There’s a blue moon on the rise! You might see Saturn, too. Thanks to New York State Parks, several spots on Long Island have been designated for you to enjoy this rare occurrence.
On Aug. 30, there will be a “super blue moon,” in the sky, visible in the evening. Due to Earth’s position in Saturn’s orbit, Saturn will be visible as well — just a little bit smaller than the moon.
Several state parks will remain open with no charge or stargazing permit required — although you are asked to remain near your vehicle. The peak times to view Saturn and the blue moon will be in the evening — moonrise — on Wednesday, Aug. 30 and Thursday, Aug. 31.
“We suggest that you dress appropriately, bring bug spray, and a chair that reclines,” the parks department said in a news release. “Binoculars are not necessary.”
Blue Moon Viewing Spots for Aug. 30 and 31
• Jones Beach State Park – West End 2 (west parking lot)
• Sunken Meadow State Park – Field 3
• Montauk Point State Park – Upper Parking Lot
• Wildwood State Park – main Parking Lot
• Orient Beach State Park – Main Parking Lot
• Hallock State Park Preserve