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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    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 
    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 

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

Current Month calendar  
  Plain dates are in current month; 
  -, previous month; +, next month. 
  #, NYSkies Astronomy Seminar 
  Moon phase: .NM., .FQ), (FM), (LQ.  
  Sunset is noted for each Saturday  
  Sun   Mon   Tue   Wed   Thu   Fri   Sat  sunset 
  ---   ---   ---   ---   ---   ---   ---   ----------
  -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 
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  Astronomy on Tap  - - - - !!! 
 *Floyd Bennett Field - - - !!! 
  Secret Science Club - - - !!! 

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

 *Amateur Observers Soc - - AUT 
 *Amat Obsrs Soc starviewing!!! 
  Amer Instt Aero & Astro - AUT 
  Astro Soc of Long Island  !!! 
  Brookhaven National Lab - !!! 
  Custer Institute  - - - - !!! 
  Hofstra Univ Obsy   - - - AUT 
  Hmaptons Observatory  - - !!! 
  PubSci - - - - - - -  - - !!! 
  SUNY Stony Brook - -  - - AUT 
 *Susan Rose Observatory  - !!! 
  Alternate Side Parking  -   1-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 - -,,  
             212-608-6164 n 

  Bear Mountain - - - - - - !!! 
  Lamont-Doherty Obsy - - - AUT 
  Mid-Hudson Astro Assn - - !!! 
  Rockland Astro Club - - - AUT 
  Vassar College Obsy - - - AUT 
  Ward Pound Ridge  - - - - !!! 
  Westchester Amat Astro  - AUT 

  A A A of Princeton  - - - AUT 
 *Amat Astro Inc meeting  - !!! 
  *Amat Astro Inc lecture - AUT 
  A S of Toms Rv Area - - - !!! 
  McDowell Observatory  - - AUT 
  Morris Musm Astro Soc - - !!! 
  New Jersey Astro Assn - - AUT 
  North Bergen Viaduct  - -  0 
  No Jersey Astro Gp mtg  - !!! 
  No Jersey Astro Gp starvg !!! 
  Peyton Observarory  - - - !!! 
  Plasma Physics Lab  - - - !!! 
  Rutgers Univ Astro Collqm AUT 
  Rutgers Univ Astro Semnr  AUT 
 *S*T*A*R - - - - - - - - - AUT 
  Schommer Observatory  - - !!! 
 *Sheep Hill Astro Assn - - !!! 
 *Sheep Hill Observatory  - !!! 
 *Utd Astro Clubs of NJ - - !!! 
  Washington Xing St Pk - - !!! 
  Dark Sky Observers -  
  Montclair Telescope Club - 973-948-5284,,    
  NW Jersey Amat Astro -, 
  Passaic Co Astro Assn -, 973-523-0024 
 *Raritan Vy Co Coll Plm  -  
   Skyland Stargazers  - 

    QUEENS - QN  
  'Science on Screen'   - - !!! 
 'Space Odyssey' exhibit  - !!! 
  York College Observatory  AUT 


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



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

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 
    10:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture 
         Colloquium series. Rutgers Univ, Busch Campus, Astro & Phys 
        Lecture Hall. Free., 
    13;15 - unionsale - LI - Amat Obsrs Soc meeting 
        Hofstra Univ, Berliner Hall. free., 
    13:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture 
        Seminar series. Rutgers Univ, Serin W330. Free. 732-445-3974, 
    14:00 - Avenues HQ - MH - New York Map Society lecture 
         11 E 26 St, 17th floor. Various topics about map making, 
        cartography, geography.  Free, adv regn reqd. Have GI photo ID 
         for caampus security., 
    14:00 - New York University - MH - astronomy lecture 
        726 Broadway, Rm 940. Various topics in astrophys and 
        relativity. Free. Have GI photo ID for campus security. 
    15:30 - Courant Institute - MH - science lecture 
        Ctr for Atmosp & Ocean Studies. Weaver Hall, 251 Mercer 
        St. Various topics in geophysics and earth science. Free., 
    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, 
    15:30 - Greenwich - CT - Astro Soc of Greenwich meeting 
        Greenwich Audubon Center. Free., 
    16:15 - Simons Foundation - MH - scinece lecture 
        160 5 Av & 21 St. 'The quest for the ideal glass'. Tea 16:15, 
        lecture 17:00. Free, adv regn reqd. 646-654-0066, 
    17:00 - Danbury - CT - astronomy lecture 
        Westn Conn St Uv, Obsy/Plm. Indoor planetarium show, 
        clearsky starviewing. Free., 
    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 
    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,, 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.,, 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, 
    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, 
    18:15 - Amer Musm Natl Hist - MH - Amat Astro Assn lecture 
         Kaufmann Theater. Free, no musm adm fee. 718-522-5014, , 
    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., 
    18:30 - CUNY Graduate Center - MH -'GC presents' lecture 
        365 5 Av & 34 St. 'Climate change:The effects on coastal 
        environments''. Free, adv regn reqd. 212-817-7000,  
    19:00 - Hayden Planetarium - MH - 'Astronomy live!' lecture 
       Live narrated planetarium show. Enter at 81 St/Cntl Pk W. 
       $15, adv regn reqd. 212-769-5100,  
    19:00 - Hayden Planetarium - MH - 'Frontiers' lecture 
         Kayfnamm Thtr. Enter at 81 St/Cntl Pk W. $15, adv regn reqd. 
     19:00 - lyndhurst - NJ - clearsky starviewing 
        Ctr for Enviro & Sci Edu, McDowell Obsy. Free. cancelled 
        for clouds. Requires climbing narrow spiral stairs into domw.,, 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,, 
    19:30 - Suffern - NY - RRockland Astronomy Club meeting 
        Rockalnd Commty Coll, main bldg. Free. 
    19:30 - Stony Brook - LI - astronomy lecture                     
        SUNY Stony Brook, Earth & Spc Sci Hall. Indoor lecture, 
        clearsky starviewing. Free., 
    19:30 - Pleasantville - NY - Westchester Amat Astro meeting  
        Pace Univ, Lienhard Hall, Free.   ,  Sat  8 Feb 
    19:30 - Torrington - CT - Litchfield Hills Amat Astro Club mtg 
        Central Congregational Church. Free., 
    19:30 - New Brittain - CT - Astro Soc of Gtr Hartford meeting 
        Central CT St Univ, Copernicus Plm. Free., 
    19:30 - New Haven - CT - Astro Soc of New Haven meetinG 
        Yale Univ, Leitner Family Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free., 
    19:30 - Princeton - NJ - Amat Astro Assn of Princeton meeting 
        Princeton U, Peyton Hall. Free., 
    20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        Wesleyan U, Van Vleck Obsy. Free, cancelled for clouds. 
   20:00 - Coll of Staten Is - SI - clearsky starviewing 
        Astrophys Obsy. Free, cancelled for clouds. 718-982-2818,, 718-892-3259, 
    20:00 - Columbia University - MH - astronomy lecture 
          Pupin Hall, signs to lecture room. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
         starviewing. Free., , 212-854-3278 
    20:00 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc lecture 
         Union Co Coll, Smith Audm. Indoor talk, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free. 
    21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing 
        Vassar College, Observatory. Free. Cancelled for clouds., descent 
    20:00 - Lincroft - NJ - S*T*A*R meeting 
        Brookdale Commty Coll, Mommouth Museum. Free., 
    20:00 - York College - QN - astronomy lecture . 
        Core Academic Bdg, Rm AC-2E01. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free, adv regn reqd. 718-262-2082,, 
    20:30 - Voorhees St Pk - NJ - NJ Astro Assn meeting 
        NJAA-HQ, Robinson Obsy. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free., 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. 
, 718-522-5014,  
    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., 
    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., 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. 
    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., 
     all day - whole island - LI - clearsky starviewing  
        Amat Obsrs Soc. Sessions convene in parks usually at dusk. 
        Occasional daytime sunviewing. Free. Cancelled for clouds. , 
    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., 
    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.  
    10:00 - Princeton - NJ - science tour 
        Plasma Physics Lab. Walk thru history and culture of fproject 
        to capture energy from controled hydrogen fusion. Free, adv 
        regn reqd. Have GI photo ID for campus security.  
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     16:00 - Natl Musm of Mathematics - MH - science show 
        Also 19:00. 'Mathematical Encounters'. Free, adv regn 
        reqd. 212-542-0566,, 
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    17:30 - Intrepid Museum - MH - Free Friday show 
        Pier 86 and ship. Exhibits, demos, talks. Clearsky movies 
        and starviewing. Free. 
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    18:00 - Shalel Lounge - MH - SpaceX NYC meeting 
        65 W 70 St, Amsterdam Av. Fiscussion on space industry and 
        development. Free, opt meal/drink. 
    18;00 - Musm Moving Imnage - QN - 'Science on screen' cinema 
        36-01 35 Av (Astoria). 'Women on the Moon'. $15., 718-777-6888. 
    18:00 - Amagansett - LI - astronomy lecture 
        Montauk Obsy. Amagansett Library. Indoor talk, clearsky 
         sunviewing. Free. 
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     19:00 - Toms River - NJ - Astro Soc of Toms Rv Area meeting 
        Ocean Co Coll, Novins Planetarium. Free., 732-255-0343, 
    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., 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, 
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    19:15 - Lk Taghkanic St Pk - NY - clearsky starviewing 
        Mid-Hudson Astro Assn. West Beach parking lot. Free,  
        cancelled for clouds. Adv regn reqd with vehicle make, 
        model, plate number for park security. `       
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    19:30 - Boonton - NJ - Sheep Hill Astro Assn meeting  
        Boonton Senior Ctr. Free.,, 
    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., 
    19:30 - Morristown - NJ - Morris Museum Astro Soc meeting  
        Morris Museum. Free. 973-386-1848, 973-386-1848,,,, 
    19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting 
        Union Co Coll, Sperry Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky  
        starviewing. Free. 
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     20:00 - Litchfield - CT - Litchfield Hills A A C lecture 
        White Meml Consrvn Ctr. Free. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
    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 , 
    20:00 - Floyd Bennett Field - BK - clearsky starviewing 
        Community Garden. NYSKies & Natl Park Svc. Free. Cancelled 
        for clouds.,, 
    20:00 - Boonton - NJ - clearsky starviewing  
        Sheep Hill Astro Assn Obsy, Free. Cancelled for  
        clouds. sheephillastro.otg,, 
   20:00 - Greenwich - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        Astro Soc of Greenwich. Curtis Elem Schl, Bowman Obsy. Free. 
        Cancelled for clouds., 203-415-6762. , 
   20:00 - Princeton - NJ - clearsky starviewing 
        Princeton Univ, Peyton Hall. Free. Cancelled for clouds,, 
    20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        Astro Soc of Gtr Hartford, Wesleyan U, Van Vleck Obsy. Free. 
        cancelled for clouds., 860-872-9069, 
    20:00 - Westport - CT - Westport Astro Soc meeting 
        Rolnick Obsy. Free., 203-227-0925 
    20:00 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        Westport Astro Soc. Rolnick Obsy.  Free. Cancelled for clouds., 203-227-0925 
    20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting 
        Vanderbilt Plm. Free., 
    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., 609-737-2575, 
    20:00 - Ward Pound Ridge - NY - clearsky starviewing 
        Westchester Amat Astro. Meadows Picnic Area. Free. Cancelled 
        for clouds., 
    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 
    20:00 - Great Kills Pk - SI - clearsky starviewing 
        Natl Pk Svc. Enter at Hylan Bv to playground; Free. Cancelled 
        for clouds., 718-987-6790  n 
    20:00 - Bear Mountain - NY - clearsky starviewing 
        Rockland Astro Club. Anthony Wayne Rec Area, picnic field. 
        Free, cancelled for clouds. 
    20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting 
        Custer Instt. Indoor program, clearsky starviewing. $5-$15. 
        Varies with program.,, 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.,             
      20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - clearsky starviewing 
        No Jersey Astro Gp. Montclair St Univ, Richardson Hall. 
        Free, cancelled for clouds., 973-655-7266 
    20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - No Jersey Astro Gp meeting 
        Montclair St Univ, Richardson Hall, Room 232. Free., 973-655-7266 jjj 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing 
        Top of the Lawn. North path of Great Lawn. Free. Cancelled for 
    20:00 - Bell House - BK - Secret Science Club meeting  
        149 7 St, 2/3 Av. Lecture and music on various science  
        topics. Free., 718-638-4400, 
    20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture 
        Stamford Obsy. $5. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. 
        starviewing also called off for outdoor temp < -6C. 
    20:00 - New Milford - CT - astronomy lecture  
        McCarthy Obsy, New Miford HS. Indoor lecture, clearsky  
        starviewing. Free., 860-354-1595, 
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    20:30 - Piscataway - NJ - clearsky starviewng 
        Rutgers Univ, Schommer Obsy. Free. Cancelled for clouds.  
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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 
    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. 

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 

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 

    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 

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.