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New York's first public observatory to open in Bronx


Alina Prikhodko

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A new observatory is coming to the Bronx this spring. In collaboration with the Association of Amateur Astronomers, the city parks department decided to install a small aluminum observatory, reports SecretNYC.

For more than 40 years, the 800-pound dome that caps the structure has sat atop Nassau Community College on Long Island. In 2019, it was replaced with a green roof and six open-air telescopes. The association removed the dome last spring, and until recently its future remained a mystery.

The dome will now serve to satisfy astronomical curiosity and educate local residents of all ages as the first public observatory in New York City history.

Groundbreaking is scheduled for March this year, and construction is reportedly expected to take just a month. The facility will be located in Jerome Park on Goulden Avenue, next to the Bronx High School of Science. It will be open to the public 7 nights a week and completely free.

The observatory will be financed, supported and operated by Association of Amateur Astronomers. Bronx School of Science students will have exclusive access to run their own programs during school hours.

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