NYC EVENTS FOR AUGUST 2018 ------------------------- John Pazmino NYSkies Astronomy Inc firstname.lastname@example.org www.nyskies.org The following astronomy activities in the commuting ring enclosing New York City are operated by various organizations. A few cultural items of special importance to City astronomers are also included. Altho NYC Events confirms the listed items, they are subject to change by their sponsors. Check with their contacts. Let the sponsor know that you learned of its event thru NYC Events. Frequently asked questions and explanation of NYC Events is at 'www.nyskies.org/nyc-faq.htm'. You may ask for previous NYC Events thru 'email@example.com' because only the current issue is in the website. It is replaced by next month's issue. For events which missed NYC Events, check the NYSkies Yahoogroup forum. Join NYSkies by visiting 'www.nyskies.org/yahoo.htm' and picking either the email or website option. All hours are Eastern Dayulight Savings Time (UT - 4h) . General notes ----------- / 'whole City' means the event has no specific or dedicated place. It may be enjoyed from the whole NYSkies territory or at a number of individual places. Celestial events are typicly 'whole City' events. 'all day' means the event is continuous or repeating during the open hours of the host facility. Facilities may have limited hours per day or days per week. Check with the event contacts. 'adv regn reqd',for 'advance registration required/requested' means that the event requires or requests signing up before the event. You must have your ticket in hand at the gate. There could be a deadline some days before the event, after which no more signups are accepted. Check with the event contact for specifics. Prices cited are the 'rack rate'. You could qualify for discounts As may be offered by the sponsor. Besides the base price there may be noptional extra fees to consider. Current Month calendar -------------------- Plain dates are in current month; -, previous month; +, next month. Moon phase: .NM., .FQ), (FM), (LQ. Sunset is noted for each Saturday --------------------------------- Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat sunset ----------------------------------------------- -29 - 30 -31 1 2 3 (4. 20:08 5 6 7 8 9 10 .1. 19:59 12 13 14 15 16 17 .18) 19:50 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 19:39 (26) 27 28 29 30 31 +1 19:28 ------------------------------------------------ Index of Events ------------- * = NASA-JPL Night Sky Network affiliate Date = entry in 'list of events' section '0' = entry in 'ongoing and continuing events' section 'S/O',= entry in 'skipped, Sep/Oct resumption' section 'M/A' = entry in 'skipped, Mar/Apr resumption' secrion // '???' = entry in 'skipped, uncertain resumption' seciton ------- ----------------------------------------------- BROOKLYN - BK *Floyd Bennett Field - - - S/O Secret Science Club - - - 0 CONNECTICUT - CT *A S of Gtr Hartford - - S/O Astro Soc of Greenwich - S/O *Astro Soc of New Haven - 28 Bowman Observatory - - - 1, 15 *Litchfield Hills AAC mtg 10 *Litchfield Hills starvg - 17 *McCarthy Observatory - - 11 New Pond Farm - - - - - - 4 Stamford Observatory - - 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 *Van Vleck Obsy (ASGH) - - 18 Van Vleck Obsy (WU) - - - S/O Western CT St Univ Obsy - S/O *Westport Astro Soc mtg - 21 *Westport Astro Soc starvg 1, 2, 3, 8, 15, 22, 29 ------------------------- Boothe Meml Astro Soc - 203-377-9933, www.facebook.com/Boothe-Memorial-Astronomical-Society LONG ISLAND - LI *Amateur Observers Soc - - S/O Amer Instt Aero & Astro - S/O Astro Soc of Long Island 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Brookhaven National Lab - 5 Custer Institute - - - - 4, 11, 18, 25 Hofstra Univ Obsy - - - - S/O Montauk Observatory - - - 3, 10 SUNY Stony Brook - - - S/O *Susan Rose Observatory - 4, 11, 18, 25 MANHATTAN - MH *Amat Astro Assn starvwg - 0 *Amat Astro Assn lecture - S/O Amer Musm Natl Hist - - 1 Ctr for Atmosp Ocean Sci S/O Ctr for Science & Society S/O Central Pk (Great Lawn) - 3,,10,11,12,17,18,19,24,25,26,31 *Columbia Univ Obsy - - - S/O Cornelia Street Cafe' - - ??? Earth Institute - - - - - ??? Good Housekeeping lab - 10 Governor's Island - - - - 1-Oct 31 Gullicar's Gate - - - - - 0 Instt Stud Ancnt World - S/O Intrepid AstroCafe' - - - S/O Intrepid Astro Night - - 3 / *Inwood Astronomy Project 4, 11, 18, 25 Jupiter Joe Sidewk Astro 0 Natl Musm of Mathematics 1 NY Academy of Sciences - ??? NYC-H2O - - - - - - - - - 0 New York Univ Astro - - - S/O *NYSkies Astronomy Seminar 3, 17 SciCafe' - - - - - - - - 1 Science & the Arts - - - ??? Simons Foundation - - - - S/O Summer Streets -- - - - - 4, 11, 18 Top of the Lawn - - - - - 3,,10,11,12,17,18,19,24,25,26,31 TriState computer fair - 0 Unitrd Nations - - - - - 22-23 Urban Park Rangers - - - 0 Weekend Walks - - - - - - 1-mid Dec 2018 ---------------------------- Ctr for Space Sci Edu - - firstname.lastname@example.org, www.nyccsse.org, 212-608-6164 n METRO-NORTH - NY Lamont-Doherty Obsy - - - S/O Mid-Hudson Astro Assn - - 10 Ramapo Challenger Ctr - - 19 Rockland Astro Club - - - 18 Vassar College Obsy - - - S/O Ward Pound Ridge - - - - 4 Westchester Amat Astro - S/O NEW JERSEY - NJ A A A of Princeton - - - S/O A S of Toms Rv Area - - - ??? *Amat Astro Inc meeting - 33, 10, 18, 24, 31 *Amat Astro Inc lecture - S/O Joint Base Centennial - 0 Morris Musm Astro Soc - - S/O New Jersey Astro Assn - - 25 No Jersey Astro Gp mtg - S/O No Jersey Astro Gp starvg S/O Peyton Observarory - - - 8 Plasma Physics Lab - - - 3, 17 Rutgers Univ Astro Collqm S/O Rutgers Univ Astro Semnr S/O *S*T*A*R - - - - - - - - - S/O Schommer Observatory - - 9, 23 *Sheep Hill Astro Assn - - 3 *Sheep Hill Observatory - 17 *Utd Astro Clubs of NJ - - 4, 11, 18, 25 Washington Xing St Pk - - 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 --------------------------- Dark Sky Observers - www.users.nac.net/gburke/club McDowell Obsy - mec.rst2.edu, 201-460-8300 Montclair Telescope Club - 973-948-5284, email@example.com, users.erols.com/njastro/orgs/mtc.hrm 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 Alley Pond Park - - - - - S/O York College Observatory S/O REST OF WORLD Summer Star Party - - - - 10-19 STATEN ISLAND - SI Coll of Staten Is Obsy - S/O Great Kills Park - - - - 11 Staten Is Community TV - 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 THE BRONX - BX ============================= Ongoing and continuing events -------------------------- all day - whole state - NJ - Joint Base centennial shows VARIOUS LOCATIOONS ND TIMES; INQUITR AT CONTACT Thru 2018 Oct 31. 100th annivesaty if Fort Dix and later worls of McGuire AFN and Lakehurst NAS. These are only military facilityies jointly run by all three major branches, army, air force, navy. Events staged at or near bases. Most ree, some pay. www.nj.gov/state/historical/index.html, 609-292-6062, Feedback@sos.nj.gov all day - whole City - MH - cultural tour VARIOUS LOCATIONS AND TIMES; INQUIRE AT CONTACT NYC-H2O. Walk, bike, ride thru history and culture of NYC muwater system facilities and natural waterways in and near the City. Events are pay orfree, adn regn reqd. Bike tours need own bike. www.nych2o.org, email@example.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. firstname.lastname@example.org, 718-522-5014, www.aaa.org all day - whole City - MH - clearsky starviewing VARIOUS PLACES, DATES, HOURS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Jupiter Joe's Sidewalk Astronomy. Sessions convene in parks usually at dusk. Occasional daytime sunviewing. Free. ` Cancelled for clouds. www.jupiterjoesastronomy.org, email@example.com all day - Gullivaer's Gate - MH - cultural exhibit indef duration. 216 W 44 St, 7/8 Av. Opened in mid April 2017 for preview. Miniature models of landmarks and important structures from around the world. Rooms arranged by quarter of world and for New York City. $36, timed ticket, adv regn reqd. Optional cost for stereopint of visitor into figurine placed at desired item in exhibit. www.gulliversgate.com. all day - whole City - MH - cultural tours & lectures VARIOUS PLACES, DATES, HOURS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Urban Park Rangers. Tours of parks, landmarks, nabes, hoods. Lectures on history and culture of NYC. Program varies each month. Free. www.nyc.gov/parks 10:00 - whole City - MH - Tri-State Computer Fair VARIOUS LOCATIONS, GENERALLY ON SUNDAYS Source of computer systems, software, components, accessories. $7. www.tri-statefairs.com, 718-227-5586 20:00 - Bell House - BK - Secret Science Club meeting OCCASIONAL SESSIONS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT 149 7 St, 2/3 Av. Lecture and music on various science topics. Free. secretscienceclub.blogspot.com, 718-638-4400, List of events --------- Wed 1 Aug all day - Governors Island - MH - cultural shows FERRY IS FREE FOR FIRST WEEK, MAY 1-6, THENAFTER $2 RT Thru 31 Oct. Island is open on every day, 10h-20h weekdayss, 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 day 10h-17h 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 all day - whole City - MH - Weekend Walks street fairs VARIOUS LOCATIONS AND DATES; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Thru mid Dec. NYC Dept of Transptn closes certain steets in all boros on Saturdayss for street fairs. Stores and local orgs offer ntertainment, discount sales, exhibits, food service Free. www.nyc.gov/html/dot/weekendwalks/html/home/home.shtml 16:00 - Natl Musm of Mathematics - MH - science show Also 19:00. 'Mathematical Encounters'. Free, adv regn reqd. 212-542-0566, www.momath.org, firstname.lastname@example.org 19:00 - Amer Musm Natl Hist - MH - SciCafe' show Hall of Ocean Life or hall of planet Earth. Music, drinks, chat with Museum scientists. Free, be 21 or be gone. GI photo ID reqd. 212-769-5100, www.amnh.org/programs 20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting Vanderbilt Plm. Free. email@example.com, www.asliclub.org 20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky Mars viewing Westport Astro Soc. Rolnick Obsy. Extra session for Mars opposition. Free. Cancelled for clouds. www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 20:30 - 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 Thu 2 Aug 20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky Mars viewing - see Aug 1 Fri 3 Aug 10:00 - Princeton - NJ - science tour Plasma Physics Lab. Walk thru history and culture of fproject to capture energy from controled hydrogen fusion. Free, adv regn reqd. Photo ID required for campus security. www.pppl.gov/events 18:30 - McBurney House - MH - NYSkies Astronomy Seminar DISCUSSION: METEORS, COMETS, AND THE PERSEIDS 125 W 14 St, 6/7 Av. Discussion of astronomy topics, show & tell, skywatching reports, news of astro activity in NYSkies territory. Free. email@example.com, www.nyskies.org 18:30 - Montauk - LI - astronomy lecture Montauk Obsy. Montauk Lobraryy. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.montaukobservatory.com 19:30 - Boonton - NJ - Sheep Hill Astro Assn meeting Boonton Senior Ctr. Free. www.sheephillastro.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com 19:30 - Intrepid Museum - MH - astronomy lecture Flight deck of ship. Indoor/open air lecture, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.intrepidmuseum.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 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting Union Co Coll, Sperry Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.asterism.org, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture Stamford Obsy. $5. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. 203-322-6537, www.stamfordmuseum.org, email@example.com 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing PLUS OCCASIONAL EXTRA SESSIONS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Top of the Lawn. North path of Great Lawn. Free. Cancelled for clouds. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.nyskies.org, email@example.com 20;00 - 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 - Westport - CT - clearsky Mars viewing - see Aug 1 Sat 4 Aug 07:00 - Bklyn Bg to Upr E Side - MH - Summer Streets Streets closed from motor traffic 07h-13h for promenade from Bklyn Bg to Upr E Side. Only human-powered vehicles aloowed. Street shows, viewing sites, music, performers. Walk thru Park Av tunnel under Murray Hill. New attraction in 2017 is 'QuadWash' water-slide at Park Av & 71 St. Free. www.nyc.gov/dot -------------------------------- Summer Streets route 5 Av ==================== --O-- |<--Lafayette St/4 Av/Park Av S-->|<--Park Av--/\/-- |72 St Foley Sq Union Sq Grand Centl Terml | |--O------------O--------O-----======--|___|-----------------+ Bk Bg Cooper Sq Park Av Tnl -------------------------------------------------------------------- 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, email@example.com 20:00 - Ward Pound Ridge - NY - clearsky starviewing Westchester Amat Astro. Meadows Picnic Area. Free. Cancelled for clouds. firstname.lastname@example.org www.westchesterastronomers.org, 20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting OCCASIONAL EXTRA EVENTS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Custer Instt. Indoor program, clearsky starviewing. $5-$15. Varies with program. www.custerobservatory.org, email@example.com, 631-765-2626 20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg UACNJ Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.uacnj.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, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Aug 3 20:30 - West Reading - CT - clearsky starviewingh New Pond Farm, obseratory. $10, adv regn reqd. , cancelled for clouds. www.newpondfarm.org, 203-938-2117, Sun 5 Aug 10:00 - Upton - LI - Summer Sundays science show Brookhaven Natl Lab. Visit several BNL facilities with demos and talks, Four Sundays, each with different activities. Free, have GI photo ID for campus security. 631-344-2651, www.bnl.gov/evnts 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Aug 3 Wed 8 Aug 20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see Aug 1 20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing Westport Astro Soc. Rolnick Obsy. Free. Cancelled for clouds. www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 20:30 - Princeton - NJ - clearsky starviewing Princeton Univ, Peyton Hall. Free. Cancelled for clouds www.astro.princeton.edu/observatory/publicobserving.php,//, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Thu 9 Aug Rutgers Univ, Schommer Obsy. Free. Cancelled for clouds. 732-205-0020, www.physics.rutgers.edu/ast/ast-serin.html email@example.com Fri 10 Aug 10:00 - Good Housekeeping Resrch Instt - MH - science tour Also 11:30. Hearst Tower, 57 St & 8 Av. Walk thru history and science of product testing center of Good Housekeeping magazine. Free, adv regn reqd. 212-649-5000, firstname.lastname@example.org 18:00 - Peppermint Park - MA - Summer Star Party Thru Sun 19 Aug. Rockland Astro Club. Peppermint Park camp. Talks, demos, dark skies, meals, tourism, prizes, cmapg, lodgg. $58 + extras. www.rocklandastronomy.com, 845-446-4336, email@example.com 18:00 - Peppermint Park - MA - Summer Star Party Thru Sun 30 Jun. Rockland Astro Club. Peppermint Park camp. Talks, demos, dark skies, meals, tourism, prizes, cmapg, lodgg. $45 + extras. www.rocklandastronomy.com, 845-446-4336, firstname.lastname@example.org 19:00 - 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.nidhudsonastronomy.org 19:30 - Torrington - CT - Litchfield Hills Amat Astro Club mtg Central Congregational Church. Free.email@example.com lhastro.org 19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - dee Aug 3 19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Aug 3 20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Aug 3 20;00 - Wash'n X'ing - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Aug 3 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Aug 3 20:30 - Bridgehampton - LI - astronomy lecture Montauk Obsy. So Fork Natl Hist Musm Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.montaukobservatory.com Sat 11 Aug 07:00 - Bklyn Bg to Upr E Side - MH - Summer Streets - se Aug 4 20:00 - New Milford - CT - astronomy lecture McCarthy Obsy, New Miford HS. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.mccarthyobservatory.org, 860-354-1595, firstname.lastname@example.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 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing - see Aug 4 20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Aug 4 20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg - see Aug 4 20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing - see Aug 4 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Aug 3 Sun 12 Aug 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Aug 3 Wed 15 Aug 20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see Aug 1 20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Aug 8 20:30 - Greenwich - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Aug 1 Fri 17 Aug 10:00 - Princeton - NJ - science tour - see Aug 3 18:30 - McBurney House - MH - NYSkies Astronomy Seminar DISCUSSION: THE MOON IN HER ORBIT 125 W 14 St, 6/7 Av. Discussion of astronomy topics, show & tell, skywatching reports, news of astro activity in NYSkies territory. Free. email@example.com, www.nyskies.org 19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - dee Aug 3 19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Aug 3 20;00 - Wash'n X'ing - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Aug 3 20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Aug 3 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Aug 3 20:30 - Boonton - NJ - clearsky starviewing Sheep Hill Astro Assn Obsy, Free. Cancelled for clouds. sheephillastro.otg, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com 20:30 - Litchfield - CT - Litchfield Hills A A C lecture White Meml Consrvn Ctr. Free. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. lhaac.shutterfly.com, firstname.lastname@example.org lhastro.org Sat 18 aug 07:00 - Bklyn Bg to Upr E Side - MH - Summer Streets - se Aug 4 20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Aug 4 20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg - see Aug 4 20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing - see Aug 4 20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing - see Aug 4 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Aug 3 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, f email@example.com 20:00 - Bear Mountain - NY - clearsky starviewing Rockland Astro Club. Athony Wayne Rec Pk, picnic field. Free, cancelled for clouds. www.rocklandastronomy.com Sun 19 Aug 14:00 - Airmont - NY - science show Ramapo Challenger Ctr, 225 Rt 29. Multimedia imulation of space missions. $20. wwwlhvcc.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, 845-257-3416. 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Aug 3 Tue 21 Aug 20:00 - Westport - CT - Westport Astro Soc meeting Rolnick Obsy. Free. www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 \ Wed 22 Aug 10:00 - United Nations - MH - cultural conference Thru Thu 23 Aug. UN Dpt of Publ Info. UN HQ. 'Finding global ` solutions for global problems'. 67th annual conf preparing various topics for coming session of?General Assembly. Free, adv regn reqd, details under 'General newws'. outreach.un.org/ngorelations/67th-dpibgo-conference 20:30 - 20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see Aug 1 20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Auag 8 Thu 23 Aug 20:30 - Piscataway - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Aug 9 Fri 24 Aug 19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - dee Aug 3 19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Aug 3 20;00 - Wash'n X'ing - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Aug 3 20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Aug 3 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Aug 3 Sat 25 Aug 20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing - see Aug 4 20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg - see Aug 4 20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Aug 4 20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing - see Aug 4 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Aug 3 20:30 - Voorhees St Pk - NJ - NJ Astro Assn meeting NJAA-HQ, Robinson Obsy. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.njaa.org, 908-368-8600 Sun 26 Aug 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Aug 3 Tue 28 Aug 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 Wed 29 Aug 20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see Aug 1 20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see aug 8 Fri 31 Aug 19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Aug 3 19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - dee Aug 3 20;00 - Wash'n X'ing - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Aug 3 20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Aug 3 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Aug 3 Events Skipped This Month ----------------------- EVENT MAY RESUME AT DIFFERENT PLACE OR HOUR; INQUIRE AT CONTACT -------------------------------------- -------------------------------------- [S/O] SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER RESUMPTION OF ACTIVITY -------------------------------------- 11:00 - Palisades - NY - science lecture Lamont-Doherty Earth Obsy, Comer Bldg. Various topics in geophysics and earth science. Free, 845-365-8634, www.ldeo.columbia.edu, firstname.lastname@example.org, 13:15 - Uniondale - 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 401. 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 15:30 - Courant Institute - MH - science lecture Ctr for Atmosp & Ocean Studies. Weaver Hall, 251 Mercer St. Various topics in geophysics and earth science. Free. caos.cims.nyu.edu, firstname.lastname@example.org 15:30 - Greenwich - CT - Astro Soc of Greenwich meeting Greenwich Public Library. Free with musm adm. email@example.com, 203-415-6762, astrogreenwich.org 16:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture Colloquium series. Rutgers Univ, Busch Campus, Astro & Phys Lectr Hall. Free. www.physics.rutgers.edu/colloquium, 732-445-3974 17:00 - Simons Foundation - MH - scinece lecture 160 5 Av & 21 St. 'How and why Mercury is different from its sibling rocky planets?'. Free, adv regn reqd. 646-654-0066, ww.simonsfoundation.org 18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecture 15 E 84 St, 5/Madison Av. Various topics on history and culture of ancient civilizations.. Free, adv regn reqd. isaw..nyu.edu firstname.lastname@example.org, 212-992-7842 18:00 - Bethpage - LI - Amer Instt Aero & Astro lecture Bethpage Public Library. Various topics in aeronautics and astronautics. 'Nars sample return missiOn'. Free, optional $5 pizza-soda. 516-458-8593, email@example.com 18:00 -CUNY Graduate Center - MH - Ctr for Sci & Soc lecture 385 Fifth Av. 'Early modernb science intertwine An Iberoamerican perspective'. Free, adv regn reqd, Free, limited seating. 212-854-7211, scienceandsociety.columbia.edu 18:15 - Amer Musm Natl Hist - MH - Amat Astro Assn lecture Kaufmann Theater. Free, no musm adm fee. 718-522-5014, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.aaa.org 19:00 - Coll of Staten Is - SI - clearsky starviewing Astrophys Obsy. Free, cancelled for clouds. 718-982-2818, csivc.csi.cuny.edu/supernove7/files/home.html, email@example.com, 19:30 - Intrepid Museum - MH - AstroCafe' lecture Flight deck of ship. Indoor/open air lecture, clearsky starviewing. Food & drink service, bar drinks sold only to 21+ YO. Free. www.intrepidmuseum.org 19:30 - Morristown - NJ - Morris Museum Astro Soc meeting Morris Museum. Free. 973-386-1848, 973-386-1848,, www.mmastrosociety.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com 19:30 - Pleasantville - NY - Westchester Amat Astro meeting Pace Univ, Miller Hall, Free. www.westchesterastronomers.org, firstname.lastname@example.org 19:30 - Stony Brook - LI - astronomy lecture SUNY Stony Brook, Earth & Spc Sci Hall. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.ess.sunysb.edu/astro, 631-632-8100, email@example.com 19:30 - 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 - Alley Pond Park - QN - astronomy lecture Alley Pond Enviro Ctr. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. $14 at door.. www.alleypond.org, email@example.com, 718-229-4000 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 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 - 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 - Lincroft - NJ - S*T*A*R meeting Brookdale Commty Coll, Mommouth Museum. Free. www.starastronomy.org, email@example.com 20:00 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc lecture Union Co Coll, Smith Audm. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.asterism.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, 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, email@example.com 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, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:0:0 - Columbia University - MH - astronomy lecture Pupin Hall, signs to lecture room. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. Free. email@example.com, www.astro.columbia.edu/outreach, 212-854-3278 20:00 - 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 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing Wesleyan U, Van Vleck Obsy. Free, cancelled for clouds. 860-685-3664, www.wesleyan.edu/astro/events 21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing Vassar College, Observatory. Free. Cancelled for clouds. physicsandastronomy.vassar.edu/observatory.html, 845-437-7340 -------------------------------------- [???] UNCERTAIN RESUMPTION OF ACTIVITY -------------------------------------- 18:00 - Cornelia St Cafe' - MH - Entertaining Science show 29 Cornelia St & W 4 St, Play & music on various science themes. $10 + one drink min. www.corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319 18:00 - Earth Institute - MH - science lecture Columbnia Univ, Lerner Hall, Arledge Audm.. 'Sea level rise: Causes, impacts and options for solutions'. Free, adv regn reqd. ei.columbia.edu 18:30 - CUNY Graduate Center - MH - Science and the Arts show 'TNo, No, Nobel' on women who missedthe Nobel Prize for their work. Free. 212-817-7521, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, 19:00 - Toms River - NJ - Astro Soc of Toms Rv Area meeting Ocean Co Coll, Student Ctr, Solar Lounge. Free. www.astra-nj.org, 732-255-0343, firstname.lastname@example.org 19:00 - NY Academy of Sciences - MH - astronomy lecture 'The unification of physics: The ques for a Theory of General News ---------- A couple issues ago I promised to alert you to public events staged by the United Nations. There is a two-day conference at the UN HQ on 2018 August 22-23 about finding solutions to global problems. for sure it has no astronomy content. I list it as 'cultural conference'. Altho the event is free, the registration is an officious two-step process. First to set up an 'account' and then to to go and register. Fill in the on-screen forms for ONLY the required items, marked with '*', skipping all others. Yes, some questions are, uh, nervy. For 'institution' or 'affiliation' enter 'National Space Society' because that org is a recognized UN NGO and is about as innocent as any can be. You get a couple email responses, which you better print and keep handy. The final one is an 'approval'.. CLose to the 22nd you get email instructions for entering the UN campus. If this occasion is your first peek into the interior realms of the UN, please study my piece at www.nyskies.org/articles/pazmino/un-open.htm It offers tips for a pleasant rewarding visit. Attending a UN event requires a high order of world-wiseliness. It's not just an other talk or meeting now in a fancier venue. Rockland Astro Club started in July 2018 monthly clearsky starviewing in Bear Mountain NY. Sessions are on Saturdays, starting on the 18th. Stamford Observatory adjusted its admission fee to $5. It was $3. Westport Astro Soc in late July 2018 opened its Rolnick Obsy for nightly viewing of the Mars opposition. The sessions continue on August 1, 2, and 3, then revert to normal Wednesday schedule. No Jersey Astro Group skips it/s monthly meeting for August. It resumes in September, with the fall season of Thursday starviewing. The crater in 5th Av from the steam explosion on 2018 July 19 is a must-see attraction! It is walled in to contain dust and hazardous particles. You can peek between the wall panels. City News ------- Joey Chestnut on 4 July 2018 held his title at the Nathn's annual hotdog contest. He also set a new world record by downing 74 hotdogs in the ten-minute round. That's 8.1 second per hotdog! Miki Sudo held her title in the women's round with 37 hotdogs in 10 minutes. No new record for her, she chomping 43 hotdogs last year. A trunk steam main exploded on 19 July 2018 ~06:40 EDST under 5 Av at 21 St, Flatiron Dist MH. It tore a 5m diameter crater in street, threw debris 30m into air , billowed steam to ~200 meters high. Adjacent buildings were evacuated for potential hazardous dust contamination, streets closed for cleanup and repairs. Some NYSkiers stopped there before the Seminar on the 20th to see the crater and repair teams. NYSkies Astronomy Seminar on 6 July 2018 looked at the summer stars. We walked thru major constellations and asterisms spanning the zone from Jupiter thru Delhinus and Antares thru Vega. We inspected the planets strung along the ecliptic from Venus in northwest to Mars in southeast. Venus is still growing slowly in size and shrinking in phase. Binoculars follow her as she matches eastward thru Gemini, Cancer, Leo. Saturn in the mid 20s of June passed his 'ring flash' phase but I have no positive reports of it. The effect requires a close inspection or imaging of Saturn for a couple weeks centered on opposition. Else the planet shows no evident increase in brightness. Mars is now the brightest of the three full-night planets, passing the luster of Jupiter by July 1st. We cruised thru the galactic center area and Summer Triangle, noting their astrisms and deepsky targets. We explored the 'dark' region of Ophiuchus, Hercules, Draco. Two interesting asterism here are Caput Draconis and the Summer Hyades. We saw how the alignment of the Milky Way affects the kinds of target for summer observing. Open clusters and nebulae hug the Milky Way from the south horizon, thru the Summer Triangle, to the north horizon. The City's air -- specially under haze of summer -- subdues nebulae. A few do show thru on the less humid nights: Lagoon, Trifid, Eagle, Dumbbell, Ring. Globular clusters are sprinkled all over but a hive of them sit in the galactic center, in Sagittarius-Scorpius. For our latitude this area is low on the horizon. NYSkiers favored with trips to a southern location can examine these clusters in higher sky. Galaxies are spread all over, away from the Milky Way band, but probably none are easily found by small scopes. We noted two new planetary stars. 24 Bootis has one planet; gamma Librae, two. We recalled that the autumn stars in the east can be studied in summer by waiting for owl hours. With the adverse weather of summer this is hardly a convenience. On the other hand, watching the winter stars in the cool breezy nights of autumn is a pleasure. We stepped outside to preview Manhattanhenge. The sky was hazy wth a soft Sun. He slided across 14th St to set behind buildings on the right side.. Takeaways were charts of the summer sky, list of targets visible from the City, explanation of 'dog days of August', table of lunar occultations, maps of deepsky objects location in the Milky Way galaxy. Astronomer Dr Dinah Levine Moche' passed away on 2018 May 22 at age 81.She fell to medical complications from a 2017 hip replacement, She got her BA in physics at Radcliffe College and her MA/PhD in astronomy & science education at Columbia University. Dinah was a life-long educator in astronomy and general science, author of some 20 books,member of many college administative offices for science education. In the 1950s-60s she taught physics and astronomy at New York Univ, Columbia, Fashion Instt of Techny, Bronx CC She joined Queensborough CC in 1965, retiring as professor of physics in 2016 after 50 years of service. At QCC Dr Moche' won an NSF grant for its observatory in 1975. Her books were mainly for children, to read ny themselfs or with grownups, showing astronomy and space science as exciting, fun, and realizable. Her best work is 'Astronomy: A self- teaching guide', a home-study textbook now in its 8th edition. Dinah gave lectures, consulting, dialog to astronomy and civic orgs at all age levels. She took part in science education conferences and studied education practices overseas.. Dr Moche' headed Spacelady LLC to handle her authorship business and worked a web 'spacelady.com' and Facebook page for correspondence about her books and general astronomy. She was a strong effective advocate for women's concerns in the educational world, often exerting grievance or court action, nd mentored women, young and old, with their careers. Dinah worked with others to improve her teaching and writing and from time to time she discussed with me ways of explaining or demonstrating assorted astronomy topics. Dr Moche' was widowed with two daughters and lived in Rye NY. Jim Hendereson headed to the annual world Wikipedia conference in Cpae Town, South Africa, in mid July 2018. While there he may explore the southern sky with binoculars and planetarium software. He probably may miss the August 27 lunar eclipse due to trip scheduling. he may visit the site of Heerscel's observatory, the Cape observatory Table Mountain. NYSkies Astronomy Seminar on 20 July 2018 discussed lunar occultations, the hiding and unhiding of a star by the Moon as she travels thru the zodiac. The Moon, being solid rock and nearest of all permanent celestial orbs, passes in front of stars and planets frequently. For stars brighter than 4th magnitude there are a dozen or so occultations over New York City each year. A binocular or scope is needed to comfortably witness an occultation because by eye the star can be lost in lunar glare when it is close to the Moon. The Moon throws a shadow of herself on the ground, like for a solar eclipse, equal to her own diameter of some 3600km. Because the star is a point at infinity, the shadow is a cylinder, not a tapered cone, and it has bo paenumbra zone. Every one in the shadow sees a total occultation and those outside see the Moon miss the star. Like for a solar eclipse the aspect of an occultation is sensitive to the observer's location. For casually watching the event prediction for a close-by town are good enough. Set up watch some 20 minutes before the star goes behind the Moon to be sure of the correct star and get ahead of differences of time due to observer displacement from the base location. For predictions for a specific place, like your own observing site, you need computer software. Two strong and free programs are 'Occult-4' and 'Lunar Occultation Workbench', both for Windows. The output is a table of occultations with many parameters listed for each. The software instructions explain what these parameters mean but a few common ones are: * star catalog designation, with a Bayer or common name alias. * illuminated fraction of Moon's disc and elongation from Sun * alt-azm of Sun and Moon, clues for daytime or twilight events * location of star on limb of Moon by several angle methods * lat-lon libration on Moon Some software alert if the star is so n close to the north or south limb that a graze occurs near your site, with directions to the closest point of the craze line. A graze is when a star skims across the Moon's limb,, doing peek-a-boo behind the lunar mountains. You have to lay down the graze limit on a roadmap to assess feasibility of going to it. The lunar limb looks smooth in a telescope, even under moderate power. Under high power the edge has rugged relief, like distant hills on Earth. Some software can generate a simulated view of the Moon with this relief to alert you to tall mountains or deep valleys that could distort the predicted time of the occultation. The program reads a file of laser altimeter data compiled by lunar orbiting spacecraft, available to software authors. We cleared up a confusion, specially in new astronomers, about the Moon's orbital movement versus her diurnal motion. As the Moon is carried east to west by the rotation of the celestial sphere, she is circling the Earth west to east thru the zodiac. This makes it seem 'wrong' for a star to go behind the Moon on her east side and then come out on her west side, all the while the Moon is moving east to west with the rest of the sky.This can be shown thru a planetarium program. The sky moves westward some 15 deg/hr while the Moon moves east by 1/2 deg/hr. If the planetarium has 'realtime' mode it animates the screen's sky in step with the real sky. This is good to show people what is happening while they wait for their look thru your scope and to keep track of activity during a block by clouds. We saw how a prediction can yield only a disappearance and not a reappearance, or vice versa. In high sky we see the star's ingress, immersion, behind the Moon and then the star's egress, emersion, from behind the Moon. If the Moon is low in east the ingress can occur before moonrise but the egress takes place after the Moon rises. Similar logic applies to the Moon near setting. The ingress is seen but not the egress. We banterd about occultations of planets, there being none recently for the City. These come once or twice per decade and are always spectacular sights. The planet's disc sinks into the Moon at immersion and oozes out at emersion. We showed how occultations in theory could monitor Earth rotation, a spinoff of my new article on delta-T uploaded on the 19th. Ocuultations were just too crudely recorded in early years because it is really tough to see a star just at ingress or egress only by eye. In the 1960s home astronomers were hyper on occultations to assist in the Moon Race. We had to know precisely where the Moon is to let astronauts land on her safely. Occultations were tried as a means of finding longitude but the calculations needed on the ship were too hard for most navigators and the observation was too tricky on a ship in open sea. An altenate method, lunar distances, was used in the stead, even into the early 20th century. Since about 1990 we know the Moon's motion and position at any instant to within a few centimeters by ranging off of mirrors on the Moon and radio links with lunar orbiters. Observatories still collecting occultation data do so by robootic scopes deployed at know locations along a highway. The scope cofigures by GPS for time and position, does photometry on the star, and stores the data on disc. The observatory picks up the scopes after the event. Home astronomers today watch occultations mainly for pleasure. it demonstrates in realtime the lunar movement in her orbit far more frequently than with eclipses. After the meeting we stopped outside to admire the Moon & Jupiter conjunction. Saturn and Mars were behind buildings. Takeaways were maps of Moon's zodiac corridor, mechanics of occultations, sampe occultation predictions for late July, simlation of several occultations, limb profile charts, grazes of Mars and Saturn. At the Seminar on 20 July 2018 I passed around a desk toy that folds out to a world and celestial globe. MY late ladylove Hania Bartle Gave it to me from the Bank of Poland. She didn't know about the asterisms Scutum Sobieski and Taurus Poniatowski, both in the night sky when we examined the toy. Hamia, a Polish refugee from WW II, and I went outside to inspect the asterisms in binoculars. She was thrilled to see how astronomers honor two of her national heros. At the Seminar of 20 July 2018 I brang printouts of a story and homework exercises from webs on learning hieroglyphs. The astronomers were amazed how the bizarre pictograms could be an actual language. During the 1980 transit strike I roomed with lady friend Mabel Georgi on Manhattan and commuted to work by riding post office trucks! She was a hieroglyphs translator for the Brooklyn MuSeum! To 'earn my stay' she made me learn hieroglyphs, which I continued with her for year after the strike. Radio Shack on 2018 July 12 announced it will open ~50 mini-sores in outlets of HobbyTown USA. In summer 2017 RS closed all of its own locations, including those on Manhattan. HobbyTown has only four sites in NYSkies: Fairfield CT, New Milford CT, Stamford CT, Stanhope NJ. There are none in Metro North, Long Island, New York City. On 23 July 2018 NY Daily News laid off some half of its editorial staff and started massive spending cuts. The newspaper previously moved its design and layout office to Chicago, home of its parent TranC. In 2017 it dropped several feature sections and columns. The paper was losing readers for many years, partly from the mass shift of news resources into digital media. Walt Disney Company on 2018 July 9 aired plan for a new campus in Hudson Sq MH, near West Village and SOHO. It will bring together its various NYC operations, such as ABC and ESPN. Already ABC's property in Lincoln Sq was sold for residential development. Disney inked a 99- yr lease from Trinity Church land bounded by Spring St, Varick St, Sn Dam St, Hudson St to start moving into existing vacant space and later into new office towers. I uploaded a new article into the web to explain the arcane topic of delta-T. I started to write it in January 2017 but them it went missing and I forgot about it. It turned up on weekend of July 14, when i completed and revised it. I included a worked example of delta- T for the sunrise solar eclipse of 2013 November 3 and a calculation of lunar and terrestrial angular momentum. Soonest it hit the web I got several inquiries about it, which I'm studying for possible revision of the piece. While working on the delta-T piece I found a topic that belongs in my leapsecond article. I added into it the section 'Intervals of time'. I also updated the table of leapseconds. The articles are at www.nyskies.org/articles/pazmino/delta-t.htm www.nyskies.org/articles/pazmino/leap-sec.htm An article of use for playing with occultations, which i missed telling about for the July 20th Seminar, is www.nyskies.org/articles/pazmino/occ-freq.htm It discusses the chances of a given star being occulted and the application of the 'rule-of-19'. Statue of Liberty was closed for several hours on 4 July 2018 to clear off a band of protesters. They spread out a banner agitating against certain immigration rules and one woman among them scaled the pedestal of the statue. NYC DEP on 2018 July 5 invited the public to catch idling trucks and buses. In general the vehicle may not idle, with motor running and no person minding it, for longer than 3 minutes. Else it violates DEP air quality regs eith penalty of $250, or higher, fine. Any one may submit time-stamped photos/videos of candidate vehicles and, if the violation sticks, be rewarded with a portion of the fine. Exceptions and conditions apply, explained on www.nyc.gov. Sky News ------ Manhattanhenge was well observed in 2018 July on the 9th thru 11th, plus shoulders at each end. Sky was hazy on all days with temps in the low 30Cs. NYSkies observed a preview on July 6 at its Seminar. July 2018 opened with a heat storm of torridity and humidity, the first severe one of the summer. Temps hovered in the high 30Cs, with some districts in NYSkies reaching 40C. Skies, tho thick with haze, gave hard sharp views of the planets and double stars. Some observers ny NYSkies were surprised at the rising 'eclipsed' Mon on July 27, 2018. She was in deed blood red, from thick moist haze, not the Earth's shadow. The real eclipse on the 27th occurred over Europe and Asia during our daytime. In early June 2018 a dust storm erupted on Mars. It interfered with both rover and orbiter study of the planet It gradually spread over the whole planet by mid July, covering its maria and red lands with yellow-white dust. Most astronomers in NYSkies got first good look at the storm by eye on July 20, after the Seminar or at concurrent starviewings. To me, when I got home from the Seminar, Mars was white, not his normal reddish, from the dust coating. Mars is the only planet where physical activity on it can be observed by eye from Earth. The storm could last well into August before ebbing to reveal the normal surface details. The occultation of gamma Librae over midnight between 2018 July 21-22 was rained or clouded out in NYSkies. This is the first of three occultations in late July illustrating a variety of Moon-over-star cases. The others, mu Sagittarii on the 25th and omicron Sagittarii on the 26th, were observed in some parts of NYSkies thru partly cloudy skiES. These two events were grazes near the City but so far I have no reports of any one seeing them along their graze lines.