Observe with AAA

Looking to see the stars and sky in the New York area? Come join us at a FREE observing event, open to all! Our members set up their telescopes all over the city throughout the year. We provide instruction on how to find objects in the night sky. If you’re thinking of getting binoculars or a telescope yourself, this is a good opportunity to look at and through some equipment and ask questions of experienced users.

Find us at a NYC park near you and join AAA for more observing opportunities like dark sky, solar, eclipses & out of town trips.

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New to observing? Thinking about purchasing binoculars or a telescope? Check out our wiki for in-depth guides and how-tos to get started!

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What's Up in the Sky?

What’s Up in the Sky – May 2024

AAA Observers’ May Guide May’s Evening Planets: Bright Jupiter will be in Taurus the Bull until 8 PM in the first week of May. May’s Evening Stars: The Summer Triangle of Vega in Lyra the Harp, Deneb in Cygnus the Swan, and Altair in Aquila the Eagle will be up as of midnight and rising earlier every night until 10 PM by the end of the month. Spica in Virgo the Virgin, Arcturus in Boötes the Herdsman, Capella in Auriga the Charioteer, and Castor and Pollux in Gemini the Twins will be up. Also find the stars of constellations Cassiopeia, Virgo, Leo, Hercules, Draco, Ophiuchus, Libra, Cepheus, Hydra, and Ursa Major and Ursa Minor (the Big and Little Dippers). May’s Morning Planets: Find Mercury as of 5 AM moving between Pisces the Fish and Taurus the Bull through May. Red Mars will be in Pisces the Fish as of 4 AM. Saturn will be in Aquarius the Water bearer as of 4 AM and rising earlier every morning. Neptune will be in Pisces the Fish as of 4 AM and rising earlier every morning. Pluto will be in Sagittarius the Archer as of 3 AM and lingering until the morning. May’s Morning Stars: The Summer Triangle of Vega in Lyra the Harp, Deneb in Cygnus the Swan, and Altair in Aquila the Eagle will be up until sunrise. This month, look for reddish Antares in Scorpius and Arcturus in Boötes, along with the stars of constellations Hercules, Libra, Scorpius, Sagittarius, Pegasus, Perseus, Andromeda, Capricornus, Cepheus, Ophiuchus, Cassiopeia, Draco, Ursa Major, and Ursa Minor (the Big and Little Dippers). May Skylights: Times given in EDT.

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