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The Spring Equinox: A Virtual Tour of the Night Sky

presented by William Francis Taylor, NASA Solar System Ambassador

7:00 PM Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Quogue Wildlife Refuge (Zoom)


Each Spring, we see nature's changes all around us as trees blossom, birds migrate, and animals revive from winter's slumber. The origin of all these changes is up in the sky, as the Sun returns to the northern hemisphere, making our days longer and warmer. We'll explore the way this happens and the ceremonies which people celebrate to mark the March Equinox. We will also take a look at the constellations of Spring, from a pair of bright galaxies in the head of the Great Bear to a whole cluster of them in the arms of Virgo. We'll also get a sneak preview of an April shower of shooting stars.

Hamptons Observatory Senior Educator, William Francis Taylor, has been a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador since 2014, lecturing about the universe around us and sharing his love of the heavens by giving guided tours of the sky through telescopes. He is a local tutor and a life-long East End resident.

Hamptons Observatory would like to thank the Quogue Wildlife Refuge for their kind collaboration, and William Francis Taylor for sharing his expertise.

COST: This event is FREE.

TO REGISTER for this free virtual (Zoom) event: Call Quogue Wildlife Refuge 631-653-4771 or go to:


Hamptons Observatory (or HO, formerly Montauk Observatory), a 501(c)(3) NYS nonprofit that relies on public support has served the South Fork since 2005. Its mission: to foster interest in science, particularly astronomy, through educational programs. We hold lectures, star parties, portable planetarium shows and other events throughout the South Fork, often in collaboration with other nonprofit organizations that host our events at their facilities. HO has established the first astronomical observatory on the South Fork (on the campus of the Ross School in East Hampton), complete with Long Island's largest research-grade telescope; these facilities will soon be accessible over the internet to students, teachers, researchers and the general public. Hamptons Observatory offers all of its programs free-of-charge to make them as accessible as possible to all. For further info go to To be placed on our mailing list for news and event notices email

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