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Observe The Great American Solar Eclipse with Montauk Observatory Astronomers

presented by Observatory Staff

1:00 PM Monday, August 21, 2017
South Fork Natural History Museum & The Parrish Art Museum


Observe The Great American Solar Eclipse with Montauk Observatory Astronomers.

Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, 1:00 – 4:00 PM

Few spectacles in nature are as inspiring as a total eclipse of the sun. On Aug. 21, 2017, the U.S. mainland will experience its first total solar eclipse since 1979 and there won't be another opportunity until 2024! The last time a total solar eclipse was visible only from the U.S. was in 1778.

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 blocks the sun. Those of us in NY will only be able to observe a partial (about 70%) 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 will be partial, it will still be phenomenal!

Montauk Observatory has teamed up with two other nonprofits who'll be hosting this event at their museums:

THE SOUTH FORK NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM (377 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton, NY 11932;, where the event is also being co-sponsored by the Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt. COST: Free for those attending only the eclipse event (if you'd like to visit the museum as well, admission is $10 Adults, $7.50 kids 3-12 years, free for younger children and members). Montauk Observatory Board Member and Suffolk County Community College Professor, Sean Tvelia, and Dr. Mike Inglis will be at this location.

PARRISH ART MUSEUM (279 Montauk Hwy, Water Mill, NY 11976; COST: The museum is charging its regular admission of $12 Adults, free for students, children under 18, and museum members; this includes access to their exhibits, as well as to the eclipse event.Montauk Observatory's Executive Director, Donna L. McCormick, and Dr. Jeffrey Owen Katz will be at this location.


Regardless of weather, both venues will have the TOTAL solar eclipse streaming live from NASA and displayed on a big screen, so we'll be holding this event rain or shine!

From 1:00 until 4:00 PM. Montauk Observatory astronomers will be present at both locations, where they will operate telescopes that will enable you to safely view the sun; they welcome questions. Feel free to bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the afternoon with us!

While supplies last, eclipse shades (eyewear that allows safe viewing of the sun) will be distributed FREE at both locations. MO is grateful to Celestron and to Meade Instruments for donating solar telescopes & eclipse shades for this event. Please note: if you look directly at the sun you can sustain permanent damage to your eyes so please do NOT look at the sun without the proper eyewear

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Montauk Observatory brings free science & cultural programs to the South Fork. For a donation, we'll arrange observing sessions for private parties. For information about Montauk Observatory and its events, or to make a donation to help support its programs, please visit Montauk Observatory is a publicly supported, NYS not-for-profit organization as defined by IRS code Section 501(c)(3); donations are tax deductible (please consult your accountant for details). Thank you for your consideration & support!

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