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The Great Conjunction & Other Celestial Events: A Virtual Lecture

presented by William Francis Taylor, NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador

7:00 PM Thursday, December 3, 2020


Every twenty years, the giant planets Jupiter and Saturn meet each other in the night sky as they both cycle their way slowly through the zodiac. This year, however, the pair will meet in the closest conjunction in approximately 400 years, merging almost into a single point in the evening sky of the winter solstice. You won’t want to miss this sight, nor the other splendid opportunities for winter stargazing, from Orion’s brilliant nebula to the Geminid meteor shower. Hamptons Observatory Senior Educator and NASA Solar System Ambassador, William Francis Taylor, will guide you through the celestial calendar and help you choose the best nights to step outdoors in your warmest winter outfit.

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Hamptons Observatory would like to thank the South Fork Natural History Museum for co-sponsoring this event.

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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 (virtual and in-person), 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 place on our mailing list for news and event notices email

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