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Meteor Shower Party

presented by Montauk Observatory Astronomers

6:00 PM Thursday, December 13, 2018
Montauk Observatory at the Ross School, East Hampton
Next to Tennis Center, 18 Goodfriend Drive, East Hampton NY 11937


Every December, we are treated to one of Nature's best sky shows of the year: the Geminid meteor shower, which occurs when earth passes through the debris of 3200 Phaethon, an asteroid-like body that's sometimes called a “rock comet.” While the maximum number of meteors (the “peak”) occurs around 2:00 AM as December 13 becomes December 14, many meteors can be seen in the hours before and after the peak, as well as throughout the month; in fact, the best times to view “earthgrazers” (very bright, slower moving and longer lasting meteors) are in the evening hours. At peak and under ideal conditions, it's not unlikely that you'll observe over 100 meteors per hour! The shower is named after the constellation Gemini, from which the meteors radiate although they can be seen all over the sky.

Join Montauk Observatory astronomers as we scan the skies in search of meteors. While meteors are best viewed by naked eye, we'll also be setting up telescopes and looking for other celestial objects including Comet Wirtanen, which will be passing nearby.

At 6:00 PM, we'll be in the basement of the Ross School's Tennis Center for a brief talk about meteors and comets. We'll then move outdoors, next to the observatory, to for hunt meteors until 9:00 PM.

So bundle up the kids, bring a blanket or a lawn chair and join us for one of nature's fabulous sky shows—a great way to celebrate the holiday season!

Please note that this event will be held only if the skies are clear, not if it's overcast, raining or (heavens forbid) snowing. So look up before you head out.

It's not too late to help support our work during 2019 by making a tax-deductible contribution today via the Paypal link on our website or by check. Our sincere and profound thanks to those of you who have already expressed their belief in our educational mission to bring quality science programs and services to the communities of the east end—we couldn't do it without you!

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please don't hesitate to email us at Meanwhile, our very best wishes to you for a safe, healthy and happy holiday season!

TIMES: Talk at 6PM, observing until 9PM

ADDRESS: Next to the Tennis Center near 18 Goodfriend Drive, East Hampton, NY 11954

COST: Free, but donations to help support Montauk Observatory are appreciated


FURTHER INFO (or to donate via Paypal):

Directions: Set your GPS to 18 Goodfriend Drive in East Hampton. Once there, go south on Goodfriend Drive, then make a right turn just after the Center for Well Being (on your right); there will be a sign on the corner that reads “Athletic Field.” Continue down the road until you reach a traffic circle (circular driveway) in front of a long, low building on the left (that's the Tennis Center); the observatory is to the north of that building and the parking lot is to its south. To preserve the night vision of observers, please use only your parking lights when driving through the area during this event.

Montauk Observatory (est. 2005) is a publicly supported, New York State not-for-profit organization as defined by IRS code Section 501(c)(3); donations are tax-deductible and help support our mission: to bring free science and cultural programs to Long Island's south fork communities. We also have an astronomical observatory that contains research-grade equipment available for free, remote access (over the internet) by students, teachers, researchers and the general public. Thank you for your consideration and support!

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