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NYC EVENTS FOR FEBRUARY 2017 
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 John Pazmino      -
 NYSkies Astronomy Inc  
 @nyskies.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 '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 Standard Time (UT - 5h) 

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.  
  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  17:18 
    5     6     7     8     9   (10)   11  17:26
   12    13    14    15    16    17   (18. 17:35
   19    20    21    22    23    24    25  17:43
  .26.   27    28    +1    +2    +3    +4  17:51
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 Index of Events  
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 * = NASA-JPL Night Sky Network affiliate  
 Date = entry in main listing, else month of resumption 
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                         BROOKLYN - BK 
 *Floyd Bennett Field - - - M/A 
  NYC-H2O - - - - - - - - -  3 
  Ringling Bros Cirucs  - - 23-Mar 3
  Secret Science Club - - -  0 

    CONNECTICUT - CT  
 *A S of Gtr Hartford - - - ??? 
 Astro Soc of Greenwich - - M/A 
 *Astro Soc of New Haven  - 28
  Boothe Meml Astro Soc - -  3, 17
  Bowman Observatory  - - -  1, 15
 *Litchfield Hills AAC  mtg ??? 
 *Litchfield Hills starvg   M/A 
 *McCarthy Observatory  - - 11
  New Pond Farm - - - - - -  4
 Stamford Observatory - - -  3, 10, 17, 24
 *Van Vleck Obsy (ASG)  - -  4 

 
  Van Vleck Obsy (WU) - - -  1, 8, 15, 22 
  Western CT St Univ Obsy - 25
  Westport Astro Soc mtg  - 21
 *Westport Astro Soc starvg  1, 8, 15, 22
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  Bethany Observatory - www.asnh.org, prez@asnh.org 

    LONG ISLAND - LI  
 *Amateur Observers Soc - -  5
  Amer Instt Aero & Astro - ??? 
  Astro Soc of Long Island   1, 8, 15, 22
  Brookhaven National Lab - 28 
 Custer Institute - - - - -  4, 11, 18, 25
  Hofstra Univ Obsy - - - -  5 
 *Jones Beach - - - - - - - M/A 
  Montauk Observatory - - - ??? 
  SUNY Stony Brook   -  - - M/A 
 *Susan Rose Observatory  -  4, 11, 18, 22
  -------------------------
  National Space Soc-LISS - chapters.nss.org/ny/longisland,  
        trekker724@aol.com 
 
    MANHATTAN - MH  
 *Amat Astro Assn starvwg -  0 
 *Amat Astro Assn lecture -  3 
  Amer Musm Natl Hist   - -  1
  Ctr for Atmosp Ocean Std  15, 22 
  Ctr for Science & Society ??? 
  Central Pk (Great Lawn) -  3,4,5, 10,11,12, 17,18,19, 24,25,26
  Civil Rights Day- - - - - 16 
 *Columbia Univ Obsy  - - - 3, 17 
  Cornelia Street Cafe'   -  5
  GLOBE at Night  - - - - - 18-27 
  Good Housekeeping lab   - 10 
  Greenwich Vg bookfair - - 18-19
  Instt Stud Ancnt World  -  2, 9, 21, 27, 28 
 *Inwood Astronomy Project   4, 11, 18, 25
  Natl Musm of Mathematics   1
  NY Academy of Sciences  - ??? 
  NYC-H2O - - - - - - - - - ??? 
  NYPL Mid-Manhattan  - - -  1, 7
  New York Univ Astro - - - 10, 24 
 *NYSkies Astronomy Seminar  3, 17
  Presidents Day  - - - - - 20 
  SciCafe'  - - - - - - - -  1 
  Science & the Arts  - - - ??? 
  Simons Foundation - - - -  8 
  South Ferry statio  - - -  0 
  'Time and cosmos' exhibit  1-Apr 23 
  'Time and Cosmos' lecture    3, 10, 17, 24, 27 
  Top of the Lawn - - - - -  3,4,5, 10,11,12, 17,18,19, 24,25,26  
  TriState computer fair  -  0 
  Urban Park Rangers -  - -  0 
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  Ctr for Space Sci Edu - - info@nyccsse.org, www.nyccsse.org,  
        212-608-6164 
  Physics Club of NY  - - - jdepalma@nyc.rr.com, www.sconyc-ny.org 

    NEW JERSEY - NJ  
  A A A of Princeton  - - - 14  
  A S of Toms Rv Area - - - 10
 *Amat Astro Inc meeting  -  3, 10, 24
 *Amat Astro Inc lecture  - 17
  Instt for Advd Study  - - M/A 
  Morris Musm Astro Soc - - M/A 
 *New Jersey Astro Assn   - M/A 
  No Jersey Astro Gp mtg  -  8
 No Jersey Astro Gp starvg   2, 9, 16, 23
  Peyton Observarory  - - - 22 
  Plasma Physics Lab  - - -  3, 17 
  Rutgers Univ Astro Collqm  1, 8, 15, 22 
  Rutgers Univ Astro Semnr   2, 9, 16, 23 
 *S*T*A*R - - - - - - - - -  2
  Schommer Observatory  - -  9, 16 
  Sheep Hill Astro Assn - -  5 
 *Sheep Hill Observatory  - 17 
 *Utd Astro Clubs of NJ - - M/A 
  Washington Xing St Pk - - M/A 
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  Buehler-Columbia AAA   - - www.bergen.edu/buehler, 
   ropstbaum@bergen.edu 
  Dark Sky Observers  - - - www.users.nac.net/gburke/club  
  McDowell Obsy -mec.rst2.edu, 201-460-8300 
  Montclair Telescope Club  973-948-5284, bischoff@garden.net,    
        users.erols.com/njastro/orgs/mtc.hrm  
  Natl Space Soc-NJN  - chapters.nss.org/nj/njn, cpankanin@aol.com 
  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 - - - - - 18
  York College Observatory   8 

    REST OF WORLD 

    STATEN ISLAND - SI   
  Coll of Staten Is (day) - ???  
  Coll of Staten Is (eve) - M/A 
  Great Kills Park  - - - - M/A 
  NYC-H2O - - - - - - - - -  4 
  Staten Is Community TV  -  3, 10, 17, 24 

    THE BRONX - BX 

    UPSTATE - NY  
  Lamont-Doherty Obsy - - - M/A 
  Ramapo Challenger Ctr - - 19 
  Vassar Coll Obsy  - - - -  1, 8, 15, 22 
  Ward Pound Ridge  - - - - M/A 
  Westchester Amat Astro  -  3 
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  Mid-Hudson Astro Asson - www.midhudsonastro.org, 845-485-5669 
 =============================================================== 

Ongoing Conditions and Situatios 
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    all day - South Ferry - MH - South Ferry station reopened 
        Indefinite duration. Old closed South Ferry station 
        reopened on April 4 for access to Battery Pk and SI Ferry. 
        You must Be in 1st 5 cars to get off at South Ferry. 
        www.mta.info 
    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  
    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 
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 -------------------------------------------------------Sun  1 Jan 
Wed  1 Feb
    all day - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - 'Time and cosmos' exhibit 
        Thru 23 Apr 2017. 15 E 84 St, 5/Madison Av.  Timekrrping and 
        celestial instruments from Graeco-Roman period. Curator tours 
        on Fridays 18h. Free. isaw.nyu.edu, isaw@nyu.edu, 
        212-992-7842  
    16:00 - Natl Musm of Mathematics - MH - science show 
        'Mathematical Encounters'. Free, adv regn reqd. 
        212-542-0566, www.momath.org, info@momath.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 
    18:30 - NYPL Mid-Manhattan Liby - MH - cultural lecture 
       'History of Brooklyn Bridge Park: How a community reclaimed and 
        transformed New York's waterfront'. Free. 
        www.nypl.org/calendar/index.cfm 
    19:00 - Amer Musm Natl Hist - MH - SciCafe' show 
        Hall of Ocean Life or hall of planet Earth. Music, drinks, 
        chat with Museum scientists. Free, be 21 or be gone. GI photo 
        ID reqd. 212-769-5100, www.amnh.org/programs 
    19:00  - 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   
    20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        Wesleyan U, Van Vleck Obsy. Free, cancelled for clouds. 
        860-685-3664, www.wesleyan.edu/astro/events 
    20:30 - 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, 
        www.asliclub.org 
    21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing 
        Vassar College, Observatory. Free. Cancelled for clouds. 
        physicsandastronomy.vassar.edu/observatory.html, 
        845-437-7340 

Thu  2 Feb
    13:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture 
        Seminar series. Rutgers Univ, Serin 401. Free. 732-445-3974, 
        www.physics.rutgers.edu/ast/seminar 

  18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH -cultural lecture 
        15 E 84 St, 5/Madison Av. Exhibition lecture 'Weeks, months, 
        yeats in Greek and Roman calendars' with  'Time and Cosomos' 
        showw.. Free, adv regn reqd. isaw..nyu.edu isaw@nyu.edu, 
         212-992-7842 
    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,  
        robbins@mail.csi.cuny.edu, 
    20:00 - Lincroft - NJ - S*T*A*R meeting 
        Brookdale Commty Coll, Mommouth Museum. Free. 
        www.starastronomy.org, s-walters@comcast.net 

Fri  3 Feb
    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 
    18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - 'Time & cosmos' tour 
        15 E 84 St, 5 Av/Madison Av. Walk thru history and culture of 
        timekrrping and celestial instruments from Graeco-Roman 
        period. Free. www.nyu.edu/isaw, isaw@nyu.edu, 212-992-7842  
    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 - McBurney House - MH - NYSkies Astronomy Seminar  
        DISCUSSION: STARS IN THEIR MAINSTREAM OF LIFE  
        * THIS TOPIC WAS POSTPONED FROM jANUARY 20th *
        125 W 14 St, 6/7 Av. Discussion of astronomy topics, show 
        & tell, skywatching reports, news of astro activity in NYSkies 
    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 
    19:00 - Boro Hall - NK - cultural lecture 
        NYC-H2O. 'Black Jacks: african American seamen in the ago of 
        sail' C'. Free, adv regn reeqd. www.nych2o.org, 
        matt@nych2o.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 - Pleasantville - NY - Westchester Amat Astro meeting  
        Pace Univ, Miller Hall, Free. www.westchesterastronomers.org, 
        waa-president@westchesterastronomers.org  
        info@princetonastronomy.org  
    19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting 
        nion Co Coll, Sperry Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky  
        starviewing. Free. www.asterism.org, hfjacinto6@gmail.com  
        territory. Free. nyskies@nyskies.org, www.nyskies.org 
    20:00 - Stratford - CT - Boothe Meml Astro Soc mtg 
        Boothe Meml Pk, Obsy. Free. www.bmas.org, info@bmas.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 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture 
        Stamford Obsy. $3. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. 
        203-322-6537, www.stamfordmuseum.org, cescovil@earthlink.net 

Sat  4 Feb
    14:00 - Noble Maritime Collection - SI - cultural lecture 
        NYC-H2O. 'Black Jacks: african American seamen in the ago of 
        sail' C'. Free, adv regn reeqd. www.nych2o.org, 
        matt@nych2o.org 
   19:00 - West Reading - CT - clearsky starviewingh 
        New Pond Farm, obseratory. $10, adv regn reqd. , cancelled for 
        clouds. www.newpondfarm.org, 203-938-2117, 
        info@newpondfarm.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.custerobservator 
        president@custerobservatory.org, 631-765-2626  
    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,  
        pparkers@cs.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 - Inwood Hill Park - MH - clearsky 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 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 3

Sun  5 Feb
    13:15 - Uniondale - LI - Amat Obsrs Soc meeting. 
        Hofstra Univ, Berliner Hall. Free. www.aosny.org, 
        suerose@optonline.net             -
    18:00 - 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 
    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 
    19:30 - Boonton - NJ - Sheep Hill Astro Assn meeting  
        Boonton Senior Ctr. Free. www.sheephillastro.org, 
        contacts@sheephillastro.org, wwestura@optonline.net 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 3 

Tue  7 Feb
    18:30 - NYPL Mid-Manhattan Liby - MH - cultural lecture 
        'Before the fires: An oral history of African American life in 
        the Bronx from the 1930s to the 1960s . Free. 
        www.nypl.org/calendar/index.cfm 

Wed  8 Feb
    16:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture - see Feb 1 
    17:00 - Simons Foundation - MH - scinece lecture 
        160 5 Av & 21 St. 'Quantum entanglement, strange metals and 
        black holes''. Free, adv regn reqd. 646-654-0066, 
        ww.simonsfoundation.org 
   19:30 - 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,
        tpaglione@york.cuny.edu 
    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 - see Feb 1
    20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing - SEE fEB 1 
    20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 1 
    21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing - dee Feb 1 

Thu  9 Feb
    13:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture - see Fen 2 
  18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH -cultural lecture - see Feb 2
    20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 2 
    20:30 - Piscataway - NJ - clearsky starviewing 
        Rutgers Univ, Schommer Obsy. Free. Cancelled for clouds.  
        732-205-0020, www.physics.rutgers.edu/ast/ast-serin.html  
        pryor@physics.rutgers.edu 

Fri 10 Feb
    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, 
        ghritours@hearst.com 
    14:00 - New York University - MH - astronomy lecture 
        Meyer Hall, 5th fl. Various topics in astrophys and 
        relativity. Free. Have GI photo ID for campus security. 
    18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - 'Time & cosmos' tour -see Feb 3 
    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, webmaster@astra-nj.org 
    19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - see Feb 3
    19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Feb 3
     20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Feb 3
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 3

Sat 11 Feb
    20:00 - New Milford - CT - astronomy lecture  
        McCarthy Obsy, New Miford HS. Indoor lecture, clearsky  
        starviewing. Free. www.mccarthyobservatory.org,  860-354-1595, 
         contact@mccarthyobservatory.org, 
    20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Feb 4
    20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing  - see Feb 4
    20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 4
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 3

Sun 12 Feb
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 3

Tue 14 Feb 
    19:30 - Princeton - NJ - Amat Astro Assn of Princeton meeting 
       Princeton U, Peyton Hall. Free. www.princetonastronomy.org, 
        609-737-2575, info@princetonastronomy.org 

Wed 15 Feb
    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 
    16:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture - see Feb 1 
    19:00  - Greenwich - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 1 
    20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing - SEE fEB 1 
    20:00 - Centerport - li - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see Feb 1 
    20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 1 
    21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing - dee Feb 1 

Thu 16 Feb
    13:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture - see Fen 2 
    20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 2 

Fri 17 Feb
    10:00 - Princeton - NJ - science tour - SEE fEB 3 
    18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - 'Time & cosmos' tour -see Feb 3 
    18:30 - McBurney House - MH - NYSkies Astronomy Seminar  
        DISCUSSION:  SPRING STARS, THE LION AND THE LAMB
        125 W 14 St, 6/7 Av. Discussion of astronomy topics, show 
        & tell, skywatching reports, news of astro activity in NYSkies 
        territory. Free. nyskies@nyskies.org, www.nyskies.org 
    19:00 - Columbia University - MH - astronomy lecture - SEE fEB 3 
     19:30 - Boonton - NJ - clearsky starviewing  
        Sheep Hill Astro Assn Obsy, Free. Cancelled for  
        clouds. sheephillastro.otg, contacts@sheephillastro.org, 
        wwestura@optonline.net 
    19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Feb 3 
    20:00 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc lecture 
        Union Co Coll, Smith Audm. Indoor talk, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free. www.asterism.org 
    20:00 - Stratford - CT - Boothe Meml Astro Soc mtg - see Feb 3
     20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Feb 3
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 3
    20:30 - Piscataway - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 9 

Sat 18 Feb
  11:00 - P S 3 - MH - Greenwich Village Antqn Book Fair 
        Thru Sun 19 Feb. 490 Hudson St & Christopher St. Deep source 
        for astronomy books, maps, prints, posters. $10, 2-day tkt.
        www.ps3nyc.org/bookfair.htm, www.gvabookfair.org, 
        gvabookfair@gmail.com, 516-657-6212 
    18:00 - whole CIty - MH - GLOBE at Night exercise 
        ThruJan 29. NYSkies runs its own GLOBE at Night exercise in 
        December while Orion is in sky at nighfall. Same method and 
        procedure as for prior years for documenting sky transparency 
        over City. Details at www.nyskies.org/gannyc.htm 
    19:00 - Alley Pond Park - QN - clearsky starviewing 
        Alley Pond Enviro Ctr. $14 at door. Cancelled for clouds. 
        www.alleypond.com, info@alleypond.com, 718-229-4000 
    20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Feb 4
    20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing  - see Feb 4
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 3
    20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 4

Sun 19 Feb
    14:00 - Airmont - NY - science show 
        Ramapo Challenger Ctr, 225 Rt 29. Multimedia 
       imulation of space missions. $20. wwwlhvcc.com, 
        director@lhvcc.com, 845-257-3416. 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 3 

Mon 20 Feb 
    all day - whole City - MH - presidents Day 
       Please inquire at event contact regarding events listed for 
       today by rule or ediurnate schedule. 

Tue 21 Feb
  18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH -cultural lecture - see Feb 2
    20:00 - Westport - CT - Westport Astro Soc meeting  
        Rolnick Obsy. Free. www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 

Wed 22 Feb
    13:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture - see Fen 2 
    15:30 - Courant Institute - MH - science lecture 
    16:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture - see Feb 1 
    19:00 - 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 - Centerport - li - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see Feb 1 
    20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing - SEE fEB 1 
    20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 1 
    21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing - dee Feb 1 

Thu 23 Feb
    all dat -  Barclays Center - BK - Ringling Brothers Circus 
        Thru Fri 3 Mar. Final season of traditional American  CIRCUs, 
        last run in Brooklyn. All acts and performances eexcept those 
        with the elephants. ~$35-~$150, adv regn reqd. 
        www.barclays.com, www.ringling.com 
    20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 2 

Fri 24 Feb
    14:00 - New York University - MH - astronomy lecture - see Feb 10 
    18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - 'Time & cosmos' tour -see Feb 3 
    19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - see Feb 3
    19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Feb 3
     20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Feb 3
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 3

Sat 25 Feb
    16:00 - 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 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Feb 4
    20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing  - see Feb 4
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 3
    20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 4

Sun 26 Feb
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Feb 3

Mon 27 Feb    18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - 'Time & cosmos' tour 
        15 E 84 St, 5 Av/Madison Av. Walk thru history and culture of 
        timekrrping and celestial instruments from Graeco-Roman 
        period. Free, adv regn reqd. isaw.nyu.edu, isaw@nyu.edu, 
        212-992-7842  

Tue 28 Feb
    15:30 - Upton - LI - science lecture 
        Brookhaven Natl Lab, BLDG 510.. 'The exprrimental challenge of 
        21 cm cosmology'. Free, have GI photo ID for campus security. 
         www.bnl.gov/physics/evnts, 631-344-2651   
  18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH -cultural lecture - see Feb 2
    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 


Events Skipped This Month 
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 [M/A] MARCH/APRIL RESUMPTION OF ACTIVITY 
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    11:00 - Princeton - NJ - Instt Advd Stud lecture 
        Princeton Univ, Bloomberg Hall, library. Free.          
        www.sns.ias.edu/astro/astrocal.php, 
        wserber@astro.princeton.edu 
    15:30 - Greenwich - CT - Astro Soc of Greenwich meeting 
        Bruce Museum. Free with musm adm. rickbria@optonline.net, 
        203-415-6762, astrogreenwich.org 
    15:30 - Palisades - NY - science lecture 
        Lamont-Doherty Earth Obsy, Monell Audm. Various topics in 
        geophysics and earth science. Free, 845-365-8634, 
        www.ldeo.columbia.edu, suzana@ldeo.columbia.edu, 
    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, 
     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 - Morristown - NJ - Morris Museum Astro Soc meeting  
         Morris Museum. Free. 973-386-1848, 973-386-1848,, 
        www.mmastrosociety.org, info@morrismusem.org, 
        ckkrish@gmail.com 
    20:00 - Jones Beach St Pk - LI - astronomy lecture 
         Amat Obsrs Soc. Roosevelt Natr Ctr. Indooe lecture, clearsky 
         starviewing. $4, adv regn reqd. www.aosny.org, 516-785-3614, 
         suerose@optonline.net 
    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 - 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 - 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 - 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 
    20:30 - Voorhees St Pk - NJ - NJ Astro Assn meeting 
        NJAA-HQ, Robinson Obsy. Free. www.njaa.org, 908-368-8600 
    20:30 - Litchfield - CT - Litchfield Hills A A C lecture  
        White Meml Consrvn Ctr. Free. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
        starviewing. lhaac.shutterfly.com, lhaacsec@gmail.com 
       lhastro.org 
    20:30 - Wash'n Xing S P - NJ - clearsky starviewing 
        Amat Astro Assn of Princeton. Simpson Obsy. Free, cancelled 
       for clouds. www.princetonastronomy.org, 609-737-2575, 
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  [???] UNCERTAIN RESUMPTION OF ACTIVITY 
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    13:30 - Coll of Staten Is - SI - clearsky sunviewing 
        Astrophys Obsy. Free, cancelled for clouds. 718-982-2818, 
        csivc.csi.cuny.edu/supernove7/files/home.html, 
        robbins@mail.csi.cuny.edu, 
    18:00 - Columbia Univ - MH - Ctr for Science & Society lecture 
        Faculty House. 'Newton's prisms' and discovery of spectra. 
        Free, adv regn reqd, Free,  limited seating. 212-854-7211, 
        scienceandsociety.columbia.edu 
    18:30 - Bethpage - LI -  Amer Instt Aero & Astro lecture       
        Bethpage Publ Liby. Various topics in aeronautics and 
        astronautics. Free, optional $5 pizza-soda. 516-458-8593, 
        davidparis@optonline.net 
    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, bschwartz@gc.cuny.edu, 
        scienceandarts@scienceandarts.pmailus.com, 
     19:00 - East Hampton - LI - astronomy lecture 
        Montauk Obsy, The Ross School. Indoor talk, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free. www.montaukobservatory.com  
    19:00 - Bethany - CT - astronomy lecture 
        Astro Soc of New Haven. Yale Univ, Bethany Obsy. Indoor 
        lecture, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.asnh.org, 
        prez@asnh.org                       
    19:00 - NY Academy of Sciences - MH - astronomy lecture 
        'The unification of physics: The ques for a Theory of 
        Everything'. $15, adv regn reqd. wwww.nyas.org, 212-298-8600 
    19:30 - Middletown - CT - Astro Soc of Gtr Hartford meeting 
        Wesleyan Univ, Van Vleck Obsy. Free. www.asgh.org, 
        860-872-9069, pparkerrs@cs.com         
   19:30 - Torrington - CT - Litchfield Hills Amat Astro Club mtg 
       Central Congregational Church. Free.lhaacsec@gmail.com 
        lhastro.org, 

General News 
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    Welcome our new member to NYC Events, Princeton Plasma Physics 
Lab. It runs free public tours of its facility on the 1st and 3rd 
Friday of each month. Lab is one of the first to experiment with 
replicating the Sun's hydrogen-burning for energy production. 
    Instt for Advd Study may have ended its Tuesday seminars. Revamped 
web has no obvious reference to them. I'll leave IAS in place with 
'???' to wait for further news. 
    i renamed the 'Event News' section in this discussion from.For 
some time, most of 2016, readers assumed this section related to items 
posted in NYC Events. it does, for those pertaining to us in the City, 
but it also discussed nonastronomy activity in New York, affecting us  
It finally was more fair to name the section for the contents, 
    The topic for the 20 January 2017 NYSkies Astronomy Seminar was 
changed. Because understanding stellar life needed tuition in atomic 
and nuclear science, the Seminar handled that on the 20th. Star life 
on the Main Sequence is treated on February 3rd. 
    Princeton U now calls its public observatory on Peyton Hall the 
Peyton Observatory. It has a separate web, now noted in the contact 
for its session on Feb 22.  
    The web for Astro Soc of Gtr Hartford for several months showed 
ediurnate date for its meeting, September 2016. I leave the club in 
place with '???' to allow its web to be revised. 
    While the shutdown of the Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey 
Circus is hardly an astronomy event, it can be a wonderful social 
activity for astronomers. If you, or others in your club or family 
never saw the circus, this is the LAST CHANCE EVER to see it. Even 
without the elephants, discontinued in 2015-2016 season, the show is a 
thriller.  
    Greenwich Village Antiquarian Book Fair  this year runs only for 
two days, Sat-Sun, Feb 18-19. Until now it also included the preceding 
Friday evening. 
                            
City News
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    Presidential loser Clinton on 2017 Jan 4 waved hand to be NYC 
mayor in November 2017. She contends against reelection program of 
current mayor deBlasio. Both are Democrats with strong teams of 
support. Clinton did not at issue time go formal for the mayor shot, 
ut if she does later, the Democratic party may hand her the nomination 
without the hassle of a primary vote. 
 A dead 4-1/2m whale washed up at LaGuardia airport on 12 January 
2017. It was found at ~17h EST at east end of runway 13/31. The body 
was removed by wildlife agencies for examination with no interference 
with airport operations. 
    An extra event on 25 January 2017 was a lecture at Columbia U 
about how the National Park Service deals with luminous graffiti over 
its properties. With only a couple days notice, posted into NYSkies 
Yahoogroup, several darksky advocates likely attended. No reports from 
them at issue time. 
    NYSkies Astronomy Seminar on 6 January 2017 psyched us up for 
Venus. She is in the evening sky above the sunset point. We learned 
that Venus has a limited excursion from the Sun of 47 degrees east and 
west. She alternates between following the Sun, on his east side, as 
an evening star and leading him on his west side as a morning star.. 
Tracing Venus movement on an orbit chart demonstrated that the 
crossing from morning to evening occurs at superior conjunction; 
evening to morning, inferior. Five rounds of elongations, conjunction  
to same conjunction, is very nearly eight Earth years. Over an 
astronomer's lifetime the error is only 10 days. Because Venus orbits 
closer to the Sun than Earth she turns to us her night side, much as 
the Moon does. Galileo was first to notice this effect, leading him to 
further advocate for a Sun-centered cosmos. The diameter of Venus 
varies widely as she circles the Sun on his farther and nearer  sides 
The decrease in daytime side she presents to us when close to us is 
more or less compensated by her then larger disc size. The actual 
angular area of daytime side does peak once for the evening and 
morning half of her apparition. The maximum area is 'greatest 
illuminated area' or '... extent' and replaced the former 'greatest 
brilliancy' in 2005. This latter was an antiquated parameter based on 
totally ediurnate models of the Venus atmospheric reflection of 
sunlight.  The Venus elongation, downrange distance along the ecliptic 
from the Sun increases to a maximum of 47 degrees, then begins a 
decrease back to the Sun.  The maximum is 'greatest eastern 
elongation', on January 12th in 2017. The corresponding maximum in the 
morning is 'greatest western elongation'. In the retreat back to he 
Sun, toward inferior conjunction, Venus does a retrograde loop. This 
takes place bright twilight or daylight, with no background stars to 
track her. A trail plot with a planetarium software shows the loop. 
When Venus is near inferior conjunction the horns of the crescent may 
extend partly into the night side from sunlight diffused in the Venus 
air. In the extreme case, right at inferior conjunction the extension 
may completely surround the planet in a 'ring phase'.  Both extension 
are rare and are usually missing from most apparitions. Binoculars 
begin to resolve the disc of Venus around greatest elongation. Before 
then she is a round dot. In small telescopes show a gibbous to full 
shape. The perpetual white clouds of Venus have no visible permanent 
obvious details. Occasional vague shadings are noticed along the 
terminator that do not correlate with each other. On the night side a 
very rare weak glow, like a subtile 'earthshine' is reported, the 
'ashen light'. Takeaways were sky and orbit charts of Venus thru one 
evening apparition, skyscapes of Venus elongations in 2002-2017, 
simulated scope views of disc with changing diameter and phase, all-
sky trail plot of Venus in 2000-2017 with tow 'pentagrams' of five 
cycles in eight years. 
    Amazon on 2017 Jan 3 announced its first Manhattan book store! 
It's building in Time-Warner Center with 400m2 for spring 2017 open. 
Company has a couple bookstores elsewhere in US and is scouting a 2nd 
Manhattan location in Hudson Yards and Paramus Mall, NJ. 
    Second Avenue subway did open on New Year's Day at 12h EST. After 
dignitary trains earlier in day, service began with route Q continuing 
uptown from former terminal at 57/7. New stops are expanded 
Lexington/63, 72/2, 86/2, and 96/2. Thru Jan 8 trains tan 06h-22h,  
with closing of line for residual work.. On Jan 9 full 24-hr service 
began. Line enjoys heavy traffic from riders shifting from nearby 
Lexington Av line and a;;-new ones from riverfront districts of Upper 
East Side. Early data show ~60,000 riders entering along the line.
   NYSkies Astronomy Seminar on 2017 January 20 discussed basic 
nuclear physics. This was a shift of topic from that of star life on 
the Main Sequence. When preparing for that discussion it was evident 
that too much about nuclear reactions had to be reviewed first because 
the behavior and features of stars is wholly caused by such reactions 
within them. We noted some history of atomic and nuclear science, 
linking it to the 'Extraordinary women' exhibit in 2013 at Grolier 
Club. Several women displayed were astronomers or physicists. 
Astronomers thru the early 20th century didn't bother with the newly 
emerging atomic and nuclear science for not relevant to their work. We 
didn't know what a 'star' really was and nothing else in the universe 
seemed to need this new science.The new Hertzsprung-Russell diagram 
was a mysterious graph of stars, including a band named the Main 
Sequence. Interaction among atomic nuclei occurs under extreme 
energetic conditions, such as temperature and pressure. The electrons 
were stripped from the atoms and flow freely among the nuclei. A 
reaction involves the nuclear particles of neutron and proton and the 
free electrons. These can combine or separate to either release or 
absorb energy. We learned that from the early work in this field a 
helium nucleus, two protons and two neutrons, is also called an alpha 
particle. An electron is a beta particle and a quantum or photon of 
radiation is a gamma ray. We saw that the number of protons in a 
nucleus defines the chemical element of that nucleus. One with 6 
protons is carbon; 8, oxygen. The nucleus is generally specified by 
its chemical element symbol. We learned that a nucleus of a given 
proton count may have a range of neutrons. Each variety of nucleus is 
an isotope of the associated element. In a reaction certain nuclei, 
electrons, particles fuse together to yield other nuclei and 
particles/electrons. The reaction is not haphazard but obeys advance 
laws of nuclear and quantum physics. Home astronomers could not 
readily predict the outcome of a proposed nuclear interaction but can 
easily learn to read and understand those given in astrophysics 
articles. We saw a couple of 'sanity' checks on the in and out side of 
a reaction. Both sides must have the same total number of protons and 
neutrons, altho the mix may suffer. Both sides must have the same net 
electric charge, altho the individual charges may suffer. Most 
reactions for astrophysics interest give off energy, which in a star 
becomes its radiation into space. This energy comes from the minute 
loss of mass from the reaction. The egredients are a bit less heavy 
the the ingredients. The loss is turned into energy by the E=mc2 law. 
We suggested walking thru some of the reactions listed in the 
takeaways by manipulating coins for the particles. A penny is a 
proton; nickel, neutron; dime, electron; paperclip, emitted energy. 
Takeaways were descriptions of nuclei and particles,explanation of 
elements and isotopes, example interactions. 
    Upper East Side MH was shaken by explosive boom on January 17,  
2017, ~17:55 EST. A manhole cover blew off in E 74 St between York Av 
and 1st Av. Nearby buildings shook but there were no injuries and only 
minor damage.
    On 24 Jan 2017 ~19:30 EST an deafening blast hit Upper East Side 
MH. Inside the steam plant on East River at 74th St a valve switching 
steam flow from one street main to an other malfunctioned. The noise 
was heard up to 1,200 meters away. No injuries or damage reported. 
    Since open of 2nd Av subway on 1 Jan 2017, riders on downtown Q 
trains in Midtown no longer can get a seat! When trains turned at 57/7 
they entered Midtown with lots of empty seats. With 2nd Av line, Q 
trains fill up before reaching 57/7. 
    A LIRR train crashed the block at Atlantic Terminal on 4 January 
2017 ~08:15 EST. It apparently was overspeed and didn't stop in time. 
Some 100 riders were injured but none were killed. A work room on the 
platform was wrecked in the collision. Station was closed for initial 
investigation and rescue work, then reopened later in day. Track 6, 
where train was entering station, and adjacent track 5 were roped off 
for about a week.  
    NYPD on 2017 January 4 reported lowest ever homicides in New York, 
since records began in mid 20th century. Only 335 people were killed 
in crime, down from 2015's 352. Total crime incidents were 102 
thousand, down from 2015's 106 thousand. Specific types of crime 
increased slightly in 2016, such as non-fatal assaults and larcenies. 
Compared to other US towns, the City is by far the safest from crime 
per unit population. 
    In 2016 Brooklyn almost became third largest city in US, touching 
Chicago in population. Both have, rounded, 2.7 million on the books. 
Only rest of NYC and Los angeles top them. With IDNYC in full swing, 
it is generally accepted that Brooklyn is close to a full 3 million 
residents while Chicago pares its people with high homicide rate. 
    Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus on 2017 January 13 
called it quits after current season The show began in New York at 
first Madison Square Garden, Madison Av and 26 St, and grew into a 
travelling performance thruout the US. Final show is May 21 at just-
then-reopened Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale LI. Remainder of stops in 
NYSkies are: 
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        Date    | Town         
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        Feb  1- 6 | Charlotte NC 
    Feb 23-Mar  3 | Brooklyn NY, Barclays Center 
        Mar  8-12 | Newark NJ, Prudential Center 
       Apr 27-30 | Hartford CT, XL Center 
       May 12-21 | Uniondale LI, Nassau Coliseum 
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Sky News
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    January 2017 was a mild winter month, with temperatures generally 
above 0C. Only light snow fell, melting or subliming within a day or 
two. While ground conditions were moderated, observing suffered from 
prevalence of cloudy nights. Only a few clear nights came to NYSkies 
and most of them were hazy. The January GLOBE at Night run, on the 19-
28, was almost completely blanked out due to clouds. 
    NYC got its first snowfall of 2017 on Jan 7 evening. It put 5-7cm 
on the ground that lingered for about a week then after. other light 
snows came later in the month with minimal ground cover. 
    Some astronomers celebrated Perihelion Day on January 3, 2017. 
Most gave verbal cheers but a couple sent out homemade greeting cards. 
Perihelion Day closes the 'natural' yearend season, that starts with 
the preceding winter solstice. 
    Venus hit greatest eastern elongation on the 12th with many 
observers admiring her half-Moon phase in actually warm air. Planet 
now starts retreat back to Sun, rounding inferior conjunction in 
march. 
    The Porrima occultation on 17-18 January 2017 was rained or 
clouded out over NYSkies. The next Porrima occultation for us is on 
2017 June 30 ~23:40 EDST with a half Moon. 
    Several readers reported that over the New Year's weekend, 31 Dec 
2016-2 Jan 2017, there was an unusual apparition at local sunset. It 
resembled a parhelion but was all white or tinted by haze. It was a 
degree or so diameter, about 25 degrees left of he Sun, but a couple 
degrees higher altitude. When Sun set it stayed intact, setting a 
minute or so later. Observers noted the scene on one or an other of 
the weekend sunsets was seen from south BK, LI, and SI. 
    Many of us watched the leapsecond addition on 31Dec 2017 at 
18:59:59 EST. We used digital time pieces tied to a network or global 
time service and saw assorted ways the leapsecond was added. Most 
devices showed ':60' for the extra second. Others  held the final 
':59' for an other second, blinking ';59', blanked ':  '. Most 
ordinary folk watched the leapsecond's civil insertion at the Times 
Square new Year's celebration five hours later.