After Hours Programs

Astronomy Live: Summer Skies

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Summer Skies Image

Joe Rao and Ted Williams highlight the spectacular sights of the summer sky. This July, Mars comes within 35.7 million miles of Earth—its closest approach since 2003—producing a fiery glow. The Perseids reach their peak on August 12, producing a meteor shower during a new Moon, making it a great year to observe this famous phenomenon.

About the Presenters

Joe Rao is an Associate and Guest Lecturer at the Hayden Planetarium, having joined the staff in 1986.  Joe, an 8-time Emmy nominated on-camera meteorologist, works full-time at Verizon FiOS1 News, Lower Hudson Valley. He also serves as a contributing editor for Sky & Telescope magazine and has a column that appears weekly for the on-line news service

Joe Rao_Astro Live Presenter

Ted Williams serves as president of the Rittenhouse Astronomical Society (Franklin Institute.) A lifelong astronomy educator, he presents in the Fels, Mallon, and Centennial planetaria in the Philadelphia area, and telescope operator at Muddy Run Observatories (Lancaster PA.) Ted celebrates 12 years with Hayden, as he hosts stars watches nationwide. 

Ted Williams Astro Live Presenter


Support for Hayden Planetarium Programs is provided by the Schaffner Family and the Horace W. Goldsmith Endowment Fund.