NYC EVENTS FOR AUGUST 2020 -------------------------- John Pazmino NYSkies Astronomy In+c email@example.com The following astronomy activities in the commuting ring enclosing New York City are operated by various organizations. A few cultural tems of special importance to City astronomers are also included. Altho NYC Events confirms the listed items, they are subject to change by their sponsors. Check with their contacts. Let the sponsor know that you learned of its event thru NYC Events. Frequently asked questions and explanation of NYC Events is at 'www.nyskies.org/nyc-faq.htm'. You may ask for previous NYC Events thru 'firstname.lastname@example.org' because only the current issue is in the website. It is replaced by next month's issue. For events which missed NYC Events, check the NYSkies Yahoogroup forum. Join NYSkies by visiting 'www.nyskies.org/yahoo.htm' and picking either the email or website option. All hours are Eastern Daylight Savings Time (UT - 4h). Coronavirus --------- States in NYSkies all are in phase 3 or 4 of coronavirus recovery. Smoe indoor meetings are allowed at premises now resuming service. Health practices are required at all indoor events and many outdoor ones, like starviewings. The number of positive tests is rising in some parts of the NYSkies due to strongly expanding test services. The percent of positives is very low, about ONE percent n New York City. It's crucial to mind that a 'positive' test is NOT a 'case'. The bulk of new positives in July in NYSies are young healthy people, like those staffing the massive demonstrations. As a class they do not suffer severe smptoms or go into hospitals. They ride over the virus with simple rermedies, like for seasonal fluu. What matters is the number of hospital entries and this plummeted to a couple tens per day in all of NYSkies. This is less than those taken in for accidents, crashes, vop;emt actvotu. Deaths are down to single instances per day. Incredibly, in NYC on July 12 there was NO CORONAVIRUS DEATHS AT ALL! That's from the early deteection and treatment, and greater resistance against sickenss of the younger healthier new positives. The City repeated sored zero deaths per day ever since. An anecdotal news item from, yep, China claiming that AC in restaurants promotes virus spread to customers. OK, the solution is to order all AC shut off 'for the suration', in all interior spaes, not just restaurants. No such order was ever issued. In the stead, in the heat wave of mid July, NYC Mayor deBlasio opened colling stations, like is normal in heat waves, with AC and close seating, like libraries and city agencies. On/about July 1 a report from, hold your hat, National public Radio showed cornoavirus instaances among several myriads of children in daycare. The service is run by tne YMCA and, I told you to hold your hat, the NYC Dept of Education for frontline creews. Thesir kids needed dayvare while they themselfs work long and irregular shifts to fight coronavirus The report soans April thru JJune 2020 and presnets the number of virus positivres of kids and staff. ZERO! The two coooperators turned up NO outbursts or clusters of cornavirus! Oh, ys, all person on site carried out reasonable and sensiblevirus mitigations. Yes, coronavirus is a serious situation. The response is prompt medical attention to keep you out of the hospital. Treament by medication within the initial five daus virtually always brings you to full recovery.Some people fear the antivirus medicines for their side effects. Look at the leaflet that comes with ANY medicine: Paragraph on the back of paragraph of adverse indications and harmful effects. That's why these medicines must be obtained from physicians after proper exam and review of your conditions. Just don't get them on the sneakoutside of a medical setting. See 'General news' and 'City news' for event-specific coronavirus news. 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 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---------- -26 -27) -28 -29 -30 -31 1 20:11 2 (3) 4 5 6 7# 8 20:03 9 10 (11. 12 13 14 15 19:53 16 17 .18. 19 20 21# 22 19:43 23 24 .25) 26 27 28 29 19:32 30 31 +1 (+2) +3 +4# +5 19:21 ---------------------------------------------- Index of Events / ------------- * = NASA-JPL Night Sky Network affiliate date = entry in 'list of events' section 0' = entry in 'ongoing and continuing events' section 'AUT'= entry in 'skipped, autumn resumption' section 'SPR' = entry in 'skipped, spring resumption' secrion '???' = entry in 'skipped, uncertain resumption' seciton, '!!!' = entry in 'skipped, suspended due to coronavirus ------- ----------------------------------------------- BROOKLYN - BK Astronomy on Tap - - - - !!! *Floyd Bennett Field - - - !!! Secret Science Club - - - !!! CONNECTICUT - CT *A S of Gtr Hartford - - AUT Astro Soc of Greenwich - AUT *Astro Soc of New Haven - AUT Bowman Observatory - - - AUT *Litchfield Hills AAC mtg AUT *Litchfield Hills lecture !!! *McCarthy Observatory - - !!! New Pond Farm - - - - - - !!! Stamford Observatory - - !!! *Van Vleck Obsy (ASGH) - !!! Van Vleck Obsy (WU) - - - AUT Western CT St Univ Obsy - AUT *Westport Astro Soc mtg - !!! *Westport Astro Soc starvg !!! ------------------------- Boothe Meml Astro Soc - 203-377-9933, www.facebook.com/Boothe-Memorial-Astronomical-Society LONG ISLAND - LI *Amateur Observers Soc - - AUT *Amat Obsrs Soc starviewing!!! Amer Instt Aero & Astro - AUT Astro Soc of Long Island !!! Brookhaven National Lab - !!! Custer Institute - - - - !!! Hofstra Univ Obsy - - - AUT Hmaptons Observatory - - !!! PubSci - - - - - - - - - !!! SUNY Stony Brook - - - - AUT *Susan Rose Observatory - !!! MANHATTAN - MH Alternate Side Parking - 1-Sep 6 *Amat Astro Assn starvwg - AUT *Amat Astro Assn lecture - !!! Amer Instt Archarology - AUT Amer Musm Natl Hist - - - !!! Ctr for Atmosp Ocean Sci AUT Ctr for Science & Society AUT Central Pk (Great Lawn) - !!! *Columbia Univ Obsy - - - AUT Earth Institute - - - - - AUT GC Presents - - - - - - - AUT Governors Island - - - - !!! Hayden Plm 'Frontiers' - AUT Hayden Plm 'Live!' - - - AUT Instt Stud Ancnt World - AUT Intrepid Museum - - - - - !!! *Inwood Astronomy Project !!! Jupiter Joe's Astronomy - !!! Natl Musm of Mathematics !!! NYC-H2O - - - - - - - - - !!! New York Map Society - - AUT NYU Astrop & Relatvty - - AUT *NYSkies Astronomy Seminar !!! SciCafe' - - - - - - - - !!! Simons Foundation - - - - AUT SpaceX NYC - - - - - - - !!! *Top of the Laawn - - - - !!! Urban Park Rangers - - - !!! ------------------------------- Ctr for Space Sci Edu - - email@example.com, www.nyccsse.org, 212-608-6164 n METRO-NORTH - NY Bear Mountain - - - - - - !!! Lamont-Doherty Obsy - - - AUT Mid-Hudson Astro Assn - - !!! Rockland Astro Club - - - AUT Vassar College Obsy - - - AUT Ward Pound Ridge - - - - !!! Westchester Amat Astro - AUT NEW JERSEY - NJ A A A of Princeton - - - AUT *Amat Astro Inc meeting - !!! *Amat Astro Inc lecture - AUT A S of Toms Rv Area - - - !!! McDowell Observatory - - AUT Morris Musm Astro Soc - - !!! New Jersey Astro Assn - - AUT North Bergen Viaduct - - 0 No Jersey Astro Gp mtg - !!! No Jersey Astro Gp starvg !!! Peyton Observarory - - - !!! Plasma Physics Lab - - - !!! Rutgers Univ Astro Collqm AUT Rutgers Univ Astro Semnr AUT *S*T*A*R - - - - - - - - - AUT Schommer Observatory - - !!! *Sheep Hill Astro Assn - - !!! *Sheep Hill Observatory - !!! *Utd Astro Clubs of NJ - - !!! Washington Xing St Pk - - !!! ----------------------------- Dark Sky Observers - www.users.nac.net/gburke/club Montclair Telescope Club - 973-948-5284,, users.erols.com/njastro/orgs/mtc.htm NW Jersey Amat Astro - www.nwjaa.org, firstname.lastname@example.org Passaic Co Astro Assn - www.users.nac.net/gburke/PCAA, 973-523-0024 *Raritan Vy Co Coll Plm - www2.raritanval.edu/planetarium Skyland Stargazers - skylandstargazers.tripod.com QUEENS - QN 'Science on Screen' - - !!! 'Space Odyssey' exhibit - !!! York College Observatory AUT REST OF WORLD STATEN ISLAND - SI Coll of Staten Is Obsy - AUT Great Kills Park - - - - !!! Staten Is Community TV - !!! THE BRONX - BX ============================= Ongoing and continuing events -------------------------- all day - North Brgen Viaduct - NJ - road closings and rebuild Thru end 2020. One lane in each direction is closed during major rebuild of viaduct on NJ495 between NJ Tpk and Lincoln Tnl. Buses have priority on remaining lanes. On-off ramps for local street close from time to time. www.restorenj495.com List of Events ------------ Wed 1 Jul all day - whole City - MH - alternate Side arking changes Thru Sep 5. NYC's ASP regimen require parked cars to be shifted side to side on street only once per week. The day for each street is the last day listed on current ASP signs. Other days are no longr enforced. After Sep 5 other rules, not yet specified, take over ASP scheme. Events Skipped This Month ----------------------- EVENT MAY RESUME AT DIFFERENT PLACE OR HOUR; INQUIRE AT CONTACT -------------------------------------- -------------------------------------- [AUT] aUTUMN RESUMPTION OF ACTIVITY -------------------------------------- 10:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture Colloquium series. Rutgers Univ, Busch Campus, Astro & Phys Lecture Hall. Free. www.physics.rutgers.edu/colloquium, 732-445-3974+ 13;15 - unionsale - LI - Amat Obsrs Soc meeting Hofstra Univ, Berliner Hall. free. www.aosny.org, email@example.com 13:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture Seminar series. Rutgers Univ, Serin W330. Free. 732-445-3974, www.physics.rutgers.edu/ast/seminar 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, firstname.lastname@example.org 14:00 - New York University - MH - astronomy lecture 726 Broadway, Rm 940. Various topics in astrophys and relativity. Free. Have GI photo ID for campus security. physics.nyu.edu/events.htm 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, email@example.com 15:30 - Upton - LI - Summer Sundays science show Brookhaven Natl Lab. Small seminar room. 'What is the Higgs boson hiding?'. Free, have GI photo ID for campussecurity. 631- 344-2651, www.bnl.gov/evnts 15:30 - Greenwich - CT - Astro Soc of Greenwich meeting Greenwich Audubon Center. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, 203-415-6762. astrogreenwich.org 16:15 - Simons Foundation - MH - scinece lecture 160 5 Av & 21 St. 'The quest for the ideal glass'. Tea 16:15, lecture 17:00. Free, adv regn reqd. 646-654-0066, ww.simonsfoundation.org 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, email@example.com 18:00 - Earth Institute - MH - science lecture Columbnia Univ, Lerner Hall, Arledge Audm.. 'Sea level rise: Causes, impacts and options for solutions'. Free, adv regn reqd. ei.columbia.edu 18:00 - Palisades - NY - science lecture Lamont-Doherty Earth Obsy, Monell audm. 'Climate, carbon ``` ` dioxide, and sea level: Past is prologue'. Free, 845-365-8634, www.ldeo.columbia.edu, 845-365-8988 18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecruee 15 E 84 St, 5/Madison Av. Various topics on history and culture of ancient societies. Free, adv regn reqd. isaw..nyu.edu, firstname.lastname@example.org, 212-992-7800 18:00 - Columbia University- MH - Ctr for Sci and Soc lecture Fauerweather Hsll, Rm 513. 'The triumph of scientific imagination, 1760-1900'. Free, adv regn reqd. 212-854-7211, scienceandsociety.columbia.edu 18:00 - Bethpage - LI - Amer Instt Aero & Astro lecture Hofstra Univ, Breslin Hall, rm216 . Various topics in aeronautics and astronautics. 'Observations from the Apollo LM to the Shuttlre and ISS, and beyond'. Free, $7 opt pizza-soda, adv regn reqd.718-812-2727, email@example.com 18:15 - Amer Musm Natl Hist - MH - Amat Astro Assn lecture Kaufmann Theater. Free, no musm adm fee. 718-522-5014, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.aaa.org 18:30 - Hunter College - MH - Amer Instt Archaeolgy lecture Hemmerdinger Screening Room. Various topics on archaeology and anthropology. Free, adv regn reqd. GI photo ID required for campus security. www.aia-nysociety.org, email@example.com 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, www.gc.cuny.edu/publicprograms 19:00 - Hayden Planetarium - MH - 'Astronomy live!' lecture Live narrated planetarium show. Enter at 81 St/Cntl Pk W. $15, adv regn reqd. 212-769-5100, www.amnh.org/programs 19:00 - Hayden Planetarium - MH - 'Frontiers' lecture Kayfnamm Thtr. Enter at 81 St/Cntl Pk W. $15, adv regn reqd. 212-769-5100, www.amnh.org/programs 19:00 - lyndhurst - NJ - clearsky starviewing Ctr for Enviro & Sci Edu, McDowell Obsy. Free. cancelled for clouds. Requires climbing narrow spiral stairs into domw. www.njsea.com/observatory, firstname.lastname@example.org, 201-460-1700 19:00 - Uniondale - LI - clearsky starviewing Hofstra University,Berliner Bdg, Rm 117. Free, adv regn reqd. Cancelled for clouds. 516-463-2759, www.hofstra.edu/Academics, email@example.com 19:30 - Suffern - NY - RRockland Astronomy Club meeting Rockalnd Commty Coll, main bldg. Free. www.rocklandastronomy.com 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, firstname.lastname@example.org 19:30 - Pleasantville - NY - Westchester Amat Astro meeting Pace Univ, Lienhard Hall, Free. www.westchesterastronomers.org, email@example.com Sat 8 Feb 19:30 - Torrington - CT - Litchfield Hills Amat Astro Club mtg Central Congregational Church. Free. lhastro.org, firstname.lastname@example.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, email@example.com 19:30 - New Haven - CT - Astro Soc of New Haven meetinG Yale Univ, Leitner Family Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.asnh.org, firstname.lastname@example.org 19:30 - Princeton - NJ - Amat Astro Assn of Princeton meeting Princeton U, Peyton Hall. Free. www.princetonastronomy.org, 609-737-2575, email@example.com 20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing MEETS 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 - 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, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - Columbia University - MH - astronomy lecture Pupin Hall, signs to lecture room. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. Free. email@example.com, www.astro.columbia.edu/outreach, 212-854-3278 20:00 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc lecture Union Co Coll, Smith Audm. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.asterism.org 21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing MEETS ONLY DURING CLASSES; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Vassar College, Observatory. Free. Cancelled for clouds. physicsandastronomy.vassar.edu/observatory.html, descent 20:00 - Lincroft - NJ - S*T*A*R meeting Brookdale Commty Coll, Mommouth Museum. Free. www.starastronomy.org, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - 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, 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 -------------------------------------- [???] UNCERTAIN RESUMPTION OF ACTIVITY -------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------- [!!! SUSPENDED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS; UNCERTAIN RESUMPTION -------------------------------------------------------- all day - whole City - MH - clearsky starviewing VARIOUS PLACES, DATES, HOURS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Amat Astro Assn. Sessions convene in parks usually at dusk. Occasional daytime sunviewing. Free. Cancelled for clouds. email@example.com, 718-522-5014, www.aaa.org all day - whole City - MH - Weekend Walks street fairs all day - Governors Island - MH - cultural shows Thru 31 Oct. Island is open every day, 10h-20h. From May 24 thru Aug 30, Fri-Sat, 10h-22h. Walk and tour thru former military base and new urban park. Shows vary each day or visit by foot or bike. Ferries run every 1/2 hr from Battery Marine Terml, MH, and on weekdays from Pier 6, BK. Island is free but ferry fare is $2 RT. www.nps.gov/gois, www.govisland.com all day - Musm Moving Imnage - QN - '2oo1:' exhinit Thru Jul 18. 36-01 35 Av (Astoria). '2001: A space odyssey'. Props, customes, models, A/V sorts, ephemridalia, posters. Certain days show '2001: A space odyssey' film. $15 adm, $25 adm +film. www.novingimage.us, 718-777-6888. all day - Amer Musm Natl Hist - MH - 'Nature of color' exhibit Thru 2021 august. 4th floor. Explore light, wavelength, vision, pigments, radiation, sprctra. $28 adm & exh. 212769-5100, www.ammh.org/exhibitions/color all day - whole City - MH - cultural tour VARIOUS LOCATIONS AND TIMES; INQUIRE AT CONTACT NYC-H2O. Walk, bike, ride thru history and culture of NYC muwater system facilities and natural waterways in and near the City. Events are pay orfree, adn regn reqd. Bike tours need own bike. www.nych2o.org, firstname.lastname@example.org all day - whole island - LI - clearsky starviewing VARIOUS PLACES, DATES, HOURS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Amat Obsrs Soc. Sessions convene in parks usually at dusk. Occasional daytime sunviewing. Free. Cancelled for clouds. www.aosny.org, email@example.com all day - whole City - MH - clearsky starviewing VARIOUS PLACES, DATES, HOURS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Jupiter Joe's Sidewalk Astronomy. Sessions convene in parks usually at dusk. Occasional daytime sunviewing. Free. ` Cancelled for clouds. www.jupiterjoesastronomy.org, firstname.lastname@example.org all day - 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 - 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 = = = = = 16:00 - Natl Musm of Mathematics - MH - science show Also 19:00. 'Mathematical Encounters'. Free, adv regn reqd. 212-542-0566, www.momath.org, email@example.com = = = = = 17:30 - Intrepid Museum - MH - Free Friday show Pier 86 and ship. Exhibits, demos, talks. Clearsky movies and starviewing. Free. www.intrepidmuseum.org = = = = = 18:00 - Shalel Lounge - MH - SpaceX NYC meeting 65 W 70 St, Amsterdam Av. Fiscussion on space industry and development. Free, opt meal/drink. www.meetup.com/SpaceX-NYC 18;00 - Musm Moving Imnage - QN - 'Science on screen' cinema 36-01 35 Av (Astoria). 'Women on the Moon'. $15. www.novingimage.us, 718-777-6888. 18:00 - Amagansett - LI - astronomy lecture Montauk Obsy. Amagansett Library. Indoor talk, clearsky sunviewing. Free. www.montaukobservatory.com = = = = = 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, firstname.lastname@example.org 19:00 - Patchoque - LI- PubSci show Brookhaven Natl Lab, Blue Point Brewing Co, 225 W Main St. 'The quantum revolution'. Free, opt meal/drink. email@example.com,vwww.bnl.gov/pubsci, 19:00 - West Reading - CT - clearsky starviewing New Pond Farm, obseratory. $10, adv regn reqd. cancelled for clouds. www.newpondfarm.org, 203-938-2117 19:00 - Amer Musm Natl Hist - MH - SciCafe' show Hall of Ocean Life or Hall of planet Earth. Music, drinks, chat with Museum scientists. Free, be 21 or be gone. GI photo ID reqd. 212-769-5100, www.amnh.org/programs = = = = = 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. ` www.nidhudsonastronomy.org = = = = = 19:30 - Boonton - NJ - Sheep Hill Astro Assn meeting Boonton Senior Ctr. Free. www.sheephillastro.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com 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 - Morristown - NJ - Morris Museum Astro Soc meeting Morris Museum. Free. 973-386-1848, 973-386-1848,, www.morrismuseum.org/astro-society, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com 19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting Union Co Coll, Sperry Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.asterism.org = = = = = 20:00 - Litchfield - CT - Litchfield Hills A A C lecture White Meml Consrvn Ctr. Free. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. firstname.lastname@example.org, lhastro.org 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, email@example.com 20:00 - Floyd Bennett Field - BK - clearsky starviewing Community Garden. NYSKies & Natl Park Svc. Free. Cancelled for clouds. www.nyskies.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com 20:00 - Boonton - NJ - clearsky starviewing Sheep Hill Astro Assn Obsy, Free. Cancelled for clouds. sheephillastro.otg, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com 20:00 - Greenwich - CT - clearsky starviewing Astro Soc of Greenwich. Curtis Elem Schl, Bowman Obsy. Free. Cancelled for clouds. firstname.lastname@example.org, 203-415-6762. , astrogreenwich.org 20:00 - Princeton - NJ - clearsky starviewing Princeton Univ, Peyton Hall. Free. Cancelled for clouds www.astro.princeton.edu/observatory/publicobserving.php, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing Astro Soc of Gtr Hartford, Wesleyan U, Van Vleck Obsy. Free. cancelled for clouds. www.asgh.org, 860-872-9069, email@example.com 20:00 - Westport - CT - Westport Astro Soc meeting Rolnick Obsy. Free. www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 20:00 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing Westport Astro Soc. Rolnick Obsy. Free. Cancelled for clouds. www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting Vanderbilt Plm. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.asliclub.org 20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg UACNJ Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.uacnj.org 20;00 - Wash'n X'ing - NJ - clearsky starviewing Amat Astro Assn of Princeton. Simpson Obsy. Free, cancelled for clouds. www.princetonastronomy.org, 609-737-2575, email@example.com 20:00 - Ward Pound Ridge - NY - clearsky starviewing Westchester Amat Astro. Meadows Picnic Area. Free. Cancelled for clouds. firstname.lastname@example.org www.westchesterastronomers.org, 20:00 - Way Station Pub - BK - Astronomy on Tap meting 683 Washington Av & Prospect Pl (Prospect Hts). Informal astronomy discussion in pub setting. Free, one drink purchase reqd. astronomyontap.org/locatons/new-york-city 20:00 - Great Kills Pk - SI - clearsky starviewing Natl Pk Svc. Enter at Hylan Bv to playground; Free. Cancelled for clouds. www.nps.gov/gate, 718-987-6790 n 20:00 - Bear Mountain - NY - clearsky starviewing Rockland Astro Club. Anthony Wayne Rec Area, picnic field. Free, cancelled for clouds. www.rocklandastronomy.com 20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting OCCASIONAL EXTRA EVENTS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Custer Instt. Indoor program, clearsky starviewing. $5-$15. Varies with program. www.custerobservatory.org, email@example.com, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - clearsky starviewing No Jersey Astro Gp. Montclair St Univ, Richardson Hall. Free, cancelled for clouds. njastro.org, 973-655-7266 20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - No Jersey Astro Gp meeting Montclair St Univ, Richardson Hall, Room 232. Free. njastro.org, 973-655-7266 jjj 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing PLUS OCCASIONAL EXTRA SESSIONS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Top of the Lawn. North path of Great Lawn. Free. Cancelled for clouds. email@example.com, www.nyskies.org, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - 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, 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 email@example.com 20:00 - New Milford - CT - astronomy lecture McCarthy Obsy, New Miford HS. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.mccarthyobservatory.org, 860-354-1595, firstname.lastname@example.org = = = = = 20:30 - Piscataway - NJ - clearsky starviewng Rutgers Univ, Schommer Obsy. Free. Cancelled for clouds. 732-205-0020, www.physics.rutgers.edu/ast/ast-serin.html email@example.com = = = = = General news ---------- A couple suspended astronomy events announced restricted resumption under their state's coronavirus regime. I leave them in the '!!' section because all three states, NY-NJ-CT, continuously revise their rules, with some regression to earlier tighter ones. You MUST inquire at the event contact for the current situation. do NOT assume any resumption from news media descriptions of the coronavirus regimen in the state. The coronavirus situation, while easing over most of NYSkies and beyond,put down many astronomy and cultural events planned for summer 2020. Among them, put on hold, turned into a remote-access event, or skipped for this year, are n --------------------------- * Northeast Astronomy Forum * Perseid meteor viewing from shut down sites * Stellafane Convention * AAVSO fall meeting * Summer Star Party * UN General Assembly * Open House new York * Lamont-Doherty Open House * West Indian carnival * Macy's Thanksgiving parade * Custer Jamboree * Parade of Trains * Connecticut Star Party * Summer Streets (on Manhattan) ------------------------------- City News ------- The NYSkies Seminars on July 10 and 17 were cancelled because our host McBurney House is still under coronavirus closure. NYC Mayor deBlasio on July 10 called off all large outdoor events until Sep 30. Only small events, within one block in one day, may seek permits. Joey Chestnut on July 4 set new world record in Nathan's hotdog contest. He gulped 75 hotdogs in the 10-min run, 8 seconds flat for each! Contest, due to coronavirus worries, was televised from secret location, not Nathan's, with only Nathan's officials, no spectators. NYC moved to phase 4 coronavirus recovery but no new indoor activity is allowed. Select new outdoor activity opened as long as participants are spaced and masked. NYC's new alternate side parking rules run only thru Sep 6. Then after other rules take effect, maybe going back to the old rules. Under preent regimen you must move your car from its side of steet only on the last day listed on the ASP sign. Appaently no reader saw the pop-up firewroks prior to July 4 because their locations were announced only a few minutes ahead to prevent ctowds at the sites. The display at Empire State Building was publicized well in avdance and most readrs who tried got a view. For the record, the 2020 4th of July fireworks in NYC were staged at: --------------------------------------------- Jun 29 - East River off Long Island City QN Jun 30 - New York harbor, SI &-BK-MH Jul 1 - Times Square, MH Jul 2 - Bronx County Courhouse, BX Jul 3 - none, films being assembed into telecast Jul 4 - Empre State Bldg, MH and tlecast of earlier days ---------------------------------------------------------- NYC entered phase 3 coronavirus recovrry on July 6 with certain more outdoor activitiy and limited indoor ones permitted. One gross settback is that indoor dining was still banned. Eateries must stick to outdoor seating and takeaway service. I added anew files to the 'COsmological Models' PAGE OF our web. This piece gathers notes from the former Yahoogroup's file area. www.nyskies.org/cosmomod/cosmomod.htm www.nyskies.org/cosmomod/geom-uni.htm cosmomod.htm gives history of the Csomoligical Models notes with links to all the artciles. geom-uni.htm is new and walks thru the various geometries propoposed for the universe. It is a bit dense and needs familiarity with the ealier articles, above it in the main page. NY, NJ, CT on June 30 expanded quaratine rules to more states with coronaavirus hotspots. Persons traveling from those states to our states must go thru 14-day quarantine. Enofrcement is by sampling vehicle licene plates, hotel bookings, airport and pier arrivals. NYS aditionally as at July 13 requires these visitors to file a contact history form with NYS Dept of Health. Airports will give the form to incoming riders and detain them until they file it. NJ Gov Murphy on Jul 2 further relaxed coronavirus constraints. He opened musea, liibraries, parks, and certain additional indoor businesses. He also increased outdoor gatherings to 500 people. NYC Transit started on Jun 28 new B99 bus route between Nostrand Jc BK and Columbus Cr MH. It paces red-green subway line from Nostrand Jc to Fulton St, then via MannyB to Canal St, 6 Av, 14 St, 8 Av, to Columbus Cr. Returns via 9 Av, Varick St, Canal St, MannyB, then retraces BrooKlyn route. B99 runs daily every 20 min, 01h-06h. I refreshed three older files in our web. They were preparation andd background for three eclipses and an occulation in 2014. They are www.nyskies.org/articles/pazmino/ecll14apr.htm www.nyskies.org/articles/pazmino/ecll14oct.htm www.nyskies.org/articles/pazmino/eocc14aug.htm Altho these events are long gone, the letterpress has god cumbo about lunar & solar eclipses and a Saturn occultation. I heard no news about Pi Day observances on July 22 (22/7 ~= pi). Normally I learn of small get-togethers with snacks and some appreciative comments about pi. Probably coronavirus closure of meeting sites and strict spacing/masking rules out off ceremonies. Delta airline /flt from W Palm Beh FL made emergency landing at JFK airport on July 6. Its nose was hit by large bird, damaging nav gear in it, at ~19h EDST,Inspection found plane's nose had deep dents. Plane landed safely with noo injusries. Four new files in our web. paths-ny.htm was stated in 2018 and put it aside. I finished it now. It summarizes a talk by Amer Instt of Archaelogy on the Irqquois natives in northern New York state. rent- nyc.htm was written and placed in the web in 2012 for newcomers to NYC. It is out-of-date. I added a note at the top advising that it is now a historical pieve. horizecl.htm was started in 2014 and left unfinished. It discusses eclipses observed near the horizon, eith new material for the eclipses in 2021. planstar.hrm is the update of the table of planetary stars, with new star lambda2 Fornacis and minor revision of some other planet data. are at www.nyskies.org/articles/pazmino/paths-ny.htm www.nyskies.org/articles/pazmino/rent-nyc.htm www.nyskies.org/articles/pazmino/horizecl.htm www.nyskies.org/articles/pazmino/plnastar.htm Buses in NYS MTA and NJTransit return to regular fare collection on July 29, aloong with fornt-door entry. Since stay-home began in late March 2020 riders entered bus by rear door and sat in rear section, away from driver and farebox. Fare was skipped for a free ride. Also regular fare rules return on NJTransit rails, such as fee for buying ticket on train rather than in station. I put several files into our web. These turned up in routine housecleaning of my computer. They were written a decade and moe ago. They describe important astronomy events, but missed getting into the web. They are at www.nyskies.org/articles/pazmino/aavsof09.htm www.nyskies.org/articles/pazmino/ausf2004.htm www.nyskies.org/articles/pazmino/ausf2002.htm www.nyskies.org/articles/pazmino/tov-wthr.htm aasof09.htm summarizes the AAVSO convention of November 2009, with disussion of Citizen Sky, Kepler spaceprobe, new AAVSO offices. ausf2004.htm desctibes the American Urban Star Fest of October 2004. It's only a few paragraphs because the event was clouded out. ausf2002.htm is the existing file in the web about the American Urban Star Fest of 2002 with an added just-recovered companion article on the Fest. tov-wthr.htm was about weather in New York for the Venus transit but has good discussion for any stargazing meets. sky News ------ July was a poor observing month with clouds, summer haze, hot humid air./ Most targets were sudbued or hidden, like comet NEOWISE. Violent hail storm sweeped over NYC on June 29, 18h-19h EDST. It pelted City with 5-10 mm stones, buffetting winds, thick rain. At a given location the storm lasted only 10 minutes, some with momentary power cuts, By 19h most of City was back in sunshine. The July 9-11 Manhattanhenge was thoroly clouded out, with rain on the 11th. A few observers convenient to viewing sites looked and gave up. Next chances are may 29-31 and Jul 9-11 in 2021. Some observers may trt for Manhattanhenge at winter sunrise in Dec-Hab. Observers preparing for the Perseid meteor shower may find their usual viewing field is closed. The coronavirus situation ca;;ed off almost all outdoor groups, specially at night. Groups asking for permits are declined. Begin dialog NOW with your viewing site's manager for latest news. Remind that the viewing is from owl hours to dawn. Altho a last quarter Moon is in Aries-Taurus this year for the showr, most observers try to watch it regardless. New fast-moving omet 2020-E3, NEOWISE, xmothered by clouds and haze for most of July 2020. It peaked at 1st magn on Jul 2-5 and fadied to 4th by late July. It flew fthru Gem, Lyn, UMa in July, then thru UMa, Com, Vir, Hya, Lib in Aug-Sep. Observers under clear sky report is an easy bare-eye target with straight tail. Thismay rank as a new 'great comet'. Orbit elements ------------------------------------------------------------------ Epoch 2020 July 10.0 TT = JDT 2459040.5 PeriT = 2020 July 3.68133 TT POeriAU = 0.2947065 ArgPeri = 37.27428 AscNode = 61.01114 Exenty = 0.9991908 Incltn = 128.93729 From 335 observations 2020 Mar. 27-June 5, mean residual 0".4. -------------------------------------------------------------- NYSkies broiled under its first official heat wave of 2020. From July 17 to 22 peak daily temps were 32C or hotter. Some parts of NYSkies suffered temps of37-38C. On July 20 electric voltage was reduced 8% due to extra high demand. First hurricane of 2020 in NYSkies arrived on July 9 ~12h EDST. it, tropical storm Fay hit NJ shore between Toms River and Atlantic City with 80KPH wind and some 15cm rain. Most damage was coastal and river flooding, with some downed trees and power lines. Rest of NYSkies got strong rain/wind in mid-late afternoon. Jupiter and Saturn are in southeast in early night, thrilling observers. Some readers are amazed they are witnessing a conjunction of the two, closest in December, that occurs once in 20 years. On Dec 21 they are within same low-power telescope field. New planetary star lambda2 Fornacis ---------------------------------------------- Planet name | lambda2 Fornacis b | Mass | 0.0529 Jupiter Semimjr axis| 0.14 AU Orbit period | 17.24 day ------------------------- Star name | lambda2 Fornacis HD number | HD 16417 RA (2000) | 02:h 56m 59.0s DE (2000) | -34d 34m 41s App magn | +5.78 spectrum | G1-V Distance | 25.5 pc --------------------- Extra strong thunderstorm blasted NYSkies on July 22 ~19::15 EDST. Thick blinding lightning, house-shaking thunder, massive rain. Many sectors suffered power cuts from a few seconds to couple hours. Widespread coastal flooding in NJ. Storm broke ongoing heat wave, moved off to east by 20h. but sky stayed hazy for rest of night.