he Amateur Astronomers Association of New York and the NYC Physics and Astronomy Meetup host observing sessions, free and open to the public, one Friday night each month from April through October, at Carl Schurz Park in Manhattan. Carl Schurz Park is located along East End Avenue at the end of East 86th Street. The park has a lovely view of a lot of sky above the East River, Roosevelt Island, Queens, and the Queensborough and Triborough bridges.
We meet on the park esplanade (John Finley Walk), overlooking the East River. The 86th Street entrance to the park is the closest to where we set up, though that entrance requires climbing stairs to reach the esplanade. One may enter the park at many other points, including 87th or 88th streets, thereby avoiding the stairs. We encourage anyone wishing to bring a telescope or binoculars to do so.
Contact Bruce Kamiat, (212)[masked], for more information about the Carl Schurz Park sessions.
Please note that solar observing now takes place on Sunday afternoons at Conservatory Water in Central Park. We also have solar observing sessions in the Bronx on Saturday mornings.
Contact Tom Haeberle for more information about the Central Park solar observing sessions or Joseph Martinez for the Bronx solar observing sessions.
2013 Observing Dates
(Canceled if Cloudy)
Starting Around Dusk
See Below for Times of Sunset
Only the first couple of dates for 2013 have so far been scheduled.
More will be posted as we schedule them.
The Sun will set at 7:40 p.m., EDT. The waxing gibbous Moon will be two nights past first quarter (8:30 a.m. on the 18th). Saturn will be approaching its opposition (on April 28) and will rise a little after sunset. Jupiter will still be in the west in the early-evening sky. While Saturn and the Moon will be the main attractions, we may view some nice star clusters and binary stars.
International Astronomy Day will be the next day, Saturday, April 20.
The Sun will set at 8:08 p.m., EDT. The Moon will be at first quarter that night. Saturn will be big and bright, high in the southeast. While Saturn and the Moon will be the main attractions, we may view some nice star clusters and binary stars.
Carl Schurz Park is located at the East end of East 86th Street in Manhattan.
- Take the Lexington Avenue express (4 or 5) or local (6) to 86th Street. Walk east or take the M86 crosstown bus to York Avenue. The park is one block farther east.
- Take the Broadway local (1 or 9), Sixth Avenue local (B), or Eighth Avenue local (C) to 86th Street. Take the M86 crosstown bus to York Avenue. The park is one block farther east).
- Crosstown: The M86 runs along 86th Street to York Avenue. Walk one block to East End Avenue. The M79 runs on 81st Street on the West Side and 79th Street on the East Side. Take it to 80th Street and East End Avenue and walk uptown.
- Up or downtown: Buses run uptown along First (M15), Third (M101, M102, and M103), and Madison (M1, M2, M3, and M4) avenues. Go to 86th Street and walk or take the M86 crosstown east, as above. Buses run downtown along Second (M15), Lexington (M101, M102, and M103), and Fifth (M1, M2, M3, and M4) avenues. Go to 86th Street and walk or take the M86 crosstown east, as above.