Speaker: Robert Kelly, meteorologist
Bright lights make it hard to be an urban astronomer. Start with the brightest stars and use them to find your way to see the constellations. Using a map of the brightest stars can help. Planets, satellites and the moon are bright enough for the city. There are some darker places, even in Manhattan, and people who can show the way. Of course, there are even darker places; the further you go away from city lights the darker the skies and the more stars and galaxies and nebula you can see. Be a casual astronomer in Manhattan – block the lights and see something.
ROBERT KELLY, until very recently, was an air pollution meteorologist with the Environmental Protection Agency’s NYC office. Bob has a Bachelor’s degree in Meteorology and a Master’s in Meteorology and Environmental Science. The events coordinator for the Westchester Amateur Astronomers, Bob gets the word out about weather, astronomy, and environmental science via his blog (bkellysky.wordpress.com), the Almanac column for Westchester Astronomers, and public talks. Most recently, Bob observed his first total solar eclipse as a VIP at Clemson University in South Carolina.