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Amateur Astronomers of NY Brooklyn Star Party in Prospect Park

The Amateur Astronomers Association of New York ( is pleased to invite all members of the NYC Physics and Astronomy Meetup to its Annual Brooklyn Start Party on Wednesday, July 10th at 8:30, weather permitting.  

My friend, AAA's & Brooklyn's own Ron McCollough, the Organizer of The Brooklyn Astronomy Meetup will lead stargazers from our Meetup and AAA in AAA's Annual Brooklyn Star Party.  If you cannot locate the group.. there will be a representative at the 9th St and Prospect Park West entrance. If you have Astronomy Equipment you would like to bring to the star party, please mention that in your RSVP.  If you wish, depending on the number of AAA members who attend, you may be able to get a tutorial on using your gear.   We encourage you to bring friends and mingle to make more.   

Directions to the observing site from several directions appear below.

  • Enter park at 9th st and Prospect Park West. Stay on the path to the left of the monument and cross the runners path/road and continue straight down the asphalt path towards the open area until you see us. (map) Or just follow the balloons.
  • Unfortunately... if the weather is cloudy the event will have to be cancelled until next month's date, August 7th. For last minute updates on weather related cancellation check here or go to


By car:
From Manhattan:  Take the Manhattan Bridge onto Flatbush Avenue directly to Grand Army Plaza.  Exit the plaza onto Prospect Park West and proceed to 9th Street.
From the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway:  Take the BQE to the 38th Street exit.  Make a left onto 4th Avenue and proceed to 9th Street.   Turn right on 9th Street to Prospect Park West.

By subway:
(F) F train to 7th Avenue stop (at 9th Street).  Exit the station at 8th Avenue and 9th Street (front of the train if coming from Manhattan).  Walk one block east to Prospect Park West and 9th Street.
(2) 2, 3 to Grand Army Plaza stop.  Take the B69 bus or walk 13 (short) blocks along Prospect Park West to 9th Street.
(B) B, Q, S to Prospect Park stop (Flatbush Avenue and Ocean Avenue).  Enter the park and follow the Blue Trail across the park to the Bandshell.

By bus:
B69, B75 go directly to Prospect Park West and 9th Street.
B68 goes to Prospect Park West and 15th Street (Y).  Walk up to 9th Street or go through the park to the observing site.
B41, B71 go to Grand Army Plaza.  Follow instructions for the 2, 3 subway (2) above.


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  • Kristina

    have a building meeting to attend :(

    July 10, 2013

  • leo g.

    Great to hear Harvey!

    The reason both the NYC Physics and Astronomy Meetup and the Amatuer Astronomers Association of New York exist is to give stargazing newbies and those further up the learning curve places to see the wonders in the sky together.

    Where would Edwin Hubble have spent his career if he hadn't learned from Henritta Swan Leavitt that Cephed Variables intrinsic luminosity is directly correlated to their periodic pulsations? (i.e. the peroid-luminosity relation, aka Leavitt's Law). Using these Cephid Variables as "standard candles" to compute the distance of stars, Hubble could figure out that the Universe is expanding. Teaching others how to stargaze and enjoying the sights are wonderful pretexts for hanging out under clear skies with great people.

    Harvey and all stargazing newbies, please join our observing sessions!


    July 7, 2013

  • harvey w.

    I'm a stargazing newbie.Had a interesting time on[masked] at Inwood Hill Park Bear Rock Medows,with Stargazers and their families.

    1 · July 7, 2013

  • leo g.

    Michael, while some say we do have this universe "out of nothing", after that, it does seem that matter cannot be created or destroyed. Endless expansion and Big Crunch scenarios I've heard wil take trillions of years. None of this is a reason to drink a 32 oz. soda.

    Local NYC amateur astronomer W. Allen noted that if the Universe is infinite, that is not a comforting thought when you lose your car keys.

    July 2, 2013

  • mark p.

    traveling.. sounds great.

    July 1, 2013

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