SATURDAY NIGHT: Free Urban Starfest In Central Park

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Interesting free event in Central Park tomorrow night (Saturday, 10/20).

The Amateur Astronomers Association of New York (AAA), in conjunction with the NYC Urban Park Rangers, will “take Manhattan on a tour of our solar system and universe” during its annual Urban Starfest in Sheep Meadow.

Full details are available at the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York’s website:

The Urban Starfest is free and open to everyone. It demonstrates the ability and perseverance of amateur astronomers and the general public to view the wonders of the night sky, even though we will be only a mile from Times Square! The Sheep Meadow is an open area, free of glare from local lighting, where almost the entire sky can be seen. Many club members and other amateur astronomers bring telescopes—some fairly large—so that they and the public can share the heavenly views.

The event will begin at dusk, when trained AAA observers will be setting up their scopes and determining their celestial targets. Guests are welcome to come early, watch this process, and speak with AAA members and supporters about telescopes, astronomical binoculars and solar observing equipment.

Urban Starfest will run from 6:30 to 10:00 pm — Sheep Meadow is located roughly between 66th & 69th Streets (click here for map). The easiest point of entry from the West Side is via 67th Street at Central Park West.

In case of rain or cloudy skies, the event will be moved to Sunday, 10/21. I suspect the news will be posted on AAA’s Facebook or Twitter pages.



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