*2024 Total Eclipse Lecture


2024 Total Eclipse Lecture


8pm Friday February 23rd

Free & Open to the Public

Rockland Community College

Ellipse Tech Center (Room 8180)

145 College Road, Suffern, NY

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The Sun Will Darken April 8

Mark Monday, April 8th, 2024, on your calendar as “Solar Eclipse Day,” for if the weather is fair, you should have no difficulty observing a partial or even total eclipse of the sun from much of North America. In this presentation we’ll examine the mechanics of what causes eclipses as well how you can safely observe and enjoy this amazing astronomical event.

Eclipses of the Sun and Moon are dramatic natural events which have been described in records going back for centuries in many civilizations. Ancient astronomers discovered certain cycles of occurrence of eclipses, which then allowed prediction. Accurate prediction could command power and prestige.

Joe Rao, Meteorologist

Joe serves as an associate and guest lecturer at New York’s Hayden Planetarium. He writes about astronomy for Natural History magazine, the Farmers’ Almanac, Space.com, as well as many other publications. He is a contributing editor for Sky & Telescope. He also served as chief meteorologist for News 12 Westchester/Hudson Valley from 1995 to 2016. In 2015 he took 1st Place for his weather casts in New York State by the Associated Press. He is an 8-time Emmy nominee. Joe, and his wife Renate reside in Putnam County, NY.