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Galaxy Stargazing Session

Join us at Samsung 837 to experience the Galaxy Note9 and see the stars like never before. Galaxy gazers will head to our rooftop for hot chocolate and snacks to view available celestial skies. The Friendly Neighborhood Astronomer LLC. and other professional astronomers will bring telescopes to assist all guests…

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Probing the Universe with LIGO: A Nobel Prize Winning Project

Montauk Observatory, in collaboration with Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Laboratory, are honored to present a free lecture by Dr. Rainer Weiss, who won a 2017 Nobel Prize for his work on the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). He will discuss his interesting (and sometimes humorous) history, as well…

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Dark Energy and the Accelerating Universe

The evidence for Dark Energy is overwhelming. In the mid 1970s, astronomical data hinted at the possibility of an additional form of energy in the Universe; if it existed, it was thought that such energy would not only be responsible for accelerating the rate of expansion of our Universe, but…

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Highlights of the Fall Sky

NASA Solar System Ambassador and Montauk Observatory Astronomer, William Francis Taylor, will present a lively, illustrated talk about the constellations, planets, and other celestial objects that are visible in the Fall sky over Long Island and how you can identify them. Afterward, weather-permitting, Mr. Taylor will set up a telescope…

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Lecture: My Life As An Astronaut

Would you like to meet an astronaut? or to be an astronaut? or work for NASA? or are you just fascinated by all things related to astronomy and space? Montauk Observatory is honored to have the opportunity to host a true American hero: Randolph “Komrade” Bresnik who, in December 2017,…

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Lecture: Space Exploration

Montauk Observatory is honored to have the opportunity to host a true American hero: Randolph “Komrade” Bresnik who, in December 2017, returned from 139 days in space as Commander of the International Space Station (ISS). Still on active duty, Komrade has been with NASA since 2004. In this lecture, he…

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Adorama Inspire: Night Sky On-location

Join photographer Stan Honda for a night sky shooting session in Central Park. You’ll learn the basics of photographing celestial objects with a digital camera and ordinary lenses. We’ll have views of the NYC skyline as well as the open sky above as darkness falls. Learn composition, focusing, reading the…

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Lecture: The Hunt For Dark Matter

Scientists have an enormous amount of evidence that 80% of the matter in our Universe is “dark” and unknown. A broad range of experiments, ranging from sensitive detectors located deep underground to powerful instruments on satellites, are searching for signs of this mysterious matter. This talk will review the evidence…

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Albert Einstein, Rock Star!

Though indifferent to fame, Albert Einstein was someone we would today call a "rock star." His Theory of Relativity is one of the greatest triumphs of a single human mind. Transforming gravitation into geometry, it challenged our egocentric view of the Universe and created an exciting new form of astronomy.…

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Lecture: How to Buy & Use a Telescope

With so many options available, it's often hard to make a choice about which telescope to buy that most suits your needs or that would be a welcomed gift. Once you have the telescope, you may need pointers about how it works, useful accessories, etc. Jeff Norwood, veteran amateur astronomer…

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The Ancient Climate & Surface Of Mars: A Rover's Eye View

For nearly a decade, the international Mars exploration program has been guided by a remarkably useful framework that describes how the environmental conditions of Mars have evolved in the context of time-dependent changes in the composition of rock and soil deposits at the Martian surface. Built on the basis of…

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2017 Annual Autumn Urban Starfest

See the universe from Central Park! Join the Amateur Astronomers Association (AAA) of New York (http://www.aaa.org/ + Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) for their 22th Annual Autumn Urban Starfest on Saturday, September 9, 2017, starting at 7:00 pm at the Sheep Meadow. AAA members will share views through their telescopes of Saturn, Mars, star clusters,…

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