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The Amateur Astronomers Association of New York and the NYC Physics and Astronomy Meetup are pleased to announce that astronomy observing sessions will now regularly be hosted in the Bronx at Van Cortlandt Park on the second Friday of each month through November.  The park has a clear 360° view of the sky and contains various observing locations.  Within the Park, we meet in front of The Van Cortlandt Mansion, overlooking the Turtle & Hare ball field.

The northbound # 1 train stops at Broadway and 242nd Street in the Bronx.  Enter e Van Cortlandt Park at the 242nd Street entrance, turn left and follow the path to the Van Cortlandt Mansion on the right. All park entrances on Broadway lead you to the observing location.

As an added bonus, on select observing nights which will be specifically identifiedat least 15 days in advance on our calendar, the Venue may instead move across Van Cortlandt Park to neighboring Woodlawn Cemetery. There, in conjunction with The Friends of Woodlawn Cemetery, we will be able to take advantage of one of the darkest observing locations in NYC - - and this one is right across the Street from the Subway.

We encourage anyone wishing to bring a telescope or binoculars to do so, and if you require assistance learning to use your telescope, we ask that you please notify us beforehand so that we can research your scope and verify we have an expert available to assist.

Chair: Joseph Martinez


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  • Jupiter J.

    Folks, it looks like mother nature is not working with us today and the cloud cover has increased from 80% to 94% with Thunderstorms on the tail end. That said it appears that we will have to cancel this evenings observing session and reschedule for an alternate date . As mothers day is Sun. I am fully willing to schedule observing on Monday or Tuesday if members here so wish. Please post up here and we will try and coordinate something for us to observe.

    1 · May 10, 2013

    • Jupiter J.

      Dennis i tend to agree monday seems quite suitable, i just need to confirm with the other observers that are bringing their scopes . Once i get a confirmation I will update the event accordingly. Thank you for the feedback.

      May 10, 2013

    • Jupiter J.

      Folks , based on the weather and conflicts with other observing sessions i have reached out to the observers to see who is available for Thursday May 16th. I will reschedule this event as soon as i receive confirmation . Additionally , the solar observing session that was cancelled on May 11 looks to be rescheduled to this Sat. May 18 but i will post the details by this evening .

      May 14, 2013

  • Gunes K.

    80% cloud cover + 61% Precip. Bummer.

    May 10, 2013

    • Jupiter J.

      Thats what happens when we dont live in a desert :-( . im soliciting feedback to determine if people would like to meet Sunday at the same time . i will post up our final plans just after 3pm

      May 10, 2013

  • Jupiter J.

    Friends, We have been monitoring the weather and will make a final decision at 3pm at which time i will post here. If the case is that the event will have to be cancelled for this evening , i would like to schedule an immediate reschedule of the event for this Sunday instead. However i would like to get your feedback as observers on the appeal for this?

    May 10, 2013

  • Dennis T.

    I can only be there at 8:30. You guys don't move around do you?

    May 8, 2013

  • tanzania

    Can't wait! I saw Saturn on Saturday b/c members of AAA had an awesome homemade telescope outside of the Brooklyn Museum. I didn't catch the AAA members' names, but I'm grateful to them for such an epic experience!

    May 6, 2013

  • Ricardo

    Will be there.

    May 6, 2013

  • Gunes K.

    I'll bring a brand new celestron nexstar 8se, still in bubble wrap... Well, almost...

    May 4, 2013

  • Dhruv Gaba (.


    I have Celestron Binos 15*70, never done any star gazing so will need guidance. Clear Skies.

    May 4, 2013

  • Chris M.

    Actually bringing more than 2 guests. :-)

    April 28, 2013

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