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"Wind Chill Advisory" ...Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect until noon EST Sunday... * locations...New York City...Long Island and portions of northeastern New Jersey. * Hazard types...strong winds and dangerous wind chills. * Timing...coldest wind chills late tonight into early Sunday morning. * Wind chill...15 to 24 degrees below zero. * Winds...northwest 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. * Impacts...the frigid conditions will be dangerous to those venturing outside. Prolonged exposure may cause frostbite. The combination of very low wind chills and frigid air temperatures have the potential to result in frozen pipes...frostbite and hypothermia. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Wind Chill Advisory means that very cold air and strong winds will combine to generate low wind chills. This will result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken. Outdoor exposure should be limited. If you are heading outdoors... dress in layers and keep your hands and head covered to protect against frostbite , "Special Statement" ...Dangerously cold wind chills tonight into Sunday morning... * temperatures tonight into early Sunday morning will fall to zero to 3 degrees below zero in and around the New York City and New Jersey Metro...and Long Island...and coastal Connecticut. Temps will fall to 5 to 10 degrees below across interior portions of northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time are expected to reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 30 degrees below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens...with wind chills likely not rising above zero until mid to late afternoon. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. 435 am EST Sat Feb 13 2016 ...Dangerously cold wind chills tonight into Sunday morning... * temperatures tonight into early Sunday morning will fall to zero to 3 degrees below zero in and around the New York City and New Jersey Metro...and Long Island...and coastal Connecticut. Temps will fall to 5 to 10 degrees below across interior portions of northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time are expected to reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 30 degrees below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens...with wind chills likely not rising above zero until mid to late afternoon. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. -- Saturday Feb.13 16,10:36 PM Weather  |  LIRR  |  Traffic  |  Traffic Cams |  Weather News

Long Island Planetariums

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The Charles and Helen Reichert Planetarium at the Vanderbilt Museum, located on the sprawling Vanderbilt estate in Centerport on the North Shore, is Long Island’s most active and popular planetarium.  The planetarium is the most modern part of the estate, as the other buildings were built in three stages between 1910 and 1936.  Formerly known as the Vanderbilt Planetarium, the facility was renamed after a private donation was made by IGA Magnates Charles and Helen Reichert in order to preserve the historical and educational site.  The planetarium was built on the estate grounds in 1971, and is currently operated by Suffolk County.   The planetarium reopened in March 2013 after being closed for over a year for massive renovations that included a new projection system with video and surround sound, new lighting, and a whole new interior with 147 plush reclining seats.

Inside the planetarium, the audience can get a detailed look at the night sky, including stars and animated constellations.  Several different shows that include NASA imagery are featured at night, which change seasonally, including “Long Island Skies,” “Stars,” “Black Holes,” and “Solar System Odyssey.”  The Reichert Planetarium also hosts themed music nights, in which light shows are produced on the planetarium walls to the beat of the music.  The planetarium is known for its staple classic rock nights with music from bands like Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and the Rolling Stones.

During the week, the Reichert Planetarium frequently hosts field trips for local students to learn about space.  About 200 students visit the Reichert Planetarium every day to further their knowledge of astronomy.

The Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City also has a JetBlue Sky Theater Planetarium, which features a high-resolution projection on a five-story-tall screen that the museum calls “3D without the glasses.”  It also offers a state-of-the-art sound system.  Three shows are offered, and each show is preceded by a short presentation on the Long Island night sky that acquaints the audience with planets, stars, constellations, and the mythical gods and goddesses for which many celestial bodies were named. Limited show times are available.

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