At The Hamptons Observatory: April 2024

Upcoming Free Lectures…

“Observing April’s Solar Eclipse: A Practical Guide”

William Francis Taylor

DATE: Monday, April 1, 2024

TIME: 7:00 – 8:00 PM
SPEAKER: William Francis Taylor, MSc, NASA Solar System Ambassador
CO-HOST: South Country Library, Bellport, NY
ADDRESS: 22 Station Road, Bellport, NY -and- On-line via Zoom
ADMISSION: Free (but donations appreciated)
     Virtual Attendance:
     In-Person Attendance:
Hamptons Observatory  presents a free, hybrid lecture about the April 8th solar eclipse. You can attend the lecture either virtually or in-person at the South Country Library in Bellport, NY (our co-host).
Learn essential tips for safely observing this natural phenomenon, understand the science behind it, and gain insights into the history of eclipses and their cultural significance. Whether you’re a seasoned sky-watcher or new to astronomy, this talk will equip you with actionable knowledge for a memorable eclipse-viewing experience. Weather permitting, after the talk Mr. Taylor will provide an in-person guided tour of the night sky via telescope.
Hamptons Observatory Senior Educator, William Francis Taylor, MSc, 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 life-long East End resident.
Hamptons Observatory would like to thank South Country Library for its kind collaboration and William Francis Taylor for sharing his expertise.
While this lecture is free, donations to support our programs are needed and deeply appreciated regardless of the amount. To make a tax-deductible donation to support our mission, please go to:

“The Future of Exploration: Discovering the Uncharted Frontiers of Science, Technology and Human Potential”

Terry Garcia

DATE: Wednesday, May 8, 2024

TIME: 7:00 – 8:00 PM
SPEAKER: Terry Garcia, former National Geographic Executive VP, Chief Science & Exploration Officer
CO-HOST: East Hampton Library
ADDRESS: Online via Zoom
ADMISSION: Free (but donations appreciated)
Hamptons Observatory and co-host East Hampton Library are delighted to present a free, virtual lecture by Terry Garcia, former National Geographic Executive Vice President and Chief Science & Exploration Officer, who’ll discuss his new book, The Future of Exploration: Discovering the Uncharted Frontiers of Science, Technology, and Human Potential, an anthology by 36 of the world’s most renowned explorers and visionaries.
Exploration is as old as humankind, but there are still surprises that await us. With technology opening doors that once seemed permanently closed, the 21st century will be the greatest age of exploration in our history. Despite the impressive extent of our accumulated knowledge, we have barely scratched the surface of our understanding of our world, of our universe, and of ourselves.
Accompanied by awe-inspiring photographs by co-author Chris Rainier, each contributor to Garcia’s book shares their personal achievements and insights into what the future of exploration looks like from their respective fields, the challenges they face, and possible solutions. Whether delving into the terrestrial, oceanic, or cosmic frontiers, this discussion will take you on a journey into uncharted realms and inspire you to be a part of the future of exploration.
These first-hand accounts of adventure and discovery include Jane Goodall, Sylvia Earle, Bob Ballard, Sir Richard Branson, Louise Leakey, Zahi Hawass, Yvon Chouinard, Paula Kahumbu, Kris Tompkins, Kakenya Ntaiya, Wade Davis, Nemonte Nenquimo, Carolyn Porco (NASA’s Cassini/Saturn mission), Krithi Karanth, Nainoa Thompson, Wasfia Nazreen, Samuel Ramsey, Sven Lindblad, Lee Berger, and more.
Terry Garcia was the Executive Vice President and Chief Science & Exploration Officer for the National Geographic Society for 17 years. He was responsible for the Society’s core programs, which included more than 400 scientific field research, conservation, and exploration projects annually. Under his leadership, the Society’s programs experienced significant growth in both global impact and prominence. Prior to joining National Geographic, Terry was Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere for the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the Deputy Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He also served as NOAA’s General Counsel from 1994 to 1996. In June 2010, he was appointed by President Obama to serve on the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling where he investigated the root causes of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and made recommendations on how to prevent future incidents. In 2011, he received Peru’s highest civilian award, La Orden del Sol del Peru, for his role in helping repatriate a collection of ancient artifacts taken from Machu Picchu in 1912. Terry is currently president of Exploration Ventures, a company that provides strategic advice and counsel to global clients in a range of sectors.
Hamptons Observatory extends its deepest thanks to Mr. Garcia for generously taking the time to share his expertise, and to co-host East Hampton Library for their kind collaboration.
While this lecture is free, donations to support our programs are needed and deeply appreciated:
Hamptons Observatory (HO), a 501(c)(3) NYS nonprofit that relies on public support has served the South Fork since 2005. Hamptons Observatory offers all of its programs free-of-charge so that everyone can enjoy the wonders of their Universe. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help support our work. Thanks!