NYC EVENTS FOR NOVEMBER 2018 -------------------------- John Pazmino NYSkies Astronomy Inc firstname.lastname@example.org www.nyskies.org The following astronomy activities in the commuting ring enclosing New York City are operated by various organizations. A few cultural items of special importance to City astronomers are also included. Altho NYC Events confirms the listed items, they are subject to change by their sponsors. Check with their contacts. Let the sponsor know that you learned of its event thru NYC Events. Frequently asked questions and explanation of NYC Events is at 'www.nyskies.org/nyc-faq.htm'. You may ask for previous NYC Events thru 'email@example.com' because only the current issue is in the website. It is replaced by next month's issue. For events which missed NYC Events, check the NYSkies Yahoogroup forum. Join NYSkies by visiting 'www.nyskies.org/yahoo.htm' and picking either the email or website option. All hours from November 1 thru 3 are Eastern Daylight Savings Time (UT - 4h). All hours from November 4 and out are Eastern Standard Time (UT - 5h).. General notes ----------- / 'whole City' means the event has no specific or dedicated place. It may be enjoyed from the whole NYSkies territory or at a number of individual places. Celestial events are typicly 'whole City' events. 'all day' means the event is continuous or repeating during the open hours of the host facility. Facilities may have limited hours per day or days per week. Check with the event contacts. 'adv regn reqd',for 'advance registration required/requested' means that the event requires or requests signing up before the event. You must have your ticket in hand at the gate. There could be a deadline some days before the event, after which no more signups are accepted. Check with the event contact for specifics. Prices cited are the 'rack rate'. You could qualify for discounts As may be offered by the sponsor. Besides the base price there may be noptional extra fees to consider. Current Month calendar -------------------- Plain dates are in current month; -, previous month; +, next month. #, NYSkies Astronomy Seminar Moon phase: .NM., .FQ), (FM), (LQ. Sunset is noted for each Saturday --------------------------------- Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat sunset --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ----- -28 -29 -30 (-31. 1 2# 3 17:50 EDST 4 5 6 .7. 8 9 10 16:42 EST 11 12 13 14 .15) 16# 17 16:36 EST 18 19 20 21 22 (23) 24 16:32 EST 25 26 27 28 (29. 30 +1 16:29 EST ------------------------------------------------ Index of Events ------------- * = NASA-JPL Night Sky Network affiliate Date = entry in 'list of events' section '0' = entry in 'ongoing and continuing events' section 'S/O',= entry in 'skipped, Sep/Oct resumption' section 'M/A' = entry in 'skipped, Mar/Apr resumption' secrion // '???' = entry in 'skipped, uncertain resumption' seciton ------- ----------------------------------------------- BROOKLYN - BK Canarsie line closings - 0 *Floyd Bennett Field - - - 16 Secret Science Club - - - 0 CONNECTICUT - CT *A S of Gtr Hartford - - 21 Astro Soc of Greenwich - 18 *Astro Soc of New Haven - 27 Bowman Observatory - - - 7, 21 *Litchfield Hills AAC mtg 9 *Litchfield Hills starvg - 16 *McCarthy Observatory - - 10 New Pond Farm - - - - - - 17 Stamford Observatory - - 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 *Van Vleck Obsy (ASGH) - - 17 Van Vleck Obsy (WU) - - - 7, 14, 21, 28 Western CT St Univ Obsy - 10, 17 *Westport Astro Soc mtg - 20 *Westport Astro Soc starvg 7, 14, 21, 28 ------------------------- Boothe Meml Astro Soc - 203-377-9933, www.facebook.com/Boothe-Memorial-Astronomical-Society LONG ISLAND - LI *Amateur Observers Soc - - 4 *Amat Obsrs Soc starviewing 0 Amer Instt Aero & Astro - 13 Astro Soc of Long Island 7, 14, 28 Brookhaven National Lab - ??? Custer Institute - - - - 3, 10, 17, 24 Custer Jamboree - - - - 2-3 Hofstra Univ Obsy - - - - 4 Montauk Observatory - - - ??? SUNY Stony Brook - - - - 2 *Susan Rose Observatory - 3, 10, 17, 24 MANHATTAN - MH *Amat Astro Assn starvwg - 0 *Amat Astro Assn lecture - 2 Amer Instt Archarology - 5 Ctr for Atmosp Ocean Sci ??? Ctr for Science & Society SPR Central Pk (Great Lawn) - 2,3,4,9,10,11,16,17,18,23,24,25,30 *Columbia Univ Obsy - - - 2, 16 Cornelia Street Cafe' - 2 Earth Institute - - - - - ??? Eastern Standard Time - - 4 Election Day - - - - - - 6 Globe at Night - - - - - 1-8, 29-Dec 8 Good Housekeeping lab - 9 Gullicar's Gate - - - - - 0 Instt Stud Ancnt World - 6, 7, 8, 10, 14, 15, 21, 28, 29 Intrepid AstroCafe' - - - SPR Intrepid Astro Night - - SPR *Inwood Astronomy Project 3, 10, 17, 24 Jupiter Joe Sidewk Astro 0 Milky Way autumn season - 1-30 Natl Musm of Mathematics 3 7 NY Academy of Sciences - ??? NYC-H2O - - - - - - - - - 0 New York Map Society - - 3 New York Univ Astro - - - 6, 13, 20 *NYSkies Astronomy Seminar 2, 16 Observer's Handbook offer 1-indef SciCafe' - - - - - - - - 7 Simons Foundation - - - - 7 Thanksgiving Day -- - - - 22 Top of the Lawn - - - - - 2,3,4,9,10,11,16,17,18,23,24,25,30 TriState computer fair - 0 Urban Park Rangers - - - 0 Veterans Day - - - - - - 11, 12 Weekend Walks - - - - - - 1-mid Dec 2018 ---------------------------- Ctr for Space Sci Edu - - firstname.lastname@example.org, www.nyccsse.org, 212-608-6164 n METRO-NORTH - NY Lamont-Doherty Obsy - - - 2, 9, 30 Mid-Hudson Astro Assn - - 9 Ramapo Challenger Ctr - - 18 Rockland Astro Club - - - 10 Vassar College Obsy - - - 7, 14, 21, 28 Ward Pound Ridge - - - - 3 Westchester Amat Astro - 2 NEW JERSEY - NJ A A A of Princeton - - - 13 A S of Toms Rv Area - - - ??? *Amat Astro Inc meeting - 2, 9, 23, 30 *Amat Astro Inc lecture - 16 Morris Musm Astro Soc - - 8 New Jersey Astro Assn - - SPR North Bergen Viaduct - - 0 No Jersey Astro Gp mtg - 14 No Jersey Astro Gp starvg 1, 8, 29 Peyton Observarory - - - 6 Plasma Physics Lab - - - 2, 16 Rutgers Univ Astro Collqm 7, 14, 28 Rutgers Univ Astro Semnr 1, 8, 15, 29 *S*T*A*R - - - - - - - - - 1 Schommer Observatory - - 8, 15 *Sheep Hill Astro Assn - - 2 *Sheep Hill Observatory - 16 *Utd Astro Clubs of NJ - - SPR Washington Xing St Pk - - SPR --------------------------- Dark Sky Observers - www.users.nac.net/gburke/club McDowell Obsy - mec.rst2.edu, 201-460-8300 Montclair Telescope Club - 973-948-5284, email@example.com, users.erols.com/njastro/orgs/mtc.hrm NW Jersey Amat Astro - www.nwjaa.org, firstname.lastname@example.org Passaic Co Astro Assn - www.users.nac.net/gburke/PCAA, 973-523-0024 *Raritan Vy Co Coll Plm - www2.raritanval.edu/planetarium Skyland Stargazers - skylandstargazers.tripod.com QUEENS - QN Alley Pond Park - - - - - SPR York College Observatory 14 REST OF WORLD STATEN ISLAND - SI Coll of Staten Is Obsy - SPR Great Kills Park - - - - 10 Staten Is Community TV - 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 THE BRONX - BX ============================= Ongoing and continuing events -------------------------- all day - North Brgen Viaduct - NJ - road closings and rebuild Thru end 2020. One lane in each direction is closed during major rebuild of viaduct on NJ495 between NJ Tpk and Lincoln Tnl. Buses have priority on remaining lanes. On-off ramps for local street close from time to time. www.restorenj495.com all day - Canarsie line - BK - occasional weekend shutdown CERTAIN WEEKENDS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Thru March 2019. Canarsie line closes on about a dozen specific weekends for preliminary work in advance of total shutdown in april 2019. No service bten Bway Jc and 8th Av from 22h Fri to 05h Mon. Trains run only Canarrsie to B'eay Jc. WEekends may change based on work progress. www.mta.info. all day - whole island -LI - clearsky starviewing VARIOUS PLACES, DATES, HOURS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Amat Obsrs Soc. Sessions convene in parks usually at dusk. Occasional daytime sunviewing. Free. Cancelled for clouds. www.aosny.org, email@example.com all day - whole City - MH - cultural tour VARIOUS LOCATIONS AND TIMES; INQUIRE AT CONTACT NYC-H2O. Walk, bike, ride thru history and culture of NYC muwater system facilities and natural waterways in and near the City. Events are pay orfree, adn regn reqd. Bike tours need own bike. www.nych2o.org, firstname.lastname@example.org all day - whole City - MH - clearsky starviewing VARIOUS PLACES, DATES, HOURS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Amat Astro Assn. Sessions convene in parks usually at dusk. Occasional daytime sunviewing. Free. Cancelled for clouds. email@example.com, 718-522-5014, www.aaa.org all day - whole City - MH - clearsky starviewing VARIOUS PLACES, DATES, HOURS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Jupiter Joe's Sidewalk Astronomy. Sessions convene in parks usually at dusk. Occasional daytime sunviewing. Free. ` Cancelled for clouds. www.jupiterjoesastronomy.org, firstname.lastname@example.org all day - Gullivaer's Gate - MH - cultural exhibit indef duration. 216 W 44 St, 7/8 Av. Opened in mid April 2017 for preview. Miniature models of landmarks and important structures from around the world. Rooms arranged by quarter of world and for New York City. $36, timed ticket, adv regn reqd. Optional cost for stereopint of visitor into figurine placed at desired item in exhibit. www.gulliversgate.com. all day - whole City - MH - cultural tours & lectures VARIOUS PLACES, DATES, HOURS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Urban Park Rangers. Tours of parks, landmarks, nabes, hoods. Lectures on history and culture of NYC. Program varies each month. Free. www.nyc.gov/parks 10:00 - whole City - MH - Tri-State Computer Fair VARIOUS LOCATIONS, GENERALLY ON SUNDAYS Source of computer systems, software, components, accessories. $7. www.tri-statefairs.com, 718-227-5586 20:00 - Bell House - BK - Secret Science Club meeting OCCASIONAL SESSIONS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT 149 7 St, 2/3 Av. Lecture and music on various science topics. Free. secretscienceclub.blogspot.com, 718-638-4400, List of events - ------------ Mon 1 Nov all day - whole City - MH - Observer's Handbook offer The NYSkies offer for the 2019 RASC Onserver's Handbook is open. The Books are right now in delivery to their astronomers. You better put in your reqursts NOW. Cost is still $23 per copy, with P&P. www.nyskies.org/oh.htm, ` ` email@example.com, 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 13:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture Seminar series. Rutgers Univ, Serin 401. Free. 732-445-3974, www.physics.rutgers.edu/ast/seminar 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 - whole CIty - MH - Globe at Night exercise Thru Nov 8. 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. 20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - clearsky starviewing No Jersey Astro Gp. Montclair St Univ, Richardson Hall. Free, cancelled for clouds. njastro.org, 973-655-7266 20:00 - Lincroft - NJ - S*T*A*R meeting Brookdale Commty Coll, Mommouth Museum. Free. www.starastronomy.org, firstname.lastname@example.org Fri 2 Nov 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 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, email@example.com, 18:00 - Custer Institute, LI - Custer Jamboree Thru Sat 3 Nov. Custer Institute. Talks, exhibnits, workshops, demos, food service, sunviewing, starviewing. Fri 2 ov activity at Custer Institute, Sat 3 Nov activity at Aouthold Town Rec Ctr. $33.45, advv regn reqd. www.custerobservatory.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 631-765-2626 18:15 - Amer Musm Natl Hist - MH - Amat Astro Assn lecture Kaufmann Theater. Free, no musm adm fee. 718-522-5014, email@example.com, www.aaa.org 18:30 - McBurney House - MH - NYSkies Astronomy Seminar DISCUSSION: FLIGHT PATHS FOR SPACE TRAVEL 125 W 14 St, 6/7 Av. Discussion of astronomy topics, show & tell, skywatching reports, news of astro activity in NYSkies territory. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.nyskies.org 19:0:0 - Columbia University - MH - astronomy lecture Pupin Hall, signs to lecture room. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. Free. email@example.com, www.astro.columbia.edu/outreach, 212-854-3278 19:30 - Pleasantville - NY - Westchester Amat Astro meeting Pace Univ, Lienhard Hall, Free. www.westchesterastronomers.org, firstname.lastname@example.org 19:30 - Boonton - NJ - Sheep Hill Astro Assn meeting Boonton Senior Ctr. Free. www.sheephillastro.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org 19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show 100 Cable Way, Mariners Hr SI. 'Geology forum' Live audience, seating at 19:30, on air at 20:00. Free. www.sictv.org, 718-727-1414 19:30 - Stony Brook - LI - astronomy lecture SUNY Stony Brook, Earth & Spc Sci Hall. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.ess.sunysb.edu/astro, 631-632-8100, email@example.com 19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting Union Co Coll, Sperry Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.asterism.org 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing PLUS OCCASIONAL EXTRA SESSIONS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Top of the Lawn. North path of Great Lawn. Free. Cancelled for clouds. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.nyskies.org, email@example.com 20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture ECENT MAY BE SIPPED FOR CONSTRUCTION; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Stamford Obsy. $5. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. 203-322-6537, www.stamfordmuseum.org, firstname.lastname@example.org Sat 3 Nov 14:00 - World School - MH - New York Map Society lecture 11 W 26 St, 7th fl, upstairs from MoMath. 'Mapping the heavens'.Various topics about map making, cartography, geography. Free, adv regn reqd. www.newyorkmapsociety.org, mapsociety@email@example.com 20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting OCCASIONAL EXTRA EVENTS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Custer Instt. Indoor program, clearsky starviewing. $5-$15. Varies with program. www.custerobservatory.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 631-765-2626 20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing Amat Obsrs Soc. capus of Custer Institt. Sessions concurrent with Custer's own events. Free, cancelled for clouds. www.aosny.org, email@example.com 20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing OCCASIONAL EXTRA SESSIONS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Inwood Astronomy Project. Meet at park entrance, Seaman Av & Isham St. Free. Cancelled for clouds. 917-529-2359 www.inwoodastronomy.org, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - Ward Pound Ridge - NY - clearsky starviewing Westchester Amat Astro. Meadows Picnic Area. Free. Cancelled for clouds. email@example.com www.westchesterastronomers.org, 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 2 Sun 4 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, firstname.lastname@example.org 18:00 - Uniondale - LI - clearsky starviewing Hofstra University,Berliner Bdg, Rm 117. Free, adv regn reqd. Cancelled for clouds. 516-463-2759, www.hofstra.edu/Academics, email@example.com 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 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 2 Mon 5 Nov 18:30 - Explorers Club - MH - Amer Instt Archaeolgy lecture 46 E 70 St. Various topics on archaeology and anthropology. Free, adv regn reqd. www.aia-nysociety.org, firstname.lastname@example.org Tue 6 Nov all day - whole City - MH -Election Day Please check with event contact for session falling on this day by rule or outdated schedule 14:00 - New York University - MH - astronomy lecture 726 Broadway, Rm 940. Various topics in astrophys and relativity. Free. Have GI photo ID for campus security. physics.nyu.edu/events.htm 18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecture 15 E 84 St, 5/Madison Av. Various topics on history and culture of ancient civilizations.. Free, adv regn reqd. isaw..nyu.edu email@example.com, 212-992-7842 20:30 - Princeton - NJ - clearsky starviewing Princeton Univ, Peyton Hall. Free. Cancelled for clouds www.astro.princeton.edu/observatory/publicobserving.php,//, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com Wed 7 Nov 10:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture Colloquium series. Rutgers Univ, Busch Campus, Astro & Phys Lectr Hall. Free. www.physics.rutgers.edu/colloquium, 732-445-3974 16:00 - Natl Musm of Mathematics - MH - science show Also 19:00. 'Mathematical Encounters'. Free, adv regn reqd. 212-542-0566, www.momath.org, firstname.lastname@example.org 17:00 - Simons Foundation - MH - scinece lecture 160 5 Av & 21 St. Why quantum gravity is different'. Free, adv regn reqd. 646-654-0066, ww.simonsfoundation.org 19:00 - Greenwich - CT - clearsky starviewing Astro Soc of Greenwich. Curtis Elem Schl, Bowman Obsy. Free. Cancelled for clouds. email@example.com, 203-415-6762. , astrogreenwich.org 28:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecture - see Nov 6 MEETS AT 12:00 (NOON), NOT 18:00 19:00 - Amer Musm Natl Hist - MH - SciCafe' show Hall of Ocean Life or hall of planet Earth. Music, drinks, chat with Museum scientists. Free, be 21 or be gone. GI photo ID reqd. 212-769-5100, www.amnh.org/programs 20:00 - Westport - CT - clearsky Mars viewing Westport Astro Soc. Rolnick Obsy. Extra session for Mars opposition. Free. Cancelled for clouds. www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing MEETS EVERY WEDNESDAY ONLY DURING CLASSES; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Wesleyan U, Van Vleck Obsy. Free, cancelled for clouds. 860-685-3664, www.wesleyan.edu/astro/events 20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting Vanderbilt Plm. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.asliclub.org 21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing MEETS EVERY WEDNESDAY ONLY DURING CLASSES; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Vassar College, Observatory. Free. Cancelled for clouds. physicsandastronomy.vassar.edu/observatory.html, 845-437-7340 Thu 8 Nov 13:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture - see Nov 1 18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecture - see Nov 6 19:30 - Morristown - NJ - Morris Museum Astro Soc meeting Morris Museum. Free. 973-386-1848, 973-386-1848,, www.morrismuseum.org/astro-society, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 1 Fri 9 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, firstname.lastname@example.org 15:30 - Palisades - NY - science lecture - see Nov 2 19:00 - Lk Taghkanic St Pk - NY - clearsky starviewing Mid-Hudson Astro Assn. West Beach parking lot. Free, cancelled for clouds. Adv regn reqd with vehicle make, model, plate number for park security. ` www.nidhudsonastronomy.org 19:30 - Torrington - CT - Litchfield Hills Amat Astro Club mtg Central Congregational Church. Free. 19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - see Nov 2 20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Nov 2 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 2 Sat 10 Nov 16:30 - Danbury - CT - astronomy lecture Westn Conn St Uv, Obsy/Plm. Indoor planetarium show, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.wcsu.edu/starwatch, 203-837-8671, email@example.com 17:30 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecture - see Nov 6 MEETS AT 17:60,n NOT 18:00 20:00 - New Milford - CT - astronomy lecture McCarthy Obsy, New Miford HS. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.mccarthyobservatory.org, 860-354-1595, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - 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 - Bear Mountain - NY - clearsky starviewing Rockland Astro Club. Anthony Wayne Rec Pk, picnic field. Free, cancelled for clouds. www.rocklandastronomy.com 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 2 20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing - see Nov 3 20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Nov 3 20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 3 Sun 11 Nov all day - whole City - MH - Veterans Day Please check with event contact for session falling on this day by rule or outdated schedule 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 2 Mon 12 Nov all day - whole City - MH - Veterans Day SOME PLACES MAY OBSERVE HOLIDAY TODAY; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Please check with event contact for session falling on this day by rule or outdated schedule Tue 13 Nov 14:00 - New York University - MH - astronomy lecture - see Nov 6 18:00 - Uniondale - LI - Amer Instt Aero & Astro lecture Hostra U, Nreslin Hall. Various topics in aeronautics and astronautics. 'Nars sample return missiOn'. Free, optional $5 pizza-soda. 516-458-8593, email@example.com 19:30 - Princeton - NJ - Amat Astro Assn of Princeton meeting Princeton U, Peyton Hall. Free. www.princetonastronomy.org, 609-737-2575, firstname.lastname@example.org Wed 14 Nov 10:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture - see Nov 7 12:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecture - see Nov 6 MEETS AT 12:00 (NOON), NOT 18:00 19:00 - York College - QN - astronomy lecture . Core Academic Bdg, Rm AC-2E01. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. Free, adv regn reqd. 718-262-2082, www.york.cuny.edu/centers-institutes/observatory, 20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - No Jersey Astro Gp meeting Montclair St Univ, Richardson Hall, Room 232. Free. njastro.org, 973-655-7266 20:00 - Westport - CT - clearsky Mars viewing - see nov 7 20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 7 20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see Nov 7 21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 7 Thu 15 Nov 18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecture - see Nov 6 20:30 - Piscataway - NJ - clearsky starviewng - see Nov 15 Fri 16 Nov 10:00 - Princeton - NJ - science tour - see Nov 2 18:30 - McBurney House - MH - NYSkies Astronomy Seminar DISCUSSION: EINSTEIN AND CARNOT REALLY DO WORK 125 W 14 St, 6/7 Av. Discussion of astronomy topics, show & tell, skywatching reports, news of astro activity in NYSkies territory. Free. email@example.com, www.nyskies.org 19:0:0 - Columbia University - MH - astronomy lecture - see Nov 2 19:00 - Litchfield - CT - Litchfield Hills A A C lecture White Meml Consrvn Ctr. Free. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. firstname.lastname@example.org, lhastro.org 20:00 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc lecture Union Co Coll, Smith Audm. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.asterism.org 20:00 - Floyd Bennett Field - BK - clearsky starviewing Community Garden. NYSKies & Natl Park Svc. Free. Cancelled for clouds. www.nyskies.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Nov 2 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 2 20:30 - Boonton - NJ - clearsky starviewing Sheep Hill Astro Assn Obsy, Free. Cancelled for clouds. sheephillastro.otg, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Sat 17 Nov 16:30 - Danbury - CT - astronomy lecture - see Nov 10 18:30 - West Reading - CT - clearsky starviewingh New Pond Farm, obseratory. $10, adv regn reqd. , cancelled for clouds. www.newpondfarm.org, 203-938-2117, 20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing Astro Soc of Gtr Hartford, Wesleyan U, Van Vleck Obsy. Free. Cancelled for clouds. www.asgh.org, 860-872-9069, 20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Nov 3 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 2 20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing - see Nov 3 20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 3 Sun 18 Nov 14:00 - Airmont - NY - science show Ramapo Challenger Ctr, 225 Rt 29. Multimedia imulation of space missions. $20. wwwlhvcc.com, email@example.com, 845-257-3416. 15:30 - Greenwich - CT - Astro Soc of Greenwich meeting Greenwich Public Library. Free with musm adm. firstname.lastname@example.org, 203-415-6762, astrogreenwich.org 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 2 Tue 20 Nov 14:00 - New York University - MH - astronomy lecture - see Nov 6 20:00 - Westport - CT - Westport Astro Soc meeting Rolnick Obsy. Free. www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 \ Wed 22 Aug Wed 21 Nov 12:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecture - see Nov 6 MEETS AT 12:00 (NOON), NOT 18:00 19:00 - Greenwich - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 7 19:30 - New Brittain - CT - Astro Soc of Gtr Hartford meeting Central CT St Univ, Copernicus Plm. Free. www.asgh.org, 860-872-9069, email@example.com 20:00 - Westport - CT - clearsky Mars viewing - see nov 7 / 20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 7 21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 7 Thu 22 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 23 Nov 19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - see Nov 2 20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Nove 2 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 2 Sat 24 Nov 20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing - see Nov 3 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 2 20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Nov 3 20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 3 Sun 25 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 2 Tue 27 Mov 19:30 - New Haven - CT - Astro Soc of New Haven meeting Yale Univ, Leitner Family Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.asnh.org, firstname.lastname@example.org Wed 28 Nov 10:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture - see Nov 7 12:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecture - see Nov 6 MEETS AT 12:00 (NOON), NOT 18:00 20:00 - Westport - CT - clearsky Mars viewing - see nov 7 20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 7 20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see Nov 7 21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 7 Thu 29 Nov 13:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture - see Nov 1 18:00 - whole CIty - MH - Globe at Night exercise Thru Dec 8. 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. 18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecture - see Nov 6 20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 1 Fri 30 Nov 15:30 - Palisades - NY - science lecture - see Nov 2 19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - see Nov 2 20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Nov 2 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 2 Events Skipped This Month ----------------------- EVENT MAY RESUME AT DIFFERENT PLACE OR HOUR; INQUIRE AT CONTACT -------------------------------------- -------------------------------------- [SPR] SPRING RESUMPTION OF ACTIVITY -------------------------------------- 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 19:00 - Coll of Staten Is - SI - clearsky starviewing Astrophys Obsy. Free, cancelled for clouds. 718-982-2818, csivc.csi.cuny.edu/supernove7/files/home.html, email@example.com, 19:30 - Intrepid Museum - MH - AstroCafe' lecture Flight deck of ship. Indoor/open air lecture, clearsky starviewing. Food & drink service, bar drinks sold only to 21+ YO. Free. www.intrepidmuseum.org 19:30 - Intrepid Museum - MH - astronomy lecture Flight deck of ship. Indoor/open air lecture, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.intrepidmuseum.org 19:30 - Alley Pond Park - QN - astronomy lecture Alley Pond Enviro Ctr. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. $14 at door.. www.alleypond.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 718-229-4000 20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg UACNJ Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.uacnj.org 20;00 - Wash'n X'ing - NJ - clearsky starviewing Amat Astro Assn of Princeton. Simpson Obsy. Free, cancelled for clouds. www.princetonastronomy.org, 609-737-2575, email@example.com 20:30 - Voorhees St Pk - NJ - NJ Astro Assn meeting NJAA-HQ, Robinson Obsy. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.njaa.org, 908-368-8500 -------------------------------------- [???] UNCERTAIN RESUMPTION OF ACTIVITY -------------------------------------- 15:00 - Upton - LI - science lecture Brookhaven Natl Lab.Bldg 510. 'Weighing galaxy clusters with weak lensing in Hyper Suprime-Cam Survey'. Free, have GI photo ID for campus security. 631-344-2651, www.bnl.gov/evnts 15:30 - Courant Institute - MH - science lecture Ctr for Atmosp & Ocean Studies. Weaver Hall, 251 Mercer St. Various topics in geophysics and earth science. Free. caos.cims.nyu.edu, firstname.lastname@example.org 18:00 - 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 19:00 - NY Academy of Sciences - MH - astronomy lecture 'The nystery of our mathematical universe'. $20. www.nyas.org 19:00 - Toms River - NJ - Astro Soc of Toms Rv Area meeting Ocean Co Coll, Student Ctr, Solar Lounge. Free. www.astra-nj.org, 732-255-0343, email@example.com 19:00 - Bridgehampton - LI - astronomy lecture Montauk Obsy. South Fork Natl Hist Musm. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.montaukobservatory.com General News ---------- October 2018 continued September's overall cloudy skies, causing many starviewings to be cancelled. They were called off on short notice or convened eith a no-show attendance. Do check with contact before heading to a 'clearsky starviewng' event. I now put a '#' in the calendar table against the dates of our Seminar. Please note well that we meet ONLY on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month, unless otherwise specificly stated. We do NOT meet 'every other Friday'. SSome months, like November this year, have five Fridays. We skip that fifth Friday. I changed the resumption flag in the 'Index of events' to 'AUT' or 'SPR', for 'autumn' or 'spring'. Seasonal events may resume over a range of months, not just in March/April or September/October. College of SI Obsy misses its fall 2018 season for ongoing work. I moved it to the [new] 'SPR' section. When I closed out work for the October 2018 NYC Events I had an empty folder of events to include. Everything I gathered was entered into the column. Well, not. One paper went missing for a lecture at Simons Foundation on October 3. It was on blackholes, a favorite topic for my readers. I found the paper after sending out NYC Events. On Oct 1st I put the lecture details in the notice for the Oct 5th Seminar. The dates for Western Conn St Univ Obsy lectures were corrupted in the 2018 October NYC Events. They, Oct 5 & 17, were mistaken from other events in the school's calendar. Correct dates, in the archive edition of NYC Events, were 6 & 20. Custer Institute now has only one web address, 'www.custerobservatory.org'. The alternate '... .com' is vacated and is offered for, uh, $2495 by its web host. Stamford Observatory was closed for most of october 2018 and perhaps part of November. Grounds around facility are roped off for building a nearby 'farmhouse' pavilion. Inquire at contact before going to an observatory session. McBurney House and NYSkies in late Sep 2018 worked out new room agreement for 2019. The fee goes up a bit, well within our means, and McBurney House took care of the adjacent room's noisy tenant. Official papers are signed in November. I give hearty thanks to the gentle increase in donations to NYSkies from readers -- and a few external supporters! -- since summer 2018. It seems that readers earned more pocket change from reduced tax withholding and increased enrollment in the national light pollution abatement program. They applied some of the extra money to support their personal concerns, including astronomy. ISAW lectures in November 2018 meet at various hours, not always 18:00. Please note under each entry the associated hour. City News ------- The 'Global citizens' show in Central Pk on 29 Sep 2018 evening broke up in panic from gunshots. Audience fleed, leaving belongings behind. Police swiftly responded, finding no shooting activity. Some spectators were leaning too hard against metal parade horses. The horses toppled and clattered on the ground, making noise like gunshots. Police and helping fans took the abandoned items to nearby police station, where they were later retrieved by owners. NYSkiers helped fill Simons Foundation on 3 October 2018 to hear about supermassive blackholes. They all were surprised how well they understanded the presentation because they were prepared at our September 5th Seminar on the Milky Way's blackhole. NYSkiers at Simons on 24 Oct 2018 learned about astrochemistry in nebulae around planetary stars. The presence of simple organic molecules favors growth of carbon-based life on planets in the nebula. NYC law effective 9 Oct 2018 permits adults to alter sec designation on NYC birth certificates. They may change sex between M or F or choose X for 'no designation'. It also allows parents to make sex choice for their new-born babies. NYSkies Seminar on 5 October 2018 previewed the autumn sky over the City. After the lousy observing conditions for much of summer, October as at the Seminar promised cool clear skies. We showed how the stars of the previous season, summer, are still in good view in the west and winter stars are coming into view in the east. We saw how the autumn constellations group into two: the Sea and the Andromeda story. The former is a train of constellations from Capricornus thru Eridanus all related to water. Three are in the zodiac: Capricornus, Aquarius, Pisces. These constellations have no connection by story to each other and seem placed together by chance. The latter group is a deliberate arrangement to support the andromeda story. We studied charts of both groups to understand the deployment of constellations across the south and east sectors of the fall sky. Because some are dim, binoculars are helpful in tracing ou their stars. We looked at stars Hamal and Fomalhaut as brighter planetary stars. Fomalhaut's planet was imaged in infrared and optical bands, revealing its planetary dust disc and orbital motion. We showed the relation of the Milky Way and deepsky targets. The Milky Way arches southwest, zenith, northeast in fall. Open clusters hug the MW band while being absent almost every where else in the sky. Globular clusters are sprinkled all over, but the main concentration in the ME center already set at nightfall. The brighter segment of the MW are still in high sky, potentially visible during our fall Milky Way spotting season. Galaxies are spread away from the MW in the south and northwest. The Andromeda galaxy, from its brightness, is visible at the south edge of the MW belt, even to the eye as a 'star'. The galaxies in the south, in Cetus and Sculptor are commonly passed over, yet they are well placed generally higher than Fomalhaut. We stepped thru many asterisms such as Delphinus, Criclet, Great Square, Water Jug, best examined in binoculars.We notes the curious up-side-down figure of Pegasus, still a mystery among uranographers. We examined charts of Uranus and Neptune, both in high sky. For bare-eye only Mars is left, fading slowly since opposition. With the cloudy weather of September we didn't know if the dust storm eased up enough to bring back the planet's normal reddish tint. We reviewed the galactic coordinates, once based on the Earth's equator in the 1950s. It was quickly realized that precession would alter the galactic coords. In about 1955 the system was moved to the galactic enter, well enough determined by radio observations and not altered by terrestrial factors. We wrapped up by comparing modern star atlas pages with 18th century samples. Takeaways were starchart of autumn nightfall sky, allegorical charts for the Sea and Andromeda, diagram of Milky Way with seasonal segments skymaps of deepsky targets against MW band. plots of Uranus and Neptune paths, star atlas plates for autumn, sample constellation pages for Andromeda and Pegasus. In spite of morning rain I went to the Lamont-Doherty Obsy open house on 2018 Oct 13. The ride from Columbia U was quick and convenient, the vehicle being a regular street bus. The rain, from mist to thin drizzle, lasted until around noon, then the Sun came out thru broken clouds. I didn't see all the exhibits for swelling at length at the ones I stopped at. Many exhibits were in tents, similar to hose used for Earth Day, but deeper to hold several tables and displays in each. The food service was filling and tasty, my lunch being arroz con pollo. I was surprised by the large portion of Spanish visitors, both adults and families. Some L-D docents conversed with them in Spanish. Five targets of the pipe bombs mailed by Cesar Sayoc in the20s of October 2018 are in or near New York City. All bombs were safely intercepted. All were too crudely built to detonate a;tho they had many parts for a real bomb. Targets were Robert deNiro in Tribeca MH, John Brennan in Midtown MH, CNN studios in Time-Warner Ctr at Columbus Cr MH, Hillary Clinton in Chappaqua NY, George soros in Katonah NY. NYSkies Astronomy Seminar on 19 October 2018 studied the Moon's surface. We reminded that this is separate from knowing how the Moon moves in the sky, which we discussed several sessions ago. Here we looked at the Moon with binoculars or telescope. Joe Fedrick, a veteran lunar observer, added animated dialog for us at the meeting.. We first learned there are several ways to orient a picture of the Moon and label directions on it. If thee Moon is a disc on the sky, the western side is that facing toward the west of the sky, where he Sun set. The east side faces toward the east, where the sky is darker. As a globe the east-west are directions on the ground like on Earth, The left side, facing east in the sky, is the west edge. The east edge is that facing west in the sky. The sky directions are the astronomical notation; lunar ground, astronautical.Older works about the Moon use the astronomical method. Those since the Space Age began go with the astronautical method. Both are correct but we must always specify which we are suing. An other holdover from legacy lunar works is to orient the Moon with south at top, not north. We learned this resulted from early optics that produced crude lenses. Telescopes used as few as possible, two as ideal, which naturally inverted the scene compared to the direct view. even after photography was routine in astronomy, where the picture could be turned with north at top, we held to the south-up convention all thru the 1970s. The Space Age, with maps of the Moon similar to Earth maps, shifted the practice to north-up. We saw how tough it can be to match a cartographic map with the telescope view. The lines and symbols on the map must be mentally lined up with topography on the Moon, a task made all the harder with shadows and highlights.We studied both whole-disc and phase maps, the latter being easier to correlate with the telescope view, providing it's applied to the correct phase. We looked at photos of Copernicus crater under various phases to demonstrate the sometimes dramatic changes of appearance. As a spinoff we reminded that all phases, even Full Moon, are worth observing. We discussed modern telescopes, with orders better optics, that reverse, mirror, their views. for most astronomy targets the flipped view doesn't matter because we don't have a direct view to compare it to. On the Moon the mirrored image is gross and, at first, maddening. Other instances where mirrored images are confusing include the location of Jupiter's satellites and surface details on Mars. We saw how features, typicly craters, are foreshortened near the lunar edge from the slanted sightline across them. In extreme cases a crater could look like merely a ridge of mountains hiding the floor behind it. The Moon isn't perfectly stable facing toward us, but wobbles east-west north-south a few degrees in each direction. This wobble, libration, wee learned shifts features near the limb farther onto the disc or over the edge to the lunar far side. We examined examples of this effect.We noted the names of lunar topographic features. Mountains are named mostly after Earth ones. Flat dark areas are 'seas' with abstract names. Craters are named for famous people. When craters were first named in the 1600s Islamic astronomers and scientists were honored. The name was either Latinized or translitterated from arabic. Takeaways were side-by-side comparison of maps and photos, sample mirrored Moon, crater Copernicus at different phases, pictures of lunar libration, day-by-day views of Moon for evening observing, set of whole-disc lunar atlas plates. US FEMA in 2018 Sep 30 14:18 EDST tested new 'Presidential alert' texting program. It sent to all known phones with text function a general notice of the program. Apparently a substantial number of phones didn't get the message.lI sis not get such text altho my phone has texting and the number was in use for several years. US NWS recorded four tornados in NYC vicinity during violent storm on 2018 October 2 evening. All were weak, strength EFF1, and caused no known injuries or deaths. Damage was limited to overthrown trees, vehicles, small structures. The twisters touched down in New Canaan CT, Ronkonkoma LI, New Castle NY, and Stony Point NY. Storm also threw hail and wind over some parts of the region. . 9000 NYS Bd for Historical Preservation on 8 October 2018 enrolled the Columbus statue, Columbus C MH, into landmark status. It can not be moved or modified without due process and public review. NYC Mayor deBlasio tried the statue, with several others, removed or annotated for political sanitation. It was set up by Italian culture and civic groups in 1892, 400th anniversary of Columbus's first voyage to New World. Sky News ------ October is when most evening observers get their first good look at Pazmino's Cluster. Altho it is circumpolar at NY latitude, horizon shmutz masks it from easy viewing. Cluster is 10deg north of Mirfak. First frost in NYSkies for 2018-19 winter came on 13 October 2018. The far north sector of our territory had frost and freezing of small puddles rom an eaarlier rain. In thee City temps fell to 8-10C, caysubg heating units to turn on in late afternoon. This season's Globe at Night campaign has periods split across months. This is because the dark moon spans star in one month and end in the next. There are TWO GaN windows in November, Oct 30-Nov 8 and Nov 29-Dec 8. Scattered reports of parhelia in morning of 12 October 2018 proved confusing. More experienced sky watchers saw them as iridescence on clouds near the Sun. Give-away was erratic description of location, color, and behavior. None the less, 'm happy to know that NYSkiers do keep eye on the sky even in daytime. NYC had its first frost of 2018-2019 winter period on 16 October. Temps over most of City fell to -1C for a few hours, then climbed into the +1Cs. From then thru rest of october City temps were 0C to +10C. Violent nor'easter storm crashed into NYSkies on 26 Oct 2018 evening witih heavy rain and strong wind. Damage was mostly downed trees and power lines, local flooding thruout NYSkies.