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visitor by posturing and gesturing!
Because there seems now to more than just a 'risk' of abuse and
hostility, NYC Events no longer lists AAA events at the Museum. These
were so far this season the club's own lectures in Kaufmann Theater
and their starviewing at the Planetarium's Monday shows.
We lose Venus in Jnaury for good. She is racing toward her
inferior conjunction in early 2006. Mars is in high sky by nightfall
in December. He's the good and bright orange star in Aries. He steams
eastward toward Taurus. The disc is getting too small for comfortable
inspection in small scopes. Saturn is in the east at nightfall, to
replace Venus in the evening sky in January. His rings are slowly
closing up, making him more 'classical' in appearance.
The Observer's Handbook is only $17, including pack and post.
NYSkiers can pick up their copies at our Seminars or other astro and
space events around New York, or just let me mail the book to you.
Hurry! There are only a few copies left!! Please get your request in
NOW, like TOMORROW MORNING, to avoid gross disappointment.
On Decemver 12th, the City enjoyed a sparkling sky, filled with
tiny stars all over. Transparency on Manhattan was 4-1/2 to 5th
amgnitude. It was chilly and breezy, but many of us toughed it out to
enjoy the spaectacule. There were many other clear nights in December,
but only when the air was cold and windy.
The sky on December 28th was among the darkest ever -- by day! It
couded over during the previous night so densely that in morning, when
the sky should have be bright with daylight, it was like deep
twilight. The streetlights were still ligted and cars had headlights
on!! By mid morning the clouds thinned to a normal rainy day density
with diffuse daylight.
The year closed with the celebration in Times Square, packed with
a full million visitors standing in the nasty pitter/patter since
early afternoon. As part of the revelry, the leapsecond was inserted,
making the last minute before midnight contain 61, not 60, seconds.
Technicly, the leapsecond is added before 24h UT, or 19h EST. In New
Yoek, and commonly elsewhere, the leapsecond is part of the local New
Year's celebration. New York City was a second ahead of UT for five
hours up to local midnight.
Astronomers are exploiting NYSkies as a quick, handy, friendly, and
potent source of astronomy news relating to the City. And there is
LOTS of astronomy stuff going on around New York! Since it revived on
28 September 2001 (it was interrupted by World Trade Center) NYSkies
became the definitive forum and public record for matters bearing on
home astronomy in and around New York.
Joining NYSkies is easy. Send an empty email to this Yahoogroup
maillist at '[email protected]'. Its posts are sent to
you in your email and you post to it by email. It's that simple!
Or you may go to 'groups.yahoo.com/group/nysky'. If you are already
signed up with Yahoo, you go and sign in and then 'join' NYSkies. If
not, you have to go thru a silly 'registration' that's a one shot
chore, valid for all groups you may eventually join. The files area of
NYSkies are accessible only thru the website.
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