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Exploring the Spring Sky: A Northeastern Native American Perspective

presented by Mandy Jackson with William Francis Taylor

7:00 PM Monday, May 3, 2021


Join us for a virtual presentation as we explore aspects of astronomy and stargaze together. We will examine the predawn and night sky, the stars and their relationships to the culture, traditions, lore, mythology and legends of Northeastern Indigenous Peoples.

Educator Mandy Jackson of the Turtle Clan, Montaukett Indian Nation, is also a member/discussion leader of the Montaukett Women’s Circle. She served as a member of the Suffolk County Native American Advisory Board and is an advocate for the Montaukett people. William Francis Taylor is a NASA Solar System Ambassador and Hamptons Observatory’s Senior Educator.

Hamptons Observatory extends its thanks to Mandy Jackson for generously taking the time to share her knowledge, to William Francis Taylor for his astro expertise, and to Amagansett Library for their kind collaboration on this program.

COST: This event is FREE.


Tickets are free but limited. If two or more people will be watching the event together (sharing the same screen), only one person needs to register. If after you register you find you are unable to attend, please cancel your reservation so someone on the wait list can attend. Thanks!


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.

To make a tax-deductible donation to support our programs, please go to and click on Donations, or use PayPal to send money to Hamptons Observatory. Thanks!

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