Montauk Observatory

South Fork Natural History Museum, 377 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton, NY


Friday, January 18, 2019


7:00 pm - 9:00 pm





Celestial Shadows: The January 2019 Lunar Eclipse

On the night of January 20-21, the Full Moon will pass into earth’s shadow and turn from a radiant white to an eerie red. The eclipse will begin at approximately 10:30 p.m. on January 20, reach totality by about 1 a.m. the morning of January 21, and conclude almost 3 hours later. It’s easy for everyone to see the eclipse but, with simple equipment and little background knowledge, the spectacle gets even better. Join us for an evening dedicated to the Moon: from ancient science to the latest discoveries from the surface.

Montauk Observatory Astronomer, 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.

The lecture will be followed by stargazing through telescopes, weather permitting.

To Register, call SoFo: 631-537-9735

This event is free, but donations to help support Montauk Observatory’s programs are appreciated.

Montauk Observatory would like to thank the South Fork Natural History Museum for their kind collaboration and for hosting this event, and to William Francis Taylor for sharing his expertise.

Montauk Observatory (MO), a 501(c)(3) NYS nonprofit, has served the South Fork since 2005, and relies on public support (e.g., small donations) to operate. The mission of the organization is to foster interest in science, particularly astronomy, through educational programs. Lectures, star parties, portable planetarium shows, and other events are held throughout the South Fork, often in partnership with other nonprofit organizations. MO has established the first astronomical observatory on the South Fork (in East Hampton), complete with Long Island’s largest research-grade telescope; these facilities will soon be made accessible over the internet to students, teachers, researchers and the general public. Montauk Observatory offers all of its programs free-of-charge to encourage participation regardless of economic status. For further information about Montauk Observatory, to join MO’s list for event notices, or to make a tax-deductible donation, please visit or email

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