NYC EVENTS FOR JANUARY 2019 -------------------------- John Pazmino NYSkies Astronomy Inc email@example.com www.nyskies.org The following astronomy activities in the commuting ring enclosing New York City are operated by various organizations. A few cultural tems of special importance to City astronomers are also included. Altho NYC Events confirms the listed items, they are subject to change by their sponsors. Check with their contacts. Let the sponsor 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 'firstname.lastname@example.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 ----------- / '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. 16:43 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 16 50 13 .14) 15 16 17 18# 19 16:58 20 ( 21) 22 23 24 25 26 17:06 (27. 28 29 30 31 +1# +2 17:15 ------------------------------------------------ Index of Events ------------- * = NASA-JPL Night Sky Network affiliate Date = entry in 'list of events' section '0' = entry in 'ongoing and continuing events' section 'S/O',= entry in 'skipped, Sep/Oct resumption' section 'M/A' = entry in 'skipped, Mar/Apr resumption' secrion // '???' = entry in 'skipped, uncertain resumption' seciton ------- ----------------------------------------------- BROOKLYN - BK Canarsie line closings - 0 *Floyd Bennett Field - - - SPR Secret Science Club - - - 0 CONNECTICUT - CT *A S of Gtr Hartford - - 16 Astro Soc of Greenwich - SPR *Astro Soc of New Haven - 29 Bowman Observatory - - - 2, 16 *Litchfield Hills AAC mtg 11 *Litchfield Hills starvg - SPR *McCarthy Observatory - 12 New Pond Farm - - - - - - ??? Stamford Observatory - - 4, 11, 18, 25 *Van Vleck Obsy (ASGH) - - 12 Van Vleck Obsy (WU) - - - SPR Western CT St Univ Obsy - SPR *Westport Astro Soc mtg - 15 *Westport Astro Soc starvg 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 ------------------------- Boothe Meml Astro Soc - 203-377-9933, www.facebook.com/Boothe-Memorial-Astronomical-Society LONG ISLAND - LI *Amateur Observers Soc - - 6 *Amat Obsrs Soc starviewing 0 Amer Instt Aero & Astro - 17 Astro Soc of Long Island 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Brookhaven National Lab - SPR Custer Institute - - - - 5, 12, 19, 26 Hofstra Univ Obsy - - - - SPR Montauk Observatory - - - 18 SUNY Stony Brook - - - - SPR *Susan Rose Observatory - 5, 12, 19, 26 MANHATTAN - MH *Amat Astro Assn starvwg - 0 *Amat Astro Assn lecture 11 Amer Instt Archarology - ??? Ctr for Atmosp Ocean Sci SPR Ctr for Science & Society SPR Central Pk (Great Lawn) - 4,5,6,11,12,13,18,19,20,25,26,28 Civil Right Day - - - - - 21 *Columbia Univ Obsy - - - SPR comet Wirtamen -- - - - - 1-indef Cornelia Street Cafe' - SPR Earth Institute - - - - - ??? Globe at Night - - - - - 1-7, 27-Feb 5 Good Housekeeping lab - 11 Gullivarr's Gate- - - - - 0 Instt Stud Ancnt World - 2, 5 Intrepid AstroCafe' - - - SPR Intrepid Astro Night - - SPR *Inwood Astronomy Project 5, 12, 19, 26 Jupiter Joe Sidewk Astro 0 lunar eclipse - - - - - - 20-21 Natl Musm of Mathematics 2 New Year's Day - - - - - 1 NY Academy of Sciences - SPR NYC-H2O - - - - - - - - - 0 New York Map Society - - ??? New York Univ Astro - - - SPR *NYSkies Astronomy Seminar 4, 18 Perihelion Day - - - - - - 4 SciCafe' - - - - - - - - 2 Simons Foundation - - - - 9 Top of the Lawn - - - - - 4,5,6,11,12,13,18,19,20,25,26,28 TriState computer fair - 0 Urban Park Rangers - - - 0 United Nations - - - - - 28, 30, 31 ---------------------------- Ctr for Space Sci Edu - - email@example.com, www.nyccsse.org, 212-608-6164 n METRO-NORTH - NY Lamont-Doherty Obsy - - - SPR Mid-Hudson Astro Assn - - ??? Ramapo Challenger Ctr - - 20 Rockland Astro Club - - - ??? Vassar College Obsy - - - SPR Ward Pound Ridge - - - - SPR Westchester Amat Astro - 11 NEW JERSEY - NJ A A A of Princeton - - - 8 A S of Toms Rv Area - - - ??? *Amat Astro Inc meeting - 4, 11, 25 *Amat Astro Inc lecture - 18 Morris Musm Astro Soc - - 10 New Jersey Astro Assn - - SPR North Bergen Viaduct - - 0 No Jersey Astro Gp mtg - SPR No Jersey Astro Gp starvg SPR Peyton Observarory - - - 9 Plasma Physics Lab - - 4, 18 Rutgers Univ Astro Collqm SPR Rutgers Univ Astro Semnr SPR *S*T*A*R - - - - - - - - - 3 Schommer Observatory - - 10, 17 *Sheep Hill Astro Assn - - 4 *Sheep Hill Observatory - 18 *Utd Astro Clubs of NJ - - SPR Washington Xing St Pk - - SPR --------------------------- Dark Sky Observers - www.users.nac.net/gburke/club McDowell Obsy - mec.rst2.edu, 201-460-8300 Montclair Telescope Club - 973-948-5284,, users.erols.com/njastro/orgs/mtc.htm NW Jersey Amat Astro - www.nwjaa.org, firstname.lastname@example.org Passaic Co Astro Assn - www.users.nac.net/gburke/PCAA, 973-523-0024 *Raritan Vy Co Coll Plm - www2.raritanval.edu/planetarium Skyland Stargazers - skylandstargazers.tripod.com QUEENS - QN Alley Pond Park - - - - - SPR York College Observatory SPR REST OF WORLD STATEN ISLAND - SI Coll of Staten Is Obsy - SPR Great Kills Park - - - - SPR Staten Is Community TV - 4, 11, 18, 25 THE BRONX - BX ============================= 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 all day - Canarsie line - BK - occasional weekend shutdown CERTAIN WEEKENDS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Thru March 2019. Canarsie line closes on about a dozen specific weekends for preliminary work in advance of total shutdown in april 2019. No service bten Bway Jc and 8th Av from 22h Fri to 05h Mon. Trains run only Canarrsie to B'eay Jc. WEekends may change based on work progress. www.mta.info. all day - whole island -LI - clearsky starviewing VARIOUS PLACES, DATES, HOURS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Amat Obsrs Soc. Sessions convene in parks usually at dusk. Occasional daytime sunviewing. Free. Cancelled for clouds. www.aosny.org, email@example.com all day - whole City - MH - cultural tour VARIOUS LOCATIONS AND TIMES; INQUIRE AT CONTACT NYC-H2O. Walk, bike, ride thru history and culture of NYC muwater system facilities and natural waterways in and near the City. Events are pay orfree, adn regn reqd. Bike tours need own bike. www.nych2o.org, firstname.lastname@example.org 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. email@example.com, 718-522-5014, www.aaa.org all day - whole City - MH - clearsky starviewing VARIOUS PLACES, DATES, HOURS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Jupiter Joe's Sidewalk Astronomy. Sessions convene in parks usually at dusk. Occasional daytime sunviewing. Free. ` Cancelled for clouds. www.jupiterjoesastronomy.org, firstname.lastname@example.org all day - Gullivaer's Gate - MH - cultural exhibit indef duration. 216 W 44 St, 7/8 Av. Opened in mid April 2017 for preview. Miniature models of landmarks and important structures from around the world. Rooms arranged by quarter of world and for New York City. $36, timed ticket, adv regn reqd. Optional cost for stereopint of visitor into figurine placed at desired item in exhibit. www.gulliversgate.com. all day - whole City - MH - cultural tours & lectures VARIOUS PLACES, DATES, HOURS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Urban Park Rangers. Tours of parks, landmarks, nabes, hoods. Lectures on history and culture of NYC. Program varies each month. Free. www.nyc.gov/parks 10:00 - whole City - MH - Tri-State Computer Fair VARIOUS LOCATIONS, GENERALLY ON SUNDAYS Source of computer systems, software, components, accessories. $7. www.tri-statefairs.com, 718-227-5586 20:00 - Bell House - BK - Secret Science Club meeting OCCASIONAL SESSIONS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT 149 7 St, 2/3 Av. Lecture and music on various science topics. Free. secretscienceclub.blogspot.com, 718-638-4400, list of Events ------------ Tue 1 Jan all day - whole City - MH -New Year's Day Please check with event contact for session falling on this day by rule or outdated schedule all day - whole City - MH - comet 46P/wietamen apparition indefinite duration. Rrturn of period comet 46P/Wirtamen in evening sky. Needs binoculars from City, bare-eye sightings from darsky site. Passes thru Auria and Lynx. Orbit lements for planetarium software: ---------------------------------- Epoch 2018 Dec. 28.0 TT = JDT 2458480.5 periT 2018 Dec. 12.94159 TT periAU 1.0553689 AU MMDM 0.18118340 deg/day ArgPeri 356.35268 deg SMA 3.0930749 AU AscNode 82.15812 deg Excent 0.6587962 Incl 11.74639 deg Period 5.44 year From 1694 observations 2007 Aug 6-2018 Nov 16, mean residual 0".8 --------------------------------------------------------------- 18:00 - whole CIty - MH - Globe at Night exercise Thru Jna 78. NYSkies runs its own Globe at Night exercise in 2018-2019 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. Wed 2 Jan 12:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecture 15 E 84 St, 5/Madison Av. Various topics on history and culture of ancient civilizations.. Free, adv regn reqd. isaw..nyu.edu email@example.com, 212-992-7842 16:00 - Natl Musm of Mathematics - MH - science show Also 19:00. 'Mathematical Encounters'. Free, adv regn reqd. 212-542-0566, www.momath.org, firstname.lastname@example.org 19:00 - Amer Musm Natl Hist - MH - SciCafe' show Hall of Ocean Life or hall of planet Earth. Music, drinks, chat with Museum scientists. Free, be 21 or be gone. GI photo ID reqd. 212-769-5100, www.amnh.org/programs 19:00 - Greenwich - CT - clearsky starviewing Astro Soc of Greenwich. Curtis Elem Schl, Bowman Obsy. Free. Cancelled for clouds. email@example.com, 203-415-6762. , ///// astrogreenwich.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. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.asliclub.org Thu 3 Jan 20:00 - Lincroft - NJ - S*T*A*R meeting Brookdale Commty Coll, Mommouth Museum. Free. www.starastronomy.org, email@example.com Fri 4 Jan all day - whole City - MH - Perihelion Day Celebrate the closest approach of Sun to Earth. Get strongest sunbathing and brightest photos of year. Exchange homemade Perihelion greeting cards. 10:00 - Princeton - NJ - science tour Plasma Physics Lab. Walk thru history and culture of fproject to capture energy from controled hydrogen fusion. Free, adv regn reqd. Have GI photo ID for campus security. www.pppl.gov/events 18:30 - McBurney House - MH - NYSkies Astronomy Seminar DISCUSSION: PERIHELION AND LUNAR ECLIPSE 125 W 14 St, 6/7 Av. Discussion of astronomy topics, show & tell, skywatching reports, news of astro activity in NYSkies territory. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.nyskies.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 - Boonton - NJ - Sheep Hill Astro Assn meeting Boonton Senior Ctr. Free. www.sheephillastro.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org 19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting Union Co Coll, Sperry Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.asterism.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. email@example.com, www.nyskies.org, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture Stamford Obsy. $5. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. 203-322-6537, www.stamfordmuseum.org email@example.com Sat 5 Jan 09:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecture - see Jan 2 20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting OCCASIONAL EXTRA EVENTS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Custer Instt. Indoor program, clearsky starviewing. $5-$15. Varies with program. www.custerobservatory.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 631-765-2626 20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing Amat Obsrs Soc. capus of Custer Institt. Sessions concurrent with Custer's own events. Free, cancelled for clouds. www.aosny.org, email@example.com 20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing OCCASIONAL EXTRA SESSIONS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Inwood Astronomy Project. Meet at park entrance, Seaman Av & Isham St. Free. Cancelled for clouds. 917-529-2359 www.inwoodastronomy.org, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 4 Sun 6 Jan 13:15 - Uniondale - LI - Amat Obsrs Soc meeting. Hofstra Univ, Berliner Hall. Free. www.aosny.org, email@example.com 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 4 Tue 8 Jan 19:30 - Princeton - NJ - Amat Astro Assn of Princeton meeting Princeton U, Peyton Hall. Free. www.princetonastronomy.org, 609-737-2575, firstname.lastname@example.org Wed 9 Jan 17:00 - Simons Foundation - MH - scinece lecture 160 5 Av & 21 St. 'ZBuilding telescopes for mathematicians'. Free, adv regn reqd. 646-654-0066, ww.simonsfoundation.org 20:00 - Princeton - NJ - clearsky starviewing Princeton Univ, Peyton Hall. Free. Cancelled for clouds www.astro.princeton.edu/observatory/publicobserving.php, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see Jan 2 20:00 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 2 Thu 10 Jan 19:30 - Morristown - NJ - Morris Museum Astro Soc meeting Morris Museum. Free. 973-386-1848, 973-386-1848,, www.morrismuseum.org/astro-society, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com Fri 11 Jan 10:00 - Good Housekeeping Resrch Instt - MH - science tour Also 11:30. Hearst Tower, 57 St & 8 Av. Walk thru history and science of product testing center of Good Housekeeping magazine. Free, adv regn reqd. 212-649-5000, firstname.lastname@example.org 18:15 - Amer Musm Natl Hist - MH - Amat Astro Assn lecture Kaufmann Theater. Free, no musm adm fee. 718-522-5014, email@example.com, www.aaa.org 19:30 - Pleasantville - NY - Westchester Amat Astro meeting Pace Univ, Lienhard Hall, Free. www.westchesterastronomers.org, firstname.lastname@example.org 19:30 - Torrington - CT - Litchfield Hills Amat Astro Club mtg Central Congregational Church. Free. 19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Jan 4 19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - see Jan 4 20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Jan 4 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 4 Sat 12 Jan 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 - New Milford - CT - astronomy lecture McCarthy Obsy, New Miford HS. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.mccarthyobservatory.org, 860-354-1595, email@example.com 20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 5 20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Jan 5 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 4 20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing - see Jan 5 Sun 13 Jan 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 4 Tue 15 Jan 20:00 - Westport - CT - Westport Astro Soc meeting Rolnick Obsy. Free. www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 Wed 16 Jan 19:00 - Greenwich - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 2 19:30 - New Brittain - CT - Astro Soc of Gtr Hartford meeting Central CT St Univ, Copernicus Plm. Free. www.asgh.org, 860-872-9069, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - Westport - CT - Westport Astro Soc meeting Rolnick Obsy. Free. www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see Jan 2 20:00 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 2 Thu 17 Jan 18:30 - Carle Place - LI - Amer Instt Aero & Astro lecture Chataaubrian, 140 Old Country Rd. Various topics in aeronautics and astronautics. 'Nars sample return missiOn'. Free, optional $5 pizza-soda. 516-458-8593, email@example.com 20:30 - Piscataway - NJ - clearsky starviewng - see Jan 10 Fri 18 Jan 10:00 - Princeton - NJ - science tour - see Jan 4 18:30 - McBurney House - MH - NYSkies Astronomy Seminar DISCUSSION: STARS AND THEIR SPECTRA 125 W 14 St, 6/7 Av. Discussion of astronomy topics, show & tell, skywatching reports, news of astro activity in NYSkies territory. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.nyskies.org 19:00 - Bridgehampton - LI - astronomy lecture Montauk Obsy. South Fork Natl Hist Musm. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.montaukobservatory.com 19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Jan 4 20:00 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc lecture 20:30 - Boonton - NJ - clearsky starviewing Sheep Hill Astro Assn Obsy, Free. Cancelled for clouds. sheephillastro.otg, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Union Co Coll, Smith Audm. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.asterism.org 20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Jan 4 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 4 Sat 19 Jan 20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Jan 5 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 4 20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 5 20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing - see Jan 5 Sun 20 Jan 14:00 - Airmont - NY - science show Ramapo Challenger Ctr, 225 Rt 29. Multimedia imulation of space missions. $20., email@example.com, 845-257-3416, www.ramapoparks.org 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 4 22:00 - whole City - MH - total lunar eclipse Across midnight, Jan 20-21. Entire eclipse in high south sky. Timetable of activity for New York City: -------------------------------------------- EST | event | alt-az | remarks ------+--------------+-+--------+- 16:32 | Moon rises | 00 063 | rises before sunset 16:59 | Sun sets | 04 066 | daylight ends 18:02 | nautical dusk | 14 076 | NYC full night begins 22:23 | first paenumbra| 60 126 | peanumbra shading begins 22:33 | first contact | 62 1303 | partial phase begins 23:41 | second contact | 64 163 | total phase begins 00:00 | midnight | 69 175 | Jan 20 -> Jan 21 00:06 | Moon transit | 69 180 | in south, highest alt 00:15 | mid eclipse | 69 185 | deepest in umbra 00:43 | third contact | 68 202 | total phase ends 01:50 | fourth contact | 60 233 | partial phase ends 02:00 | last paenumbra | 59 236 | paenumbra shading ends 06:12 | nautical dawn | 14 284 | NYC full night ends 07:15 | Sun rises | 03 292 | daylight begins 07:37 | Moon sets | 00 296 | sets after sunrise -------+----------------+--------+--------- Mon 21 Jan all day - whole City - MH - Civil Rights Day Please check with event contact for session falling on this day by rule or outdated schedule Wed 23 Jan 20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see Jan 2 20:00 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 2 Fri 25 Jan 19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Jan 4 19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - see Jan 4 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 4 20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Jan 4 Sat 26 Jan 20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Jan 5 20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 5 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 4 20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing - see Jan 5 Sun 27 Jan 18:00 - whole CIty - MH - Globe at Night exercise Thru Feb 5. NYSkies runs its own Globe at Night exercise in 2018-2019 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 . 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 4 Mon 28 Jan all day - United Nations - MH - 'Holocaustremenrance' show Several events comemorating Holocaust in 1940s. Free, adv regn reqd. Register separately for each event. Follow all instructions given with registration. Have GI photo ID for campus security. Timetable of activity: ------------------------------------------------ 11:00-13:00 - General Assemby Hall - Secy Genl remarks HolocaustRemebrance@un.org [info], bit.lv/2PidG8 [regn] ` - - -- - - - 13:00-14:30 - Secretariat ELobby Gallery - exhinit opening UNEvents@NewyYORK.MFA.GOV.IL [info], bit.lv/2KOXwBL [regn] - - - - - 15;00-16:15 - Conference Room #2 - Holocaust discussion firstname.lastname@example.org [info], email@example.com [regn] ----------------------------------------------------- Tue 29 Jan 19:30 - New Haven - CT - Astro Soc of New Haven meeting Yale Univ, Leitner Family Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.asnh.org, firstname.lastname@example.org Wed 30 Jan 18:30 - United Nations - MH - 'Holocaust Remembranse' gilm Confence Room #4. Free, adv regn reqd. Have GI photo ID for campus security and follow all instuctions given with registration. HolocaustRemembrance@un.org [info], bit.lv/2SsscOXA [regn] 20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see Jan 2 20:00 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 2 Thu 31 Jan 11:00 - United Nations - MH 'Holocaust remembrance' lecture Confence Room #1. Free, adv regn reqd. Have GI photo ID for campus security and follow all instuctions given with registration. email@example.com [info], bit.org/2FVcOWH [regn] Events Skipped This Month ----------------------- EVENT MAY RESUME AT DIFFERENT PLACE OR HOUR; INQUIRE AT CONTACT -------------------------------------- -------------------------------------- [SPR] SPRING RESUMPTION OF ACTIVITY -------------------------------------- 10:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture Colloquium series. Rutgers Univ, Busch Campus, Astro & Phys Lectr Hall. Free. www.physics.rutgers.edu/colloquium, 732-445-3974 13:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture Seminar series. Rutgers Univ, Serin 401. Free. 732-445-3974, www.physics.rutgers.edu/ast/seminar 14:00 - New York University - MH - astronomy lecture 726 Broadway, Rm 940. Various topics in astrophys and relativity. Free. Have GI photo ID for campus security. physics.nyu.edu/events.htm 15:00 - Upton - LI - science lecture Brookhaven Natl Lab.Bldg 510. 'Weighing galaxy clusters with weak lensing in Hyper Suprime-Cam Survey'. Free, have GI photo ID for campus security. 631-344-2651, www.bnl.gov/evnts 15:30 - Palisades - NY - science lecture Lamont-Doherty Earth Obsy, Comer Bldg. Various topics in geophysics and earth science. Free, 845-365-8634, www.ldeo.columbia.edu, firstname.lastname@example.org, 15:30 - Greenwich - CT - Astro Soc of Greenwich meeting Greenwich Public Library. Free with musm adm. email@example.com, 203-415-6762, astrogreenwich.org 15:30 - Courant Institute - MH - science lecture Ctr for Atmosp & Ocean Studies. Weaver Hall, 251 Mercer St. Various topics in geophysics and earth science. Free. caos.cims.nyu.edu, firstname.lastname@example.org 16:30 - Danbury - CT - astronomy lecture Westn Conn St Uv, Obsy/Plm. Indoor planetarium show, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.wcsu.edu/starwatch, 203-837-8671, email@example.com 18:00 -CUNY Graduate Center - MH - Ctr for Sci & Soc lecture 385 Fifth Av. 'Early modernb science intertwine An Iberoamerican perspective'. Free, adv regn reqd, Free, limited seating. 212-854-7211, scienceandsociety.columbia.edu 18:00 - Uniondale - LI - clearsky starviewing Hofstra University,Berliner Bdg, Rm 117. Free, adv regn reqd. Cancelled for clouds. 516-463-2759, www.hofstra.edu/Academics, firstname.lastname@example.org 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 19:00 - Coll of Staten Is - SI - clearsky starviewing Astrophys Obsy. Free, cancelled for clouds. 718-982-2818, csivc.csi.cuny.edu/supernove7/files/home.html, email@example.com, 19:0:0 - Columbia University - MH - astronomy lecture Pupin Hall, signs to lecture room. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.astro.columbia.edu/outreach, 212-854-3278 19:00 - York College - QN - astronomy lecture . Core Academic Bdg, Rm AC-2E01. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. Free, adv regn reqd. 718-262-2082, www.york.cuny.edu/centers-institutes/observatory, 19:00 - NY Academy of Sciences - MH - astronomy lecture 'The nystery of our mathematical universe'. $20. www.nyas.org 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, email@example.com 19:00 - Litchfield - CT - Litchfield Hills A A C lecture White Meml Consrvn Ctr. Free. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. firstname.lastname@example.org, lhastro.org 19:30 - Stony Brook - LI - astronomy lecture SUNY Stony Brook, Earth & Spc Sci Hall. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.ess.sunysb.edu/astro, 631-632-8100, email@example.com 19:30 - Intrepid Museum - MH - AstroCafe' lecture Flight deck of ship. Indoor/open air lecture, clearsky starviewing. Food & drink service, bar drinks sold only to 21+ YO. Free. www.intrepidmuseum.org 19:30 - Intrepid Museum - MH - astronomy lecture Flight deck of ship. Indoor/open air lecture, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.intrepidmuseum.org 19:30 - Alley Pond Park - QN - astronomy lecture Alley Pond Enviro Ctr. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. $14 at door.. www.alleypond.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 718-229-4000 19:30 - Floyd Bennett Field - BK - clearsky starviewing Community Garden. NYSKies & Natl Park Svc. Free. Cancelled for clouds. www.nyskies.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg UACNJ Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. 20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - No Jersey Astro Gp meeting Montclair St Univ, Richardson Hall, Room 232. Free. njastro.org, 973-655-7266 www.uacnj.org 20:00 - Great Kills Pk - SI - clearsky starviewing Natl Pk Svc. Enter at Hylan Bv to playground; Free. Cancelled for clouds. www.nps.gov/gate, 718-987-6790 n 20:00 - Ward Pound Ridge - NY - clearsky starviewing Westchester Amat Astro. Meadows Picnic Area. Free. Cancelled for clouds. email@example.com www.westchesterastronomers.org, 20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing MEETS EVERY WEDNESDAY ONLY DURING CLASSES; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Wesleyan U, Van Vleck Obsy. Free, cancelled for clouds. 860-685-3664, www.wesleyan.edu/astro/events 20:00 - 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 - Wash'n X'ing - NJ - clearsky starviewing Amat Astro Assn of Princeton. Simpson Obsy. Free, cancelled for clouds. www.princetonastronomy.org, 609-737-2575, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:30 - Voorhees St Pk - NJ - NJ Astro Assn meeting NJAA-HQ, Robinson Obsy. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.njaa.org, 908-368-8500 21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing MEETS EVERY WEDNESDAY ONLY DURING CLASSES; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Vassar College, Observatory. Free. Cancelled for clouds. physicsandastronomy.vassar.edu/observatory.html, 845-437-7340 -------------------------------------- [???] UNCERTAIN RESUMPTION OF ACTIVITY -------------------------------------- 14:00 - World School - MH - New York Map Society lecture 11 W 26 St, 7th fl, upstairs from MoMath. 'Mapping the heavens'.Various topics about map making, cartography, geography. Free, adv regn reqd. www.newyorkmapsociety.org, mapsociety@email@example.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 18:30 - Explorers Club - MH - Amer Instt Archaeolgy lecture 46 E 70 St. Various topics on archaeology and anthropology. Free, adv regn reqd. www.aia-nysociety.org, firstname.lastname@example.org 18:30 - West Reading - CT - clearsky starviewingh New Pond Farm, obseratory. $10, adv regn reqd. , cancelled for clouds. www.newpondfarm.org, 203-938-2117, 19:00 - Lk Taghkanic St Pk - NY - clearsky starviewing Mid-Hudson Astro Assn. West Beach parking lot. Free, cancelled for clouds. Adv regn reqd with vehicle make, model, plate number for park security. ` www.nidhudsonastronomy.org 20:00 - Bear Mountain - NY - clearsky starviewing Rockland Astro Club. Anthony Wayne Rec Pk, picnic field. Free, cancelled for clouds. www.rocklandastronomy.com General news ---------- This issue of NYC Events has more '???' entries than usual. Many astronomy events occur at hosts that close for yearend recress or are short-staffed from yearend vacations. The event sponsor may be unable to set up its January activities in time for NYC Events. Please inquire at the event contact for latest news. The lunar eclipse on 2018 January 20-21 could spawn last minute eclipse watching events. Please keep in touch with your local astronomy center for updates, even if their listing hee is in the '???' or 'SPR' section. Simons Foundation in December 2018 shifted registration to Eventbrite. Fill ut same form online but receive an Eventbrite ticket to hand in at the lecture. Ramapo Challenger Center has new web, www.ramapoparks.org that covers all of the town's facilities. Old link, www.lhvcc.com, refers to this new link. NYSkies may have rattled cages at the United Nations! I mentioned a couple weeks ago that I get notices for public events at the UN only a day or two before the sign-up deadline. Well, well, in mid 20s of December I get a broadside from UN's public affairs office for several events coming in late January! I entered them here on the 28, 30, and 31. All are remembrances of the Holocaust, the 1940s Nazi eradication of Jews in Europe. Many victims,survivors, refugees were scientists. The events offer actual sitting at formal sessions of UN delegates. You must sign up for each event, as you want, separately. There is no all-in-one registration. Each event has its own link for information and registration, as stipulated in the event listing. City News ------- On two instances, as at late December 2018, diners at two restaurants in the City found a real pearl in their oyster meal! First was on Dec 5 at Oyster Bar, in Grand Central Terminal. The manager recalled one prior episode many years ago. The other was at Madison Premiere, Williamsburg BK on Dec 15. The manager had no prior reports of pearls. Each gem is apparently worth a couple hundred dollars each. Port of Authority put up its annual holiday decorations on head sign of Holland Tunnel in Jersey City NJ on 2018 Dec 14. A wrath was placed on the 'O' in Holland', a holiday tree over the 'N', a second wreath over the 'U' in 'Tunnel'. The sign read 'Hollaad Tonnel'! After a firestorm of complaints PoA on Dec 16 moved the tree over the 'A' in 'Holland' and took down the wreath in 'Tunnel'. On 2018 Dec 7 NYC Landmarks Preservation Commn picked seven buildings on Broadway as candidate landmarks. They are between 12 and 14 St, Union Sq MH, including one housing Strand Book Store. Store owner opposes landmarking, fearing increased rent from landlord and higher maintenance costs. Landmarking would preserve only exterior of store, leaving inside alone. Strand routinely rearranges its floors every so often. One factor is the carts of books deployed outside because they are mobile furniture, not fixed parts of the building. in owl hours of 2018 December 14 NYS Gov Cuomo toured the Canarsie subway tunnel between Brooklyn and Manhattan, The Canarsie subway line was shut off for the duration. His office is dickering with NYS MTA for ways to shorten the complete closure, lasting 15 months starting in 2019 April, and explore alternative transit options. As at issue time no results of inspection were released. NYSkies Astronomy Seminar on 2018 December 7 discussed the pictures of Con Edison facilities, missed by several members leaving early at the November 20 session. others enjoyed the second go with the pictures. We then explained the new definition of the kilogram.As at 2019 May 20, International Metrology Day, the unit of mass is no longer the physical metal slug maintained in paris. The kilogram is defined from Planck's constant and speed-of-light. To make the change, several constants previously known by measurement were declared to have permanently fixed values, such as plank's constant. The two other base units, the meter and second, were long ago moved off of material standards, leaving only the kilogram based on the metal artifact. We discussed briefly the history of the metric system, born from the French Revolution in 1790s, and adapted by most of Europe and colonial lands. By 20th century only the US was still on oldstyle measures altho the metric system was legally instituted in the 1860s. With ever more worldwide comms and travel, just about all americans know metrics, if not yet their primary scheme of units. One weird fact we learned was that the prime and secondary kilogram slugs are slowly gaining mass, a few micrograms by 2000. We discussed a similar situation with the second, once defined as 1/86400 part of a mean solar day. When in about 1950 we confirmed the slowdown of Earth's rotation, we had to discard the mean solar day. We turned to an atomic standard, still in use today. We next explored the newly arriving comet 46P/Wirtamen, to soar thru the winter sky in December. Wirtamen is a short-period comet, about 5-1/2 years, with perihelion just over 1AU. On this apparition the comet and Earth meet in December, only 1/10 AU apart. Usually the two bodies are well separated due to odd ratio of periods. A short-period comet tends to be dim with small coma and ail because of repeated frequent rounds of the Sun. The proximities boil off the comet's volatiles quickly. This year the comet may be a bare-eye sight from its closeness to Earth and location in a dark night sky. We won't see much tail for it's hidden behind the coma. We studied charts of Wirtamen's path, noting passes bear Menkar, Pleiades, Capella. Altho it may be a visible target from a darksky location in the City we need binoculars. As at the meeting no one present but I saw the comet. I caught it on Dec 5th on its way toward Menkar. Wirtamen's apohelion is near Jupiter's orbit. when Jupiter and comet are close the comet's orbit is altered, making each apparition a little different. In the last decades the orbit shifted perihelion closer to Earth's orbit. If, as for this round, comet and Earth approach, an other orbit shift can occur.For planetarium software a new addiurnate set of orbit parameters is needed for each apparition. It is plain wrong to take an ld orbit and edit it for the current perihelion date. The path in the sky will not all wrong.We worried about weather, which so far was erratic with bouts of clouds and rain. We also noted that in December large Moon comes in mid to late month, likely lighting up haze.Takeaways were articles on metric system history, new kilogram definition, pictures of the current metal slug, plot of mass increase of kilogram standard slugs, articles on Wirtamen history and comet's current apparition, all-sky chart of comet path, detail charts of path in December 2018, graph of observed brightness thru November 2018, diagram of orbit in solar system, graph of Earth- comet proximity for next several years,diagram of orbit mutation for two rounds, table of orbit parameters since comet discovery. 'Fearless girl' statue on 2018 Dec 10 was moved to new permanent site on Broad St, across street from NY Stock Exchange. It was for a year or so in front of the big bronze bull in Bowling Green. The statue sparked vigorous debate, with strong opposition from the bull's artist, to either leave it alone or demolish it. Compromise seems agreeable to all parties. On 2018 Dec 5 US NPS enrolled the Columbus statue in Columbus Cr into National Register of Historic Places. The statue is permanently free of future capricious tampering, such as attaching 'corrective captions' to it. A protective fence around the monument stays in place for a while longer. In last couple years it was target of NYC mayor deBlasio's campaign to remove or annotate monuments deemed out of character in today's society. On 2018 November 29 several women accused Dr Neil Tyson, Rose Center for Earth and Space, of inappropriate sexual conduct against them. Some were workers at Amer Musm Natl Hist; others were associates.Tyson put out rebuttal on on Dec 1. Museum and authorities are investigating, with no major developments as at issue time. Tyson continues duties at rose Center, including work at hayden Planetarium. NYS Gov Cuomo put up state mooney to keep Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island open for visitors during the US govt partial shutdown. The cost is about $50,000/day. Shutdown began on 22 Dec 2018 after federal funding negotiations broke off. It continues thru issue time. NYSkies Astronomy Seminar on 2018 December 21 was a triple-header session! One topic was prompted by questions at the December 7th meeting, one planned for December, and one unexpected news break a week before the meeting. First we discussed the influence of Jupiter on comet Wirtamen, mentioned briefly at the last meeting. How does the orbit-Jupiter interaction work? We studied computer plots of Wirtamen over several orbit laps. One was a overall view of the orbit, showing how it displaced slightly as Jupiter passed near the comet at apohelion. The other was a close-up near perihelion. It showed how much the perihelion shifted, in this run closer to Earth. We looked at orbit parameters again from the last meeting. The parameters, or elements, are keyed into planetarium software to add the comet to the choice of objects to plot on the star maps. We inspected four example softwares to learn how the parameters are inserted into the program's stable of objects. Some programs ask first if the new object is a 'comet' or 'asteroid'. A comet traditionally has a parabola orbit; asteroid, ellipse. The elements are different for each and only the proper set may be input into the program. We cautioned to be alert and careful about typing. A mistyped number may ne accepted at the input stage but will later generate ridiculously erroneous paths in the sky. One way to lessen errors is to edit an old comet already in the software data, then save it as the new comet. We cautioned that the program may require a 'select', 'display', 'turn on' the comet. Else it will not be marked on the map. For astronomers routinely following comets, keying in many orbits is a chore and risky of mistakes. Comet- tracking w webs assemble comet, and asteroid, orbit files laid out properly for many astronomy softwares. The proper one is downloaded and saved into the directory where the software lives. It must match the software's comet file layout and name. The main topic was the stars of winter. These at nightfall center on Orion, in the high south. We noted the two planets in the evening sky, Uranus and Mars. mars, while dimming since opposition, is the brightest star in southwest because he is in a star-poor region of the zodiac. uranus is a binocular target in Pisces and Aries all during 2019. We already discussed the showpiece of winter, comet Wirtamen, and we regretted the loss of the Pleiades-Hyades bypass due to clouds and rain. Many of us at the meeting got at least one sighting of the comet, on a catch- as-can scheme. We reminded that right now the Moon is near full in Gemini, near the comet. The Moon may light up any haze and mask the comet from view. Wejexamined charts of deepsky targets for winter to see ow they arrange with the Milky Way band. In winter the ME passes southeast, zenith, northwest, slicing thru the main group of inter constellations. Open clusters and nebulae hug the Milky Way, making winter a favorite time to explore them. Globular clusters are scattered all over the sky, being in a cloud surrounding the Milky Way galaxy. We do not see the concentration in the galactic center because that part of the MW is not in the winter sky. it is a summer sky feature. The MW in winter is thin and faint because we are looking directly toward the outer rim of the galaxy, with few stars, and we never yet see it from New York City. Other galaxies are scattered all over the sky except along the MW band. Obscuring dust there blocks the galaxies from view. We reviewed the concept of 'stars of the season' or '... of the month'. These are the stars from Polaris thru zenith to south horizon. Stars from the previous season or month are to the west; next, east. This leads to the tactic of previewing next season's stars by waiting for late night. This is done mostly in spring and autumn to avoid either the heat and humidity of summer or the cold and wind of winter. We took a peek at the lunar eclipse coming in january but we'll do a session all for it on January 4th. We discussed ways to stay comfortable for winter observing. If chill penetrates the body observing is impossible. We exchanged suggestions for coats, gloves, hoods, socks and shoes. The final topic was a breaking-news item, the discovery of a planet at Barnard's Star. The star was long believed to host a planet but no positive evidence could be found. The star is a favorite target of home astronomers for its rapid proper motion thru the stars. In the 1950s some astronomers found the proper motion path was wobbly, as if a planet tugged the stars. others felt the wobble was an artifact of the instrument or atmospheric turbulence. Most of the work on Barnard's Star ws done at Swarthmore College, near Philadelphia by Dr van de Kamp and dr Lippincott. Both are deceased without finding the elusive planet.. Takeaways were orbit simulations of comet wirtamen, sample comet input screens for softwares, sample comet element file, general starchart for winter, chart of Uranus for 2019, general fact sheet for the lunar eclipse,sky charts of MW-DSO relationship, finder chart and light curve for variable star omicron Ceti, article on binocular winter atlas plates for winter zone of sky, article on keeping warm for winter observing. objects Starting mod Ja 2019 yellow and green taxis collect $2.50 surcharge for rides starting or ending south of 96 St on Manhattan. Fee is charged also for rides passing thru this sector with both start and end beyond it. This is part of NYC's new 'congestion zone' program. Private call-a-ride cars, like lyft and Uber, collect $2.75.. This is on top of other surcharges for rushhour and nights. Program was to begin jan 1 but Manhattan Sup Ct put a hold on it for a couple weeks. A holiday wreath mounted on an offoce tower broke into flames on 2018 Dec 21 ~10:30 EST. W. One lamp bulb on wreath, at 330 Madison Av & 32 St, MH, flashed and ignited the wreath. Building was evacuated and FDNY quickly put out the blaze. The burned-up wreath was removed. and there were no injuries. Dazzling 'astoria borealis' blasted out over City on 2018 Dec 27 ~21:10 EST. It lighted the sky in neon blue, bright enough to turn off photocell lamps and reveal textue in clouds. Some witnesses thought it was attack from UFO, North Korea, improvised atom bomb. It was a large transformer explosion at the Astoria power plant, Astoria QN. It passes electric from the plant to Con Edison's power grid. Incident cut electric to upper manhattan, north Queens, laGuardia airport, Rikers is prison. Explosion ws heard up to 5km away and glow dome was visible from 50km away. No injuries or major fires, but wreckage will take weeks to repair. Sky News ------ The Observer's handbook offer closed on 26 December 2018 when our last copy was handed over to a local astronomer in the City. We placed a near-record number of books into astronomers's hands this year, boosted by several requests from clubs for multiple copies. The 2020 offer opens in September 2019. December was a poor month for observing due to continual bouts of clouds and rain. The clear nights were usually veiled with haze. On the plus side, we did not suffer a hard winter air -- yet! -- with temperatures only as low as -5C and only occasional strong breezes. Repeated rounds of cloudy/rainy nights all over NYSkies interfered with viewing comet Wirtamen. A major letdown was 2018 December 14-17 when comet passed between Pleiades and Hyades. After a couple clear night to raise hopes, clouds and rain sweeped in during those particular nights. Thru it all, NYSkiers got several satisfying views. In the Dec 20s large Moon and haze made observing tougher. Wirtamen is still up there in January 2019, fading as it recedes from Earth. It passes thru Auriqa and Lynx. It reached at best 3-1/2 magn, being plainly seen by eye from a darksky site. City astronomers, under, at best, hazy skies, continued to need binoculars. The Globe at Night run on 2018 November 2+-December 8 recorded only mediocre skies, with many being hazy or cloudy. The next round is 2018 December 29-j2019 January 7. The Geminid meteor shower was thoroly rained out in NYSkies. At least two special observing events for it were washed out. The Geminids in this century seem to get stronger, to equal or maybe surpass the Perseids. New planetary star, Banrad's Star, announced in November 2018. star was for devades suspected of having planets but no positive evidence turned up. Barnard's Star is not 'bright' at magn +9.5. it is already a must-see target of home astronomers for its huge proper motion. With a detail map a small scope can detect the star's displacement within a year Barnard's Star is also the nearest red dwarf to us, only 1.8 parsecs away. It's in the Summer Hyades asterism of Opiuchus.. ------------------------------- star name | Barnard's Star right ascension | 17h57m49s declination | +04d41m36s apparent magn | +9.5 spectral type | M4-V distance | 1.8pc, ~5.8 ly absolute magn | +13.2 star radius | 0.19 Sun star mass | 1.44 Sun ---------------+----------------- planet name | Barnard's Star b semimajor axis | 0.404 AU orbit excenty | 0.32 orbital period | 232.8 day planet mass | 0.0101 Jupiter, 3.25 Earth planet radius | 1.36 Earth ---------------------------/ Uranus still excites observers as he oscillates in Pisces-Aries. A detailed finder chart is needed. Several reports of iridescence on nearby clouds during day of 2018Dec 24. They could be mistaken for parhelia if seen left or right of Sun, but have no spectral colors and sit directly within a cloud. Mars is fading into southwest-west, long past his opposition brilliance.He is more noticeable, in spite of modest brightness, because he's in a faint-star region of Aquarius. Every one is seething excited for the 2019 lan 20-21 eclipse in january 2019! It's a long all-night start-to-finish event. The previous lunar eclipse, 31 January 2018, occurred at sunrise for a good selenoelion. Scout out a viewing location NOW that provides comfort and shelter to cope with potential winter cold and wind.