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Registration is required for this free, virtual event:


Observatory and the South Fork Natural History Museum are honored to
present a free, virtual lecture by renown meteorologist, Joe Rao.


ages man has attempted to make sense of the changing aspects of the
Sun, Moon and their possible influence on our ever-changing weather.
Can a lack of sunspots ultimately lead to a trend toward colder
temperatures? Can the changing phases of the Moon and its distance
from Earth lead to stormy periods? Or do the movements of the planets
have any control over our climate and weather? Can we really put any
credence in the forecasts that are issued annually by such
publications as the Old Farmer’s Almanac or by other so-called
long-range weather experts? The answers may surprise you!


was the Chief Meteorologist and Science Editor at News 12
Westchester for 21 years. He was nominated for 8 Emmy Awards and, in
2015, the Associated Press voted him First among weathercasters in
New York State. Since 1986, Joe has served as an associate and guest
lecturer at the Hayden Planetarium. He is Contributing Editor for Sky
and Telescope
magazine, and writes a syndicated weekly column for
the online news service, Joe also pens a monthly
astronomy column for National History magazine and provides
astronomical data for The Farmer’s Almanac.


Hamptons Observatory extends its appreciation to Joe Rao for
generously taking the time to share his expertise and to the South
Fork Natural History Museum ( for its kind collaboration on
this program.


(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 such as lectures, star parties, portable
planetarium shows and other events. HO has established the first
astronomical observatory on the South Fork of Long Island (in East
Hampton), complete with Long Island’s largest research-grade
telescope. Hamptons Observatory offers all of its public programs
free-of-charge (although donations
are greatly appreciated) so that everyone can learn about and enjoy
the universe around them. To join our email list for news and event
notices, please email [email protected].


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