A star party was held near the beach in Little Neck on Monday July 15th, 2013. About 80+ parents and children of all ages attended (from ages 3 to probably 80). Despite clouds taking out parts of the sky at various times, we had a great star party.
Ted Blank, John Hobbs, John Gall, and Brewster LaMacchia provided views of a number of objects over about 2 hours, starting with the moon during twilight and moving on to more deep space objects as the night went on. Near the end we watched the Chinese space station make a pass.
For more information on the objects viewed :
Alpine Valley (moon): http://the-moon.wikispaces.com/Alpine+Valley
Epsilon Lyrae, the “double double”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epsilon_Lyrae (Wikipedia talks about more stars in the system than the generally accepted number of 6)
M57 Ring Nebula: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messier_57
M13 Globular Cluster: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messier_13
free desktop planetarium software: http://www.stellarium.org/
satellite visibility: http://www.heavens-above.com
aurora forecasts: http://www.spaceweather.com/
Cassini probe (in orbit around Saturn): http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/cassini/main/index.html