. We cautioned 
that the Sun has no topographic surface features, making orientation 
in the telescope filed tricky. Mercury for new York enters the Sun at 
7:30 on the disc and leaves at about 3:00. We vowed to practice 
transit viewing with the Moon, whose orientation is obvious fo=ro her 
surface details. As at the meeting time there were no public viewings 
of the transit announced. November 11is Veterans Day and the holiday 
could complicate arrangements for setting up a public viewing program. 
Any sessions in hand later in October will go into NYC Events but it 
is well to directly inquire at the local astronomy center. We saw  
that sunspots could e mistaken for mercury under too low a power. 
mercury is a perfectly round black dot while sunspots are typicly 
irregular and have a paenumbra. We looked at dangling items from 
previous meetings. As homework for the precession Seminar we saw how 
Crux is carried out of new York's sky since classical times. It starts 
to leave in about 500BC and is fully gone, never rising, by about 
700AD. We examined simulations of the 1953BC convention of planets and 
Moon and its relation to the Nile river culture. We compared it to the 
similar one coming in 2040. We studied 1600s maps of North America to 
see how badly many places were plotted. An astronomer at one of these 
will record a wrong lat-lon, upending his transit observations. After 
the meeting we looked at the new traffic flow in 14th St, outside our 
room. There were few commercial vehicles, several buses, no thru-
flowing cars. Curb lanes had only a couple parked cars in them. 
Takeaways were diagrams of Mercury and Earth orbits, data sheet for 
the transit, tables of past and future transits, timetable of activity 
for new York, Gassendus picture of the 1631 transit, pictures of 
various solar viewing methods, diagrams of triangulate on mercury, 
diagram of light dimming during a transit, diagram of contact moments, 
picture of Mercury with sunspots, starmap sequence for Crux 
emigration, the two plant conventions, maps of North America, 
    In late September into mid october NYS MTA removed all bus 
schedules from bus stop display boxes! They are replaced by a panel 
telling how to get bus information by phone, web, texting. Move 
supposedly saves MTA some $55,000, much of which displaced by added 
costs for computer and phone handling. Lack of on-site schedule makes 
it much harder to anticipate bus arrival and warn of weekend or night 
off-duty periods. 

 Sky News 
 ------ 
    october on the whole was a refreshingly cool comfortable month for 
observing. Rain was mostly many-hour long spans of light fall, not the 
short dense downpours of earlier months. We enjoyed pleasant viewing 
of summer stars in the west and winter ones in the east. No Milky Way 
sightings yet. 
    Last punch of summer torridity and humidity hit NYSkies on Oct 2, 
following several days of glatt autumn weather. Temp peaked in early 
afternoon at 30C-32C, letting people shed most outerwear. Rest of 
October enjoyed cool mild weather, with some light rain. 
    First frost of 2019-20 winter hit NYC in predawn of october 5. 
Temp touched 0C, then gently rose to 5C by daybreak. rest of day was 
mild ~10C. Some readers noted first turn-on of home heating when they 
woke up on the 5th. 
    Metro-North sector of NYSkies was hit by two earthquakes in 
October. On the 24 22:41 EDST. A 1.1 magn quake rattled 1km E of WeST 
Nyack NY,A 1.3  magn tremor hit 2km W of Mamaroneck NY at 20:19 EDST 
on the 28th. Both were about 4km deep and likely were 'rebound' or 
'relaxation' shudders rom the last glacial era. Neither caused 
significant property damage or any human injuries. 
    By mid October most observers caught sight of Venus low in west 
above sunset point. She is telescopicly a small fully-lighted disc. 
Some observers hunting up Mercury, with the excitement of the November 
11 transit, when Venus conjuncts with him.
    We return to Eastern Standard Time on November 3 02h. Instantly 
02:00 is touched, the 01:00-01:59 block repeats. Most folk set clocks 
back, behind, one hour when going to bed on the 2nd. They wake up on 
the 3rd in the correct clock mode. Please note that some authors, by 
mistake, are stating hours for the Mercury transit in daylight savings 
time. Event takes place after the switch back to standard time. 
    NYSkies opens it Globe at Night season 1in November, with orion 
moving into late evening sky. It runs thru April 2020 when Orion 
slides into evening twilight. We inspect orion to assess sky 
transparency on every clear night to document sky conditions in 
NYSkies land. This displaces anecdote and eroding memory of observing 
situations. Details and instructions at 

    www.nyskies.org/gannyc.htm 

Be sure to build up some night vision before taking an orion 
measurement. Else the transparency is recorded way too low by a couple 
magnitudes. 
    Strong windstorm sweeped over NYSkies in evening of Oct 16 into 
afternoon of the 17th. Some areas also got rain and flooding. Winds up 
to 80KPH ore off loose furniture and fixtures, pulled down power 
lines, clogged streets with debris   .