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Hoping for some advice. I want to show a 7th grader some really dark night skies. Ideally I envision laying on the ground and looking up and taking it all in. He has never seen a truly dark sky. I want him to see the milky way. And see satellites moving. And then bring out my scope and maybe we see a planet. And see Andromeda.

 

I live in northern NJ, 12 miles from NYC.  Viewing is quite bad in this suburban/Metro area. Can you recommend any specific places maybe up to an hour and a half away, that we could go to on a clear night and see a dark sky (sufficiently dark to see the Milky Way!).

 

Also, with the West Coast fires that mess up terrestrial viewing (even on a clear day, looking at NYC that is 12 miles away - it looks like there is a fog) are the fires messing up night sky viewing?

 

Thanks!

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1 hour ago, DaveV said:

Hoping for some advice. I want to show a 7th grader some really dark night skies. Ideally I envision laying on the ground and looking up and taking it all in. He has never seen a truly dark sky. I want him to see the milky way. And see satellites moving. And then bring out my scope and maybe we see a planet. And see Andromeda.

 

I live in northern NJ, 12 miles from NYC.  Viewing is quite bad in this suburban/Metro area. Can you recommend any specific places maybe up to an hour and a half away, that we could go to on a clear night and see a dark sky (sufficiently dark to see the Milky Way!).

 

Also, with the West Coast fires that mess up terrestrial viewing (even on a clear day, looking at NYC that is 12 miles away - it looks like there is a fog) are the fires messing up night sky viewing?

 

Thanks!

This website will help you find a dark site, but the East coast looks to be very light polluted, except for a place called Wharton State Forest in New Jersey. It looks to be very dark there.

 

https://www.lightpollutionmap.info/#zoom=8.01&lat=39.5280&lon=-73.8307&layers=B0FFFFFTFFFFFFFFFFF

 

Also you could contact these guys. It's the website of the New Jersey Astronomical Association.

 

http://www.njaa.org/

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