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Solar Eclipse Series: Adventures of an Eclipse Chaser

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To witness a total eclipse of the Sun is a privilege that comes in general, to a few people. Many live and die without ever beholding one. Once seen, however, it is a phenomenon never to be forgotten. The incredible panoply of phenomena that occur when the Sun becomes completely covered by the Moon -- the radiance of the pearly corona of the Sun which can be seen at no other time; the scarlet tongues of hydrogen gas rising from the surface of the darkened Sun to heights of many thousands of miles; the unaccustomed presence of the brighter stars and planets in the daytime; the darkness of twilight and sudden fall of temperature, all remain indelibly planted in our memory for a lifetime. Expeditions and tours have been sent halfway around the world to observe total eclipses.

But on April 8, 2024, those who live in Eastern North America will have one delivered to their very doors. Over the last 50 years, Joe Rao has chased 13 eclipses around the globe, by land, sea and air. His PowerPoint talk, "The Adventures of an Eclipse Chaser," details the interesting, funny, and poignant occurrences that he has experienced in his efforts to briefly “bask in the shadow of the Moon.”

Wednesday, April 3, 2024
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.
  Older Adults     Solar Eclipse  
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For 21 years (1995-2016), Joe Rao served as the Chief Meteorologist and Science Editor at News 12 Westchester and Hudson Valley. He retired from broadcasting in 2019, but since 1986, continue to be on-staff as an Associate and Guest Lecturer at the Hayden Planetarium in Manhattan.

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Amelia Buccarelli

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