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NYC Events

  John Pazmino
 NYSkies Astronomy In+c

    The following astronomy activities in the commuting ring enclosing
New York City are operated by various organizations. A few cultural
tems of special importance to City astronomers are also included.
    Altho NYC Events confirms the listed items, they are subject to
change by their sponsors. Check with their contacts. Let the sponsor
know that you learned of its event thru NYC Events.
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    US Prez Trump tested positive on Oct 1 and felt weak symptoms. By 
the virus hype he should quickly deteriorate and snuff out. And, yes, 
many anti-Trumpers actually wished such a fate on him! 
    Trump went to Walter Reed hospital,where all sitting presidents 
have medical care, for treatment with the now-usual remedies. He also 
took an experimental antigen serum. Trump fully recovered in several 
days. By Oct 12 he  resumed his public rallies and meetings. 
    Soonest Trump got back to work, he arranged for the antigen serum 
to be released to all virus patients thru normal physician care. More 
over, Trump made the medicine free. It otherwise costs some 
$1,500/dose and,being experimental,  isn't covered by insurance. 
    The Trump incident demolished the story that coronavirus is a one-
way ticket to the grave. It is a serious disease, yes, but one that is 
handled with now-standard medical care. 
    In Brooklyn and Queens a massive conflict blew open in early 
October. NYC Mayor deBlasio and NYS Gov Cuomo claimed that certain 
nabes are scoring positives exceding acceptable levels. They imosed a 
new lockdown in these nabes. 
    The lockdown shuttered all premises that receive visitors, 
clients, customers, even those already practicing sound virus 
precautions. The only exceptions were  selected stores for subsistence 
and health. It bans more than ten, TEN, congregants/session in houses 
of worship, regardless of house capacity. 
    The lockdown closed all schools, who must revert to at-home 
education. One victim is the Catholic school properties in the 
hotspot areas. The schools were running for about a month with on-site 
education and reasonable virus safety measures. When the new lockdown 
began these schools scored ZERO positives among students and staff. 
    Both mayor and governor swore strict enforcement, with penalties 
set. They ordered city and state police to padlock noncomlianyt 
premises and lay steep fines on repeat violators. 
    City police laid off of the lockdown rules and took care of only 
real criminal activity. State police refused to cross into the City 
for any duty. 
    What about the excess positives (if any)? As at late  October 
there are only A COUPLE confirmed medical cases, all cured by routine 
treatment. And, miraculum miraculorum, the positive rate FELL TO 
BARELY one PERCENT OF NEW TESTS in the closed zones. like turning off 
a valve. 
    This shows that immunity likely took over. Altho people acquired 
the virus, almost none really got sick from it.NYC and NYS in end 
October loosened the constraints to about the pre-lockdown levels. 
    An other bit of mews came on October 19. NYC's public schools 
opened in late September with mixed on-site and at-home service. For 
schools with on-site attendance, of some 17,000 tests on students and 
staff, only, hold your hat, TWENTY SEVEN persons were positive and 
NONE actually fell into sickness. Schools were from all parts of the 
City, not just in the closed areas. 
    Thee's more. 
    Both US CDC and WHO report that currently almost all who do die 
from coronavirus  were compromised by other health complications. The 
US fatality rate, for the whole duration of the coronavirus episode, 
is 3%, tilted that high by the heavy early deaths when we didn't yet 
have preventive and curative medicines. In some US states the deaths 
were augmented by commingling virus patients in longterm care with 
nonvirus patients. The current US death rate is about 1% because now 
so few victims die from the virus, having been cured or treated. 
    This recent news is not the  'all clear' to resume  a completely 
pre-virus life. Continue to wear the mask in crowded and indoor 
surrounds. Please wear a new clean mask, not one you saved since 
March. Wash hands often, each for two alphabet rounds. 

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

Current Month calendar  
  Plain dates are in current month;
  -, previous month; +, next month. 
  #, NYSkies Astronomy Seminar 
  Moon phase: .NM., .FQ), (FM), (LQ.  
  Sunset is noted for each Saturday  
  Sun   Mon   Tue   Wed   Thu   Fri   Sat  sunset 
  ---   ---   ---   ---   ---   ---   ---   ----------
    1     2     3     4    5      6#    7  16:45 EST
   (8.    9    10    11   12     13    14  16:38 EST
  .15.   16    17    18   19     20#  .21) 16:3 3EST
   22    23    24    25   26     27    28  16;30 EST
   29   (30)   +1    +2   +3     +4#   +5  16:28 EST

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

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

 *Amateur Observers Soc - - !!! 
 *Amat Obsrs Soc starviewing!!! 
  Amer Instt Aero & Astro -!!! 
  Astro Soc of Long Island  !!! 
  Brookhaven National Lab - !!! 
  Custer Institute  - - - -  7, 14, 21, 28
  Hofstra Univ Obsy   - - - !!! 
  Hmaptons Observatory  - - !!! 
  PubSci - - - - - - -  - - !!! 
  SUNY Stony Brook - -  - - !!!  
 *Susan Rose Observatory  - !!! 
 *Amat Astro Assn starvwg - !!! 
 *Amat Astro Assn lecture - !!! 
  Amer Instt Archarology  - !!! 
  Ctr for Atmosp Ocean Sci  !!! 
  Ctr for Science & Society !!! 
  Central Pk (Great Lawn) - !!! 
 *Columbia Univ Obsy  - - - !!! 
  Earth Institute - - - - - !!! 
  Eastern Standard Time - -  1
  Election Day  - - - - - -  3 
  GC Presents - - - - - - - !!! 
  Globe at Night  - - - - -  7-16
  Governors Island  - - - - SPR
  Hayden Plm 'Frontiers'  - !!! 
  Hayden Plm 'Live!'  - - - !!! 
  Instt Stud Ancnt World  - !!! 
  *Inwood Astronomy Project !!! 
  Jupiter Joe's Astronomy - !!! 
  Milky Way fall season - -  1-30 
  Natl Musm of Mathematics  !!! 
  'Nature of color' exhibit  1-2021 Aug 
  NYC-H2O - - - - - - - - - !!! 
  New York Map Society  - - !!! 
  NYU Astrop & Relatvty - - 111 
 *NYSkies Astronomy Seminar !!! 
  Observer's Handbook offer  1 
  SciCafe' - - - - -  - - - !!! 
  Simons Foundation - - - - !!! 
  SpaceX NYC  - - - - - - - !!! 
  Thanksgiving Day  - - - - 26
 *Top of the Laawn  - - - - !!! 
  Urban Park Rangers  - - - !!! 
  Veterans Day  - - - - - - 11
 Ctr for Space Sci Edu - - info@nyccsse.org, www.nyccsse.org,  
             212-608-6164 n 

  Bear Mountain - - - - - - !!! 
  Lamont-Doherty Obsy - - - !!! 
  Mid-Hudson Astro Assn - - !!! 
  Rockland Astro Club - - - !!! 
  Vassar College Obsy - - -  4, 11, 18, 25
  Ward Pound Ridge  - - - - !!! 
  Westchester Amat Astro  - !!! 

  A A A of Princeton  - - - !!! 
 *Amat Astro Inc meeting  - !!! 
  *Amat Astro Inc lecture - !!! 
  A S of Toms Rv Area - - - !!!
  McDowell Observatory  - - !!! 
  Morris Musm Astro Soc - - !!! 
  New Jersey Astro Assn - - SPR
  North Bergen Viaduct  - -  0 
  No Jersey Astro Gp mtg  - !!!
  No Jersey Astro Gp starvg !!! 
  Peyton Observarory  - - - !!! 
  Plasma Physics Lab  - - - !!! 
  Rutgers Univ Astro Collqm !!! 
  Rutgers Univ Astro Semnr  !!! 
 *S*T*A*R - - - - - - - - - !!! 
  Schommer Observatory  - - !!
 *Sheep Hill Astro Assn - - !!! 
 *Sheep Hill Observatory  - !!! 
 *Utd Astro Clubs of NJ - - SPR
  Washington Xing St Pk - - APR
  Dark Sky Observers - www.users.nac.net/gburke/club  
  Montclair Telescope Club - 973-948-5284,,    
  NW Jersey Amat Astro - www.nwjaa.org, info@nwjaa.org 
  Passaic Co Astro Assn - www.users.nac.net/gburke/PCAA, 973-523-0024 
 *Raritan Vy Co Coll Plm  - www2.raritanval.edu/planetarium  
   Skyland Stargazers  -  skylandstargazers.tripod.com 

    QUEENS - QN  
  York College Observatory  !!! 


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



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

List of Events 
 # Events with dates are on-site events, all having coronavirus  # 
 # restrictions for attendees. Have in hand your facial mask and # 
 # follow all procedures at the event. inquire at each event's   # 
 # contact for specific instructions. Mind well that local virus # 
 # control authorities may intervene on site against violators.  # 

Sun  1 Nov
    all day - whole City - MH - Observer's Handbook offer 
        The NYSkies offer for the Observer's Handbook  for 2021 is 
        called off. Coronavirus constrainsts closed or impeded the 
        services and facilities we need to give astronomers the deep 
        discount for this vital book. There being no other nationwide 
        discount OH offer, astronomers may have to obtain a copy at 
        list price, plus shipping, some $45. www.nyskies.org/oh.hym, 
   all day - Amer Musm Natl Hist - MH - 'Nature of color' exhibit 
        Thru 2021 August. 4th floor. Explore light, wavelength, 
        vision, pigments, radiation, sprctra. $28 adm & exh. 
         212-769-5100, www.ammh.org/exhibitions/color 
     02:00 - whole City - MH - Eastern Standard Time returns 
        Set clocks BACK, BEHIND, one hour to return to EST. Most 
        readers will do this on the previous night when they go to 
        sleep so they wake up in the proper time. The clock hour 01:00 
        to 01:59 repeats, first for EDST and again for EST. 
    18:00 - whole City - MH - autumn Milky Way season 
        Thru Nov 30. Fall season for sighting Milky Way from within 
        NYC. Requires dark clear sky and thoro knowledge of normal 
        luminous graffiti in sky. Milky Way is in high west sky at 
        at nightfall. www.nyskies.org/articles/pazmino/milky-ny.htm 

Tue  3 Nov
    all day - whole City - MH - Election Day 
        Please check with event contact for session falling on this 
        day by rule or outdated schedule 

Wed  4 Nov
    21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing 
        Vassar College, Observatory. Free. Cancelled for clouds. 
        physicsandastronomy.vassar.edu/observatory.html, descent 

Sat  7 Nov
    20:00 - whole CIty - MH - Globe at Night exercise 
        Thru Nov 16 . NYSkies runs its own Globe at Night exercise in 
        2020-2021 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 - 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  

Wed 11 Nov
     all day - whole City - MH - Veterans Day 
         Please check with event contact for session falling on this 
        day by rule or outdated schedule 
    21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 4

Sat 14 Nov
    20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - aee Nov 7

Wed 18 Nov
    21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 4

Sat 21 Nov
    20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - aee Nov 7

Wed 25 Nov
    21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 4

Thu 26 Nov
    all day - whole City - MH - Thanksgiving Day 
        Please check with event contact for session falling on this 
        day by rule or outdated schedule 

Sat 28 Nov
    20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - aee Nov 7

Events Skipped This Month 

    all day - Governors Island - MH - cultural shows 
        Thru 31 Oct. Island is open every day, 10h-20h. From May 24 
        thru Aug 30, Fri-Sat, 10h-22h. Walk and tour thru 
        former military base and new urban park. Shows vary each day 
        or visit by foot or bike. Ferries run every 1/2 hr from 
        Battery Marine Terml, MH, and on weekdays from Pier 6, BK. 
        Island is free but ferry fare is $2 RT. www.nps.gov/gois, 
    20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg 
        UACNJ Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free.  
    20;00 - Wash'n X'ing - NJ - clearsky starviewing 
        Amat Astro Assn of Princeton. Simpson Obsy. Free, cancelled 
       for clouds. www.princetonastronomy.org, 609-737-2575, 
    20:30 - Voorhees St Pk - NJ - NJ Astro Assn meeting
        NJAA-HQ, Robinson Obsy. Indoor lecture, clearsky
        starviewing. Free. www.njaa.org, 908-368-8500

    all day - whole City - MH - clearsky starviewing  
        Amat Astro Assn. Sessions convene in parks usually at dusk. 
        Occasional daytime sunviewing. Free. Cancelled for clouds. 
          president@aaa.org, 718-522-5014, www.aaa.org  
    all day - whole City - MH - cultural tour 
        NYC-H2O. Walk, bike, ride thru history and culture of NYC 
        muwater system facilities and natural waterways in and near 
        the City.  Events are pay orfree, adn regn reqd. Bike tours 
        need own bike. www.nych2o.org, 
     all day - whole island - LI - clearsky starviewing  
        Amat Obsrs Soc. Sessions convene in parks usually at dusk. 
        Occasional daytime sunviewing. Free. Cancelled for clouds. 
         www.aosny.org, suerose@optonline.net 
    all day - whole City - MH - clearsky starviewing  
        Jupiter Joe's Sidewalk Astronomy. Sessions convene in parks 
        usually at dusk. Occasional daytime sunviewing. Free. `       
        Cancelled for clouds.  www.jupiterjoesastronomy.org, 
    all day - whole City - MH - cultural tours & lectures 
        Urban Park Rangers. Tours of parks, landmarks, nabes, hoods. 
        Lectures on history and culture of NYC. Program varies each 
        month. Free. www.nyc.gov/parks  
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    10:00 - Princeton - NJ - science tour 
        Plasma Physics Lab. Walk thru history and culture of fproject 
        to capture energy from controled hydrogen fusion. Free, adv 
        regn reqd. Have GI photo ID for campus security. 
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    10:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture 
         Colloquium series. Rutgers Univ, Busch Campus, Astro & Phys 
        Lecture Hall. Free. www.physics.rutgers.edu/colloquium, 
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    13;15 - unionsale - LI - Amat Obsrs Soc meeting 
        Hofstra Univ, Berliner Hall. free. www.aosny.org, 
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    13:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture 
        Seminar series. Rutgers Univ, Serin W330. Free. 732-445-3974, 
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    14:00 - New York University - MH - astronomy lecture 
        726 Broadway, Rm 940. Various topics in astrophys and 
        relativity. Free. Have GI photo ID for campus security. 
    14:00 - Avenues HQ - MH - New York Map Society lecture 
        11 E 26 St, 17th floor. Various topics about map making, 
        cartography, geography.  Free, adv regn reqd. Have GI photo ID 
        for caampus security. www.newyorkmapsociety.org, 
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    15:30 - Courant Institute - MH - science lecture 
        Ctr for Atmosp & Ocean Studies. Weaver Hall, 251 Mercer 
        St. Various topics in geophysics and earth science. Free. 
        caos.cims.nyu.edu, shafer@cims.nyu.edu 
    15:30 - Upton - LI - Summer Sundays science show 
        Brookhaven Natl Lab. Small seminar room. 'What is the Higgs 
        boson hiding?'. Free, have GI photo ID for campussecurity. 
        631- 344-2651, www.bnl.gov/evnts 
    15:30 - Greebeich - CT - Astro Soc of Greenwich meeting 
        Greenwich Audubon Center. Free. rickbria@optonline.net, 
        203-415-6762. astrogreenwich.org  
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     16:00 - Natl Musm of Mathematics - MH - science show 
        Also 19:00. 'Mathematical Encounters'. Free, adv regn 
        reqd. 212-542-0566, www.momath.org, info@momath.org 
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    16:15 - Simons Foundation - MH - scinece lecture 
        160 5 Av & 21 St. 'The quest for the ideal glass'. Tea 16:15, 
        lecture 17:00. Free, adv regn reqd. 646-654-0066, 
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    17:00 - Danbury - CT - astronomy lecture 
        Westn Conn St Uv, Obsy/Plm. Indoor planetarium show, 
        clearsky starviewing. Free. www.wcsu.edu/starwatch, 
       203-837-8671, dawsond@wcsu.edu 
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    17:30 - Intrepid Museum - MH - Free Friday show 
        Pier 86 and ship. Exhibits, demos, talks. Clearsky movies 
        and starviewing. Free. www.intrepidmuseum.org 
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    18:00 - Columbia University- MH - Ctr for Sci and Soc lecture 
        Fauerweather Hsll, Rm 513. 'The triumph of scientific 
        imagination, 1760-1900'. Free, 
        adv regn reqd. 212-854-7211, scienceandsociety.columbia.edu 
    18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecruee 
        15 E 84 St, 5/Madison Av. Various topics on history and 
        culture of ancient societies. Free, adv regn reqd. 
        isaw..nyu.edu, isaw@nyu.edu, 212-992-7800 
    18:00 - Bethpage - LI -  Amer Instt Aero & Astro lecture       
        Hofstra Univ, Breslin Hall, rm216 . Various topics in 
        aeronautics and astronautics. 'Observations from the 
        Apollo LM to the Shuttlre and ISS, and beyond'. Free, $7 opt 
        pizza-soda, adv regn reqd.718-812-2727, greghomatas@msn.com 
    18:00 - Earth Institute - MH - science lecture 
        Columbnia Univ, Lerner Hall, Arledge Audm.. 'Sea level rise: 
        Causes, impacts and options for solutions'. Free, adv regn 
        reqd. ei.columbia.edu 
    18:00 - Palisades - NY - science lecture 
        Lamont-Doherty Earth Obsy, Monell audm. 'Climate, carbon ```      
`       dioxide, and sea level: Past is prologue'. Free, 
         845-365-8634, www.ldeo.columbia.edu, 845-365-8988 
    18:00 - Shalel Lounge - MH - SpaceX NYC meeting 
        65 W 70 St, Amsterdam Av. Fiscussion on space industry and 
        development. Free, opt meal/drink. www.meetup.com/SpaceX-NYC 
    18:00 - Amagansett - LI - astronomy lecture 
        Montauk Obsy. Amagansett Library. Indoor talk, clearsky 
         sunviewing. Free. www.montaukobservatory.com 
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    18:15 - Amer Musm Natl Hist - MH - Amat Astro Assn lecture 
         Kaufmann Theater. Free, no musm adm fee. 718-522-5014, 
         president@aaa.org, www.aaa.org 
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    18:30 - CUNY Graduate Center - MH -'GC presents' lecture 
        365 5 Av & 34 St. 'Climate change:The effects on coastal 
        environments''. Free, adv regn reqd. 212-817-7000, 
    18:30 - Hunter College - MH - Amer Instt Archaeolgy lecture 
        Hemmerdinger Screening Room. Various topics on archaeology and 
        anthropology. Free, adv regn reqd. GI photo ID required for 
        campus security. www.aia-nysociety.org, 
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    19:00 - Patchoque - LI- PubSci show 
        Brookhaven Natl Lab, Blue Point Brewing Co, 225 W Main St. 
        'The quantum revolution'. Free, opt meal/drink. 
    19:00 - West Reading - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        New Pond Farm, obseratory. $10, adv regn reqd. cancelled for 
        clouds. www.newpondfarm.org, 203-938-2117 
    19:00 - Hayden Planetarium - MH - 'Astronomy live!' lecture 
       Live narrated planetarium show. Enter at 81 St/Cntl Pk W. 
       $15, adv regn reqd. 212-769-5100, www.amnh.org/programs  
    19:00 - Hayden Planetarium - MH - 'Frontiers' lecture 
         Kayfnamm Thtr. Enter at 81 St/Cntl Pk W. $15, adv regn reqd. 
         212-769-5100, www.amnh.org/programs  
     19:00 - Uniondale - LI - clearsky starviewing 
        Hofstra University,Berliner Bdg, Rm 117. Free, 
        adv regn reqd. Cancelled for clouds. 516-463-2759, 
        www.hofstra.edu/Academics, observatory@hofstra.edu 
     19:00 - Toms River - NJ - Astro Soc of Toms Rv Area meeting 
        Ocean Co Coll, Novins Planetarium. Free. 
        www.astra-nj.org, 732-255-0343, webmaster@astra-nj.org 
     19:00 - lyndhurst - NJ - clearsky starviewing 
        Ctr for Enviro & Sci Edu, nMcDowell Obsy. Free. cancelled 
        for clouds. Requires climbing narrow spiral stairs into domw. 
        www.njsea.com/observatory, info@njsea.com, 201-460-1700 
    19:00 - New Haven - CT - Astro Soc of New Haven meetinG 
        Yale Univ, Leitner Family Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free. www.asnh.org, prez@asnh.org 
    19:00 - Amer Musm Natl Hist - MH - SciCafe' show 
        Hall of Ocean Life or Hall of planet Earth. Music, drinks, 
         chat with Museum scientists. Free, be 21 or be gone. GI photo 
        ID reqd. 212-769-5100, www.amnh.org/programs 
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    19:15 - Lk Taghkanic St Pk - NY - clearsky starviewing 
        Mid-Hudson Astro Assn. West Beach parking lot. Free,  
        cancelled for clouds. Adv regn reqd with vehicle make, 
        model, plate number for park security. `       
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    19:30 - Princeton - NJ - Amat Astro Assn of Princeton meeting 
        Princeton U, Peyton Hall. Free. www.princetonastronomy.org, 
        609-737-2575, info@princetonastronomy.org 
   19:30 - Boonton - NJ - Sheep Hill Astro Assn meeting  
        Boonton Senior Ctr. Free. www.sheephillastro.org, 
        contacts@sheephillastro.org, wwestura@optonline.net 
    19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show 
        100 Cable Way, Mariners Hr SI. 'Geology forum' Live audience, 
        seating at 19:30, on air at 20:00. Free. www.sictv.org, 
    19:30 - Suffern - NY - RRockland Astronomy Club meeting 
        Rockalnd Commty Coll, main bldg. Free. 
      19:30 - Torrington - CT - Litchfield Hills Amat Astro Club mtg 
        Central Congregational Church. Free. lhastro.org, 
    19:30 - New Brittain - CT - Astro Soc of Gtr Hartford meeting 
        Central CT St Univ, Copernicus Plm. Free. www.asgh.org, 
        860-872-9069, pparkerrs@cs.com 
    19:30 - Pleasantville - NY - Westchester Amat Astro meeting  
        Pace Univ, Lienhard Hall, Free.    
        waa-president@westchesterastronomers.org  Sat  8 Feb 
    19:30 - Morristown - NJ - Morris Museum Astro Soc meeting  
        Morris Museum. Free. 973-386-1848, 973-386-1848,, 
        www.morrismuseum.org/astro-society, info@morrismusem.org, 
        ckkrish@gmail.com, www.mmastrosociety.org 
    19:30 - Stony Brook - LI - astronomy lecture                     
        SUNY Stony Brook, Earth & Spc Sci Hall. Indoor lecture, 
        clearsky starviewing. Free. www.ess.sunysb.edu/astro, 
        631-632-8100, slutterbie@notes.cc.sunysb.edu 
    19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting 
        Union Co Coll, Sperry Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky  
        starviewing. Free. www.asterism.org 
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    20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing 
        Inwood Astronomy Project. Meet at park entrance, Seaman Av 
        & Isham St. Free. Cancelled for clouds. 917-529-2359 
         www.inwoodastronomy.org, asonskendall@gmail.com 
    20:00 - Lincroft - NJ - S*T*A*R meeting 
        Brookdale Commty Coll, Mommouth Museum. Free. 
        www.starastronomy.org, s-walters@comcast.net 
    20:00 - Floyd Bennett Field - BK - clearsky starviewing 
        Community Garden. NYSKies & Natl Park Svc. Free. Cancelled 
        for clouds. www.nyskies.org, stephenlieber@nyc.rr.com, 
    20:00 - York College - QN - astronomy lecture . 
        Core Academic Bdg, Rm AC-2E01. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free, adv regn reqd. 718-262-2082,  
    20:00 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc lecture 
         Union Co Coll, Smith Audm. Indoor talk, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free. www.asterism.org 
    20:00 - Boonton - NJ - clearsky starviewing  
        Sheep Hill Astro Assn Obsy, Free. Cancelled for  
        clouds. sheephillastro.otg, contacts@sheephillastro.org, 
    20:30 - Piscataway - NJ - clearsky starviewng 
        Rutgers Univ,`Schommer Obsy. Free. Cancelled for clouds.  
        732-205-0020, www.physics.rutgers.edu/ast/ast-serin.html  
   20:00 - Greenwich - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        Astro Soc of Greenwich. Curtis Elem Schl, Bowman Obsy. Free. 
        Cancelled for clouds. rickbria@optonline.net, 203-415-6762. , 
   20:00 - Princeton - NJ - clearsky starviewing 
        Princeton Univ, Peyton Hall. Free. Cancelled for clouds 
        jeg@astro.princeton.edu, lee@astro.princeton.edu 
    20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - No Jersey Astro Gp meeting 
        Montclair St Univ, Richardson Hall, Room 232. Free. 
       njastro.org, 973-655-7266 jjj 
    20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        Astro Soc of Gtr Hartford, Wesleyan U, Van Vleck Obsy. Free. 
        cancelled for clouds. www.asgh.org, 860-872-9069, 
    20:00 - Westport - CT - Westport Astro Soc meeting 
        Rolnick Obsy. Free. www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 
     20:00 - Litchfield - CT - Litchfield Hills A A C lecture 
        White Meml Consrvn Ctr. Free. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
        starviewing. lhaacsec@gmail.com, lhastro.org 
    20:00 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        Westport Astro Soc. Rolnick Obsy.  Free. Cancelled for clouds. 
        www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 
    20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting 
        Vanderbilt Plm. Free. asliastronomy@yahoo.com, 
    20:00 - Columbia University - MH - astronomy lecture /          
Pupin Hall, signs to lecture room. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
         starviewing. Free. outreach-admin@astro.columbia.edu, 
         www.astro.columbia.edu/outreach, 212-854-3278 
    20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        Wesleyan U, Van Vleck Obsy. Free, cancelled for clouds. 
        860-685-3664, www.wesleyan.edu/astro/events 
    20:00 - Ward Pound Ridge - NY - clearsky starviewing 
        Westchester Amat Astro. Meadows Picnic Area. Free. Cancelled 
        for clouds. waa-president@westchesterastronomers.org 
    20:00 - Way Station Pub - BK - Astronomy on Tap meting 
        683 Washington Av & Prospect Pl (Prospect Hts). Informal 
        astronomy discussion in pub setting. Free, one drink purchase 
        reqd. astronomyontap.org/locatons/new-york-city 
    20:00 - Great Kills Pk - SI - clearsky starviewing 
        Natl Pk Svc. Enter at Hylan Bv to playground; Free. Cancelled 
        for clouds. www.nps.gov/gate, 718-987-6790  n 
    20:00 - Bear Mountain - NY - clearsky starviewing 
        Rockland Astro Club. Anthony Wayne Rec Area, picnic field. 
        Free, cancelled for clouds. www.rocklandastronomy.com    u   
20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing  
        Amat Obsrs Soc. capus of Custer Institt. Sessions concurrent 
        with Custer's own events. Free, cancelled for clouds. 
        www.aosny.org, suerose@optonline.net             
   20:00 - Coll of Staten Is - SI - clearsky starviewing 
        Astrophys Obsy. Free, cancelled for clouds. 718-982-2818, 
        csivc.csi.cuny.edu/supernove7/files/home.html, 718-892-3259, 
 20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - clearsky starviewing 
        No Jersey Astro Gp. Montclair St Univ, Richardson Hall. 
        Free, cancelled for clouds. njastro.org, 973-655-7266 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing 
        Top of the Lawn. North path of Great Lawn. Free. Cancelled for 
        clouds. tags_p@yahoo.com, www.nyskies.org, nyskies@nyskies.org 
    20:00 - Bell House - BK - Secret Science Club meeting  
        149 7 St, 2/3 Av. Lecture and music on various science  
        topics. Free. secretscienceclub.blogspot.com, 718-638-4400, 
    20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture 
        Stamford Obsy. $5. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. 
        starviewing also called off for outdoor temp < -6C. 
        203-322-6537, www.stamfordmuseum.org 
    20:00 - New Milford - CT - astronomy lecture  
        McCarthy Obsy, New Miford HS. Indoor lecture, clearsky  
        starviewing. Free. www.mccarthyobservatory.org, 860-354-1595, 
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General news
    NOTATE MAGIS BENE!! Yahoogroups is shutting down its email groups 
as at 2020 December 15. The closure is permanent an applies to all of 
Yahoo's groups, not just NYSkies. We are, thanks to Greg Homatas and 
Steve Lieber, in process of moving our 'nysky' group to an other host. 
(The name was misnamed when the group opened in 2001). Soonest the 
move is done and the group ready for service, we,will post frequent 
reminders to begin conversing thru it and not longer thru Yahoo's 
group. There is no action required by the group members, other than to 
sign up thru the new host, as we will in due course instruct. 
    Some events with posted dates slided back into the '!!!' section. 
It could be that the event had sound hope of restoring activity but 
some new coronavirus factor blocked them. 
    Events that normally sun in summer and take a winter break are 
moved to the 'SPR' section. Regardless of how the coronavirus-induced 
closures last thru the winter, some premises may reopen in time for a 
spring resumption of these events. 
    I am grateful to Gregory Homatas for passing along my notes to the 
Yahoogroup. I'm not recognized by the group from my home computer. 
Until the stay-home regimen I posted from mt office. This situation 
will clear up when the group is moved or replaced on a new host. 
    City University of New York in mid Oct 2020 tentatively cancelled 
its spring 2021 semester. It may continue at-home service and call off 
public/external events at their campi. Events availing of CUNY 
facilities must seek alternative venues. NYC Sci & Engg Fair for march 
2021 is now exploring other options, since it is normally staged at 
CUNY's City College. 

City news
    The NYSkies Astronomy Seminar for October 2 and 16 were cancelled 
because McBurney House, our host, remains closed for most indoor 
    In late Sep into Oct 2020 NY,,several other states, many countries  
launched "COVID Alert'. It's a smartphone app for Apple and Android 
devices to warn about nearby virus-positive persons. Ir's free from 
Apple/Google app web. If your virus test is positive, results come 
with a code number to key into the app. All codes are stored in 
central database and are oblitterated after 14 days. 'COVID Alert' 
sends your code to other phones via Bluetooth and receives their 
codes. Received code warns of proximity within 2m for more than 10-15 
min,your phone get graphic/text warning You should then get tested 
and, if positive, get medical attention.  
    A Cessna-182 seaplane crashed in Whitestone QN on Oct 3 ~15h EDST.  
 plane with three riders was traveling on Long is Sound when it 
apparently skipped and fell into a pier near Powells Cove Bv. One 
rider was killed, pilot and other rider were hospitalized. two 
witnesses on land took minor injuries while rescuing riders before 
FDNY arrived. Plane, totaled, was owned by nearby resident, who flew 
it from his waterfront home. 
    PBS-TV, Ch 13 NYC, on Oct 21 discussed the Osiris-Rex spaceprobe 
visit at asteroid Bennu. Program was addiurnate to the minute to show 
NASA crew cheering probe's  landing on Oct 20. Osiris-Rex  grabbed a 
sample and lifted off for Earth. Return arrival is in 2023. 
    Early voting began in NYS on Oct 24. My sister & I went at ~14h to 
vote and then shop. The voting station was at Brooklyn College, with 
at first looked like a short line outside. We were pointed farther 
back,  across the street, to the end of the line. As we walked along 
the line we overheard phone convos that the queue was,  uh, LOOoong. 
We heard it stretched to its tail at -- I'M NOT MAKING THIS UP! -- 
quite 3/4 km! Patients were spaced 1-1/2 meter apart and almost all 
wore masks (required to enter the station). Scattered reports from 
NYSkiers in NYS described lines  many hundreds of meters long, all 
quiet and orderly with no agitation or disturbance. People seemed to 
space apart on their own by 1-1/2 to 2 meters 
    On Oct 25 afternoon a 'Jes for Trump' caravan was assaulted by 
Antifa/BLM gangs. Cars, with Trump banners, flags, signs, reached 72nd 
Times Sq when anti-Trumpers rushed them. They tore off their signs, 
scratched or dented the cars. Paraders came out of the cars to engage 
the agitators. Scene grew into fist-fights. and.attackers were 
repelled end parade continued. Police were ordered by NYC Mayor 
deBlasio to stand down. 
    The proposal by US Senators Rubio & Scott to prolong Daylight 
Savings Time never came to a floor discussion. The country goes off of 
DST at 02:00 on November 1, as stipulated in current rules. Then after, 
until Mar 2021 we are in Standard Time. 
    In early October the Roosevelt Hotel and Oyster Bar closed due to 
coronavirus complications. Hotel, near Grand Central Terminal, may go 
out of business while Oyster Bar, in GCT, may reopen when virus 
situation relaxes. 
    Two new articles is in our web. In my piece about the Islamic 
calendar I mentioned that pattern of eclipses in month Ramadan needs 
further inquiry. A couple readers offered web sources to explain these 
patterns. ecl-rama.htm is a copy of one source with adequate 
discussion of Ramadan and its eclipses. crux-nyc.htm discusses the 
Southern Cross, banking off of a 2019 NYSkies Seminar. It beings out 
features of Crux that are sometimes understated in regular astronomy 
litterature. The pieces are at/: 


    Frank Morano radio show, WABC AM770, on Oct 12 discussed 
Columbus's lunar eclipse.  Columbus in his fourth and final voyage was 
in Jamaica (Caribbean island, not Queens district) with shortage of 
provisions for the sailing back home. The natives rejected his 
request. He knew of an upcoming total lunar eclipse from his 
navigation almanacs. He warned that his god was angry about the 
natives and will make the Moon turn bloody on a certain coming 
evening. On 29 February 1504 (Julian local date)the Moon was eclipsed, 
scaring the natives to outfit Columbus for his return trip. 
    TV show 'Are you smarter than a fifth grader?'posed a couple 
sci/math questions. True/false: A hexagon can be divided into two 
trapezoids. Answer: True. Fill in" Which is the largest  moon in the 
solar system? Answer: Ganymede (at Jupiter). Older readers may 
recall,before spaceprobes explored Jupiter and Saturn, that Titan was 
considered as the largest moon. 
    The Broadway theater district on oct 8 called off its fall season 
until perhaps March 2021. It in summer put off the opening to January 
2021 due to the coronavirus situation. it noted additional 
complications came along from the City's breakdown in civil order. 

Sky news 
    October 2020 was an average month for observing with many good 
clear nights and many with cloud or rain. The better observing was in 
the early month, with the latter half being more adverse. Of the two 
major sky events, the Mars opposition was well observed but the Moon-
Jupiter-Saturn convention was clouded out. 
    Cool clean night on Oct 8-9 with possible Milky Way sightings. 
Reports were tentative, from M & S SI, S BJ for MW segment in Cyg.  
All were done in early night, but general observing continued all 
night. Sly, until 3Q Moon rose, was filled with faint stars, transp  
4-1/2 to 5. Temp fell to ~10C with light breeze. 
    Mars rounded his opposition on October 13, a close one with 23 
arcsec disc diam. He dominates the Aries-Cetus region 182 in south in 
late night. 
    NYSkies campaign for Globe at Night begins on November 7 and runs 
thru Apr 2021. We work with Orion, now coming into evening sky in east 
at nightfall. Full instructions at www,nyskies.org/gannyc.htm. 
    Jupiter and Saturn are on 'collision course' running up to their 
tight conjunction in December. They are i low south at nightfall. The 
convention of Moon-Jupiter-Saturn in evening of October 22 was mostly 
clouded out over NYSkies. A couple observers caught peeks thru thin 
parts of cloud. Next, and final, M-J-S convention is November 19.