NYC EVENTS FOR JANUARY 2018 --------------------------- John Pazmino NYSkies Astronomy Inc firstname.lastname@example.org www.nyskies.org The following astronomy activities in the commuting ring enclosing New York City are operated by various organizations. A few cultural items of special importance to City astronomers are also included. Altho NYC Events confirms the listed items, they are subject to change by their sponsors. Check with their contacts. Let the sponsor know that you learned of its event thru NYC Events. Frequently asked questions and explanation of NYC Events is at 'www.nyskies.org/nyc-faq.htm'. You may ask for previous NYC Events thru 'email@example.com' because only the current issue is in the website. It is replaced by next month's issue. For events which missed NYC Events, check the NYSkies Yahoogroup forum. Join NYSkies by visiting 'www.nyskies.org/yahoo.htm' and picking either the email or website option. All hours from November 1 thru November 4 are Eastern Daylight Savings Time (UT - 4h). All hours from November 5 and out are Eastern Standard Time (UT - 5h) . General notes ----------- / 'whole City' means the event has no specific or dedicated place. It may be enjoyed from the whole NYSkies territory or at a number of individual places. Celestial events are typicly 'whole City' events. 'all day' means the event is continuous or repeating during the open hours of the host facility. Facilities may have limited hours per day or days per week. Check with the event contacts. 'adv regn reqd',for 'advance registration required/requested' means that the event requires or requests signing up before the event. You must have your ticket in hand at the gate. There could be a deadline some days before the event, after which no more signups are accepted. Check with the event contact for specifics. Prices cited are the 'rack rate'. You could qualify for discounts As may be offered by the sponsor. Besides the base price there may be noptional extra fees to consider. Current Month calendar -------------------- Plain dates are in current month; -, previous month; +, next month. Moon phase: .NM., .FQ), (FM), (LQ. Sunset is noted for each Saturday --------------------------------- Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat sunset ------------------------------------------------ -31 (1) 2 3 4 5 6 16:44 7 (8. 9 10 11 12 13 16:51 14 15 .16. 17 18 19 20 16:59 21 22 23 .24) 25 26 27 17:07 28 29 30 (31) +1 +2 +3 17:16 ------------------------------------------------ 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 ------- ----------------------------------------------- --------------NROOKLYN - BK *Floyd Bennett Field - - - M/A Secret Science Club - - - 0 CONNECTICUT - CT *A S of Gtr Hartford - - - ??? Astro Soc of Greenwich - M/A *Astro Soc of New Haven - 30 Bowman Observatory - - - 3, 17 *Litchfield Hills AAC mtg 12 *Litchfield Hills starvg - M/A *McCarthy Observatory - - 13 New Pond Farm - - - - - - ??? Stamford Observatory - - 5, 12, 19, 26 *Van Vleck Obsy (ASGH) - - ??? Van Vleck Obsy (WU) - - - M/A Western CT St Univ Obsy - M/A *Westport Astro Soc mtg - 16 *Westport Astro Soc starvg 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 ------------------------- Boothe Meml Astro Soc - 203-377-9933, www.facebook.com/Boothe-Memorial-Astronomical-Society LONG ISLAND - LI *Amateur Observers Soc - - 7 Amer Instt Aero & Astro - 31 Astro Soc of Long Island 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Brookhaven National Lab - ??? Custer Institute - - - - 6, 13, 20, 27 Hofstra Univ Obsy - - - - M/A Montauk Observatory - - - ??? SUNY Stony Brook - - - M/A *Susan Rose Observatory - 6, 13, 20, 27 MANHATTAN - MH *Amat Astro Assn starvwg - 0 *Amat Astro Assn lecture - 5 Amer Musm Natl Hist - - 3 Ctr for Atmosp Ocean Sci M/A Ctr for Science & Society ??? Central Pk (Great Lawn) - 5,6,7,12,13,14,19,20,21,26,27,28 Civil Rights Day - - - - 15 *Columbia Univ Obsy - - - M/A Cornelia Street Cafe' - 7 Earth Institute - - - -- ??? Globe at Night - - - - - 6-15 Good Housekeeping lab - 12 Gullicar's Gate - - - - - 0 Instt Stud Ancnt World - M/A *Inwood Astronomy Project 6, 13, 20, 27 Jupiter Joe Sidewk Astro 0 lunar eclipse - - - - - - 31 Natl Musm of Mathematics 3 New Year's EDay - - - - - 1 NY Academy of Sciences - ??? NYC-H2O - - - - - - - - - 0 New York Univ Astro - - - M/A *NYSkies Astronomy Seminar 5, 19 'Ode to the Moon' exhibit 1-31 Perihelion Day -- - - - - 3 SciCafe' - - - - - - - - 3 Science & the Arts - - - ??? Simons Foundation - - - - ??? Top of the Lawn - - - - - 5,6,7,12,13,14,19,20,21,26,27,28 TriState computer fair - 0 Urban Park Rangers - - - 0 ---------------------------- Ctr for Space Sci Edu - - firstname.lastname@example.org, www.nyccsse.org, 212-608-6164 n METRO-NORTH - NY Lamont-Doherty Obsy - - - M/A Ramapo Challenger Ctr - - 21 Vassar Coll Obsy - - - - M/A Ward Pound Ridge - - - - M/A Westchester Amat Astro - 12 NEW JERSEY - NJ A A A of Princeton - - - 9 A S of Toms Rv Area - - - ??? *Amat Astro Inc meeting - 5, 12, 26 *Amat Astro Inc lecture - 19 Joint Base centennial - 0 Morris Musm Astro Soc - - M/A New Jersey Astro Assn - - M/A No Jersey Astro Gp mtg - M/A No Jersey Astro Gp starvg 18 Peyton Observarory - - - 10 Plasma Physics Lab - - - 5, 19 Rutgers Univ Astro Collqm M/A Rutgers Univ Astro Semnr M/A *S*T*A*R - - - - - - - - - 4 Schommer Observatory - - 11, 18 Sheep Hill Astro Assn - - 7 *Sheep Hill Observatory - 19 *Utd Astro Clubs of NJ - - M/A Washington Xing St Pk - - M/A --------------------------- Dark Sky Observers - - - www.users.nac.net/gburke/club McDowell Obsy -mec.rst2.edu, 201-460-8300 Montclair Telescope Club 973-948-5284, email@example.com, users.erols.com/njastro/orgs/mtc.hrm 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 - - - - - 20 York College Observatory M/A REST OF WORLD STATEN ISLAND - SI Coll of Staten Is Obsy - M/A Great Kills Park - - - - M/A Staten Is Community TV - 5, 12, 19, 26 THE BRONX - BX UPSTATE - NY [see METRO-NORTH between MANHATTAN and NEW JERSEY] ============================= Ongoing and continuing events -------------------------- 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 --------- Mon 1 Jan all day - whole City - MH - New Year's Day Please check with event contact for session falling on this day by rule or outdated schedule c all dday - John Jay College - MH - 'Ode to the Moon' exhibit Thru Jan 31. ~40 paintings by inmates at Guanta'namo military prison in Cuba. Moat have astronomy allusions, if weakly, as show off talents from art lessons during prison residence. Free.www.artfromguantanamo.com Wed 3 Jan ll day - whole City - MH - Perihelion Day Many astronomers celebrate the yearend season with greetings for the prihelion, Earth's closest point to the Sun in her orbit. They design their own Perihelion greeting cards, typicly with a template in their word-proc. 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 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 19:00 - 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 20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting Vanderbilt Plm. Free. email@example.com, www.asliclub.org 20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing Westport Astro Soc. Rolnick Obsy. Free. Cancelled for clouds. www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 Thu 4 Jan 20:00 - Lincroft - NJ - S*T*A*R meeting Brookdale Commty Coll, Mommouth Museum. Free. www.starastronomy.org, firstname.lastname@example.org Fri 5 Jan 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 18:15 - Amer Musm Natl Hist - MH - Amat Astro Assn lecture Kaufmann Theater. Free, no musm adm fee. 718-522-5014, email@example.com, www.aaa.org 18:30 - McBurney House - MH - NYSkies Astronomy Seminar DISCUSSION: RAINBOWS, HALOS, PARHELIA 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 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 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting Union Co Coll, Sperry Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.asterism.org, email@example.com 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing PLUS OCCASIONAL EXTRA SESSIONS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Top of the Lawn. North path of Great Lawn. Free. Cancelled for clouds. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.nyskies.org, email@example.com 20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture Stamford Obsy. $3. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. 203-322-6537, www.stamfordmuseum.org, firstname.lastname@example.org Sat 6 Jan 18:30 - whole CIty - MH - Globe at Night exercise Thru Jan 15. NYSkies runs its own GLOBE at Night exercise in December while Orion is in sky at nighfall. Same method and procedure as for prior years for documenting sky transparency over City. Details at www.nyskies.org/gannyc.htm 20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH - clearsky 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 - 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 - 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 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 5 Sun 7 Jan 13:15 - Uniondale - LI - Amat Obsrs Soc meeting. Hofstra Univ, Berliner Hall. Free. www.aosny.org, firstname.lastname@example.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 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 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 5 Tue 9 Jan 19:30 - Princeton - NJ - Amat Astro Assn of Princeton meeting Princeton U, Peyton Hall. Free. www.princetonastronomy.org, 609-737-2575, email@example.com Wed 10 Jan 19:30 - Princeton - NJ - clearsky starviewing Princeton Univ, Peyton Hall. Free. Cancelled for clouds www.astro.princeton.edu/observatory/publicobserving.php,//, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com 20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see Jan 3 20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 3 Thu 11 Jan 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Fri 12 Jan 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, email@example.com 19:30 - Pleasantville - NY - Westchester Amat Astro meeting Pace Univ, Miller Hall, Free. www.westchesterastronomers.org, firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com º 19:30 - Torrington - CT - Litchfield Hills Amat Astro Club mtg Central Congregational Church. Free.firstname.lastname@example.org lhastro.org 19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - see Jan 5 19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Jan 5 20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Jan 5 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 5 Sat 13 Jan 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 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Jan 6 20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 6 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 5 20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 6 Sun 14 Jan 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 5 Mon 15 Jan all day - whole City - MH - Civil Rights Day Please check with event contact for session falling on this day by rule or outdated schedule c Tue 16 Jan 20:00 - Westport - CT - Westport Astro Soc meeting Rolnick Obsy. Free. www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 Wed 17 Jan 19:00 - Greenwich - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 3 20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see Jan 3 20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 3 Thu 18 Jan 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 - Piscataway - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 11 Fri 19 Jan 10:00 - Princeton - NJ - science tour - see Jan 5 18:30 - McBurney House - MH - NYSkies Astronomy Seminar DISCUSSION: ECLIPSE, SUPERMOON, BLUE MOON, SELENEHELION 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 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Jan 5 20:00 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc lecture Union Co Coll, Smith Audm. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.asterism.org 20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Jan 5 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 5 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 20 Jan 19:30 - Alley Pond Park - QN - clearsky starviewing Alley Pond Enviro Ctr. $14 at door. Cancelled for clouds. www.alleypond.org, email@example.com, 718-229-4000 20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 6 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 5 20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Jan 6 20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 6 Sun 21 Jan 14:00 - Airmont - NY - science show Ramapo Challenger Ctr, 225 Rt 29. Multimedia imulation of space missions. $20. wwwlhvcc.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, 845-257-3416. 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 5 Wed 24 Jan 20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see Jan 3 20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 3 Fri 26 Jan 19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - see Jan 5 19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Jan 5 20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Jan 5 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 5 Sat 27 Jan 20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Jan 6 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 5 20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 6 20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 6 Sun 28 Jan 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 5 Tue 30 Jan 19:00 - New Haven - CT - Astro Soc of New Haven meeting Yale Univ, Leitner Family Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky tarviewing. Free. www.asnh.org, email@example.com Wed 31 Jan 06:30 whole City - MH - lunar eclipse & selenehelion Lunar eclipse partial phase begins about 20 minutes before sunrise, then Moon sets to form a selenehelion. Event occurs during both supermoon and blue Moon. ----------------------------------------- ;IMAR EC;O[SE 2018 JANUARY 31 IN NEW YORK ------------------------------------- ----- EST | event | alt-az | remarks ------+-----------------+--------+---------- 05:51 | zeroth contact | 12 282 | Moon enters paenumbra 06:04 | nautical dawn | 10 284 | full night ends in New York 06:06 | first paenumbra | 10 284 | fdeep paenumbra shading 06:38 | civil dawn | 04 288 | daytime work begins 06:48 | first contact | 02 290 | partial phase begins 07:06 | Sun rises | 00 292 | daylight begins 07:07 | Moon sets | 00 293 | eclipse viewing ends ----------------------------------------------------- 18:30 - Bethpage - LI - Amer Instt Aero & Astro lecture Bethpage Publ Liby. Various topics in aeronautics and astronautics. Free, optional $5 pizza-soda. 516-458-8593, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see Jan 3 20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 3 vents Skipped This Month ----------------------- EVENT MAY RESUME AT DIFFERENT PLACE OR HOUR; INQUIRE AT CONTACT -------------------------------------- [M/A] MARCH-APRIL RESUMPTION OF ACTIVITY -------------------------------------- 11:00 - 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/evengts.htm 13:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture Seminar series. Rutgers Univ, Serin 401. Free. 732-445-3974, www.physics.rutgers.edu/ast/seminar 15:30 - Greenwich - CT - Astro Soc of Greenwich meeting Greenwich Public Library. Free with musm adm. email@example.com, 203-415-6762, astrogreenwich.org 15:30 - Courant Institute - MH - science lecture Ctr for Atmosp & Ocean Studies. Weaver Hall, 251 Mercer St. Various topics in geophysics and earth science. Free. caos.cims.nyu.edu, firstname.lastname@example.org 15:00 - 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, email@example.com, 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 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 18:00 - Uniondale - LI - clearsky starviewing Hofstra University,Berliner Bdg, Rm 117. Free, adv regn reqd. Cancelled for clouds. 516-463-2759, www.hofstra.edu/Academics, email@example.com 18:00 - 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 212-992-7842 19:30 - 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, email@example.com 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, 19:00- 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 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 - 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 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;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 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg UACNJ Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.uacnj.org 20:00 - Great Kills Pk - SI - clearsky starviewing Natl Pk Svc. Enter at Hylan Bv to playground; Free. Cancelled for clouds. www.nps.gov/gate, 718-987-6790 n 20:00 - Ward Pound Ridge - NY - clearsky starviewing Westchester Amat Astro. Meadows Picnic Area. Free. Cancelled for clouds. email@example.com www.westchesterastronomers.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 - Upper Montclair - NJ - No Jersey Astro Gp meeting Montclair St Univ, Richardson Hall, Room 232. Free. njastro.org, 973-655-7266 20:30 - Voorhees St Pk - NJ - NJ Astro Assn meeting NJAA-HQ, Robinson Obsy. Free. www.njaa.org, 908-368-8600 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 21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing Vassar College, Observatory. Free. Cancelled for clouds. physicsandastronomy.vassar.edu/observatory.html, 845-437-7340 -------------------------------------- [???] UNCERTAIN RESUMPTION OF ACTIVITY -------------------------------------- 15:00 - Upton - LI - science lecture Brookhaven Natl Lab, Bldg 510. 'A unified program of argon dark matter searches'. Free, have GI photo ID for campus security. 631-344-2651, www.bnl.gov/physics/evnts 17:00 - Simons Foundation - MH - scinece lecture 160 5 Av & 21 St. 'The search for water and life on Mars (and beyond)''. Free, adv regn reqd. 646-654-0066, ww.simonsfoundation.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 18:00 - 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 18:30 - West Reading - CT - clearsky starviewingh New Pond Farm, obseratory. $10, adv regn reqd. , cancelled for clouds. www.newpondfarm.org, 203-938-2117, email@example.com 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, 19:00 Southampton - LI - astronomy lecture Montauk Obsy, Rogers meml Liby. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.montaukobservatory.com 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 Everything'. $15, adv regn reqd. wwww.nyas.org, 212-298-8600 19:30 - New Brittain - CT - Astro Soc of Gtr Hartford meeting Central CT St Univ, Copernicus Plm. Free. www.asgh.org, 860-872-9069, email@example.com 20:00 - 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 General news ---------- The January edition of NYC Events is typicly the hardest one to compile. Many hosts are closed and crew on vacation during the yearend period. This impedes severely the laying out of club events for January when they are held at such hosts. For what ever cause, this January 2017 edition was actually a smooth tide. it was substantially complete within ONE EVENING! For almost all entries the club either had its dates for January or indicated a recess until February or later. Only one had to post the note that its January dates aren't ready yet. After the NYC Events was buttoned up, two new events came along. These are the January meeting of Amer Instt of Aeron & Astronm Jan 31, and the 'Ide ti tge Niib' exhibit at John Jay College. (Jan 1-31). The latter opened in early December with weak notice until now. NYSkies Astronomy Inc renewed its room use at McBurney House for 2018. The rent remains the same, there being only one modest increase since we began meeting at MccBurney in 2010. Our January sessions are on the 5th and 19th Cornelia Street Cafe repaired its web since the December NYC Events. Its 'Entertaining science' show is on January 7th. I removed the Zika and Legionnaire's entries. These particular two diseases ebbed in recent months. It is wide to always be aware of local health notices and be extra cautious on overseas travels. There is early news about the annual flu season noting that the vaccination you took during the fall may be only weakly effective. Please discuss your health risk with your medical provider. City News ------- Magn 4.1 earthquake hit ~10km E of Dover DE on 30 November 2017 ~12:31 EST. Epicenter was 7km under Delaware Bay. It rattled furniture and fixtures in scattered places in NYC and north NJ. No serious damage or injuries reported. In City the quake was either a sharp 'bang' or quick shudder of ground/structure. NYC Mayor deBlasio earned a new nickname on 2018 Dec 26: Manhattan Gandhi. He bragged that he's as famous as, among others, the leader who worked for India's nationhood! Maybe now the Gandhi statue in Union Sq is off his chopping block. NYC Transit and NYC DOT on 20 December 2017 set out transit alternatives for the 2019 shutdown of the Canarsie subway line. Line closes between 8 Av, Chelsea MH, and Myrtle-Wycoff, Ridgewood BK, for 16 months to rebuild its East River tunnels. They were ruined by hurricane Sandy in 2011. Canarsie service runs only between Rockaway Py/Canarsie and either Broadway Jc or Myrtle-Wycoff, al within in Brooklyn. Alternates include: * rerouting certain lines to fill in for closed Cnanaesie line * transfer to Fulton St, Jamiaca/Broadway, Myrtle Av lines along working portion of the Canarsie line. * doing existing buses to reach other subways in Brooklyn. * new ferry from Williamsburg BK to Styyvesant Cove MH. * On-street free transfer between Crosstown and Broadway-Jamaica lines at Lorimer St, Hewes St, Broadway via MetroCard. * 3 express buses from certain closed Canarsie stations to SOHO and East Village MH * diverting cars and other small vehicles from WillyB to MannyB and Brooklyn Bridge. ` * * reserving 14 St, 3 Av to 9 Av, for buses, both existing and extra service. * adding bike lanes on Williamsburg streets and in 13 St on Manhattan.. Bikes cross East River on WillyB and MannyB. These options are subject to change before the 2019 closing. Details at www.mta.info. US Prez Trump on 22 December 2017 signed a large-scale revision of the income tax law. Because income taxes are levied on the individual, not groups or categories, you MUST evaluate the new rules against your own peculiar tax status. Please discuss possible effects with your tax advisor. Flash fire on 28 December 2017 gutted an apartment house in Belmont BX, killing at least 12 people, with some children. This is most casualties in housing fire in several decades. Blaze started by 3-YO child playing with stove while mother was taking shower. Fire engululfed building in minutes, trapping residents and delaying call for firefighter response. spread Regional Plan Assn on 30 November 2017 put out scheme to ease maintenance and repair of NYC subway network. It should close all service overnight, like in just about every other subway in the world. NYC Transit dismissed the idea as stupid and noted it already closes particular segments overnight under its Fastrack program. NYC operated 24/7 rapid transit since the mid 1870s. I'm not sure but I think Tokyo is only other subway in the world with 24/7 service. NYSkies Astronomy Seminar on 2017 December 1 discussed aurora watching from the City. While solar activity is low it can spike at any time, sending protons to Earth and jiving the atmosphere to produce aurorae. We learned that aurorae were known for several thousand years but only in the 1600s did it attract serious science attention. Displays were uncommon and unpredictable, catching observers off-guard. Reports from North Pole inhabitants and explorers were scanty and erratic. When a strong display reached Europe or China it was as frightful as a bright comet, being recorded as some aerial war. in mid 1800s we discovered the casual coincidence of aurorae with sunspot action, but with no actual connection between the two. Until the International Geophysical Year and geophysics satellites in 1950s- 1960s astronomers hoped for an aurora when the Sun erupted large sunspots with no confidence of occurrence. Birkeland in 1900s duplicated aurora effects on a magnetized globe by beaming 'cathode rays' at it. The electrons made air glow along a circle surrounding the magnetic poles. This in the 1950s IGY project would be the 'aurora oval'. Birkeland's work was dismissed and forgotten. The electron/proton streams from the Sun were first observed by geophysics satellites in the 1960s and are the Birkeland currents. Since the 1990s we deployed heliophysics satellites to keep watch on the SUn and alert of impendning electron-proton eruptions. We can monitor these observations by webs, like 'Space weather enthusiast Dashboard' from US NOAA.Its graphs, charts, pictures do NOT 'predict' aurorae; they present helio- and geophysics observations that must be applied to our location relative to Earth's magnetic poles. We cautioned about thoroly knowing and understanding the terrestrial causes of sky gows. Failure to versed in local sky behavior can trigger false reprotsof aurora or -- EEeek! -- make you ignore a REAL aurora display. e studied pictures of aurora formations, with caution that older ones were taken with chemophotography. The camera needed many seconds to record the display, which moved about in the sky to smear the image. Newer pictures are taken with digital imaging under much shorter exposure times. The scenes are more realistic. We learned the various formations like arcs, rays, curtains, patches, coronae.We also learned of their actions like flaming, pulsing, motion, color shift. Aurorae can erupt in any part of the sky, be of any brilliance and color, and last for minutes to all night. The most common start of an aurora is a glowing patch or dome in the north, usually centered about 15d right of straight north within the City. We found there is no generally accepted method of recording aurorae, the last being that of the IGY. It's probably best to have to hand blank alt-azimuth grids of the sky to mark the formations. We discussed several recent aurorae seen on travels or even within the City. that can be mistaken for aurorae. Takeaways were pictures of aurorae formations, articles on observing aurorae, diagrams of solar-terrestrial interaction. A terrorist exploded a pipe bomb in Times Sq on 11 December 2017 ~07:20 RST. It apparently was a dud and a second bomb in the person did not detonate. 3 nearby people and the bomber were wounded. Incident was in 200m long walkway joining PA bus depot & blue subway line to red,/yellow/magenta lines.The bomber, Akayed Ullah, came to US from Bangladesh by 'chain immigration' in 2010 and later turned to radical Islam. he lives near Old Mill Basin BK with other family members. The two bombs were tied to Ullah's body in an apparent suicide attempt. Times Sq, underlying tunnels, and bus depot were cleared of people for several hours until all-clear was given in early afternoon. NYC Mayor deBlasio is sworn into his 2nd term at 00h of January 1, 2018. US Senator Sanders officiates the on steps of City hall. Rumors fly that deBlasio will wear a Gandhi outfit. NYSkiers, every one else, are buzzing about several major world incidents during December. These include: & China's continued military actions in western Pacific Ocean * US acceptance of Israel's capital at Jerusalem * US plans to include Taiwan in Pacific navy exercises during 2018 * enacting large-scale revision of US income tax rules * expansion of 'Rssiagate' inquest to years before 2016 * North Korea's continued ICBM tests and UN sanction violations * shake-up of finances at United Nations * massive contraction of ISIS influence in Middle East NYSkies Astronomy Seminar on 15 Dec 2017 closed the year with a look at the winter sky. We walked around the Winter Hexagon centered on Orion, calling attention to Monoceros and Eridanus.We reminded that Globe at Night uses Orion to assess sky transparency, with the report that the December round so far was a complete cloud-out. We saw how the tilt of Milky Way from northwest to zenith to south east shifts the mix of deepsky targets.Open clusters pepper the MW band from Cassiopeia thru Pyppis. Nebulae along this path are mostly beyond easy reach of small scopes from the City, bit favorites are M42-43 and M78. In other cases we see the cluster within the nebula like the Rosette cluster. We discussed the Crab nebula as a suprernova remains that does require a dark sky to spot within City. Globular clusters are sprinkled over the whole sky, most being accessible from the City. Galaxies are all over except along the MW. Some dozen are within small scope reach, stretching from the M31 group a to the M81-82 pair. We have no classical planets in the early night sky. In late winter we start seeing Mars in the east and Venus in the west. Neptune is set soon after nightfall but Uranus is still in high sky in Aries-Cetus. The 'Wonderful star' Mira in mid December was already 4th magnitude, still rising to a typical peak in mid January of 2-1/2.. We reminded that Algol is in high sky with its times of minima noted in observing almanacs and webs. If a minimum occurs near local midnight, it's possible to watch Algol fall from full brightness, thru low point, and back to full within one night. We found there are no bright occultations or asteroids in this winter, not any returns of bright comets. We must still and always be alert at night for possible northern lights We took a first look at the lunar eclipse of January 31, the topic of the January 19 meeting. We bantered about the supermoon of December 3rd and in January. We noted that the eclipse occurs during the second full Moon in January, a blue Moon under the soft rule. This eclipse takes place at sunrise, making the event a hard selenehelion. Takeaways were starmaps of winter, plots of deepsky targets relative to Milky Way, table of recent supermoons, spec sheet for the eclipse, atlas pages for winter bands of right ascension, path of Uranus, and simulation of the eclipse/selenehelion. The Holiday Train took a new route this year. It ran every Sunday since Thanksgiving with a final round on Dec 31. In the stead of ending its trip at Queens Pz, it diverted north into the new 2nd Av line. This shift generated heavy traffic for the train. The Holiday Train is a set of coaches from the Transit Museum collection of vintage transit artifacts. On 2017 November 29 the Koenig Sphere, salvaged from the ruins of the late World Trade Center was mounted on its new permanent site, overlooking the 9/11 Memorial Park. The sculpted bronze globe was the centerpiece of the late WTC's fountain in Tobin Pz .aIt, 7m tall and 25 tons, is the only major artpiece to survive the 2001 attacks. For many years it was displayed in Battery Pk and Liberty Pk until construction was far enough along to move it back to the WTC.. Sky News ------ he Observer's Handbook offer is about to close, with only a couple copies left at issue time. If your request is in the mail to NYSkies RIGHT NOW you likely will receive the 'SORRY! letter with your returned payment and consolation gift. The offer for the 2019 edition opens in Sep-Oct 2018. December 2017 was among the worst months for observing with long runs of cloudy nights. The month started with mixed clear/cloud, then turned almost continuous cloudy thru Christmas night. Then after we had a few clear, and dark, nights but the full winter air came with them. Temperatures were, thru issue date, -10C thru 0C, sometimes with stiff breeze. The lunar eclipse of 31 Jan 2017 is a squeaker for NYSkies and most of US East Coast. The Moon enters the umbra some 20 minutes before moonset in strong dawn. We may catch the deep paenumbra shading but the bulk of eclipse action comes after the Moon sets. The Sun rises quite at moonset, maybe a minute before, to form a hard and true selenehelion for us. A true selenehelion is a lunar eclipse occurring at moonset or moonrise while the Sun is just above the horizon. A soft selenehelion occurs when a normal Full Moon rises at sunset or sets at sunrise. NYSkies saw several of these in recent years, with the best at the 11 July 11 Manhattanhenge. Observing this eclipse and selenehelion requires a clear low northwest horizon. Scout around now for a suitable observing location and hope for clear sky. The 2017 lunar eclipse comes with a supermoon and blue Moon. Both occur under soft rules. A supermoon is a Full Moon 'near' her perigee, with much leeway among authors. The Moon is a bit larger than a Moon art mean distance from us. The blue Moon is the 2nd Full Moon of January, the first being on jan 1st. The hard rule is that a blue Moon is the 3rd Full Moon of a seasonal quarter of the year that has four Full Moons in the stead of the usual three. Some readers alerted me to news that the January 1st Full Moon -- with no lunar eclipse at all -- is the triple-play event of supermoon, blue Moon, eclipse. No news story mentioned selenehelion. The December Globe at Night for most observers in NYSkies was a goose-egg game. Every night from the 9th to the 18th was cloudy. Dates for January are 6-15. Weather forecasts in late Dec 2017 show a colder new Year's Eve in Times Sq and Mayor's swear-in at City Hall. spectators must take account of possible strong breeze and temperatures of around -12C. First snow in NYC fell on 9 December 2017 yielding a ground cover of 4-7cm. Peripheral zones of NYSkies had snow earlier with dozen or more cm cover. Snow fell in the City on several later days,all with shallow cover. NYC enjoued a White Christmas this year! For about an hour, while most of us were indoors. It snowed late on 24 DEcember thru around 01h on the 25th. This laid a few cm of cover. Then after the snow turned to rain, washing away all residue sow by daybreak. Uranus was the only evening planet in December. it is still in high southwest at nighfall. The classical planets are near their solar conjunctions.; Mira, omicron Ceti, is on its rise of brightness. In mid December it was 4th magnitude and the peak, in mid January, may be a typical 2 to 3 magnitude. The star has an 11 month cycle that this year comes in winter nightfall.