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To allow Astronomy lovers to safely view our Sun, the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York hosts solar observing one Saturday morning each month in Central Park. All members of the NYC Physics and Astronomy Meetup are strongly encouraged to attend whether or not you have a telescope. The observing session is located right by Conservatory Water (to which many people refer as the “model boat pond”). That’s where model boats are floated and where people observe Pale Male and his celebrated family of red-tailed hawks who live right across Fifth Avenue. The closest entrances are on Fifth Avenue at 72nd and 76th streets. See the directions below.

AAA members will be present with telescopes specially filtered to view the Sun. AAA Members and NYC Physics and Astronomy Meetup may bring your own equipment, but we insist on strict safety provisions due to the dangers of improperly filtered direct solar viewing. All devices used for direct solar viewing must be fitted with approved filters.

For those of you who already own telescopes and want to bring them for Solar Observing, as above, if you don't already have a Solar Filter, I note that my friend Bruce Kamiat, the highly skilled Amateur Astronomer who often leads our Carl Shurz Park Observing Sessions recommends Baader Solar Polymer Filters for their sharp resolution. Others like Thousand Oaks Solar Filters.

What is there to see on the Sun right now?

Chair: Tom Haeberle

2012 Observing Dates
(Canceled if Cloudy)
Saturday Morning
10 a.m. to Noon

January 21 February 25 March 31 April 28 May 26 June 30 July 28 August 25 September 29 October 27 November 17 December 22

(bold numbers and X in parentheses refer to the map below):


  • On the East Side: Lexington Avenue No. 6 local to 77th Street. Walk to Fifth Avenue and 76th Street (1).
  • On the West Side: Broadway-Seventh Avenue No. 1 local or No. 2 or 3 express, Eighth Avenue C local, or Sixth Avenue B local to 72nd Street. Take the M72 crosstown bus to Fifth Avenue (4) or walk across the park.


  • From Downtown: M1, M2, M3, and M4 buses go along Madison Avenue. Get off at 72nd Street and walk west to Fifth Avenue (4).
  • From Uptown: M1, M2, M3, and M4 buses run on Fifth Avenue to 72nd Street (4).
  • Crosstown: Take the M72 bus to Fifth Avenue (4).

Walking from 76th Street and Fifth Avenue (1):

  • Enter the park and bear south (2, 3). Conservatory Water will soon come into view. Look for people with telescopes on the west side of the lake (X).

Walking from 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue (4):

  • Enter the park on the north side of 72nd Street and head north (5) until you see Conservatory Water. Look for the people with telescopes (X).


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  • Thomas H.

    I still expect to be there with scope . Let's see how the weather is in the morning.

    September 28, 2012

    • Thomas H.

      Cloud cover is very heavy this morning, so Solar Observing to be most likely cancelled.

      September 29, 2012

    • Thomas H.

      I plan on rescheduling this event at the High Line in 2 weeks. Next Cental Park date Oct. 27th. Hope to see you then.

      September 29, 2012

  • Thomas H.

    The event was cancelled do to heavy cloud cover, the price we pay for living on Earth :<)

    September 29, 2012

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