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NYC Events

  John Pazmino 
 NYSkies Astronomy In+c 

    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 
    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 email group. 
This is the relocated 'nysky' yahoogroup, which Yahoo teminated on 
2020 December 15. The new 'nydkird'group started on 2020 November 10.  
By late December the active astronomers from the old group are 
dialoging in the new one. 
    Join the nyskies group by sending an empty, balnk, email to 
'nyskies+subscribe@groups.io'. Any text in the email, including the 
subject, is ignored. 
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group. Send messages to the group by emai to 'nyskies@groups.io'. 
    All hours are Eastern Standard Time (UT - 5h). 

    Lockdown news slowed in January as the inauguration approached. 
New US Prez Biden have no strong pledge to junk the coronavirus 
situation, only saying he'll study the options to end it. And he did 
pledge to boost vaccinations to 100 million in his first 100 days in 
    While we sure hope vaccination get going rapidly, in NYSkies the 
effort was, uh, awful. Priority for the shots as suddenly switched and 
many vaccination depots ran out of serum. Appointments for the shots, 
by phone or web, post earliest dates in April or May! And no one is 
even considering how to deal with people unwilling or unable to take 
the shot. 
    Some depots are stretching stock, with no positive program from 
Biden to  increase it, by giving only the first shot. The patient goes 
home with no date for the second one. 
    The lockdown endures regardless of vaccination or herd immunity. 
No state set goals to reduce or remove its lockdown as its residents 
are getting virus protection. In the stead, some authorities are 
explaining that lockdown will continue until further notice. such news 
suppresses plans and efforts to restart civic activity, like on-site 
home astronomy. 
    Home astronomy is alive, hardly thriving, thru remote 
interactions, such as the NYSkies email groups.Some astronomy centers 
offer videos, webcasts, online conferences, with mixed success. When I 
learn of a one whose members applaud the new offering, i hear of an 
other with thumbs-down from its members. A major new threat is 
suppression and expulsion of members from social media. A club may 
work a page on one that itself is -- so far -- clear from censorship. 
But members are kicked off because  their other none astronomy 
behavior else where in the medium. In the extreme, a club may see its 
page followers decimate from no cause of its own. 
    The bottom line is that with a new sheriff in town, we can not 
accommodate to lockdown as we did for -- EEeek! -- quite a full year. 

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 
  ---   ---   ---   ---   ---   ---   ---   ----------
  -31     1     2     3    (4.    5#    6  17:20 
    7     8     9    10   .11.   12    13  17:29 
   14    15    16    17     18  .19#)  20  17:37 
   21    22    23    24      25  26   (27) 17:45 
   28    +1    +2    +3      +4  .5#)  +6  17:53 

Index  of Events  / ------------- 
 * = NASA-JPL Night Sky Network affiliate  
 date = entry in 'list of events' section 
 0' = entry in 'ongoing and continuing events' section 
 'AUT'= entry in 'skipped, autumn resumption' section 
  'SPR' = entry in 'skipped, spring resumption' secrion 
  '???' = entry in 'skipped, uncertain resumption' section, 
   '!!!' = entry in 'skipped, encumbered due to lockdowns 
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hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhb jfrrrr`````n    BROOKLYN - BK 

  Astronomy on Tap  - - - - !!! 
 *Floyd Bennett Field - - - SPR 
  Secret Science Club - - - !!! 

 *A S of Gtr Hartford   - - !!! 
  Astro Soc of Greenwich  - SPR 
 *Astro Soc of New Haven  - !!! 
  Bowman Observatory  - - - !!! 
 *Litchfield Hills AAC mtg  !!! 
 *Litchfield Hills lecture  SPR 
 *McCarthy Observatory  - - !!! 
  New Pond Farm - - - - - - !!! 
  Stamford Observatory  - - !!! 
 *Van Vleck Obsy (ASGH)   - SPR 
  Van Vleck Obsy (WU) - - - SPR 
   Western CT St Univ Obsy - SPR 
  Westport Astro Soc mtg  - !!! 
  Westport Astro Soc starvg !!! 
  Boothe Meml Astro Soc - 203-377-9933, 

 *Amateur Observers Soc - - !!! 
 *Amat Obsrs Soc starviewing!!! 
  Amer Instt Aero & Astro - !!! 
  Astro Soc of Long Island  !!! 
  Brookhaven National Lab - !!! 
  Custer Institute  - - - - !!! 
  Hofstra Univ Obsy   - - - SPR 
  Hmaptons Observatory  - - !!! 
  PubSci - - - - - - -  - - !!! 
  SUNY Stony Brook - -  - - SPR 
 *Susan Rose Observatory  - !!! 
 *Amat Astro Assn starvwg - !!! 
 *Amat Astro Assn lecture - !!! 
  Amer Instt Archarology  - !!! 
  Ctr for Atmosp Ocean Sci  SPR 
  Ctr for Science & Society SPR 
  Central Pk (Great Lawn) - !!! 
 *Columbia Univ Obsy  - - - SPR 
  Earth Institute - - - - - !!! 
  Globe at Night  - - - - -  4-13 
  Gvvernors Island  - - - - SPR 
  Hayden Plm 'Frontiers'  - SPR 
  Hayden Plm 'Live!' -  - - SPR 
  Instt Stud Ancnt World  - SPR 
 *Inwood Astronomy Project  !!! 
  Jupiter Joe's Astronomy - !!! 
  mandatory face masks  - -  0 
  Natl Musm of Mathematics  !!! 
  'Nature of Color' exhibit !!! 
  NYC-H2O - - - - - - - - - !!! 
  New York Map Society  - - !!! 
  NYU Astrop & Relatvty - - SPR 
 *NYSkies Astronomy Seminar !!! 
  Presidents Day  - - - - - 15
  SciCafe' - - - - -  - - - !!! 
  Simons Foundation - - - - SPR 
  SpaceX NYC  - - - - - - - !!! 
 *Top of the Laawn  - - - - !!! 
  Urban Park Rangers  - - - !!! 
 Ctr for Space Sci Edu - - info@nyccsse.org, www.nyccsse.org,  
             212-608-6164 n 

  Bear Mountain - - - - - - !!! 
  Lamont-Doherty Obsy - - - SPR 
  Mid-Hudson Astro Assn - - !!! 
  Rockland Astro Club - - - SPR 
  Vassar College Obsy - - - SPR 
  Ward Pound Ridge  - - - - SPR 
  Westchester Amat Astro  - !!! 

  A A A of Princeton  - - - !!! 
 *Amat Astro Inc meeting  - !!! 
  *Amat Astro Inc lecture - !!! 
  A S of Toms Rv Area - - - !!! 
  McDowell Observatory  - - !!! 
  Morris Musm Astro Soc - - SPR 
  New Jersey Astro Assn - - SPR 
  North Bergen Viaduct  - -  0 
  No Jersey Astro Gp mtg  - !!! 
  No Jersey Astro Gp starvg !!! 
  Peyton Observarory  - - - !!! 
  Plasma Physics Lab  - - - !!! 
  Rutgers Univ Astro Collqm SPR 
  Rutgers Univ Astro Semnr  SPR 
 *S*T*A*R - - - - - - - - - !!! 
  Schommer Observatory  - - !! 
 *Sheep Hill Astro Assn - - !!! 
 *Sheep Hill Observatory  - !!! 
 *Utd Astro Clubs of NJ - - SPR 
  Washington Xing St Pk - - SPR 
  Dark Sky Observers - www.users.nac.net/gburke/club  
  Montclair Telescope Club - 973-948-5284,,    
  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 

    QUEENS - QN  
  York College Observatory  !!! 


  Coll of Staten Is Obsy  - SPR 
  Great Kills Park  - - - - SPR 
  Staten Is Community TV  - !!! 



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 - whole City - MH - mandatory face masks 
        Indefinite duration. US CDC face mask order from Mon 1 Feb 
        2021 at 23:59 EST. It requires all riders and crew in public 
        transport systems to wear face masks. Order covers usual 
        transport modes and also taxis, ride-share, ride-hire 
        services. It applies to support facilities ike depots, 
        terminals, stations, ports. Mask may be momentarily removed 
        for eating & drinking, as transport system may allow. 
        Violators subject to federal penalties and removal from system 
        at next upcoming safe opportunity. CDC order overlays existing 
        local rules for face masks on public transport. 

List of Events 
 # Events with dates are on-site events, all running pm lockdown # 
 # restrictions for attendees. Have in hand your facial mask and # 
 # follow all procedures at the event. Inquire at each event's   # 
 # contact for specific instructions. Mind well that local lock- # 
 # down authorities may intervene on site against violators.     # 

Wed  3 Feb 
    18:30 - whole CIty - MH - Globe at Night exercise 
        Thru Feb 12. NYSkies runs its own Globe at Night exercise in 
        2020-2021 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. 

Mon 15 Feb
     all day - whole City - MH - Presidents Daay
         Please check with event contact for session falling on this
        day by rule or outdated schedule

 Events Skipptl This Month 
    all day - Governors Island - MH - cultural shows 
        Thru 31 Oct. Island is open every day, 10h-20h. From May 24 
        thru Aug 30, Fri-Sat, 10h-22h. Walk and tour thru 
        former military base and new urban park. Shows vary each day 
        or visit by foot or bike. Ferries run every 1/2 hr from 
        Battery Marine Terml, MH, and on weekdays from Pier 6, BK. 
        Island is free but ferry fare is $2 RT. www.nps.gov/gois, 
    10:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture 
         Colloquium series. Rutgers Univ, Busch Campus, Astro & Phys 
        Lecture Hall. Free. www.physics.rutgers.edu/colloquium, 
    13:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture 
        Seminar series. Rutgers Univ, Serin W330. Free. 732-445-3974, 
    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. 
    15:30 - Greenwich - CT - Astro Soc of Greenwich meeting 
        Greenwich Audubon Center. Free. rickbria@optonline.net, 
        203-415-6762. astrogreenwich.org  
    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 
    16:15 - Simons Foundation - MH - scinece lecture 
        160 5 Av & 21 St. 'The quest for the ideal glass'. Tea 16:15, 
        lecture 17:00. Free, adv regn reqd. 646-654-0066, 
    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 
    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 
    18:00 - Columbia University- MH - Ctr for Sci and Soc lecture 
        Fauerweather Hsll, Rm 513. 'The triumph of scientific 
        imagination, 1760-1900'. Free, 
        adv regn reqd. 212-854-7211, scienceandsociety.columbia.edu 
    18:00 - Palisades - NY - science lecture 
        Lamont-Doherty Earth Obsy, Monell audm. 'Climate, carbon ```      
`       dioxide, and sea level: Past is prologue'. Free, 
         845-365-8634, www.ldeo.columbia.edu, 845-365-8988 
    18:30 - Hunter College - MH - Amer Instt Archaeolgy lecture 
        Hemmerdinger Screening Room. Various topics on archaeology and 
        anthropology. Free, adv regn reqd. GI photo ID required for 
        campus security. www.aia-nysociety.org, 
    19:00 - Hayden Planetarium - MH - 'Astronomy live!' lecture 
       Live narrated planetarium show. Enter at 81 St/Cntl Pk W. 
       $15, adv regn reqd. 212-769-5100, www.amnh.org/programs  
    19:00 - Hayden Planetarium - MH - 'Frontiers' lecture 
         Kayfnamm Thtr. Enter at 81 St/Cntl Pk W. $15, adv regn reqd. 
         212-769-5100, www.amnh.org/programs  
     19:00 - Uniondale - LI - clearsky starviewing 
        Hofstra University, Berliner Bdg, Rm 117. Free, 
        adv regn reqd. Cancelled for clouds. 516-463-2759, 
        www.hofstra.edu/Academics, observatory@hofstra.edu 
    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, www.mmastrosociety.org 
    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 - Suffern - NY - Rockland Astronomy Club meeting 
        Rockalnd Commty Coll, main bldg. Free. 
    20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        Wesleyan U, Van Vleck Obsy. Free, cancelled for clouds. 
        860-685-3664, www.wesleyan.edu/astro/events 
    20:00 - Columbia University - MH - astronomy lecture /          
         Pupin Hall, signs to lecture room. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
         starviewing. Free. outreach-admin@astro.columbia.edu, 
         www.astro.columbia.edu/outreach, 212-854-3278 
   20:00 - Coll of Staten Is - SI - clearsky starviewing 
        Astrophys Obsy. Free, cancelled for clouds. 718-982-2818, 
        csivc.csi.cuny.edu/supernove7/files/home.html, 718-892-3259, 
    20:00 - Ward Pound Ridge - NY - clearsky starviewing 
        Westchester Amat Astro. Meadows Picnic Area. Free. Cancelled 
        for clouds. waa-president@westchesterastronomers.org 
    20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg 
        UACNJ Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free.  
     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 - Floyd Bennett Field - BK - clearsky starviewing 
        Community Garden. NYSKies & Natl Park Svc. Free. Cancelled 
        for clouds. www.nyskies.org, stephenlieber@nyc.rr.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, 
    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 - Wash'n X'ing - NJ - clearsky starviewing 
        Amat Astro Assn of Princeton. Simpson Obsy. Free, cancelled 
       for clouds. www.princetonastronomy.org, 609-737-2575, 
    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 
    21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing 
        Vassar College, Observatory. Free. Cancelled for clouds. 
        physicsandastronomy.vassar.edu/observatory.html, descent 

   all day - Amer Musm Natl Hist - MH - 'Nature of color' exhibit 
        Thru 2021 August. 4th floor. Explore light, wavelength, 
        vision, pigments, radiation, sprctra. $28 adm & exh. 
         212-769-5100, www.ammh.org/exhibitions/color 
    all day - whole City - MH - clearsky starviewing  
        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 - cultural tour 
        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, 
     all day - whole island - LI - clearsky starviewing  
        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 - clearsky starviewing  
        Jupiter Joe's Sidewalk Astronomy. Sessions convene in parks 
        usually at dusk. Occasional daytime sunviewing. Free. `       
        Cancelled for clouds.  www.jupiterjoesastronomy.org, 
    all day - whole City - MH - cultural tours & lectures 
        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  
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    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. 
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    13;15 - Unionsale - LI - Amat Obsrs Soc meeting 
        Hofstra Univ, Berliner Hall. free. www.aosny.org, 
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    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, 
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    15:30 - Upton - LI - Summer Sundays science show 
        Brookhaven Natl Lab. Small seminar room. 'What is the Higgs 
        boson hiding?'. Free, have GI photo ID for campussecurity. 
        631- 344-2651, www.bnl.gov/evnts 
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     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 
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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 
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    18:00 - Bethpage - 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 
    18:00 - Earth Institute - MH - science lecture 
        Columbnia Univ, Lerner Hall, Arledge Audm.. 'Sea level rise: 
        Causes, impacts and options for solutions'. Free, adv regn 
        reqd. ei.columbia.edu 
    18:00 - Shalel Lounge - MH - SpaceX NYC meeting 
        65 W 70 St, Amsterdam Av. Fiscussion on space industry and 
        development. Free, opt meal/drink. www.meetup.com/SpaceX-NYC 
    18:00 - Amagansett - LI - astronomy lecture 
        Montauk Obsy. Amagansett Library. Indoor talk, clearsky 
         sunviewing. Free. www.montaukobservatory.com 
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    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 
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    18:30 - CUNY Graduate Center - MH -'GC presents' lecture 
        365 5 Av & 34 St. 'Climate change:The effects on coastal 
        environments''. Free, adv regn reqd. 212-817-7000, 
         www.gc.cuny.edu/publicprograms +++ = = = = = 
    19:00 - Patchoque - LI- PubSci show 
        Brookhaven Natl Lab, Blue Point Brewing Co, 225 W Main St. 
        'The quantum revolution'. Free, opt meal/drink. 
    19:00 - West Reading - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        New Pond Farm, obseratory. $10, adv regn reqd. cancelled for 
        clouds. www.newpondfarm.org, 203-938-2117 
     19:00 - Toms River - NJ - Astro Soc of Toms Rv Area meeting 
        Ocean Co Coll, Novins Planetarium. Free. 
        www.astra-nj.org, 732-255-0343, webmaster@astra-nj.org 
     19:00 - lyndhurst - NJ - clearsky starviewing 
        Ctr for Enviro & Sci Edu, nMcDowell Obsy. Free. cancelled 
        for clouds. Requires climbing narrow spiral stairs into domw. 
        www.njsea.com/observatory, info@njsea.com, 201-460-1700 
    19:00 - New Haven - CT - Astro Soc of New Haven meetinG 
        Yale Univ, Leitner Family Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free. www.asnh.org, prez@asnh.org 
    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 
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    19:15 - 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. `       
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    19:30 - Princeton - NJ - Amat Astro Assn of Princeton meeting 
        Princeton U, Peyton Hall. Free. www.princetonastronomy.org, 
        609-737-2575, info@princetonastronomy.org 
   19:30 - 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, 
      19:30 - Torrington - CT - Litchfield Hills Amat Astro Club mtg 
        Central Congregational Church. Free. lhastro.org, 
    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 - Pleasantville - NY - Westchester Amat Astro meeting  
        Pace Univ, Lienhard Hall, Free.    
        waa-president@westchesterastronomers.org  Sat  8 Feb 
    19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting 
        Union Co Coll, Sperry Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky  
        starviewing. Free. www.asterism.org 
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    20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing 
        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 - Lincroft - NJ - S*T*A*R meeting 
        Brookdale Commty Coll, Mommouth Museum. Free. 
        www.starastronomy.org, s-walters@comcast.net 
    20:00 - York College - QN - astronomy lecture . 
        Core Academic Bdg, Rm AC-2E01. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free, adv regn reqd. 718-262-2082,  
    20:00 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc lecture 
         Union Co Coll, Smith Audm. Indoor talk, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free. www.asterism.org 
    20:00 - Boonton - NJ - clearsky starviewing  
        Sheep Hill Astro Assn Obsy, Free. Cancelled for  
        clouds. sheephillastro.otg, contacts@sheephillastro.org, 
   20:00 - Greenwich - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        Astro Soc of Greenwich. Curtis Elem Schl, Bowman Obsy. Free. 
        Cancelled for clouds. rickbria@optonline.net, 203-415-6762. , 
   20:00 - Princeton - NJ - clearsky starviewing 
        Princeton Univ, Peyton Hall. Free. Cancelled for clouds 
        jeg@astro.princeton.edu, lee@astro.princeton.edu 
    20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - No Jersey Astro Gp meeting 
        Montclair St Univ, Richardson Hall, Room 232. Free. 
       njastro.org, 973-655-7266 jjj 
    20:00 - Westport - CT - Westport Astro Soc meeting 
        Rolnick Obsy. Free. www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 
    20:00 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        Westport Astro Soc. Rolnick Obsy.  Free. Cancelled for clouds. 
        www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 
    20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting 
        Vanderbilt Plm. Free. asliastronomy@yahoo.com, 
    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 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting 
        Custer Instt. Indoor program, clearsky starviewing. $5-$15. 
        Varies with program. www.custerobservatory.org, 
        president@custerobservatory.org, 631-765-2626  
    20:00 - Bear Mountain - NY - clearsky starviewing 
        Rockland Astro Club. Anthony Wayne Rec Area, picnic field. 
        Free, cancelled for clouds. www.rocklandastronomy.com    u   
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 - 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 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing 
        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 - Bell House - BK - Secret Science Club meeting  
        149 7 St, 2/3 Av. Lecture and music on various science  
        topics. Free. secretscienceclub.blogspot.com, 718-638-4400, 
    20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture 
        Stamford Obsy. $5. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. 
        starviewing also called off for outdoor temp < -6C. 
        203-322-6537, www.stamfordmuseum.org 
    20:00 - New Milford - CT - astronomy lecture  
        McCarthy Obsy, New Miford HS. Indoor lecture, clearsky  
        starviewing. Free. www.mccarthyobservatory.org, 860-354-1595, 
 = = = = =  
    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  
 = = = = = 

General News
    While compiling this NYC Events there was a disruption of Internet 
service in various pats of NYSkies. This situation impedfe my check up 
for events possibly resuming in the spring. I left all events inplace, 
in the '!!!] or 'SPR' section, until further news comes along.
    US Prez Biden on 2021 Jan 21 issued executive order requiring face 
masks and personal spacing in all federal properties. Events on 
federal land, like starviewing in a federal preserve, must observe 
this requirement for their staff and visitors.  
    The NYC Science & Engineering Fair, normally in Match with signup 
for students and judges occurring in January, announced full call off 
for 2021. It also notes that there was no finalist competition in 2020 
because the lockdown in NYS fell on us before its scheduled date. 
    NEAF has confusing news because it is a postponement of the 2020 
event. News is labeled '2020' and '2021'. Apparently it is planned for 
its normal venue, SUNY Rockland, with dates to be determined. SUNY, 
all of its campi, already cancelled on-site events, such as renting 
space for NEAF. If any indoor event is allowed, like dispensing 
coronavirus vaccination, visitors are on-side for only a brief time 
under stringent virus procedures. 
    Earth Day New York seems to holding out with nothing positive yet. 
News about it stresses the digital, virtual, remote show from 2020. A  
return to action reasonably may be in Union Sq, its normal setting in 
recent years.  There is the prospect of returning to Grand Central 
Terminal,  now that adjacent Vanderbilt Pl for is reopened as a car-
free corridor. 

City News 
    Mind very well the new federal requirement, starting on 2021 Feb 1 
at 23:59 EST, for face masks on public transport! Most systems in 
NYSkies have mask-wearing rules, with high compliance levels. Besides 
usual transport modes, federal law applies to taxis, car service, 
vans, jitneys, shuttles. It also covers transport facilities like 
stations, depots, offices, terminals, ports. Some systems in NYSkies 
hand out masks or provide them thru dispensers at their entry gate. 
Please have your mask on the face when availing of a public transport 
    In mid January 2021 the three NYSkies states put out desire to end 
the lockdowns and return to normal life. The call comes from the 
steady diffusion of coronavirus vaccine, from a few myriads of people 
in December 2020 to, maybe, a full million by end january thruout 
NYSkies. Weak expectation is to be on track toward normal life in 
spring-summer 2021. 
    BGI Corp, major coronavirus testing firm in US, is agency of China 
government! It collects American DNA from its test samples to examine 
and experiment on. From the DNA, along with patient stats and profile, 
China could evaluate efficacy of its coronavirus on Americans. Make 
sure you know which lab does the virus test on you. 
    War broke out on 8 Jan 2021 among several major Internet services. 
These include Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Google. They cut off 
or suspended service for many supporters of former Prez Trump and 
opponents of new Prez Biden.. Reaction varied from blocking Internet 
access to thee companies, resulting in 404 errors, and switching 
business to other services. Readers with accounts with the warring 
parties should review their membership with them. 
    The expanded Penn Station opened on 2021 Jan 1 adding ~50% more 
platform room for Amtrak and LIRR. New section, Moynihan Train Hall, 
is built into mid and rear portion of Farley Post Office with new 
subgrade concourses.. USPS keeps iconic front section, facing 8th Av 
with its ceiling emblems of major postal services and corner niches 
for historical ones. These are for statues of postmasters, never 
installed. Moynihan joins existing Penn Station under 8th Av subway 
and has own street entrances. 
    Dr Fauci, US NIH advised that where the coronavirus vaccine  is in 
short supply, it may be given as a single shot. This gives good, not 
full, protection and second shot can be given when supplies replenish. 
Consult your health provider for local status of vaccine. Keep the 
receipt with you as vaccination proof in case a venue ask for it. 
    Tines Sq on New Year's Eve was EMPTY! with only a few police and 
Guardian Angels in the streets. 1/2 km square centered on TS was 
walled off from spectators. Ball-drop ceremony was telecast with NYC 
Mayor deBlasio and crew cheering and dancing. Show included dropping 
confetti, 700kg of it!, onto barren streets below. 
    Sarah Lindsay on 2021 Jan 4 is first US person to get the 2nd of 
the two-shot coronavirus vaccine, she was jabbed at LIJ Medl Ctr, 
Forest Hill Qn, where she is a critical care nurse. 
    Louis Shanker, amherst MA, surrendered to NYPD on 2021 Jan 5 for 
setting up a fake car bomb. He fitted a stolen Tesla car with large 
spray canister, batteries, wires. On Jan 4 morn he left car at Queens 
Place Mall, Richmond Hill QN. NYPD cleared out the mall and found the 
bomb was a fake. 
    I uploaded new  files into our web. 
    * tov-nyc.htm is recovered piece providing background and 
preparation for the 2012 Venus transit. 
    * dark-nyc.htm is recovered notes on light abatement projects in 
NYC in the 19990s. 
    * dsshrine.htm is recovered article about the Penn Plaza K-Mart on 
    * pazmino.htm is revised index page for only my astronomy pieces. 
    * pazcult.htm is nw page for my all-other, cultural, articles.
 Until now all of my articles were in pazmino.htm. The two pages are 
linked by jumpwords in the heading. 
    * pazclus.htm is revised existing article with better separation 
of its sections. The very content is unchanged. 
 All files are at 
    * sa-compr.htm is adapted table  of features of common star 

    Nude crazed man was killed by third rail on 2021 Jan 16 ~16h EST 
at 110 St, Lenox Av line, Shover danced on platform, then pushed rider 
into tracks. Tyler Horrell, witness and handicapped army vet, jumped 
down for rescue.  He and other riders lifted victim to safety with 
bruises. Nude man also jumped down, started fighting with Horrell, 
then tripped.  He fell into third rail to be instantly zapped. 

Sky News 
    Asteroid Vesta comes to opposition on 2021 March 4 and is in night 
sky now, February 2021. She entered retrograde loop in fall 2020 in E 
Leo, runs west thru N  Leo, leaves loop by late April. Chart of Vesta 
path is at 

Vesta is 7-1/2 magn near both station points of loop, brightest, ~6 
magn, near opposition in middle of  loop. Current orbit elements, 
adapted  from JPL. Your planetarium likely has Vesta among its 
asteroid orbits. Edit its elements with the ones below. asteroid 
 Orbits evolve quickly. 
 oRBITAL ELEMENTS AT EPOCH 2458600.5 (2019-Apr-27.0) TDB
 excemtricity   | 0.088721   
 semimahor axis | 2.36142 au
 perih dist     | 2.151909 au
 inclination   | 7.141771 deg
 ascendin ode  | 103.810804 deg 
 argument peri | 150.728541 deg
 mean anomaly  | 95.861938 deg
 perih date    | 2458247.559575 (2018-May-09.059575) TDB
 mean day motn | 0.271609 deg/day 
 apoh dist     | 2.570926 au
 # obs. used (total | 9397  
 data-arc span      | 25372 days (69.46 yr)  
 first obs. used    | 1950-09-23  
 last obs. used     | 2020-03-11  
 planetary ephem    | DE431  
 Tisserand wrtJUp   | 3.535 
 absolute magnitude | +3.0 
 magnitude slope    | +0.32 
 mean diameter      | 525.4  km 
 triaxial extent    | 572.6 x 557.2 x 446.4  km 
 GM parameter       | 1 7.8 km^3/s^2 
 bulk density       | 3.456 g/cm^3
 rotation period    | 5.342128 hour 
 rotation rate      | 1617.333119 deg/day
 NortH  pole direct | RA 309.03; DE +42.23 
 geometric albedo   | 0.4228 
 B-V color index    | 0.782 
 U-B color index    | 0.492 
    The seleneheion on 2021 Jan 28 was a trying event. Observers 
battled deep chilly air and strong wind. Many noted the event was 
blocked by broken clouds. 
    Globe at Night for January was a poor round with most nights being 
cloudy or hazy. There were several apparently discordant reports  for 
a given night. They seem to come from  change of weather across 
observer location and hour. It is NOT GaN purpose to obtain a 
consensus of sky quality for a given night. In NYSkies sky conditions 
do vary widely. Please assess the sky for your own location and hour 
with no worry of agreeing with an other astronomer's reading else 
where and else when. 
    Jupiter and Saturn left the evening sky , headed to solar 
conjunction. By mid February 2021 they emerge in dawn twilight. well 
separated. In pm 15-28 Feb Mercury loiters north of the pair