NYC EVENTS FOR SEPTEMBER 2018 ---------------------------- John Pazmino NYSkies Astronomy Inc email@example.com 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 'firstname.lastname@example.org' because only the current issue is in the website. It is replaced by next month's issue. For events which missed NYC Events, check the NYSkies Yahoogroup forum. Join NYSkies by visiting 'www.nyskies.org/yahoo.htm' and picking either the email or website option. All hours are Eastern Dayulight Savings Time (UT - 4h) . 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. Moon phase: .NM., .FQ), (FM), (LQ. Sunset is noted for each Saturday --------------------------------- Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat sunset ----------------------------------------------- -(26) -27 -28 -29 -30 - 31 1 19:28 (2. 3 4 5 6 7 8 19:17 .9. 10 11 12 13 14 15 19:05 .16) 17 18 19 20 21 22 18:53 23 (24) 25 26 27 28 29 18:41 30 +1 (+2. +3 +4 +5 +6 18:30 ------------------------------------------------ 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 - - - 14 Secret Science Club - - - 0 CONNECTICUT - CT *A S of Gtr Hartford - - 18 Astro Soc of Greenwich - 23 *Astro Soc of New Haven - 25 Bowman Observatory - - - 5, 19 Connecticut Star Party - 7-9 *Litchfield Hills AAC mtg ??? *Litchfield Hills starvg - 21 *McCarthy Observatory - - 8 New Pond Farm - - - - - - 15 Stamford Observatory - - 7, 14, 21, 28 *Van Vleck Obsy (ASGH) - - 22 Van Vleck Obsy (WU) - - - 5, 12, 19, 26 Western CT St Univ Obsy - S/O *Westport Astro Soc mtg - 18 *Westport Astro Soc starvg 5, 12, 19, 26 ------------------------- Boothe Meml Astro Soc - 203-377-9933, www.facebook.com/Boothe-Memorial-Astronomical-Society LONG ISLAND - LI *Amateur Observers Soc - - 9 Amer Instt Aero & Astro - ??? Astro Soc of Long Island 5, 12, 19, 26 Brookhaven National Lab - 4 Custer Institute - - - - 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Hofstra Univ Obsy - - - - S/O Montauk Observatory - - - 11 SUNY Stony Brook - - - - 7 *Susan Rose Observatory - 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 MANHATTAN - MH *Amat Astro Assn starvwg - 0 *Amat Astro Assn lecture - S/O Amer Musm Natl Hist - - 5 Ctr for Atmosp Ocean Sci 12, 19, 26 Ctr for Science & Society S/O Central Pk (Great Lawn) - 1,2,7,8,9,14,15,16,21,22,23,28,29,30 *Columbia Univ Obsy - - - 21 Cornelia Street Cafe' - - 2 Earth Institute - - - - - ??? Good Housekeeping lab - 14 Governor's Island - - - - 1-Oct 31 Gullicar's Gate - - - - - 0 Instt Stud Ancnt World - 20, 26 Intrepid AstroCafe' - - - S/O Intrepid Astro Night - - 21 *Inwood Astronomy Project 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Jupiter Joe Sidewk Astro 0 Labor Day - - - - - - - 3 Milky Way autumn season - 1-Nov 30 Natl Musm of Mathematics 5 NY Academy of Sciences - ??? NYC-H2O - - - - - - - - - 0 New York Univ Astro - - - 4, 11, 18, 25 *NYSkies Astronomy Seminar 7, 21 Observer's Handbook offer 16 SciCafe' - - - - - - - - 5 Simons Foundation - - - - 12 Space & Science Festival 20-23 Top of the Lawn - - - - - 1,2,7,8,9,14,15,16,21,22,23,28,29,30 Tirbute in Light - - - - 11 TriState computer fair - 0 UN General Assembly - - - 25-Oct 6 Urban Park Rangers - - - 0 Weekend Walks - - - - - - 1-mid Dec 2018 ---------------------------- Ctr for Space Sci Edu - - email@example.com, www.nyccsse.org, 212-608-6164 n METRO-NORTH - NY Lamont-Doherty Obsy - - - S/O Mid-Hudson Astro Assn - - 7 Ramapo Challenger Ctr - - 16 Rockland Astro Club - - - 18 Vassar College Obsy - - - 5, 12, 19, 26 Ward Pound Ridge - - - - 8 Westchester Amat Astro - 14 NEW JERSEY - NJ A A A of Princeton - - - 11 A S of Toms Rv Area - - - ??? *Amat Astro Inc meeting - 7, 14, 28 *Amat Astro Inc lecture - 21 Joint Base Centennial - 0 Morris Musm Astro Soc - - 13 New Jersey Astro Assn - - 22, 29 North Bergen Viaduct - - 0 No Jersey Astro Gp mtg - S/O No Jersey Astro Gp starvg 6 Peyton Observarory - - - 5 Plasma Physics Lab - - - 7, 21 Rutgers Univ Astro Collqm S/O Rutgers Univ Astro Semnr S/O *S*T*A*R - - - - - - - - - 6 Schommer Observatory - - 13, 20 *Sheep Hill Astro Assn - - 7 *Sheep Hill Observatory - 21 *Utd Astro Clubs of NJ - - 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Washington Xing St Pk - - 7, 14, 21, 28 --------------------------- Dark Sky Observers - www.users.nac.net/gburke/club McDowell Obsy - mec.rst2.edu, 201-460-8300 Montclair Telescope Club - 973-948-5284, firstname.lastname@example.org, users.erols.com/njastro/orgs/mtc.hrm NW Jersey Amat Astro - www.nwjaa.org, email@example.com 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 - - - - - S/O York College Observatory 12 REST OF WORLD STATEN ISLAND - SI Coll of Staten Is Obsy - S/O Great Kills Park - - - - 15 Staten Is Community TV - 7, 14, 21, 28 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 state - NJ - Joint Base centennial shows VARIOUS LOCATIOONS ND TIMES; INQUITR AT CONTACT Thru 2018 Oct 31. 100th annivesaty if Fort Dix and later worls of McGuire AFN and Lakehurst NAS. These are only military facilityies jointly run by all three major branches, army, air force, navy. Events staged at or near bases. Most ree, some pay. www.nj.gov/state/historical/index.html, 609-292-6062, Feedback@sos.nj.gov 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 - --------- Sat 1 Sep all day - Governors Island - MH - cultural shows FERRY IS FREE FOR FIRST WEEK, MAY 1-6, THENAFTER $2 RT Thru 31 Oct. Island is open on every day, 10h-20h weekdayss, 10h-19h weekends. Walk and tour thru former military base and new urban park. Shows vary each day or visit by foot or bike. Ferries run every day 10h-17h from Battery Marine Terml, MH, and on weekdays from Pier 6, BK. Island is free but ferry fare is $2 RT. www.nps.gov/gois, www.govisland.com 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 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, email@example.com, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg UACNJ Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.uacnj.org 20:00 - 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. email@example.com, www.nyskies.org, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing OCCASIONAL EXTRA SESSIONS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Inwood Astronomy Project. Meet at park entrance, Seaman Av & Isham St. Free. Cancelled for clouds. 917-529-2359 www.inwoodastronomy.org, email@example.com 21:00 - 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 Sun 2 Sep 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 Sep 1 Mon 3 Sep all day - whole City - MH - labor Day Please check with event contact for session falling on this day by rule or outdated schedule Tue 4 Sep 11:00 - Upton - LI - science lecture Brookhaven Natl Lab.Bldg 510. 'Neutron roduction and capture in stellar nucleosynthesis'. Free, have GI photo ID for campus security. 631-344-2651, www.bnl.gov/evnts 14:00 - New York University - MH - astronomy lecture 726 Broadway, Rm 940. Various topics in astrophys and relativity. Free. Have GI photo ID for campus security. physics.nyu.edu/events.htm Wed 5 Sep 16:00 - Natl Musm of Mathematics - MH - science show Also 19:00. 'Mathematical Encounters'. Free, adv regn reqd. 212-542-0566, www.momath.org, firstname.lastname@example.org 19:00 - Amer Musm Natl Hist - MH - SciCafe' show Hall of Ocean Life or hall of planet Earth. Music, drinks, chat with Museum scientists. Free, be 21 or be gone. GI photo ID reqd. 212-769-5100, www.amnh.org/programs 20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting Vanderbilt Plm. Free. email@example.com, www.asliclub.org 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 20:30 - Greenwich - CT - clearsky starviewing Astro Soc of Greenwich. Curtis Elem Schl, Bowman Obsy. Free. Cancelled for clouds. firstname.lastname@example.org, 203-415-6762. , astrogreenwich.org 20:30 - Princeton - NJ - clearsky starviewing Princeton Univ, Peyton Hall. Free. Cancelled for clouds www.astro.princeton.edu/observatory/publicobserving.php,//, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:30 - 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 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 6 Sep 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, email@example.com Fri 7 Sep 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 16:00 - Goshen - CT - Connecticut Star Party Thru Sun 9 Sep. Astro Soc of New Haven. Strang Camp. Dark skies, talks, demos, camping, food service, lodging, tourism. $24 + extras. www.asnh.org 18:30 - McBurney House - MH - NYSkies Astronomy Seminar DISCUSSION: BLACKHOLES IN THE MILKY WAY 125 W 14 St, 6/7 Av. Discussion of astronomy topics, show & tell, skywatching reports, news of astro activity in NYSkies territory. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.nyskies.org 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 - 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, 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 - Boonton - NJ - Sheep Hill Astro Assn meeting Boonton Senior Ctr. Free. www.sheephillastro.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture Stamford Obsy. $5. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. 203-322-6537, www.stamfordmuseum.org, email@example.com 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, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 1 Sat 8 Sep 20:00 - New Milford - CT - astronomy lecture McCarthy Obsy, New Miford HS. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.mccarthyobservatory.org, 860-354-1595, email@example.com 20:00 - Ward Pound Ridge - NY - clearsky starviewing Westchester Amat Astro. Meadows Picnic Area. Free. Cancelled for clouds. firstname.lastname@example.org www.westchesterastronomers.org, 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 1 20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing - see Sep 1 20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg - see Sep 1 20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Sep 1 20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 1 sun 9 Sep 13:15 - Uniondale - LI - Amat Obsrs Soc meeting. Hofstra Univ, Berliner Hall. Free. www.aosny.org, email@example.com 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 1 Tue 11 Sep 14:00 - New York University - MH - astronomy lecture - see Sep 4 18:30 - Shelter Island - LI - astronomy lecture Montauk Obsy. Shelter Is Publ Liby Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.montaukobservatory.com 19:30 - whole City - MH - Tribute in Light memorial World Trade Center. Two parallel blue beams shine dusk to dawn to honor victims of 2001 World Trade Center collapse. Beams approximate floor plan of Twin Towers and can reach tens of kilometers high. Geometry determines height of beam top as observed from all over NYSkies. Details in local news media. www.nyskies.org/articles/pazmino/trib-lt.htm 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 12 sep 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, email@example.com 17:00 - Simons Foundation - MH - scinece lecture 160 5 Av & 21 St. 'Ecvursion through geometry, topology, and analysis in 4 dimensions and bwyond'. Free, adv regn reqd. 646-654-0066, ww.simonsfoundation.org 20:00 - 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, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting see Sep 5 20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 5 21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 5 Thu 13 Sep 19:30 - Morristown - NJ - Morris Museum Astro Soc meeting Morris Museum. Free. 973-386-1848, 973-386-1848,, www.mmastrosociety.org, 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 Fri 14 Sep 10:00 - Good Housekeeping Resrch Instt - MH - science tour Also 11:30. Hearst Tower, 57 St & 8 Av. Walk thru history and science of product testing center of Good Housekeeping magazine. Free, adv regn reqd. 212-649-5000, firstname.lastname@example.org 19:30 - Pleasantville - NY - Westchester Amat Astro meeting Pace Univ, Lienhard Hall, Free. www.westchesterastronomers.org, email@example.com 19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - see Sep 7 19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Sep 7 20:00 - Floyd Bennett Field - BK - clearsky starviewing Community Garden. NYSKies & Natl Park Svc. Free. Cancelled for clouds. www.nyskies.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com 20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Sep 7 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 1 20;00 - Wash'n X'ing - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 7 Sat 15 Sep 20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Sep 1 20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 1 20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing - see Sep 1 20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg - see Sep 1 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 1 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 - 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 20:30 - West Reading - CT - clearsky starviewingh New Pond Farm, obseratory. $10, adv regn reqd. , cancelled for clouds. www.newpondfarm.org, 203-938-2117, Sun 16 Sep all day - whole City - MH - Observer's Handbook offer TENTATIVE DATE; INQUIRE AT CONTACT The NYSkies offer for the 2019 RASC Onserver's Handbook opens in september. The Books are printed in early October for delivery to NYSkies in mid-late October, but you may ompose your reqursts NOW. Cost is till $23 per copy, with P&P. Wen page is not yet updated; we know you are asking for the 2019, not 2018, edition. www.nyskies.org/oh.htm,firstname.lastname@example.org, www.nyskies.org/ohclub.htm 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. 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 1 Tue 18 Sep 14:00 - New York University - MH - astronomy lecture - see Sep 4 19:30 - New Brittain - CT - Astro Soc of Gtr Hartford meeting Central CT St Univ, Copernicus Plm. Free. www.asgh.org, 860-872-9069, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - Westport - CT - Westport Astro Soc meeting Rolnick Obsy. Free. www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 \ Wed 22 Aug Wed 19 Sep 15:30 - Courant Institute - MH - science lecture - see Sep 12 20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting 20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 5 20:30 - Greenwich - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 5 21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 5 Thu 20 Sep 09:00 - Intrepid Museum - MH - Space & Science Fest Thru Sun 23 Sep. Talks, crafts, exhibits, demos of space exploration projects and science themes. Booths from NASA, private space firms, labs, schools. Activiries on Pier 86 are free. Those on Intrepid ship need $33 adm, incl Shuttle pavilion and temporary exhibits. Tkt allows crossing bten pier and ship all day. . Special exhibit 'Summer exprince of Mars'. www.intrepidmuseum.org 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 - Piscataway - NJ - clearsky starviewng - see Sep 13 Fri 21 Sep 10:00 - Princeton - NJ - science tour - see Sep 7 18:30 - McBurney House - MH - NYSkies Astronomy Seminar DISCUSSION: ASTEROIDS, NEAR AND FAR 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 19:30 - Intrepid Museum - MH - astronomy lecture Flight deck of ship. Indoor/open air lecture, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.intrepidmuseum.org 19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Sep 7 20:00 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc lecture Union Co Coll, Smith Audm. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.asterism.org 20:0:0 - 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 20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Sep 7 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 1 20;00 - Wash'n X'ing - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 7 20:30 - Litchfield - CT - Litchfield Hills A A C lecture White Meml Consrvn Ctr. Free. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. lhaac.shutterfly.com, firstname.lastname@example.org lhastro.org 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 22 Sep 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 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing - see Sep 1 20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Sep 1 20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg - see Sep 1 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 1 20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 1 20:30 - Voorhees St Pk - NJ - NJ Astro Assn meeting NJAA-HQ, Robinson Obsy. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.njaa.org, 908-368-8500 Sun 23 Sep 15:30 - Greenwich - CT - Astro Soc of Greenwich meeting Greenwich Public Library. Free with musm adm. email@example.com, 203-415-6762, astrogreenwich.org 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 1 Tue 25 Sep all day - United Nations - MH - General Assembly meeting Thru Oct 6. There may be short-notice public events at the UN during this period. Security and entry checkin may be stricter than usual. Be sure to have proper papers and photo ID in hand to show to plice, UN officials, guards. Local streets up to a kilometer from UN may be closed, with traffic and transit detours. Allow extra travel time, follow carefully all event instructions, arrive early for the evnt. 14:00 - New York University - MH - astronomy lecture - see Sep 4 19:00 - 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 26 Sep 15:30 - Courant Institute - MH - science lecture - see Sep 12 18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecture - see Sep 20 20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting 20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 5 21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 5 Fri 28 Sep 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 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - see Sep 7 19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Sep 7 20;00 - Wash'n X'ing - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 7 20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Sep 7 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 1 Sat 29 Sep 10:30 - Voorhees St Pk - NJ - astronomy show N J Aastro Assn, Robinson Obsy. Tours, solar obsg, demos, raffle, flea market, food service. Free. www.njaa.org, 908-368-8500, 20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Sep 1 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 1 20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg - see Sep 1 20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 1 20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing - see Sep 1 Sun 30 Sep 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 1 Events Skipped This Month ----------------------- EVENT MAY RESUME AT DIFFERENT PLACE OR HOUR; INQUIRE AT CONTACT -------------------------------------- -------------------------------------- [S/O] SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER RESUMPTION OF ACTIVITY -------------------------------------- 11:00 - 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, 13:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture Seminar series. Rutgers Univ, Serin 401. Free. 732-445-3974, www.physics.rutgers.edu/ast/seminar 16:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture Colloquium series. Rutgers Univ, Busch Campus, Astro & Phys Lectr Hall. Free. www.physics.rutgers.edu/colloquium, 732-445-3974 18:00 - Bethpage - LI - Amer Instt Aero & Astro lecture Bethpage Public Library. Various topics in aeronautics and astronautics. 'Nars sample return missiOn'. Free, optional $5 pizza-soda. 516-458-8593, firstname.lastname@example.org 18:00 -CUNY Graduate Center - MH - Ctr for Sci & Soc lecture 385 Fifth Av. 'Early modernb science intertwine An Iberoamerican perspective'. Free, adv regn reqd, Free, limited seating. 212-854-7211, scienceandsociety.columbia.edu 18:15 - Amer Musm Natl Hist - MH - Amat Astro Assn lecture Kaufmann Theater. Free, no musm adm fee. 718-522-5014, email@example.com, www.aaa.org 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 19:30 - Alley Pond Park - QN - astronomy lecture Alley Pond Enviro Ctr. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. $14 at door.. www.alleypond.org, email@example.com, 718-229-4000 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 - Danbury - CT - astronomy lecture Westn Conn St Uv, Obsy/Plm. Indoor planetarium show, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.wcsu.edu/starwatch, 203-837-8671, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - Uniondale - LI - clearsky starviewing Hofstra University,Berliner Bdg, Rm 117. Free, adv regn reqd. Cancelled for clouds. 516-463-2759, www.hofstra.edu/Academics, email@example.com -------------------------------------- [???] UNCERTAIN RESUMPTION OF ACTIVITY -------------------------------------- 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 - 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, firstname.lastname@example.org 19:00 - NY Academy of Sciences - MH - astronomy lecture 'The unification of physics: The ques for a Theory of 19:30 - Torrington - CT - Litchfield Hills Amat Astro Club mtg Central Congregational Church. Free.email@example.com lhastro.org general news ---------- Several August events in north New Jersey were cancelled by massive rain and flooding. Most seem to be forced out of action due to the quickly rising waters and short leadtime of hazard notices. Roads and rail were blocked by downed trees and floating vehicles. Science & the Arts leaves NYC Events. It seems dormant with ediurnate web and no recent events. If it revives I'll welcome it back. Westchester Amat Astro now meets in Lienhard Hall of Pace University. Previously it convened in Miller Hall. it also posted its 2018-2019 dates for its monthly members meetings. Simons Foundation is up and running after the stram explosion on its street corner. it in late August posted a full slate of lecturees for fall 2018. See Sep 12. I list the annual .meeting of the UN General Assembly, 2018 Sep 25-Oct 6. No, you can not participate in the GA sessions! There may be collateral public events at the UN on short notice in this time span. There is an increase in public activity at the UN in 2018, with several NYSiers taking in a one or an other. As i learn of them, I'll post them into our yahoogroup. See Sep 25. Summer Streets, on 2018 Aug 4, 11, 18, suffered oppressive heat or massive rain. The Park Av tunnel was closed with no walk-thru this year. I simplified the entries for Vassar Coll and Wesleyan Univ observatory public nights. These are on Wednesdays only when classes are in session. Over the years it got more ambiguous to interpret the schools's academic calendars. This caused NYC Events to miss sessions or list a skipped one. Please inquire at the contact for each instance of a visit. I'm always proud when you great astronomers come to our Seminars. But I do remind that we meet TWICE per month, NOT 'every other Friday'. August had five Fridays: 3, 17, 31. The Seminar was on the 3rd and 17th ONLY. There was NO Seminar on the 31st. City news ------- A tornado sliced thru College Pt and Whitestone, QN, on 2018 Aug 2 22:20 EDST. It touched down during a strong thunderstorm, travelling west for ~1200m, then dissipated before reaching Whiteston Bridge. Of strength FF-0, it scored a 100m path, ripping up trees, bruising homes, tossing cars. No reported injuries or deaths. Three men were hit by lightning during a thunderstorm on 7 August 2018. Two were playing soccer in Flushing Meadow-Corona Pk, QN, at ~19;30 EDST when both were felled by a bolt and were treated at Elmhurst Hospital.At ~19:55 the third man was struck while tending to his car at 155 St & Baisley Bv, Jamaica QN. He was taken to Jamaica hospital. All three, tho seriously injured, are expected to survive. NYSkies Astronomy Seminar on 2018 august 3 prepared us for the Perseid meteors, peaking on August 12-13 this year. We first discussed the raging storm on mars that by mid July completely blanketed the planet. Storms commonly occur as mars rounds opposition, suggesting to 19-20th century astronomers that the people up there were deliberately hiding from our view. Clouds and rain interfered with observing mars, but on the occasional clear night the planet was more white than red. This is reflection from the light-colored dust screening the darker red surface. The Perseids are a streamtube of meteors sprinkled around the orbit of comet Swift-Tuttle. Its orbit passes close to Earth's intercepting on the same date each year, August 10-13. Earth pulls in some of the comet debris. As the particles fall thru the atmosphere, they heatr into incandescence. The grains makes a steak in the sky as the very meteor. The material of Swift-Tuttle is evenly spread all around its orbit. Each year Earth is sure to catch a good sample and produce a satisfying meteor shower. This is contrasted with the Leonids of November. Its comet, Tempel-Tuttle, maintains its debris in a clump that circles the Sun in 33 years. Earth catches this clump only every 33 years, with several near misses with no meteor shower. The first to recognize that August had the most shooting star activity in the year was Quetelet, a French health official in the 1830s. In his job he invented the discipline of social statistics and the mass- height measure of human body build. A few years later several teams of observers, recruited from home astronomers of the era, standed vigil in August to better document the meteors. They found the most shooting stars seemed to radiate from Perseus during August 10-13. Over the next decades, until the discovery of the meteor-comet connection in the 1860s, the August, and November, shooting stars were a major curiosity of the heavens, even among the public. The debris flows in parallel paths along the comet orbit and we see the meteors by looking upstream into the flow. Perspective makes it seem that the meteors radiate from a point among the stars, like the convergence of parallel lines on Earth, such as railroad tracks. or several decades the two showers were simply the August and November meteors. As more showers were identified, the practice arose to name them after the constellation of their radiant. since the constellation produce the meteors as offspring, the name is the patronymic of the constellation: leonids and Perseids. We examined the moonskip effect that this year gives us a new Moon during the Perseids. In other years the Moon may be in large phase in the sky to hinder observing of the shower. This moonskip feature can be used to plan attendance at outdoor events occurring on the same calendar date each year, like a the July 4th fireworks show. We saw the the effect derives from the 'rule-of-19'. We recalled previous displays, for the most part good ones, seen from various vacation or weekend getaway from the City. Meteor showers suffer badly from luminous graffiti by veiling the numerous dimmer shooting stars that make the shower effect. Only the occasional bright meteors show thru. We studied diagrams of comet swift-Tuttle to learn that usually only one crossing of Earth's orbit for a comet. The other crossing is some far distance from Earth and produces no meteors. halley's comet is special for having both orbit crossings near Earth. The south-to-north one is in May to produce the Aquarids. The north- to-south one gives the Orionidsin october. We had dialog about the strength of a shower, in meteors per hour. The book value, 60-70 for the Perseids, assumes an all-sky view, radiant in the zenith, and sky transparency of 6th magnitude. These conditions are hardly ever realized for a typical observer. The achieved rate can be half or less of the book rate. We saw how the altitude of the radiant influences the display. The radiant must be in high sky, limited by dawn, to let the shooting stars fall down onto the observer. A low radiant sends meteors skimming across the atmosphere, most missing it, with only a few falling as shooting stars. To watch the Perseids, Perseus must be in high sky, occurring from about 2AM thru dawn. Comfort is every thing in meteor shower watching. a lawn or deck chair is lined with soft blankets. Soft drinks, juice, chewies are close to hand. Light & easy music soothes the mind and eye. We explained that meteorites in mmusea are mostly made of iron because they are the easiest to recognize among earthly rocks and stones. Shower meteors are almost entirely rocky, not iron, Comets theselfs are porous rocks that spew out grains of dirt that eventually fall as meteors. Iron meteorites apparently come from stray bits of iron asteroids in the main Belt. Takeaways were sky map for owl hours of August 12th, detail of Perseus for binocular browsing, diagram of Comet S-T and Earth orbits, close- up of comet-Earth intersect, Quetelet mass-height chart, 19th century diagram of comet-Earth intercept, photo of perspective convergence of railroad tracks, plot of meteor rate during august with Perseid peak. migration of radiant as Earth moves thru streamtube, charts of August owl hours with moonskip for several years, historical articles on Perseids, list of showers for rest of 2018. Service on Sea Bh line was interrupted on 20 August 2018 by two goats wandering on its tracks. They were first reported at ~12:30 EDST between Ft Hamilton Py and New Utrecht Av stations and were captured by transit workers at 13;10. The goats probably escaped from a nearby slaughter yard but Jon & Tracey Stewart, of 'Daily Show' fame, took them to an animal sanctuary in watkins Glen NY. Two apartments in One East River Place, 72 St & FDR Drm< MH, were hit by rifle shots. A resident on the 14th floor woke up on 2018 Aug 17 to find a wondow shattered and recovered a bullet. On the 18th ~01:15 EDST a resident on the 32nd floor was awakened up smashing noise and found a window broken open. Police tracing the shots and reviewing security videos determined the gunner weas on Rossevelt Is, some 500m away. No arrests as at issue time. NYSkies Astronomy Seminar on 17 August 2018 was for presenting reports of the mars dust storm and Perseids. Mars was smothered by summer haze and some California forest smoke. The Perseids were totally rained or clouded out over NYSkies. he main topic was the exploration of the Moon's motions around Earth. We looked at the stock picture of lunar phases and extracted several more features from it. To aid in better seeing the phase we explained the ball trick and pocket monocular. Hold a small rough-texture ball, like a tennis or Spalding, next to the Moon near sunset.the low Sun must shine on the ball, in open sky. The phase on the ball is the same as on the Moon. The monocular i showed is a Russian import from the former USSR's KGB. it fits in the palm and has 3X power. It's handy for sightseeing, reading distant signs, checking out asterisms, and, yes, assessing the lunar phase. The phase of the Moon is tied to the time elapsed and angular run since the last new Moon. In some cultures the Moon is a all-new creature in each cycle of phases. Her age is the lifespan age until day 29 when she dies just before the next new Moon. We also saw that the phase relates to the diurnal hours displacement from the Sun as a means of telling time at night. We learned that the Moon is so close to us that our sightline to her swings some 2 degrees over the Earth's globe. This displacement in the sky affects eclipses and occultations, causing them to favor certain observers and missing others. The Greeks measured the Moon's perspective swing, parallax, that the Moon's orbit is quite 60 times the diameter of Earth. We studied charts of the Moon's parallactic displacement during an occultation of the Pleiades and the track of an occulted star observed from various towns. We demonstrated how to tell time by the Moon! First we must know the compass directions around you, specially south. Then pretend the Moon is the Sun and assess the time by her displacement from the south meridian. Then add to this raw time the hour offset from the chart in the takeaway, according as her phase. For a rougher time, clues come from the location and phases of the Moon in the sky. A crescent Moon in evening is in the western sky when low. A large Moon when low is in the easter sky. We saw the effect of the lunar orbit inclination of 5-1/2 degrees. The Moon passes thru the zodiac over a slightly different path each month, repeating over a 19ur cycle. Occultations come in 'seasons' 19 years apart as the Moon's orbit brings the Moon over the star or away from it. We noted that the Moon moves 1/2 deg/hr thr u the zodiac, while carried 15 deg/jr west by daily sky rotation. On the Moon this amounts to quite i km per sec. This is about the speed of the lunar shadow on the ground in a solar eclipse. Some of us recalled their sight of the shadow in the August 2018 eclipse. We welcomed two new guests: Joe Fedrick and Davida se la Cruz. Joe is a NYSkies correspondent but didn't recently come to the Seminar. He discussed the dust storm on Mars, which he tries to follow under the City's adverse weather, and his experience at the August 2018 eclipse. Davida is new to astronomy, et added good questions about the Moon's movement and helped answer an other about speed of meteors and Earth. Takeaways were diagrams of lunar phases, photo of earthsine, monthly and yearly calendar of Moon phases, maps of lunar orbit and path thru zodiac, sky charts of Moon's seasonal change of path thru the sky, chart of hour offset for lunar time-telling and visibility during the night, chart of parallax displacement of Moon during occultation, chart of selenehelion. The previous instance was the lunar eclipse of January 31, 2018, when the Sun rose while Moon was sinking into umbra. Sky news ------ The NYSkies Observer's Handbook offer opens in mid September. The cost per copy is still $23, with pack & post to you. In the past we discouraged 'anticipation requests' because there was the prospect of a price increase from the previous year. Since the cost is stable for this 2019 edition, you may, if you want, send in your request now, before the formal opening of the offer. See September 16. August was an awful month for observing with few good nights. Almost all nights were covered by clouds or filled with rain. The days were torrid and humid with temps in the mid to high 30Cs. The Perseids were rained or clouded out all over NYSkies. The nest report so far was David Teich's sighting of two extra brilliant Perseids thru thick haze. He watched from a Hudson River pier near 70th St, where he was a couple hundred meters from shore with an open sky. He noted he could see no other stars and had to eyeball the location of Perseus. The annual Tribute in Light on September 11th is a Tuesday. The twin beams from the PA parking garage just south of the WTC turn on in late twilight and shine until dawn of the 12th. Do try to measure their height, to the top of the visible beam, even if capped by clouds. You need the ground distance from observing site to Rector & West St and the altitude of the bean top. full instruction are at www.nyskies.org/articles/pazmino/trib-lt.htm In past years, in clear sky, the beams reached to tens of kilometers high. Observers are giddy about the dust storm on Mars, bare-eye and binocular efforts were upended by the dense haze on clear nights. It tinted everything red or orange, masking the real color of Mars with its tunic of dust. Steve Kaye, as example, on August 12 and 13 was fooled by a bright orange star in the west in dusk. He was amazed to realize it was Venus, normally candid white. Steve Kaye on 17 August 2018 noted that some smoke from the California forest fires drifted to the East Coast. It apparently adds to the local summer haze to color celestial objects red. Joe Fedrick recalled that some 20 years ago forest fires in Canada sent plumes of eye-stinging smoke over the East Coast. Observing during the incident was smothered. The dust storm om Mars may be waning by mid August. Scattered telescopic reports tell of threshold visibility of the darker maria. Joe Fedrick on August 16 discerned Syrtis Major while i previous weeks the planet was thoroly blank. On the couple clear nights in the 20s of august I by eye saw Mars as still white. Venus in mid August rounded her dichotomy, half-moon phase, and is racing toward inferior conjunction. In September she rapidly swells in angular size and shrinks in phase to a large thin crescent. Binoculars can follow her all the way into evening twilight into October.