THE NYSKIES ASTRONOMY SEMINAR
On 2005 March 17 NYSkies opened the
NYSkies Astronomy Seminar in St Paul's Lutheran Church in W 22nd
St, Manhattan. In April 2010 it moved to McBurney House in W 14th
These meetings are discussions and presentations of current astronomy topics, space missions, show & tell, celestial events, travel and conferences, observing reports, and news of other astronomy activities in and around New York City.
In the months between school semesters, the Seminar features a Summer Lecture Series, presented by area astronomers to explain their projects. This fills in the 'valley' when lectures elsewhere are on leave. During the school year, occasional special lectures are offered as the opportunity allows.
Sessions are on the first and third Friday of each month from 6:30PM to 9:30PM It runs an extra half hour starting in 2012 January. Future sessions are:
January 4 & 18 February 1 & 15 March 1 & 15 April 5 & 19
May 3 &17 June 7 & 21 July 12* & 19 August 2 & 16
September 6 & 20 October 4 & 18 November 1 & 15 December 6 & 20
* Meeting is
changed from the normal first Friday to skip around holiday
The NYSkies Astronomy Seminar meets at McBurney Hall, 125 West 14th Street, Manhattan. It is next to 14th St, IND 6th Av (orange): 6th Av, BMT 14th St (gray); 14th St, PATH. Nearby are the 14th St stations of IRT 7th Av (red), IND 8th Av (blue), BMT Broadway (yellow), and IRT Lexington Av (green). Buses in 14th St, 6th Av, and 7th Av stop close to McBurney Hall.
A notice about each session is emailed to supporters of NYSkies thru its Yahoogroup. There are no cancellations, except for overwhelming circumstance like a transit strike or storm evacuation. The latest news about the Seminar is in the Yahoogroup, where last minute announcements are posted.
The formation of the NYSkies Astronomy Seminar came from the growing desire of NYSkiers and other local astronomers to have a congenial climate in which to carry on their discussions of astronomy, to offer a more personal flavor to the Yahoogroups forum, and to give NYSkies more visibility as an urban astronomy support service.
The NYSkies Astronomy Seminar is open to the public and is free of charge, there being no formal 'membership' in NYSkies in the usual sense. It is funded now by generous donations from many NYSkiers.
If you have a loose Friday on your astronomy calendar, hop a train or bus and ride to the stars with The NYSkies Astronomy Seminar.