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Still stargazing at Adirondack Sky Center

To the editor:

The Adirondack Sky Center has not given up on public and private stargazing this summer. Our commitment to open the observatory in a safe and healthy manner remains our highest priority.

We have requested remote live video cameras to attach to our telescopes that would allow an image that is seen through the telescope to be transferred to a computer monitor or even to a large movie screen set up outside the observatory. People could sit in chairs spaced 6 feet apart on our field and watch live images on the movie screen under star-filled skies. Our astronomers would describe what is on the screen. We would also have astronomers use a laser pointer to identify interesting stars, planets and constellations overhead.

We have applied for funds to purchase the video equipment for viewing and sanitation materials to comply with CDC and New York state’s COVID-19 rules. Once we receive these materials, we will be able to star gaze safely during this pandemic.

We will keep you up to date on all our activities. We hope to be open by sometime in July.

We look forward to seeing you all very soon.

Natalie Zurek, on behalf of the Adirondack Sky Center Board of Directors

Tupper Lake