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NYC EVENTS FOR NOVEMBER 2018 
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 John Pazmino 
 NYSkies Astronomy Inc  
 nyskies@nyskies.org  
 www.nyskies.org 

    The following astronomy activities in the commuting ring enclosing 
New York City are operated by various organizations. A few cultural  
items of special importance to City astronomers are also included.  
    Altho NYC Events confirms the listed items, they are subject to 
change by their sponsors. Check with their contacts. Let the sponsor  
know that you learned of its event thru NYC Events.  
    Frequently asked questions and explanation of NYC Events is at 
'www.nyskies.org/nyc-faq.htm'.  
    You may ask for previous NYC Events thru 'nyskies@nyskies.org' 
because only the current issue is in the website. It is replaced by  
next month's issue.  
    For events which missed NYC Events, check the NYSkies Yahoogroup 
forum. Join NYSkies by visiting 'www.nyskies.org/yahoo.htm' and 
picking either the email or website option.  
    All hours from November 1 thru 3 are Eastern Daylight Savings Time 
(UT - 4h). All hours from November 4 and out are Eastern Standard Time 
(UT - 5h).. 

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

Current Month calendar  
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  Plain dates are in current month;  
  -, previous month; +, next month. 
  #, NYSkies Astronomy Seminar 
  Moon phase: .NM., .FQ), (FM), (LQ.  
  Sunset is noted for each Saturday  
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  Sun   Mon   Tue   Wed   Thu   Fri   Sat  sunset 
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  -28   -29   -30  (-31.    1     2#    3  17:50 EDST 
    4     5     6    .7.    8     9    10  16:42 EST 
   11    12    13    14   .15)   16#   17  16:36 EST 
   18    19    20    21    22   (23)   24  16:32 EST 
   25    26    27    28   (29.   30    +1  16:29 EST 
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Index  of Events  
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 * = NASA-JPL Night Sky Network affiliate  
 Date = entry in 'list of events' section 
 '0' = entry in 'ongoing and continuing events' section 
 'S/O',= entry in 'skipped, Sep/Oct resumption' section 
  'M/A' = entry in 'skipped, Mar/Apr resumption' secrion // '???' = 
entry in 'skipped, uncertain resumption' seciton 
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    BROOKLYN - BK 
  Canarsie line closings  -  0 
 *Floyd Bennett Field - - - 16 
  Secret Science Club - - -  0 

    CONNECTICUT - CT 
 *A S of Gtr Hartford   - - 21 
  Astro Soc of Greenwich  - 18 
 *Astro Soc of New Haven  - 27 
  Bowman Observatory  - - -  7, 21 
 *Litchfield Hills AAC mtg   9 
 *Litchfield Hills starvg - 16 
 *McCarthy Observatory  - - 10 
  New Pond Farm - - - - - - 17 
  Stamford Observatory  - -  2, 9, 16, 23, 30 
 *Van Vleck Obsy (ASGH) - - 17 
  Van Vleck Obsy (WU) - - -  7, 14, 21, 28 
  Western CT St Univ Obsy - 10, 17 
 *Westport Astro Soc mtg  - 20 
 *Westport Astro Soc starvg  7, 14, 21, 28 
  -------------------------
  Boothe Meml Astro Soc - 203-377-9933, 
    www.facebook.com/Boothe-Memorial-Astronomical-Society 

    LONG ISLAND - LI 
 *Amateur Observers Soc - -  4 
 *Amat Obsrs Soc starviewing 0 
  Amer Instt Aero & Astro - 13 
  Astro Soc of Long Island   7, 14, 28 
  Brookhaven National Lab - ??? 
  Custer Institute  - - - -  3, 10, 17, 24 
  Custer Jamboree  - - -  -  2-3 
  Hofstra Univ Obsy - - - -  4 
  Montauk Observatory - - - ??? 
  SUNY Stony Brook - -  - -  2 
 *Susan Rose Observatory  -  3, 10, 17, 24 
 
    MANHATTAN - MH  
 *Amat Astro Assn starvwg -  0 
 *Amat Astro Assn lecture -  2 
  Amer Instt Archarology  -  5 
  Ctr for Atmosp Ocean Sci  ??? 
  Ctr for Science & Society SPR 
 Central Pk (Great Lawn)  -  2,3,4,9,10,11,16,17,18,23,24,25,30 
 *Columbia Univ Obsy  - - -  2, 16 
  Cornelia Street Cafe'   -  2 
  Earth Institute - - - - - ??? 
  Eastern Standard Time - -  4 
  Election Day - - - - -  -  6 
  Globe at Night - - - -  -  1-8, 29-Dec 8 
  Good Housekeeping lab   -  9 
  Gullicar's Gate - - - - -  0 
  Instt Stud Ancnt World  -  6, 7, 8, 10, 14, 15, 21, 28, 29 
  Intrepid AstroCafe' - - - SPR 
  Intrepid Astro Night  - - SPR 
 *Inwood Astronomy Project   3, 10, 17, 24 
  Jupiter Joe Sidewk Astro   0 
  Milky Way autumn season -  1-30 
  Natl Musm of Mathematics   3  7 
  NY Academy of Sciences  - ??? 
  NYC-H2O - - - - - - - - -  0 
  New York Map Society  - -  3 
  New York Univ Astro - - -  6, 13, 20 
 *NYSkies Astronomy Seminar  2, 16 
  Observer's Handbook offer  1-indef 
  SciCafe'  - - - - - - - -  7 
  Simons Foundation - - - -  7 
  Thanksgiving Day -- - - - 22 
  Top of the Lawn - - - - -  2,3,4,9,10,11,16,17,18,23,24,25,30 
  TriState computer fair  -  0 
  Urban Park Rangers -  - -  0 
  Veterans Day  - - - - - - 11, 12 
  Weekend Walks - - - - - -  1-mid Dec 2018 
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 Ctr for Space Sci Edu - - info@nyccsse.org, www.nyccsse.org,  
            212-608-6164 n 

    METRO-NORTH - NY  
  Lamont-Doherty Obsy - - -  2, 9, 30 
  Mid-Hudson Astro Assn - -  9 
  Ramapo Challenger Ctr - - 18 
  Rockland Astro Club - - - 10 
  Vassar College Obsy - - -  7, 14, 21, 28 
  Ward Pound Ridge  - - - -  3 
  Westchester Amat Astro  -  2 

    NEW JERSEY - NJ  
  A A A of Princeton  - - - 13 
  A S of Toms Rv Area - - - ??? 
 *Amat Astro Inc meeting  -  2, 9, 23, 30 
 *Amat Astro Inc lecture  - 16 
  Morris Musm Astro Soc - -  8 
  New Jersey Astro Assn - - SPR 
  North Bergen Viaduct  - -  0 
  No Jersey Astro Gp mtg  - 14 
  No Jersey Astro Gp starvg  1, 8, 29 
  Peyton Observarory  - - -  6 
  Plasma Physics Lab  - - -  2, 16 
  Rutgers Univ Astro Collqm  7, 14, 28 
  Rutgers Univ Astro Semnr   1, 8, 15, 29 
 *S*T*A*R - - - - - - - - -  1 
  Schommer Observatory  - -  8, 15 
 *Sheep Hill Astro Assn - -  2 
 *Sheep Hill Observatory  - 16 
 *Utd Astro Clubs of NJ - - SPR 
  Washington Xing St Pk - - SPR 
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  Dark Sky Observers - www.users.nac.net/gburke/club  
  McDowell Obsy - mec.rst2.edu, 201-460-8300 
  Montclair Telescope Club - 973-948-5284, bischoff@garden.net,    
        users.erols.com/njastro/orgs/mtc.hrm  
  NW Jersey Amat Astro - www.nwjaa.org, info@nwjaa.org 
  Passaic Co Astro Assn - www.users.nac.net/gburke/PCAA, 973-523-0024 
 *Raritan Vy Co Coll Plm  - www2.raritanval.edu/planetarium  
   Skyland Stargazers  -  skylandstargazers.tripod.com 

    QUEENS - QN  
  Alley Pond Park - - - - - SPR 
  York College Observatory  14 

    REST OF WORLD 

    STATEN ISLAND - SI 
  Coll of Staten Is Obsy  - SPR 
  Great Kills Park  - - - - 10 
  Staten Is Community TV  -  2, 9, 16, 23, 30 

    THE BRONX - BX 

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Ongoing and continuing events 
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    all day - North Brgen Viaduct - NJ - road closings and rebuild 
        Thru end 2020.  One lane in each direction is closed during 
        major rebuild of viaduct on NJ495 between NJ Tpk and Lincoln 
        Tnl. Buses have priority on remaining lanes. On-off ramps for 
        local street close from time to time.  www.restorenj495.com 
    all day - Canarsie line - BK - occasional weekend shutdown 
        CERTAIN WEEKENDS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT 
        Thru March 2019. Canarsie line closes on about a dozen 
        specific weekends for preliminary work in advance of total 
        shutdown in april 2019. No service bten Bway Jc and 8th Av 
        from 22h Fri to 05h Mon. Trains run only Canarrsie to B'eay 
        Jc. WEekends may change based on work progress. www.mta.info. 
     all day - whole island -LI - clearsky starviewing  
        VARIOUS PLACES, DATES, HOURS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT  
        Amat Obsrs Soc. Sessions convene in parks usually at dusk. 
        Occasional daytime sunviewing. Free. Cancelled for clouds. 
         www.aosny.org, suerose@optonline.net 
    all day - whole City - MH - cultural tour 
        VARIOUS LOCATIONS AND TIMES; INQUIRE AT CONTACT 
        NYC-H2O. Walk, bike, ride thru history and culture of NYC 
        muwater system facilities and natural waterways in and near 
        the City.  Events are pay orfree, adn regn reqd. Bike tours 
        need own bike. www.nych2o.org, 
        matt@nych2o.org 
    all day - whole City - MH - clearsky starviewing  
        VARIOUS PLACES, DATES, HOURS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT  
        Amat Astro Assn. Sessions convene in parks usually at dusk. 
        Occasional daytime sunviewing. Free. Cancelled for clouds. 
          president@aaa.org, 718-522-5014, www.aaa.org  
    all day - whole City - MH - clearsky starviewing  
        VARIOUS PLACES, DATES, HOURS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT  
        Jupiter Joe's Sidewalk Astronomy. Sessions convene in parks 
        usually at dusk. Occasional daytime sunviewing. Free. `       
        Cancelled for clouds.  www.jupiterjoesastronomy.org, 
        jupiyerjoesastronomy@gmail.com 
    all day - Gullivaer's Gate - MH - cultural exhibit 
        indef duration. 216 W 44 St, 7/8 Av. Opened in mid April 2017 
        for preview. Miniature models of landmarks and important 
        structures from around the world. Rooms arranged by quarter of 
        world and for New York City. $36, timed ticket, adv regn reqd. 
        Optional cost for stereopint of visitor into figurine placed 
        at desired item in exhibit. www.gulliversgate.com. 
    all day - whole City - MH - cultural tours & lectures 
        VARIOUS PLACES, DATES, HOURS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT  
        Urban Park Rangers. Tours of parks, landmarks, nabes, hoods. 
        Lectures on history and culture of NYC. Program varies each 
        month. Free. www.nyc.gov/parks  
    10:00 - whole City - MH - Tri-State Computer Fair 
        VARIOUS LOCATIONS, GENERALLY ON SUNDAYS 
        Source of computer systems, software, components, accessories. 
        $7. www.tri-statefairs.com, 718-227-5586 
    20:00 - Bell House - BK - Secret Science Club meeting  
        OCCASIONAL SESSIONS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT 
        149 7 St, 2/3 Av. Lecture and music on various science  
        topics. Free. secretscienceclub.blogspot.com, 718-638-4400, 

List of events -
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Mon  1 Nov 
    all day - whole City - MH - Observer's Handbook offer 
        The NYSkies offer for the 2019 RASC Onserver's Handbook is 
        open. The Books are right now in delivery to their 
        astronomers.  You better put in your reqursts NOW. Cost is 
        still $23 per copy, with P&P. www.nyskies.org/oh.htm, `        
`        nyskies@nyskies.org, www.nyskies.org/ohclub.htm 
    all day - whole City - MH - Weekend Walks street fairs 
        VARIOUS LOCATIONS AND DATES; INQUIRE AT CONTACT 
        Thru mid Dec. NYC Dept of Transptn closes certain steets in 
        all boros on Saturdayss for street fairs. Stores and local 
        orgs offer ntertainment, discount sales, exhibits, food 
        service Free. 
        www.nyc.gov/html/dot/weekendwalks/html/home/home.shtml 
    13:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture 
        Seminar series. Rutgers Univ, Serin 401. Free. 732-445-3974, 
        www.physics.rutgers.edu/ast/seminar 
    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 
    18:00 - whole CIty - MH - Globe at Night exercise 
        Thru Nov 8. NYSkies runs its own Globe at Night exercise in 
        2018-2019 while Orion is in sky at nighfall. Same method and 
        procedure as for prior years for documenting sky transparency 
        over City. Details at www.nyskies.org/gannyc.htm  Dates in 
        this page are not yet bumped up, but all instructions and 
        charts are same as in previous years. 
    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 - Lincroft - NJ - S*T*A*R meeting 
        Brookdale Commty Coll, Mommouth Museum. Free. 
        www.starastronomy.org, s-walters@comcast.net 

Fri  2 Nov 
    10:00 - Princeton - NJ - science tour 
        Plasma Physics Lab. Walk thru history and culture of fproject 
        to capture energy from controled hydrogen fusion. Free, adv 
        regn reqd. Photo ID required for campus security. 
        www.pppl.gov/events 
    15:30 - Palisades - NY - science lecture 
        Lamont-Doherty Earth Obsy, Comer Bldg. Various topics in 
        geophysics and earth science. Free, 845-365-8634, 
        www.ldeo.columbia.edu, suzana@ldeo.columbia.edu, 
    18:00 - Custer Institute, LI - Custer Jamboree 
        Thru Sat 3 Nov. Custer Institute. Talks, exhibnits, workshops, 
        demos, food service, sunviewing, starviewing. Fri 2 ov 
        activity at Custer Institute, Sat 3 Nov activity at Aouthold 
        Town Rec Ctr. $33.45, advv regn reqd. 
        www.custerobservatory.org, president@custerobservatory.org, 
        631-765-2626  
    18:15 - Amer Musm Natl Hist - MH - Amat Astro Assn lecture 
         Kaufmann Theater. Free, no musm adm fee. 718-522-5014, 
         president@aaa.org, www.aaa.org 
    18:30 - McBurney House - MH - NYSkies Astronomy Seminar  
        DISCUSSION: FLIGHT PATHS FOR SPACE TRAVEL 
        125 W 14 St, 6/7 Av. Discussion of astronomy topics, show 
        & tell, skywatching reports, news of astro activity in NYSkies 
        territory. Free. nyskies@nyskies.org, www.nyskies.org     
    19:0:0 - Columbia University - MH - astronomy lecture 
          Pupin Hall, signs to lecture room. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
         starviewing. Free. outreach-admin@astro.columbia.edu, 
         www.astro.columbia.edu/outreach, 212-854-3278 
    19:30 - Pleasantville - NY - Westchester Amat Astro meeting  
        Pace Univ, Lienhard Hall, Free. 
        www.westchesterastronomers.org, 
        waa-president@westchesterastronomers.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, 
        718-727-1414 
     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 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing 
        PLUS OCCASIONAL EXTRA SESSIONS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT  
        Top of the Lawn. North path of Great Lawn. Free. Cancelled for 
        clouds. tags_p@yahoo.com, www.nyskies.org, nyskies@nyskies.org 
    20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture 
        ECENT MAY BE SIPPED FOR CONSTRUCTION; INQUIRE AT CONTACT 
        Stamford Obsy. $5. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. 
        203-322-6537, www.stamfordmuseum.org, cescovil@earthlink.net 
 
Sat  3 Nov 
    14:00 - World School - MH - New York Map Society lecture 
        11 W 26 St, 7th fl, upstairs from MoMath. 'Mapping the 
        heavens'.Various topics about map making, cartography, 
         geography. Free, adv regn reqd. www.newyorkmapsociety.org, 
       mapsociety@ny@gmail.com 
    20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting 
        OCCASIONAL EXTRA EVENTS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT  
        Custer Instt. Indoor program, clearsky starviewing. $5-$15. 
        Varies with program. www.custerobservatory.org, 
        president@custerobservatory.org, 631-765-2626  
    20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing  
        Amat Obsrs Soc. capus of Custer Institt. Sessions concurrent 
        with Custer's own events. Free, cancelled for clouds. 
        www.aosny.org, suerose@optonline.net             
    20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing 
        OCCASIONAL EXTRA SESSIONS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT  
        Inwood Astronomy Project. Meet at park entrance, Seaman Av 
        & Isham St. Free. Cancelled for clouds. 917-529-2359 
        www.inwoodastronomy.org, asonskendall@gmail.com 
    20:00 - Ward Pound Ridge - NY - clearsky starviewing 
        Westchester Amat Astro. Meadows Picnic Area. Free. Cancelled 
        for clouds. waa-president@westchesterastronomers.org 
        www.westchesterastronomers.org, 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 2 

Sun  4 Nov 
     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. 
    13:15 - Uniondale - LI - Amat Obsrs Soc meeting. 
        Hofstra Univ, Berliner Hall. Free. www.aosny.org, 
        suerose@optonline.net 
    18:00 - Uniondale - LI - clearsky starviewing 
        Hofstra University,Berliner Bdg, Rm 117. Free, 
        adv regn reqd. Cancelled for clouds. 516-463-2759, 
        www.hofstra.edu/Academics, observatory@hofstra.edu 
    18:00 - Cornelia St Cafe' - MH - Entertaining Science show 
        29 Cornelia St & W 4 St, Play & music on various 
        science themes. $10 + one drink min. 
        www.corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 2 

Mon  5 Nov 
    18:30 - Explorers Club - MH - Amer Instt Archaeolgy lecture 
        46 E 70 St. Various topics on archaeology and anthropology. 
        Free, adv regn reqd. www.aia-nysociety.org, 
        info@aia-bysociety.org 

Tue  6 Nov 
    all day - whole City - MH -Election Day 
        Please check with event contact for session falling on this 
        day by rule or outdated schedule 
    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 
    18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecture 
        15 E 84 St, 5/Madison Av. Various topics on history and 
         culture of ancient civilizations.. Free, adv regn reqd. 
        isaw..nyu.edu isaw@nyu.edu, 212-992-7842 
     20:30 - Princeton - NJ - clearsky starviewing 
         Princeton Univ, Peyton Hall. Free. Cancelled for clouds 
         www.astro.princeton.edu/observatory/publicobserving.php,//, 
        jeg@astro.princeton.edu, lee@astro.princeton.edu 

Wed  7 Nov 
    10:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture 
         Colloquium series. Rutgers Univ, Busch Campus, Astro & Phys 
        Lectr Hall. Free. www.physics.rutgers.edu/colloquium, 
        732-445-3974 
     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 
    17:00 - Simons Foundation - MH - scinece lecture 
         160 5 Av & 21 St. Why quantum gravity is different'. 
         Free, adv regn reqd. 646-654-0066, 
        ww.simonsfoundation.org 
    19:00 - Greenwich - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        Astro Soc of Greenwich. Curtis Elem Schl, Bowman Obsy. Free. 
        Cancelled for clouds. rickbria@optonline.net, 203-415-6762. , 
        astrogreenwich.org 
    28:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecture - see Nov 6 
        MEETS AT 12:00 (NOON), NOT 18:00 
    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 
    20:00 - Westport - CT - clearsky Mars viewing 
       Westport Astro Soc. Rolnick Obsy. Extra session for Mars 
        opposition. Free. Cancelled for clouds. www.was-ct.org, 
        203-227-0925 
    20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing 
        MEETS EVERY WEDNESDAY ONLY DURING CLASSES; INQUIRE AT CONTACT 
        Wesleyan U, Van Vleck Obsy. Free, cancelled for clouds. 
        860-685-3664, www.wesleyan.edu/astro/events 
    20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting 
        Vanderbilt Plm. Free. asliastronomy@yahoo.com, 
        www.asliclub.org 
    21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing 
        MEETS EVERY WEDNESDAY ONLY DURING CLASSES; INQUIRE AT CONTACT 
        Vassar College, Observatory. Free. Cancelled for clouds. 
        physicsandastronomy.vassar.edu/observatory.html, 
        845-437-7340 

Thu  8 Nov 
    13:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture - see Nov 1 
    18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecture - see Nov 6 
    19:30 - Morristown - NJ - Morris Museum Astro Soc meeting  
         Morris Museum. Free. 973-386-1848, 973-386-1848,, 
         www.morrismuseum.org/astro-society, info@morrismusem.org, 
         ckkrish@gmail.com 
    20:30 - Piscataway - NJ - clearsky starviewng 
        Rutgers Univ, Schommer Obsy. Free. Cancelled for clouds.  
        732-205-0020, www.physics.rutgers.edu/ast/ast-serin.html  
        pryor@physics.rutgers.edu 
    20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 1 

Fri  9 Nov 
    10:00 - Good Housekeeping Resrch Instt - MH - science tour 
        Also 11:30. Hearst Tower, 57 St & 8 Av. Walk thru history and 
        science of product testing center of Good Housekeeping 
        magazine. Free, adv regn reqd. 212-649-5000, 
        ghritours@hearst.com 
    15:30 - Palisades - NY - science lecture - see Nov 2 
    19:00 - Lk Taghkanic St Pk - NY - clearsky starviewing 
        Mid-Hudson Astro Assn. West Beach parking lot. Free,  
        cancelled for clouds. Adv regn reqd with vehicle make, 
        model, plate number for park security. `       
        www.nidhudsonastronomy.org 
    19:30 - Torrington - CT - Litchfield Hills Amat Astro Club mtg 
        Central Congregational Church. Free. 
    19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - see Nov 2 
    20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Nov 2 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 2 

Sat 10 Nov 
    16:30 - Danbury - CT - astronomy lecture 
        Westn Conn St Uv, Obsy/Plm. Indoor planetarium show, 
        clearsky starviewing. Free. www.wcsu.edu/starwatch, 
       203-837-8671, dawsond@wcsu.edu 
    17:30 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecture - see Nov 6 
        MEETS AT 17:60,n NOT 18:00 
    20:00 - New Milford - CT - astronomy lecture  
        McCarthy Obsy, New Miford HS. Indoor lecture, clearsky  
        starviewing. Free. www.mccarthyobservatory.org, 860-354-1595, 
        contact@mccarthyobservatory.org 
    20:00 - Great Kills Pk - SI - clearsky starviewing 
        Natl Pk Svc. Enter at Hylan Bv to playground; Free. Cancelled 
        for clouds. www.nps.gov/gate, 718-987-6790  n 
    20:00 - Bear Mountain - NY - clearsky starviewing 
        Rockland Astro Club. Anthony Wayne Rec Pk, picnic field. Free, 
        cancelled for clouds. www.rocklandastronomy.com 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 2 
    20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing - see Nov 3 
    20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Nov 3 
    20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing  - see Nov 3 

Sun 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 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 2 

Mon 12 Nov 
    all day - whole City - MH - Veterans Day 
        SOME PLACES MAY OBSERVE HOLIDAY TODAY; INQUIRE AT CONTACT 
        Please check with event contact for session falling on this 
        day by rule or outdated schedule 

Tue 13 Nov 
    14:00 - New York University - MH - astronomy lecture - see Nov 6 
    18:00 - Uniondale - LI -  Amer Instt Aero & Astro lecture       
        Hostra U, Nreslin Hall. Various topics in aeronautics and 
        astronautics. 'Nars sample return missiOn'. Free, optional $5 
        pizza-soda. 516-458-8593, davidparis@twc.com 
    19:30 - Princeton - NJ - Amat Astro Assn of Princeton meeting 
        Princeton U, Peyton Hall. Free. www.princetonastronomy.org, 
        609-737-2575, info@princetonastronomy.org 

Wed 14 Nov 
    10:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture - see Nov 7 
    12:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecture - see Nov 6 
        MEETS AT 12:00 (NOON), NOT 18:00 
    19:00 - York College - QN - astronomy lecture . 
        Core Academic Bdg, Rm AC-2E01. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free, adv regn reqd. 718-262-2082, 
        www.york.cuny.edu/centers-institutes/observatory, 
    20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - No Jersey Astro Gp meeting 
        Montclair St Univ, Richardson Hall, Room 232. Free. 
        njastro.org, 973-655-7266 
    20:00 - Westport - CT - clearsky Mars viewing - see nov 7 
    20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 7 
    20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see Nov 7 
    21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 7 

Thu 15 Nov 
    18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecture - see Nov 6 
    20:30 - Piscataway - NJ - clearsky starviewng - see Nov 15 

Fri 16 Nov 
    10:00 - Princeton - NJ - science tour - see Nov 2 
    18:30 - McBurney House - MH - NYSkies Astronomy Seminar  
        DISCUSSION: EINSTEIN AND CARNOT REALLY DO WORK 
        125 W 14 St, 6/7 Av. Discussion of astronomy topics, show 
        & tell, skywatching reports, news of astro activity in NYSkies 
        territory. Free. nyskies@nyskies.org, www.nyskies.org 
    19:0:0 - Columbia University - MH - astronomy lecture - see Nov 2 
     19:00 - Litchfield - CT - Litchfield Hills A A C lecture 
        White Meml Consrvn Ctr. Free. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
        starviewing. lhaacsec@gmail.com, lhastro.org 
     20:00 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc lecture 
          Union Co Coll, Smith Audm. Indoor talk, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free. www.asterism.org 
    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, 
        nyskies@nyskies.org 
    20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Nov 2 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 2 
    20:30 - Boonton - NJ - clearsky starviewing  
        Sheep Hill Astro Assn Obsy, Free. Cancelled for  
        clouds. sheephillastro.otg, contacts@sheephillastro.org, 
        wwestura@optonline.net 

Sat 17 Nov 
    16:30 - Danbury - CT - astronomy lecture - see Nov 10 
    18:30 - West Reading - CT - clearsky starviewingh 
        New Pond Farm, obseratory. $10, adv regn reqd. , cancelled for 
        clouds. www.newpondfarm.org, 203-938-2117, 
    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 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Nov 3 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 2 
    20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing - see Nov 3 
    20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing  - see Nov 3 

Sun 18 Nov 
    14:00 - Airmont - NY - science show 
        Ramapo Challenger Ctr, 225 Rt 29. Multimedia 
       imulation of space missions. $20. wwwlhvcc.com, 
       director@lhvcc.com, 845-257-3416. 
    15:30 - Greenwich - CT - Astro Soc of Greenwich meeting 
        Greenwich Public Library. Free with musm adm. 
        rickbria@optonline.net, 203-415-6762, astrogreenwich.org 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 2 

Tue 20 Nov 
    14:00 - New York University - MH - astronomy lecture - see Nov 6 
    20:00 - Westport - CT - Westport Astro Soc meeting 
         Rolnick Obsy. Free. www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 \ Wed 22 Aug                                                

Wed 21 Nov 
    12:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecture - see Nov 6 
        MEETS AT 12:00 (NOON), NOT 18:00 
    19:00 - Greenwich - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 7 
    19:30 - New Brittain - CT - Astro Soc of Gtr Hartford meeting 
        Central CT St Univ, Copernicus Plm. Free. www.asgh.org, 
        860-872-9069, pparkerrs@cs.com         
    20:00 - Westport - CT - clearsky Mars viewing - see nov 7 / 
    20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 7 
    21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 7 

Thu 22 Nov 
    all day - whole City - MH - Thanksgiving Day 
        Please check with event contact for session falling on this 
        day by rule or outdated schedule 

Fri 23 Nov 
    19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - see Nov 2 
    20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Nove 2 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 2 

Sat 24 Nov 
    20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH cleasky starviewing - see Nov 3 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 2 
    20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see Nov 3 
    20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing  - see Nov 3 

Sun 25 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 2 

Tue 27 Mov   
    19:30 - New Haven - CT - Astro Soc of New Haven meeting 
        Yale Univ, Leitner Family Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free. www.asnh.org, prez@asnh.org 

Wed 28 Nov 
    10:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture - see Nov 7 
    12:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecture - see Nov 6 
        MEETS AT 12:00 (NOON), NOT 18:00 
    20:00 - Westport - CT - clearsky Mars viewing - see nov 7 
    20:00 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 7 
    20:00 - Centerport - LI - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see Nov 7 
    21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 7 

Thu 29 Nov 
    13:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture - see Nov 1 
    18:00 - whole CIty - MH - Globe at Night exercise 
        Thru Dec 8. NYSkies runs its own Globe at Night exercise in 
        2018-2019 while Orion is in sky at nighfall. Same method and 
        procedure as for prior years for documenting sky transparency 
        over City. Details at www.nyskies.org/gannyc.htm  Dates in 
        this page are not yet bumped up, but all instructions and 
        charts are same as in previous years. 
    18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecture - see Nov 6 
    20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 1 

Fri 30 Nov 
    15:30 - Palisades - NY - science lecture - see Nov 2 
    19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - see Nov 2 
    20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see Nov 2 
    20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see Nov 2 

 Events Skipped This Month 
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  EVENT MAY RESUME AT DIFFERENT PLACE OR HOUR; INQUIRE AT CONTACT 
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  [SPR] SPRING RESUMPTION OF ACTIVITY 
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    18:00 -CUNY Graduate Center - MH - Ctr for Sci & Soc lecture 
        385 Fifth Av. 'Early modernb science intertwine An 
        Iberoamerican perspective'. Free, adv regn reqd, Free,  
        limited seating. 212-854-7211, 
        scienceandsociety.columbia.edu 
   19:00 - Coll of Staten Is - SI - clearsky starviewing 
        Astrophys Obsy. Free, cancelled for clouds. 718-982-2818, 
        csivc.csi.cuny.edu/supernove7/files/home.html, 
        robbins@mail.csi.cuny.edu, 
     19:30 - Intrepid Museum - MH - AstroCafe' lecture 
        Flight deck of ship. Indoor/open air lecture, clearsky 
        starviewing. Food & drink service, bar drinks sold only to 21+ 
        YO. Free. www.intrepidmuseum.org 
     19:30 - Intrepid Museum - MH - astronomy lecture 
        Flight deck of ship. Indoor/open air lecture, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free. www.intrepidmuseum.org 
    19:30 - Alley Pond Park - QN - astronomy lecture 
        Alley Pond Enviro Ctr. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
        starviewing. $14 at door.. www.alleypond.org, 
        info@alleypond.org, 718-229-4000 
    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, 
      info@princetonastronomy.org 
    20:30 - Voorhees St Pk - NJ - NJ Astro Assn meeting 
        NJAA-HQ, Robinson Obsy. Indoor lecture, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free. www.njaa.org, 908-368-8500 
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  [???] UNCERTAIN RESUMPTION OF ACTIVITY 
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    15:00 - Upton - LI - science lecture 
        Brookhaven Natl Lab.Bldg 510. 'Weighing galaxy clusters with 
        weak lensing in Hyper Suprime-Cam Survey'. Free, have GI photo 
        ID for  campus security. 631-344-2651, www.bnl.gov/evnts 
    15:30 - 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 
    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 
    19:00 - NY Academy of Sciences - MH - astronomy lecture 
        'The nystery of our mathematical universe'. $20. www.nyas.org
    19:00 - Toms River - NJ - Astro Soc of Toms Rv Area meeting 
        Ocean Co Coll, Student Ctr, Solar Lounge. Free. 
        www.astra-nj.org, 732-255-0343, webmaster@astra-nj.org 
    19:00 - Bridgehampton - LI - astronomy lecture 
        Montauk Obsy. South Fork Natl Hist Musm. Indoor talk, clearsky 
        starviewing. Free. www.montaukobservatory.com 

General News 
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    October 2018 continued September's overall cloudy skies, 
causing many starviewings to be cancelled. They were called off  on 
short notice or convened eith a no-show attendance. Do check with 
contact before heading to a 'clearsky starviewng' event. 
    I now put a '#' in the calendar table against the dates of our 
Seminar. Please note well that we meet ONLY on the 1st and 3rd Friday 
of each month, unless otherwise specificly stated. We do NOT meet 
'every other Friday'. SSome months, like November this year, have five 
Fridays. We skip that fifth Friday. 
    I changed the resumption flag in the 'Index of events' to 'AUT' or 
'SPR', for 'autumn' or 'spring'. Seasonal events may resume over a 
range of months, not just in March/April or September/October. 
    College of SI Obsy misses its fall 2018 season for ongoing work. I 
moved it to the [new] 'SPR' section. 
    When I closed out work for the October 2018 NYC Events I had an 
empty folder of events to include. Everything I gathered was entered 
into the column. Well, not. One paper went missing for a lecture at 
Simons Foundation on October 3. It was on blackholes, a favorite topic 
for my readers. I found the paper after sending out  NYC Events. On 
Oct 1st I put the lecture details in the notice for the Oct 5th  
Seminar. 
    The dates for Western Conn St Univ Obsy lectures were corrupted in 
the 2018 October NYC Events. They, Oct 5 & 17, were mistaken from 
other events in  the school's calendar. Correct dates, in the archive 
edition of NYC Events, were 6 & 20. 
    Custer Institute now has only one web address, 
'www.custerobservatory.org'. The alternate '... .com' is vacated and 
is offered for, uh, $2495 by its web host. 
    Stamford Observatory was closed for most of october 2018 and 
perhaps part of November. Grounds around facility are roped off for 
building a nearby  'farmhouse' pavilion. Inquire at contact before 
going to an observatory session. 
    McBurney House and NYSkies in late Sep 2018 worked out new room 
agreement for 2019. The fee goes up a bit, well within our means, and 
McBurney House took care of the adjacent room's noisy tenant. Official 
papers  are signed in November. 
    I give hearty thanks to the gentle increase in donations to 
NYSkies from readers -- and a few external supporters! -- since summer 
2018. It seems that readers earned more pocket change from reduced tax 
withholding and increased enrollment in the national light pollution 
abatement program. They applied some of the extra money to support 
their personal concerns, including astronomy. 
    ISAW lectures in November 2018 meet at various hours, not always 
18:00. Please note under each entry the associated hour. 

City News
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    The 'Global citizens' show in Central Pk on 29 Sep 2018 evening 
broke up in panic from gunshots. Audience fleed, leaving belongings 
behind. Police swiftly responded, finding no shooting activity. Some 
spectators were leaning too hard against metal parade horses. The 
horses toppled and clattered on the ground, making noise like 
gunshots. Police and helping fans took the abandoned items to nearby 
police station, where they were later retrieved by owners. 
    NYSkiers helped fill Simons Foundation on 3 October 2018 to hear 
about supermassive blackholes. They all were surprised how well they 
understanded the presentation because they were prepared at our 
September 5th Seminar on the Milky Way's blackhole. 
    NYSkiers at Simons on 24 Oct 2018 learned about astrochemistry in 
nebulae around planetary stars. The presence of simple organic 
molecules favors growth of carbon-based life on planets in the nebula.  
    NYC law effective 9 Oct 2018 permits adults to alter sec 
designation on NYC birth certificates. They may change sex between M 
or F or choose X for 'no designation'. It also allows parents to make 
sex choice for their new-born babies. 
    NYSkies Seminar on 5 October 2018 previewed the autumn sky over 
the City. After the lousy observing conditions for much of summer, 
October as at the Seminar promised cool clear skies. We showed how the 
stars of the previous season, summer, are still in good view in the 
west and winter stars are coming into view in the east. We saw how the 
autumn constellations group into two: the Sea and the Andromeda story. 
The former is a train of constellations from Capricornus thru Eridanus 
all related to water. Three are in the zodiac: Capricornus, Aquarius, 
Pisces. These constellations have no connection by story to each other 
and seem placed together by chance. The latter group is a deliberate 
arrangement to support the andromeda story. We studied charts of both 
groups to understand the deployment of constellations across the south 
and east sectors of the fall sky. Because some are dim, binoculars are 
helpful in tracing ou their stars. We looked at stars Hamal and 
Fomalhaut as brighter planetary stars. Fomalhaut's planet was imaged 
in infrared and optical bands, revealing its planetary dust disc and 
orbital motion. We showed the relation of the Milky Way and deepsky 
targets. The Milky Way arches southwest, zenith, northeast in fall. 
Open clusters hug the MW band while being absent almost every where 
else in the sky. Globular clusters are sprinkled all over, but the 
main concentration in the ME center already set at nightfall. The 
brighter segment of the MW are still in high sky, potentially visible 
during our fall Milky Way spotting season. Galaxies are spread away 
from the MW in the south and northwest. The Andromeda galaxy, from its 
brightness, is visible at the south edge of the MW belt, even to the 
eye as a 'star'. The galaxies in the south, in Cetus and Sculptor are 
commonly passed over, yet they are well placed generally higher than 
Fomalhaut. We stepped thru many asterisms such as Delphinus, Criclet, 
Great Square, Water Jug, best examined in binoculars.We notes the 
curious up-side-down figure of Pegasus, still a mystery among 
uranographers. We examined charts of Uranus and Neptune, both in high 
sky. For bare-eye only Mars is left, fading slowly since opposition. 
With the cloudy weather of September we didn't know if the dust storm 
eased up enough to bring back the planet's normal reddish tint. We 
reviewed the galactic coordinates, once based on the Earth's equator 
in the 1950s. It was quickly realized that precession would alter the 
galactic coords. In about 1955 the system was moved to the galactic 
enter, well  enough determined by radio observations and not altered 
by terrestrial factors. We wrapped up by comparing modern star atlas 
pages with 18th century samples. Takeaways were starchart of autumn 
nightfall sky, allegorical charts for the Sea and Andromeda, diagram 
of Milky Way with  seasonal segments skymaps of deepsky targets 
against MW band. plots of Uranus and Neptune paths, star atlas plates 
for autumn, sample constellation pages for Andromeda and Pegasus. 
    In spite of morning rain I went to the Lamont-Doherty Obsy open 
house on 2018 Oct 13. The ride from Columbia U was quick and 
convenient, the vehicle being a regular street bus. The rain, from 
mist to thin drizzle, lasted until around noon, then the Sun came out 
thru broken clouds. I didn't see all the exhibits for swelling at 
length at the ones I stopped at. Many exhibits were in tents, similar 
to hose used for Earth Day, but deeper to hold several tables and 
displays in each. The food service was filling and tasty, my lunch 
being arroz con pollo. I was surprised by the large portion of Spanish 
visitors, both adults and families. Some L-D docents conversed with 
them in Spanish.  
    Five targets of the pipe bombs mailed by  Cesar Sayoc in the20s of  
October 2018 are in or near New York City. All bombs were safely 
intercepted. All were too crudely built to detonate a;tho they had 
many parts for a real bomb. Targets were Robert deNiro in Tribeca MH, 
John Brennan in Midtown MH, CNN studios in Time-Warner Ctr at Columbus 
Cr MH, Hillary Clinton in Chappaqua NY, George soros in Katonah NY. 
    NYSkies Astronomy Seminar on 19 October 2018 studied the Moon's 
surface. We reminded that this is separate from knowing how the Moon 
moves in the sky, which we discussed several sessions ago. Here we 
looked at the Moon with binoculars or telescope.  Joe Fedrick, a 
veteran lunar observer, added animated dialog for us at the meeting.. 
We first learned there are several ways to orient a picture of the 
Moon and label directions on it. If thee Moon is a disc on the sky, 
the western side is that facing toward the west of the sky, where he 
Sun set. The east side faces toward the east, where the sky is darker. 
As a globe the east-west are directions on the ground like on Earth, 
The left side, facing east in the sky, is the west edge. The east edge 
is that facing west in the sky. The sky directions are the 
astronomical notation; lunar ground, astronautical.Older works about 
the Moon use the astronomical method. Those since the Space Age began 
go with the astronautical method. Both are correct but we must always 
specify which we are suing. An other holdover from legacy lunar works 
is to orient the Moon with south at top, not north. We learned this 
resulted from early optics that produced crude lenses. Telescopes used 
as few as possible, two as ideal, which naturally inverted the scene 
compared to the direct view. even after photography was routine in 
astronomy, where the picture could be turned with north at top, we 
held to the south-up convention all thru the 1970s. The Space Age, 
with maps of the Moon similar to Earth maps, shifted the practice to 
north-up. We saw how tough it can be to  match a cartographic map with 
the telescope view. The lines and symbols on the map must be mentally 
lined up with topography on the Moon, a task made all the harder with 
shadows and highlights.We studied both whole-disc and phase maps, the 
latter being easier to correlate with the telescope view, providing 
it's applied to the correct phase. We looked at photos of Copernicus 
crater under various phases to demonstrate the sometimes dramatic 
changes of appearance. As a spinoff we reminded that all phases, even 
Full Moon, are worth observing. We discussed modern telescopes, with 
orders better optics, that reverse, mirror, their views. for most 
astronomy targets the flipped view doesn't matter because we don't 
have a direct view to compare it to. On the Moon the mirrored image is 
gross and, at first, maddening. Other instances where mirrored images 
are confusing include the location of Jupiter's satellites and surface 
details on Mars. We saw how features, typicly craters, are 
foreshortened near the lunar edge from the slanted sightline across 
them. In extreme cases a crater could look like merely a ridge of 
mountains hiding the floor behind it. The Moon isn't perfectly stable 
facing toward us, but wobbles east-west north-south a few degrees in 
each direction. This wobble, libration, wee learned shifts features 
near the limb farther onto the disc or over the edge to the lunar far 
side. We examined examples of this effect.We noted the names of lunar 
topographic features. Mountains are named mostly after Earth ones. 
Flat dark areas are 'seas' with abstract names. Craters are named for 
famous people. When craters were first named in the 1600s Islamic 
astronomers and scientists were honored. The name was either Latinized 
or translitterated from arabic. Takeaways were side-by-side comparison 
of maps and photos, sample mirrored Moon, crater Copernicus at 
different phases, pictures of lunar libration, day-by-day views of 
Moon for evening observing, set of whole-disc lunar atlas plates. 
    US FEMA in 2018 Sep 30 14:18 EDST tested new 'Presidential alert' 
texting program. It sent to all  known phones with text function a 
general notice of the program. Apparently a substantial number of 
phones didn't get the message.lI sis not get such text altho my phone 
has texting and the number was in use for several years. 
    US NWS recorded four tornados in NYC vicinity during violent storm 
on 2018 October 2 evening. All were weak, strength EFF1, and caused no 
known injuries or deaths. Damage was limited to overthrown trees, 
vehicles, small structures. The twisters touched down in New Canaan 
CT, Ronkonkoma LI, New Castle NY, and Stony Point NY. Storm also threw 
hail and wind over some parts of the region. . 9000 
    NYS Bd for Historical Preservation on 8 October 2018 enrolled the 
Columbus statue, Columbus C MH, into landmark status. It can not be 
moved or modified without due process and public review. NYC Mayor 
deBlasio tried the statue, with several others, removed or annotated 
for political sanitation. It was set up by Italian culture and civic 
groups in 1892, 400th anniversary of Columbus's first voyage to New 
World. 

Sky News 
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    October is when most evening observers get their first good look 
at Pazmino's Cluster. Altho it is circumpolar at NY latitude, horizon 
shmutz masks it from easy viewing. Cluster is 10deg north of Mirfak. 
    First frost in NYSkies for 2018-19 winter came on 13 October 2018. 
The far north sector of our territory had frost and freezing of small 
puddles rom an eaarlier rain. In thee City temps fell to 8-10C, 
caysubg  heating units to turn on in late afternoon. 
    This season's Globe at Night  campaign has periods split across 
months. This is because the dark moon spans star in one month and end 
in the next. There are TWO GaN windows in November, Oct 30-Nov 8 and 
Nov 29-Dec 8. 
    Scattered reports of parhelia in morning of 12 October 2018 proved 
confusing. More experienced sky watchers saw them as iridescence on 
clouds near the Sun. Give-away was erratic description of location, 
color, and behavior. None the less, 'm happy to know that NYSkiers do 
keep eye on the sky even in daytime. 
    NYC had its first frost of 2018-2019 winter period on 16 October. 
Temps over most of City fell to -1C for a few hours, then climbed into 
the +1Cs. From then thru rest of october City temps were 0C to +10C.
    Violent nor'easter storm crashed into NYSkies on 26 Oct 2018 
evening witih heavy rain and strong wind. Damage was mostly downed 
trees and power lines, local flooding thruout NYSkies.