Early risers in the Tri-State area on Thursday morning, June 10th, will – weather conditions permitting – be treated to the most unusual sunrise of their lives, for we will not see a yellow-orange circle of light, but an 80% solar eclipse which will transform the Sun into a fiery scimitar! 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. In this presentation we’ll examine the mechanics of what causes eclipses as well as look at events coming our way in the future, including the total eclipse visible from upstate New York and New England in April 2024.

Sunrise Scimitar is presented by Joe Rao who was Chief Meteorologist for News 12 Westchester for 21 years, garnering  8 Emmy Nominations, as well as many awards and citations.  In 2015 he won top honors in the category “Best Weathercast” by the Associated Press of New York. Since 1986 he has served as an Associate Astronomer at New York’s Hayden Planetarium. 

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