NYC EVENTS FOR OCTOBER 2020 -------------------------- John Pazmino NYSkies Astronomy In+c email@example.com The following astronomy activities in the commuting ring enclosing New York City are operated by various organizations. A few cultural tems of special importance to City astronomers are also included. Altho NYC Events confirms the listed items, they are subject to change by their sponsors. Check with their contacts. Let the sponsor know that you learned of its event thru NYC Events. Frequently asked questions and explanation of NYC Events is at 'www.nyskies.org/nyc-faq.htm'. You may ask for previous NYC Events thru '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 Daylight Savings Time (UT - 4h). Coronavirus --------- Cotonavirus, while still a serious disease, is no longer credible to justify continued restrictions on civil and social life in the NYSkies region. The 'science' to explain the constraints has closed borders! The Queens-Nassau border is, for part of its length, in the middle of certain streets. Social events on the Queens side are shuttered but those on the Nassau side -- a couple ten meters away -- are open for service. Nassau science has more lenient laws of nature than Queens? other evidence that governments are getting tired of the coronavirus episode comes from Louisville KY. Indoor eating opened several weeks ago, after coronavirus closure. Monitoring of virus positives revealed no greater incidence than in the general public. partly from this finding, NYC restaurants sued NYS Gov Cuomo to end the ban o indoor eating. Before case went to court, Cuomo settled by letting City restaurants open with 25% capacity. Doors scheduled to open on September 30. See October 1 in 'List of events'. More from NYC. Persons arriving from coronavirus hotspots must so 14-day quarantine and file a contact history with NYC Bd of Health. Violators face compulsive quarantine and $10,000 (one myriad of dollars) fine Among arrests during protests and demonstrations were many from such places. As deep as the media could dig, none of these persons submitted a contact history, did quarantine, or fined. New York University lets its students gather, mingle, agitate in Washington Sq. The square functions as the school's quadrangle while being a public park. Neither the college security nor the city police enforce any corona practices among the students. The Catholic schools for both Brooklyn and New York (they are separate districts) opened in mid September for fully in-class sessions. As at Sep 25 there was no significant increase in virus infection in students or staff. Schools do routine testing of occupants and send positive persons home for medical attention. And, yes, altho New Jersey is still a hotspot, all persons entering NYC from there are exempt from the filing/quarantine rule. Many myriads of NJ folk commute to the City every weekday.. The CNN town hall for presidential candidate Biden didn't mind the xcirus. During the formal segments the participants sat apart and some wore face masks. During the breaks everyone commingled normally. For the next segment, all sat again in spaced-apart seats. Thee scenes were captured by personal cameras and 'accidently on purpose' put out in public. Health officials remind that effective treatments are to hand. If you, be what ever way, are positive for the virus or display symptoms of it, get medical attention soonest. This is specially crucial starting in September when the seasonal fly and colds return. When in close surrounds, do wear the mask and keep hands away from face. Wash hands often, each tome for two rounds of the alphabet. General notes ------------ 'whole City' means the event has no specific or dedicated place. It may be enjoyed from the whole NYSkies territory or at a number of individual places. Celestial events are typicly 'whole City' events. 'all day' means the event is continuous or repeating during the open hours of the host facility. Facilities may have limited hours per day or days per week. Check with the event contacts. 'adv regn reqd', for 'advance registration required/requested' means that the event requires or requests signing up before the event. You must have your ticket in hand at the gate. There could be a deadline some days before the event, after which no more signups are accepted. Check with the event contact for specifics. Prices cited are the 'rack rate'. You could qualify for discounts as may be offered by the sponsor. Besides the base price there may be noptional extra fees to consider. Current Month calendar -------------------- Plain dates are in current month; -, previous month; +, next month. #, NYSkies Astronomy Seminar Moon phase: .NM., .FQ), (FM), (LQ. Sunset is noted for each Saturday --------------------------------- Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat sunset --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---------- -27 -28 -29 -30 (1) 2# 3 18:34 4 5 6 7 8 (9. 10 1823 11 12 13 14 15 .16#. 17 18:12 18 19 20 21 22 .3. 24 18:02 25 26 27 28 29 30 .31) 17:53 ---------------------------------------------- Index of Events / ------------- * = NASA-JPL Night Sky Network affiliate date = entry in 'list of events' section 0' = entry in 'ongoing and continuing events' section 'AUT'= entry in 'skipped, autumn resumption' section 'SPR' = entry in 'skipped, spring resumption' secrion '???' = entry in 'skipped, uncertain resumption' section, '!!!' = entry in 'skipped, constrained due to coronavirus ------- ----------------------------------------------- BROOKLYN - BK Astronomy on Tap - - - - !!! *Floyd Bennett Field - - - !!! Secret Science Club - - - !!! CONNECTICUT - CT *A S of Gtr Hartford - - !!! Astro Soc of Greenwich - !!! *Astro Soc of New Haven - 27 Bowman Observatory - - - !!! *Litchfield Hills AAC mtg !!! *Litchfield Hills lecture !!! *McCarthy Observatory - - !!! New Pond Farm - - - - - - !!! Stamford Observatory - - !!! *Van Vleck Obsy (ASGH) - !!! Van Vleck Obsy (WU) - - - !!! Western CT St Univ Obsy - !!! *Westport Astro Soc mtg - !!! *Westport Astro Soc starvg !!! ------------------------- Boothe Meml Astro Soc - 203-377-9933, www.facebook.com/Boothe-Memorial-Astronomical-Society LONG ISLAND - LI *Amateur Observers Soc - - !!! *Amat Obsrs Soc starviewing!!! Amer Instt Aero & Astro -!!! Astro Soc of Long Island !!! Brookhaven National Lab - !!! Custer Institute - - - - 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Hofstra Univ Obsy - - - !!! Hmaptons Observatory - - !!! PubSci - - - - - - - - - !!! SUNY Stony Brook - - - - !!! *Susan Rose Observatory - !!! MANHATTAN - MH *Amat Astro Assn starvwg - !!! *Amat Astro Assn lecture - !!! Amer Instt Archarology - !!! Ctr for Atmosp Ocean Sci !!! Ctr for Science & Society !!! Central Pk (Great Lawn) - !!! *Columbia Univ Obsy - - - !!! Columbus Day - - - - - - 12 early on-site voting - - 1 Earth Institute - - - - - !!! GC Presents - - - - - - - !!! Governors Island - - - - !!! Hayden Plm 'Frontiers' - !!! Hayden Plm 'Live!' - - - !!! indoor eating/drinking - 1 Instt Stud Ancnt World - !!! *Inwood Astronomy Project !!! Jupiter Joe's Astronomy - !!! Milky Way fall season - - 1-Nov 30 Natl Musm of Mathematics !!! 'Nature of color' exhibit 1-2021 Aug NYC-H2O - - - - - - - - - !!! New York Map Society - - !!! NYU Astrop & Relatvty - - 111 *NYSkies Astronomy Seminar !!! Observer's Handbook offer 1 plastic shopping bag ban 19 SciCafe' - - - - - - - - !!! Simons Foundation - - - - !!! SpaceX NYC - - - - - - - !!! *Top of the Laawn - - - - !!! Urban Park Rangers - - - !!! ------------------------------- Ctr for Space Sci Edu - - email@example.com, www.nyccsse.org, 212-608-6164 n METRO-NORTH - NY Bear Mountain - - - - - - !!! Lamont-Doherty Obsy - - - !!! Mid-Hudson Astro Assn - - !!! Rockland Astro Club - - - !!! Vassar College Obsy - - - 7, 14, 21, 28 Ward Pound Ridge - - - - !!! Westchester Amat Astro - !!! NEW JERSEY - NJ A A A of Princeton - - - !!! *Amat Astro Inc meeting - !!! *Amat Astro Inc lecture - !!! A S of Toms Rv Area - - - 9 McDowell Observatory - - !!! Morris Musm Astro Soc - - !!! New Jersey Astro Assn - - !!! North Bergen Viaduct - - 0 No Jersey Astro Gp mtg - 14 No Jersey Astro Gp starvg !!! Peyton Observarory - - - !!! Plasma Physics Lab - - - !!! Rutgers Univ Astro Collqm !!! Rutgers Univ Astro Semnr !!! *S*T*A*R - - - - - - - - - !!! Schommer Observatory - - 8, 15 *Sheep Hill Astro Assn - - !!! *Sheep Hill Observatory - !!! *Utd Astro Clubs of NJ - - 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Washington Xing St Pk - - !!! ----------------------------- Dark Sky Observers - www.users.nac.net/gburke/club Montclair Telescope Club - 973-948-5284,, users.erols.com/njastro/orgs/mtc.htm NW Jersey Amat Astro - www.nwjaa.org, firstname.lastname@example.org Passaic Co Astro Assn - www.users.nac.net/gburke/PCAA, 973-523-0024 *Raritan Vy Co Coll Plm - www2.raritanval.edu/planetarium Skyland Stargazers - skylandstargazers.tripod.com QUEENS - QN York College Observatory !!! REST OF WORLD STATEN ISLAND - SI Coll of Staten Is Obsy - !!! Great Kills Park - - - - !!! Staten Is Community TV - !!! 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 List of Events ------------ ################################################################# # Events resuming operations in September may have coronavirus # # restrictions for attendees. Have in hand your facial mask and # # follow all procedures at the event. inquire at each event's # # contact for specific instructions. Mind well that local virus # # control authorities may intervene on site against violators. # ################################################################# Thu 1 Oct all day - whole City - MH - Observer's Handbook offer The NYSkies offer for the Observer's Handbook for 2021 is called off. Coronavirus constrainsts closed or impeded the services and facilities we need to give astronomers the deep discount for this vital book. There being no other nationwide discount OH offer, astronomers may have to obtain a copy at list price, plus shipping, some $45. www.nyskies.org/oh.hym, www.nyskies.org/ohclub.htm all day - Amer Musm Natl Hist - MH - 'Nature of color' exhibit Thru 2021 August. 4th floor. Explore light, wavelength, vision, pigments, radiation, sprctra. $28 adm & exh. 212-769-5100, www.ammh.org/exhibitions/color all day - whole City - MH - early on-siee voting begins States in NYSkies start early voting for November elections. Voters follow coronavirus cautions set by each district. Assigned voting station may be differnt from that on general election day. Start dates: ----------------------- Connecticut | no early voting; asj kicak vitubg byri fir iotuibs New Jersey | O September 19 New York | October 24 ---------------------------- all day - whole City - MH - indoor eating/dining resumes NYC eateries on Sep 30 resumed indoor service with new rules * 25 percent occupancy , based on FDNY capacity signs. * Temperature checks required at door for all customers * One member of each party provides contact rracing info * Bars prepare drinks for serving at tableside * Masks worn at all times when not seated at a table * Tables placed six feet (180 cm) apart * Restaurants close at midnight, 23:59 local time * Restaurants run enhanced air filtration & Limit air recirculation, allow for outside air ventilation utdoor dining continues as is in the interim. Capaciry lmit may be raised to 50$% on Nov 1. All rules subject to change at State's discretion. State virus control inspections may invervene on-site against violators. 19:00 - 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 Sat 3 Oct 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 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg UACNJ Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.uacnj.org Wed 7 Oct 21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing MEETS ONLY DURING CLASSES; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Vassar College, Observatory. Free. Cancelled for clouds. physicsandastronomy.vassar.edu/observatory.html, descent The 8 Oct 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Fri 9 Oct 19:00 - Toms River - NJ - Astro Soc of Toms Rv Area meeting Ocean Co Coll, Novins Planetarium. Free. www.astra-nj.org, 732-255-0343, email@example.com Sat 10 Oct 20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Oct 3 20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg - see Oct 3 Mon 12 Oct all day - whole City - MH - Columbus Day Please inquire at contact for latest information about events listed for today by rule or ediurnate schedue. Wed 14 Oct 20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - No Jersey Astro Gp meeting Montclair St Univ, Richardson Hall, Room 232. Free. njastro.org, 973-655-7266 jjj 21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing - see Oct 7 Thu 15 Oct 20:30 - Piscataway - NJ - clearsky starviewng - see Oct 8 Sat 17 Oct 20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Oct 3 20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg - see Oct 3 Mon 19 Oct 00.01 - whole City - MH - plastic shoppng bag ban begins Initially to start in spring 2020, then suspended for coronavirus priorities. Stores no longer may use plastic shopping bags for paxking customer purchases. Stores must use biodegradable bags, typicly paer. Wed 21 Oct 21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing - see Oct 7 Sat 24 Oct 20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Oct 3 20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg - see Oct 3 Tue 27 Oct 19:00 - Bew Haven - CT - Astro Soc of New Haven meetinG Yale Univ, Leitner Family Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.asnh.org, firstname.lastname@example.org Wed 28 Oct 21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing - see Oct 7 Sat 31 Oct 20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Oct 3 20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg - see Oct 3 Events Skipped This Month ----------------------- EVENT MAY RESUME AT DIFFERENT PLACE OR HOUR; INQUIRE AT CONTACT -------------------------------------- -------------------------------------- [AUT] aUTUMN RESUMPTION OF ACTIVITY -------------------------------------- -------------------------------------- [???] UNCERTAIN RESUMPTION OF ACTIVITY -------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------- [!!! SUSPENDED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS; UNCERTAIN RESUMPTION -------------------------------------------------------- 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 - Weekend Walks street fairs all day - Governors Island - MH - cultural shows Thru 31 Oct. Island is open every day, 10h-20h. From May 24 thru Aug 30, Fri-Sat, 10h-22h. Walk and tour thru former military base and new urban park. Shows vary each day or visit by foot or bike. Ferries run every 1/2 hr from Battery Marine Terml, MH, and on weekdays from Pier 6, BK. Island is free but ferry fare is $2 RT. www.nps.gov/gois, www.govisland.com all day - whole City - MH - cultural tour VARIOUS LOCATIONS AND TIMES; INQUIRE AT CONTACT NYC-H2O. Walk, bike, ride thru history and culture of NYC muwater system facilities and natural waterways in and near the City. Events are pay orfree, adn regn reqd. Bike tours need own bike. www.nych2o.org, firstname.lastname@example.org all day - whole island - LI - clearsky starviewing VARIOUS PLACES, DATES, HOURS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Amat Obsrs Soc. Sessions convene in parks usually at dusk. Occasional daytime sunviewing. Free. Cancelled for clouds. www.aosny.org, email@example.com all day - whole City - MH - 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 - 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 - Princeton - NJ - science tour Plasma Physics Lab. Walk thru history and culture of fproject to capture energy from controled hydrogen fusion. Free, adv regn reqd. Have GI photo ID for campus security. www.pppl.gov/events = = = = = 10:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture Colloquium series. Rutgers Univ, Busch Campus, Astro & Phys Lecture Hall. Free. www.physics.rutgers.edu/colloquium, 732-445-3974+ = = = = = 13;15 - unionsale - LI - Amat Obsrs Soc meeting Hofstra Univ, Berliner Hall. free. www.aosny.org, email@example.com = = = = = = 13:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture Seminar series. Rutgers Univ, Serin W330. Free. 732-445-3974, www.physics.rutgers.edu/ast/seminar = = = = = 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 14:00 - Avenues HQ - MH - New York Map Society lecture 11 E 26 St, 17th floor. Various topics about map making, cartography, geography. Free, adv regn reqd. Have GI photo ID for caampus security. www.newyorkmapsociety.org, firstname.lastname@example.org = = = = = 15:30 - Courant Institute - MH - science lecture Ctr for Atmosp & Ocean Studies. Weaver Hall, 251 Mercer St. Various topics in geophysics and earth science. Free. caos.cims.nyu.edu, email@example.com 15:30 - Upton - LI - Summer Sundays science show Brookhaven Natl Lab. Small seminar room. 'What is the Higgs boson hiding?'. Free, have GI photo ID for campussecurity. 631- 344-2651, www.bnl.gov/evnts 15:30 - Greebeich - CT - Astro Soc of Greenwich meeting Greenwich Audubon Center. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, 203-415-6762. astrogreenwich.org = = = = = 16:00 - Natl Musm of Mathematics - MH - science show Also 19:00. 'Mathematical Encounters'. Free, adv regn reqd. 212-542-0566, www.momath.org, email@example.com = = = = = 16:15 - Simons Foundation - MH - scinece lecture 160 5 Av & 21 St. 'The quest for the ideal glass'. Tea 16:15, lecture 17:00. Free, adv regn reqd. 646-654-0066, ww.simonsfoundation.org = = = = = 17:00 - Danbury - CT - astronomy lecture Westn Conn St Uv, Obsy/Plm. Indoor planetarium show, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.wcsu.edu/starwatch, 203-837-8671, firstname.lastname@example.org = = = = = 17:30 - Intrepid Museum - MH - Free Friday show Pier 86 and ship. Exhibits, demos, talks. Clearsky movies and starviewing. Free. www.intrepidmuseum.org = = = = = 18:00 - Columbia University- MH - Ctr for Sci and Soc lecture Fauerweather Hsll, Rm 513. 'The triumph of scientific imagination, 1760-1900'. Free, adv regn reqd. 212-854-7211, scienceandsociety.columbia.edu 18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecruee 15 E 84 St, 5/Madison Av. Various topics on history and culture of ancient societies. Free, adv regn reqd. isaw..nyu.edu, email@example.com, 212-992-7800 18:00 - Bethpage - LI - Amer Instt Aero & Astro lecture Hofstra Univ, Breslin Hall, rm216 . Various topics in aeronautics and astronautics. 'Observations from the Apollo LM to the Shuttlre and ISS, and beyond'. Free, $7 opt pizza-soda, adv regn reqd.718-812-2727, firstname.lastname@example.org 18:00 - Earth Institute - MH - science lecture Columbnia Univ, Lerner Hall, Arledge Audm.. 'Sea level rise: Causes, impacts and options for solutions'. Free, adv regn reqd. ei.columbia.edu 18:00 - Palisades - NY - science lecture Lamont-Doherty Earth Obsy, Monell audm. 'Climate, carbon ``` ` dioxide, and sea level: Past is prologue'. Free, 845-365-8634, www.ldeo.columbia.edu, 845-365-8988 18:00 - Shalel Lounge - MH - SpaceX NYC meeting 65 W 70 St, Amsterdam Av. Fiscussion on space industry and development. Free, opt meal/drink. www.meetup.com/SpaceX-NYC 18:00 - Amagansett - LI - astronomy lecture Montauk Obsy. Amagansett Library. Indoor talk, clearsky sunviewing. Free. www.montaukobservatory.com = = = = = 18:15 - Amer Musm Natl Hist - MH - Amat Astro Assn lecture Kaufmann Theater. Free, no musm adm fee. 718-522-5014, email@example.com, www.aaa.org = = = = = 18:30 - CUNY Graduate Center - MH -'GC presents' lecture 365 5 Av & 34 St. 'Climate change:The effects on coastal environments''. Free, adv regn reqd. 212-817-7000, www.gc.cuny.edu/publicprograms 18:30 - Hunter College - MH - Amer Instt Archaeolgy lecture Hemmerdinger Screening Room. Various topics on archaeology and anthropology. Free, adv regn reqd. GI photo ID required for campus security. www.aia-nysociety.org, firstname.lastname@example.org = = = = = 19:00 - Patchoque - LI- PubSci show Brookhaven Natl Lab, Blue Point Brewing Co, 225 W Main St. 'The quantum revolution'. Free, opt meal/drink. email@example.com,vwww.bnl.gov/pubsci, 19:00 - West Reading - CT - clearsky starviewing New Pond Farm, obseratory. $10, adv regn reqd. cancelled for clouds. www.newpondfarm.org, 203-938-2117 19:00 - Hayden Planetarium - MH - 'Astronomy live!' lecture Live narrated planetarium show. Enter at 81 St/Cntl Pk W. $15, adv regn reqd. 212-769-5100, www.amnh.org/programs 19:00 - Hayden Planetarium - MH - 'Frontiers' lecture Kayfnamm Thtr. Enter at 81 St/Cntl Pk W. $15, adv regn reqd. 212-769-5100, www.amnh.org/programs 19:00 - lyndhurst - NJ - clearsky starviewing Ctr for Enviro & Sci Edu, nMcDowell Obsy. Free. cancelled for clouds. Requires climbing narrow spiral stairs into domw. www.njsea.com/observatory, firstname.lastname@example.org, 201-460-1700 19:00 - Amer Musm Natl Hist - MH - SciCafe' show Hall of Ocean Life or Hall of planet Earth. Music, drinks, chat with Museum scientists. Free, be 21 or be gone. GI photo ID reqd. 212-769-5100, www.amnh.org/programs = = = = = 19:15 - Lk Taghkanic St Pk - NY - clearsky starviewing Mid-Hudson Astro Assn. West Beach parking lot. Free, cancelled for clouds. Adv regn reqd with vehicle make, model, plate number for park security. ` www.nidhudsonastronomy.org = = = = = 19:30 - Princeton - NJ - Amat Astro Assn of Princeton meeting Princeton U, Peyton Hall. Free. www.princetonastronomy.org, 609-737-2575, email@example.com 19:30 - Boonton - NJ - Sheep Hill Astro Assn meeting Boonton Senior Ctr. Free. www.sheephillastro.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com 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 - Suffern - NY - RRockland Astronomy Club meeting Rockalnd Commty Coll, main bldg. Free. www.rocklandastronomy.com 19:30 - Torrington - CT - Litchfield Hills Amat Astro Club mtg Central Congregational Church. Free. lhastro.org, firstname.lastname@example.org 19:00 - Uniondale - LI - clearsky starviewing Hofstra University,Berliner Bdg, Rm 117. Free, adv regn reqd. Cancelled for clouds. 516-463-2759, www.hofstra.edu/Academics, email@example.com 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 19:30 - Pleasantville - NY - Westchester Amat Astro meeting Pace Univ, Lienhard Hall, Free. www.westchesterastronomers.org, email@example.com Sat 8 Feb 19:30 - Morristown - NJ - Morris Museum Astro Soc meeting Morris Museum. Free. 973-386-1848, 973-386-1848,, www.morrismuseum.org/astro-society, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, www.mmastrosociety.org 19:30 - Stony Brook - LI - astronomy lecture SUNY Stony Brook, Earth & Spc Sci Hall. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.ess.sunysb.edu/astro, 631-632-8100, firstname.lastname@example.org 19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting Union Co Coll, Sperry Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.asterism.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 20:00 - Lincroft - NJ - S*T*A*R meeting Brookdale Commty Coll, Mommouth Museum. Free. www.starastronomy.org, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - Floyd Bennett Field - BK - clearsky starviewing Community Garden. NYSKies & Natl Park Svc. Free. Cancelled for clouds. www.nyskies.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - York College - QN - astronomy lecture . Core Academic Bdg, Rm AC-2E01. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. Free, adv regn reqd. 718-262-2082, www.york.cuny.edu/centers-institutes/observatory, 20:00 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc lecture Union Co Coll, Smith Audm. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.asterism.org 20:00 - Boonton - NJ - clearsky starviewing Sheep Hill Astro Assn Obsy, Free. Cancelled for clouds. sheephillastro.otg, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - Greenwich - CT - clearsky starviewing Astro Soc of Greenwich. Curtis Elem Schl, Bowman Obsy. Free. Cancelled for clouds. email@example.com, 203-415-6762. , astrogreenwich.org 20:00 - Princeton - NJ - clearsky starviewing Princeton Univ, Peyton Hall. Free. Cancelled for clouds www.astro.princeton.edu/observatory/publicobserving.php, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com 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, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - Westport - CT - Westport Astro Soc meeting Rolnick Obsy. Free. www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 20:00 - Litchfield - CT - Litchfield Hills A A C lecture White Meml Consrvn Ctr. Free. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. email@example.com, lhastro.org 20:00 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing Westport Astro Soc. Rolnick Obsy. Free. Cancelled for clouds. www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting Vanderbilt Plm. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.asliclub.org 20:00 - 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 - 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 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing MEETS ONLY DURING CLASSES; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Wesleyan U, Van Vleck Obsy. Free, cancelled for clouds. 860-685-3664, www.wesleyan.edu/astro/events 20:00 - Ward Pound Ridge - NY - clearsky starviewing Westchester Amat Astro. Meadows Picnic Area. Free. Cancelled for clouds. email@example.com www.westchesterastronomers.org, 20:00 - Way Station Pub - BK - Astronomy on Tap meting 683 Washington Av & Prospect Pl (Prospect Hts). Informal astronomy discussion in pub setting. Free, one drink purchase reqd. astronomyontap.org/locatons/new-york-city 20:00 - Great Kills Pk - SI - clearsky starviewing Natl Pk Svc. Enter at Hylan Bv to playground; Free. Cancelled for clouds. www.nps.gov/gate, 718-987-6790 n 20:00 - Bear Mountain - NY - clearsky starviewing Rockland Astro Club. Anthony Wayne Rec Area, picnic field. Free, cancelled for clouds. www.rocklandastronomy.com u 20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing Amat Obsrs Soc. capus of Custer Institt. Sessions concurrent with Custer's own events. Free, cancelled for clouds. www.aosny.org, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - Coll of Staten Is - SI - clearsky starviewing Astrophys Obsy. Free, cancelled for clouds. 718-982-2818, csivc.csi.cuny.edu/supernove7/files/home.html, 718-892-3259, email@example.com 20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - clearsky starviewing No Jersey Astro Gp. Montclair St Univ, Richardson Hall. Free, cancelled for clouds. njastro.org, 973-655-7266 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing PLUS OCCASIONAL EXTRA SESSIONS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Top of the Lawn. North path of Great Lawn. Free. Cancelled for clouds. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.nyskies.org, email@example.com 20:00 - 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, 20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture Stamford Obsy. $5. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. starviewing also called off for outdoor temp < -6C. 203-322-6537, www.stamfordmuseum.org firstname.lastname@example.org 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 = = = = = 20:30 - Voorhees St Pk - NJ - NJ Astro Assn meeting NJAA-HQ, Robinson Obsy. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.njaa.org, 908-368-8500 = = = = = General news ---------- October has several events listed as open for service, with dates and places. The mix is different from September because of two plausible causes. One is that the September items were posted in good faith that their venues would be available. When they weren't, and would not be available until further notice, the October item was shifted to the '!!!' section. The other is that the items were posted months ago, likely before the coronavirus episode, and then forgotten or neglected. When the entries were reviewed for updating, many were found to be constrained by the virus situation. On the other hand a few events are apparently open, certainly with virus procedures for visitors. Before attending ANY of the events, you MUST inquire at the event contact for latest news. Do NOT head to an event without prior knowledge of its status. You could walk up to a locked and dark venue. The bulk of events are now in the '!!!' section, now with expanded meaning. an entry there is somehow encumbered by the virus in any od several ways: --------------------------------------------------------- * cancelled or suspended, typicly with no later 'do-over' *& changed to in-house or member-only attendance * require advance signup, to limit number of visitors * changed to remote-engagement, via webinar, webcast, video * terminated, mostly for seasonal events --------------------------------------- Most schools and colleges opened in NYSkies during September 2020 for limited in-class instruction. Strong emphasis is on remote teaching via home computers. Most outsider use of campus, for club meetings and public events, is still closed. More events affected by the coronavirus situation. They are called off, postponed, reconfigured. ------------------------------------ * children's Halloween treat-&-treat & yearend holiday parties and socials * New Year's Eve in Times Square * New Year's blessing of animals * United Way, similar, charity fund raising * Metropolitan Opera, others, fall season ----------------------------------------- Already some astronomy and othr events normally staged in spring are in jeopardy. In some parts of the country there is no positive or definite program by authorities to release society back to normal life. Some events need long preparation, like conferencees and starparties. Already it looks like the NYC Science & Engineering Fair, in March 2021, will be drasticly curtailed or possibly abandoned, due to lack of applicants and shortfall of leadtime. City news ------- NYSkies Astronomy Seminar for September 4 and 18 were called off. Our meeting hall McBurney House is still closed for normal indoor activities. Altho this year's West Indian carnival was cancelled by coronavirus worries, the collateral J'Ouvert wilding ignited in the street. Several thousand young folk did their thing, with only a few shooting/stabbing incidents. In normal years the carnival attracts some 2-1/2 million celebrants with a few myriads doing J'Ouvert. The Good Stuff Diner, 209 W 14 ST, Chelsea MH, closed for ever on/about sep 8. It was casualty of coronavirus shutdown of restaurants and bars in NYC. Good Stuff was a favorite stop-over for NYSkies after our Seminars, before heading home, being that it was next door to our meeting room. It offered solid meals, attentive quick service, fair prices NYC on Sep 5 crossed a major meterstone with coronavirus. Its positives from mass testing remaining under 1$ for fully 30 days! This is in spite of sporadic enforcement of social spacing and masks in crowds thruout the state. Even quarantine, for arrivals from coronavirus hotspots, is haphazardly imposed. NYS MTA on Sep 14 began fines for not wearing mask on all of its transit services. Mask inhibits spread of coronavirus. Until then violators got warning. fine is $50. French arcjtect firm Rescubika on Sep20 proposed fully 'green' residence tower, Mandagore, for Roosevelt Is MH. It resembles tree trunk 725m[!] tall powered by wind & solar electric. It's covered with thousands of [real] trees and shrubs. These absorb more CO2 than emitted by tower's occupants. NYSkiers sat TV show 'Cosmos: Possible worlds' on Sep 22. The 2-hr aired on TV Ch 5 at 20h. Dr Tyson, Hayden Plm, narrated birth of Earth and life on it, evolution of human societies, distinction between humans and other lifeforms. On Sep 11 the live reading of 9/11 names took place in Zucotti Pk, next to Ground Zero. Tunnels to Towers Fondtn performed it after 9/11 Museum cancelled for coronavirus concerns. Museum did run the Tribute in Light twin pillars of light on Sep 11 dusk-dawn. I added new articles to our web at www.nyskies.org/articles/pazmino/basic1.htm www.nyskies.org/articles/pazmino/tissparm.htm www.nyskies.org/articles/pazmino/ful-greg.htm www.nyskies.org/articles/pazmino/islamcal.htm www.nyskies.org/articles/pazmino/ecl-fact.htm basic1.htm is a webpage I found for basic data about the planets and other smaller solar system bodies..tissparm.htm discusses Tisserand parameter, with several examples of its application. jul-greg.htm gives history and guidance for the Julian-Gregorian calendars in astronomy software, with a table of when countries actually changed over. islamcal.htm discusses the relation of Moon phases and eclipses in the Islamic calendar. ecl-fact.htm is a major update of existing piece, replacing it, with background and explanation of eclipses.. NYSkies was rattled by earthquake on 9 Sep 2020 02:00 EDST. It hit ~2km SSE of Freehold NJ. 3.1 nagn, 5.0km deep. I felt it in Brooklyn as a 1-sec vibration of my house, as if heaby truck passed by. Small loose items on table jiggled or slided. Most reports were from NJ, SI, BK, QN, LI. No reported injuries or structure damage. Metro-North officials uncovered on sep 22 a hidden clubhouse deep under Grand Central Terminal. It was built into a former locksmith ship under Tracck 114 where a clique of workers relaxed. It had cots, fridge, microwave, flat-screen, ei-fi hotspot, ventilation. Several 'club members' now face disciplinary action. US Sen Rubio & Scott, both R-FL. on Sep 16 put out bill to keep ddaylight davings time in force year-round. DST ends on Nov 2 but bill, if enacted, would keep it running thru 2021 Nov 7. Clocks would stay as is without falling back now or springing ahead in March 2021. ky news ------ September 2020 was a good observing month, in spite of early interference from California wildfire smoke. Air generally was cool and breezy. A mid-month cold front pushing temps to the mid 10Cs. Bu mid 20s of month temps rose to seasonal low 20Cs. Many clear nights with stable seeing and good transparency. Extra clear nights on Sep 5 and 6, 2020. No Milky Way reports but sky was filled with faint stars, showing many asterisms. large Moon didn't scatter light, dim stars seen next ot her. Extra treat on clear night of Sep 5-6 was close conjunction of Moon & Mars. Moon passed a degree s of Mars. In far south latitudes Mars was occulted. Tribute in Light shined on Sep 11-12 into extra clean air. From Brooklyn I measured their altitude as 65 degrees, where they blended into background sky. The top of the beams was, gulp!, 30 km! In some previous years I traced them to over 40 km tall. Uranus and Neptune are in high south in early night. Uranus in Aries can be followed with binoculars. Neptune in aquarius needs a telescope. A few readers tried to spot the First Crescent of Rosh Hashanah on Sep 18. Mixed success depending on clarity of horizon air and eyesight strength. This is the first instance i recall of astronomers looking for First Crescent beyond that for Rosh Chodesh. On Sep 18 US Natl Hurricane Ctr ran out of personal names for storms for only 2nd time ever. On Final name was Wilfred. On same day new storm Alpha spawned to start names by Greek letters. Last time was 2005 with final name Wilma, then letters to zeta. Names began in 1953 with females. In 1979 names alternate M/F Jupiter & Saturn are now a 'twin star' in low south in early night. Jupiter is the right the brighter on star; Saturn, left dimmer. Both are now in direct movement, closing in steadily toward the tight conjunction in late December. An ultra clear on September 11, with only minor interference from last quarter Moon. Constellation catch-figures and many asterisms were clearly delineated with the dimmer stars. Tribute in Light beams were brilliant and sharp in the cleat air. Smoke from West Coast forest fires spread across US, reaching NYSkies on September 12-13. For rest of month daytime sky had frequent gray haze. sun was subdued, Moon showed maria and rays clearly. Night transparency pinned at 4th magn. Some readers reported orange Sun near sunset that sank into dense horizon haze. Smoke came on some days, leaving others with deep dark sky. Day sky was strong blue. Night transp fell to 4-1/2 to 5. Cold air moved into NYSkies on September 12 with refreshing breeze and temps of 10-15C. Couple readers noted their home heating turned on for first time in this fall-winter 2020 season. between sweeps of West Coast smoke, were clean and dark. Dim stars filled out constellation figures and asterisms. Some DOS were textured by eye. With Jup-Sat in south near Milky Way, more attention is attracted for possible ME sightings. So far there were no reported sightings.