Thursday, August 10 2017
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Montauk Observatory - The 2017 Solar Eclipse

SPEAKER: William Francis Taylor, NASA Solar System Ambassador

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, 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. (Note: Weather permitting, Montauk Observatory plans to hold an eclipse viewing party for the public on the afternoon of August 21st; details to be announced.)

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.

Weather permitting, the lecture will be followed by celestial observing through a telescope.

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.

LOCATION: John Jermain Memorial Library
201 Main Street, Sag Harbor, New York 11963

RESERVATIONS: Seating is limited so reservations are recommended, call 631-725-0049

The day of the actual solar eclipse, August 21, 1:00PM - 4:00PM, Montauk Observatory will concurrently hold two safe, public eclipse viewing sessions in collaboration with the NY Times at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, and in collaboration with the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton. For further info and/or to receive event notices, contact

See listing on Aug 21.

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