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




NYC Events


           John Pazmino 
 NYSkies Astronomy Inc  

    The following astronomy activities in the commuting ring enclosing 
New York City are operated by various organizations. A few cultural  
items of special importance to City astronomers are also included.  
    Altho NYC Events confirms the listed items, they are subject to 
change by their sponsors. Check with their contacts. Let the sponsor  
know that you learned of its event thru NYC Events.  
    Frequently asked questions and explanation of NYC Events is at 
    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 from November 1 thru November 4 are Eastern Daylight 
Savings Time (UT - 4h).  All hours from November 5 and out are Eastern 
Standard Time (UT - 5h) . 

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

Current Month calendar  
  Plain dates are in current month;  
  -, previous month; +, next month.  
  Moon phase: .NM., .FQ), (FM), (LQ.  
  Sunset is noted for each Saturday  
  Sun   Mon   Tue   Wed   Thu   Fri   Sat   sunset 
  -31    (1)    2     3     4     5     6   16:44 
    7    (8.    9    10    11    12    13   16:51 
   14    15   .16.   17    18    19    20   16:59 
   21    22    23   .24)   25    26    27   17:07 
  28     29    30   (31)   +1    +2    +3   17:16 

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 
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 --------------NROOKLYN - BK 
 *Floyd Bennett Field - - - M/A 
  Secret Science Club - - -  0 

    CONNECTICUT - CT                                                                          
 *A S of Gtr Hartford - - - ??? 
  Astro Soc of Greenwich  - M/A 
 *Astro Soc of New Haven  - 30 
  Bowman Observatory  - - -  3, 17 
 *Litchfield Hills AAC mtg  12 
 *Litchfield Hills starvg - M/A 
 *McCarthy Observatory  - - 13 
  New Pond Farm - - - - - - ??? 
  Stamford Observatory  - -  5, 12, 19, 26 
 *Van Vleck Obsy (ASGH) - - ??? 
  Van Vleck Obsy (WU) - - - M/A 
  Western CT St Univ Obsy - M/A 
 *Westport Astro Soc mtg  - 16 
 *Westport Astro Soc starvg  3, 10, 17, 24, 31 
  Boothe Meml Astro Soc - 203-377-9933, 

 *Amateur Observers Soc - -  7 
  Amer Instt Aero & Astro - 31 
  Astro Soc of Long Island   3, 10, 17, 24, 31 
  Brookhaven National Lab - ??? 
  Custer Institute  - - - -  6, 13, 20, 27 
  Hofstra Univ Obsy - - - - M/A 
  Montauk Observatory - - - ??? 
  SUNY Stony Brook   -  - - M/A 
 *Susan Rose Observatory  -  6, 13, 20, 27 
 *Amat Astro Assn starvwg -  0 
 *Amat Astro Assn lecture -  5 
  Amer Musm Natl Hist   - -  3 
  Ctr for Atmosp Ocean Sci  M/A 
  Ctr for Science & Society ??? 
  Central Pk (Great Lawn) -  5,6,7,12,13,14,19,20,21,26,27,28 
  Civil Rights Day  - - - - 15 
 *Columbia Univ Obsy  - - - M/A 
  Cornelia Street Cafe'   -  7 
  Earth Institute  - - - -- ??? 
  Globe at Night  - - - - -  6-15 
  Good Housekeeping lab   - 12 
  Gullicar's Gate - - - - -  0 
  Instt Stud Ancnt World  - M/A 
 *Inwood Astronomy Project   6, 13, 20, 27 
  Jupiter Joe Sidewk Astro   0 
  lunar eclipse - - - - - - 31 
  Natl Musm of Mathematics   3 
  New Year's EDay - - - - -  1 
  NY Academy of Sciences  - ??? 
  NYC-H2O - - - - - - - - -  0 
  New York Univ Astro - - - M/A  
 *NYSkies Astronomy Seminar  5, 19 
  'Ode to the Moon' exhibit  1-31 
  Perihelion Day -- - - - -  3 
  SciCafe'  - - - - - - - -  3 
  Science & the Arts  - - - ??? 
  Simons Foundation - - - - ??? 
  Top of the Lawn - - - - -   5,6,7,12,13,14,19,20,21,26,27,28 
  TriState computer fair  -  0 
  Urban Park Rangers -  - -  0 
 Ctr for Space Sci Edu - - info@nyccsse.org, www.nyccsse.org,  
        212-608-6164 n 
  Lamont-Doherty Obsy - - - M/A 
  Ramapo Challenger Ctr - - 21 
  Vassar Coll Obsy  - - - - M/A 
  Ward Pound Ridge  - - - - M/A 
  Westchester Amat Astro  - 12 

  A A A of Princeton  - - - 9 
  A S of Toms Rv Area - - - ??? 
 *Amat Astro Inc meeting  -  5, 12, 26 
 *Amat Astro Inc lecture  - 19 
  Joint Base centennial   -  0 
  Morris Musm Astro Soc - - M/A 
  New Jersey Astro Assn - - M/A 
  No Jersey Astro Gp mtg  - M/A 
  No Jersey Astro Gp starvg 18 
  Peyton Observarory  - - - 10 
  Plasma Physics Lab  - - -  5, 19 
  Rutgers Univ Astro Collqm M/A 
  Rutgers Univ Astro Semnr  M/A 
 *S*T*A*R - - - - - - - - -   4 
  Schommer Observatory  - - 11, 18 
  Sheep Hill Astro Assn - -  7 
 *Sheep Hill Observatory  - 19 
 *Utd Astro Clubs of NJ - - M/A 
  Washington Xing St Pk - - M/A 
  Dark Sky Observers  - - - www.users.nac.net/gburke/club  
  McDowell Obsy -mec.rst2.edu, 201-460-8300 
  Montclair Telescope Club  973-948-5284, bischoff@garden.net,    
  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 - - - - - 20 
  York College Observatory  M/A 


  Coll of Staten Is Obsy  - M/A 
  Great Kills Park  - - - - M/A 
  Staten Is Community TV  -  5, 12, 19, 26 

  [see METRO-NORTH between 

Ongoing and continuing events 
    all day - whole state - NJ - Joint Base centennial shows 
       Thru 2018 Oct 31. 100th annivesaty if Fort Dix and later 
        worls of McGuire AFN and Lakehurst NAS. These are only 
        military facilityies jointly run by all three major branches, 
        army, air force, navy. Events staged at or near bases. Most 
        ree, some pay. www.nj.gov/state/historical/index.html, 
        609-292-6062, Feedback@sos.nj.gov 
    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 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 - 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 - 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 
        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 
        Source of computer systems, software, components, accessories. 
        $7. www.tri-statefairs.com, 718-227-5586 
    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, 

List of events 
 Mon  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 c  
    all dday - John Jay College - MH - 'Ode to the Moon' exhibit 
       Thru Jan 31. ~40 paintings by inmates at Guanta'namo 
        military prison in Cuba. Moat have astronomy allusions, if 
        weakly, as show off talents from art lessons during prison 
        residence. Free.www.artfromguantanamo.com 

Wed  3 Jan 
    ll day - whole City - MH - Perihelion Day 
        Many astronomers celebrate the yearend season with greetings 
        for the prihelion, Earth's closest point to the Sun  in her 
        orbit. They design their own Perihelion greeting cards, 
        typicly with a template in their word-proc. 
    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 
    19:00 - Amer Musm Natl Hist - MH - SciCafe' show 
        Hall of Ocean Life or hall of planet Earth. Music, drinks, 
        chat with Museum scientists. Free, be 21 or be gone. GI photo 
        ID reqd. 212-769-5100, www.amnh.org/programs 
    19:00  - Greenwich - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        Astro Soc of Greenwich. Curtis Elem Schl, Bowman Obsy. Free. 
        Cancelled for clouds. rickbria@optonline.net, 203-415-6762. , 
    20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting 
        Vanderbilt Plm. Free. asliastronomy@yahoo.com, 
    20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        Westport Astro Soc. Rolnick Obsy. Free. Cancelled for 
        clouds. www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 

Thu  4 Jan 
    20:00 - Lincroft - NJ - S*T*A*R meeting 
        Brookdale Commty Coll, Mommouth Museum. Free. 
        www.starastronomy.org, s-walters@comcast.net 

Fri  5 Jan 
    10:00 - Princeton - NJ - science tour 
        Plasma Physics Lab. Walk thru history and culture of fproject 
        to capture energy from controled hydrogen fusion. Free, adv 
        regn reqd. Photo ID required for campus security. 
    18:15 - Amer Musm Natl Hist - MH - Amat Astro Assn lecture 
         Kaufmann Theater. Free, no musm adm fee. 718-522-5014, 
        president@aaa.org, www.aaa.org 
    18:30 - McBurney House - MH - NYSkies Astronomy Seminar  
        125 W 14 St, 6/7 Av. Discussion of astronomy topics, show 
        & tell, skywatching reports, news of astro activity in NYSkies 
        territory. Free. nyskies@nyskies.org, www.nyskies.org   19:00 
    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 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting 
        Union Co Coll, Sperry Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky  
        starviewing. Free. www.asterism.org, hfjacinto6@gmail.com  
    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 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture 
        Stamford Obsy. $3. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. 
        203-322-6537, www.stamfordmuseum.org, cescovil@earthlink.net 

Sat  6 Jan 
    18:30 - whole CIty - MH - Globe at Night exercise 
        Thru Jan 15. NYSkies runs its own GLOBE at Night exercise in 
        December while Orion is in sky at nighfall. Same method and 
        procedure as for prior years for documenting sky transparency 
        over City. Details at www.nyskies.org/gannyc.htm 
    20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH - clearsky 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 - 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 - 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 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 5 

Sun  7 Jan 
    13:15 - Uniondale - LI - Amat Obsrs Soc meeting. 
        Hofstra Univ, Berliner Hall. Free. www.aosny.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 
    19:30 - Boonton - NJ - Sheep Hill Astro Assn meeting  
        Boonton Senior Ctr. Free. www.sheephillastro.org, 
        contacts@sheephillastro.org, wwestura@optonline.net 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 5 

Tue  9 Jan 
    19:30 - Princeton - NJ - Amat Astro Assn of Princeton meeting 
        Princeton U, Peyton Hall. Free. www.princetonastronomy.org, 
        609-737-2575, info@princetonastronomy.org 

Wed 10 Jan 
    19:30 - Princeton - NJ - clearsky starviewing 
        Princeton Univ, Peyton Hall. Free. Cancelled for clouds 
        jeg@astro.princeton.edu, lee@astro.princeton.edu 
    20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see Jan 3 
    20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 3 

Thu 11 Jan 
    20:30 - Piscataway - NJ - clearsky starviewing 
        Rutgers Univ, Schommer Obsy. Free. Cancelled for clouds.  
        732-205-0020, www.physics.rutgers.edu/ast/ast-serin.html  

Fri 12 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, 
    19:30 - Pleasantville - NY - Westchester Amat Astro meeting  
        Pace Univ, Miller Hall, Free. www.westchesterastronomers.org, 
    19:30 - Torrington - CT - Litchfield Hills Amat Astro Club mtg 
        Central Congregational Church. Free.lhaacsec@gmail.com 
    19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - see Jan 5 
    19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Jan 5 
    20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Jan 5 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 5 

Sat 13 Jan 
    20:00 - New Milford - CT - astronomy lecture  
        McCarthy Obsy, New Miford HS. Indoor lecture, clearsky  
        starviewing. Free. www.mccarthyobservatory.org, 860-354-1595, 
    20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Jan 6 
    20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 6 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 5 
    20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing  - see Jan 6 

Sun 14 Jan 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 5 

Mon 15 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 c  

Tue 16 Jan 
    20:00 - Westport - CT - Westport Astro Soc meeting 
         Rolnick Obsy. Free. www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 

Wed 17 Jan 
    19:00  - Greenwich - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 3 
    20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see Jan 3 
    20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 3 

Thu 18 Jan 
    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,  
    20:30 - Piscataway - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 11 

Fri 19 Jan 
    10:00 - Princeton - NJ - science tour - see Jan 5 
    18:30 - McBurney House - MH - NYSkies Astronomy Seminar  
        125 W 14 St, 6/7 Av. Discussion of astronomy topics, show 
        & tell, skywatching reports, news of astro activity in NYSkies 
        territory. Free. nyskies@nyskies.org, www.nyskies.org 
    19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Jan 5 
    20:00 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc lecture 
        Union Co Coll, Smith Audm. Indoor talk, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free. www.asterism.org 
    20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Jan 5 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 5 
    20:30 - Boonton - NJ - clearsky starviewing  
        Sheep Hill Astro Assn Obsy, Free. Cancelled for  
        clouds. sheephillastro.otg, contacts@sheephillastro.org, 

Sat 20 Jan 
    19:30 - Alley Pond Park - QN - clearsky starviewing 
        Alley Pond Enviro Ctr. $14 at door. Cancelled for clouds. 
        www.alleypond.org, info@alleypond.org, 718-229-4000 
    20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 6 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 5 
    20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Jan 6 
    20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing  - see Jan 6 

Sun 21 Jan 
    14:00 - Airmont - NY - science show 
        Ramapo Challenger Ctr, 225 Rt 29. Multimedia 
       imulation of space missions. $20. wwwlhvcc.com, 
        director@lhvcc.com, 845-257-3416. 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 5 

Wed 24 Jan 
    20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see Jan 3 
    20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 3 

Fri 26 Jan 
    19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - see Jan 5 
    19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see Jan 5 
    20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Jan 5 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 5 

Sat 27 Jan 
    20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Jan 6 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 5 
    20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing  - see Jan 6 
    20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 6 

Sun 28 Jan 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 5 

Tue 30 Jan 
    19:00 - New Haven - CT - Astro Soc of New Haven meeting 
        Yale Univ, Leitner Family Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky 
       tarviewing. Free. www.asnh.org, prez@asnh.org 
Wed 31 Jan 
     06:30 whole City - MH - lunar eclipse & selenehelion 
        Lunar eclipse partial phase begins about 20 minutes before 
        sunrise, then Moon sets to form a selenehelion. Event occurs 
        during both supermoon and blue Moon. 
    ------------------------------------- -----
     EST  | event            | alt-az | remarks 
    05:51 | zeroth contact  | 12 282 | Moon enters paenumbra 
    06:04 | nautical dawn   | 10 284 | full night ends in New York 
    06:06 | first paenumbra | 10 284 | fdeep paenumbra shading 
    06:38 | civil dawn      | 04 288 | daytime work begins 
    06:48 | first contact   | 02 290 | partial phase begins 
    07:06 | Sun rises       | 00 292 | daylight begins 
    07:07 | Moon sets       | 00 293 | eclipse viewing ends 
    18:30 - Bethpage - LI -  Amer Instt Aero & Astro lecture       
        Bethpage Publ Liby. Various topics in 
        aeronautics and astronautics. Free, optional $5 pizza-soda. 
        516-458-8593, davidparis@optonline.net 
    20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see Jan 3 
    20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Jan 3 

vents Skipped This Month 

    11:00 - New York University - MH - astronomy lecture 
        726 Broadway, Rm 940. Various topics in astrophys and 
        relativity. Free. Have GI photo ID for campus security. 
    13:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture 
        Seminar series. Rutgers Univ, Serin 401. Free. 732-445-3974, 
    15:30 - Greenwich - CT - Astro Soc of Greenwich meeting 
        Greenwich Public Library. Free with musm adm. 
        rickbria@optonline.net, 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, shafer@cims.nyu.edu 
    15:00 - Palisades - NY - science lecture 
        Lamont-Doherty Earth Obsy, Monell Audm. Various topics in 
        geophysics and earth science. Free, 845-365-8634, 
        www.ldeo.columbia.edu, suzana@ldeo.columbia.edu, 
    16:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture 
        Colloquium series. Rutgers Univ, Busch Campus, Astro & Phys 
        Lectr Hall. Free. www.physics.rutgers.edu/colloquium, 
    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 - Uniondale - LI - clearsky starviewing 
        Hofstra University,Berliner Bdg, Rm 117. Free, 
        adv regn reqd. Cancelled for clouds. 516-463-2759, 
        www.hofstra.edu/Academics, observatory@hofstra.edu 
    18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecture 
        15 E 84 St, 5/Madison Av. Exhibition lecture 'Weeks, months, 
        yeats in Greek and Roman calendars' with  'Time and Cosomos' 
        showw.. Free, adv regn reqd. isaw..nyu.edu isaw@nyu.edu, 
    19:30 - York College - QN - astronomy lecture . 
        Core Academic Bdg, Rm AC-2E01. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free, adv regn reqd. 718-262-2082, 
   19:00 - Coll of Staten Is - SI - clearsky starviewing 
        Astrophys Obsy. Free, cancelled for clouds. 718-982-2818, 
    19:00- Columbia University - MH - astronomy lecture 
         Pupin Hall, signs to lecture room. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
         starviewing. Free. outreach-admin@astro.columbia.edu, 
         www.astro.columbia.edu/outreach, 212-854-3278 
     19:30 - 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 - Floyd Bennett Field - BK - clearsky starviewing 
        Community Garden. NYSKies & Natl Park Svc. Free. Cancelled 
        for clouds. www.nyskies.org, stephenlieber@nyc.rr.com, 
    19:30 - Morristown - NJ - Morris Museum Astro Soc meeting  
         Morris Museum. Free. 973-386-1848, 973-386-1848,, 
        www.mmastrosociety.org, info@morrismusem.org, 
    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 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg 
        UACNJ Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free.  
    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. waa-president@westchesterastronomers.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 - Upper Montclair - NJ - No Jersey Astro Gp meeting 
        Montclair St Univ, Richardson Hall, Room 232. Free. 
        njastro.org, 973-655-7266 
    20:30 - Voorhees St Pk - NJ - NJ Astro Assn meeting 
        NJAA-HQ, Robinson Obsy. Free. www.njaa.org, 908-368-8600 
    20:30 - Litchfield - CT - Litchfield Hills A A C lecture 
        White Meml Consrvn Ctr. Free. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
        starviewing. lhaac.shutterfly.com, lhaacsec@gmail.com 
    21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing 
        Vassar College, Observatory. Free. Cancelled for clouds. 

    15:00 - Upton - LI - science lecture 
        Brookhaven Natl Lab, Bldg 510. 'A unified program of argon 
        dark matter searches'. Free, have GI photo ID for campus 
        security. 631-344-2651, www.bnl.gov/physics/evnts 
    17:00 - Simons Foundation - MH - scinece lecture 
         160 5 Av & 21 St. 'The search for water and life on Mars (and 
         beyond)''. Free, adv regn reqd. 646-654-0066, 
    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, 
    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 - West Reading - CT - clearsky starviewingh 
        New Pond Farm, obseratory. $10, adv regn reqd. , cancelled for 
        clouds. www.newpondfarm.org, 203-938-2117, 
    18:30 - CUNY Graduate Center - MH - Science and the Arts show 
        'TNo, No, Nobel' on women who missedthe Nobel Prize for 
        their work. Free. 212-817-7521, bschwartz@gc.cuny.edu, 
    19:00 Southampton - LI - astronomy lecture 
        Montauk Obsy, Rogers meml Liby. Indoor talk, 
        clearsky starviewing. Free. www.montaukobservatory.com 
    19:00 - Toms River - NJ - Astro Soc of Toms Rv Area meeting 
        Ocean Co Coll, Student Ctr, Solar Lounge. Free. 
        www.astra-nj.org, 732-255-0343, webmaster@astra-nj.org 
    19:00 - NY Academy of Sciences - MH - astronomy lecture 
        'The unification of physics: The ques for a Theory of 
        Everything'. $15, adv regn reqd. wwww.nyas.org, 212-298-8600 
     19:30 - 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         
     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,  

General news 
    The January edition of NYC Events is typicly the hardest one to 
compile. Many hosts are closed and crew on vacation during the yearend 
period. This impedes severely the laying out of club events for 
January when they are held at such hosts. For what ever cause, this 
January 2017 edition was actually a smooth tide. it was substantially 
complete within ONE EVENING! For almost all entries the club either 
had its dates for January or indicated a recess until February or 
later. Only one had to post the note that its January dates aren't 
ready yet. After the NYC Events was buttoned up, two new events came 
along. These are the January meeting of Amer Instt of Aeron & Astronm 
Jan 31, and the  'Ide ti tge Niib' exhibit at  John Jay College. (Jan 
1-31). The latter opened in early December with  weak notice until 
   NYSkies Astronomy Inc renewed its room use at McBurney House for 
2018. The rent remains the same, there being only one modest increase 
since we began meeting at MccBurney in 2010. Our January sessions are 
on the 5th and 19th 
    Cornelia Street Cafe repaired its web since the December NYC 
Events. Its 'Entertaining science' show is on January 7th. 
    I removed the Zika and Legionnaire's entries. These particular two 
diseases ebbed in recent months. It is wide to always be aware of 
local health notices and be extra cautious on overseas travels. There 
is early news about the annual flu season noting that the vaccination 
you took during the fall may be only weakly effective. Please discuss 
your health risk with your medical provider. 

City News
    Magn 4.1 earthquake hit ~10km E of Dover DE on 30 November 2017 
~12:31 EST. Epicenter was 7km under Delaware Bay. It rattled furniture 
and fixtures in scattered places in  NYC and north NJ. No serious 
damage or injuries reported.  In City the quake was either a sharp 
'bang' or quick shudder of ground/structure. 
    NYC Mayor deBlasio earned a new nickname on 2018 Dec 26: Manhattan 
Gandhi. He bragged that he's as famous as, among others, the  leader 
who worked for India's nationhood! Maybe now the Gandhi statue in 
Union Sq is off his chopping block. 
    NYC Transit and NYC DOT on 20 December 2017 set out transit 
alternatives for the 2019 shutdown of the Canarsie subway line. Line 
closes between 8 Av, Chelsea MH, and Myrtle-Wycoff, Ridgewood BK, for 
16 months  to rebuild its East River tunnels. They were ruined by 
hurricane Sandy in 2011. Canarsie service runs only between Rockaway 
Py/Canarsie and either Broadway Jc or Myrtle-Wycoff, al within in 
Brooklyn. Alternates include: 
    * rerouting certain lines to fill in for closed Cnanaesie line 
    * transfer to Fulton St, Jamiaca/Broadway, Myrtle Av lines 
        along working portion of the Canarsie line. 
    * doing existing buses to reach other subways in Brooklyn. 
    * new ferry from Williamsburg BK to Styyvesant Cove MH. 
    * On-street free transfer between Crosstown and Broadway-Jamaica  
        lines at Lorimer St, Hewes St, Broadway via MetroCard. 
    * 3 express buses from certain closed Canarsie stations to SOHO 
        and East Village MH 
    * diverting cars and other small vehicles from WillyB to MannyB 
        and Brooklyn Bridge. `   * 
    * reserving 14 St, 3 Av to 9 Av, for buses, both existing and 
        extra service. 
    * adding bike lanes on Williamsburg streets and in 13 St on 
        Manhattan.. Bikes  cross East River on WillyB and MannyB. 
These options are subject to change before the 2019 closing. Details 
at www.mta.info. 
    US Prez Trump on 22 December 2017  signed a large-scale revision 
of the income tax law. Because income taxes are levied on the 
individual, not groups or categories, you MUST evaluate the new rules 
against your own peculiar tax status. Please discuss possible effects 
with your tax advisor. 
    Flash fire on 28 December 2017 gutted an apartment house in 
Belmont BX, killing at least 12 people, with some children. This is 
most casualties in housing fire in several decades. Blaze started by 
3-YO child playing with stove while mother was taking shower. Fire  
engululfed building in minutes, trapping residents and delaying call 
for firefighter response. spread 
    Regional Plan Assn on 30 November 2017 put out scheme to ease 
maintenance and repair of NYC subway network. It should close all 
service overnight, like in just about every other subway in the world. 
NYC Transit dismissed the idea as stupid and noted it already closes 
particular segments overnight under its Fastrack program. NYC operated 
24/7 rapid transit since the mid 1870s. I'm not sure but I think Tokyo 
is only other subway in the world with 24/7 service. 
    NYSkies Astronomy Seminar on 2017 December 1 discussed aurora 
watching from the City. While solar activity is low it can spike at 
any time, sending protons to Earth and jiving the atmosphere to 
produce aurorae. We learned that aurorae were known for several 
thousand years but only in the 1600s did it attract serious science 
attention. Displays were uncommon and unpredictable, catching 
observers off-guard. Reports from North Pole inhabitants and explorers 
were scanty and erratic. When a strong display reached Europe or China 
it was as frightful as a bright comet, being recorded as some aerial 
war. in mid 1800s we discovered the casual coincidence of aurorae with 
sunspot action, but with no actual connection between the two. Until 
the International Geophysical Year and geophysics satellites in 1950s-
1960s astronomers hoped for an aurora when the Sun erupted large 
sunspots with no confidence of occurrence. Birkeland in 1900s 
duplicated aurora effects on a magnetized globe by beaming 'cathode 
rays' at it. The electrons made air glow  along a circle surrounding 
the magnetic poles. This in the 1950s IGY project would be the 'aurora 
oval'. Birkeland's work was dismissed and forgotten. The 
electron/proton streams from the Sun were first observed by geophysics 
satellites in the 1960s and are the Birkeland currents. Since the 
1990s we deployed heliophysics satellites to keep watch on the SUn and 
alert of impendning electron-proton eruptions. We can monitor these 
observations by webs, like 'Space weather enthusiast Dashboard' from 
US NOAA.Its graphs, charts, pictures do NOT 'predict' aurorae; they 
present helio- and geophysics observations that must be applied to our 
location relative to Earth's magnetic poles. We cautioned about 
thoroly knowing and understanding the terrestrial causes of sky gows. 
Failure to versed in local sky behavior can trigger false reprotsof 
aurora or -- EEeek! -- make you ignore a REAL aurora display. e 
studied pictures of aurora formations, with caution that older ones 
were taken with chemophotography. The camera needed many seconds to 
record the display, which moved about in the sky to smear the image. 
Newer pictures are taken with digital imaging under much shorter 
exposure times. The scenes are more realistic. We learned the various 
formations like arcs, rays, curtains, patches, coronae.We also learned 
of their actions like flaming, pulsing, motion, color shift. Aurorae 
can erupt in any part of the sky, be of any brilliance and color, and 
last for minutes to all night. The most common start of an aurora is a 
glowing patch or dome in the north, usually centered about 15d right 
of straight north within the City. We found there is no generally 
accepted method of recording aurorae, the last being that of the IGY. 
It's probably best to have to hand blank alt-azimuth grids of the sky 
to mark the formations. We discussed several recent aurorae seen on 
travels or even within the City. that can be mistaken for aurorae. 
Takeaways were pictures of aurorae formations, articles on observing 
aurorae, diagrams of solar-terrestrial interaction.
     A terrorist exploded a pipe bomb in Times Sq on 11 December 2017 
~07:20 RST. It apparently was a dud and a second bomb in the person 
did not detonate. 3 nearby people and the bomber were wounded. 
Incident was in 200m long walkway joining PA bus depot & blue subway 
line to red,/yellow/magenta lines.The bomber, Akayed Ullah, came to US 
from Bangladesh by 'chain immigration'  in 2010 and later turned to 
radical Islam. he lives near Old Mill Basin BK with other family 
members.  The two bombs were tied to Ullah's body in an apparent 
suicide attempt. Times Sq, underlying tunnels, and bus depot were 
cleared of people for several hours until all-clear was given in early 
    NYC Mayor deBlasio is sworn into his 2nd term at 00h of January 1, 
2018. US Senator Sanders officiates the on steps of City hall. Rumors 
fly that deBlasio will wear a Gandhi outfit. 
 NYSkiers, every one else, are buzzing about several major world 
incidents during December. These include:
    & China's continued military actions in western Pacific Ocean 
    * US acceptance of Israel's capital at Jerusalem 
    * US plans to include Taiwan in Pacific navy exercises during 2018 
    * enacting large-scale revision of US income tax rules 
    * expansion of 'Rssiagate' inquest to years before 2016 
    * North Korea's continued ICBM tests and UN sanction violations 
    * shake-up of finances at United Nations 
    * massive contraction of ISIS influence in Middle East 
    NYSkies Astronomy Seminar on 15 Dec 2017 closed the year with a 
look at the winter sky. We walked around the Winter Hexagon centered 
on Orion, calling attention to Monoceros and Eridanus.We reminded that 
Globe at Night uses Orion to assess sky transparency, with the report 
that the December round so far was a complete cloud-out.  We saw how 
the tilt of Milky Way from northwest to zenith to south east shifts 
the mix of deepsky targets.Open clusters pepper the MW band from 
Cassiopeia thru Pyppis. Nebulae along this path are mostly beyond easy 
reach of small scopes from the City, bit favorites are M42-43 and M78. 
In other cases we see the cluster within the nebula like the Rosette 
cluster. We discussed the Crab nebula as a suprernova remains that 
does require a dark sky to spot within City. Globular clusters are 
sprinkled over the whole sky, most being accessible from the City. 
Galaxies are all over except along the MW. Some dozen are within small 
scope reach, stretching from the M31 group a to the M81-82 pair. We 
have no classical planets in the early night sky. In late winter we 
start seeing Mars in the east and Venus in the west. Neptune is set 
soon after nightfall but Uranus is still in high sky in Aries-Cetus. 
The 'Wonderful star' Mira in mid December  was already 4th magnitude, 
still rising to a typical peak in mid January of 2-1/2.. We reminded 
that Algol is in high sky with its times of minima noted in observing 
almanacs and webs. If a minimum occurs near local midnight, it's 
possible to watch Algol fall from full brightness, thru low point, and 
back to full within one night. We found there are no bright 
occultations or asteroids in this winter, not any returns of bright 
comets. We must still and always be alert at night for possible 
northern lights We took a first look at the lunar eclipse of January 
31, the topic of the January 19 meeting. We bantered about the 
supermoon of December 3rd and in January. We noted that the eclipse 
occurs during the second full Moon in January, a blue Moon under the 
soft rule. This eclipse takes place at sunrise, making the event a 
hard selenehelion. Takeaways were starmaps of winter, plots of deepsky 
targets relative to Milky Way, table of recent supermoons, spec sheet 
for the eclipse, atlas pages for winter bands of right ascension, path 
of Uranus, and simulation of the eclipse/selenehelion. 
    The Holiday Train took a new route this year. It ran every Sunday 
since Thanksgiving with a final round on Dec 31. In the stead of 
ending its trip at Queens Pz, it diverted north into the new 2nd Av 
line. This shift generated heavy traffic for the train. The Holiday 
Train is a set of coaches from the Transit Museum collection of 
vintage transit artifacts. 
    On 2017 November 29 the Koenig Sphere, salvaged from the ruins of 
the late World Trade Center was mounted on its new permanent site, 
overlooking the 9/11 Memorial Park. The sculpted bronze globe was the 
centerpiece of the late WTC's fountain in Tobin Pz .aIt, 7m tall and 
25 tons, is the only major artpiece to survive the 2001 attacks. For 
many years it was displayed in Battery Pk and Liberty Pk until 
construction was far enough along to move it back to the WTC.. 

Sky News
    he Observer's Handbook offer is about to close, with only a 
couple copies left at issue time. If your request is in the mail to 
NYSkies RIGHT NOW you likely will receive the 'SORRY! letter with your 
returned payment and consolation gift. The offer for the 2019 edition 
opens in Sep-Oct 2018. 
    December 2017 was among the worst months for observing with long 
runs of cloudy nights. The month started with mixed clear/cloud, then 
turned almost continuous cloudy thru Christmas night. Then after we 
had a few clear, and dark,  nights but the full winter air came with 
them. Temperatures were, thru issue date, -10C thru 0C, sometimes with 
stiff breeze. 
    The lunar eclipse of 31 Jan 2017 is a squeaker for NYSkies and 
most of US East Coast. The Moon enters the umbra some 20 minutes 
before moonset in strong dawn. We may catch the deep paenumbra shading 
but the bulk of eclipse action comes after the Moon sets. The Sun 
rises quite at moonset, maybe a minute before, to form a hard and true 
selenehelion for us. A true selenehelion is a lunar eclipse occurring 
at moonset or moonrise while the Sun is just above the horizon. A soft 
selenehelion occurs when a normal Full Moon rises at sunset or sets at 
sunrise. NYSkies saw several of these in recent years, with the best 
at the 11 July 11 Manhattanhenge.  Observing this eclipse and 
selenehelion requires a clear low northwest horizon. Scout around now 
for a suitable observing location and hope for clear sky. 
    The 2017 lunar eclipse comes with a supermoon and blue Moon. Both 
occur under soft rules. A supermoon is a Full Moon 'near' her perigee, 
with much leeway among authors. The Moon is a bit larger than a Moon 
art mean distance from us. The blue Moon is the 2nd Full Moon of 
January, the first being on jan 1st. The hard rule is that a blue Moon 
is the 3rd Full Moon of a seasonal quarter of the year that has four 
Full Moons in the stead of the usual three. 
    Some readers alerted me to news that the January 1st Full Moon -- 
with no lunar eclipse at all -- is the triple-play event of supermoon, 
blue Moon, eclipse. No news story mentioned selenehelion. 
    The December Globe at Night for most observers in NYSkies was a 
goose-egg game. Every night from the 9th to the 18th was cloudy. Dates 
for January are 6-15. 
    Weather forecasts in late Dec 2017 show a colder new Year's Eve in 
Times Sq and Mayor's swear-in at City Hall. spectators must take 
account of possible strong breeze and temperatures of around -12C.
    First snow in NYC fell on 9 December 2017 yielding a ground cover 
of 4-7cm. Peripheral zones of NYSkies had snow earlier with dozen or 
more cm cover. Snow fell in the City on several later days,all with 
shallow cover.
    NYC enjoued a White Christmas this year! For about an hour, while 
most of us were indoors. It snowed late on 24 DEcember thru around 01h 
on the 25th. This laid a few cm of cover. Then after the snow turned 
to rain, washing away all residue sow by daybreak. 
    Uranus was the only  evening planet in December. it is still in 
high southwest at nighfall. The classical planets are near their solar 
    Mira, omicron Ceti, is on its rise of brightness. In mid December 
it was 4th magnitude and the peak, in  mid January, may be a typical 2 
to 3 magnitude. The star has an 11 month cycle that this year comes in 
winter nightfall.