Starting next Monday (Sept.8), the William D. McDowell Observatory in DeKorte Park, Lyndhurst,
The viewings are free.
The observatory will be open for two hours each night, with 8 and 9 p.m. viewing sessions.
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Special filters minimize light pollution for optimum viewing. The powerful telescope is capable of viewing objects millions of light years away.
Additional instruments can measure the brightness of stars, study their changes over time, and analyze the light emitted by planets, stars and other celestial objects to determine their chemical composition and other physical characteristics.
Each evening two major objects in the night sky will be viewed, plus one or two other celestial objects or events depending on the observing conditions.
Note: In order to access the observatory telescope, a visitor must be able to climb 25 steps (9 steps, a landing, 16 steps) in a spiral formation.
The stairs have a railing on either side, with the railings approximately 2 feet apart.