NYSkies Astronomy Inc
The support service for home astronomy in New York




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  
know 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 Yahoogroup 
forum. Join NYSkies by visiting 'www.nyskies.org/yahoo.htm' and 
picking either the email or  website option.  
    All hours are Eastern Daylight Savings Time (UT - 4h). 

    There is still the erroneous equation of positive tests and 
medical cases for coronavirus in NYSkies. Even so, in the City the 
rate of positives in the citywide testing program is BARELY ONE 
PERCENT. Some test stations in August occasionally  register ZERO 
    Deaths and hospital entries are skirting ZERO per day. And those 
who do develop coronavirus are relieved, if not thoroly cured, within 
 a few days with new or existing off-label medications. 
    During July hints showed up from an amazing new phaenomenon in the 
City. They were suggestive and could be mistakes. As August rolled 
along the signs grew too strong to ignore. 
    Some districts of the City achieved herd--immunity! Corona QN of 
Central Americans and Borough Park BK of Orthodox Jews, as examples, 
recorded ZERO deaths in spite of continued new virus cases. Residents 
there captured the virus by transpiration of daily life and FOUGHT OFF 
the VIRUS! The residents internally built the antigens for immunity, 
as if they received  dedicated vaccine. 
    An other reasonable source of herd-immunity is the huge 
congregations of protesters, massed together for hours and hardly 
minding coronavirus cautions. Altho lots of these folk tested 
positive, there were hardly any medical cases from them. fOr sure none 
of them were put into quarantine!. 
    A bizarre thought is that City officials deliberately let the 
protests continue, accepting the collateral property damage and 
personal injuries, TO INDUCE HERD-IMMUNITY. A bit over the cliff, 
but the result could in history become a blessed spinoff of the 
    Let's be honest. In these districts in the early spring the virus 
killed thousands of residents due to the surprise and unknown elements 
of the pandemic. These deaths were a terrible price for the eventual 
natural defences developed among the people. 
    Coronavirus -- and other viruses coming each season -- is still a 
serious disease that can not be handled lightly. If you do test 
positive or come onto symptoms, get medical attention promptly. The 
sooner treatment is taken, the easier and quicker the virus is killed 
off. Continue the simple practices: wear face mask in crowded public 
spaces, space apart if feasible in public, wash hands several times 
per ay, avoid touching or rubbing the face around nose and eyes. 
    More items in 'General news' and 'City News'. 

 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  
  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  19:21 
    6     7     8     9   (10.   11    12  19:08 
   13    14    15    16   .17.   18#   19  18:51 
   20    21    22   .23)   24    25    26  18:46 
    27    28    29    30   (+1)   +2#   +3 18:34 

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' seciton, 
  '!!!' = entry in 'skipped, suspended due to coronavirus 
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  Astronomy on Tap  - - - - !!! 
 *Floyd Bennett Field - - - !!! 
  Secret Science Club - - - !!! 

 *A S of Gtr Hartford   - - AUT 
  Astro Soc of Greenwich  - AUT 
 *Astro Soc of New Haven  - AUT 
  Bowman Observatory  - - - AUT 
 *Litchfield Hills AAC mtg  11 
 *Litchfield Hills lecture  26 
 *McCarthy Observatory  - - !!! 
  New Pond Farm - - - - - - !!! 
  Stamford Observatory  - - !!! 
 *Van Vleck Obsy (ASGH)   - !!! 
  Van Vleck Obsy (WU) - - - AUT 
  Western CT St Univ Obsy - AUT 
 *Westport Astro Soc mtg  - !!! 
 *Westport Astro Soc starvg !!! 
  Boothe Meml Astro Soc - 203-377-9933, 

 *Amateur Observers Soc - - AUT 
 *Amat Obsrs Soc starviewing!!! 
  Amer Instt Aero & Astro - AUT 
  Astro Soc of Long Island  !!! 
  Brookhaven National Lab - !!! 
  Custer Institute  - - - -  5, 12, 19, 26
  Hofstra Univ Obsy   - - - AUT 
  Hmaptons Observatory  - - !!! 
  PubSci - - - - - - -  - - !!! 
  SUNY Stony Brook - -  - - AUT 
 *Susan Rose Observatory  - !!! 
  Alternate Side Parking  -  8 
 *Amat Astro Assn starvwg - AUT 
 *Amat Astro Assn lecture - !!! 
  Amer Instt Archarology  - AUT 
  Amer Musm Natl Hist - - -  9
  bus fare collection - - -  1
  Ctr for Atmosp Ocean Sci  AUT 
  Ctr for Science & Society AUT 
  Central Pk (Great Lawn) - !!! 
 *Columbia Univ Obsy  - - - AUT 
  Earth Institute - - - - - AUT 
  GC Presents - - - - - - - AUT 
  Governors Island  - - - - !!! 
  Hayden Plm 'Frontiers'  - AUT 
  Hayden Plm 'Live!'  - - - AUT 
  indoor dining/meetings  -  1 
  Instt Stud Ancnt World  - AUT 
  Intrepid Museum - - - - - 25 
 *Inwood Astronomy Project  !!! 
  Jupiter Joe's Astronomy - !!! 
  Labor Day - - -  - - -  -  7
  Milky Way fall season - -  1-Nov 30 
  Natl Musm of Mathematics  !!! 
  'Nature of color' exhibit  9-2021 Aug 
  NYC-H2O - - - - - - - - - !!! 
  New York Map Society  - - 26 
  NYU Astrop & Relatvty - - AUT 
 *NYSkies Astronomy Seminar !!! 
  Observer's Handbook offer  1 
  SciCafe' - - - - -  - - - !!! 
  Simons Foundation - - - - AUT 
  SpaceX NYC  - - - - - - - !!! 
 *Top of the Laawn  - - - - !!! 
  Tribute in Light  - - - - 11 
  Urban Park Rangers  - - - !!! 
 Ctr for Space Sci Edu - - info@nyccsse.org, www.nyccsse.org,  
             212-608-6164 n 

  Bear Mountain - - - - - - !!! 
  Lamont-Doherty Obsy - - - AUT 
  Mid-Hudson Astro Assn - - !!! 
  Rockland Astro Club - - - AUT 
  Vassar College Obsy - - - 2, 9, 15, 23, 30 
  Ward Pound Ridge  - - - - !!! ,  
  Westchester Amat Astro  - AUT       ,   

  A A A of Princeton  - - - AUT 
 *Amat Astro Inc meeting  - !!! 
  *Amat Astro Inc lecture - AUT 
  A S of Toms Rv Area - - -  9 
  McDowell Observatory  - - AUT 
  Morris Musm Astro Soc - - !!! 
  New Jersey Astro Assn - - AUT 
  North Bergen Viaduct  - -  0 
  No Jersey Astro Gp mtg  - 10 
  No Jersey Astro Gp starvg !!! 
  Peyton Observarory  - - - !!! 
  Plasma Physics Lab  - - - !!! 
  Rutgers Univ Astro Collqm AUT 
  Rutgers Univ Astro Semnr  AUT 
 *S*T*A*R - - - - - - - - - AUT 
  Schommer Observatory  - - !!! 
 *Sheep Hill Astro Assn - - !!! 
 *Sheep Hill Observatory  - !!! 
 *Utd Astro Clubs of NJ - -  2, 12, 19, 26 
  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 Staten Is Obsy  - AUT 
  Great Kills Park  - - - - !!! 
  Staten Is Community TV  - !!! 



Ongoing and continuing events 
    all day - North Brgen Viaduct - NJ - road closings and rebuild 
        Thru end 2020.  One lane in each direction is closed during 
        major rebuild of viaduct on NJ495 between NJ Tpk and Lincoln 
        Tnl. Buses have priority on remaining lanes. On-off ramps for 
        local street close from time to time.  www.restorenj495.com 

List of Events 
 # Events resuming operations in September may have coronavirus  #
 # restrictions for attendees. Have in hand your facial mask and #
 # follow all procedures at the event. inquire at each event's   # 
 # contact for specific instructions. Mind well that local virus #
 # control authorities may intervene on site against violators.  # 

Tue  1 Sep 
    all day - whole City - MH - Observer's Handbook offer
        The NYSkies offer for the Observer's Handbook  for 2021 is 
        called off. Coronavirus constrainsts closed or impeded the 
        services and facilities we need to give astronomers the deep 
        discount for this vital book. There being no other nationwide 
        discount OH offer, astronomers may have to obtain a copy at 
        list price, plus shipping, some $45. www.nyskies.org/oh.hym, 
     all day - whole City - MH - indoor dining/meetings on hold 
        In late August 2020 several notices issued by NYC Mayor 
        deBlasio that indoor dining and meetings stay suspended for 
        the indefinite futur, or, in one notice, until proven vaccine 
        available. Ban applies to conventional eateries, interior 
        snack stands and buffets, food at receptions and shows, all 
        where patrons sit iclosely n place. Same for seated meetings 
        and lectures and for congested minglings.Curt has no method to 
        evaluate offered vaccines for releasing indoor activities. 
    all day - whole City - MH - bus fare collection resumes 
        Fares resume collection on NYC buses. Riders enter by front 
        door and pay fare. Because of the long duration of free-fare, 
        you let MetroCard expire. You may have to skip fare payment 
        until refiilling the Card. Drivers do not interfere with no-
        fare riders but do get the card up to date soonest. 
    21:00 - whole City - MH - autumn Milky Way season 
        Thru Nov 30. Fall season for sighting Milky Way from within 
        NYC. Requires dark clear sky and thoro knowledge of normal 
        luminous graffiti in sky. Milky Way is in high west sky at 
        at nightfall. www.nyskies.org/articles/pazmino/milky-ny.htm 

Wed  2 Sep 
    21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing 
        Vassar College, Observatory. Free. Cancelled for clouds. 
        physicsandastronomy.vassar.edu/observatory.html, descent 

Sat  5 Sep
    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 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg 
        UACNJ Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free.  

Mon  7 Sep 
    all day - whole City - MH - Labor Day 
        Please check with event contact for session falling on this 
        day by rule or outdated schedule 

Tue  8 Sep
    00:01 - whole City - MH - former alternate side parking return 
        Alternate side parking rules in NYC return to former status. 
        Parking follows instructions on signs. Possinle new schedule 
        may be put out later in 2020. Local news media. 

Wed  9 Sep
    all day - amer Musm natl Hist - MH - reopening 
        Museum reopens for visitors with curtailed days and hours. All 
        galleries open. $28 adm + 1  extra, $32 adm +all extras. 
        www.amnh.org,  212-769-5100 
   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 
     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 
    20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - No Jersey Astro Gp meeting 
        Montclair St Univ, Richardson Hall, Room 232. Free. 
        njastro.org, 973-655-7266 jjj 
    21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 2 

Fri 11 Sep 
    19:30 - whole City - MH - Tribute in Light memorial 
        World Trade Center. Two parallel blue beams shine dusk to 
        dawn to honor victims of 2001 World Trade Center collapse. 
        Beams approximate floor plan of Twin Towers and can reach 
        tens of kilometers high. Geometry determines height of beam 
        top as observed from all over NYSkies. Details in local news 
        media. www.nyskies.org/articles/pazmino/trib-lt.htm 
    19:30 - Torrington - CT - Litchfield Hills Amat Astro Club mtg 
        Central Congregational Church. Free. lhastro.org, 

Sat 12 Sep
    20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Sep 5
    20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg - see Sep 5 

Wed 15 Sep 
    21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 2 

Sat 19 Sep 
    20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Sep 5
    20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg - see Sep 5 

Wed 23 Sep 
    21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 2 

Fri 25 Sep
    all day - Intrepid Museum - MH -msuseum reopening
        Museum reopens for visitors. eith normal days and hours. All 
        exhibts open. $33 adm + all exhibits. www.intrepidmuseum.org 

Sat 26 Sep 
    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, 
     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 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg - see Sep 5 
    20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Sep 5 

Wed 30 Sep 
    21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing - see Sep 2 

Events Skipped 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;15 - unionsale - LI - Amat Obsrs Soc meeting 
        Hofstra Univ, Berliner Hall. free. www.aosny.org, 
    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. 
    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 
    15:30 - Greenwich - CT - Astro Soc of Greenwich meeting 
        Greenwich Audubon Center. Free. rickbria@optonline.net, 
        203-415-6762. astrogreenwich.org  
    16:15 - Simons Foundation - MH - scinece lecture 
        160 5 Av & 21 St. 'The quest for the ideal glass'. Tea 16:15, 
        lecture 17:00. Free, adv regn reqd. 646-654-0066, 
    17:00 - Danbury - CT - astronomy lecture 
        Westn Conn St Uv, Obsy/Plm. Indoor planetarium show, 
        clearsky starviewing. Free. www.wcsu.edu/starwatch, 
       203-837-8671, dawsond@wcsu.edu 
    18:00 - Earth Institute - MH - science lecture 
        Columbnia Univ, Lerner Hall, Arledge Audm.. 'Sea level rise: 
        Causes, impacts and options for solutions'. Free, adv regn 
        reqd. ei.columbia.edu 
    18:00 - Palisades - NY - science lecture 
        Lamont-Doherty Earth Obsy, Monell audm. 'Climate, carbon ```      
`       dioxide, and sea level: Past is prologue'. Free, 
         845-365-8634, www.ldeo.columbia.edu, 845-365-8988 
    18:00 - 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 
    18:00 - Bethpage - LI -  Amer Instt Aero & Astro lecture       
        Hofstra Univ, Breslin Hall, rm216 . Various topics in 
        aeronautics and astronautics. 'Observations from the 
        Apollo LM to the Shuttlre and ISS, and beyond'. Free, $7 opt 
        pizza-soda, adv regn reqd.718-812-2727, greghomatas@msn.com 
    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, 
    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, 
    19:00 - Hayden Planetarium - MH - 'Astronomy live!' lecture 
       Live narrated planetarium show. Enter at 81 St/Cntl Pk W. 
       $15, adv regn reqd. 212-769-5100, www.amnh.org/programs  
    19:00 - Hayden Planetarium - MH - 'Frontiers' lecture 
         Kayfnamm Thtr. Enter at 81 St/Cntl Pk W. $15, adv regn reqd. 
        212-769-5100, www.amnh.org/programs  
     19:00 - lyndhurst - NJ - clearsky starviewing 
        Ctr for Enviro & Sci Edu, McDowell Obsy. Free. cancelled 
        for clouds. Requires climbing narrow spiral stairs into domw. 
        www.njsea.com/observatory, info@njsea.com, 201-460-1700 
     19:00 - Uniondale - LI - clearsky starviewing 
        Hofstra University,Berliner Bdg, Rm 117. Free, 
        adv regn reqd. Cancelled for clouds. 516-463-2759, 
        www.hofstra.edu/Academics, observatory@hofstra.edu 
    19:30 - Suffern - NY - RRockland Astronomy Club meeting 
        Rockalnd Commty Coll, main bldg. Free. 
    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.    
        waa-president@westchesterastronomers.org  Sat  8 Feb 
    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 - 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 
    19:30 - Princeton - NJ - Amat Astro Assn of Princeton meeting 
        Princeton U, Peyton Hall. Free. www.princetonastronomy.org, 
        609-737-2575, info@princetonastronomy.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 - Coll of Staten Is - SI - clearsky starviewing 
        Astrophys Obsy. Free, cancelled for clouds. 718-982-2818, 
        csivc.csi.cuny.edu/supernove7/files/home.html, 718-892-3259, 
    20:00 - 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 - 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 
    20:00 - York College - QN - astronomy lecture . 
        Core Academic Bdg, Rm AC-2E01. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free, adv regn reqd. 718-262-2082,  
    20:30 - Voorhees St Pk - NJ - NJ Astro Assn meeting 
        NJAA-HQ, Robinson Obsy. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free. www.njaa.org, 908-368-8500 
    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 - Weekend Walks street fairs 
    all day - Governors Island - MH - cultural shows 
        Thru 31 Oct. Island is open every day, 10h-20h. From May 24 
        thru Aug 30, Fri-Sat, 10h-22h. Walk and tour thru 
        former military base and new urban park. Shows vary each day 
        or visit by foot or bike. Ferries run every 1/2 hr from 
        Battery Marine Terml, MH, and on weekdays from Pier 6, BK. 
        Island is free but ferry fare is $2 RT. www.nps.gov/gois, 
    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  
    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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     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 - Shalel Lounge - MH - SpaceX NYC meeting 
        65 W 70 St, Amsterdam Av. Fiscussion on space industry and 
        development. Free, opt meal/drink. www.meetup.com/SpaceX-NYC 
    18:00 - Amagansett - LI - astronomy lecture 
        Montauk Obsy. Amagansett Library. Indoor talk, clearsky 
         sunviewing. Free. www.montaukobservatory.com 
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    19:00 - Patchoque - LI- PubSci show 
        Brookhaven Natl Lab, Blue Point Brewing Co, 225 W Main St. 
        'The quantum revolution'. Free, opt meal/drink. 
    19:00 - West Reading - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        New Pond Farm, obseratory. $10, adv regn reqd. cancelled for 
        clouds. www.newpondfarm.org, 203-938-2117 
    19:00 - 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 
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    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. `       
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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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - Floyd Bennett Field - BK - clearsky starviewing 
        Community Garden. NYSKies & Natl Park Svc. Free. Cancelled 
        for clouds. www.nyskies.org, stephenlieber@nyc.rr.com, 
    20:00 - Boonton - NJ - clearsky starviewing  
        Sheep Hill Astro Assn Obsy, Free. Cancelled for  
        clouds. sheephillastro.otg, contacts@sheephillastro.org, 
   20:00 - Greenwich - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        Astro Soc of Greenwich. Curtis Elem Schl, Bowman Obsy. Free. 
        Cancelled for clouds. rickbria@optonline.net, 203-415-6762. , 
   20:00 - Princeton - NJ - clearsky starviewing 
        Princeton Univ, Peyton Hall. Free. Cancelled for clouds 
        jeg@astro.princeton.edu, lee@astro.princeton.edu 
    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 - Westport - CT - Westport Astro Soc meeting 
        Rolnick Obsy. Free. www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 
    20:00 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        Westport Astro Soc. Rolnick Obsy.  Free. Cancelled for clouds. 
        www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 
    20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting 
        Vanderbilt Plm. Free. asliastronomy@yahoo.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, 
    20:00 - Ward Pound Ridge - NY - clearsky starviewing 
        Westchester Amat Astro. Meadows Picnic Area. Free. Cancelled 
        for clouds. waa-president@westchesterastronomers.org 
    20:00 - Way Station Pub - BK - Astronomy on Tap meting 
        683 Washington Av & Prospect Pl (Prospect Hts). Informal 
        astronomy discussion in pub setting. Free, one drink purchase 
        reqd. astronomyontap.org/locatons/new-york-city 
    20:00 - Great Kills Pk - SI - clearsky starviewing 
        Natl Pk Svc. Enter at Hylan Bv to playground; Free. Cancelled 
        for clouds. www.nps.gov/gate, 718-987-6790  n 
    20:00 - Bear Mountain - NY - clearsky starviewing 
        Rockland Astro Club. Anthony Wayne Rec Area, picnic field. 
        Free, cancelled for clouds. www.rocklandastronomy.com 
    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 - Upper Montclair - NJ - clearsky starviewing 
        No Jersey Astro Gp. Montclair St Univ, Richardson Hall. 
        Free, cancelled for clouds. njastro.org, 973-655-7266 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing 
        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 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture 
        Stamford Obsy. $5. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. 
        starviewing also called off for outdoor temp < -6C. 
        203-322-6537, www.stamfordmuseum.org 
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    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  
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General news 
    There seems to a waking up of homw astronomy for September, but 
there is a strong caution. Some information MAY be left over from 
before the coronavirus eposode and not since  updated. If the event's 
web has no direct advice for coronavirus concerns, it is CTUCISL that 
you inquire at the event contact BEFORE palnning to attend. The 
information could be ediurnate. Else you could facee locked doors or 
refused entry. 
    Some musea in New York City are reopening. Each has its own 
procedures for coronavirus. Theseh must be learned directly thru the 
museum contact. See ASeptember 9 for american Museum of Natural 
History and the 25th for Intrepid Museum. 
    More events that are skipped, on hold,  staged remotely. All are 
reactions to the ongoing coronavirus situation. 
    * major league baseball 
    * New York City Marathon 
    * Tunnels to Towers Run 
    * Columbus Day parade (on Manhattan) 
    * primary/secondary public schools 
    * Veterans Day parades & observances 
    * Northesast Astronomy forum (2nd instance) 
    * college basketball 
    * Greenwich Village Halloween parade 
    * November presidential elections 
    * Rockefeller Center tree lighting 
    On Argust 3 Rockland Astro Club announced that Northeast Astronomy 
Foum for 2020 is called off.  The next NEAF is in April 2021. In the 
early days of coronvirus RAC postponed NEAF to September 12-13 but 
show venue Rockland Commty Coll will not be available by then. 
    The Tribute in Light and reading of 9/11 victims were were called 
off by the 9/11 Memorial on August 12 & 13  from coronavirus 
concerns.. Tunnels to Towers Foundation will do the live reading and 
offered to do the Tribute in Light. Public outrage and intervention by 
former Mayor Bloomberg  pushed 9/11 Memorial to restore both. The 
reading will be a recorded telecast . 
    There could be events in 2021 that may be called off or drasticly 
curtailed. These must start prepaaartionb in summer and fall 2020. One 
is the NYC Science & Engineering Fair in March 2021. Contestants 
should RIGHT NOW be working on their projects and then register in 
fall 2020. Labs, colleges, hospitals, institutes where students do 
their projects are closed to outsiders. The students's own schools may 
be closed for the fall semester. There could be so few applicants for 
the 2021 Fair that it may be scrapped. 

City news 
    NYSkies Astronomy Seminar on 2020 August 7 & 21 were cancelled. 
Our host McBurney House remains closed for indoor public activities 
The annual reading of 9/11 victims at Ground Zero is conducted by 
Tunnels to towers, not 9/11 Memorial. Latter fears coronavirus spread. 
    I added  articles to our web. aavsof06.htm is a recovered piece 
about the 2006 AAVSO convention. beaufort.lhtm is a new discussion 
about the Beaufort scale for estimating wind speed. They are at 


    TV show 'Are you smarter than a fifth grader?' on August 22 had an 
astronomy question. Earth's year is 365 days; what other planet's year 
is 687 days? Answer: Mars. 
    NJ Gov Murphy in mid August warned that his state will shift to 
full mail-in voting in Nov. Stations for on-site voting are set up in 
public buildings such as schools, libraries, town sports pavilions. 
All are likely to still be shut down in Nov, leaving no physical 
option for on-site voting. 
     Larry Elder radio show, 970AAM in New York, had an astronomy 
question on August 7. In segment 'Can you beat kurt' he asked 'what is 
a huge star that explodes and gives off as much radiation as the Sun 
does in ten billion years?' Answer: 'supernova'. 
    US CDC on Aug 29 put out review of coronavirus status. It found 
that 94% of all virus deaths were in compromised victims. They had 
suppressed ability to fight virus by obesity, hart trouble, diabetes, 
mental illness, &c. Only 6%, SIX PERCENT!, deaths were victims in 
overall good health. 
    NYC Mayor deBlasio on Aug 5 set up checkpoints at rail, bus, most 
road entrances to the City. They capture people arriving from states 
with coronavirus hotspots. A person from such state -- even a 
veturning City resident or a person passing straight thru the City -- 
will be quarantined in home or hotel and file contact info form to 
City. Quarantine violators face $10,000[!] fine and may be ordered to 
leave the City immediately. 
    A couple readers got uncolicited packets of plant seeds made in 
China! Thousands of people got them nationwide since late July, into 
mid August. About 30 states issued warnings on the seeds. DO NOT 
Seeds were sent to Amazon customers as an advertising prop by a 
company selling trnkets.Send photo of it to state agriculture dpartmnt 
with details of receipt. Safekeep the packet for possible inspection 
by aggie officials. 
    CT and NJ on August 10 ruled that salary of aa commuter now 
working att home in the state, not at their NY offices, is taxable 
income for that state! They assert that it's the sam eas a person in 
Ct-NJ working at a branch of an out-of-state business, who already 
pays tax on his slary. The wmployee's home became such a branch when 
firm put worker into coronavirus telework. 
    NYC Mayor deBlasio on Jul 23 rejected NYC Cuomo's demand to clean 
graffiti from public facilities. deBlasio refused to restore City's 
graffiti[-removal service,ended in March to cut costs. Since then 
there was widespread graffiti of anarchist slogans and symbols, mostly 
in Lower Manhattan. 
    I added four files to our web, recovered articles about the AVVSO 
fall 2005 convention. The meeting was too complex to summarize in one 
piece. Visit 


    NYS Gov Cuomo on aug 7 sleared all school district in state to 
ropen for fall semester. They must apply coronavirus cautions and may 
have blend of in-class and remote teaching. Schools hosting astronomy 
clubs COULD allow resumption of meetings. Clubs MUST negotiate NOW 
with their former host schools. 
    NY Daily News newspaper on August 12 said it is permanently 
closing its NYC offcie! All staff stay home for telework or transfer 
to other cities with News facilities. paper, like many others, was 
bleeding out readers for most of this century.. Ditching the physical 
office also is a major cost-cut. 
    NJ Gov Murphy on Aug 12  cleared public schools to open in fall 
but only for remote education. There is no in-class presence. Clubs 
meeting in these schools may be shut out of their space for the 
indefinite future. 

 Sy news 
    NYSkies baked under a second heat wave, four or more days in a row 
with peak temperature of 32C or hotter, on 26-30 July 2020. Wave broke 
in late night of the 30th by a normal thunderstorm. 
    Most of NYSkies lost the Perseids to cloud or thick haze on Aug 
11-12 and 12-13. Best transparency so far noted was 2-1/2 magnitude, 
allowing only the brightest meteors to shine thru. Observes were also 
hindered by scattered light form last-quarter Moon in Airs-Taurus. 
    Tropical storm Isaias (ee-sa-EE-yass) raced across NYSkies on 
August 4, dawn to ~14h EDST. 55KPH ground speed, 80KPH wind, 100KPH 
gusts, dense rain. Most damage was from felled trees and cut power 
lines. Roads & rail blocked by trees and debris. Isaias moved off but 
high wind continued for most of afternoon. Small tornados reported in 
Ocean City and Toms River, both NJ. 
    Asteroid 2018-VP1 does close pass of Earth on 2020 Nov 2. 
Guesstimated diameter 1.8-3.9 meter, estimated proximity 420,000 
km.Elements for playing on solar system simulator software are from 
JPL Small Body Database. Parameters may be rounded to fit in software 
 2018 VP1 
 Classification   Apollo [near Earth object 
 SPK-ID   3835977 
 Elements at Epoch 2459000.5 (2020-May-31.0) TDB 
 Ecentricity   0.4299169855584612 
 Semimajor axis   1.587720805090822 au 
 Perihelion   0.9051326626577225 au 
 Inclination   3.24188597885521  deg 
 Asc node   39.81558937153621 deg 
 Arg peri   15.1242174088736 deg 
 Mean anomaly   300.7151180739548 deg 
 PeriT   2459120.837528840327 (2020-Sep-28.33752884) TDB 
 Period  730.7345308802146 day, 2.00 year 
 Mean daily motion   0.4926549722049647 deg/day 
 apohelion   2.270308947523921 au 
 # obns used (total)   21  
 Data-arc span    13 days  
 First obsn used    2018-11-03  
 last obsn used    2018-11-16  
 Solution date   2018-Nov-19 06:41:32  
 Earth MOID   5.54556 E-5 au 
 Jupiter MOID   3.17628 au 
 T-jup   4.273 
 Absolute magnitude   30.9 
     Ultra clear night in late night of August 25 after evening  Wind 
storm over NYSkies. Strong wind, some rain, ssweeped out summer haze, 
leepening transparency to th magn. Faint groups like Vulpecula, Caput 
Cerebi, Delphinus, Equuleus Summer Hyades were noted. Several DSO 
spotted: Coathanger, M22, couple in Sgr, M2 or M[!], Oph Cl. No Milky 
Way sighting reported so far. Dark sky lasted thru sunrise