NYSkies Astronomy Inc
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NYC Events


 John Pazmino      -
 NYSkies Astronomy Inc  

    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 
    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.  
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forum. Join NYSkies by visiting 'www.nyskies.org/yahoo.htm' and 
picking either the email or website option.  
    All hours are Eastern Daylight Savings Time (UT - 4h). 

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

cURRent Month calendar  
  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 
  -25   -26   -27   -28   -29  .-30)    1   20:31 
    2     3     4     5     6     7    (8)  20:29 
    9    10    11    12    13    14    15   20:25 
  (16.   17    18    19    20    21    22   20:21 
  .23.   24    25    26    27    28    29   20:14 
  .30)   31    +1    +2    +3    +4    +5   20:07 

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 
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 *Floyd Bennett Field - - - S/O 
  NYC-H2O - - - - - - - - - 15 
  Secret Science Club - - -  0 

    CONNECTICUT - CT                                                                          
 *A S of Gtr Hartford - - - S/O 
 Astro Soc of Greenwich - - S/O 
 *Astro Soc of New Haven  - 25 
  Boothe Meml Astro Soc - -  7, 21 
  Bowman Observatory  - - -  5, 19 
 *Litchfield Hills AAC mtg  ??? 
 *Litchfield Hills starvg - 28 
 *McCarthy Observatory  - -  8 
  New Pond Farm - - - - - -  1 
 Stamford Observatory - - -  7, 14, 21, 28 
 *Van Vleck Obsy (ASGH) - - 15 
  Van Vleck Obsy (WU) - - - S/O        
  Western CT St Univ Obsy - S/O 
  Westport Astro Soc mtg  -  18 
 *Westport Astro Soc starvg  5, 12, 19, 26  

 *Amateur Observers Soc - - S/O 
  Amer Instt Aero & Astro - S/O 
  Astro Soc of Long Island   5, 12, 19, 26 
  Brookhaven National Lab - 16, 23, 30 
 Custer Institute - - - - -  1, 8, 15, 22, 29 
  Hofstra Univ Obsy - - - - S/O 
  Montauk Observatory - - - ??? 
  SUNY Stony Brook   -  - - S/O 
 *Susan Rose Observatory  -  1, 8, 15, 22, 29 
 *Amat Astro Assn starvwg -  0 
 *Amat Astro Assn lecture - S/O 
  Amer Musm Natl Hist   - -  5 
  Ctr for Atmosp Ocean Std  S/O 
  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  - - - S/O 
  Cornelia Street Cafe'   - ??? 
  Earth Institute  - - - -- 12 
  Good Housekeeping lab   - 14 
  Governors Island  - - - -  1-Sep 25 
  Gullicar's Gate - - - - -  0 
  Independence Day  - - - -  4 
  Instt Stud Ancnt World  - S/O 
 *Inwood Astronomy Project   1, 8, 15, 22, 29 
  Legionnaires's disease  -  0 
  Manhattanhenge  - - - - -  9-11 
  Natl Musm of Mathematics   5 
  NY Academy of Sciences  - ??? 
  NYPL Mid-Manhattan  - - - ??? 
  New York Univ Astro - - - S/O 
 *NYSkies Astronomy Seminar  7, 21 
  Penn Station  - - - - - -  7-Aug 31 
  Pi Day  - - - - - - - - - 22 
  Riverside Pk South (day)  30  
  Riverside Pk South (eve)   8 
  SciCafe'  - - - - - - - -  5 
  Science & the Arts  - - - ??? 
  Simons Foundation - - - - ??? 
  South Ferry station - - -  1 
  Top of the Lawn - - - - -  1,2, 7,8,9, 14,15,16, 21,22,23, 28,29,30  
  TriState computer fair  -  0 
  Urban Park Rangers -  - -  0 
  Weekend Walks - - - - - -  1-Oct 31 
  Zika virus alet  - - - -  0 
 Ctr for Space Sci Edu - - info@nyccsse.org, www.nyccsse.org,  
  Physics Club of NY  - - - jdepalma@nyc.rr.com, www.sconyc-ny.org 

  A A A of Princeton  - - - S/O 
  A S of Toms Rv Area - - - 14 
 *Amat Astro Inc meeting  -  7, 14, 21, 28 
 *Amat Astro Inc lecture  - S/O 
  Instt for Advd Study  - - S/O 
  Morris Musm Astro Soc - - S/O 
 *New Jersey Astro Assn      1, 8, 15, 22 29 
  No Jersey Astro Gp mtg  - 12 
 No Jersey Astro Gp starvg  S/O 
  Peyton Observarory  - - - 19 
  Plasma Physics Lab  - - -  7, 21 
  Rutgers Univ Astro Collqm S/o 
  Rutgers Univ Astro Semnr  S/O 
 *S*T*A*R - - - - - - - - - S/O 
  Schommer Observatory  - - 13, 20 
  Sheep Hill Astro Assn - -  2 
 *Sheep Hill Observatory  - 21 
 *Utd Astro Clubs of NJ - -  1, 8, 15, 22, 29 
  Washington Xing St Pk - -  7, 14, 21, 28 
  Buehler-Columbia AAA   - - www.bergen.edu/buehler, 
  Dark Sky Observers  - - - www.users.nac.net/gburke/club  
  McDowell Obsy -mec.rst2.edu, 201-460-8300 
  Montclair Telescope Club  973-948-5284, bischoff@garden.net,    
  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 - - - - - 15
  York College Observatory  S/O 

  Summer Star Party -   - - 21-30

  Coll of Staten Is Obsy  - S/O 
  Great Kills Park  - - - - 29 
  Staten Is Community TV  -  7, 14, 21, 28 


    UPSTATE - NY  
  Lamont-Doherty Obsy - - - S/O 
  Ramapo Challenger Ctr - - 16 
  Vassar Coll Obsy  - - - - S/O 
  Ward Pound Ridge  - - - - 15 
  Westchester Amat Astro  - S/O 
  Mid-Hudson Astro Asson - www.midhudsonastro.org, 845-485-5669 

Ongoing and continuing events 
    all day - whole City - MH - Zika virus warning 
        Indefinite duration. US CDC warns of new mosquito-carried 
        Zika VIRUS from most of Central America, most Caribbean 
        islands, Mexico. Bite caught in these areas can be fatal if 
        not quickly and properly treated.Travellers should get medical 
        checkup soonest after return to US. Details at health care 
        provider or public health authorities. 
    all day -  whole City - MH - Legionnaires's disease warning 
        Indefinite duration. NYC Dept of Health warns of new outbreak 
        of Legionnaires's disease on Manh. Caused by viruscarried thru 
        HVAC ducts. Victims suffer flu-like symptoms. Disease is 
        curble if treated in early phase, else it can be fatal. 
        Details at health care provider or public health authorities. 
    all day - whole City - MH - clearsky starviewing  
        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 - 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 
        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 
        Source of computer systems, software, components, accessories. 
        $7. www.tri-statefairs.com, 718-227-5586 
    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, 

List of events 
Sat  1 Jul 
    all day - whole City - MH - South Ferry station reopens
        New South Ferry station, opened in 2009 and totaled by 
        hurricane Sandy in 2012, reopened for service on 27 June 2017. 
        Completely rebuilt with extra flood protections. station 
        restores transfer between red and yellow lines. Old loop 
        station, used during rebuild, is now closed but stays active 
        for off-duty train moves. www.mta.info 
    all day - Governors Island - MH - cultural shows 
        Thru 25 Sep. Island is open on every daym 10h-20h weekdayss, 
        10h-19g weejebds.Walkand tour thru former military base and 
        new urban park. Shows vary each day or visit by foot or bike. 
        Ferries run every day 10h-17h from Battery Marine Terml, MH, 
        and on weekdays from        Pier 6, BK. Island is free but 
        ferry fare is $2 RT. www.nps.gov/gois 
    all day - whole City - MH - Weekend Walks street fairs 
       Thru Oct 31.  NYC Dept of Transptn closes certain steets in 
        all boros on Saturdayss for street fairs. Stores and local 
         orgs offer ntertainment, discount sales, exhibits, food 
        service Free. 
    20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting 
        Custer Instt. Indoor program, clearsky starviewing. $5-$15. 
        Varies with program. www.custerobservator 
        president@custerobservatory.org, 631-765-2626  
    20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH - clearsky starviewing 
        Inwood Astronomy Project. Meet at park entrance, Seaman Av 
        & Isham St. Free. Cancelled for clouds. 917-529-2359 
        203-837-8671, dawsond@wcsu.edu 
    20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg 
        UACNJ Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free.  
    20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing  
        Amat Obsrs Soc. capus of Custer Institt. Sessions concurrent 
        with Custer's own events. Free, cancelled for clouds. 
        www.aosny.org, suerose@optonline.net             
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing 
        Top of the Lawn. North path of Great Lawn. Free. Cancelled for 
        clouds. tags_p@yahoo.com, www.nyskies.org, nyskies@nyskies.org 
    20:30 - Voorhees St Pk - NJ - NJ Astro Assn meeting 
        NJAA-HQ, Robinson Obsy. Free. www.njaa.org, 908-368-8600 
    20:30 - West Reading - CT - clearsky starviewingh 
        New Pond Farm, obseratory. $10, adv regn reqd. , cancelled for 
        clouds. www.newpondfarm.org, 203-938-2117, 

Sun  2 Jul 
    19:30 - Boonton - NJ - Sheep Hill Astro Assn meeting  
        Boonton Senior Ctr. Free. www.sheephillastro.org, 
        contacts@sheephillastro.org, wwestura@optonline.net 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jul 1 

Tue  4 Jul
  all day - whole City - MH - Independence Day 
        Please check with event contact for session falling on this 
        day by rule or outdated schedule 

Wed  5 Jul
    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 
    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. asliastronomy@yahoo.com, 
    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. , 
    20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        Westport Astro Soc. Rolnick Obsy. Free. Cancelled for 
        clouds. www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 

Fri  7 Jul 
    all day - ehole City - MH - Penn Station service disruption 
        Thru Aug 31. Amtrak shuts down several tracks each day to do 
        massive rebuild of railworks at station. LIRR, NJT, Amtrak 
       juggles trains on remaining tracks. NJT & LIRR plan to shift 
        riders to bus, ferry, rerouted train for lost rail service. 
                www.njtransit.com, www.amtrak.com, www.mta.info. 
    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. 
    18:30 - McBurney House - MH - NYSkies Astronomy Seminar  
        125 W 14 St, 6/7 Av. Discussion of astronomy topics, show 
        & tell, skywatching reports, news of astro activity in NYSkies 
        territory. Free. nyskies@nyskies.org, www.nyskies.org 
    19:30 - 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 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting 
        nion Co Coll, Sperry Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky  
        starviewing. Free. www.asterism.org, hfjacinto6@gmail.com  
   20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture 
        Stamford Obsy. $3. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. 
        203-322-6537, www.stamfordmuseum.org, cescovil@earthlink.net 
    20:00 - Stratford - CT - Boothe Meml Astro Soc mtg 
        Boothe Meml Pk, Obsy. Free. www.bmas.org, info@bmas.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, 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jul 1 

Sat  8 Jul 
    20:00 - New Milford - CT - astronomy lecture  
        McCarthy Obsy, New Miford HS. Indoor lecture, clearsky  
        starviewing. Free. www.mccarthyobservatory.org,  860-354-1595, 
     20;00 - Riverside Pk South - MH - clearskystarnviewing 
        NYC Dept of Parks. Pier 1 in park. Free, cancelled for clouds.  
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jul 1 
    20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jul 1 
    20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Jul 1 
    20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg - see Jul 1 
    20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing  - see Jul 1 
    20:30 - Voorhees St Pk - NJ - NJ Astro Assn meeting - see Jul 1

Sun  9 Jul
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jul 1  

Sun  9 Jul 
    20:00 - gridiron - MH - Manhattanhenge 
        Thru 11 Jul. Sun sets in line with E-W streets within 
        Manhattan gridiron. Requires clear view along street to 
        horizon in NJ. www.nyskies.org/articles/pazmino/stone-ny.htm 

Wed 12 Jul 
    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 
    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 - Centerport - li - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see Jul 5 
    20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Jul 5 

Thu 13 Jul 
    20:30 - Piscataway - NJ - clearsky starviewing 
        Rutgers Univ, Schommer Obsy. Free. Cancelled for clouds.  
        732-205-0020, www.physics.rutgers.edu/ast/ast-serin.html  

Fri 14 Jul 
    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, 
    19:00 - Toms River - NJ - Astro Soc of Toms Rv Area meeting 
        Ocean Co Coll, Student Ctr, Solar Lounge. Free. 
        www.astra-nj.org, 732-255-0343, webmaster@astra-nj.org 
    19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - see Jul 7 
    19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Jul 7 
    20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Jul 7 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jul 1 
    20;00 - Wash'n X'ing - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Jul 7 

Sat 15 Jul 
    16:00 - Bushwick breweries - BK - cultural tour 
        NYC-H2O. Walk thru history and culture of beer-making in 
        Bushwick breweries. $32.49, adv regn reeqd.     
        www.nych2o.org, matt@nych2o.org 
    19:30 - Alley Pond Park - QN - clearsky starviewing 
        Alley Pond Enviro Ctr. $14 at door. Cancelled for clouds. 
        www.alleypond.com, info@alleypond.com, 718-229-4000 
    20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        Astro Soc of Gtr Hartford, Wesleyan U, Van Vleck Obsy. Free. 
        Cancelled for clouds. www.asgh.org, 860-872-9069,  
     20:00 - Ward Pound Ridge - NY - clearsky starviewing  
        Westchester Amat Astro. Meadows Picnic Area. Free. Cancelled 
        for clouds. waa-president@westchesterastronomers.org   
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jul 1 
    20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Jul 1  
    20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg - see Jul 1 
    20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jul 1 
    20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing  - see Jul 1 
    20:30 - Voorhees St Pk - NJ - NJ Astro Assn meeting - see Jul 1

Sun 16 Jul 
    10:00 - Upton - LI - Summer Sundays science show 
        Brookhaven Natl Lab. Visit several BNL facilities with demos   
        and talks, Four Sundays, each with different activities. Free, 
        have GI photo ID for campus security. 631-344-2651, 
    14:00 - Airmont - NY - science show 
        Ramapo Challenger Ctr, 225 Rt 29. Multimedia 
       imulation of space missions. $20. wwwlhvcc.com, 
        director@lhvcc.com, 845-257-3416. 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jun 2 

Tue 18 Jul 
    20:00 - Westport - CT - Westport Astro Soc meeting 
        Rolnick Obsy. Free. www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 

Wed 19 Jul
    20:00 - Centerport - li - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see Jul 5 
    20:00  - Greenwich - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Jul 5
    20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Jul 5 
    20:30 - Princeton - NJ - clearsky starviewing 
        Princeton Univ, Peyton Hall. Free. Cancelled for clouds 
        jeg@astro.princeton.edu, lee@astro.princeton.edu 

Thu 20 Jul 
    20:30 - Piscataway - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Jul 13 

Fri 21 Jul 
    10:00 - Princeton - NJ - science tour -see Jul 7 
    18:00 - Peppermint Park - MA - Summer Star Party  
        Thru Sun 30 Jun. Rockland Astro Club. Peppermint Park camp. 
        Talks, demos, dark skies, meals, tourism, prizes, cmapg, 
        lodgg. $45 + extras. www.rocklandastronomy.com, 845-446-4336, 
  18:30 - McBurney House - MH - NYSkies Astronomy Seminar  
        125 W 14 St, 6/7 Av. Discussion of astronomy topics, show 
        & tell, skywatching reports, news of astro activity in NYSkies 
        territory. Free. nyskies@nyskies.org, www.nyskies.org 
    19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - see Jul 7 
    19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Jul 7 
    20;00 - Wash'n X'ing - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Jul 7 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jul 1 
    20:00 - Stratford - CT - Boothe Meml Astro Soc mtg - see Jul 7 
    20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Jul 7 
    20:30 - Boonton - NJ - clearsky starviewing  
        Sheep Hill Astro Assn Obsy, Free. Cancelled for  
        clouds. sheephillastro.otg, contacts@sheephillastro.org, 

Sat 22 Jul 
    all day - whole City - MH - Pi Day 
       Mar 14 & Jul 22. Reflect and contemplate about the number 'pi'. 
        Dates are rough value of 'pi', 3.14 and 22/7. Ask at local 
        astronomy center for possible festivities and celebrations. 
    20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Jul 1 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jul 1 
    20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg - see Jul 1 
    20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jul 1 
    20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing  - see Jul 1 
    20:30 - Voorhees St Pk - NJ - NJ Astro Assn meeting - see Jul 1

Sun 23 Jul 
    10:00 - Upton - LI - Summer Sundays science show - see Jul 16 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jul 1 

Tue 25 Jul 
    19:00 - New Haven - CT - Astro Soc of New Haven meeting 
        Yale Univ, Leitner Family Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free. www.asnh.org, prez@asnh.org 

Wed 26 Jul 
    20:00 - Centerport - li - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see Jul 5 
    20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Jul 5 

Fri 28 Jul 
    19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - see Jul 7 
    19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Jul 7 
    20;00 - Wash'n X'ing - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Jul 7 
    20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Jul 7 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jul 1 
    20:30 - Litchfield - CT - Litchfield Hills A A C lecture 
        White Meml Consrvn Ctr. Free. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
        starviewing. lhaac.shutterfly.com, lhaacsec@gmail.com 

Sat 29 Jul 
    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 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jul 1 
    20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jul 1 
    20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg - see Jul 1 
    20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Jul 1 
    20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing  - see Jul 1 
    20:30 - Voorhees St Pk - NJ - NJ Astro Assn meeting - see Jul 1

Sun 30 Jul 
    10:00 - Upton - LI - Summer Sundays science show - see Jul 16 
     12;00 - Riverside Pk South - MH - clearsky sunviewing 
        NYC Dept of Parks. Pier 1 in park. Free, cancelled for clouds.  
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jul 1 

Events Skipped This Month 
    11:00 - Princeton - NJ - Instt Advd Stud lecture 
        Princeton Univ, Bloomberg Hall, library. Free.          
    11:00 - Palisades - NY - science lecture 
        Lamont-Doherty Earth Obsy, Monell Audm. Various topics in 
        geophysics and earth science. Free, 845-365-8634, 
        www.ldeo.columbia.edu, suzana@ldeo.columbia.edu, 
    13:15 - Uniondale - LI - Amat Obsrs Soc meeting. 
        Hofstra Univ, Berliner Hall. Free. www.aosny.org, 
    13:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture 
        Seminar series. Rutgers Univ, Serin 401. Free. 732-445-3974, 
    14:00 - New York University - MH - astronomy lecture 
        Meyer Hall, 5th fl. Various topics in astrophys and 
        relativity. Free. Have GI photo ID for campus security. 
    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 
    15:30 - Greenwich - CT - Astro Soc of Greenwich meeting 
        Bruce Museum. Free with musm adm. rickbria@optonline.net, 
        203-415-6762, astrogreenwich.org 
    16:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture 
        Colloquium series. Rutgers Univ, Busch Campus, Astro & Phys 
        Lectr Hall. Free. www.physics.rutgers.edu/colloquium, 
    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, 
    18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecture 
        15 E 84 St, 5 Av/Madison Av. Various topics in history and 
        ulture of ancient civilizations. Free, adv regn reqd. 
        isaw.nyu.edu, isaw@nyu.edu, 
    18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecture 
        15 E 84 St, 5/Madison Av. Exhibition lecture 'Weeks, months, 
        yeats in Greek and Roman calendars' with  'Time and Cosomos' 
        showw.. Free, adv regn reqd. isaw..nyu.edu isaw@nyu.edu, 
    18:15 - Amer Musm Natl Hist - MH - Amat Astro Assn lecture 
         Kaufmann Theater. Free, no musm adm fee. 718-522-5014, 
        president@aaa.org, www.aaa.org 
    18:30 - East Meadow - LI -  Amer Instt Aero & Astro lecture       
        Spumante Restaurant. Various topics in 
        aeronautics and astronautics. Free, optional $5 pizza-soda. 
        516-458-8593, davidparis@optonline.net 
     19:30 - 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 - Pleasantville - NY - Westchester Amat Astro meeting  
        Pace Univ, Miller Hall, Free. www.westchesterastronomers.org, 
     19:30 - Middletown - CT - Astro Soc of Gtr Hartford meeting 
        Wesleyan Univ, Van Vleck Obsy. Free. www.asgh.org, 
        860-872-9069, pparkerrs@cs.com         
    19:30 - Morristown - NJ - Morris Museum Astro Soc meeting  
         Morris Museum. Free. 973-386-1848, 973-386-1848,, 
        www.mmastrosociety.org, info@morrismusem.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 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc lecture 
        Union Co Coll, Smith Audm. Indoor talk, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free. www.asterism.org 
    20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        Wesleyan U, Van Vleck Obsy. Free, cancelled for clouds. 
        860-685-3664, www.wesleyan.edu/astro/events 
    20:00 - Lincroft - NJ - S*T*A*R meeting 
        Brookdale Commty Coll, Mommouth Museum. Free. 
        www.starastronomy.org, s-walters@comcast.net 
    20:00 - Danbury - CT - astronomy lecture 
        Westn Conn St Uv, Obsy/Plm. Indoor planetarium show, 
       clearsky starviewing. Free. www.wcsu.edu/starwatch, 
    20:00 - Columbia University - MH - astronomy lecture 
         Pupin Hall, signs to lecture room. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
         starviewing. Free. outreach-admin@astro.columbia.edu, 
         www.astro.columbia.edu/outreach, 212-854-3278 
    20:00 - Uniondale - LI - clearsky starviewing 
        Hofstra University,Berliner Bdg, Rm 117. Free, 
        adv regn reqd. Cancelled for clouds. 516-463-2759, 
        www.hofstra.edu/Academics, observatory@hofstra.edu
    20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - clearsky starviewing 
        No Jersey Astro Gp. Montclair St Univ, Richardson Hall. 
        Free, cancelled for clouds. njastro.org, 973-655-7266,  
    20:30 - Coll of Staten Is - SI - clearsky starviewing 
        Astrophys Obsy. Free, cancelled for clouds. 718-982-2818, 
   20:30 - York College - QN - astronomy lecture . 
        Core Academic Bdg, Rm AC-2E01. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free, adv regn reqd. 718-262-2082, 
    21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing 
        Vassar College, Observatory. Free. Cancelled for clouds. 

    17:00 - Simons Foundation - MH - scinece lecture 
        160 5 Av & 21 St. 'Strange new worlds'. Free, adv regn reqd. 
        646-654-0066, ww.simonsfoundation.org 
    18:00 - Cornelia St Cafe' - MH - Entertaining Science show 
        29 Cornelia St & W 4 St, Play & music on various 
        science themes. $10 + one drink min. 
        www.corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319 
     18:30 - NYPL Mid-Manhattan Liby - MH - cultural lecture 
        ' Lower Manhattan through time'. Free. 
    18:30 - CUNY Graduate Center - MH - Science and the Arts show 
        'TNo, No, Nobel' on women who missedthe Nobel Prize for 
        their work. Free. 212-817-7521, bschwartz@gc.cuny.edu, 
    19:00 - NY Academy of Sciences - MH - astronomy lecture 
        'The unification of physics: The ques for a Theory of 
        Everything'. $15, adv regn reqd. wwww.nyas.org, 212-298-8600 
     19:00 - Montauk - LI - astronomy lecture 
        Montauk Obsy, montauk Public Library. Indoor talk, 
        clearsky starviewing. Free. www.montaukobservatory.com 
    19:30 - Torrington - CT - Litchfield Hills Amat Astro Club mtg 
        Central Congregational Church. Free.lhaacsec@gmail.com 
    19:30 - Princeton - NJ - Amat Astro Assn of Princeton meeting 
       Princeton U, Peyton Hall. Free. www.princetonastronomy.org, 
        609-737-2575, info@princetonastronomy.org 

General news 
    Princeton Plasma Physics Labs tours are only on 1st and 3rd 
Fridays. A mistaken earlier notice listed the tours for every Friday. 
See July 7. 
    Brookhaven Natl Labs runs its Summer Sundays in 2017 July-August. 
Each Sunday highlights a different phase of BNL's work. Altho no 
reservation is needed, bring with you a GI photo ID. See July 16. 
    Boothe Meml Astro Soc still has a quirky Facebook page. I leave 
the club in place with meetings on 1st and 3rd Fridays pending further 
news about its activities. 
    NYC Parks Dept runs in Jul-Aug 2017 star and Sun viewing in 
Riverside Park South. It's at Pier 1 in the park , a short walk from 
the Solstice Bench. See July 8 and 30. 
    Columbia U apparently skips its usual summer astronomy talks this 
year. In mid June 2017 its web noted a summer series will be posted 
later in the month. In late June it noted that its talks run during 
the school year and that the fall series will be posted in August. I 
moved Columbia to the 'S/O' section. 

City News 
    Thank you Dave and Carrie! At the June 2nd Seminar David Teich 
bought us a pizza & soda snack. Carrie Ho passed around a box of 
chocolate squares. Also at this meeting the last two totebags, left 
over from the May 19th meeting, were taken by Julius Chini and Jon 
Gale. Carrie again refreshed us at the June 16th session with a boel 
of Chinese apples. 
    NYSkies starred at the World Science Festival stargazing in 
Brooklyn Bridge Pk on 2017 June 3! Until this year NYSkies put up a 
booth at the science street fair in Washington Sq, this year on June 
4. The park was constrained for exhibit space due to ongoing rebuild. 
The Festival asked us to be interpreters and explainers at the 
stargazing. Our team was Jim Henderson, Carrie Ho, and myself. Other 
NYSkiers coming as visitors joined us. We relieved the telescope crew, 
assembled by the Festival, of the hassle and distraction of discussing 
the evening sky and general astronomy questions. Weather was about as 
perfect as could be, mild and clear. Attendance was humongous, 
possibly a full thousand, making our role all the more welcome to the 
Festival. We ran out of takeaways my mid twilight! Other activities 
were staged: talks by scientist Bob Nye about eclipses, Mario Livio on 
life on exoplanets, working on ISS by two astronauts, and a spectator-
participation dance with LED-lighted umbrellas. 
    Rebuilt South Ferry station, totaled by hurricane Sandy in 2012, 
reopened on 27 June 2017 12:00 EDST. Station looks about the same as 
before Sandy with extra flood protection. Old loop station, used 
during the rebuild, is now closed but stays active for off-duty moves.  
    There are no more AMNH tickets! Since the June 16 Seminar a couple 
NYSkiers who missed the meeting asked me to bring a leftover ticket to 
the Grand Central Terminal walk on the 21st.  I did. Those folk got 
their ticket and, with a couple still left, others were glad to take 
them. With still a couple weeks of life left there was now a larger 
window to exercise the ticket. 
    The Donald J Trump Presidential Tweet Library opened on 2017 June 
16-18. Comedy Central  built an exhibit hall with official-style 
furnishings and props, Its displays were all enlarged copies of 
Trump's more famous Twitter messages. Located at 3 W 57 St, near Trump 
Tower, it attracted attendance, that enjoyed humor. Many visitors 
chatted about the episodes associated with the tweets.  
    We had a marvelous tour of many astronomy sites in Midtown and 
upper Manhattan on June 10th. Chair Linda Prince, of Amateur Observers 
Society, paced our group thru little-known places with astronomy 
ornaments, decorations, gadgets under a warm breezy sky. She added a 
new item, the remains of the Columbia sundial, its shadow-ball long 
    A downtown A train derailed north of 125/St Nicholas station on 27 
June 2017 ~09:45 EDST. Some 35 riders were injured and a few train 
coaches were battered. Train and tunnel filled with stinging smoke. 
Many riders panicked, broke out of train, wandered on tracks, forcing 
shutoff of third-rail in area. Service on blue and orange lines was 
disrupted for rest of day as Transit workers rescued riders and moved 
dead train off of the mainline. 
    The 2017 Parade of Trains was on Sat-Sun 17-18 June. Early notice, 
used for June's NYC Events, listed the show only for the 17th. 
 Several NYSkiers took the Q train to Brighton Beach station under a 
morning monsoon to ride the Transit Museum's antique trains. Rain 
ebbed by 12:30 EDST and ground dried out quickly. Several hundred 
railfans turned out to ride, examine, photograph the trains. Many 
visitors came from other transit systems in US and Europe. 
    The Puerto Rican parade on 2017 June 11 was a real mess. Most 
sponsors pulled out in protest against highlighting Lopez Rivera and 
awarding him a hero's honor. There were only a few floatts, with 
Rivera standing proudly on the head float with supporting NYC 
officials. Spectators were about the fewest ever. Cardinal Dolan 
boycotted the parade by staying indoors when it passed by St Patrick's 
    NYSkies Astronomy Seminar on 2017 June 2 discussed Saturn, now 
coming into the night sky. We examined Saturn's orbit and compared it 
to Jupiter's. Jupiter's 12-year lap of the zodiac passes it thru one 
sign per year. Jupiter apparitions come later each year by about one 
month. Saturn spends about 2-1/2 years per sign, letting its 
apparitions migrate more leisurely each year. Saturn in June is in his 
retrograde loop, illustrated by a multi-year chart of his motion thru 
the stars, with opposition on June 15. This year his rings are tilted 
fully toward us, 26-1/2 degree, exposing their north face. From now 
until 2024 they slowly collapse to the next edge-on phase. It took 
many decades to recognize that the appendages to either side of Saturn 
were rings. We admired a diagram of early interpretations, distorted 
by the weak telescopes of the era. We used Huygens's own diagram to 
see how the ring tilt changes during a Saturn orbital lap. We studied 
the ring structure, an A outer ring, the Cassini division, and a B 
inner ring. Very large scopes may show the gauze ring, ring C hugging 
the B ring. With the rings widest open, Cassini's division can be 
traced full around the whole ring. When the rings are only slightly 
tilted, the gap is usually detected only at the outer ends, ansae, of 
the ring. We learned how the moons of Saturn, while in the plane of 
the rings, seem to wander all over the sky around Saturn. Their paths 
are concentric with the rings. At the edge-on phase the moons line up, 
somewhat like those of Jupiter.  Of Saturn's moons, only Titan is 
obvious in small scopes and even then he may be too far away from the 
planet to be visually associated with him. There are several other 
moons within reach of home scopes: Tethys, Rhea, Dione, Enceladus, 
Iapetus. They require a detailed chart and a medium-size scope. The 
Cassini spacecraft is still working at Saturn, after several mission 
extensions. A;mist weekly it discovers some new phaenomenon or feature 
on the planet or moons. We took a break to demonstrate the 
Manhattanhenge, altho we were a couple days too late. Newer members 
were ecstatic to see the Sun, blinding to the eyes, in line with 14th 
St above the horizon. He set to the right of the street. Takeaways 
were diagrams, charts, maps of Saturn's motion in the zodiac and his 
rings, a detail chart of Saturn's ball and rings, article about 
observing the planet. 
    NYSkies had a wonderful walk thru Grand Central Terminal on 21 
June 2017.I and six astronomers, with some newer ones, inspected many 
of the celestial features in the depot, from the fable Sy Ceiling to 
'global warming' air-condition. Takeaways were maps of the Sky 
Ceiling, floor plan of the Terminal, pages from Pan Am Clipper 
magazine[!], explanation of Manhattanhenge and sunviewing within the 
depot, historical material on timezones. After the tour Carrie Ho 
refreshed me with drinks of fruit juice. 
    On 20 June 2017 I walked thru Grand Central Terminal to review the 
astronomy features for possible changes. Some are in areas I do not 
frequent and they could be altered from ongoing construction. I met an 
an agent from the Station Master's office and chatted about the walk 
on the next day. He asked if I knew about AN OTHER set of astronomy 
motifs in the depot! I didn't because they are in a section I don't 
visit. I thanked him and immediately hurried to that area and, yes!, 
there are several embedded celestial motifs. I have to study them and 
maybe add them to the next astronomy walk. We discussed one astronomy 
feature, skipped on the June 21st walk, that will be stored as work on 
the LIRR terminal progresses. This is the blackboard listing the 
arrival of trains. He noted that MAYBE the celestial theme will carry 
into the Vanderbilt concourse under construction west of the 
depot. Nothing definite but the developer knows about the astronomy 
heritage of GCT. 
    If you pass thru Penn Station, like for commuting, plan NOW for 
the colossal disruptions coming in July-August 2017. Amtrak removes 
several track each day, rotating over the weeks, for rebuilding the 
railworks under the station. LIRR and NJT are assembling alternate 
travel options, as noted in news media and their webs. Amtrak, too, 
has adjusted service with, perhaps, sending its northern routes into 
GCT. Amtrak stopped in GCT until 1994 when it opened the connection 
into Penn Station. See July 8. 
    NYSkies Astronomy Seminar on 2017 June 16 explored the summer sky 
over the City. The brighter stars of summer are rising in the east at 
nightfall while the 'empty' sky of spring is receding into the west. 
We refreshed our minds about Jupiter and Saturn with leftover 
takeaways from June 2nd and supplemental charts of Jupiter's moons. We 
saw how the tilt of the Milky Way, wrapped around the horizon in 
spring, brings new deepsky targets into view. Open clusters are 
sprinkled all along the MW belt from Scorpius to Cepheus. Many are 
visible in binoculars to help trace the ME from the City, where it is 
rarely seen. So far as at the meeting thee were no sightings of the 
Milky Way due to uncooperative weather. The galactic center, the core 
of the galaxy is low in south in Sagittarius-Scorpius. In spite of low 
altitude and dimming by horizon shmutz, globular clusters nested in 
the core are a favorite targets from the City. Messier himself 
catalogues most of the bright ones. There are several globular nebulae 
in the summer. Both the Ring and Dumbbell nebulae show detail in small 
scopes. The Cat's Eye nebulae is a small disc needing high power to 
see its structure. Galaxies cover the whole sky off of the Milky Way. 
none are easy for small scopes but do try for those in Hercules, 
Ophiuchus, Draco, Pegasus. We showed the relation of the Milky Way 
belt in the sky with the galaxy itself, we now looking into the bulk 
of the galaxy and galactic center. In Winter we look outward to the 
edge of the galaxy. The fewer stars in that direction makes the MW 
band dimmer in the sky. Summer has many asterisms, some being parts of 
constellations, like Caput Drconis, Caput Ceberi, Caput Scorpii. 
Others are more geometric patterns like the Summer Triangle, Milk 
Dipper, Keystone, Summer Hyades, Northern ross. Most are compact 
enough for binocular inspection. Summer brings us the Perseid meteors 
and, yes, the solar eclipse. We have dedicated Seminars for them in 
July and August. Takeaways were starcharts, diagrams of Jupiter's 
moons, maps of deepsky targets relative to the Milky Way, copies of 
star atlas sheets, sample old starmaps with the constellation 
creatures, and articles describing summer targets. 
    NYS Excelsior Scholarship application opened on 7 June 2017. The 
award is full tuition for full-time students in a degree program at 
both SUNY and CUNY colleges. The award is valid for students whose 
household income is less than $100,000/year. Student still covers 
books, incidentials, carfare, dorm/meal service.  Student must 
maintain B-average and work steadily toward the bachelor or associate 
degree. After graduation student must live in NYS for same number of 
years as he received the scholarship, which begin for fall 2017 
semester. If he is employed the job must be in NYS, no commuting to a 
job outside the state. If student fails these, and a few other, 
conditions, the scholarship flips to a tuition loan that must be 
repaid.. Info at www.hesc.ny.gov/excelsior and 
    Some comments claim the new NYS Excelsior Scholarship program is 
the nation's first free-tuition program for public colleges. hardly 
so. NYS had free tuition in both SUNY and CUNY since their 
establishment in the 1840s (for NYC's City College). Tuition was 
started in about 1970 for both but was commonly abated with grants and 
scholarships. Many states had free tuition for their public colleges, 
with tuition coming into force in the 1970s. 
    Eastman Kodak during June 2017 gave details about restoring its 
Ektachrome film production. It noted in January 2017 that was 
considering bringing back the film. Ektachrome will issue in 35mm 36-
frame slide and in Super-8 movie formats. First supply should be in 
photography stores, but likely not at photo sections of general 
purpose stores. in October 2017. Film is under production at Kodak's 
reactivated Rochester NY facility. 
    Third-rail power cut shut down whole 2nd Av line on 2 June 2017 
~10:35 EDST. Other electric stayed on, causing confusion among riders 
waiting for trains. Service returned fully at ~13:00. Outage forced 
major reroutes of Broadway trains, with some uptown turning at 57/7. 
    The solar eclipse postage stamp is in such huge demand that many 
post offices in late June 2017 ran out of them. Stamp went to sale on 
June 20. Only the larger branches carry the stamp. It can also be 
purchased, like other stamps, thru the  USPS web, www.usps.com. 
    Torpedo boat PT-59. commanded by then-future president John 
kennedy to rescue crew of rammed PT-109 in WW II, may be on bottom of 
Harlem River! Author William Doyle on 30 May 2017 asserted he is 99-
44/100% sure it is. Boat, surplus after war, was  bought by Gus 
Marinak in 1947 for a party boat. PT-59 changed hands and names 
several times until in 1969 Redmond Burke bought for a house boat. He 
docked it at 208 St & Harlem River, Sherman Ck MH. He discovered the 
story of PT-59 and offered the boat to Kennedy  historu orgs, None 
wanted it. The boat decayed in place, moving Burke to sink it to 
lessen its hazard to navigation. it is now partly covered in mud, 
still next to its dock. 

Sky News
    June 2017 was a mixed luck month for observing. It seerved up many 
very clear nights and also nights filled with miserable rain. The 
clear nights were exploited for deepsky onserving and detailed 
inspection of Jupiter and Saturn. Many observers used the clear skies 
to cruise the fainter constellations usually masked by summer haze. 
    Manhattanhenge in May was mostly clouded out, but a few of us got 
brief peeks thru cloud breaks. We recessed at the June 2nd Seminar, a 
couple days after the Manhattanhenge window, and deployed in 14th St 
to show members what the effect is and how to avoid common dangers. 
Sky was clear with blinding Sun! About fifty cityfolk tried for 
manhattanhenge, knowing it was no longer perfect, to avail of the 
clear weather. 
    NYC scored its first Milky Way sightings of 2017 in owl hours of 
June 26. Cold front pushed humidity and temp to autumn levels, 
presenting a clean dark starry sky. Transparency was 5th magnitude 
with tiny stars all over summer constellations.MW segments noted were 
Sagittarius and Scutum clouds from east Bronc and south Staten 
Island..Temp was ~15C with mild dry breeze. 
    2017 June 19 was a day of intense all-day rain and wind. Many 
businesses closed early to get workers home before expected floods and 
hazardous road/rail conditions. By late afternoon the storm moved  
east of the City but patches of dense rain lingered in west and north 
regions. NYSkiers observed single -- and double! -- rainbows as low 
Sun played on eastern clouds. Reports were scattered all over City 
from around 19h EDST to almost sunset. 
    At the World Science Festival stargazing on 2017 June 3 visitors 
were amazed at how fast Jupiter's moons move. The NYSkies takeaway 
showed the moon locations near the beginning and end of the session 
with obvious displacement between them. The telescopists, a Festival 
crew, were thrilled to have the takwaway to orient their visitors. 
    Not quite 'sky' news but an amazing optical effect i discovered in 
the new 2nd Avenue subway. Its 72/2, 86/2. 96/2 stations have 
rainbows!! Not a complete arc but two splashes left and right of vivid 
color and high brilliance. Along the outer station walls, across the 
tracks is the 'blood-&-bones' warning band. It's a broad belt of 
diagonal red and white stripes placed where ever there is no 
clearance for a person to safely avoid a passing train. he will be 
shredded into a smear of, well, blood and bones. Some stations else 
where have niches for a person to duck into but the 2nd Av station do 
not. When looking face-on to the wall the rainbow splashes are on the 
B&B band about 50 degree left and right. You can look straight at them 
and photograph them. They show up from stairs leading to the mezzanine 
and from a low height by squatting or kneeling. i'm experimenting with 
these splashes trying to find the optical mechanism that causes them. 
In the meanwhile enjoy the splashes before accumulated dirt the B&B 
band weakens them. Lex/63, enlarged and refreshed for 2nd Av line, 
looks similar to other stations but has no rainbows. Its B&B stripe 
has a more common hotspot retroreflection straight across the tracks. 
    On several evenings in mid June 2017 NASA Wallops Is base tried to 
set off ion-vapor clouds over Atlantic oc. Program explored ionosphere 
interaction with solar radiation, maybe producing artificial aurorae. 
NYSkiers were psyched up to see the clouds, geometricly visible from 
the City  in southeast, but launch was repeatedly postponed. for 
technical and local weather reasons. Launch was suspended on/about 
June 16. Wallops Is may try again at end of June, after July's NYC 
Events is issued. I'll report on the project in the August issue. 
    Restored South Ferry station, opened on 27 June 2017, has all-new 
finish, including its own blood-&-bones stripe along outer wall. I   
stopped at station to see if it,like 2nd Av stations, has rainbows. I 
tried assorted tricks but there are NO RAINBOWS any where on B&B band. 
    Porrima, gamma Virginis, was one plausible target at the World 
Science Festival stargazing on June 3. I don't know for sure which 
telescopes showed it but the older astronomers remember fondly their 
experience with this star earlier in the century. You may want to read 
my own accounts of Porrima at 


Without knowing the incredible story of this star, in the scope it 
looks beautiful and pretty, but no more so than the hundreds of other 
binary stars in the sky. 
    Saturn came to opposition on 2017 June 15. Some readers asked 
about catching the 'ring flash' effect on that night. This is a 
brightening of the rings because shadows of the ring particles are 
hidden directly behind them. The whole ring surface reflects sunlight 
to us with none obscured by particle shadows away from opposition. I 
never saw this for a simple reason. I do not study Saturn routinely 
during his apparition. Seeing the effect requires continuous 
monitoring Saturn for a couple weeks before, thru, and after 
opposition. Without such watch you can not recognize any increased 
brilliance -- only a couple tenths of a magnitude -- and Saturn looks 
quite as bright as always. A scene on Saturn you can observe in small 
scopes is the shadow-less planet. Within a week or so of opposition 
the planet's shadow on the rings moves behind the ball and is hidden. 
After a few weeks the shadow peeps out again and remains in view for 
the rest of Saturn's apparition. 
    I've been looking into an amazing optical phaenomenon I found in 
the new 2nd Avenue subway. Its stations have rainbows! Not complete 
ones but segments left and right of center. I first noticed them 
on/about April 11, 2017,at 72/2 station. I rode there to board an 
empty downtown train and get a seat for my ride home after work. In 
May-June on & off I'm experimenting and photographing the rainbows and 
hope to present a reasonable description of them soon. 
    Greet new planetary star 51 Eridani. It's about one degree north 
of nu Eridani. Some specs:
        Flamsteed number | 51 Eridani 
        HD catalog numb  | HD29394 
        Rt Ascn 2000     | 04h 38m 
        declination 2000 | -02d 28m
        app magnitude    | +5.2
        spectrral class  | F0-V
        star's distance  | 29 pc 
        Sun magn at star | +7.0
        planet mass      | 9.1 Jupiter
        semimajor axis   | 1.0 AU
        orbital period   | 14,965 day
    Storm of 2017 June 19 cleaned out the air in owl hours of the 20th 
over NYSkies. No Milky Way sightings but all observers remarked on how 
kuh-LEER the sky was. Summer Triangle in high sky was filled with tiny 
stars to magnitude 5. Minor constellations were traceable