NYC EVENTS FOR MAY 2017 --------------------- John Pazmino - NYSkies Astronomy Inc email@example.com 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 '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). 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. Moon phase: .NM., .FQ), (FM), (LQ. Sunset is noted for each Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat sunset ------------------------------------------------ -30 1 .2) 3 4 5 6 19:58 7 8 9 (10) 11 12 13 20:05 14 15 16 17 (18. 19 20 20:11 21 22 23 24 .25. 26 27 20:17 28 29 30 31 .+1) +2 +3 20:23 ---------------------------------------------- Index of Events ------------- * = 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 ------- ----------------------------------------------- BROOKLYN - BK *Floyd Bennett Field - - - 12 Secret Science Club - - - 0 CONNECTICUT - CT *A S of Gtr Hartford - - - 17 Astro Soc of Greenwich - - ??? *Astro Soc of New Haven - 30 Boothe Meml Astro Soc - - 5, 19 Bowman Observatory - - - 3, 17 *Litchfield Hills AAC mtg 12 *Litchfield Hills starvg 26 *McCarthy Observatory - - 13 New Pond Farm - - - - - - ??? Stamford Observatory - - - 5, 12, 19, 26 *Van Vleck Obsy (ASGH) - - 27 Van Vleck Obsy (WU) - - - 3 Western CT St Univ Obsy - 6, 20 Westport Astro Soc mtg - 9 *Westport Astro Soc starvg 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 LONG ISLAND - LI *Amateur Observers Soc - - 7 Amer Instt Aero & Astro - 17 Astro Soc of Long Island 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Brookhaven National Lab - 19 Custer Institute - - - - - 6, 13, 20, 27 Hofstra Univ Obsy - - - - 7 Jones Beach - - - - - - ??? Montauk Observatory - - - ??? Ringling Bros circus - - 12-21 SUNY Stony Brook - - - S/O *Susan Rose Observatory - 6, 13, 20, 27 / ------------------------ - National Space Soc-LISS - chapters.nss.org/ny/longisland, email@example.com MANHATTAN - MH *Amat Astro Assn starvwg - 0 *Amat Astro Assn lecture - 5 Amer Musm Natl Hist - - 3 Ctr for Atmosp Ocean Std 3 Ctr for Science & Society S/O Central Pk (Great Lawn) - 5,6,7, 12,13,14, 19,20,21, 26,27,28 *Columbia Univ Obsy - - - 5, 19 Cornelia Street Cafe' - 7 Earth Institute - - - -- 2 Fleet Week - - - - - - - 24-30 Good Housekeeping lab - 12 Governors Island - - - - 1-Sep 25 Gullicar's Gate - - - - - 0 Instt Stud Ancnt World - 2, 4, 19 *Inwood Astronomy Project 6, 13, 20, 27 Manhattanhenge -- - - - - 29-31 Memorial Day - - - - - - 29 Milky Way spring season - 1-Jun 30 Natl Musm of Mathematics 3 NY Academy of Sciences - ??? NYC-H2O - - - - - - - - - 4 NYPL Mid-Manhattan - - - 11 New York Univ Astro - - - S/O *NYSkies Astronomy Seminar 5, 19 omega Centauri challenge 1-31 SciCafe' - - - - - - - - 3 Science & the Arts - - - ??? Simons Foundation - - - - ??? South Ferry station - - - 0 Top of the Lawn - - - - - 5,6,7, 12,13,14, 19,20,21, 26,27,28 TriState computer fair - 0 Urban Park Rangers - - - 0 Woeld Science Festival - 31-June 4 ----------------- ----------------- Ctr for Space Sci Edu - - firstname.lastname@example.org, www.nyccsse.org, 212-608-6164 Physics Club of NY - - - email@example.com, www.sconyc-ny.org NEW JERSEY - NJ A A A of Princeton - - - 9 A S of Toms Rv Area - - - 12 *Amat Astro Inc meeting - 5, 12, 26 *Amat Astro Inc lecture - 19 Instt for Advd Study - - S/O Morris Musm Astro Soc - - 11 *New Jersey Astro Assn 27 No Jersey Astro Gp mtg 10/ No Jersey Astro Gp starvg S/O Peyton Observarory - - - 17 Plasma Physics Lab - - - 5, 12, 19, 26 Rutgers Univ Astro Collqm S/o Rutgers Univ Astro Semnr S/O *S*T*A*R - - - - - - - - - 4 Schommer Observatory - - 4, 18 Sheep Hill Astro Assn - - 7 *Sheep Hill Observatory - 19 *Utd Astro Clubs of NJ - - 6, 13, 20, 27 Washington Xing St Pk - - 5, 12, 19, 26 --------------------------- Buehler-Columbia AAA - - www.bergen.edu/buehler, firstname.lastname@example.org Dark Sky Observers - - - www.users.nac.net/gburke/club McDowell Obsy -mec.rst2.edu, 201-460-8300 Montclair Telescope Club 973-948-5284, email@example.com, users.erols.com/njastro/orgs/mtc.hrm Natl Space Soc-NJN - chapters.nss.org/nj/njn, 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 Alley Pond Park - - - - - 20 York College Observatory S/O REST OF WORLD STATEN ISLAND - SI Coll of Staten Is Obsy - 4, 18 Great Kills Park - - - - 20 Staten Is Community TV - 5, 12, 19, 26 THE BRONX - BX UPSTATE - NY Lamont-Doherty Obsy - - - 5, 12, 19 Ramapo Challenger Ctr - - 21 Vassar Coll Obsy - - - - S/O Ward Pound Ridge - - - - 20 Westchester Amat Astro - 5 ---------------------------- Mid-Hudson Astro Asson - www.midhudsonastro.org, 845-485-5669 =============================================================== Ongoing and continuing events -------------------------- all day - South Ferry - MH - South Ferry station reopened Indefinite duration. Old closed South Ferry station reopened on April 4 for access to Battery Pk and SI Ferry. You must Be in 1st 5 cars to get off at South Ferry. www.mta.info 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 - 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. $25 preview until May 8, #36 full show then after. 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 R 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 --------- Mon 1 May 00:00 - whole City - MH - spring Milky Way season Thru Jun 30. Spring 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 east sky at about 02:00. www.nyskies.org/articles/pazmino/milky-ny.htm all day - Governors Island - MH - cultural shows Thru 25 Sep. Island is open on every daym 10h-20h weekdayss, 10h-19g weejebds.Walkand tour thru former military base and new urban park. Shows vary each day or visit by foot or bike. Ferries run every day 10h-17h 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.governoreisland.com 22:00 - whole City - MH - omega Centauri chaleenge Thru 31 May. When cluster ome Cen, NGC5128, is on meridian it's about 1 deg alt, yet is observable from within NYC. Requires dark sky and clear horizon. www.nyskies.org/articles/pazmino/51285139.htm. Tue 2 May 18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecture 15 E 84 St, 5 Av/Madison Av. Various topics in history and ulture of ancient civilizations. Free, adv regn reqd. isaw.nyu.edu, firstname.lastname@example.org, 212-992-7842 18:00 - Earth Institute - MH - science lecture Columbnia Univ, Faculty House, 64 Morningside Dr. 'New York's renewable energy future'. Free, adv regn reqd. ei.columbia.edu, email@example.com Wed 3 May 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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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 - 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 - Middletown - CT - clearsky starviewing 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. email@example.com, www.asliclub.org 20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing Westport Astro Soc. Rolnick Obsy. Free. Cancelled for n clouds. www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 Thu 4 May 18:30 - Central Park - MH - cultural tour NYC-H2O. Walk thru history and culture of underground harlem Ctrrk in park and nearby streets.. $32.49, adv regn reeqd. www.nych2o.org, firstname.lastname@example.org 18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecture - see May 2 20:00 - Lincroft - NJ - S*T*A*R meeting Brookdale Commty Coll, Mommouth Museum. Free. www.starastronomy.org, email@example.com 20:30 - Coll of Staten Is - SI - clearsky starviewing Astrophys Obsy. Free, cancelled for clouds. 718-982-2818, csivc.csi.cuny.edu/supernove7/files/home.html, firstname.lastname@example.org, 20:30 - Piscataway - NJ - clearsky starviewing Rutgers Univ, Schommer Obsy. Free. Cancelled for clouds. 732-205-0020, www.physics.rutgers.edu/ast/ast-serin.html email@example.com Fri 5 May 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 11:00 - Palisades - NY - science lecture Lamont-Doherty Earth Obsy, Monell Audm. Various topics in geophysics and earth science. Free, 845-365-8634, www.ldeo.columbia.edu, firstname.lastname@example.org, 18:15 - Amer Musm Natl Hist - MH - Amat Astro Assn lecture Kaufmann Theater. Free, no musm adm fee. 718-522-5014, email@example.com, www.aaa.org 18:30 - McBurney House - MH - NYSkies Astronomy Seminar DISCUSSION: THE MILKY WAY, IN THE SKY AND IN SPACE 125 W 14 St, 6/7 Av. Discussion of astronomy topics, show & tell, skywatching reports, news of astro activity in NYSkies territory. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.nyskies.org 19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting nion Co Coll, Sperry Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.asterism.org, email@example.com territory. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.nyskies.org 19:30 - Pleasantville - NY - Westchester Amat Astro meeting Pace Univ, Miller Hall, Free. www.westchesterastronomers.org, email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org º 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 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 - 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 - Stratford - CT - Boothe Meml Astro Soc mtg Boothe Meml Pk, Obsy. Free. www.bmas.org, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture Stamford Obsy. $3. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. 203-322-6537, www.stamfordmuseum.org, email@example.com 20:30 - Wash'n Xing S P - NJ - clearsky starviewing Amat Astro Assn of Princeton. Simpson Obsy. Free, cancelled for clouds. www.princetonastronomy.org, 609-737-2575, Sat 6 May 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.custerobservator firstname.lastname@example.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, email@example.com 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 - Inwood Hill Park - MH - clearsky 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 20:00 - Danbury - CT - astronomy lecture Westn Conn St Uv, Obsy/Plm. Indoor planetarium show, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.wcsu.edu/starwatch, 203-837-8671, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see May 5 Sun 7 May 13:15 - Uniondale - LI - Amat Obsrs Soc meeting. Hofstra Univ, Berliner Hall. Free. www.aosny.org, email@example.com 18:00 - Cornelia St Cafe' - MH - Entertaining Science show 29 Cornelia St & W 4 St, Play & music on various science themes. $10 + one drink min. www.corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319 19:30 - Boonton - NJ - Sheep Hill Astro Assn meeting Boonton Senior Ctr. Free. www.sheephillastro.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com 20:00 - Uniondale - LI - clearsky starviewing Hofstra University,Berliner Bdg, Rm 117. Free, adv regn reqd. Cancelled for clouds. 516-463-2759, www.hofstra.edu/Academics, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see May 5 Tue 9 May 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 - Westport - CT - Westport Astro Soc meeting Rolnick Obsy. Free. www.was-ct.org, 203-227-0925 Wed 10 May 20:00 - Upper Montclair - NJ - No Jersey Astro Gp meeting Montclair St Univ, Richardson Hall, Room 232. Free. njastro.org, 973-655-7266 20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see Apr 5 20:00 - Centerport - li - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see May 3 20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see May 3 Thu 11 May 18:30 - NYPL Mid-Manhattan Liby - MH - cultural lecture 'Quarks of culture: How we came to be'. Free. w.nypl.org/calendar/index.cfm 19:30 - Morristown - NJ - Morris Museum Astro Soc meeting Morris Museum. Free. 973-386-1848, 973-386-1848,, www.mmastrosociety.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com Fri 12 May all day - Uniondale - LI - Ringling Brothers Circus Thru 21 May. Nassau Coliseum. Final season of traditional American circus.lAbsolute ast run inUniondale, then tents fold forever. All acts and performances eexcept those with the elephants. ~$30-~$90, adv regn reqd. www.nassaucoliseum.com,, www.ringling.com 10:00 - Princeton - NJ - science tour - see May 5 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, firstname.lastname@example.org 11:00 - Palisades - NY - science lecture - see May 5 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, email@example.com 19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - see May 5 19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see May 5 r 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 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see May 5 20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see May 5 20:30 - Wash'n Xing S P - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see May 5 Sat 13 May 20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see May 6 20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see May 6 20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg - see May 6 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see May 5 20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing - see May 6 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, Sun 14 May 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see May 5 Wed 17 May 18:30 - Mitchell FField - LI - Amer Instt Aero & Astro lecture Cradle of Aviation Museum. Various topics in aeronautics and astronautics. Free, optional $5 pizza-soda. 516-458-8593, email@example.com 19:30 - Middletown - CT - Astro Soc of Gtr Hartford meeting Wesleyan Univ, Van Vleck Obsy. Free. www.asgh.org, 860-872-9069, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - Greenwich - CT - clearsky starviewing - see May 3 20:00 - Centerport - li - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see May 3 20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see May 3 21:00 - 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 Thu 18 May 20:30 - Piscataway - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see May 4 20:30 - Coll of Staten Is - SI - clearsky starviewing - see May 4 Fri 19 May 10:00 - Upton - LI - science lecture Brookhaven Natl Lab, Bldg 510.. 'Tiny bubbles in the mine: New trsults from thr PICO-60 dark matter detector'. Free, have GI photo ID for campus security. www.bnl.gov/physics/evnts, 631-344-2651 10:00 - Princeton - NJ - science tour - see May 5 11:00 - Palisades - NY - science lecture - see May 5 18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecture - see May 2 18:30 - McBurney House - MH - NYSkies Astronomy Seminar DISCUSSION: MANHATTANHENGE AND WORLD SCIENCE FESTIVAL 125 W 14 St, 6/7 Av. Discussion of astronomy topics, show & tell, skywatching reports, news of astro activity in NYSkies territory. Free. email@example.com, www.nyskies.org 19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see May 5 20:00 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc lecture Union Co Coll, Smith Audm. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.asterism.org 20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see May 5 20:00 - Columbia University - MH - astronomy lecture - see May 5 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see May 5 20:30 - Wash'n Xing S P - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see May 5 20:30 - Boonton - NJ - clearsky starviewing Sheep Hill Astro Assn Obsy, Free. Cancelled for clouds. sheephillastro.otg, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com Sat 20 May 19:30 - Alley Pond Park - QN - clearsky starviewing Alley Pond Enviro Ctr. $14 at door. Cancelled for clouds. www.alleypond.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, 718-229-4000 20:00 - Great Kills Pk - SI - clearsky starviewing Natl Pk Svc. Enter at Hylan Bv to playground; Free. Cancelled for clouds. www.nps.gov/gate, 718-987-6790 n 20:00 - Ward Pound Ridge - NY - clearsky starviewing Westchester Amat Astro. Meadows Picnic Area. Free. Cancelled for clouds. email@example.com www.westchesterastronomers.org, 20:00 - Danbury - CT - astronomy lecture - see May 6 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see May 5 20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see May 6 20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg - see May 6 20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing - see May 6 20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see May 6 Sun 21 May 14:00 - Airmont - NY - science show Ramapo Challenger Ctr, 225 Rt 29. Multimedia imulation of space missions. $20. wwwlhvcc.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, 845-257-3416. 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see May 5 Wed 24 May all day - whole City - MH - Fleet Week show VARIOUS LOCATIONS AND HOURS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Thru 30 May. Dozens of navy ships from several countries dock in NYC for tours and visits. Demos ofair-sea operations a various places in City. Exhibts at Intrepid Museum. Free, possible limitedroom or long waits. Local news media, 20:00 - Centerport - li - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see May 3 20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see May 3 Fri 26 May 10:00 - Princeton - NJ - science tour - see May 5 19:30 - Cranford - NJ - Amat Astro Inc meeting - see May 5 19:30 - Staten Is Community TV - SI - science show - see May 5 20:00 - Stamford - CT - astronomy lecture - see May 5 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see May 5 20:30 - Wash'n Xing S P - NJ - clearsky starviewing - see May 5 20:30 Litchfield - CT - Litchfield Hills A A C lecture White Meml Consrvn Ctr. Free. Indoor lecture, clearsky starviewing. lhaac.shutterfly.com, email@example.com lhastro.org Sat 27 May 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, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - Southold - LI - Custer Institute meeting - see May 6 20:00 - Jenny Jump St Forest - NJ - Utd A C of NJ mtg - see May 6 20:00 - Inwood Hill Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see May 6 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see May 5 20:00 - Susan Rose Obsy - LI - clearsky starviewing - see May 6 20:30 - Voorhees St Pk - NJ - NJ Astro Assn meeting NJAA-HQ, Robinson Obsy. Free. www.njaa.org, 908-368-8600 Sun 28 May 20:00 - Central Park - MH - clearsky starviewing - see May 5 Mon 29 May all day - whole City - MH - Memorial Day Please check with event contact for session falling on this day by rule or outdated schedule 20:00 - Manhattan gridiron - MH - Manhattanhenge Thru 31 May. Sun sets in line with E-W streets within Manhattan gridiron. Requires clear view along street to horizon in NJ. www.nyskies.org/articles/pazmino/stone-ny.htm Tue 30 May 19:00 - New Haven - CT - Astro Soc of New Haven meeting Yale Univ, Leitner Family Obsy. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.asnh.org, email@example.com Wed 31 May all day - whole City - MH - World Science Festival VARIOUS LOCATIONS AND HOURS; INQUIRE AT CONTACT Thru Sun 4 Jun. Lectures, shows, performances, exhibits for all sciences. Some events are free, some pay. Many concurrent events in different locations. www.worldsciencefestival.com, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - Centerport - li - Astro Soc of LI meeting - see May 3 20:30 - Westport - CT - clearsky starviewing - see May 3 Events Skipped This Month ----------------------- EVENT MAY RESUME AT DIFFERENT PLACE OR HOUR; INQUIRE AT CONTACT ----- --------------------------------------[S/O] SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER reSUMPTION OF ACTIVITY -------------------------------------- 11:00 - Princeton - NJ - Instt Advd Stud lecture Princeton Univ, Bloomberg Hall, library. Free. www.sns.ias.edu/astro/astrocal.php, email@example.com 13:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture Seminar series. Rutgers Univ, Serin 401. Free. 732-445-3974, www.physics.rutgers.edu/ast/seminar 14:00 - New York University - MH - astronomy lecture Meyer Hall, 5th fl. Various topics in astrophys and relativity. Free. Have GI photo ID for campus security. 16:30 - Piscataway - NJ - astronomy lecture Colloquium series. Rutgers Univ, Busch Campus, Astro & Phys Lectr Hall. Free. www.physics.rutgers.edu/colloquium, 732-445-3974 18:00 -CUNY Graduate Center - MH - Ctr for Sci & Soc lecture 385 Fifth Av. 'Early modernb science intertwine An Iberoamerican perspective'.. Free, adv regn reqd, Free, limited seating. 212-854-7211, scienceandsociety.columbia.edu 18:00 - Inst Stud Anc World - MH - cultural lecture 15 E 84 St, 5/Madison Av. Exhibition lecture 'Weeks, months, yeats in Greek and Roman calendars' with 'Time and Cosomos' showw.. Free, adv regn reqd. isaw..nyu.edu firstname.lastname@example.org, 212-992-7842 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, email@example.com 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, 20:30 - 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, firstname.lastname@example.org 21:00 - Poughkeepsie - NY - clearsky starviewing Vassar College, Observatory. Free. Cancelled for clouds. physicsandastronomy.vassar.edu/observatory.html, 845-437-7340 -------------------------------------- [???] UNCERTAIN RESUMPTION OF ACTIVITY -------------------------------------- 15:30 - Greenwich - CT - Astro Soc of Greenwich meeting Bruce Museum. Free with musm adm. email@example.com, 203-415-6762, astrogreenwich.org 17:00 - Simons Foundation - MH - scinece lecture 160 5 Av & 21 St. 'Strange new worlds'. Free, adv regn reqd. 646-654-0066, ww.simonsfoundation.org 18:30 - CUNY Graduate Center - MH - Science and the Arts show 'TNo, No, Nobel' on women who missedthe Nobel Prize for their work. Free. 212-817-7521, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, 19:00 - Southampton - LI - astronomy lecture Montauk Obsy, Southampton Cultural Center. Indoor talk, clearsky starviewing. Free. www.montaukobservatory.com 19:00 - NY Academy of Sciences - MH - astronomy lecture 'The unification of physics: The ques for a Theory of Everything'. $15, adv regn reqd. wwww.nyas.org, 212-298-8600 19:45 - West Reading - CT - clearsky starviewingh New Pond Farm, obseratory. $10, adv regn reqd. , cancelled for clouds. www.newpondfarm.org, 203-938-2117, firstname.lastname@example.org 20:00 - Jones Beach St Pk - LI - astronomy lecture Amat Obsrs Soc. Roosevelt Natr Ctr. Indooe lecture, clearsky starviewing. $4, adv regn reqd. www.aosny.org, 516-785-3614, email@example.com General News ---------- I clarified the meaning of the notations in the 'index of events' section. Please recall that NYC Events ended the 'XXX' notation a couple years ago. I also renamed the 'ongoing conditions and situations' section to 'ongoing and continuing events'. NYSkies freshened its web homepage to remove aged material and clean some text. It notes that PazMiniBits and SpaceWalk are suspended with their last issues left in place as examples. May 2017 is the ABSOLUTE AND UTTER LAST CHANCE to enjoy the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus! And that chance is in NYSkies land!! The last of the greatest show on Earth plays in Nassau Coliseum on May 12-21. Some dates/hours may already be sold out. Gullivaer's Gate is a new long-term, maybe permanent ,exhibition in the Theater District of Manhattan. It opened in mid April for preview at reduced ticket price, then goes full show on May 9. GG displays in exquisitely detailed miniature models many iconic buildings and places thruout the world, with a special area for New York City. See under 'ongoing and continuing events'. Governors Island opens in 2017 on May 1, a month earlier than previously. Ferries run every day from Manhattan, on weekends from Brooklyn. World Science Festival runs 31 May-4 June in 2017. It stages a formal opening on the 30th with a black-tie theater/dinner/dance for Festival supporters . Please lay out your plans carefully because events may run concurrently or with too short time between them. See under May 31. NYSkies at World Science Festival this year has a new function! In the stead of fielding an exhibit at the washington Square science street fair on June 4th, we provide technical and reference services at the starviewing in Brooklyn Bridge Park on June 3rd. Particulars under discussion with the Festival. Astro Soc of New haven no longer uses Bethany Observatory, Yale University. Club does public starviewing at parks and beaches near New Haven, detailed in its web. I moved Institute for Advanced Study to 'S/O' in case it opens a new season of seminars or similar meetings in the fall. It apparently had none in the 2016-2017 school year. Institute for Study of Ancient World has a few remaining cultural talks in May, as noted in the 'index'. Mistaken advice earlier had ISAW finishing its lecture series in April. City News ------- Several NYSkiers sat a short-notice lecture about Iohannes Kepler on 30 march 2017. It was at Bard Graduate Center, UWS MH with some 20 scholars attending. The presentation discussed Kepler's work in the 1590s, prior to his planetary motion laws. Kepler was already a COpernicus advocate and tried to show that the planet orbits fit into a set of nested polyhedra. Besides making drawings of the polyhedra, he built modles and mechanisms with them. Penn Station was hit by rolling delays and service cuts, affecting all rail traffic thru it. On April 4, 2017, an Amtrak train derailed in the yard west of the depot, usually a minor incident. The train happened to rip out equipment tied to 8 tracks in Penn Station, slashing capacity for Amtrak, LIRR, and NJ Transit. While repairs are underway, expect service changes, delays, suspensions. NYSkies Astronomy Seminar on 7 April 2017 examined the astronomy features of astrology software. By the 1990s astrology programs were using the same ephemeris algorithms as for astronomy, both producing the same planet and lunar data. Astrology concentrates almost exclusively on the zodiac, represented in the classical 'wheel' chart, horoscope' as a circle graduated in signs/degree scale. Planets are marked by their symbols. The horizontal divide thru the center of this zodiac is the observer's horizon. The half above the horizon is the observer's sky, that below is hidden. At a lance we see which planets are up or not and the angular displacement among them. Some programs have a central angle dial to read out the elongation between any points in the zodiac, a feature crucial for astrologers but missing for astronomers. The inclination of the ecliptic is shown by the location of 'medium coeli', the crossing of ecliptic with local meridian. it is generally not centered at the top of the wheel but is shifted left or right. A left shift means the ecliptic runs in the sky more southeast to northwest; contrary for a right shift. The Moon has usually two additional markers: the apogee of her orbit and the ascending node. Both clue the astronomer to the Moon's latitude from the ecliptic and speed and angular size in the sky. When a new or full Moon is close to the ascending node, or opposite at the unmarked descending node, an eclipse is possible. Some program display info about immediately upcoming eclipses. Some programs mark the place of the previous and next full/new Moon, to judge the dates of dark Moon during observing hours. Astrologers monitor not only the instance of conjunction, or other alignment, but also the speed it develops and dissolves. Each planet in astrology, considering it as a bug on a flat sky, has a aura or 'orb' around it. When the orbs of two planets first touch the conjunction begins, when in the sky the planets are treated as somehow associated. Equality of longitude is the 'realization', the only event usually noted by astronomers. When the orbs break away the event is over, the planets no longer look associated./ Some programs generate charts for the event with the one planet 'attacking' the other, then 'retreating'.Astrologers note the start and end of retrograde, but astronomy software commonly don't show which state a planet is in. The wheel chart flags retrograde planets with a 'r' next to its symbol. A powerful astrology tool, not found in astronomy software, is a query for an arbitrary event. By keying in, thru a database-query code, a desired configuration of planets, the astrology program hunts up and tabulate instances of the configuration. Astronomy program do this for only a certain canned set of alignment, almost all with the Sun. Takeaways were several wheel charts labeled for different astronomy features, comparison of wheel to regular skymap, examples of event query, speed-position chart of planets. The NYSkies astrosocial on 2017 March 31 was rained out. I was the only NYSkier for our delegation. An irritating steady rain held others away. In total there were only 6 visitors, three being students of ISAW. The tour explored several of the exhibit's sundials and calendars to illustrate cosmic view of the Greek and Roman world. Ifeomia White-Thorpe, Morris Hills HS,Rockaway NJ, on April 5, 2017, won the last of all eight acceptances for Ivy League colleges! She received several earlier in March-April but the final one, for Harvard, won her the clean sweep. The schools are Brown, Dartmouth, Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Princeton, U of Pennsylvania, and Yale. The new network of city-operated ferries starts on May 1 with the Rockaway route. It runs from Bh 108 St and Jamaica Bay,stopping at Brooklyn Army Terminal and Pier11-Wall St. Service has all-new catamaran boats with food service and WiFi. Fare is $2.75 with ferry's own tickets, not MetroCard. Transfers are allowed to other ferry routes but not to the City transit system. Four more routes start up in summer-fall 2017. On 31 March 2017 ~19:50 EDST a manhole exploded in broadway at 12th St, Manh. Caused by festering underground fire, the blast shattered windows along adjacent streets, including Strand books on the corner. Several streets were closed for repairs and Broadway subway line was closed for several hours. On 13 April 2017 ~06:45 EDST a downtown M101 bus burst into fire! The driver hobbled it to Lexington Av & 45 St, where he discarded the riders. The fire consumed the motor bay and took firefighters about an hour to put out. Bus will be salvaged for spare parts else where in the vehicle. Besides train problems at Penn Station, a stampede of some 10,000 riders erupted on 2017 April 144 ~18:30 EDST. An Amtrak police downed a unruly man in the waiting room with a stun-gun. The gun-like device and its zap-crackle sound were taken as gunshots by rush hour crowds. Mobs in fleeing the depot caused at least 16 injuries from falls and bangs. On street, shouts of gun fire filtered into Macy's store, forcing a brief lockdown. Stampede was subdued by several police forces. NYS MTA in early April 2017 began investigating Daniel Brucker, about possible privately-run tours of Grand Central Terminal. Brucker is Director of Tours, taking groups along GCT-approved tours thru the depot's public and off-limits areas. Some NYSkiers took one of his walks, like on March 25 with a subway fan club. He is suspected of doing tours on his off-days without GCT knowledge, with stops at certain off-limits areas. Brocker is suspended during the investigation. NYSkies Astronomy Seminar on April 21, 2017, discussed lunar observing. We treated the motion and position of the Moon in the sky several sessions ago and now looked at the lunar topography. It really requires at least a good binocular to appreciate the surface details of the Moon, there being few positively discernible by bare eye. We noted the sense of directions, according as we treat the Moon as a flat disc on the celestial sphere or a separate world. Before the space projects, we only used the flat disc directions, the side of the Moon facing west in the sky is the western limb; east, eastern limb. Older lunar litterature adhaered to this convention. As a globe in space, when we starting sending spaceprobes to the Moon, the side on the east in the sky is the western limb; west, eastern. In the 1970- 1990 period lunar authors employed the one or the other, commonly with no notice of which. An other quirk was that traditionally astronomers placed south at top of photos and diagrams, matching the classical inversion of images in simple refractors. When the Moon is regarded as a globe, north is at top. Current lunar references have a north-up placement. in spite of the direction shift, older lunar material is still valuable for observing from Earth with small telescopes. Because the Moon has no air, there is no aerial perspective or soft shadows, or diffused sunlight. The scene is gross light and shade, making it hard to correlate a map with the scope view. The scene changes during the lunar day from sunrise, thru midday, to sunset. We suggested a exercise of photographing a landscape repeatedly during a sunny day, sunrise to sunset, like from a high floor window. The features look radicly different under the changing Sun angle. The line of sunrise/sunset is the terminator. For evening viewing the sunrise terminator is on the disc; morning, sunset. Some lunar observing programs have a database of mapping from an orbiting probe like kaguya, Clemetine, LRO. The program renders the data into photorealistic displays, with appropriate shading and shadows. This is, a recent innovation of software authors,. The web has many atlases and maps of the Moon, some digitized from former print editions. The plates are downloadable graphics which can be printed or examined on screen. We saw the effect of libration to nudge craters and maria to and from the lunar limb. The value of libration, in latitude and longitude, is the lat-lon on the Moon's selenographic scale that is centered on the disc. Or it's the lat-lon where Earth is in the zenith of the lunar sky. A good lunar software incorporates libration in the display for a given date and hour. Even a small scope may amplify the Moon's light to annoy or dazzle the eye. For casual viewing, the scope can be fitted with a subdiameter aperture made of cardboard. Or, to keep the telescope's full resolution, place a small ND1 photographic filter in the eyepiece tube. We chatted up the origin of the Moon and wondered why it took so long to realizw that the massive bombardment on the Moon must also fall on Earth. on Earth weather, tectonics, earthquakes, glaciers, human land modifying, vegetation, more erase or hide the craters. Takeaways were map-photo comparisons, views of Copernicus crater at various points in the lunar day, set of evening Moon phases with and without feature labels, cartographic lunar atlas, examples of libration. NYSkies starred at both NEAF and Earth Day in April 2017. Our table was handled a continual flow of visitors. For some reason this year thee was a higher interest in New York astronomy then normal, with banter and chat about the astronomy in the City and other towns. I presented my talk about Manhattanhenge at NEAF on April 9th, igniting additional inquiries about new York astronomy. Since many visitors are convenient to the City, we may see them at our Seminars. Sky News ------ April 2017 was a lousy stargazing month, with most nights clouded over. many were also rainy. The adverse sky killed off the omega Centauri challenge and GLOBE at Night. I heard of wide-spread cancellations of regional starviewings due to recurring clouds The final round of GLOBE at Night for NYSkies, 2017 Apr 18-27, was almost a total cloud-out. On the two evenings of clearish sky, on the 18th and 23rd, twilight dulled Orion to only 1st or 2nd magnitude transparency. GaN dates avoid evening Moon, which were in mid-late April, when Orion was edging into twilight. Observers are watching Jupiter, well up in southeast at nightfall in April 2017. Some were surprised that the moons weren't lined up neatly across Jupiter. Jupiter's moon plane this year is titled a from edge-in, causing the moons to pass on the north or south side of the Jovian disc. Midnight observers are starting to inspect Saturn in Ophiuchus- Sagittarius. He'll be in southeast at nightfall in mid May. Occultations of Hyades and Aldebaran continue thru spring and summer 2017, now in the predawn sky. Astronomers are already psyching up for the Porrima occultation in July! We then see TWO occultations at once. The omega Centauri challenge in April 2017 was killed by cloud and haze. No night was clear enough for a good chance to see this cluster. 2017 is the first year we extended the program into April. Until now it was only in May. The challenge continues into May but twilight may then interfere. See under May 1. The spring season for seeing the Milky Way from within the City opens on May 1st. Hopefully weather will improve to let the brighter patches of the summer Milky Way be seen in predawn hours. See under May 1. Season runs thru June 30.