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NYC Events


  John Pazmino 
 NYSkies Astronomy In+c 

    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 
knnow that you learned of its event thru NYC Events. 
    Frequently asked questions and explanation of NYC Events is at 
    You may ask for previous NYC Events thru 'nyskies@nyskies.org' 
because only the current issue is in the website. It is replaced by 
next month's issue. 
    For events which missed NYC Events, check the NYSkies email group. 
This is the relocated 'nysky' yahoogroup, which Yahoo teminated on 
2020 December 15. The new 'nydkird'group started on 2020 November 10.  
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    May 2021 was 'burn your mask' month! The pandemic is now good and 
gone and lockdowns are falling as rapidly as i can type this section. 
The one missing event is the Times Square billboard proclaiming 'VIRUS 
OVER!' above spectators in the streets kissing with no mask. 
    Yes, all thru May public officials were racing to drop 
restrictions and promote vaccination. No masks outdoors, uh, no masks 
indoors in thin surrounds, uh, no masks indoors at all. Spacing not 
needed outdoors, uh, spacing of only one meter indoors, uh, no spacing 
required at all. Vaccine proof not needed outdoors, uh, no needed for 
light indooe occupancy, uh, not called for at all. Indoor seating is 
now 60%, uh, it's 75%, uh, fill 100%. 
    Major events kaboshedin 2020 by lockdown were estored: Tribeca 
Film Festival, Tunnel to Towers run, Jones Beach air show, NYC 
Marathon, live searing at sports arenae, outdoor live concerts and 
    Indoor events were freed from occupancy and open-hours limits. NYC 
public schools in fall 2021 return to in-person session with no 
optional remote teaching (except for disabled pupils and 'snow days'). 
    Parades are firing up: Gay Pride, Memorial Day, West Indian, 
Independence Day,. Manhattanhenge may have a small turnout for May but 
a full return to the several myriads of spectators in July. 
    Vaccination is on high iron. Some states and towns are offering 
prizes for new patients getting the jab: coupon for free beer or 
pizza, sport or theater tickets,to -- I'M NOT MAKING THIS UP! -- full 
tuition scholarship at a public colege. Bu mid May all of NYSkies, and 
much of other regions, achieved herd immunity. The portion of 
vaccinated people plus suvivors of the virus is so great, some 85% of 
adults, that there simply is no significvant danger of catching the 
disease. And if you do, routine remedies are now in place to quickly 
and effecrively cure it. The virus simply ran out of victims to live 
on!If you encounter a person with no mask sitting near you in a park, 
it doesn't matter what his vax status is. You're protected and thee no 
virus left in you. You can neither catch nor give th virus with that 
    Coronavirus still exists. It was not eradicated. It collapsed from 
a ticket for certain death a year ago to now a matter of personal 
health concern. And if a person does catch coronavirus, by 
vulnerability or skipped vaccination, routine remedies are in pace. By  
quick medical attention, almost no one needs hospital stay. Of course, 
if you have other debilitating conditions you must exercise the 
cautions for them as discussed with your medical provider. 

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

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 lockdowns 
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  Floyd Bennett Field - - - !!! 
  Secret Science Club - - - !!! 

 *A S of Gtr Hartford   - - AUT 
  Astro Sco of Greenwich  - AUT 
 *Astro Soc of New Haven  - !!! 
  Bowman Observatory -  - - !!! 
  Litchfield Hills AAC mtg  !!! 
 *McCarthy Observatory  - - !!! 
  New Pond Farm   - - - - - 19 
  Van Vleck Obsy (ASGH)   - !!! 
  Van Vleck Obsy (WU)  - -  AUT 
  Western Conn St Uv - - -  AUT 
  Westport Astro Soc mtg  - 15 
  Westport Astro Soc starvg  2, 9, 16, 23, 30 
  Boothe Meml Astro Soc - 203-377-9933, 
    ww w.facebook.com/Boothe-Memorial-Astronomical-Society 

 *Amateur Observers Soc - - !!! 
 *Amat Obsrs Soc starviewing!!! 
  Amer Instt Aero & Astro - AUT 
  Astro Soc of Long Island  !!! 
  Brookhaven National Lab - AUT 
  Custer Institute  - - - -  5, 12, 19, 26 
  Hmaptons Observatory  - - !!! 
  Hoftra univ Obsy  - - - - AUT 
  SUNY Stony Brook - -  - - AUT 
 *Susan Rose Observatory  -  5, 12, 19, 26 
 *Amat Astro Assn starvwg - !!! 
 *Amat Astro Assn lecture - AUT 
  Amer Instt Archaeology  - AUT 
  Ctr for Armosph Ocean Sci AUT 
  Ctr for Science & Society AUT n  Central Pk (Great Lawn) - !!! 
  Earth Institute - - - - - AUT 
  Gvvernors Island  - - - -  1-Oct 31 
  Hayden Plm 'Frontiers'  - AUT 
  Hayden Plm 'Live!' -  - - AUT 
  Instt Stud Ancnt World  - AUT 
  Intrepid Museum  - - - -- !!! 
 *Inwood Astronomy Project  !!! 
  Jupiter Joe's Astronomy - !!! 
  mask burning parties  - -  1 
  Milky Way spring season -  1-30 
  Natl Musm of Mathematics  !!! 
  'Nature of Color' exhibit  1-August 
  NYC-H2O - - - - - - - - - !!! 
  New York Map Society  - - AUT 
  NYU Astrop & Relatvty - - AUT 
  nova Cassiopeiae 2021 -    1-indef 
 *NYSkies Astronomy Seminar !!! 
  Pentagon report on UFOs -  1 
  SciCafe' - - - - -  - - -  2 
  Simons Foundation - - - - AUT 
  solar eclipse - - - - - - 10 
 *Top of the Laawn  - - - - !!! 
  Urban Park Rangers  - - - !!! 
 Ctr for Space Sci Edu - - info@nyccsse. org, www.nyccsse.org,  
             212-608-6164 n 

  Lamont-Doherty Obsy - - - AUT 
  Mid-Hudson Astro Assn - - 11 
  Vassar Collee Obsy  - - - AUT 
  Ward Pound Ridge  - - - -  5 
  Westchester Amat Astro  - AUT 

  A A A of Princeton  - - - !!! 
 *Amat Astro Inc meeting  - !!! 
  *Amat Astro Inc lecture - AUT 
  A S of Toms Rv Area - - - !!! 
  Morris Musm Astro Soc - - !!! 
  New Jersey Astro Assn - - AUT 
  No Jersey Astro Gp mtg  - !!! 
  Peyton Observatory  - - - !!! 
  Plasma pPhysics Lab - - - !!! 
  Rutgers Univ Astro Collqm AUT 
  Rutgers Univ Astro Semnr  AUT 
 *S*T*A*R - - - - - - - - - !!! 
  Schommer Observatory  - - !!! 
 *Sheep Hill Astro Assn - - !!! 
 *Utd Astro Clubs of NJ - -  5, 12, 19, 25 
 Washington Xing St Pk  - - !!! 
  Dark Sky Observers - www.users.nac.net/gburke/club  
  Montclair Telescope Club - 973-948-5284,,    
  NW Jersey Amat Astro - www.nwjaa.org, info@nwjaa.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 - AUT 


  Coll of SI Obsy - - - - - AUT 
  Staten Is Community TV  - !!! 



Ongoing and continuing events 

List of Events 
 # Events with dates are on-site events, with refuvrflockdown    # 
 # 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 lock- # 
 # down authorities may intervene on site against violators.     # 

Tue  1 Jun 
    all day - whole City - MH - mask burning parties 
        some social and civic orgs plan parties to ceremoniously burn 
        coronavirus face masks. None, so far, are announced by 
        astronomy orgs. Masks probably will be torn or cut into pieces 
        for discard or tossed into existing fire, like hearth or 
        furnace. Ask at orgs you belong to. th 
     all day - whole City - MH -nova Cassiopwiae 2021 
        Adapted from AAVSO Alert Notice 75. Nova Cassiopwiae 2021 
        discovered by Yuji Nakamura, Japan, on 2021 Mar 18 at 9.6 
        magn. Rose to 87th magn, then paussd thru early May. It rose 
        further to 7th magn in mid May. RA 23h 24m 47.73s, Decl +61d 
        11m 14.8s (2000). From alp Cas to bet Cas, then one length 
        beyond. Requies small scope, large binoculars, good finder 
        chart.  Cas  inhigh NE in Jun owl hours. www.aavso.org 
   all day - Amer Musm Natl Hist - MH - 'Nature of color' exhibit 
        Thru 2021 August. 4th floor. Explore light, wavelength, 
        vision, pigments, radiation, sprctra. $28 adm & exh. 
         212-769-5100, www.ammh.org/exhibitions/color 
    all day - Governors Island - MH - cultural shows 
        Thru 31 Oct. Island is open every day 10h-18h weekdays, 10h-
        19h weekends. Walk and tour thru former military base and new 
        urban park. Shows vary each day or visit by foot or bike. 
        Ferries run every 40 min from   Battery Marine Terml, MH. On 
        weekdays also  from Pier 6, BK; and Atlantic Basin, BK. Island 
        is free but ferry fare is $3 RT. Adv regn reqd, no walk-in 
        tkts.www.nps.gov/gois, www.govisland.com 
    00:00 - whole City - MH - Milky Way speing season 
        Thru Jun 30. Spring 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 east sky in owl 
        hours. www.nyskies.org/articles/pazmino/milky-ny.htm    
    10:00 - whole City - MH - Pentagon report on UFOs 
        US Dept of Defense submits tp US Senate its report on its 
       knowledge about UFOs. Study ordered as barnacle in 2020 
        co8ronavirus relief law, with 6-month deadline. Leaks fro 
        within DOD suggest acceptance of UFO existence as real 
        physical phaenomenon. Senate may release report to public or 
        keep it internal. 

Qed  2 Jun 
    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 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        Westport Astro Soc. Rolnick Obsy.  Free. Cancelled for clouds. 
        www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 

Sat  5 Jun 
    20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg 
        UACNJ Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free.  
    20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting 
        Custer Instt. Indoor program, clearsky starviewing. $5-$15. 
        Varies with program. www.custerobservatory.org, 
        president@custerobservatory.org, 631-765-2626  
    20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing  
        Amat Obsrs Soc. capus of Custer Institt. Sessions concurrent 
        with Custer's own events. Free, cancelled for clouds. 
        www.aosny.org, suerose@optonline.net             
    20:00 - Ward Pound Ridge - NY - clearsky starviewing 
        Westchester Amat Astro. Meadows Picnic Area. Free. Cancelled 
        for clouds. waa-president@westchesterastronomers.org 

Wed  9 Jun 
    20:00 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Jun 2 

Thu 10 Jun 
    05:00 - whole City - MH - partial colar eclipse 
        Eclipse begins before sunrise. Max partial depth at sunrise, 
        then Moon recedes from sun. View requires low clear horizon in 
        NE. Full solar protection needed because solar disc is always 
        exposed. Timetable for New York 
        EDST  | event             | alt-az | remarks 
        04:31 | civil twilight    | -- --- | daytime work begins 
        04:38 | first contact     | -- --- | partial phase begins 
        05:24 | sunrise           | 00 059 | daylight begins 
        05:33 | max partial depth | 01 060 | 73% on N side of Sun 
        06:31 | fourth contact    | 11 069 | partial phase ends 
    Thee are no 2nd and 3rd contacts because the Moon crosses off 
    centered over the Sun. I included a nominal allowance for horizon 
        refraction duw to the low solar altitude. 
Fri 11 Jun 
    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. `       

Sat 12 Jun 
    20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg - see Jun 5 
    20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Jun 5 
    20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing  - see Jun 5 

Tue 15 Jun 
    18:00 - Westport - CT - Westport Astro Soc meeting 
        Rolnick Obsy. Free. www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 

Wed 6 Jun 
    20:00 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Jun 2 

Sat 19 Jun 
    20:30 - West Reading - CT - astronomy lecture 
        New Pond Farm, obseratory. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
        starviewing. $8, adv regn reqd. www.newpondfarm.org, 
    20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg - see Jun 5 
    20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Jun 5 
    20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing  - see Jun 5 

Wed 23 Jun 
    20:00 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Jun 2 

Sat 26 Jun 
    20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg - see Jun 5 
    20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing  - see Jun 5 
    20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Jun 5 

Wed 30 Jun 
    20:00 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Jun 2 

 Events Skipptl This Month 
    10:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture 
         Colloquium series. Rutgers Univ, Busch Campus, Astro & Phys 
        Lecture Hall. Free. www.physics.rutgers.edu/colloquium, 
    13:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture 
        Seminar series. Rutgers Univ, Serin W330. Free. 732-445-3974, 
    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. 
    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, 
    15:30 - Greenwich - CT - Astro Soc of Greenwich meeting 
        Greenwich Audubon Ctr. Free with musm adm. 
        rickbria@optonline.net, 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, shafer@cims.nyu.edu 
    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 
    16:15 - Simons Foundation - MH - scinece lecture 
         160 5 Av & 21 St. 'Physics in real and counterfactual 
        universes''s moon titan '. Buffet smacks 16:15, lecture 17:00. 
        Free, adv regn reqd. 646-654-0066, 
    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 - East Meadow - LI -  Amer Instt Aero & Astro lecture 
        Borlli's Restaurant, 1580 Hempstead Tk. Various topics in 
        aeronautics and astronautics.  'The road to space, the next 
        thousand years'. $40, incl dinner, adv regn reqd. 
         516-458-8593, davidparis@twc.com 
    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 - 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, isaw@nyu.edu, 212-992-7800  
    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 
     18:15 - Amer Musm Natl Hist - MH - Amat Astro Assn lecture 
         Kaufmann Theater. Free, no musm adm fee. 718-522-5014, 
         president@aaa.org, www.aaa.org 
    18:30 - 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, 
        info@aia-nysociety.org     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 - 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  
   19:30 - New Brittain - CT - Astro Soc of Gtr Hartford meeting 
        Central CT St Univ, Copernicus Plm. Free. www.asgh.org, 
        860-872-9069, pparkerrs@cs.com 
    19:30 - Stony Brook - LI - astronomy lecture                     
        SUNY Stony Brook, Earth & Spc Sci Hall. Indoor lecture, 
        clearsky starviewing. Free. www.ess.sunysb.edu/astro, 
        631-632-8100, slutterbie@notes.cc.sunysb.edu 
    19:30 - Pleasantville - NY - Westchester Amat Astro meeting 
        Pace Univ, Lienhard Hall, Free. 
    20:00 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc lecture 
         Union Co Coll, Smith Audm. Indoor talk, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free. www.asterism.org 
    20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        Wesleyan U, Van Vleck Obsy. Free, cancelled for clouds. 
        860-685-3664, www.wesleyan.edu/astro/events 
     20:00 - Uniondale - LI - clearsky starviewing 
        Hofstra University,Berliner Bdg, Rm 117. Free, 
        adv regn reqd. Cancelled for clouds. 516-463-2759, 
        www.hofstra.edu/Academics, observatory@hofstra.edu 
    20;00 - York College - QN - astronomy lecture . 
        Core Academic Bdg, Rm AC-2E01. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free, adv regn reqd. 718-262-2082,  
    20:00 - Danbury - CT - astronomy lecture 
        Westn Conn St Uv, Obsy/Plm. Indoor planetarium show, 
        clearsky starviewing. Free. www.wcsu.edu/starwatch, 
       203-837-8671, dawsond@wcsu.edu 
    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 
   20:30 - Coll of Staten Is - SI - clearsky starviewing 
        Astrophys Obsy. Free, cancelled for clouds. 718-982-2818, 
    21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing 
        Vassar College, Observatory. Free. Cancelled for clouds. 
    all day - whole City - MH - clearsky starviewing  
        Amat Astro Assn. Sessions convene in parks usually at dusk. 
        Occasional daytime sunviewing. Free. Cancelled for clouds. 
          president@aaa.org, 718-522-5014, www.aaa.org  
    all day - whole City - MH - cultural tour 
        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, 
     all day - whole island - LI - clearsky starviewing  
        Amat Obsrs Soc. Sessions convene in parks usually at dusk. 
        Occasional daytime sunviewing. Free. Cancelled for clouds. 
         www.aosny.org, suerose@optonline.net 
    all day - whole City - MH - clearsky starviewing  
        Jupiter Joe's Sidewalk Astronomy. Sessions convene in parks 
        usually at dusk. Occasional daytime sunviewing. Free. `       
        Cancelled for clouds.  www.jupiterjoesastronomy.org, 
    all day - whole City - MH - cultural tours & lectures 
        Urban Park Rangers. Tours of parks, landmarks, nabes, hoods. 
        Lectures on history and culture of NYC. Program varies each 
        month. Free. www.nyc.gov/parks  
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    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. 
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    13;15 - Unionsale - LI - Amat Obsrs Soc meeting 
        Hofstra Univ, Berliner Hall. free. www.aosny.org, 
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     16:00 - Natl Musm of Mathematics - MH - science show 
        Also 19:00. 'Mathematical Encounters'. Free, adv regn 
        reqd. 212-542-0566, www.momath.org, info@momath.org 
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    17:30 - Intrepid Museum - MH - Free Friday show 
        Pier 86 and ship. Exhibits, demos, talks. Clearsky movies 
        and starviewing. Free. www.intrepidmuseum.org 
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    18:00 - Amagansett - LI - astronomy lecture 
        amptons Obsy. Amagansett Library. Indoor talk, clearsky 
         sunviewing. Free. www.montaukobservatory.com 
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    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, 
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     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, webmaster@astra-nj.org 
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    19:00 - New Haven - CT - Astro Soc of New Haven meetinG 
        Yale Univ, Leitner Family Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free. www.asnh.org, prez@asnh.org 
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   19:30 - Boonton - NJ - Sheep Hill Astro Assn meeting  
        Boonton Senior Ctr. Free. www.sheephillastro.org, 
        contacts@sheephillastro.org, wwestura@optonline.net 
    19:30 - Morristown - NJ - Morris Museum Astro Soc meeting  
        Morris Museum. Free. 973-386-1848, 973-386-1848,, 
        www.morrismuseum.org/astro-society, info@morrismusem.org, 
        ckkrish@gmail.com, www.mmastrosociety.org 
    19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show 
        100 Cable Way, Mariners Hr SI. 'Geology forum' Live audience, 
        seating at 19:30, on air at 20:00. Free. www.sictv.org, 
      19:30 - Torrington - CT - Litchfield Hills Amat Astro Club mtg 
        Central Congregational Church. Free. lhastro.org, 
    19:30 - Pleasantville - NY - Westchester Amat Astro meeting  
        Pace Univ, Wilcox Hall, Free.    
    19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting 
        Union Co Coll, Sperry Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky  
        starviewing. Free. www.asterism.org 
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    20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing 
        Inwood Astronomy Project. Meet at park entrance, Seaman Av 
        & Isham St. Free. Cancelled for clouds. 917-529-2359 
         www.inwoodastronomy.org, asonskendall@gmail.com 
    20:00 - Lincroft - NJ - S*T*A*R meeting 
        Brookdale Commty Coll, Mommouth Museum. Free. 
        www.starastronomy.org, s-walters@comcast.net York College - QN 
    20:00 - Princeton - NJ - clearsky starviewing 
        Princeton Univ, Peyton Hall. Free. Cancelled for clouds 
        jeg@astro.princeton.edu, lee@astro.princeton.edu 
    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, 
    20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting 
        Vanderbilt Plm. Free. asliastronomy@yahoo.com, 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing 
        Top of the Lawn. North path of Great Lawn. Free. Cancelled for 
        clouds. tags_p@yahoo.com, www.nyskies.org, nyskies@nyskies.org 
    20:00 - Bell House - BK - Secret Science Club meeting  
        149 7 St, 2/3 Av. Lecture and music on various science  
        topics. Free. secretscienceclub.blogspot.com, 718-638-4400, 
    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 - New Milford - CT - astronomy lecture  
        McCarthy Obsy, New Miford HS. Indoor lecture, clearsky  
        starviewing. Free. www.mccarthyobservatory.org, 860-354-1595, 
 = = = = =  
    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  
 = = = = = 
    21:00 - Greenwich - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        Astro Soc of Greenwich. Curtis Elem Schl, Bowman Obsy. Free. 
        Cancelled for clouds. rickbria@optonline.net, 203-415-6762. 

General news 
    This month's NYC Events is a refreshing relief from the the flat 
ones during the depths of lockdown. Many astronomy centers restarted 
in-person events or shifted them to reduced lockdown constraints. In 
most cases the event host facility set the terms and conditions, which 
the event sponsor must follow. 
    It turns out that many orgs normally  end their spring season in 
May-June and do not plan further activity until the fall. Thee, as i 
can recover them from NYC Events in early 2020 or into 2019, I put 
back in the 'AUT' section. This applies even if there were no actual 
events in spring due t o lockdown.
    It could be that there were only one or two events left in spring 
when the org got the clearance to resume. The org let the season run 
out without these events. A new season will start in the fall.. 
    Please be careful! Dates,hours, locations of events may change 
during the resumption of activity. This is likely caused by the event 
host facility altering its operations as it comes out of lockdown. 
    Hosts may continue some lockdown rules. You simply MUST inquire at 
the event contact BEFORE going to the event! You MUST learn of its 
procedures. You dare not assume a perfect replication of pre-lockdown 
    If you go to an event by public transport, common for us in the 
NYSkies region, you MUST wear the mask in the transport facilities and 
vehicles. This, I think, is a Federal rule still in force. 
    Carry the mask, in a protective cover, when ever out of home since 
other properties, like stores and offices, may still require it. Put 
it on when requested, even if you are vaccinated. 
    Have with you your vaccination receipt, or a due and proper 
letter-of-concern from your medical or cultural provider. Properties are 
letting inoculated visitors enter without masks. 
    As more events revive, like those which normally start in summer, 
they will be enrolled into future NYC Events. 

City news
    NYSkies Astronomy Seminar, on-site version, for May 7 & 21 was 
cancelled  due to lockdown. Our host McBurney House has its own 
activities but not yet accepting outside community events. 
    Indian Point nuclear power plant, Buchanan NY, ended operations  
of its last remaining reactor on 2021 April 30. Its other two ractors 
were decommissioned in 1974 and 2020. Indian Point was among the 
nation's earliest atomic power stations, the largest of all when it 
opened in 1962. It was centerpiece of Con Edison's exhibit at the NY 
World's Fair in 1964-65. Some specs of the Indian Point units adapted 
from Wikipedia 
    Plant located in Buchanan NY, near Peekskill NY,  ~60 km N of 
Herlad Sq MH. 
                    | unit 1 | unit 2 | unit 3 
 Reactor type         | all three, pressurized water reactor, 
                      | unit with oil-fired reheat boiler 
 Manufacturer         | all three, Westinghouse 
 construction start   | 1956  | 1966   | 1968 
 Commisoned          | 1962   | 1974   | 1976 
 Decommisioned       | 1974   | 2020   | 2021 
 Thermal output, Mw  | 615   | 3216  | 3216 
 Ekectric output Mw  | 275   | 1040  | 1040 
 Owner               | Consolidated Edison Co of NY 
                     | Unit 3 sold to NY Power Authy in 1976 
                     | Unit 1 & 2 sold to Entergy in 2001 
                     | |Unit 3 sold to Wntergy in 2015 


    Colonial Pupeline company's line from Houston TX to Linden NJ was 
attacked on May 7 late afternoon by ransomware launhed by Darkside 
hackers. Company deliberately shut off the pipeline, which sends oil 
from Gulf Coast refineries to various states along its route. ~45% of 
East Coast refined oil supply arrives thru this line, ~8,000km long 
including branches. Colonial paid Darkside $4.4 million and pipeline 
was returned to service by May 15. Outage dried up gasoline and fuel 
oil in some states and sparked price hikes. 
    US Prez Biden on May 13 officially advised that fully vaccinated 
people ARE FREE FROM masks, spacing, contact insulation. This feature 
of vaccination was widely known since March bt acceptance varied among 
states and towns. His advises apparently removes certain Federal mask 
    My sister and I got our 2nd does of Pfizer vaccine on May 14.  In 
summer air we walked the K-&-half to the walk-in outlet, here we got 
the first jab, and mustered in with our receipts. There was no queue 
or waiting. The technician verified our info, gave the jab, updated 
our receipts The agent advised us to carry the receipts with us in 
case a property requests it for entry. We rested in  a sitting room 
for 15 minutes and then strolled home with our masks in pocket. 
    Little Island , new section of Hudson Rv Pk, opened on 2021 May 
21. It's at replaces Pier 55 near 15 St, with foot bridge over West 
St. Park has 8m000m2 of grass, trees, hills, walkways, ramps to water 
level, amphitheater, convenience kiosks on  platform over river. Pub-
priv project of Diller-Von Furstenberg Foundtn. walk-in and timed-tkt 
according as hour of entry. www.hydsonriverpark.org 
    Microsoft on May 20 announced it ends support of Internet Explorer 
as at 2021 Aug 17. IE does not work correctly with MS's '365' programs 
but will still work for regular browsing. MS replaces IE with new Edge 
browser in next version of 365 and Windows. Edge was issued in 2015, 
since ported to Apple and Android systems. 
    The Vessel, stair-&-platform overlook in Hudson Yds MH, put in new 
visitor rules. They respond to recent suicide jumps from the pavilion.  
Timed-ticket is free for only first hour of visit. Visitors staying 
longer, as checked at exit, pay $10. Single visitors no longer 
admitted. Two or more must enter as a group. Group members may leave 
separately., each subject to the free-$10 time limit. 
    On May 3 NYYS MTA resumed 24/7 subway service beginning May 17. 
Service was suspended in owl hours since May 2020 for antivirus 
cleaning. Riders must still wear masks on all public transport. 
   NYC Dept of Ed on May 4 issued new rules for 2021-2022 school 
year. Columbus Day is no longer a holiday, being renamed Indigenous 
peoples day'. Refeences and allusions to Columbus are disallowed. Also 
there are no more 'snow days' in case of severe snowfall. Schools are 
closed but pupils must switch to remote access to continue learning. 

Sky news 
    May 2021 was a mixed time for observing. There many really clear 
nights, including that spanning May 14-15 with a Milky way report, and 
many hazy or cloudy nights  Weather ranged from refreshing spring to 
taste of summer, the latter with temps up to 30C. 
   Apply full solar protection for the June 10 eclipse. Moon passes 
over north side of Sun, leaving large disc area exposed. Do not count 
on summer haze to temper Sun. Fetch and freshen sunviewing filters 
saved from previous eclipses. 
    Violent windstorm sweeped over NYC on 2021 Apr 30-May 1 with speed 
up to 100 KPH. Widespread toppled trees, cut power lines, blown away 
small outdoor fixtures. 
    First Milky Way sighting of 2021 spring season on May 14-15 across 
midnight after moonset. Sgr Cloud-M24, Sct Cloud reported from S BK, E 
BX. Transp 5th magn, sky filled with faint stars. Many dimmer 
asterisms noticed. Sky hazed over by dawn. 
    Manhattanhenge is May 29-31, too late to report on in this NYC 
Events. With lockdown's knee slipping off of our neck, cityfolk and 
visitors may return to traditional celebration in Manhattan streets. 
Details at www.nyskies.org/articles/pazmino/stone-ny.htm. 
    China's Long March 5B rocket launched on April 29 missed intended 
descent into Pacific Ocean fallzone. It went into loose orbit.. Its 
upper stages did place into proper orbit initial modyle for new  
Tinahe-1 space station. Rocket was in rapid orbit decay. China 
reported that it came down on May 9 02:24 GMT at lon 72.47 East, lat 
2.65 North., in Indian Ocean west of the Maldives. No reports of 
damage, injuries, deaths. 
    No success so far for the 2021 omega Centauri challenge. While 
April offered many candidate nights, the cluster eluded sighting 
thruout NYSkises. May did have one spectacular dark night on the 14-15 
but most other nights were hardly suitable. Large Moon entered evening 
sky by the 20th to call off further attempts. 
    Intl Earth Rottn Svc reminds that NO leapsecond will be added at 
the end of June 2021. The difference between Coordinated Universal 
Time and International Atomic Time is, from 2017 January 1 0h UTC 
until further notice, is UTC - TAI = -37 sec. 
    Nova Cassipeiae 2021 has catalog name 'V1405 Cassiopeiae' as the 
1,405th variable in th constellation. It in early May 2021 started a 
ne rise from a stable 8th magn in apr to 7th by mid month. Cas is in 
high NE in owl hours with large Moon interfering in late May. Finder 
charts at skyandtelescope.org/astronomy-news/observing-news/bright-
nova-erupts-in-cassiopeia/, which must be knitted into one string. 
More info at www.aavso.org. 
    First thunderstorm hit NYSkies on May 26 ;ate aftermppm. Mild 
thunder, weak lightning,, thin rain. Storm chilled air from ~30C to 
~20C at nightfall. 
    Erratic news about the lunar eclipse of May 26 derived from 
timezone shift. Some astro sources  omitted timezone and location, 
likely assuming reader was in source's home town. Eclipse for NYSkies 
began after moonset, just about sunrise. Observers in western 
timezones did see part or all of eclipse at various predawn hours. 
    China's new new space station Tianhe-1 is a bright earth 
satellite. Launched on Apr 29  by Long March booster that later 
crashed in indian ocean. Sat-tracking webs include it  to plan 
sightings. Magn range as at late May is 0 to 3 for each flyover