New York Today: A Starry Show | NY Times

By Benjamin Mueller and Tatiana Schlossberg

Star Gazing Inwood Hill Park - Inwood

Gathering on Wednesday evening to watch the Perseid meteor shower in Inwood Hill Park in Upper Manhattan. (Photo: Emon Hassan | NY Times)

New York City is not widely known for its stargazing.

From the observation deck of the Empire State Building, you’d see less than one percent of the celestial objects that someone in Galileo’s time would have been able to observe without a telescope.

But one cosmic show broke through the glow of light and air pollution this week: the Perseid meteor shower, made up of burning specks of debris from the Swift-Tuttle Comet.

(“Crumbs of matter left behind by the comet scream into the atmosphere and die a breathtaking death,” a Times reporter, Dennis Overbye, wrote of such showers in 2002.)

A crowd of stargazers at Inwood Hill Park appears in our Week in Pictures slideshow.

Read more: New York Today: A Starry Show | NY Times

Check out the video below for a profile of Jason Kendall, director of the Inwood Astronomy Project and NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador for New York City.

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