NYC EVENTS FOR APRIL 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 are Eastern Dayulight Savings Time (UT - 4h) . General notes ----------- / 'whole City' means the event has no specific or dedicated place. It may be enjoyed from the whole NYSkies territory or at a number of individual places. Celestial events are typicly 'whole City' events. 'all day' means the event is continuous or repeating during the open hours of the host facility. Facilities may have limited hours per day or days per week. Check with the event contacts. 'adv regn reqd',for 'advance registration required/requested' means that the event requires or requests signing up before the event. You must have your ticket in hand at the gate. There could be a deadline some days before the event, after which no more signups are accepted. Check with the event contact for specifics. Prices cited are the 'rack rate'. You could qualify for discounts As may be offered by the sponsor. Besides the base price there may be noptional extra fees to consider. Current Month calendar -------------------- Plain dates are in current month; -, previous month; +, next month. Moon phase: .NM., .FQ), (FM), (LQ. Sunset is noted for each Saturday --------------------------------- Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat sunset ------------------------------------------------ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 19:27 (8. 9 10 11 12 13 14 19:34 .15. 16 17 18 19 20 21 19:42 .22) 23 24 25 26 27 28 19:49 (29) 30 +1 +2 +3 +4 +5 19:55 ------------------------------------------------ Index of Events ------------- * = NASA-JPL Night Sky Network affiliate Date = entry in 'list of events' section '0' = entry in 'ongoing and continuing events' section 'S/O',= entry in 'skipped, Sep/Oct resumption' section 'M/A' = entry in 'skipped, Mar/Apr resumption' secrion // '???' = entry in 'skipped, uncertain resumption' seciton ------- ----------------------------------------------- BROOKLYN - BK *Floyd Bennett Field - - - 20 MetroTech - - - - - - - - 19 Secret Science Club - - - 0 CONNECTICUT - CT *A S of Gtr Hartford - - 18 Astro Soc of Greenwich - 18 *Astro Soc of New Haven - 24 Bowman Observatory - - - 4, 18 *Litchfield Hills AAC mtg 13 *Litchfield Hills starvg - 20 *McCarthy Observatory - - 14 New Pond Farm - - - - - - 21 Stamford Observatory - - 6, 13, 20, 27 *Van Vleck Obsy (ASGH) - - 21 Van Vleck Obsy (WU) - - - 4, 11, 18, 25 Western CT St Univ Obsy - 7, 21 *Westport Astro Soc mtg - 17 *Westport Astro Soc starvg 4, 11, 18, 25 ------------------------- Boothe Meml Astro Soc - 203-377-9933, www.facebook.com/Boothe-Memorial-Astronomical-Society LONG ISLAND - LI *Amateur Observers Soc - - 8 Amer Instt Aero & Astro - 5 Astro Soc of Long Island 4, 11, 18, 25 Brookhaven National Lab - ??? Custer Institute - - - - 7, 14, 21, 28 Hofstra Univ Obsy - - - - ??? Montauk Observatory - - - ??? SUNY Stony Brook - - - 6 *Susan Rose Observatory - 7, 14, 21, 28 MANHATTAN - MH *Amat Astro Assn starvwg - 0 *Amat Astro Assn lecture - 6 Amer Musm Natl Hist - - 4 Ctr for Atmosp Ocean Sci M/A Ctr for Science & Society ??? Central Pk (Great Lawn) - 6,7,8,13,14,15,20,21,22,27,28,29 *Columbia Univ Obsy - - - 6, 20 Cornelia Street Cafe' - - 1 Earth Day fair - - - - - 15 Earth Institute - - - - - ??? Globe at Night - - - - - 6-15 Good Housekeeping lab - 13 Gullicar's Gate - - - - - 0 Instt Stud Ancnt World - 3, 11, 12, 17, 20, 24 *Inwood Astronomy Project 7, 14, 21, 28 'Jews in Space' exhibit - - 1-early May 2018 Jupiter Joe Sidewk Astro 0 Natl Musm of Mathematics 4 NY Academy of Sciences - ??? NYC-H2O - - - - - - - - - 0 New York Univ Astro - - - 3, 10, 17, 24 *NYSkies Astronomy Seminar 6, 20 SciCafe' - - - - - - - - 4 Science & the Arts - - - ??? Simons Foundation - - - - 11 Top of the Lawn - - - - - 6,7,8,13,14,15,20,21,22,27,28,29 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 - - - 6, 13, 20, 27 Northedt Astronomy Forum 21-22 Ramapo Challenger Ctr - - 15 Vassar Coll Obsy - - - - 4, 11, 18, 25 Ward Pound Ridge - - - - 14 Westchester Amat Astro - 6 NEW JERSEY - NJ A A A of Princeton - - - 10 A S of Toms Rv Area - - - ??? *Amat Astro Inc meeting - 6, 13, 27 *Amat Astro Inc lecture - 20 Joint Base centennial - 0 Morris Musm Astro Soc - - 12 New Jersey Astro Assn - - 28 No Jersey Astro Gp mtg - 11 No Jersey Astro Gp starvg 5, 12, 19, 2 Peyton Observarory - - - 11 Plasma Physics Lab - - - 6, 20 Rutgers Univ Astro Collqm 4, 11, 18, 25 Rutgers Univ Astro Semnr 12, 26 *S*T*A*R - - - - - - - - - 5 Schommer Observatory - - 12, 19, 26 *Sheep Hill Astro Assn - - 6 *Sheep Hill Observatory - 20 *Utd Astro Clubs of NJ - - 28 Washington Xing St Pk - - 6, 13, 20, 27 --------------------------- 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 - - - - - 21 York College Observatory 11 REST OF WORLD STATEN ISLAND - SI Coll of Staten Is Obsy - ??? Great Kills Park - - - - 21 Staten Is Community TV - 6, 13, 20, 27 THE BRONX - BX ============================= 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 --------- Sun 1 Apr all day - VIVO Institt - MH - 'Jews in Space' exhibit Thru early May 2018. Within Ctr for Jewsih Hist buldg, 15 16 St, 5/6 Av. Opened Feb 26.Art pirvrs, photos, boolls & maps, artifacts from hewish astronautsd astronomers from 17th century to today. Free, have GI photo ID for campus security. ww.vivo.org, 212-246-6080, email@example.com. 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 Tue 3 Apr 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/evengts.htm 18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - astronomy lecture EVENT MAY BE FILLED; INQUIRE AT CONTACT 15 E 84 St, 5/Madison Av. 'Babylonian astroonomy 2/4'. Free, adv regn reqd. isaw..nyu.edu firstname.lastname@example.org, 212-992-7842 Wed 4 Apr 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 16:00 - Natl Musm of Mathematics - MH - science show 'Mathematical Encounters'. Free, adv regn reqd. 212-542-0566, www.momath.org, firstname.lastname@example.org 16:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture Colloquium series. Rutgers Univ, Busch Campus, Astro & Phys Lectr Hall. Free. www.physics.rutgers.edu/colloquium, 732-445-3974 18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - astronomy lecture EVENT MAY BE FILLED; INQUIRE AT CONTACT 15 E 84 St, 5/Madison Av. 'Babylonian astroonomy 3/4'. Free, adv regn reqd. isaw..nyu.edu email@example.com, 212-992-7842 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. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.asliclub.org 20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing Wesleyan U, Van Vleck Obsy. Free, cancelled for clouds. 860-685-3664, www.wesleyan.edu/astro/events 20:30 - 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 20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing Westport Astro Soc. Rolnick Obsy. Free. Cancelled for clouds. www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing Vassar College, Observatory. Free. Cancelled for clouds. physicsandastronomy.vassar.edu/observatory.html, 845-437-7340 Thu 5 Apr 18:00 - Uniondale - LI - Amer Instt Aero & Astro lecture Hofstra Univ. Breslin Hall. Various topics in aeronautics and astronautics. 'Nars sample return missiOn'. Free, optional $5 pizza-soda. 516-458-8593, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - clearsky starviewing No Jersey Astro Gp. Montclair St Univ, Richardson Hall. Free, cancelled for clouds. njastro.org, 973-655-7266, 20:00 - Lincroft - NJ - S*T*A*R meeting Brookdale Commty Coll, Mommouth Museum. Free. www.starastronomy.org, email@example.com Fri 6 Apr 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 11:00 - Palisades - NY - science lecture Lamont-Doherty Earth Obsy, Comer Bldg. Various topics in geophysics and earth science. Free, 845-365-8634, www.ldeo.columbia.edu, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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: watching earth satellites 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 - Pleasantville - NY - Westchester Amat Astro meeting Pace Univ, Miller Hall, Free. www.westchesterastronomers.org, email@example.com 19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting Union Co Coll, Sperry Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.asterism.org, firstname.lastname@example.org 19:30 - Stony Brook - LI - astronomy lecture SUNY Stony Brook, Earth & Spc Sci Hall. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.ess.sunysb.edu/astro, 631-632-8100, email@example.com 19:30 - Boonton - NJ - Sheep Hill Astro Assn meeting Boonton Senior Ctr. Free. www.sheephillastro.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com 20;00 - Wash'n X'ing - NJ - clearsky starviewing Amat Astro Assn of Princeton. Simpson Obsy. Free, cancelled for clouds. www.princetonastronomy.org, 609-737-2575, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:0:0- Columbia University - MH - astronomy lecture Pupin Hall, signs to lecture room. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. Free. email@example.com, www.astro.columbia.edu/outreach, 212-854-3278 20:00 - 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 21:00 - whole CIty - MH - Globe at Night exercise Thru Apr 15 NYSkies runs its own GLOBE at Night exercise in December while Orion is in sky at nightfall. Same method and procedure as for prior years for documenting sky transparency over City. Details at www.nyskies.org/gannyc.htm Sat 7 Apr 19:30 - Danbury - CT - astronomy lecture Westn Conn St Uv, Obsy/Plm. Indoor planetarium show, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.wcsu.edu/starwatch, 203-837-8671, 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 - 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, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Apr 6 Sun 8 Apr 13:15 - Uniondale - LI - Amat Obsrs Soc meeting. Hofstra Univ, Berliner Hall. Free. www.aosny.org, email@example.com 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Apr 6 Tue 10 Apr 14:00 - New York University - MH - astronomy lecture - see Apr 3 19:30 - Princeton - NJ - Amat Astro Assn of Princeton meeting Princeton U, Peyton Hall. Free. www.princetonastronomy.org, 609-737-2575, firstname.lastname@example.org Wed 11 Apr 16:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture- see Apr 4 17:00 - Simons Foundation - MH - scinece lecture 160 5 Av & 21 St. 'How and why Mercury is different from its sibling rocky planets?'. Free, adv regn reqd. 646-654-0066, ww.simonsfoundation.org 18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - astronomy lecture EVENT MAY BE FILLED; INQUIRE AT CONTACT 15 E 84 St, 5/Madison Av. 'Babylonian astroonomy 4/4'. Free, adv regn reqd. isaw..nyu.edu email@example.com, 212-992-7842 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 - York College - QN - astronomy lecture . Core Academic Bdg, Rm AC-2E01. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. Free, adv regn reqd. 718-262-2082, www.york.cuny.edu/centers-institutes/observatory, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see Apr 4 20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Apr 4 20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Apr 4 20:30 - Princeton - NJ - clearsky starviewing Princeton Univ, Peyton Hall. Free. Cancelled for clouds www.astro.princeton.edu/observatory/publicobserving.php,//, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org 21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing - see Apr 4 Thu 12 Apr 13:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture Seminar series. Rutgers Univ, Serin 401. Free. 732-445-3974, www.physics.rutgers.edu/ast/seminar 18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecture 15 E 84 St, 5/Madison Av. Various topics on history and culture of ancient civilizations.. Free, adv regn reqd. isaw..nyu.edu email@example.com, 212-992-7842 19:30 - Morristown - NJ - Morris Museum Astro Soc meeting Morris Museum. Free. 973-386-1848, 973-386-1848,, www.mmastrosociety.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com 20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Apr 5 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 13 Apr 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 11:00 - Palisades - NY - science lecture - see Apr 6 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 Apr 6 19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Apr 6 20;00 - Wash'n X'ing - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Apr 6 20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see apr 6 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Apr 6 Sat 14 Apr 20:00 - New Milford - CT - astronomy lecture McCarthy Obsy, New Miford HS. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.mccarthyobservatory.org, 860-354-1595, email@example.com 20:00 - Ward Pound Ridge - NY - clearsky starviewing Westchester Amat Astro. Meadows Picnic Area. Free. Cancelled for clouds. firstname.lastname@example.org www.westchesterastronomers.org, 20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing - see Apr 7 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Apr 6 20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Apr 7 20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing see Apr 7 Sun 15 Apr 12:00 - Union Square - MH - Earth Day exhibition VISIT THE NYSkirs BOOTH North flank of park. Exhibit booths in tent city, music, performnaces, demos, crafts, takeaways, food service. Fre. www.earthdayinitiative.org 14:00 - Airmont - NY - science show Ramapo Challenger Ctr, 225 Rt 29. Multimedia imulation of space missions. $20. wwwlhvcc.com, email@example.com, 845-257-3416. 15:30 - Greenwich - CT - Astro Soc of Greenwich meeting Greenwich Public Library. Free with musm adm. firstname.lastname@example.org, 203-415-6762, astrogreenwich.org 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Apr 6 Tue 17 Apr 14:00 - New York University - MH - astronomy lecture - see Apr 3 18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecture 15 E 84 St, 5/Madison Av. Various topics on history and culture of ancient civilizations.. Free, adv regn reqd. isaw..nyu.edu email@example.com, 212-992-7842 20:00 - Westport - CT - Westport Astro Soc meeting Rolnick Obsy. Free. www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 Wed 18 Apr 16:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture- see Apr 4 19:30 - New Brittain - CT - Astro Soc of Gtr Hartford meeting Central CT St Univ, Copernicus Plm. Free. www.asgh.org, 860-872-9069, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see Apr 4 20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Apr 4 20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Apr 4 20:30 - Greenwich - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Apr 4 21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing - see Apr 4 Thu 19 Apr 17:30 - MetroTech - BK - science symposium NYU, Tandon School Of Engg, #1 MetroTech, 2nd fl. 3 NYU-alumni astronauts discuss 'The future of space exploration'. $10, adv regn reqd. email@example.com. 20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Apr 5 20:30 - Piscataway - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Apr 12 Fri 20 Apr 10:00 - Princeton - NJ - science tour - see Apr 6 11:00 - Palisades - NY - science lecture - see Apr 6 18:30 - McBurney House - MH - NYSkies Astronomy Seminar / DISCUSSION: MARS, VENUS, MILKY WAY, MANHATTANHENGE 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 Apr 6 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 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc lecture Union Co Coll, Smith Audm. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.asterism.org 20:30 - Boonton - NJ - clearsky starviewing Sheep Hill Astro Assn Obsy, Free. Cancelled for clouds. sheephillastro.otg, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see apr 6 20:0:0- Columbia University - MH - astronomy lecture - see Apr 6 20;00 - Wash'n X'ing - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Apr 6 20:30 - Litchfield - CT - Litchfield Hills A A C lecture White Meml Consrvn Ctr. Free. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. lhaac.shutterfly.com, email@example.com lhastro.org Sat 21 apr 09:00 - Suffern - NY - Northeast Astronomy Forum VISIT THE NYSkies BOOTH Thru Sun 22 Apr. Rockland Astro Club. SUNY Rockland Coll. Vendors, dealers, exhibits, demos, talks, food service. $26 1-day, $45 2-day. www.rocklandastronomy.com 19:30 - Alley Pond Park - QN - clearsky starviewing Alley Pond Enviro Ctr. $14 at door. Cancelled for clouds. www.alleypond.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 718-229-4000 19:30 - Danbury - CT - astronomy lecture - see Apr 7 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, email@example.com 20:00 - Great Kills Pk - SI - clearsky starviewing Natl Pk Svc. Enter at Hylan Bv to playground; Free. Cancelled for clouds. www.nps.gov/gate, 718-987-6790 n 20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing - see Apr 7 20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Apr 7 20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing see Apr 7 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Apr 6 20:30 - West Reading - CT - clearsky starviewingh New Pond Farm, obseratory. $10, adv regn reqd. , cancelled for clouds. www.newpondfarm.org, 203-938-2117, firstname.lastname@example.org Sun 22 Apr 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Apr 6 Tue 24 Apr 14:00 - New York University - MH - astronomy lecture - see Apr 3 18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecture 15 E 84 St, 5/Madison Av. Various topics on history and culture of ancient civilizations.. Free, adv regn reqd. isaw..nyu.edu email@example.com, 212-992-7842 19:00 - New Haven - CT - Astro Soc of New Haven meeting Yale Univ, Leitner Family Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.asnh.org, firstname.lastname@example.org Wed 25 Apr 16:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture- see Apr 4 20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see Apr 4 20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Apr 4 20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Apr 4 21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing - see Apr 4 Thu 26 Apr 13:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture - see Apr 12 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 20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Apr 5 20:30 - Piscataway - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Apr 12 Fri 27 Apr 11:00 - Palisades - NY - science lecture - see Apr 6 19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - see Apr 6 19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Apr 6 20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see apr 6 20;00 - Wash'n X'ing - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Apr 6 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Apr 6 Sat 28 Apr 20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing - see Apr 7 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Apr 6 20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Apr 7 20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing see Apr 7 20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg UACNJ Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.uacnj.org 20:30 - Voorhees St Pk - NJ - NJ Astro Assn meeting NJAA-HQ, Robinson Obsy. Free. www.njaa.org, 908-368-8600 Sun 29 Apr 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Apr 6 Events Skipped This Month ----------------------- EVENT MAY RESUME AT DIFFERENT PLACE OR HOUR; INQUIRE AT CONTACT -------------------------------------- -------------------------------------- [???] 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 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 - Uniondale - LI - clearsky starviewing Hofstra University,Berliner Bdg, Rm 117. Free, adv regn reqd. Cancelled for clouds. 516-463-2759, www.hofstra.edu/Academics, 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 18:30 - 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, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, 19:00 Montauk - LI - astronomy lecture Montauk Obsy, Montauk Library. 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, 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 - NY Academy of Sciences - MH - astronomy lecture 'The unification of physics: The ques for a Theory of General News ---------- Many events in NYSkies were forced out due to four march 2018 nor'easter storms. Host facilities were closed or short-crewed. Some events were formally called off ahead of the storm. Road conditions were dangerous. Power lines were cut by blown-down trees or cars collision with poles. Rails were blocked by fallen trees or frozen switches/signals. Observatory at College of Staten Is in March 2018 closed for assorted repairs. It may lose its spring events. I moved it to the '???' section. Schommer Obsy, Rutgers U, has three sessions in April, not the normal two. They are on April 12, 19, 26. Astro Soc of Toms River Area seems to have enduring trouble with its events webpage. Altho homepage refers to it, there are no items in it. I leave the club in the '???' section. Natl Musm Math seems to vary the hour for its 'Math encounters' show. It's in late afternoon or early eveningm once or twice each instance. Inquire at contact for any questions. Astronomers form all over, not only within our turf, are giddy wild about ISAW's four-part lecture set of Babylonian astronomy! it began on March 28 and continues on April 3,d 4, 11. Almost surely the seats are filled by readtime but do get on the waitlist RIGHT NOW. At the March 28 talk about 30 guests were on the waitlist and about 20 were turned away when every last seat was taken. Already you are asking for a book, film, webcast, article, &c covering this series. As at issuetitme I don't know of any but I will inquire for you. I'll advise you in the Yahoogroup and the email list. NYSkies exhibits at both NEAF and Earth Day this year. NEAF is on April 21-22 at SUNY Rockland College, Suffern NY. John Pazmino presents talk on 'City of stars' on the 22nd. Earth Day is in Union Sq on the 15th. Come visit our booth! City News ------- NYC Mayor deBlasio on 2018 Feb 28 picked Miami-Dade FL school director Carvalho to as NYC school chancellor. He would take over from Farin~a, stepping down on Mar 31. He suddenly backed out on mar 1 to stay in Florida. deBlasio on Mar 5 went for 2nd choice Houston TX school director Caranza, who as at late March is still City's new chancellor. In late February 2018 real estate investor Parker Shimn put out plan to work around upcoming shutdown of Canarsie subway tunnel under East River.r Closure in April 2019 allows repair of hurricane Sandy ruin. Plan is a pontoon bridge. L-termatove Bridge, would span river from N 7 St & Driggs Av, BK, to Av H * 13 St, MH, with a train of 27m- long barges. They would be anchored to river bottom and surfaced with two bus lanes and two foot/bike lanes. A 5-6 meter clearance under the bridge deck passes low boats and a draw bridge near Manhattan end passes taller water traffic. Shimn estimates he can build L-ternative Bridge in 6-8 months for ~$100 million. Part of cost is recovered by $1 toll on foot/bike crossing and a couple dollars for bus riders. A live show on 2018 Mar 9 evening was presented by Dr Neil Tuson, Hayden Planetarium. He gave his 'Talk with the stars' show at Brooklyn Academy Of Music, where he discussed current topics in space and astronomy and then fielded questions from the audience. He gave Similar show at King Theater, Flatbush BK, in September 2017. NYSkies Astronomy Seminar on 2 March 2018 explored the spring sky. We learned that a large zone of winter stars in early spring is still in good view. The generally milder weather in spring lets us observe these stars in comfort and convenience. On the other hand, the Milky Way also is in the west, receding into twilight during spring. It leaves out sky until late spring when the summer segment rises up in the east. This shift of Milky Way brings a colLateral shift in deepsky objects. Most open clusters are in the west amonG the winter stars. Globular clusters are sprinkled over most of the sky. Galaxies fill almost the whole spring sky except along the Milky Way. We correlated the disposition of deepsky objects with the galactic structure. We saw that in spring a segment of the galaxy does not come above the horizon in our latitude. We call this the 'Southern Milky Way' but its extent varies with latitude. South of about 25d S we can observe the entire MW band at some hour and season. The southern MW includes many bright clusters and nebulae, favorite targets when visiting south latitude. We discussed the rule 'March comes in like a lion and leaves like a lamb'. It does, for the American northeast, refer to the change of weather from wild winter to mild spring. The choice of lion and lamb comes from the stars. In March Leo enters the sky in the east while Aries leaves in the west. We joked about the 'lion' part because we were at the meeting under a winter storm. For planets we reminded about Venus coming into view in March, rising out of strong twilight into higher sky in the west after sunset. We reserved detailed discussion about Mars until the March 16 session. March is usually when the Jewish month of Nisan begins, with Passover under Nisan's Full Moon. Historicly this was declared by seeing the first crescent after the actual New Moon. Some of us may try to catch sight of the crescent soonest after new phase to experience this tradition. i mentioned the prospective 'City of stars' walk, run by Amateur Observers Society, open for NYSkiers. A test walk is on March 10 stopping at many all-new astronomy places. AOS will then assemble the itinerary for the real tour in late spring. Takeaways were general starchart for spring, map of Milky Way with segments labeled, map of Southern Miulky Way, table of spring occultations, atlas plates for spring zone of celestial sphere, maps of deepsky objects relative to Mw, chart of summer MW in owl hours for seeing the MW in May-June, scenes illustrating visibility of lunar crescent after new phase. March 2018 was an extra busy month for US Prez Trump. He: * Announced new Jerusalem embassy will open in May, possibly with Israel's 70th anniversary. In January 2018 he noted in the 'State of the Union' that embassy will open by yearned 2019. * Prepared for military exercises in northern Pacific Ocean with western Pacific allies * Improved gun safety with certain new rules on access ro guns and banning devices to convert guns into illegal models. * Accepted North Korea's invite to negotiate removal of nuclear from Korean peninsula * Discussed with Russia president Putin about cooling down recent arms buildup and stabilizing Middle East * Reserved certain transgender soldiers to certain lnon-ocmbat functions in armed services * Signed new $1.3T spending bill to keep government running thru end of fiscal year 2018 * Rejected several China applications to buy into US digital tech companies for exploiting US commercial/business property. * Approved weapons sale and military training to Saudi Arabia for defense against Iran/ISIS incursions. * Imposed trade restrictions on many items imported from China * Added human rights conditions and terms on Palestine Authority for continued US financial aid * Replaced the heads of several executive agencies and offices, such as FBI, VA, CIA, White House staff * Joined several countries to expel some 60 Russian diplomats as penalty for Russia's use of nerve gas in the UK. UK accused Russia of trying to kill a spy with gas attack in a London park. * Inspected prototypes of US-Mexico wall, to span ~2,500km from California to Texas.a. * Announced his intent to run for second term as president * Applied pressure with UN against Turkey's criminal indictment of Rev Brunson for 'christianization'. * Started Justice Dept investigations for several potential FBI/CIA violations of procedures in recent years * Confronted California for its continuing disregard of certain federal laws and regulations * Stepped up prosecution of narcotics trafficking, both from overseas and domestic. * Placed financial and business restrictions on ~30 Russian persons and parties for tampering with 2016 US elections, mostly in favor of candidate Clinton. * Discussed with Israel PM Bibi for humanitarian aid to Gaza, whose civil works and services are collapsing * Placed new import tariffs on steel and aluminum, with exemption for many US ally countries All of these items, plus others, are evolving, with potential for future modification. FDNY Sgt Davidson was died in fire on 23 March 2018. He was in Hamilton Hts MH building when flames or collapse blocked escape and his air tank ran out. NYSkies Astronomy Seminar on 16 March 2018 studied the coming opposition of Mars. Mars rounds opposition, when he is along side of Earth, on 2018 July 27. We played with the geocentric and heliocentric model of Mars's orbit, seeing how the two are equivalent in a first approximation. We traced Mars's path in spring/summer, watching the retrograde loop. All planets go thru retrograde loops but those of Mercury and venus occur in stronG twilight or daylight. We examined the apparent error of direction for the east/west stations and east/west qyadratyre. The 'west' points are in fact west of the Sun; 'east', east. The confusion comes from missing the circular shape of the zodiac; it is not a linear stripe. We saw how the excentric ellipse of Mars's orbit cause oppositions of varying separation from Earth. The 2018 round is near the Mars perihelion and is a perihelic opposition. When Mars is near apohelion, the opposition is an apohelic one. We compared disc diameter for several oppositions, seeing how the size ranges almost 2:1 between the extremes. The 2018 opposition is in Capricornus, a dimmer constellation, about 183 up at culmination. Mars is proceding eastward now, in March, thru Sagittarius, visible in owl hours in southeast. We studied disc size during this year's apparition from west square thru opposition to east square. The largest size last only a week or so as Mars zooms past Earth in the retrograde loop. Mras was in our sky since fall2017 as a dim pinkish star. His disc was far too small for confident inspection in home telescopes. By convention we start serious observation of Mars when he falls back to 90degrees west of the Sun, at west quadrature or square. Observing continues thru east quadrature in fall 2018. Mars remains in the sky, gradually dimming, thru year end and early 2019. We learned that as much as Mars is in the news for space flights and sci-fi adventures, the telescope view is a big let-down. Surface texture is weak, even when mars is largest, 24 arcseconds at opposition. The best to expect in small scopes is a smudge or two and the white polar cap. For this year the south cap is tuned to us. This means the Sun is shining on it, in southern spring and summer, and is melting it away. As the apparition progresses the cap shrinks. It could be all gone by east square. As Mars goes thru his own seasons, with axis tilt of about 25 degrees, the north and south poles alternate facing toward us. A question came up about seasons on Earth. At the equinox day and night ar equal but this seems to happen on March 17, not on equinox day the 20th. Part of the discrepancy is the usual way of citing sunrise and sunset. They are the moments the Sun breaks horizon when rising and closes horizon when setting. These occur about 1-1/2 off of the geometric rise/east when the Sun's center is on the horizon. With this correction the equal day/night is on the 20th. An other question came about keeping calendars on mars. Can't the Earth calendar be mapped onto mars by stretching the months to fill the greater number of mars days in one Mars year? Yes, and one diagram in the takeaway had Mars's orbit marked in this synthetic calendar. There is no generally agreed scheme of calendar for Mars, there being many proposed varieties. We cite the date within a Mars year either by a count of days since the previous vernal equinox on Mars or the actual longitude of the Sun along the Mars ecliptic. As yet there is no Mars chronolgy. Each application of timekeeping has its own zero year, like when the orbiting spacecraft first turned on its instruments. We were awed at learning Mars is the only planet whose physical activity on its surface is visible by eye from Earth. When the Mars air is clear the planet looks pink or orange from the red sand covering. When a global dust storm erupts, usually out of the Hellas basin, a yellow-white dust fills th air. The planet from Earth then looks whitish or pale yellow. Astrologers considered this color in their work, along with the position and motion of the plane6t. We bantered about space flights to Mars being that each opposition raises up a bunch sent there. They launch 2-3 month before opposition and arrive at mars a few months after opposition. The timing takes advantage of proximity to save travel time and fuel. We noted that on the way to mars the spacecraft follows a solar orbit in free fall. The optimum path was worked up by Hohmann in the 1910s as part of the effort to build a spacefaring industry in the early 20th century. A bonus at this meeting was six tickets for American Museum. They give free admission and one free extra show during the visit. Several NYSkierss took them home. A late-breaking bonus was an alert about Tiangong-1, China's fist space station. Radio comms were broken in 2016, leaving it in an uncontrolled orbit. The orbit is decaying from air drag with a fall to Earth expected in late March to early April. The final prediction will come only in the last several orbits, about 6 hours before fall. Satellite observing webs will carry latest news. Takeaways were map of Mars retrograde loop, helioocentric and geocentric model of Mars, orbit diagrams for oppositions, pictures of Mars disc size during this opposition and compared with others, general planet elongation chart for 2018, articles on observing Mars, maps of Mars surface for small scopes, world map of Mars. Physicist & cosmologist Stephen Hawking passed away on 13 March 2018 at his UK home at age 76. he was overtaken by long-time ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease, that hit him at age 21. Hawking developed blackhole theory and tried to discover a 'theory of everything' for all of physics. In his last years he suggested there may be no union for quantum and Einstein physics, nor any way to unveil the mystery of a 'god'. His books, TV shows, movies enlightened both home astronomers and public, like 'A brief history of time'. He also appeared as cameos or 'walk-in', with his motorized cart, parts in other films about science. John Pazmino and Steve Kaye were among ~400 judges at NYC Sicence and Engineering fair on 2018 March 4. The Fair was at City College, Hamilton Hts MH with some 500 high school student presenting their science projects. The projects they inspected were well prepared and presented, earned good scores.By an imbalance of projects categories and judges, Steve and John were each assigned only a couple projects, down from the usual 5 or 6. A chartered helicopter crashed in East Rv on 2018 March 11 ~19:15 EDST. It took off from Wall St, heading north, and went down off 88th St with apparent engine failure. The craft landed upright but suddenly flipped over and sank. The pilot escaped but could not free his five passengers strapped in their seats under water. All died at scene or in hospitals. Police towed craft, a AS350 model from Liberty Helicopter, to shore where at end March it was under study. Sky News ------ NYSkiers were pumped up for possible aurorae on 2018 Mar 7 & 8. Massive solar eruption several days earlier would arrive at Earth but time and place of particle iinflux were uncertain. Both nights in NYSkies were too cloudy for aurora watching and most Globe at Night assessments were 'none'. As at 29 March 2018 China's Tiangong-1 space station is still in a rapidly decaying orbit. Launched in 2011, all control of it was lost in 2016. It was since in a freefall path under air drag. The 10m, 9ton craft could drop down on April 1st and may have done so at readtime. If the drop is over NYSkies at night in clear sky you'll see a humongous spray of meteors Daylight Savings Time on 2018 March 11 came this year to NYSkies on the sneak, with little notice in news media. Normally the media remind the public on previous day to move clocks ahead for EDST. Lack of strong reminders made many people miss the clock change until well within March 11. March is the 2nd month in 2018 with a 'blue Moon'. This is according to the soft rule of being the second Full Moon in a calendar month. The Full Moons of March are on the 1st and 31st. The latter is also the Passover Moon . Four nor'easter winter storms blew thru NYSkies in March 2018. They sweeped over on 1-2, -/, 13-15, and 20-22, hitting different section of our territory to dump heavy snow, dense rain, strong wind. Roads covered in ice and slush, rails blocked by downed trees or slowed by damaged signals. Widespread electric cuts when power lines were ripped down by falling trees or collisions with poles. The storms forced cancellation of many activities, including schools and shows. More observers are seeing Venus, low in west-southwest within half-hour after sunset. My own first view was on March 8, 2018, skimming skyline. She could be missed as a distant street or yard light. Venus creeps farther from Sun and higher over skyline in April. Later sunset due to DST will help those who until now get to their viewing site too late on the clock. Ultra clear night over New York City on 2018 March 16. NYSkiers arriving home from Seminar, other astronomers under the sky, saw the fainter spring constellations. Among them were Hydra, Corvus, Cancer, Monoceros, Ursa Major, Lynx. Transparency was 4-1/2 to 5th magnitude generally over City. Some observers spotted Beehive and Coma clusters. My own Globe at Night measurement was 5th magnitude, with Orion getting low in west. By March 17, 2018, most astronomers in NYSkies got first sight of Venus in this year's apparition. The sky was clear and dark, not quite so dark as on the 16th but thoroly one of the better nights. Some spotted her while trying to catch First Crescent for jewish month of Nisan. March 17 was in fact Nisan 1. Globe at night readings in Earth Hour on 24 March 2018, 20:30- 21:30 EDST, were hindered by clouds and gibbous Moon. Observers reported no obvious reduction of luminous graffiti during the hour.