New York City’s Night Sky

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It’s hard to understand the science and mysteries of the constellations when you rarely get the chance to see them. Clearly, they are visual wonders, but for those of us who aren’t astrological experts, not much else is unambiguous. Luckily, the city’s Night Sky program offers tours of the universe, proving that stargazing in New York is both accessible and engaging.

You may think that Prospect Park—or anywhere in New York City, for that matter—is the last place you would come to see the stars and planets; you may think that the those majestic constellations, dimmed by the glow of the city’s tall buildings, are barely visible. Not here. From the Audubon Center Boathouse, near the Lincoln Road/Ocean Avenue entrance, the solar system’s gentle dazzle is yours to observe. In fact, when the sky is clear, there both are planets and constellations to discover, all with the naked eye.

And then there are their stories. Told by the park rangers, the facts and folklore of the universe are educational and highly entertaining. You’ll be astonished.

For more information, visit nycgovparks.org.