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Community Board 1:

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49-51 Chambers Street, Room 715, New York, NY 10007

Phone: 212-442-5050

Noah Pfefferblit, District Manager

Evan Lacher, Community Liaison

Lucy Acevedo, Community Coordinator

Diana Switaj, Land Use and Planning Consultant



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Dedicated email for community concerns: streets@batteryparkcity.org

phone: (212) 417-2000

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Eyes to the Sky, July 28 - August 1, 2014

Summer's Scorpius, Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower



Comet 96P Machholz, the possible parent of the 

Delta Aquarid meteor shower, was discovered 

on May 12, 1986, by Donald Machholz. 

Photo: Wikimedia Commons



Diagram courtesy earthsky.org


The splendid star pattern of Scorpius the Scorpion is painted above the southern horizon at nightfall. A summer constellation, it is now well positioned for most northern stargazers, not only those awake late into the night and before dawn at other times of year. Scorpius' long body, from head to heart to recurved tail replete with stingers, stands tall upon the horizon before it gradually lays down and disappears in the southwest after midnight.


Observing in the city, we might see only Antares, the Scorpion's brightest star, It shines as one of a string of bright celestial lights stretched south to southwest from shortly after 9pm until shortly before midnight. To the right of Antares, find Saturn, then Mars, then Spica. Above Mars, notice Arcturus, the brightest star in the summer sky. Discover a triangle formed by Arcturus, Mars and Saturn.


A dark sky location close to 10 p.m. will be ideal for viewing Scorpius: twilight will have deepened to full darkness, making it possible for the figure's dimmer stars to appear. It's always worth trying on a clear evening. Give your eyes about 15 minutes to adjust to the dark. Close to the horizon, look for two stars side by side at the tip of the Scorpion's tail. Known as Cat's Eyes, the more luminous of the two is Shaula, Arabic for "the scorpion's stinger". Lesath is the dimmer star to the right.



Radiant point for Delta Aquarid shower is near star Skat, or Delta Aquarii. This star is near in the sky to a much brighter star, Fomalhaut, which can be found roughly on a line drawn southward through the stars on the west side of the Great Square.


In the absence of moonlight this week, meteor enthusiasts will be looking up for the Delta Aquarids tomorrow and Wednesday at around 3am. Choose a location with as little light pollution as you can. Early Perseids may also surprise us.


The Amateur Astronomers Association (AAA) of New York has planned a dark sky observing opportunity for August 23. For information about joining the AAA contact the event chair Tom Haeberle, treasurer@aaa.org. For the full schedule of observing in NYC, go to aaa.org/home


Judy Isacoff

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