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Quality of Life Issues:

For municipal attention, call: 311

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Community Board 1:

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

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Contact Information:

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:

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

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September 15 - 19, 2014

Venus last call, Mars meets Scorpion

Moon with Jupiter in predawn and dawn sky September 19. Venus is below Jupiter, soon to disappear from the morning sky.

The lure of a pair of planets, one reddish and the other yellow, that look like stars as they emerge when evening darkness gathers, is matched by the lure of another pair of planets that persist in the early morning sky as darkness lifts.

By responding to the rhythmic appearance of Mars (now redder as it is low toward the horizon) and Saturn in the southwest each evening, we reaffirm our sense of belonging to Earth as a planet among others orbiting our sun. Now that Mars has moved so far east, Scorpius' remarkable red star Antares is included in the view, making a threesome. Antares, although 170 light years away, is the 10th brightest star visible from the northern hemisphere. Our eyes reach far beyond the solar system into our galaxy when we see Antares. The act of observing the stars serves to include us in the fabric of the cosmos, strengthening our spirit.

Sunset tonight will be at 7:07. About 40 minutes later, the brightest stars and planets appear. The planetary show is rather fleeting, best observed from a spot with a clear view to the southwestern horizon. Today, the threesome sets, from right to left: Saturn at 9:33, Mars 9:55 and Antares at 10:09. By Friday, Saturn sets at 9:18, Mars at 9:48 and Antares at 9:53pm.

Morning skywatching is a special event for most of us. Farmers and athletes who are awake before the sun have to make the extra effort to look up. Stargazing enthusiasts convince ourselves that it's worth going to bed when Mars sets to rise in time to catch Venus and Jupiter with an entourage of winter stars that are still visible around 5:50am. Venus and Jupiter are bright in the east until about 6:10 and can be seen later with patient, steady focus near the eastern horizon. Jupiter rises around 3am, hours before Venus at 5:45am tomorrow and by Friday 5:52. Sunrise will be at 6:37 tomorrow and an hour earlier everyday this week.

Judy Isacoff