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World UFO Day in NYC: How you can celebrate

Living in New York, you are probably used to seeing unusual or alien activity just walking to work each day. But July 2, officially dubbed World UFO Day, is particularly special, as it marks 68 years since suspicious events at Roswell took place. The holiday was created to celebrate and help promote open discussion about life in outer space, according to its official website. We have compiled a humble list of things to do Thursday in order to help you celebrate in a way that does justice to that which is out of this world.

Stargazing on the High Line

What would a day celebrating UFOs be without
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What would a day celebrating UFOs be without setting aside some time to look up? The High Line is a great spot to hang out and watch out for saucer activity over the Hudson from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. You can also join the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York every Tuesday evening on the High Line for free this summer for stargazing with the association's high-powered telescopes and knowledgable members. www.thehighline.org

Hayden Planetarium's 'Dark Universe'

You can head down to the Hayden Planetarium's
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You can head down to the Hayden Planetarium's space show "Dark Universe" at the American Museum of Natural History. The show will cover the major discoveries that have led to our current understanding of the universe, as narrated by astrophysicist and Director of the Hayden Planetarium, Neil DeGrasse Tyson. With an emphasis on exploration and discovery, the show is sure to inspire UFO enthusiasts and space-lovers alike. The program runs every half hour in the museum from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $13.50 for adults, $8.50 for children.

You can buy tickets here amnh.org

Brush up on your UFO shapes

UFOs apparently come in many shapes other than
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UFOs apparently come in many shapes other than the traditional flying saucer you have seen in buzzing around in the movies. Make sure you know what you are looking for so you don't miss anything during your search.

Find out more: worldufoday.com

Get artistic

Incase you have not already begun frantically molding
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Incase you have not already begun frantically molding your mashed potatoes into a mountain, there are plenty of strange and artistic ways to show your UFO appreciation. Besides T-shirts and sculptures, the World UFO Day website is also offering free downloads of martian cut-out masks for you to use to get the party really going and probably concern your loved ones.

Print your masks out here worldufoday.com

Celebrate with a classic UFO flick

Perhaps no other industry has had more to
Photo Credit: IMDB / Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Perhaps no other industry has had more to say about UFOs than Hollywood films, and there is a long list of great movies to get you and your UFOers your alien/outer space fix today, or any day. Among the World UFO Day-approved movies are "The Day the Earth Stood Still" (1951), "Alien vs. Predator" (2004), "E.T. The Extraterrestrial" (1982) and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"(1977).

Engage in some conspiracies

There is no shortage of alien conspiracies floating
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There is no shortage of alien conspiracies floating throughout the interwebs, many dating back hundreds of years. On a day that commemorates the intense speculation that resulted from the 1947 "military Air Force surveillance balloon" (so they say) crash in Roswell, New Mexico, why not impress (or annoy) your friends by discussing some unanswered theories?

Some of the latest theories can be found here worldufoday.com

Organize your future stargazing accordingly

If World UFO Days does anything, it draws
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If World UFO Days does anything, it draws attention to the vastness of our universe. And while it may seem nearly impossible for New Yorkers to get a decent view of the night sky, there are plenty of venues in the city offering the chance to see and explore the galaxy. Here are just a few organizations with upcoming stargazing events this summer to help you discover your world:

1. New York City Parks' Astronomy events

2. Amateur Astronomers Association of New York

3. Columbia University Public Outreach

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