EYES TO THE SKY August 20 – September 2, 2018

Sirius stands about 3 degrees above the southeastern horizon during its heliacal rising in Boston. (latitude 42 degrees N) on August 13, 2016. The star will be about 50 degrees to the right (south) of the bright spot near the horizon in the sunrise direction. Note that image is from Boston in 2016. Courtesy of Skyandtelescope.com Map_ Bob King_ Source_ Stellarium

The Summer Triangle, an impressive star pattern shaped by three bright stars, is visible high in the southeast as twilight deepens and is prominent all night.   In the evening sky, the Summer Triangle hovers above Mars, the not-to-be-missed brightest celestial body – excepting the moon – in the southeastern sky. Altair, the lowest star […]

Give Your Input on Massive Barriers Proposed for the Metro Region


In its New York and New Jersey Harbor and Tributaries Coastal Storm Risk Management Study, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is considering various plans to “manage the risk of coastal storm damage…while contributing to the resilience of communities, critical infrastructure, and the environment.”   One alternative includes a massive five-mile-long barrier at the mouth […]

EYES TO THE SKY August 6 – 19, 2018

Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle approaches Earth every 133 years during its oblique orbit around the sun. It last approached Earth in 1992, and will return in 2126. Its path of debris causes the annual Perseid meteor shower.
Credit: NASA/JPL

See streaks of light dart through a field of stars glittering in darkness. Streaks of light with long and lasting trails stir eyes, heart and voice to heaven’s touch. One of the greatest shows of the season here on planet Earth is underway right now; it is the Perseid meteor shower.   A meteor is […]

The River Project Honors Oystermen

Honorees Pete Malinowski, president of the Billion Oyster Project, and Mark Kurlansky, author of The Big Oyster stand behind Clay Hiles, Executive Director of the Hudson River Foundation, Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President and  Cathy Drew, founder and executive director of The River Project.

Since 1986, The River Project has been working to protect and restore the ecosystem of New York Harbor through scientific research, hands-on environmental education, habitat improvement and innovative waterfront programs. Manhattan Deputy Borough President Matthew Washington served as the evening’s emcee. The annual fundraising event featured an evening of music, cocktails and dinner while cruising […]