Monday, August 21 – THE GREAT SOLAR ECLIPSE. 1:00-4:00PM. Cosponsored by Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt, the Montauk Observatory and the South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo).  Few spectacles in nature are as inspiring as a total eclipse of the sun. On Aug. 21, 2017, the US mainland will experience its first total solar eclipse since 1918 (although Hawaii witnessed one in 1991). The last time a total solar eclipse was visible only from the US was in 1778, and there won’t be another opportunity until 2024!  From Oregon to the Carolinas, a narrow band of darkness will sweep across our continent and anyone lucky enough to be in its path will see the sight of a lifetime as the moon temporarily blocks the sun. Those of us in NY will only be able to observe a partial (about 70%) eclipse of the sun, which will begin at 1:23 PM, reach maximum at 2:44 PM, and end at 4:00 PM. Even though our view will be partial, it will still be phenomenal!  While supplies last, eclipse shades (eyewear that allows safe viewing of the sun) will be distributed free. The Montauk Observatory is grateful to Celestron for its donation of a solar telescope & eclipse shades.  Regardless of weather, SoFo will have the TOTAL solar eclipse streamed live from NASA and displayed on a big screen in the SoFo Barn, so we’ll be holding this event rain or shine!  From 1:00 until 4:00 PM. Montauk Observatory astronomers will be present and will operate telescopes that will enable you to safely view the sun; they welcome questions. Feel free to bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the afternoon with us!  Observation will take place at the South Fork Natural History Museum, 377 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton. Free for those attending only the eclipse event.  If you’d like to visit the museum as well, admission is $10 Adults, $7.50 kids 3-12 years, free for younger children and members.