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Quality of Life Issues:

For municipal attention, call: 311

Resources are listed at: nyc.gov


Community Board 1:

There is a Quality of Life Committee and Committees for each Lower Manhattan district

(Battery Park City, Financial District, Tribeca, and the Seaport). 

Contact Information:

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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



Battery Park City Authority:

Dedicated email for community concerns: streets@batteryparkcity.org

phone: (212) 417-2000

One World Financial Center, 24 Floor, New York, NY 10280


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For expedited attention, call: 212-417-3100

For police, fire, or medical emergencies, call: 911 



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Eyes to the Sky     

May 4 - 8, 2015

 

Dusk with three planets, glittering stars

 


An imaginary line from the bright planet Jupiter and through the even-brighter planet Venus helps you to locate the planet Mercury near the horizon. Be sure to look early because Mercury will soon follow the sun below the western horizon. The green line depicts the ecliptic. The dipper-shaped Pleiades will be near Mercury.

  

Planet Mercury takes its time to emerge from the peach-colored light above the spot where the sun drops into the skyline on these fine, early May evenings. The little planet closest to the sun climbs to its highest point above the west-northwest horizon and is brightest during the first week or so of May, although it is visible through mid-month. At first appearing to be a bright star about one fist width (extended at arms length) above the skyline, it is gradually dimming and will begin to lose altitude. Depending on your vantage point, Mercury is visible from twilight until about 9:30 p.m.

 

Sundown is at 7:54 tonight. Planets Venus and Jupiter, perceptible within fifteen minutes of sunset, are our guides to to seeing the dimmer Mercury. Venus appears in the west about 3 fist widths above the horizon. A fist width extended at arm's length equals approximately 10°. Jupiter, not as bright, appears high above in the southwest.

 

I am eager to locate Mercury as soon as it is physically possible for the eye to see it as daylight fades into twilight. It is said that the Greeks tested their eyesight in this way. For an exercise that is sure to delight, arrive at a location with a clear view to the west-northwest skyline about 45 minutes after sunset.

 

Trace a diagonal line from Jupiter to Venus and continue down towards the horizon to find dimmer Mercury. If the distinctive, star-like point of light is not there at first, retrace the diagonal up to the brilliant planets and back down. Re-read the first Mercury paragraph, above, and gaze with soft eyes. Look to the left to see bright Sirius the Dog Star that forms a triangle with Jupiter and Venus. Check the diagonal again. When Mercury's light reaches your eyes, it's like receiving a gift.

 

Take note that most astronomy writers suggest looking for Mercury 60 - 80 minutes after sunset when twilight has deepened, a wonderful field of bright stars twinkles in the western sky and it is easy to spot Mercury. It's nice that way, too, except you've missed the thrill of the hunt!

 

Judy Isacoff

NaturesTurn.org

Photo Courtesy of EarthSky.org