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Zoom In On The Stars At Lyndhurst Observatory

The William D. McDowell Observatory at DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst is open to the public for free Wednesday nights.
The William D. McDowell Observatory at DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst is open to the public for free Wednesday nights. Photo Credit: Facebook
The observatory opened in 2008.
The observatory opened in 2008. Photo Credit: Facebook

LYNDHURST, N.J. — See the stars and planets up close via the William D. McDowell Observatory's 20-inch, research-grade telescope Wednesday evenings in DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst.

The focus of each free session will depend on observing conditions, so check the observatory’s website often for details and updates. Viewing requires a clear sky, and the observatory is closed on cloudy, rainy and snowy nights.

No registration is necessary. In December, viewing is from 7-10 p.m. weather permitting.

The William D. McDowell Observatory is within DeKorte Park adjacent to the classrooms and the Meadowlands Environment Center. For more information, call 201-460-8300 or see the environment center's website .

In order to access the observatory telescope, a visitor must be able to climb 25 steps (nine steps, a landing and 16 steps) in a spiral formation. The stairs have a railing on either side, with the railings approximately 2 feet apart.

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