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The Astronomical Calendar: A Free, Virtual Lecture

January 19, 7 pm8 pm.

Registration is required for this free, virtual event. Go to: https://bit.ly/CelestialCalendar

How did astronomy and the ancient world shape our modern calendar? Our ancestors saw that events on earth were linked to the stars and created celestial maps that informed the calendar and connected human life to the universe. The discussion will examine historical and cultural influences, as well as the part astrology, the Zodiac and constellations played in early astronomy.

Lydia Maria Petrosino will share her expertise about archeoastronomy, how ancient cultures viewed the sky. She is a Programs Assistant at the American Museum of Natural History. She has been a lecturer at the Hayden Planetarium for years; as its resident mythologist, she wrote and co-presented the very popular “Romance Under the Stars” show which was ran for a decade every Valentine’s evening and was offered by planetariums around the country. She is an active member of the Amateur Astronomers Association, the Westchester Amateur Astronomers, and is a realtor by day.

Hamptons Observatory would like to thank the Amagansett Free Library for its kind collaboration, and Lydia Maria for sharing her expertise.

Hamptons Observatory (HO), a 501(c)(3) NYS nonprofit that relies on public support, has served the community since 2005. Its mission: to foster interest in science, particularly astronomy, through educational programs. Lectures, star parties, portable planetarium shows and other events are held, often in collaboration with other nonprofit organizations. HO 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 accessible over the internet to students, teachers, researchers and the general public. Hamptons Observatory offers all of its programs free-of-charge so that everyone can learn about and enjoy the universe around them. To join our email list for event notices, email: [email protected] To make a tax-deductible donation to support our mission, please go to www.HamptonsObservatory.org and click on Donations. Thanks!

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