NYC EVENTS FOR NOVEMBER 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 Standard Time (UT - 5h). Coronavirus --------- US Prez Trump tested positive on Oct 1 and felt weak symptoms. By the virus hype he should quickly deteriorate and snuff out. And, yes, many anti-Trumpers actually wished such a fate on him! Trump went to Walter Reed hospital,where all sitting presidents have medical care, for treatment with the now-usual remedies. He also took an experimental antigen serum. Trump fully recovered in several days. By Oct 12 he resumed his public rallies and meetings. Soonest Trump got back to work, he arranged for the antigen serum to be released to all virus patients thru normal physician care. More over, Trump made the medicine free. It otherwise costs some $1,500/dose and,being experimental, isn't covered by insurance. The Trump incident demolished the story that coronavirus is a one- way ticket to the grave. It is a serious disease, yes, but one that is handled with now-standard medical care. In Brooklyn and Queens a massive conflict blew open in early October. NYC Mayor deBlasio and NYS Gov Cuomo claimed that certain nabes are scoring positives exceding acceptable levels. They imosed a new lockdown in these nabes. The lockdown shuttered all premises that receive visitors, clients, customers, even those already practicing sound virus precautions. The only exceptions were selected stores for subsistence and health. It bans more than ten, TEN, congregants/session in houses of worship, regardless of house capacity. The lockdown closed all schools, who must revert to at-home education. One victim is the Catholic school properties in the hotspot areas. The schools were running for about a month with on-site education and reasonable virus safety measures. When the new lockdown began these schools scored ZERO positives among students and staff. Both mayor and governor swore strict enforcement, with penalties set. They ordered city and state police to padlock noncomlianyt premises and lay steep fines on repeat violators. City police laid off of the lockdown rules and took care of only real criminal activity. State police refused to cross into the City for any duty. What about the excess positives (if any)? As at late October there are only A COUPLE confirmed medical cases, all cured by routine treatment. And, miraculum miraculorum, the positive rate FELL TO BARELY one PERCENT OF NEW TESTS in the closed zones. like turning off a valve. This shows that immunity likely took over. Altho people acquired the virus, almost none really got sick from it.NYC and NYS in end October loosened the constraints to about the pre-lockdown levels. An other bit of mews came on October 19. NYC's public schools opened in late September with mixed on-site and at-home service. For schools with on-site attendance, of some 17,000 tests on students and staff, only, hold your hat, TWENTY SEVEN persons were positive and NONE actually fell into sickness. Schools were from all parts of the City, not just in the closed areas. Thee's more. Both US CDC and WHO report that currently almost all who do die from coronavirus were compromised by other health complications. The US fatality rate, for the whole duration of the coronavirus episode, is 3%, tilted that high by the heavy early deaths when we didn't yet have preventive and curative medicines. In some US states the deaths were augmented by commingling virus patients in longterm care with nonvirus patients. The current US death rate is about 1% because now so few victims die from the virus, having been cured or treated. This recent news is not the 'all clear' to resume a completely pre-virus life. Continue to wear the mask in crowded and indoor surrounds. Please wear a new clean mask, not one you saved since March. Wash hands often, each for two alphabet rounds. 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 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---------- 1 2 3 4 5 6# 7 16:45 EST (8. 9 10 11 12 13 14 16:38 EST .15. 16 17 18 19 20# .21) 16:3 3EST 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 16;30 EST 29 (30) +1 +2 +3 +4# +5 16:28 EST -------------------------------------------------- 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, encumbered 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 - !!! 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 - - - - 7, 14, 21, 28 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 - - - !!! Earth Institute - - - - - !!! Eastern Standard Time - - 1 Election Day - - - - - - 3 GC Presents - - - - - - - !!! Globe at Night - - - - - 7-16 Governors Island - - - - SPR Hayden Plm 'Frontiers' - !!! Hayden Plm 'Live!' - - - !!! Instt Stud Ancnt World - !!! *Inwood Astronomy Project !!! Jupiter Joe's Astronomy - !!! Milky Way fall season - - 1-30 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 SciCafe' - - - - - - - - !!! Simons Foundation - - - - !!! SpaceX NYC - - - - - - - !!! Thanksgiving Day - - - - 26 *Top of the Laawn - - - - !!! Urban Park Rangers - - - !!! Veterans Day - - - - - - 11 ------------------------------- 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 - - - 4, 11, 18, 25 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 - - - !!! McDowell Observatory - - !!! Morris Musm Astro Soc - - !!! New Jersey Astro Assn - - SPR North Bergen Viaduct - - 0 No Jersey Astro Gp mtg - !!! No Jersey Astro Gp starvg !!! Peyton Observarory - - - !!! Plasma Physics Lab - - - !!! Rutgers Univ Astro Collqm !!! Rutgers Univ Astro Semnr !!! *S*T*A*R - - - - - - - - - !!! Schommer Observatory - - !! *Sheep Hill Astro Assn - - !!! *Sheep Hill Observatory - !!! *Utd Astro Clubs of NJ - - SPR Washington Xing St Pk - - APR ----------------------------- 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 with dates are on-site events, all having 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. # ################################################################# Sun 1 Nov 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 02:00 - whole City - MH - Eastern Standard Time returns Set clocks BACK, BEHIND, one hour to return to EST. Most readers will do this on the previous night when they go to sleep so they wake up in the proper time. The clock hour 01:00 to 01:59 repeats, first for EDST and again for EST. 18:00 - 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 Tue 3 Nov all day - whole City - MH - Election Day Please check with event contact for session falling on this day by rule or outdated schedule Wed 4 Nov 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 Sat 7 Nov 20:00 - whole CIty - MH - Globe at Night exercise Thru Nov 16 . NYSkies runs its own Globe at Night exercise in 2020-2021 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 - 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 Wed 11 Nov all day - whole City - MH - Veterans Day Please check with event contact for session falling on this day by rule or outdated schedule 21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 4 Sat 14 Nov 20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - aee Nov 7 Wed 18 Nov 21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 4 Sat 21 Nov 20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - aee Nov 7 Wed 25 Nov 21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 4 Thu 26 Nov all day - whole City - MH - Thanksgiving Day Please check with event contact for session falling on this day by rule or outdated schedule Sat 28 Nov 20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - aee Nov 7 Events Skipped This Month ----------------------- EVENT MAY RESUME AT DIFFERENT PLACE OR HOUR; INQUIRE AT CONTACT -------------------------------------- -------------------------------------- [SPR] SPRING RESUMPTION OF ACTIVITY -------------------------------------- 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 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 - 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 20:30 - Voorhees St Pk - NJ - NJ Astro Assn meeting NJAA-HQ, Robinson Obsy. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.njaa.org, 908-368-8500 ------------------------------------------------------- [!!!] ENCOMBERED 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 - 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 - 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 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 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 - New Haven - CT - Astro Soc of New Haven meetinG Yale Univ, Leitner Family Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.asnh.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 = = = = = 19:15 - 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, firstname.lastname@example.org 19:30 - Boonton - NJ - Sheep Hill Astro Assn meeting Boonton Senior Ctr. Free. www.sheephillastro.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org 19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show 100 Cable Way, Mariners Hr SI. 'Geology forum' Live audience, seating at 19:30, on air at 20:00. Free. www.sictv.org, 718-727-1414 19:30 - 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, 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 20:30 - Piscataway - NJ - clearsky starviewng Rutgers Univ,`Schommer Obsy. Free. Cancelled for clouds. 732-205-0020, www.physics.rutgers.edu/ast/ast-serin.html email@example.com 20:00 - 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 - Princeton - NJ - clearsky starviewing Princeton Univ, Peyton Hall. Free. Cancelled for clouds www.astro.princeton.edu/observatory/publicobserving.php, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - No Jersey Astro Gp meeting Montclair St Univ, Richardson Hall, Room 232. Free. njastro.org, 973-655-7266 jjj 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 - 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. firstname.lastname@example.org, 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. email@example.com, www.asliclub.org 20:00 - Columbia University - MH - astronomy lecture / Pupin Hall, signs to lecture room. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.astro.columbia.edu/outreach, 212-854-3278 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 = = = = = General news --------- NOTATE MAGIS BENE!! Yahoogroups is shutting down its email groups as at 2020 December 15. The closure is permanent an applies to all of Yahoo's groups, not just NYSkies. We are, thanks to Greg Homatas and Steve Lieber, in process of moving our 'nysky' group to an other host. (The name was misnamed when the group opened in 2001). Soonest the move is done and the group ready for service, we,will post frequent reminders to begin conversing thru it and not longer thru Yahoo's group. There is no action required by the group members, other than to sign up thru the new host, as we will in due course instruct. Some events with posted dates slided back into the '!!!' section. It could be that the event had sound hope of restoring activity but some new coronavirus factor blocked them. Events that normally sun in summer and take a winter break are moved to the 'SPR' section. Regardless of how the coronavirus-induced closures last thru the winter, some premises may reopen in time for a spring resumption of these events. I am grateful to Gregory Homatas for passing along my notes to the Yahoogroup. I'm not recognized by the group from my home computer. Until the stay-home regimen I posted from mt office. This situation will clear up when the group is moved or replaced on a new host. City University of New York in mid Oct 2020 tentatively cancelled its spring 2021 semester. It may continue at-home service and call off public/external events at their campi. Events availing of CUNY facilities must seek alternative venues. NYC Sci & Engg Fair for march 2021 is now exploring other options, since it is normally staged at CUNY's City College. City news ------- The NYSkies Astronomy Seminar for October 2 and 16 were cancelled because McBurney House, our host, remains closed for most indoor activities. In late Sep into Oct 2020 NY,,several other states, many countries launched "COVID Alert'. It's a smartphone app for Apple and Android devices to warn about nearby virus-positive persons. Ir's free from Apple/Google app web. If your virus test is positive, results come with a code number to key into the app. All codes are stored in central database and are oblitterated after 14 days. 'COVID Alert' sends your code to other phones via Bluetooth and receives their codes. Received code warns of proximity within 2m for more than 10-15 min,your phone get graphic/text warning You should then get tested and, if positive, get medical attention. A Cessna-182 seaplane crashed in Whitestone QN on Oct 3 ~15h EDST. plane with three riders was traveling on Long is Sound when it apparently skipped and fell into a pier near Powells Cove Bv. One rider was killed, pilot and other rider were hospitalized. two witnesses on land took minor injuries while rescuing riders before FDNY arrived. Plane, totaled, was owned by nearby resident, who flew it from his waterfront home. PBS-TV, Ch 13 NYC, on Oct 21 discussed the Osiris-Rex spaceprobe visit at asteroid Bennu. Program was addiurnate to the minute to show NASA crew cheering probe's landing on Oct 20. Osiris-Rex grabbed a sample and lifted off for Earth. Return arrival is in 2023. Early voting began in NYS on Oct 24. My sister & I went at ~14h to vote and then shop. The voting station was at Brooklyn College, with at first looked like a short line outside. We were pointed farther back, across the street, to the end of the line. As we walked along the line we overheard phone convos that the queue was, uh, LOOoong. We heard it stretched to its tail at -- I'M NOT MAKING THIS UP! -- quite 3/4 km! Patients were spaced 1-1/2 meter apart and almost all wore masks (required to enter the station). Scattered reports from NYSkiers in NYS described lines many hundreds of meters long, all quiet and orderly with no agitation or disturbance. People seemed to space apart on their own by 1-1/2 to 2 meters On Oct 25 afternoon a 'Jes for Trump' caravan was assaulted by Antifa/BLM gangs. Cars, with Trump banners, flags, signs, reached 72nd Times Sq when anti-Trumpers rushed them. They tore off their signs, scratched or dented the cars. Paraders came out of the cars to engage the agitators. Scene grew into fist-fights. and.attackers were repelled end parade continued. Police were ordered by NYC Mayor deBlasio to stand down. The proposal by US Senators Rubio & Scott to prolong Daylight Savings Time never came to a floor discussion. The country goes off of DST at 02:00 on November 1, as stipulated in current rules. Then after, until Mar 2021 we are in Standard Time. In early October the Roosevelt Hotel and Oyster Bar closed due to coronavirus complications. Hotel, near Grand Central Terminal, may go out of business while Oyster Bar, in GCT, may reopen when virus situation relaxes. Two new articles is in our web. In my piece about the Islamic calendar I mentioned that pattern of eclipses in month Ramadan needs further inquiry. A couple readers offered web sources to explain these patterns. ecl-rama.htm is a copy of one source with adequate discussion of Ramadan and its eclipses. crux-nyc.htm discusses the Southern Cross, banking off of a 2019 NYSkies Seminar. It beings out features of Crux that are sometimes understated in regular astronomy litterature. The pieces are at/: www.nyskies.org/articles/pazmino/ecl-rama.htm www.nyskies.org/articles/pazmino/crux-nyc.htm Frank Morano radio show, WABC AM770, on Oct 12 discussed Columbus's lunar eclipse. Columbus in his fourth and final voyage was in Jamaica (Caribbean island, not Queens district) with shortage of provisions for the sailing back home. The natives rejected his request. He knew of an upcoming total lunar eclipse from his navigation almanacs. He warned that his god was angry about the natives and will make the Moon turn bloody on a certain coming evening. On 29 February 1504 (Julian local date)the Moon was eclipsed, scaring the natives to outfit Columbus for his return trip. TV show 'Are you smarter than a fifth grader?'posed a couple sci/math questions. True/false: A hexagon can be divided into two trapezoids. Answer: True. Fill in" Which is the largest moon in the solar system? Answer: Ganymede (at Jupiter). Older readers may recall,before spaceprobes explored Jupiter and Saturn, that Titan was considered as the largest moon. The Broadway theater district on oct 8 called off its fall season until perhaps March 2021. It in summer put off the opening to January 2021 due to the coronavirus situation. it noted additional complications came along from the City's breakdown in civil order. Sky news ------ October 2020 was an average month for observing with many good clear nights and many with cloud or rain. The better observing was in the early month, with the latter half being more adverse. Of the two major sky events, the Mars opposition was well observed but the Moon- Jupiter-Saturn convention was clouded out. Cool clean night on Oct 8-9 with possible Milky Way sightings. Reports were tentative, from M & S SI, S BJ for MW segment in Cyg. All were done in early night, but general observing continued all night. Sly, until 3Q Moon rose, was filled with faint stars, transp 4-1/2 to 5. Temp fell to ~10C with light breeze. Mars rounded his opposition on October 13, a close one with 23 arcsec disc diam. He dominates the Aries-Cetus region 182 in south in late night. NYSkies campaign for Globe at Night begins on November 7 and runs thru Apr 2021. We work with Orion, now coming into evening sky in east at nightfall. Full instructions at www,nyskies.org/gannyc.htm. Jupiter and Saturn are on 'collision course' running up to their tight conjunction in December. They are i low south at nightfall. The convention of Moon-Jupiter-Saturn in evening of October 22 was mostly clouded out over NYSkies. A couple observers caught peeks thru thin parts of cloud. Next, and final, M-J-S convention is November 19.