May 29, 2013 9:45 pm

Upcoming Events from Cosmic Community Members in New York and Cincinnati


As some of you may have noticed, we’re in the early stages of building the StarTalk Radio Cosmic Community of academic and scientific organizations, programming groups, schools and astronomy clubs that will promote excitement and interest in STEM education.

One way we’ll be helping our community members is spreading the word about the exciting events they’re planning by posting them here on the blog, in our newsletter, and via social media. In this post, we’ve got upcoming events from the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York and Cincinnati Observatory.


Amateur Astronomers Association of New York

By Jaclyn Avidon, Instructor, Amateur Astronomers Association of New York

The Amateur Astronomers Association of New York has a very busy summer ahead! Our Summer Astronomy Class, entitled “Cosmology: It All Started With A Bang” kicks off in July and runs for 6 weeks (I’ll be teaching it).

One of our board members, Jason Kendall, will be giving two talks at the Inwood Branch of the New York Public Library — one talk entitled “Life in the Universe” is on July 13th, and the other “The Big Bang: Latest Results from Planck” is on August 10th.

We also have many observing events. Every Tuesday night we observe at the High Line in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. On June 1st and 2nd we’re partnering with the World Science Festival to host observing events in Brooklyn and Manhattan, and we have many other observing sessions planned throughout the summer at various locations in NYC.

On June 1 we will be observing at Brooklyn Bridge Park from 8pm-10pm. We’ll be looking at the beautiful vista Jupiter, Mercury, and Venus will provide and there will be astronomers and live music.

On June 2 we will be in Washington Square Park all day with a few telescopes set up. There’s a big science street fair going on. Both of these events are for the World Science Festival. The links to both events are below:

For more information about these and other events from the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York, visit


The Cincinnati Observatory Center

By Dean Regas, Astronomer, Cincinnati Observatory and Co-host of Star Gazers on PBS


Sun-day Sunday Sundae

Sunday June 9 and July 14, from 1-4pm

The Sun is the star attraction on this Sunday and you can learn all about our nearest stellar neighbor. Sun-day Sunday Sundae includes hourly programs about the Sun, tours of our historic buildings, and safe viewing of sunspots and solar flares out of our 1843 telescope (weather permitting). As a special treat we will also have free sundaes for those in attendance.

No reservations needed.  Drop on in. All ages welcome.

Cost: $7 per person.


Supermoon 2013

Saturday June 22, 8-10pm

Not all Full Moons are created equal. Some are closer to the Earth than others and every 14 months we get a slightly larger Full Moon. These Supermoons make the Moon appear 14% bigger in the sky.

Join us at the Observatory to watch the Supermoon rise above the eastern horizon at 8:20pm and see if you can tell the difference. Supermoon includes tours of the two Observatory buildings and viewing through the historic telescopes of Venus and Saturn (weather permitting).

No reservations needed.

Cost: $5 per person

The Cincinnati Observatory Center is located at 3489 Observatory Place, Cincinnati, OH 45208. For more information about these and other events from The Cincinnati, please visit or call 513-321-5186.


If you’re in the New York or Cincinnati areas this June or July, you may want to add these events to your calendar.

And if you are a member of an organization that you think would make a perfect member of our Cosmic Community, fill out this very short contact form now  and we’ll be in touch. And if you have any news, please email it to our Social Media coordinator, Stacey Severn at [email protected].

That’s it for now. Keep Looking Up!

–Jeffrey Simons

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