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). Coronavirus 
    Cotonavirus, while still a serious disease, is no longer credible 
to justify continued restrictions on civil and social life in the 
NYSkies region. The 'science' to explain the constraints has closed 
borders! The Queens-Nassau border is, for part of its length, in the 
middle of certain streets. Social events on the Queens side are 
shuttered but those on the Nassau side -- a couple ten  meters away -- 
are open for service. Nassau science has more lenient laws of nature 
than Queens? 
    other evidence that governments are getting tired of the 
coronavirus episode comes from Louisville KY. Indoor eating opened 
several weeks ago, after coronavirus closure. Monitoring of virus 
positives revealed no greater incidence than in the general public. 
partly from this finding, NYC restaurants sued NYS Gov Cuomo to end 
the ban o indoor eating. Before case went to court, Cuomo settled by 
letting City restaurants open with 25% capacity. Doors scheduled to 
open on September 30. See October 1 in 'List of events'. 
    More from NYC. Persons arriving from coronavirus hotspots must so 
14-day  quarantine and file a contact history with NYC Bd of Health. 
Violators face compulsive quarantine and  $10,000 (one myriad of 
dollars) fine 
    Among arrests during protests and demonstrations were many from 
such places. As deep as the media could dig, none of these persons 
submitted a contact history, did quarantine, or fined. 
    New York University lets its students gather, mingle, agitate in 
Washington Sq. The square   functions as the school's quadrangle while 
being a public park. Neither the college security nor the city police 
enforce any corona practices among the students. 
    The Catholic schools for both Brooklyn and New York (they are 
separate districts) opened in mid September for fully in-class 
sessions. As at Sep 25 there was no significant increase in virus 
infection in students or staff. Schools do routine testing of 
occupants and send positive persons home for medical attention. 
    And, yes, altho New Jersey is still a hotspot, all persons 
entering NYC from there are exempt from the filing/quarantine rule. 
Many myriads of NJ folk commute to the City every weekday.. 
   The CNN town hall for presidential candidate Biden didn't mind the 
xcirus. During the formal segments the participants sat apart and some 
wore face masks.  During the breaks everyone commingled normally. For 
the next segment, all sat again in spaced-apart seats. Thee scenes 
were captured by  personal cameras and 'accidently on purpose' put out 
in public. 
    Health officials remind that effective treatments are to hand. If 
you, be what ever way, are positive for the virus or display symptoms 
of it, get medical attention soonest. This is specially crucial 
starting in September when the seasonal fly and colds return. 
    When in close surrounds, do wear the mask and keep hands away from 
face. Wash hands often, each tome for two rounds of the alphabet. 

 General notes 
    'whole City' means the event has no specific or dedicated place. 
It may be enjoyed from the whole NYSkies territory or at a number of 
individual places. Celestial events are typicly 'whole City' events.  
    'all day' means the event is continuous or repeating during the 
open hours of the host facility. Facilities may have limited hours per 
day or days per week. Check with the event contacts.  
    'adv regn reqd', for 'advance registration required/requested' 
means that the event requires or requests signing up before the event. 
You must have your ticket in hand at the gate. There could be a 
deadline some days before the event, after which no more signups are 
accepted. Check with the event contact for specifics. 
    Prices cited are the 'rack rate'. You could qualify for discounts 
as may be offered by the sponsor. Besides the base price there may be 
noptional extra fees to consider. 

Current Month calendar  
  Plain dates are in current month; 
  -, previous month; +, next month. 
  #, NYSkies Astronomy Seminar 
  Moon phase: .NM., .FQ), (FM), (LQ.  
  Sunset is noted for each Saturday  
  Sun   Mon   Tue   Wed   Thu   Fri   Sat  sunset 
  ---   ---   ---   ---   ---   ---   ---   ----------
  -27   -28   -29   -30    (1)    2#    3  18:34 
   4      5     6     7     8    (9.   10  1823 
  11     12    13    14    15   .16#.  17  18:12 
  18     19    20    21    22    .3.   24  18:02 
  25     26    27    28    29    30   .31) 17:53 

Index  of Events  / ------------- 
 * = NASA-JPL Night Sky Network affiliate  
 date = entry in 'list of events' section 
 0' = entry in 'ongoing and continuing events' section 
 'AUT'= entry in 'skipped, autumn resumption' section 
  'SPR' = entry in 'skipped, spring resumption' secrion 
  '???' = entry in 'skipped, uncertain resumption' section, 
   '!!!' = entry in 'skipped, constrained due to coronavirus 
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  Astronomy on Tap  - - - - !!! 
 *Floyd Bennett Field - - - !!! 
  Secret Science Club - - - !!! 

 *A S of Gtr Hartford   - - !!! 
  Astro Soc of Greenwich  - !!! 
 *Astro Soc of New Haven  - 27 
  Bowman Observatory  - - - !!! 
 *Litchfield Hills AAC mtg  !!! 
 *Litchfield Hills lecture  !!! 
 *McCarthy Observatory  - - !!! 
  New Pond Farm - - - - - - !!! 
  Stamford Observatory  - - !!! 
 *Van Vleck Obsy (ASGH)   - !!! 
  Van Vleck Obsy (WU) - - -  !!! 
  Western CT St Univ Obsy -  !!! 
 *Westport Astro Soc mtg  - !!! 
 *Westport Astro Soc starvg !!! 
  Boothe Meml Astro Soc - 203-377-9933, 

 *Amateur Observers Soc - - !!! 
 *Amat Obsrs Soc starviewing!!! 
  Amer Instt Aero & Astro -!!! 
  Astro Soc of Long Island  !!! 
  Brookhaven National Lab - !!! 
  Custer Institute  - - - -  3, 10, 17, 24, 31 
  Hofstra Univ Obsy   - - - !!! 
  Hmaptons Observatory  - - !!! 
  PubSci - - - - - - -  - - !!! 
  SUNY Stony Brook - -  - - !!!  
 *Susan Rose Observatory  - !!! 
 *Amat Astro Assn starvwg - !!! 
 *Amat Astro Assn lecture - !!! 
  Amer Instt Archarology  - !!! 
  Ctr for Atmosp Ocean Sci  !!! 
  Ctr for Science & Society !!! 
  Central Pk (Great Lawn) - !!! 
 *Columbia Univ Obsy - - - !!! 
  Columbus Day  - - - - - - 12 
  early on-site voting  - -  1 
  Earth Institute - - - - - !!! 
  GC Presents - - - - - - - !!! 
  Governors Island  - - - - !!! 
  Hayden Plm 'Frontiers'  - !!! 
  Hayden Plm 'Live!'  - - - !!! 
  indoor eating/drinking  -  1 
  Instt Stud Ancnt World  -  !!! 
  *Inwood Astronomy Project  !!! 
  Jupiter Joe's Astronomy - !!! 
  Milky Way fall season - -  1-Nov 30 
  Natl Musm of Mathematics  !!! 
  'Nature of color' exhibit  1-2021 Aug 
  NYC-H2O - - - - - - - - - !!! 
  New York Map Society  - - !!! 
  NYU Astrop & Relatvty - - 111 
 *NYSkies Astronomy Seminar !!! 
  Observer's Handbook offer  1 
  plastic shopping bag ban  19 
  SciCafe' - - - - -  - - - !!! 
  Simons Foundation - - - - !!! 
  SpaceX NYC  - - - - - - - !!! 
 *Top of the Laawn  - - - - !!! 
  Urban Park Rangers  - - - !!! 
 Ctr for Space Sci Edu - - info@nyccsse.org, www.nyccsse.org,  
             212-608-6164 n 

  Bear Mountain - - - - - - !!! 
  Lamont-Doherty Obsy - - - !!! 
  Mid-Hudson Astro Assn - - !!! 
  Rockland Astro Club - - - !!! 
  Vassar College Obsy - - -  7, 14, 21, 28 
  Ward Pound Ridge  - - - - !!! 
  Westchester Amat Astro  - !!! 

  A A A of Princeton  - - - !!! 
 *Amat Astro Inc meeting  - !!! 
  *Amat Astro Inc lecture - !!! 
  A S of Toms Rv Area - - -  9 
  McDowell Observatory  - - !!! 
  Morris Musm Astro Soc - - !!! 
  New Jersey Astro Assn - - !!! 
  North Bergen Viaduct  - -  0 
  No Jersey Astro Gp mtg  - 14 
  No Jersey Astro Gp starvg !!! 
  Peyton Observarory  - - - !!! 
  Plasma Physics Lab  - - - !!! 
  Rutgers Univ Astro Collqm !!! 
  Rutgers Univ Astro Semnr  !!! 
 *S*T*A*R - - - - - - - - - !!! 
  Schommer Observatory  - -  8, 15  
 *Sheep Hill Astro Assn - - !!! 
 *Sheep Hill Observatory  - !!! 
 *Utd Astro Clubs of NJ - -  3, 10, 17, 24, 31 
  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  !!! 


  Coll of Staten Is Obsy  - !!! 
  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.  # 

Thu  1 Oct 
    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 - Amer Musm Natl Hist - MH - 'Nature of color' exhibit 
        Thru 2021 August. 4th floor. Explore light, wavelength, 
        vision, pigments, radiation, sprctra. $28 adm & exh. 
         212-769-5100, www.ammh.org/exhibitions/color 
    all day - whole City - MH - early on-siee voting begins 
        States in NYSkies start early voting for November elections. 
        Voters follow coronavirus cautions set by each district. 
        Assigned voting station may be differnt from that on general 
        election day. Start dates: 
    Connecticut | no early voting; asj kicak vitubg byri fir iotuibs 
    New Jersey  | O September 19 
    New York    | October 24 
    all day -  whole City - MH - indoor eating/dining resumes 
         NYC eateries on Sep 30 resumed indoor service with new rules 
    * 25 percent occupancy , based on FDNY capacity signs. 
    *  Temperature checks required at door for all customers 
    * One member of each party provides contact rracing info 
    * Bars prepare drinks for serving at tableside 
    *  Masks worn at all times when not seated at a table 
    *  Tables placed six feet (180 cm) apart 
    *  Restaurants close at midnight, 23:59 local time 
    * Restaurants run enhanced air filtration 
    & Limit air recirculation, allow for outside air ventilation 
    utdoor dining continues as is in the interim. Capaciry lmit may 
    be raised to 50$% on Nov 1. All rules subject to change at State's 
    discretion. State virus control inspections may invervene on-site 
        against violators. 
    19:00 - 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 

Sat  3 Oct 
    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.  

Wed  7 Oct 
    21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing 
        Vassar College, Observatory. Free. Cancelled for clouds. 
        physicsandastronomy.vassar.edu/observatory.html, descent 

The  8 Oct 
    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  

Fri  9 Oct 
     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 

Sat 10 Oct 
    20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Oct 3 
    20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg - see Oct 3 

Mon 12 Oct 
    all day -  whole City - MH - Columbus Day 
        Please inquire at contact for latest information about events 
listed for today by rule or ediurnate schedue. 

Wed 14 Oct 
    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 Oct 7 

Thu 15 Oct 
    20:30 - Piscataway - NJ - clearsky starviewng - see Oct  8 

Sat 17 Oct 
    20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Oct 3 
    20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg - see Oct 3 

Mon 19 Oct 
    00.01 - whole City - MH - plastic shoppng bag ban begins 
         Initially to start in spring 2020, then suspended for 
        coronavirus priorities. Stores no longer may use plastic 
        shopping bags for paxking customer purchases. Stores must use 
        biodegradable bags, typicly paer. 

Wed 21 Oct 
    21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing - see Oct 7 

Sat 24 Oct 
    20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Oct 3 
    20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg - see Oct 3 

Tue 27 Oct 
    19:00 - Bew Haven - CT - Astro Soc of New Haven meetinG 
        Yale Univ, Leitner Family Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free. www.asnh.org, prez@asnh.org 

Wed 28 Oct 
    21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing - see Oct 7 

Sat 31 Oct 
    20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Oct 3 
    20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg - see Oct 3 

Events Skipped This Month 
    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  
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    10:00 - Princeton - NJ - science tour 
        Plasma Physics Lab. Walk thru history and culture of fproject 
        to capture energy from controled hydrogen fusion. Free, adv 
        regn reqd. Have GI photo ID for campus security. 
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    10:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture 
         Colloquium series. Rutgers Univ, Busch Campus, Astro & Phys 
        Lecture Hall. Free. www.physics.rutgers.edu/colloquium, 
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    13;15 - unionsale - LI - Amat Obsrs Soc meeting 
        Hofstra Univ, Berliner Hall. free. www.aosny.org, 
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    13:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture 
        Seminar series. Rutgers Univ, Serin W330. Free. 732-445-3974, 
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    14:00 - New York University - MH - astronomy lecture 
        726 Broadway, Rm 940. Various topics in astrophys and 
        relativity. Free. Have GI photo ID for campus security. 
    14:00 - Avenues HQ - MH - New York Map Society lecture 
        11 E 26 St, 17th floor. Various topics about map making, 
        cartography, geography.  Free, adv regn reqd. Have GI photo ID 
        for caampus security. www.newyorkmapsociety.org, 
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    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 - Greebeich - CT - Astro Soc of Greenwich meeting 
        Greenwich Audubon Center. Free. rickbria@optonline.net, 
        203-415-6762. astrogreenwich.org  
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     16:00 - Natl Musm of Mathematics - MH - science show 
        Also 19:00. 'Mathematical Encounters'. Free, adv regn 
        reqd. 212-542-0566, www.momath.org, info@momath.org 
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    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, 
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    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 
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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 - 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 - 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 - 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 
    18:00 - 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 - 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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    18:15 - Amer Musm Natl Hist - MH - Amat Astro Assn lecture 
         Kaufmann Theater. Free, no musm adm fee. 718-522-5014, 
         president@aaa.org, www.aaa.org 
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    18:30 - 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, 
    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, 
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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 - 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, nMcDowell Obsy. Free. cancelled 
        for clouds. Requires climbing narrow spiral stairs into domw. 
        www.njsea.com/observatory, info@njsea.com, 201-460-1700 
    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 - Princeton - NJ - Amat Astro Assn of Princeton meeting 
        Princeton U, Peyton Hall. Free. www.princetonastronomy.org, 
        609-737-2575, info@princetonastronomy.org 
   19:30 - Boonton - NJ - Sheep Hill Astro Assn meeting  
        Boonton Senior Ctr. Free. www.sheephillastro.org, 
        contacts@sheephillastro.org, wwestura@optonline.net 
    19:30 - 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 - Suffern - NY - RRockland Astronomy Club meeting 
        Rockalnd Commty Coll, main bldg. Free. 
      19:30 - Torrington - CT - Litchfield Hills Amat Astro Club mtg 
        Central Congregational Church. Free. lhastro.org, 
     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 - 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 - Pleasantville - NY - Westchester Amat Astro meeting  
        Pace Univ, Lienhard Hall, Free.    
        waa-president@westchesterastronomers.org  Sat  8 Feb 
    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 - 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 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting 
        Union Co Coll, Sperry Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky  
        starviewing. Free. www.asterism.org 
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    20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing 
        Inwood Astronomy Project. Meet at park entrance, Seaman Av 
        & Isham St. Free. Cancelled for clouds. 917-529-2359 
         www.inwoodastronomy.org, asonskendall@gmail.com 
    20:00 - Lincroft - NJ - S*T*A*R meeting 
        Brookdale Commty Coll, Mommouth Museum. Free. 
        www.starastronomy.org, s-walters@comcast.net 
    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 - York College - QN - astronomy lecture . 
        Core Academic Bdg, Rm AC-2E01. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free, adv regn reqd. 718-262-2082,  
    20:00 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc lecture 
         Union Co Coll, Smith Audm. Indoor talk, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free. www.asterism.org 
    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 - Litchfield - CT - Litchfield Hills A A C lecture 
        White Meml Consrvn Ctr. Free. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
        starviewing. lhaacsec@gmail.com, lhastro.org 
    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 - 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 - 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 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        Wesleyan U, Van Vleck Obsy. Free, cancelled for clouds. 
        860-685-3664, www.wesleyan.edu/astro/events 
    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 u   
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 - 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 - 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 
    20:00 - New Milford - CT - astronomy lecture  
        McCarthy Obsy, New Miford HS. Indoor lecture, clearsky  
        starviewing. Free. www.mccarthyobservatory.org, 860-354-1595, 
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    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 
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General news 
    October has several events listed as open for service, with dates 
and places. The mix is different from September because of two 
plausible causes. One is that the September items were posted in good 
faith that their venues would be available. When they weren't, and 
would not be available until further notice, the October item was 
shifted to the '!!!' section. 
    The other is that the items were posted months ago, likely before 
the coronavirus episode, and then forgotten or neglected. When the 
entries were reviewed for updating, many were found to be constrained 
by the virus situation.
    On the other hand a few events are apparently open, certainly with 
virus procedures for visitors. 
    Before attending ANY of the events, you MUST inquire at the event 
contact for latest news. Do NOT head to an event without prior 
knowledge of its status. You could walk up to a locked and dark venue. 
    The bulk of events are now in the '!!!' section, now with expanded 
meaning. an entry there is somehow encumbered by the virus  in any od 
several ways: 
    * cancelled or suspended, typicly with no later 'do-over' 
   *& changed to in-house or member-only attendance 
   * require advance signup, to limit number of visitors  
   * changed to remote-engagement, via webinar, webcast, video 
   * terminated, mostly for seasonal events 
    Most schools and colleges opened in NYSkies during September 2020 
for limited in-class instruction. Strong emphasis is on remote 
teaching via home computers. Most outsider use of campus, for club 
meetings and public events, is still closed. 
    More events affected by the coronavirus situation. They are called 
off, postponed, reconfigured. 
    * children's Halloween treat-&-treat 
    & yearend holiday parties and socials
    * New Year's Eve in Times Square 
    * New Year's blessing of animals
   * United Way, similar, charity fund raising
    * Metropolitan Opera, others, fall season
    Already some astronomy and othr events normally staged in spring 
are in jeopardy. In some parts of the country there is no positive or 
definite program by authorities to release society back to normal 
life. Some events need long preparation, like conferencees and 
starparties. Already it looks like the NYC Science & Engineering Fair, 
in March 2021, will be drasticly curtailed or possibly abandoned, due 
to lack of applicants and shortfall of leadtime. 

City news
    NYSkies Astronomy Seminar for September 4 and 18 were called off. 
Our meeting hall McBurney House is still closed for normal indoor 
        Altho this year's West Indian carnival was cancelled by 
coronavirus worries, the collateral J'Ouvert wilding ignited in the 
street. Several thousand young folk did their thing, with only a few 
shooting/stabbing incidents. In normal years the carnival attracts some 
2-1/2 million celebrants with a few myriads doing J'Ouvert. 
    The Good Stuff Diner, 209 W 14 ST, Chelsea MH, 
closed for ever on/about sep 8. It was casualty of coronavirus shutdown 
of restaurants and bars in NYC. Good Stuff was a favorite stop-over 
for NYSkies after our Seminars, before heading home, being that it was 
next door to our meeting room. It offered solid meals, attentive quick 
service, fair prices 
    NYC on Sep 5 crossed a major meterstone with coronavirus.  Its 
positives from mass testing remaining under 1$ for fully 30 days! 
This is in spite of sporadic enforcement of social spacing and masks 
in crowds thruout the state. Even quarantine, for arrivals from 
coronavirus hotspots, is haphazardly imposed. 
    NYS MTA on Sep 14 began fines for not wearing mask on all of its 
transit services. Mask inhibits spread of coronavirus. Until then 
violators got warning. fine is $50. 
    French arcjtect firm Rescubika on Sep20 proposed fully 'green' 
residence tower, Mandagore, for Roosevelt Is MH. It resembles tree 
trunk 725m[!] tall powered by wind & solar electric. It's covered with 
thousands of [real] trees and shrubs. These absorb more CO2 than 
emitted by tower's occupants. 
    NYSkiers sat TV show 'Cosmos: Possible worlds' on Sep 22. The 2-hr 
aired on TV Ch 5 at 20h. Dr Tyson, Hayden Plm, narrated birth of Earth 
and life on it, evolution  of human societies, distinction between 
humans and other lifeforms. 
    On Sep 11 the live reading of 9/11 names took place in Zucotti Pk, 
next to Ground Zero. Tunnels to Towers Fondtn performed it after 9/11 
Museum cancelled for coronavirus concerns. Museum did run the Tribute 
in Light twin pillars of light on Sep 11 dusk-dawn. 
    I added new articles to our web at 


basic1.htm is a webpage I found for basic data about the planets and 
other smaller solar system bodies..tissparm.htm discusses Tisserand 
parameter, with several examples of its application. jul-greg.htm 
gives history and guidance for the Julian-Gregorian calendars in 
astronomy software, with a table of when countries actually changed 
over. islamcal.htm discusses the relation of Moon phases and eclipses 
in the Islamic calendar. ecl-fact.htm is a major update of existing 
piece, replacing it,  with background and explanation of eclipses.. 
    NYSkies was rattled by earthquake on 9 Sep 2020 02:00 EDST. It hit 
~2km SSE of Freehold NJ. 3.1 nagn, 5.0km deep. I felt it  in Brooklyn 
as a 1-sec vibration of my house, as if heaby truck passed by. Small 
loose items on table jiggled or slided. Most reports were from NJ, SI, 
BK, QN, LI. No reported injuries or structure damage. 
    Metro-North officials uncovered on sep 22 a hidden clubhouse deep 
under Grand Central Terminal. It was built into a former locksmith 
ship under Tracck 114 where a clique of workers relaxed. It had 
cots, fridge, microwave, flat-screen, ei-fi hotspot, ventilation.  
Several 'club members' now face disciplinary action. 
    US Sen Rubio & Scott, both R-FL. on Sep 16 put out bill to keep 
ddaylight davings time in force year-round. DST ends on Nov 2 but 
bill, if enacted, would keep it running thru 2021 Nov 7. Clocks would 
stay as is without falling back now or springing ahead in March 2021. 

ky news 
    September 2020 was a good observing month, in spite of early 
interference from California wildfire smoke. Air generally was cool 
and breezy. A mid-month cold front pushing temps to the mid 10Cs. Bu 
mid 20s of month temps rose to seasonal low 20Cs. Many clear nights 
with stable seeing and good transparency. 
    Extra clear nights on Sep 5 and 6, 2020. No Milky Way reports but 
sky was filled with faint stars, showing many asterisms. large Moon 
didn't scatter light, dim stars seen next ot her. 
    Extra treat on clear night of Sep 5-6 was close conjunction of Moon & 
Mars. Moon passed a degree s of Mars. In far south latitudes Mars was 
    Tribute in Light shined on Sep 11-12 into extra clean air. From 
Brooklyn I measured their altitude as 65 degrees, where they blended 
into background sky. The top of the beams was, gulp!, 30 km! In some 
previous years I traced them to over 40 km tall. 
    Uranus and Neptune are in high south in early night. Uranus in 
Aries can be followed with binoculars. Neptune in aquarius needs a 
    A few readers tried to spot the First Crescent of   Rosh Hashanah 
on Sep 18. Mixed success depending on clarity of horizon air and 
eyesight strength. This is the first instance i recall of astronomers 
looking for First Crescent beyond that for Rosh Chodesh. 
    On Sep 18 US Natl Hurricane Ctr ran out of personal names for 
storms for only 2nd time ever. On Final name was Wilfred. On same day 
new storm Alpha spawned to start names by Greek letters. Last time was 
2005 with final name Wilma, then letters to zeta. Names began in 1953 
with females. In 1979 names alternate M/F 
    Jupiter & Saturn are now a 'twin star' in low south in early 
night. Jupiter is the right  the brighter on star; Saturn, left 
dimmer. Both are now in direct movement, closing in steadily toward 
the tight conjunction in late December. 
    An ultra clear on September 11, with only minor interference from 
last quarter Moon. Constellation catch-figures and many asterisms  
were clearly delineated with the dimmer stars. Tribute in Light beams 
were brilliant and sharp in the cleat air. 
    Smoke from West Coast forest fires spread across US, reaching 
NYSkies on September 12-13. For rest of month daytime sky had frequent 
gray haze. sun was subdued, Moon showed maria and rays clearly. Night 
transparency pinned at 4th magn. Some readers reported orange Sun near 
sunset that sank into dense horizon haze. Smoke came on some days, 
leaving others with deep dark sky. Day sky was strong blue. Night 
transp fell to 4-1/2 to 5. 
    Cold air moved into NYSkies on September 12 with refreshing breeze 
and temps of 10-15C. Couple readers noted their home heating turned on 
for first time in this fall-winter 2020 season. between sweeps of West 
Coast smoke, were clean and dark. Dim stars filled out constellation 
figures and asterisms. Some DOS were textured by eye. With Jup-Sat in 
south near Milky Way, more attention is attracted for possible ME 
sightings. So far there were no reported sightings.