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HOUR IS 14:00, NOT 12:00
Tue - 31 Jan
17:30 - Sci Ind Biz Liby - MH - cultural lecture
'Sudden sea' about the 1938 hurricane on Long Island.
Free. www.nypl.org/research/sibl, 212-592-7000
18:00 - NY Acady of Sci - MH - science lecture
'The discoveries, great breakthroughs in 20th century
science'. $20 adm. www.nyas.org, 212-838-0230
18:30 - Hayden Plm - MH - Celestial Highlights
Live skyshow of current evening sky. $12 adm.
The New York City transit strike on 20-22 December 2005 crippled
just about all space and astronomy events in the City. The events wre
either cancelled outright or suffered loss of staff and audience.
The episode was a searing lesson for darksky fans. Did you see on
the television newscasts all those cars trying to cram into the City?
Gazillions of them! It made Manhattan for the three days of the strike
look like other American large twons, right?
If this mass migration of cars had been the normal means of
traveling around the City, as it is else where in the country, can you
picture the immense amount of luminous graffiti they engender? They
would course along trashlighted higways, ctop at trashlighted shops
and malls, park in trashlighted lots, sit on sale in trashlighted
dealer yards, and on and on and on.
One of the underplayed miracles of the light pollution cause is
that in some towns, and specially in New York, there is a mother of
weapons against luminous graffiti.
Transit kicks the crap out of luminous graffiti. Where a New York
district is served by transit -- even a lousy two-track all-stops line
-- its strets are tempered in lighting and its skies are darker.
That's why, as an example, on December 12th, in Brooklyn, a 'town' the
size of Toronto or Chicago, stargazers enjoyed 4-1/2 to 5th magnitude
How many people DID all those cars move during the strike? All
those rivers, glaciers!, of cars moved but SEVEN PERCENT of the normal
weekday load of the City transit system.
As a result of the transit strike, the MetroCard holiday
discounts are extended three days to make up for the three days lost
during the strike. KEEP YOUR METROCARD!!!
The web addresses of two NYC Events memebrs changed. Lehigh Valley
Amat Astro Assn is now at 'www.lvaas.net', no longer '... .org',
Bucks-Mount Astro Assn is at 'www.bma2.com', no longer '... .org'. Thw
website of Westchester Amat Astro was hacked on December 20th to
spread viruses and spyware to its visitors. The site was replaced by a
simple page of plain text on the 23rd while the hacked one is cleaned
out and restored.
Starting in January 2006 I simplify the items for Pennsylvania
listings. I now note just the monthly general meeting and not all of
the other sessions. These are typicly outdoor clearsky starviewings.
You can learn of them at the general meeting or from the contacts.
There are many cultural tours in January, most requiring outdoor
exposure. Please be mindful of winter conditions in New York City
during the holiday season. What may be fun to walk thru for shopping,
visiting, commuting could be devastating on an extended outdoor tour.
NYSkiers crowded into several science lectures in December
accompanied by [as yet] unattached astronomy-minded folk. The lectures
included Squyre's 'Roving Mars' at noth the Hayden Planetarium and the
Science Library. All were thickly attended, a testimony to the fervor
for science among cityfolk.
The NYSkies Seminar continued its lively discussions of astronomy
news, with attendance over ten on the 1st and 15th. The Seminar on
December 15th featured Steve Lieber on 'International law of outer
space'. His talk is timely for at the United Nations In November there
were a couple committee meetings about outer space law. In spite of
the cold rain and sleet and threat of the transit strike, Lieber
spooke to a full house!
Many outdoor observing sessions are suspended for the harsh
conditions in a US Northeast winter. However, several continue right
thu the year. Please understand that the cold and wind are most
merciless to the unprepared astronomer! This is specially true in a
field with no shelter.
Amateur Astronomer Association Inc sticks to its despotic ways,
elaborated in the companion article 'AAA news'. Thus, certain of its
activities carry the risk of abuse and hostility, as marked in the
index and annotated in the listings.
On December 2nd three AAA Board members, including president
Michael O'Gara, displayed hostile behavior at its lecture at the
American Museum of Natural History. They tried to intimidate a Museum
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