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NYC EVENTS FOR JANUARY 2019 
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 John Pazmino 
 NYSkies Astronomy Inc  
 nyskies@nyskies.org  
 www.nyskies.org 


    The following astronomy activities in the commuting ring enclosing 
New York City are operated by various organizations. A few cultural  
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 'nyskies@nyskies.org' 
because only the current issue is in the website. It is replaced by  
next month's issue.  
    For events which missed NYC Events, check the NYSkies Yahoogroup 
forum. Join NYSkies by visiting 'www.nyskies.org/yahoo.htm' and 
picking either the email or website option.  
    All hours are Eastern Standard Time (UT - 5h). 

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

Current Month calendar  
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  Plain dates are in current month;  
  -, previous month; +, next month. 
  #, NYSkies Astronomy Seminar 
  Moon phase: .NM., .FQ), (FM), (LQ.  
  Sunset is noted for each Saturday  
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  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 
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Index  of Events  
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 * = 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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    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 
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 Ctr for Space Sci Edu - - info@nyccsse.org, 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 
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  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, 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  
  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 

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Ongoing and continuing events 
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    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, suerose@optonline.net 
    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, 
        matt@nych2o.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. 
          president@aaa.org, 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, 
        jupiyerjoesastronomy@gmail.com 
    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 
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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 
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    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 isaw@nyu.edu, 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, 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. , 
/////        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. asliastronomy@yahoo.com, 
        www.asliclub.org 

Thu  3 Jan 
    20:00 - Lincroft - NJ - S*T*A*R meeting 
        Brookdale Commty Coll, Mommouth Museum. Free. 
        www.starastronomy.org, s-walters@comcast.net 


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. nyskies@nyskies.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, 
        contacts@sheephillastro.org, wwestura@optonline.net 
    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. tags_p@yahoo.com, www.nyskies.org, nyskies@nyskies.org 
    20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture 
        Stamford Obsy. $5. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. 
        203-322-6537, www.stamfordmuseum.org 
        info@stamfordmuseum.org 

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, 
        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 - 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, asonskendall@gmail.com 
    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, 
        suerose@optonline.net 
    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, info@princetonastronomy.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, 
        jeg@astro.princeton.edu, lee@astro.princeton.edu 
    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, info@morrismusem.org, 
         ckkrish@gmail.com 
    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  
        pryor@physics.rutgers.edu 

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, 
        ghritours@hearst.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 
    19:30 - Pleasantville - NY - Westchester Amat Astro meeting  
        Pace Univ, Lienhard Hall, Free.    
        www.westchesterastronomers.org, 
        waa-president@westchesterastronomers.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, 
        mccarthyobservatory@gmail.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, pparkerrs@cs.com         
    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, davidparis@twc.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. nyskies@nyskies.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, contacts@sheephillastro.org, 
        wwestura@optonline.net 
          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., director@lhvcc.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:  
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        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 
        rsvpun@bnaibrith.org [info], rsvpun@bnaibrith.org [regn] 
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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, prez@asnh.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. undpibgo@un.org [info], bit.org/2FVcOWH [regn] 

 Events Skipped This Month 
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  EVENT MAY RESUME AT DIFFERENT PLACE OR HOUR; INQUIRE AT CONTACT 
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  [SPR] SPRING RESUMPTION OF ACTIVITY 
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    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, suzana@ldeo.columbia.edu, 
    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 
     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, dawsond@wcsu.edu 
    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, observatory@hofstra.edu 
    18:00 - Cornelia St Cafe' - MH - Entertaining Science show 
        29 Cornelia St & W 4 St, Play & music on various 
        science themes. $10 + one drink min. 
        www.corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319 
   19:00 - Coll of Staten Is - SI - clearsky starviewing 
        Astrophys Obsy. Free, cancelled for clouds. 718-982-2818, 
        csivc.csi.cuny.edu/supernove7/files/home.html, 
        robbins@mail.csi.cuny.edu, 
    19:0:0 - Columbia University - MH - astronomy lecture 
          Pupin Hall, signs to lecture room. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
         starviewing. Free. outreach-admin@astro.columbia.edu, 
         www.astro.columbia.edu/outreach, 212-854-3278 
    19:00 - 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, webmaster@astra-nj.org 
     19:00 - Litchfield - CT - Litchfield Hills A A C lecture 
        White Meml Consrvn Ctr. Free. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
        starviewing. lhaacsec@gmail.com, 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, slutterbie@notes.cc.sunysb.edu 
     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, 
        info@alleypond.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, stephenlieber@nyc.rr.com, 
        nyskies@nyskies.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. waa-president@westchesterastronomers.org 
        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, 
      info@princetonastronomy.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 

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  [???] UNCERTAIN RESUMPTION OF ACTIVITY 
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    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@ny@gmail.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, 
        info@aia-bysociety.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 
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    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 
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    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 
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    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 
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    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.