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). 

    During June 2020 in NYSkies the fear of coronavirus was kicked out 
of the box. The crowds of demonstrators, each chanting its own cause, 
gathered and paraded with almost no attempt to curb coronavirus 
violations.  On June 23 a protest camp set up in City Hall Park, much 
like Occupy Wall Street, with food service, tents, hammocks, all with 
no regard to ocoronavirus hazard. 
    At first some agitators claimed the unchecked mobs will cause a 
sudden burst of new coronavirus cases. This could reverse the easing 
of restrictions. In the stead, coronavirus deaths fell to the lowest 
levels since records begin in March 2020! 
    By late June the City and surrounds were in phase 2 or 3, by 
criteria in each NY-NJ-CT state. Additional categories of businesses 
and services are open. More activity away from home is allowed. 
    Astronomy still is suppressed because their centers and venues 
remain closed for at least an other month. Notice about coronavirus 
affects vary widely. Some examples are 
    * Normal events page with no new events after March 2020
    * Normal events page with events blanked out
    * Normal events page with new events flagged as cancelled 
    * Normal home page with banner about coronavirus affects
    * Normal home page with link to coronavirus news page
The prevalent cause for cancelled events is closing of the event 
venue, such as museum, park, college. A few astronomy centers have 
their own clubhouse or observatory, but it is located in a host host 
property, itself shutdown. In almost all cases of event suspension, 
the duration is in force 'until further notice'. 
    With summer weather coming in mid June, most medics believe the 
virus, like others, will die away. Being outdoors in sunlight lets 
solar UV kill the virus, at least on  clothing.
    Those who do get 'sniffles' or other weak symptoms seem to get 
over them with normal flu remedies. Severe cases in hospitals get far 
more effective treatment, avoiding the 'death tubes' of a ventilator. 

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

Current Month calendar  
  Plain dates are in current month; 
  -, previous month; +, next month. 
  #, NYSkies Astronomy Seminar 
  Moon phase: .NM., .FQ), (FM), (LQ.  
  Sunset is noted for each Saturday  
  Sun   Mon   Tue   Wed   Thu   Fri   Sat  sunset 
  ---   ---   ---   ---   ---   ---   ---   ----------
 -.28)  -29   -30     1     2     3    (4) 20:31 
    5     6     7     8     9    10#   11  20:28 
  (12.   13    14    15    16    17#   18  20:24 
   19   .20.   21    22    23    24    25  20:18 
   26   .27)   28    29    30    31    +1  20:11 

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

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

 *Amateur Observers Soc - - AUT 
 *Amat Obsrs Soc starviewing!!! 
  Amer Instt Aero & Astro - AUT 
  Astro Soc of Long Island  !!! 
  Brookhaven National Lab - !!! 
  Custer Institute  - - - - !!! 
  Hofstra Univ Obsy   - - - AUT 
  Hmaptons Observatory  - - !!! 
  PubSci - - - - - - -  - - !!! 
  SUNY Stony Brook - -  - - AUT 
 *Susan Rose Observatory  - !!! 
  Alternate Side Parking  -   1 
 *Amat Astro Assn starvwg - AUT 
 *Amat Astro Assn lecture - !!! 
  Amer Instt Archarology  - AUT 
  Amer Musm Natl Hist - - - !!! 
  Ctr for Atmosp Ocean Sci  AUT 
  Ctr for Science & Society AUT 
  Central Pk (Great Lawn) - !!! 
 *Columbia Univ Obsy  - - - AUT 
  Earth Institute - - - - - AUT 
  GC Presents - - - - - - - AUT 
  Governors Island  - - - - !!! 
  Hayden Plm 'Frontiers'  - AUT 
  Hayden Plm 'Live!'  - - - AUT 
  Independence Day  - - - -  4
  Instt Stud Ancnt World  - AUT 
  Intrepid Museum - - - - - !!! 
 *Inwood Astronomy Project  !!! 
  Jupiter Joe's Astronomy - !!! 
  Manhattanhenge  - - - - -  9-11
  Natl Musm of Mathematics  !!! 
  NYC-H2O - - - - - - - - - !!! 
  New York Map Society  - - AUT 
  NYU Astrop & Relatvty - - AUT 
 *NYSkies Astronomy Seminar !!! 
  Pi Day  - - - - - - - - - 22 
  SciCafe' - - - - -  - - - !!! 
  Simons Foundation - - - - AUT 
  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 - - - AUT 
  Mid-Hudson Astro Assn - - !!! 
  Rockland Astro Club - - - AUT 
  Vassar College Obsy - - - AUT 
  Ward Pound Ridge  - - - - !!! 
  Westchester Amat Astro  - AUT 

  A A A of Princeton  - - - AUT 
 *Amat Astro Inc meeting  - !!! 
  *Amat Astro Inc lecture - AUT 
  A S of Toms Rv Area - - - !!! 
  McDowell Observatory  - - AUT 
  Morris Musm Astro Soc - - !!! 
  New Jersey Astro Assn - - AUT 
  North Bergen Viaduct  - -  0 
  No Jersey Astro Gp mtg  - !!! 
  No Jersey Astro Gp starvg !!! 
  Peyton Observarory  - - - !!! 
  Plasma Physics Lab  - - - !!! 
  Rutgers Univ Astro Collqm AUT 
  Rutgers Univ Astro Semnr  AUT 
 *S*T*A*R - - - - - - - - - AUT 
  Schommer Observatory  - - !!! 
 *Sheep Hill Astro Assn - - !!! 
 *Sheep Hill Observatory  - !!! 
 *Utd Astro Clubs of NJ - - !!! 
  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  
  'Science on Screen'   - - !!! 
 'Space Odyssey' exhibit  - !!! 
  York College Observatory  AUT 


  Coll of Staten Is Obsy  - AUT 
  Great Kills Park  - - - - !!! 
  Staten Is Community TV  - !!! 



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

List of Events 
Wed  1 Jul
    all day - whole City - MH - alternate Side arking changes
        Beginning Une 28 NYC's ASP regimen changes. Parked cars must 
        be shifted side to side on street only once per week. The day 
        for each street is the last day listed on current ASP signs. 
        Other days are no longr enforced. 

sat  4 Jul 
    all day - whole City - MH - Independence Day 
        Please check with event contact for session falling on this 
        day by rule or outdated schedule 

Thu  9 Jul
    20:00 - Manhattan grid - MH - Manhattanhenge
        Thru 11 Jul. Sun sets in line with E-W streets within 
        Manhattan gridiron. Requires clear view along street to 
        horizon in NJ. www.nyskies.org/articles/pazmino/stone-ny.htm 
Wed 22 Jul
    all day - whole City - MH - Pi Day 
        Mar 14 & Jul 22. Reflect and contemplate about the number 'pi'. 
        Dates are roug value of 'pi', 3.14 and 22/7. Ask at local 
        astronomy center for possible festivities and celebrations. 

Events Skipped This Month 
    10:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture 
         Colloquium series. Rutgers Univ, Busch Campus, Astro & Phys 
        Lecture Hall. Free. www.physics.rutgers.edu/colloquium, 
    13;15 - unionsale - LI - Amat Obsrs Soc meeting 
        Hofstra Univ, Berliner Hall. free. www.aosny.org, 
    13:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture 
        Seminar series. Rutgers Univ, Serin W330. Free. 732-445-3974, 
    14:00 - 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, 
    14:00 - New York University - MH - astronomy lecture 
        726 Broadway, Rm 940. Various topics in astrophys and 
        relativity. Free. Have GI photo ID for campus security. 
    15:30 - Courant Institute - MH - science lecture 
        Ctr for Atmosp & Ocean Studies. Weaver Hall, 251 Mercer 
        St. Various topics in geophysics and earth science. Free. 
        caos.cims.nyu.edu, shafer@cims.nyu.edu 
    15:30 - Upton - LI - Summer Sundays science show 
        Brookhaven Natl Lab. Small seminar room. 'What is the Higgs 
        boson hiding?'. Free, have GI photo ID for campussecurity. 
        631- 344-2651, www.bnl.gov/evnts 
    15:30 - Greenwich - CT - Astro Soc of Greenwich meeting 
        Greenwich Audubon Center. Free. rickbria@optonline.net, 
        203-415-6762. astrogreenwich.org  
    16:15 - Simons Foundation - MH - scinece lecture 
        160 5 Av & 21 St. 'The quest for the ideal glass'. Tea 16:15, 
        lecture 17:00. Free, adv regn reqd. 646-654-0066, 
    17:00 - Danbury - CT - astronomy lecture 
        Westn Conn St Uv, Obsy/Plm. Indoor planetarium show, 
        clearsky starviewing. Free. www.wcsu.edu/starwatch, 
       203-837-8671, dawsond@wcsu.edu 
    18:00 - Earth Institute - MH - science lecture 
        Columbnia Univ, Lerner Hall, Arledge Audm.. 'Sea level rise: 
        Causes, impacts and options for solutions'. Free, adv regn 
        reqd. ei.columbia.edu 
    18:00 - Palisades - NY - science lecture 
        Lamont-Doherty Earth Obsy, Monell audm. 'Climate, carbon ```      
`       dioxide, and sea level: Past is prologue'. Free, 
         845-365-8634, www.ldeo.columbia.edu, 845-365-8988 
    18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecruee 
        15 E 84 St, 5/Madison Av. Various topics on history and 
        culture of ancient societies. Free, adv regn reqd. 
        isaw..nyu.edu, isaw@nyu.edu, 212-992-7800 
    18:00 - Columbia University- MH - Ctr for Sci and Soc lecture 
        Fauerweather Hsll, Rm 513. 'The triumph of scientific 
        imagination, 1760-1900'. Free, 
        adv regn reqd. 212-854-7211, scienceandsociety.columbia.edu 
    18:00 - Bethpage - LI -  Amer Instt Aero & Astro lecture       
        Hofstra Univ, Breslin Hall, rm216 . Various topics in 
        aeronautics and astronautics. 'Observations from the 
        Apollo LM to the Shuttlre and ISS, and beyond'. Free, $7 opt 
        pizza-soda, adv regn reqd.718-812-2727, greghomatas@msn.com 
    18:15 - Amer Musm Natl Hist - MH - Amat Astro Assn lecture 
         Kaufmann Theater. Free, no musm adm fee. 718-522-5014, 
         president@aaa.org, www.aaa.org 
    18:30 - Hunter College - MH - Amer Instt Archaeolgy lecture 
        Hemmerdinger Screening Room. Various topics on archaeology and 
        anthropology. Free, adv regn reqd. GI photo ID required for 
        campus security. www.aia-nysociety.org, 
    18:30 - CUNY Graduate Center - MH -'GC presents' lecture 
        365 5 Av & 34 St. 'Climate change:The effects on coastal 
        environments''. Free, adv regn reqd. 212-817-7000, 
    19:00 - Hayden Planetarium - MH - 'Astronomy live!' lecture 
       Live narrated planetarium show. Enter at 81 St/Cntl Pk W. 
       $15, adv regn reqd. 212-769-5100, www.amnh.org/programs  
    19:00 - Hayden Planetarium - MH - 'Frontiers' lecture 
         Kayfnamm Thtr. Enter at 81 St/Cntl Pk W. $15, adv regn reqd. 
        212-769-5100, www.amnh.org/programs  
     19:00 - lyndhurst - NJ - clearsky starviewing 
        Ctr for Enviro & Sci Edu, McDowell Obsy. Free. cancelled 
        for clouds. Requires climbing narrow spiral stairs into domw. 
        www.njsea.com/observatory, info@njsea.com, 201-460-1700 
     19:00 - Uniondale - LI - clearsky starviewing 
        Hofstra University,Berliner Bdg, Rm 117. Free, 
        adv regn reqd. Cancelled for clouds. 516-463-2759, 
        www.hofstra.edu/Academics, observatory@hofstra.edu 
    19:30 - Suffern - NY - RRockland Astronomy Club meeting 
        Rockalnd Commty Coll, main bldg. Free. 
    19:30 - Stony Brook - LI - astronomy lecture                     
        SUNY Stony Brook, Earth & Spc Sci Hall. Indoor lecture, 
        clearsky starviewing. Free. www.ess.sunysb.edu/astro, 
        631-632-8100, slutterbie@notes.cc.sunysb.edu 
    19:30 - Pleasantville - NY - Westchester Amat Astro meeting  
        Pace Univ, Lienhard Hall, Free.    
        waa-president@westchesterastronomers.org  Sat  8 Feb 
    19:30 - Torrington - CT - Litchfield Hills Amat Astro Club mtg 
        Central Congregational Church. Free. lhastro.org, 
    19:30 - New Brittain - CT - Astro Soc of Gtr Hartford meeting 
        Central CT St Univ, Copernicus Plm. Free. www.asgh.org, 
        860-872-9069, pparkerrs@cs.com 
    19:30 - New Haven - CT - Astro Soc of New Haven meetinG 
        Yale Univ, Leitner Family Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free. www.asnh.org, prez@asnh.org 
    19:30 - Princeton - NJ - Amat Astro Assn of Princeton meeting 
        Princeton U, Peyton Hall. Free. www.princetonastronomy.org, 
        609-737-2575, info@princetonastronomy.org 
    20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        Wesleyan U, Van Vleck Obsy. Free, cancelled for clouds. 
        860-685-3664, www.wesleyan.edu/astro/events 
   20:00 - Coll of Staten Is - SI - clearsky starviewing 
        Astrophys Obsy. Free, cancelled for clouds. 718-982-2818, 
        csivc.csi.cuny.edu/supernove7/files/home.html, 718-892-3259, 
    20:00 - Columbia University - MH - astronomy lecture 
          Pupin Hall, signs to lecture room. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
         starviewing. Free. outreach-admin@astro.columbia.edu, 
         www.astro.columbia.edu/outreach, 212-854-3278 
    20:00 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc lecture 
         Union Co Coll, Smith Audm. Indoor talk, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free. www.asterism.org 
    21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing 
        Vassar College, Observatory. Free. Cancelled for clouds. 
        physicsandastronomy.vassar.edu/observatory.html, descent 
    20:00 - Lincroft - NJ - S*T*A*R meeting 
        Brookdale Commty Coll, Mommouth Museum. Free. 
        www.starastronomy.org, s-walters@comcast.net 
    20:00 - York College - QN - astronomy lecture . 
        Core Academic Bdg, Rm AC-2E01. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free, adv regn reqd. 718-262-2082, 
    20:30 - Voorhees St Pk - NJ - NJ Astro Assn meeting 
        NJAA-HQ, Robinson Obsy. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free. www.njaa.org, 908-368-8500 
    all day - whole City - MH - clearsky starviewing  
        Amat Astro Assn. Sessions convene in parks usually at dusk. 
        Occasional daytime sunviewing. Free. Cancelled for clouds. 
          president@aaa.org, 718-522-5014, www.aaa.org  
    all day - whole City - MH - Weekend Walks street fairs 
    all day - Governors Island - MH - cultural shows 
        Thru 31 Oct. Island is open every day, 10h-20h. From May 24 
        thru Aug 30, Fri-Sat, 10h-22h. Walk and tour thru 
        former military base and new urban park. Shows vary each day 
        or visit by foot or bike. Ferries run every 1/2 hr from 
        Battery Marine Terml, MH, and on weekdays from Pier 6, BK. 
        Island is free but ferry fare is $2 RT. www.nps.gov/gois, 
    all day - Musm Moving Imnage - QN - '2oo1:' exhinit 
        Thru Jul 18. 36-01 35 Av (Astoria). '2001: A space odyssey'. 
        Props, customes, models, A/V sorts, ephemridalia, posters. 
        Certain days show '2001: A space odyssey' film. $15 adm, $25 
        adm  +film. www.novingimage.us, 718-777-6888. 
    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. 
         212769-5100, www.ammh.org/exhibitions/color 
    all day - whole City - MH - cultural tour 
        NYC-H2O. Walk, bike, ride thru history and culture of NYC 
        muwater system facilities and natural waterways in and near 
        the City.  Events are pay orfree, adn regn reqd. Bike tours 
        need own bike. www.nych2o.org, 
     all day - whole island - LI - clearsky starviewing  
        Amat Obsrs Soc. Sessions convene in parks usually at dusk. 
        Occasional daytime sunviewing. Free. Cancelled for clouds. 
         www.aosny.org, suerose@optonline.net 
    all day - whole City - MH - clearsky starviewing  
        Jupiter Joe's Sidewalk Astronomy. Sessions convene in parks 
        usually at dusk. Occasional daytime sunviewing. Free. `       
        Cancelled for clouds.  www.jupiterjoesastronomy.org, 
    all day - whole City - MH - cultural tours & lectures 
        Urban Park Rangers. Tours of parks, landmarks, nabes, hoods. 
        Lectures on history and culture of NYC. Program varies each 
        month. Free. www.nyc.gov/parks  
    10:00 - Princeton - NJ - science tour 
        Plasma Physics Lab. Walk thru history and culture of fproject 
        to capture energy from controled hydrogen fusion. Free, adv 
        regn reqd. Have GI photo ID for campus security. 
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     16:00 - Natl Musm of Mathematics - MH - science show 
        Also 19:00. 'Mathematical Encounters'. Free, adv regn 
        reqd. 212-542-0566, www.momath.org, info@momath.org 
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    17:30 - Intrepid Museum - MH - Free Friday show 
        Pier 86 and ship. Exhibits, demos, talks. Clearsky movies 
        and starviewing. Free. www.intrepidmuseum.org 
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    18:00 - Shalel Lounge - MH - SpaceX NYC meeting 
        65 W 70 St, Amsterdam Av. Fiscussion on space industry and 
        development. Free, opt meal/drink. www.meetup.com/SpaceX-NYC 
    18;00 - Musm Moving Imnage - QN - 'Science on screen' cinema 
        36-01 35 Av (Astoria). 'Women on the Moon'. $15. 
        www.novingimage.us, 718-777-6888. 
    18:00 - Amagansett - LI - astronomy lecture 
        Montauk Obsy. Amagansett Library. Indoor talk, clearsky 
         sunviewing. Free. www.montaukobservatory.com 
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     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 
    19:00 - Patchoque - LI- PubSci show 
        Brookhaven Natl Lab, Blue Point Brewing Co, 225 W Main St. 
        'The quantum revolution'. Free, opt meal/drink. 
    19:00 - West Reading - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        New Pond Farm, obseratory. $10, adv regn reqd. cancelled for 
        clouds. www.newpondfarm.org, 203-938-2117 
    19:00 - Amer Musm Natl Hist - MH - SciCafe' show 
        Hall of Ocean Life or Hall of planet Earth. Music, drinks, 
         chat with Museum scientists. Free, be 21 or be gone. GI photo 
        ID reqd. 212-769-5100, www.amnh.org/programs 
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    19:15 - Lk Taghkanic St Pk - NY - clearsky starviewing 
        Mid-Hudson Astro Assn. West Beach parking lot. Free,  
        cancelled for clouds. Adv regn reqd with vehicle make, 
        model, plate number for park security. `       
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    19:30 - Boonton - NJ - Sheep Hill Astro Assn meeting  
        Boonton Senior Ctr. Free. www.sheephillastro.org, 
        contacts@sheephillastro.org, wwestura@optonline.net 
    19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show 
        100 Cable Way, Mariners Hr SI. 'Geology forum' Live audience, 
        seating at 19:30, on air at 20:00. Free. www.sictv.org, 
    19:30 - Morristown - NJ - Morris Museum Astro Soc meeting  
        Morris Museum. Free. 973-386-1848, 973-386-1848,, 
        www.morrismuseum.org/astro-society, info@morrismusem.org, 
    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 - Litchfield - CT - Litchfield Hills A A C lecture 
        White Meml Consrvn Ctr. Free. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
        starviewing. lhaacsec@gmail.com, lhastro.org 
    20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing 
        Inwood Astronomy Project. Meet at park entrance, Seaman Av 
        & Isham St. Free. Cancelled for clouds. 917-529-2359 
         www.inwoodastronomy.org, asonskendall@gmail.com 
    20:00 - Floyd Bennett Field - BK - clearsky starviewing 
        Community Garden. NYSKies & Natl Park Svc. Free. Cancelled 
        for clouds. www.nyskies.org, stephenlieber@nyc.rr.com, 
    20:00 - Boonton - NJ - clearsky starviewing  
        Sheep Hill Astro Assn Obsy, Free. Cancelled for  
        clouds. sheephillastro.otg, contacts@sheephillastro.org, 
   20:00 - Greenwich - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        Astro Soc of Greenwich. Curtis Elem Schl, Bowman Obsy. Free. 
        Cancelled for clouds. rickbria@optonline.net, 203-415-6762. , 
   20:00 - Princeton - NJ - clearsky starviewing 
        Princeton Univ, Peyton Hall. Free. Cancelled for clouds 
        jeg@astro.princeton.edu, lee@astro.princeton.edu 
    20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        Astro Soc of Gtr Hartford, Wesleyan U, Van Vleck Obsy. Free. 
        cancelled for clouds. www.asgh.org, 860-872-9069, 
    20:00 - Westport - CT - Westport Astro Soc meeting 
        Rolnick Obsy. Free. www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 
    20:00 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        Westport Astro Soc. Rolnick Obsy.  Free. Cancelled for clouds. 
        www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 
    20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting 
        Vanderbilt Plm. Free. asliastronomy@yahoo.com, 
    20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg 
        UACNJ Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free.  
    20;00 - Wash'n X'ing - NJ - clearsky starviewing 
        Amat Astro Assn of Princeton. Simpson Obsy. Free, cancelled 
       for clouds. www.princetonastronomy.org, 609-737-2575, 
    20:00 - Ward Pound Ridge - NY - clearsky starviewing 
        Westchester Amat Astro. Meadows Picnic Area. Free. Cancelled 
        for clouds. waa-president@westchesterastronomers.org 
    20:00 - Way Station Pub - BK - Astronomy on Tap meting 
        683 Washington Av & Prospect Pl (Prospect Hts). Informal 
        astronomy discussion in pub setting. Free, one drink purchase 
        reqd. astronomyontap.org/locatons/new-york-city 
    20:00 - Great Kills Pk - SI - clearsky starviewing 
        Natl Pk Svc. Enter at Hylan Bv to playground; Free. Cancelled 
        for clouds. www.nps.gov/gate, 718-987-6790  n 
    20:00 - Bear Mountain - NY - clearsky starviewing 
        Rockland Astro Club. Anthony Wayne Rec Area, picnic field. 
        Free, cancelled for clouds. www.rocklandastronomy.com 
    20:00 - 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 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing  
        Amat Obsrs Soc. capus of Custer Institt. Sessions concurrent 
        with Custer's own events. Free, cancelled for clouds. 
        www.aosny.org, suerose@optonline.net             
      20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - clearsky starviewing 
        No Jersey Astro Gp. Montclair St Univ, Richardson Hall. 
        Free, cancelled for clouds. njastro.org, 973-655-7266 
    20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - No Jersey Astro Gp meeting 
        Montclair St Univ, Richardson Hall, Room 232. Free. 
        njastro.org, 973-655-7266 jjj 
    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 - Piscataway - NJ - clearsky starviewng 
        Rutgers Univ, Schommer Obsy. Free. Cancelled for clouds.  
        732-205-0020, www.physics.rutgers.edu/ast/ast-serin.html  
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General News
    I removed the Weekend Walks because it is supplanted by th City's 
Open Streets program. This closed blocks or clusters from motor 
traffic all over the City. They give more room for interpersonal 
spacing while the coronavirus pandemic lingers. Many Open Streets ae 
in retail districts, where they function as as Weekend Walks. As at 
late June some 65 kilometers in about 100 blocks are in the program, 
with up to 160 kilometers laid out by yearend.
    I removed the entry for coronavirus since it is discussed in the 
preamble section above the monthly calendar. Please be considerate of 
other people and continue to follow  mitigation guidance. 
    The World Trade Center station on PATH (H&M) reopened for weekend 
service on June 6, about 6 months ahead of schedule! It was closed on 
weekends for repairs of damage caused by hurricane Dandy. 
    The NYC transit shutdown ended on June 22 with the City's shift to 
phase 2 of recovery. Subways resumed their legendary 24/7 service. 
Trains are now disinfected by hard UV radiation in the depots. 
    Buses are still free because you enter thru the rear doors and sit 
in the rear section, away from the driver. Front section is roped off 
as reminder. 
    A;tho there are lots of '!!!' entries, please do inquire at their 
contacts for latest news. During July they could announce restored 

City News 
    NYSkies Astronomy Seminar for June 5 and 19 were cancelled. 
McBurney House, our host, was still closed for coronavirus concerns. 
    On June 23 Metro North sector of NYSkies moved into phase 3 
coronavirus recovery. LI's turn was on the 24th. More categories of 
businesses open, limited indoor activities allowed.  Most astronomy 
venues remain closed.                    
    NYC Mayor deBlasio on Jun 23 described Macy's 4th of July 
fireworks show. It has five 10-minute shows, one per night in each 
boro from Jun 29 thru Jul 2. They are filmed and telecast on the 4th 
for home viewing. Je vaguely mentioned 'light-show' performed on 
Empire State Bldg on the 4th. 
    I put into out web a mass upgraded file for the 'Cosmological 
models' section. It's at 


It rectifies and  amplifies the earlier notes on thermodynamics for 
    I put a new file into our web to explain and clarify some features 
of maths applicable to home astronomers. It's at


i started it as an upgrade of notes in 'cosmological models' ut found 
it is better set out as a separate main piece.
    TV show 'Are you smarter than a fifth grader?' on May 30 had 
math/sci questions. Fill-in: What is the name of the land that later 
broke up into continents?; answer 'Pangea'. Fill-in: How many 
dimensions are in a square unit?; answer '2'. 
    On June 2 I suffered a balky computer display. Screen started 
blacking out frequently , severely interrupting my work. I ordered, 
thanks to my sister's help with her computer, a new unit. It arrived 
on June 5th. The old monitor, not reparable, was scrapped. 
    NYSkies went thru several demonstrations, at first reacting ti the 
George Flyod incident. Many turned into unrest and lawless behavior, 
with looting and rioting, in all boros. One protest scene was in 14th 
St, outside our meeting room! We were never in danger because there 
was no meeting during the protest days. 
    NJ Gov Murphy on June 10 called off stay-home rules and allowed 
small indoor gatherings. Size limitation could accept many astronomy 
club meetings. 
    NYC went into phase 2 recovery on June 22. Limited outdoor dining 
and other activities, interior shopping at all stores, open 
playgrounds/parks begin. Almost all astronomy venues remain closed 
until phase 3 in uncertain future. 
    Amer Musm Natl Hist on June 21 said it will remove the Roosevelt 
statue from its front entrance! It evaluated that it insults black and 
red Americans. One figure of each are walking next to Roosevelt, who 
rides on his horse. No word yet on statue's disposition.
   On Jun 1 NYS Gov Cuomo set curfew in NYC 23h-05h. On Jun 2 he 
extended it to 20h-05h and closed most approaches into Manhattan south 
of 96 St. He did allow peaceful protests to roll into curfew hours as 
long as they remain lawful. He ended curfew on June 8 when City moved 
into phase 1 of recovery. 
    NYC,went off stay-home orders on June 8 to begin its phase 1 of 
recovery. Transit resumed 24-hour service withdisinfection when trains 
return to their yards. Face covering and personal spacing still 
applies with markers showing how long 6 foot (~180cm) is.. 
    NYSkiers cheered on May 29 and 30 as the SpaceX sent its Dragon 
capsule to ISS with two NASA astronauts. it was the first flight of 
Americans into space on a US space vehicle leaving from US territory 
since retirement of the Shuttle. US astronauts until now rode to ISS 
on Russian Soyuz capsule launched from Baikonur. 
    ,NYC continued to expand its Open Streets program in June 2020. 
Thru it reaches of street are closed to motor traffic, except 
momentary  pick-up/drop-off, residential parking,  and emergency 
vehicles. Some streets are closed only during certain hours. full 
running list and map at 


By late June about 65km are in the program, with total of some 160km 
by yearend.

Sky News 
    June was one of the best months for starviewing! We had many dark 
clear nights with star-filled sky. It did rain on-off but generally 
some part of the night was good for observing. A couple nights were 
potential Milky way nights and two yielded positive sightings, owl 
hours of June 1 and 14. This season may be first to record two MW 
nights, rather than the single sighting in past seasons. In the 20s of 
June, summer weather arrived with hazy humid skies. 
    Jupiter and Saturn drifted into late night during June. Observers 
are psyching up for the grand conjunction in December as the two 
planets enter their retrograde loops and dance together. 
    Manhattanhenge was obscured by clouds on May 29 and 30. It was 
observed in clear sky on the 31 by subdued numbers of spectators. 
There were a few protest rallies in the Manhattan in gridiron streets. 
hey deterred viewing from some streets. 
    Scattered reports of brilliant patch under the Sun on June 23 mid 
afternoon. i saw it, too, and watched it for several minutes. It was 
irridescence on a small round cloud. 
    Low altitude and twilight hampered view of Venus-Moon conjunction 
on June 19 moonrise. Occultation occurred an hour earlier with Venus 
just emerged when Moon rose. I missed show for trees on adjacent 
street. When Venus cleared trees sky ws too bright and Moon was washed 
out. Some calcs gave Montauk and Southold, LI, last couple minutes of 
occultation at moonrise to let observers see the egress of Venus right 
after moonrise.
     some readers noted that several manhattan grid cross streets are 
in the City's nw Open Streets program They are closed to motor traffic 
presenting themselfs aspotential safe viewing sits for July's 
manhattanhenge. New streets areadded weekly. study the list and maps 


Candidate streets must be examined on a prior evening for locked view 
from trees and construction. 
    First heat alert of 2020 in NYSkies  was issued by NY and NJ 
states on June 10. They recorded heat indices of 37-39C (equiv), 
calling people to avoid excess sunlight exposure, keep hydrated, wear 
loose light-color clothes. 
     First Milky Way night in 2020 occurred on June 1  after moonset, 
~02h EDST. Segments noted were Sgr Cloud/M24, Sct Cloud, MW center/M8, 
patches in Cyg. Reports from M & S BK, M & E QN, E BX. Observers 
spotted several textured DSOs and lots of faint stars in Summer 
Triangle. They also admired convergence of Jup-Sat. Clouds rolled in 
by predawn. 
    A 2nd Milky Way night in NYC came in owl hours of June 14. Reports 
from all four outer boros. All observers were thrilled at the masses 
of dim stars all over the sky. Transp was overall 5th magn. Air was 
~15C with fresh breeze. Segments reported were various in Sco-Sgr, 
Cyg. Manhattan observers missed MW but marvelled at star-studded sky. 
Crescent Moon rose about 02h EDST but seemed to cause no interference.