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Montauk Observatory Lecture: The Great American Eclipse at John Jermain Library
August 10, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
DATE: Thursday, August 10, 2017
LECTURE START TIME: 7:00, followed by observing the night sky using a telescope (weather permitting)
LECTURE: The 2017 Solar Eclipse
SPEAKER: William Francis Taylor
LOCATION:John Jermain Memorial Library, 201 Main St, Sag Harbor NY 11963
RESERVATIONS SUGGESTED: Call the library: 631-725-0049
Few spectacles in nature are as inspiring as a total eclipse of the sun. On August 21, 2017, the United States will experience its first total solar eclipse in decades. From Oregon to the Carolinas, a narrow band of darkness will sweep across our continent and anyone lucky enough to be in its path will see the sight of a lifetime as the moon temporarily blots out the sun. Because of our location, those of us in New York will only be able to observe a partial eclipse of the sun, which will begin at 1:23 PM, reach maximum at 2:44 PM, and end at 4:00 PM. Even though our view of the eclipse will be partial (about 70% of the sun will be eclipsed by the moon), it will still be phenomenal! In this illustrated talk, William Taylor will explore the science and history of eclipses, and guide you through what you need to do to safely observe this special event.
Since 2014, William Francis Taylor has been a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador, giving talks about the universe around us, as well as sharing telescopes and stars with the public. He is also a local tutor and a life-long East End resident. The lecture will be followed by guided tours of the night sky through a telescope, weather permitting.
Montauk Observatory is grateful to the Jermain Library for its kindness in hosting this event, and to Mr. Taylor for generously donating his time and expertise.