The President’s Message

Welcome to December, the darkest month. Unfortunately, we don’t do enough observing because it’s too cold. The beautiful winter sky does beckon so try and make some time to go out and look. Unfortunately, our club location at Jones Beach is unavailable till mid January due to the holiday light show so there are no club planned observing sessions this month.

Many thanks to the Cradle of Aviation for hosting our November meeting. We had a chance to catch up, discuss the many observing prospects including the lunar eclipse, and check out the NASA Exo-planet exhibit, the companion to the one at the East Meadow Library which we helped to open in October. If you haven’t seen it yet, why not drop by on December 11 when I’ll be giving a presentation about Exoplanets. Both exhibits will be around till mid January so take a look. The Cradle also has another exhibit, a 4 ft diameter accurate Mars globe and a landscape with the Ingenuity helicopter on it. A surprise and un-publicized gem. Don’t miss it. The library will be getting another NASA exhibit in April. Stay tuned. Many thanks to Professor Michael Dine of the Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics, University of California, for his fine presentation of How Einstein Arrived at His Theory of General Relativity at our mid-November online meeting. I guess he didn’t just write it on a napkin at dinner one night. We look forward to the upcoming slate of speakers that our Vice President, Jason, has arranged for us.

Our December meeting will be back at Hofstra University, Berliner Hall. Hoping you can all join us. Professor Fred Walter of Stony Brook University will be discussing ODYSSEUS.

Our January meeting will be on the 8th at 1:30pm due to New Year’s.

Remember, the only dumb question is the one you don’t ask.

Friends are like stars. You don’t always see them,

Please, everyone, be safe and be careful.

Sue Rose, AOSNY President

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