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NYC EVENTS FOR JANIARY 2022 
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  John Pazmino 
 NYSkies Astronomy In+c 
 nyskies@nyskies.org 

    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 
'www.nyskies.org/nyc-faq.htm'. 
    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. 
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General notes 
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    '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  
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  Plain dates are in current month; 
  -, previous month; +, next month. 
  #, NYSkies Astronomy Seminar, digital sessions at 
      (www.nyskies.org/av-files/av-files.htm) 
  Moon phase: .NM., .FQ), (FM), (LQ.  
  Sunset is noted for each Saturday  
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  Sun   Mon   Tue   Wed   Thu   Fri   Sat  sunset 
  ---   ---   ---   ---   ---   ---   ---  -------(26.   -27   -28    
-29  -30   -31     1  16:38  
 .2.     3      4      5    6     7#    8  16:46 
 .9)    10     11     12   13    14    15  16:53 
 16    (17)    18     19   20    21#   22  17:01 
 23     24    (25.    26   27    28    29  17:10 
 30     31    .+1.    +2   +3    +4#   +5 17:19 -----------------------
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Index  of Events 
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 * = 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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    BROOKLYN - BK 
  Floyd Bennett Field - - - SPR 
  Secret Science Club - - - !!! 

    CONNECTICUT - CT 
 *A S of Gtr Hartford   - - !!! 
  Astro Sco of Greenwich  - SPR 
 *Astro Soc of New Haven  - !!! 
  Bowman Observatory -  - - !!! 
  Litchfield Hills AAC mtg  !!! 
  Litchfield Hills AAC lect SPR 
 *McCarthy Observatory  - -  8 
  New Pond Farm  - - - - -  SPR 
  Van Vleck Obsy (ASGH)   - SPR 
  Van Vleck Obsy (WU)  - -  SPR 
  Western Conn St Uv - - -  SPR 
  Westport Astro Soc mtg  - 18 
  Westport Astro Soc starvg  5, 12, 19, 26 
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  Boothe Meml Astro Soc - 203-377-9933, 
    ww w.facebook.com/Boothe-Memorial-Astronomical-Society 

    LONG ISLAND - LI 
 *Amateur Observers Soc - - !!! 
 *Amat Obsrs Soc starviewing!!! 
  Amer Instt Aero & Astro -T!!! 
  Astro Soc of Long Island  !!! 
  Brookhaven National Lab - !!! 
  Custer Institute  - - - -  8, 15, 22, 27 
  Hmaptons Observatory  - - !!! 
  Hoftra univ Obsy  - - - - SPR 
  SUNY Stony Brook - -  - - SPR 
 *Susan Rose Observatory  -  8, 15, 22, 29 

   MANHATTAN - MH 
 *Amat Astro Assn starvwg -  0 
 *Amat Astro Assn lecture - !!! 
  Amer Instt Archaeology  - !!! 
  Ctr for Armosph Ocean Sci SPR 
  Ctr for Science & Society sPR 
  Central Pk (Great Lawn) - !!! 
  Civil Rights Day  - - - - 17 
  Columbia Clinate Schhol - !!! 
 *Columbia Univ Astro   - - SPR 
  Globe at Night -  - - - -  1-3, 24-Feb 2 
  Govvernors Island - - - -  0 
  Hayden Plm 'Frontiers'  - sPR 
  Hayden Plm 'Live!' -  - - SPR 
  Instt Stud Ancnt World  - SPR 
  Intrepid Museum  - - - -- sPR 
 *Inwood Astronomy Project  !!! 
  Jupiter Joe's Astronomy - !!! 
  Natl Musm of Mathematics  12 
  New Year's Day  - - -  - -  
 NYC-H2O  - - - - - - - - - !!! 
  New York Map Society  - - !!! 
  NYU Astrop & Relatvty - - sPR 
 *NYSkies Astronomy Seminar  7, 21 (digital Seminars at 
       www.nyskies.org/av-files/avv-files.htm) 
  Perihelion Day - - - - - - 4 
  SciCafe' - - - - -  - - -  5 
  Simons Foundation - - - - 19, 21 
 *Top of the Laawn  - - - - !!! 
  Urban Park Rangers  - - - !!! 

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 Ctr for Space Sci Edu - - info@nyccsse.reading org, www.+nyccsse.org,  
             212-608-6164 
    METRO-NORTH - NY  

  Lamont-Doherty Obsy   - - SPR 
  Mid-Hudson Astro Assn - -  1 
  Vassar Collee Obsy  - - - SPR 
  Ward Pound Ridge  - - - - SPR 
  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 - - - !!! 
  Morris Musm Astro Soc - - SPR 
  NJ Astro Assn sunviewg -  SPR 
  NJ Astro Assn starviewg - SPR 
  No Jersey Astro Gp mtg  - !!! 
  No Jersey Astro Gp starvg !!! 
  Peyton Observatory  - - - !!! 
  Plasma pPhysics Lab - - - !!! 
  Rutgers Univ Astro Collqm SPR 
  Rutgers Univ Astro Semnr  SPR 
 *S*T*A*R - - - - - - - - - !!! 
  Schommer Observatory  - - !!! 
 *Sheep Hill Astro Assn - - !!! 
 *Utd Astro Clubs of NJ - - SPR 
 Washington Xing St Pk  - - SPR 
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  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, 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 - !SPR 

    REST OF WORLD 
 
    STATEN ISLAND - SI 
  Coll of SI Obsy - - - - - SOR 
  Staten Is Community TV  - !!! 

    THE BRONX - BX 

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Ongoing and continuing events 
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    all day - Governors Island - MH - cultural shows 
        HOURS VARY BY SEASON; INQUIRE AT CONTACT 
        Open all year! 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 at-door 
        tkts. www.nps.gov/gois, www.govisland.com 
    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. 
          president@aaa.org, 718-522-5014, www.aaa.org  

List of events 
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* * * WITH NEW OMICRON VIRUS THREAT, THERE COULD BE SHORT-NOTICE NEW 
ROUNDS OF LOCKDOWNS AND LIFE RESTRICTIONS. FOLLOW LOCAL NEWS * * * 

Sat  1 Jan 
     all day - whole City - MH - New Year's Day 
         Please check with event contact for session falling on this 
        day by rule or outdated schedule 
     18:00- 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.mhaa.nidhudsonastro.org 
    19:00 - whole CIty - MH - Globe at Night 
        Thru Dec 4. NYSkies runs its Globe at Night exercise this 
        season while Orion is in sky at nighfall. December 4  
        Dates are: 
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       November 25 - December 4 
        December 25 - January 3 
        January 24 - February 2 
        February 22 - March 3 
        March 23 - April 1 
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        Dates are also in our web, with  full instructions, at 
        www.nyskies.org/gannyc.htm. 

Tue  4 Jan 
    all day - whole City - MH - Perihelion Day 
        Celebrate Earth's rounding of cloest point in her orbit around 
        Sun. Many astronomers, others, exchange perihelion greetings, 
        usually by homemade cards ad flyers. No known commercial 
        greeting cards. 

Wed  5 Jan 
    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  8 Jan 
    19:00 - 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             
    19:00 - 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 - New Milford - CT - astronomy lecture  
        McCarthy Obsy, New Miford HS. Indoor lecture, clearsky  
        starviewing. Free. www.mccarthyobservatory.org, 860-354-1595, 
        mccarthyobservatory@gmail.com 

Wed 12 Jan 
    16:00 - Natl Musm of Mathematics - MH - scienceshow 
       Also 19:00. 'Mathematical Encounters'. Free, adv regn 
         reqd. 212-542-0566, www.momath.org, info@momath.org 
    20:00 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 5 

Sat 15 Jan 
    19:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing   see Jan 8 
    19:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Jan 8 

Mon 17 Jan 
     all day - whole City - MH - civil Rights Day 
        Please check with event contact for session falling on this 
        day by rule or outdated schedule. 

Tue 18 Jan 
    20:00 - Westport - CT - Westport Astro Soc meeting 
        Rolnick Obsy. Free. www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 

Wed 19 Jan 
    17:00 - Simons Foundation - MH - scinece lecture 
       160 5 Av & 21 St. 'Through a forest of speckles: Imaging 
        planets around nearby starsr'. Free, adv regn 
        eqd. 646-654-0066, ww.simonsfoundation.org 
    20:00 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 5 

Fri 21 Jsn 
    17:00 - Simons Foundation - MH - scinece lecture 
         160 5 Av & 21 St. 'The umiverse om stage'. Free, adv regn 
        reqd. 646-654-0066, ww.simonsfoundation.org 

Sat 22 Jan 
    19:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing   see Jan 8 
    19:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Jan 8 

Mon 24 Jan 
     all day - whole City - MH - New Year's Day- see Jan 1 

Wed 26 Jan 
    20:00 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 5 

Sat 29 Jan 
    19:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Jan 8 
    19:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing   see Jan 8 

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 Events Skipped This Month 
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  EVENT MAY RESUME AT DIFFERENT PLACE OR HOUR; INQUIRE AT CONTACT 
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  [SPR] SPRING RESUMPTION OF ACTIVITY 
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    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 
    11:00 - at home -  NY - Lamont-Doherty Open House 
        Thru Oct 14. At-home interactive visit at geological 
        observatory. No on-site activity, take part via computer. Get 
        tool & specimen kit and computer instructions, Sign up by Oct 
        7 for snail-mailed items to arrive before event. Free,  adv 
        regn reqd. climate.columbia.edu/events/lamont-open-house-home. 
    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 
   14:000 - Voorhees St Pk - NJ - clearsky sunviewing 
        NJ Astro Assn. NJAA-HQ, Robinson Obsy. Iall-outdoor viewining 
        of Sun, no indoor aciviry. Free, cancelled for clouds.. 
        www.njaa.org, 908-368-8500 
    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 
    17:30 - Intrepid Museum - MH - Free Friday show 
        Pier 86 and ship. Exhibits, demos, talks. Clearsky movies 
        and starviewing. Free. www.intrepidmuseum.org 
    17:30 - West Reading - CT - cleatsky starviewing 
        New Pond Farm, obseratory. outdoor clearsky  starviewing. $8, 
        adv regn reqd, cancelled for clouds. www.newpondfarm.org, 
    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 - 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 
    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. 
    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 
        $15, adv regn reqd. 212-769-5100, www.amnh.org/programs  
    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 
   19:00 - Columbia University - MH - astronomy lecture 
          Pupin Hall, signs to lecture room. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
         starviewing. Free. outreach-admin@astro.columbia.edu, 
         www.astro.columbia.edu/outreach, 212-854-3278 
     20:00 - Litchfield - CT - Litchfield Hills A A C lecture 
        White Meml Consrvn Ctr. Free. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
        starviewing. lhaacsec@gmail.com, lhastro.org 
    20:00 - Great Kills Pk - SI - clearsky starviewing 
        Natl Pk Svc. Enter at Hylan Bv to playground; Free. Cancelled 
        for clouds. www.nps.gov/gate, 718-987-6790  n 
    20:00 - Floyd Bennett Field - BK - clearsky starviewing 
        Community Garden. NYSKies & Natl Park Svc. Free. Cancelled 
        for clouds. www.nyskies.org, stephenlieber@nyc.rr.com, 
        nyskies@nyskies.org 
    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 
    20:00 - 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 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        Astro Soc of Gtr Hartford, Wesleyan U, Van Vleck Obsy. Free. 
        cancelled for clouds. www.asgh.org, 860-872-9069, 
        pparkerrs@cs.com 
    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 - Ward Pound Ridge - NY - clearsky starviewing 
        Westchester Amat Astro. Meadows Picnic Area. Free. Cancelled 
        for clouds. waa-president@westchesterastronomers.org 
        www.westchesterastronomers.org, 
     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 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg 
        UACNJ Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. 
    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, 
       info@princetonastronomy.org 
    20:30 - Voorhees St Pk - NJ - clearsky starviewing 
         NJ Astro Assn. NJAA-HQ, Robinson Obsy. Iall-outdoor viewining 
        of dtars, no indoor acivity. Free, cancelled for clouds.. 
        www.njaa.org, 908-368-8500 
   20:30 - Coll of Staten Is - SI - clearsky starviewing 
        Astrophys Obsy. Free, cancelled for clouds. 718-982-2818, 
        csivc.csi.cuny.edu/supernove7/files/home.html, 
        robbins@mail.csi.cuny.edu, 
    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, 
        845-437-7340 

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 [!!!] ENCOMBERED DUE TO LOCKDOWNS; UNCERTAIN RESUMPTION 
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    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, 
        matt@nych2o.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, suerose@optonline.net 
    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, 
        jupiyerjoesastronomy@gmail.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  
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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. 
        www.pppl.gov/events 
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    13;15 - Unionsale - LI - Amat Obsrs Soc meeting 
         Univ, Berliner Hall. free. www.aosny.org, 
        suerose@optonline.net 
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    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, 
         mapsocietyny@gmail.com 
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    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 
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    18:00 - Columbia Climate School - MH - science lecture 
        Columbnia Univ, Lerner Hall, Arledge Audm.. 'Sea level rise: 
        Causes, impacts and options for solutions'. Free, adv regn 
        reqd. climate.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 - Amagansett - LI - astronomy lecture 
        amptons Obsy. Amagansett Library. Indoor talk, clearsky 
        sunviewing. Free. www.montaukobservatory.com 
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     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 
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    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  
    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 
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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 - Princeton - NJ - Amat Astro Assn of Princeton meeting 
       Princeton U, Peyton Hall. Free. www.princetonastronomy.org, 
        609-737-2575, info@princetonastronomy.org 
   19:30 - Boonton - NJ - Sheep Hill Astro Assn meeting  
        Boonton Senior Ctr. Free. www.sheephillastro.org, 
        contacts@sheephillastro.org, wwestura@optonline.net 
    19:30 - Pleasantville - NY - Westchester Amat Astro meeting 
        Pace Univ, Lienhard Hall, Free. 
        www.westchesterastronomers.org, 
        waa-president@westchesterastronomers.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 - Torrington - CT - Litchfield Hills Amat Astro Club mtg 
        Central Congregational Church. Free. lhastro.org, 
        lhastro@gmail.com 
   19:30 - New Brittain - CT - Astro Soc of Gtr . meeting 
        Central CT St Univ, Copernicus Plm. Free. www.asgh.org, 
        860-872-9069, pparkerrs@cs.com 
    19:30 - Pleasantville - NY - Westchester Amat Astro meeting  
        Pace Univ, Wilcox Hall, Free.    
        www.westchesterastronomers.org, 
        waa-president@westchesterastronomers.org 
    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 
        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, jasonskendall@gmail.com 
    20:00 - Princeton - NJ - clearsky starviewing 
        Princeton Univ, Peyton Hall. Free. Cancelled for clouds 
        www.astro.princeton.edu/observatory/publicobserving.php, 
        jeg@astro.princeton.edu, lee@astro.princeton.edu 
    20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - clearsky starviewing 
         No Jersey Astro Gp meeting. Montclair St Univ, Richardson 
        Hall Free, cancelled for clouds. njastro.org, 973-655-7266 
    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 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting 
        Vanderbilt Plm. Free. asliastronomy@yahoo.com, 
        www.asliclub.org 
    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. tags_p@yahoo.com, www.nyskies.org, nyskies@nyskies.org 
    20:00 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc lecture 
         Union Co Coll, Smith Audm. Indoor talk, clearsky 
       starviewing. Free. www.asterism.org 
     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 - 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, 
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    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  
        pryor@physics.rutgers.edu    
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    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. 
        astrogreenwich.org 
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General news
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    December2021  saw a swing back to life restrictions,  blamed on 
the omicron stripe of coronavirus. In many parts of NYSkies, including 
within the City, entry into almost all interior premises is limited to 
vax=&- mask visitors. Even children above 5^YO must have at least 
partial vax. 
    Properties which allowed pyblic use of their space, like for club 
meetings, reverted to a 'not available' status. This is closing off 
recovery for almost all astronomy orgs, who bow must continue remote-
access comms or perhaps plain abandon meetings.
    Compounding this situation is the finding so far thai omicron , 
while apparently more transmissible than previous virus, causes mild 
illness on the order of a bad cold or seasonal flu. Both cases are 
handled with common remedies.  One relief is that as at Dec 24 NYC 
Mayor deBlasio reduced the quarantine time for positive cases among 
fully vaxed persons to 5 days. Here to fore it was 10 days. 
    The virus regimen in the City applies not only to residents but to 
all visitors, like tourists and business travelers. A commuter from, 
say, Pennsylvania, working on manhattan must follow the City rules, 
even if the virus regimen at home is more relaxed. On Dec22 NYC opened 
handout tents/pavilions for free virus testing kits. The idea is to 
allow people to self-test, fill out the enclosed coupon, and use it to 
show the results when requested. Not only were there orders too few 
kits but the results are not in any way certified by any official 
agency. A person could simply tick ]negative' on the coupon. 
    Natl Musm Mathematics has its 'Math encounters' show on 2nd Wed in 
Jan, the 12th, not the normal 1st Wed. 
    Mid Hudson Astro Assn has its January starparty on New Year's Day, 
Saturday. Normally the event is on a Friday. 
    I moved many events from '!!!' to 'SPR'. These are events normally 
going off duty in winter for a spring return. The selection is based 
on last pre-virus season, winter 2019. Be aware that some may resume 
reconfigured or perhaps may be discontinued. Inquire at event contact 
for addiurate details. 

City news 
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    On Dec 6 NYC Mayor deBlasio ordered :
    * children 5-11 YO must be vaxed to take part in after-school 
      activities, such as sports and tutoring. 
    * persons =>12 YO must be fully, not just partially, vaxed to 
      enter most indoor spaces; those 5-11 must be at least partially 
      vaxed 
     * all non-govt businesses, all types and sizes, must vax all of 
      their employees.  No virus recovery or testing option is 
allowed. 
 New orders took into effect on various dates in December. 
    US Prez Biden on Dec 5 ordered that overseas travelers entering US 
US thru airport must have proof of negative virus test =<24h of 
arrival. Previous rules allowed 72h. Rule applies regardless of 
person's vax status. vax status. *  
    in mid Dec a sudden flood of 'clear' face masks came on sale in 
NYSkies region. They are like regular cloth masks with a soft 
transparent plastic panel over mouth Mask allows lip-reading and 
personal recognition while [supposedly] blocking virus. Closer 
examination of mask and package shows they are made in, erm, China. 
    Junior's restaurant, near Barclays Ctr, BK, in early Dec 2021 
halted production of its famous cheese cakes! Nationwide shortage of 
ingredient cream cheese forced suspension of work,  cream cheese is 
one of many commodities and ingredients  in short stock due to 
nationwide  labor shortfall, curtailed shipping services, supply line 
delays. 
    NYS Gov Hochul on Dec 10 orders all public indoor spaces with no 
vax-entry rule to require masks. These must be worn at all times, with 
limited exceptions, while visitor is on premises. Rule will be 
reviewed on Jan 15. 
    New York Univ and separately Princeton Univ on Dec 16 called off 
rest of fall semester. They are in remote-access mode for classes and 
exams and may continue regimen into spring 2022 semester. Action 
impelled by continuing spread of omicron virus in NY-NJ region.
    All apple computer stores in NYC shut down on Dec 26! They are 
open only for staff and specific visitors. all public sales and 
services are conducting onlune and shipping with no entry into 
premises permitted. Action caused by apple's dread of rising virus 
cases. Apple stores else where may follow if company finds similar 
virus status near them. 
    In late Dec 2021some smaller businesses in NYC suspended public 
entry due to excessive cost and crew to monitor vax/mask status of 
customers. They now do street service, like takeaway food in place of 
indoor eating. 
    On Dec 16 Radio City Music Hall  cancelled its Christmas show for 
that evening. Some staff and performers in routine virus tests came 
out positive. RCMH on 17th cancelled entire rest of show's  run. its 
and is refunding ticket holders . 
    Some Broadway theaters on Dec 16 called off their shows, either 
for a couple days or for rest of season. Various staff and actors 
tested positive for virus. By Dec 22 a couple reopened with backup or 
tighter virus cautions.  check with specific theater for possible 
ticket adjustments. 
    In early December debate erupted about calling off the New Year's 
event in Times Sq. As at the 19th NYC Mayor deBlasio rejected any 
cancellation and assured it's 'go' for the  celebration.  He on Dec 23 
capped spectators to only 15,000, own from normal 1/2 to 1 million, 
and will open gates to times Sq at 15h EDST, from previous evening of 
30th. He further required all spectators to be fully vaxed and masked.  
    Be aware of fake copies of Devine's new book 'Laptop from Hell. 
Some online vendors are selling realistic book with COMPLETELY BLANK 
PAGES! Vendor stonewalls customer from refund or exchange. It's best 
to get the book in person at a real book store. 
    On Dec 8 ~00:15 EST, a man torched Fox News Christmas tree. The 
tree and decorations wee totaled, valued at ~$500,000. 15m tall tree 
stood in front of fox office, 45 St & 6 Av, Manhattan. Suspect , Craig 
Tamanaha, was arrested on Dec 9. Fox News replaced tree and lighted it 
at evening ceremony on 9th with Cardinal Dolan and NYPD officials. 

Sy news 
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    December 2021 was a weak month for observing with few clear skies. 
Most nights were mostly or totally cloudy. Yet there was little rain 
or snow in NYskies. Most GaN nights scored  'none' for clouds. 
Geminids were clouded out and comet Leonard was spotted only on the 
few clear dawn.
    Venus and Saturn leave evening in January 2022. Both shift to the 
dawn and are in good view then in February. 
    Natl UFO Reportg Ctr on Dec 18  noted steep decline in sightings 
from NYC in  2021. City had 27 sightings, down from  46 in 2020. All 
were encounters of the first kind, no interaction between UFO and 
observer. sightings by boro: BK 11, SI 6, MH 5, QN 3, BX 2. 
    First ground cover of snow in NYC in winter 2021-22 came on Dec 
23-24 overnight. several mm landed on bare ground or grass, certain 
roofs, most cars. snow evaporated by early morning of 24th. 
    Selenehelion for NYSkies on January 17, sunset. Requires clear 
view to NE horizon. Photo-op of rising Full Moon with sun lighted 
landscape in front. Specs he for New York City: 
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    SELENEHELION FOR NEW YORK, 2022 JANUARY 17 - times are EST 
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    mppmrise   = 16:31 | | Moon alt-azm at moonrise = 00, 56 
    sunset     = 16:56 | | Moon alt-azm at sunset   = 03, 60 
    full Moon =  18:51 | | observer shadow aims toward  moonrise 
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    Nova Cassiiopeiae faded history for casual observers in December 
2021. It in late December was still 9-182 magn. If it rebounds, I'll 
restore it to NYC Events. 
    Comet Leonard was watched, as best as local weather allowed, thru 
its peak brightness of 2nd magn. By yearend it begins a rapid drop in 
brightness, first for a brief foray in the evening sky, then back into 
the morning for the rest of its apparition 
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