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Joe Rao is best known as a television meteorologist in the Hudson Valley. A zealous lifelong amateur astronomer, he has a passionate interest in comets, meteor showers, and eclipses. He has co-led two eclipse expeditions and served as on-board meteorologist for three eclipse cruises. He has served as an Associate and Guest Lecturer at New York's Hayden Planetarium since 1986 and in 2009 the Northeast Region of the Astronomical League presented him with the Walter Scott Houston Award for more than 40 years of making astronomy so accessible to the general public.

I Sprinted Out of Church to Watch the Eclipse—Here’s What the Priest Said

On a Good Friday long ago, a curious boy was determined to witness God’s mysterious ways­—in all their forms.