04.24.2015
By Markets Media Life

Stargazing in the City

Just because you live in the city doesn’t mean you have to miss out on stargazing. Now that the skies are starting to clear up, there are many spots around New York that’ll let you observe celestial wonders for free.

1. Lincoln Center

Photo via Flickr/Chun-Hung Eric Cheng

Photo via Flickr/Chun-Hung Eric Cheng

Join the Amateur Astronomers Associations of New York (AAA) every Friday and Saturday evening on the plaza, north of the fountain, for some serious stargazing. You’ll be able to see planets like Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn on certain days. The moon might make an appearance too.

http://www.aaa.org/observing/lincoln-center/

2. High Line

Photo via Flickr/Karen Blumberg

Photo via Flickr/Karen Blumberg

Another great place to peer at the skies through AAA’s high-powered telescopes in between your plans for the night. Experts will be there if you want to talk about anything interesting you’ve just seen. Every Tuesday, from dusk to 9p.m.

http://www.thehighline.org/activities/stargazing

3. Central Park

Photo via Flickr/pixel_play

Photo via Flickr/pixel_play

The AAA event here only happens once every few months on a Sunday from 1-3 in the afternoon, but it’s one of the two places in the city where you can observe the sun. (The other being the High Line.) Fear not, as the telescopes will come with specially approved filters. Solar astronomer Tom Haeberle will lead the sessions.

http://www.aaa.org/observing/solar-observing-in-central-park/

4. Columbia University

Photo via Columbia University

Photo via Columbia University

In addition to the 90-minute guided stargazing session, you also get to sit in on a free public lecture beforehand, view slideshows, and have your questions answered by a professional astronomer. The Spring series is about to wrap up, but the summer nights will feature a sci-fi film screening.

http://outreach.astro.columbia.edu/

5. Brooklyn Bridge Park

Photo via Amateur Astronomers Association of New York

Photo via Amateur Astronomers Association of New York

“Journey to the Stars” doesn’t happen until July but it’s well worth the wait. There’s no better place to unlock the secret of the heavens than on the Brooklyn waterfront and with the help of powerful 8″ Dobsonian telescopes. Mark your calendars now!

http://www.aaa.org/observing/observing-at-brooklyn-bridge-park/

Featured photo via Flickr/Oliver Rich

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