Cape May launches observation of lighthouse stars

Light pollution in the Delaware Valley interferes with visibility in many places, and despite being on the coast, Cape May is no different. An online map of light pollution shows a relatively high level of interference from light near the lighthouse. Wharton State Park seems to be the best place in southern New Jersey to find fewer obstacles from artificial light sources.

Despite these challenges, Cape May MAC officials say the best opportunity to see many stars will appear in the new moon phase.

Climbing the stairs to the stars will take place on Saturday, April 30; Monday, May 30; Tuesday, June 28; Thursday, July 28; and Saturday, August 27th.

The current Cape May lighthouse is the third lighthouse to occupy a site in Cape May Point State Park in the Lower Town. It is a state historic site and still acts as an active aid to ships moving around Cape South Jersey.

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