High winds may be damaging in NYC/LI, an astronaut talk, the spectacular evening sky

Lots of exciting stuff today!
High winds Friday night into Saturday for the northeast US, could be really bad in the NYC- Long Island area.

March 14, Westchester Amateur Astronomers and the Iona College Physics Department are hosting astronaut Ron Garan, who flew on a Space Shuttle mission as well as commuting to the International Space Station in a Soyuz capsule. He lived on the ISS for 164 days.
The talk will be on Wednesday March 14 at Iona College’s Murphy Auditorium, located across North Avenue from the Main Entrance to Iona. Doors will open at 7PM.
The event is free and open to the public, but because of the high interest in Colonel Garan’s presentation and limited seating, you must register at Eventbrite and bring the ticket(s) with you and your guest(s). Once registered, you must download, print and bring the ticket with you. More info and a link at Westchester Astronomers.
Check out Col. Garan’s blog at http://fragileoasis.org/ .

Look up after sunset to see the moon, and those two bright dots – Venus and Jupiter! The moon will hang out with them for a few days. Jupiter and Venus are moving closer together and will pass each other in March. See http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2012/17feb_winterplanets/ to learn why bright dots in the sky excite our eyes when they come close together, which is why you shouldn’t miss their close approach in March!
See the diagram at http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/ataglance

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