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Astronomy Live: Under the Southern Cross

Part of Astronomy Live

Tuesday, May 28, 2019


Journey to the skies of the Southern Hemisphere with presenters Joe Rao and Irene Pease without leaving the Hayden Planetarium. See how the stars over New York shift gradually northward and watch constellations like the Crux, also known as the Southern Cross, twinkle in the dome.

Meet the Presenters

Joe Rao

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 in Rye Brook, N.Y. He also serves as a contributing editor for Sky & Telescope magazine and has a column that appears weekly for the on-line news service  

Irene Pease headshot

Irene Pease has a degree in Physics from the University of Arizona. Her Astronomy EPO career has included work as an astrophysics educator, telescope operator, and Mad Scientist. Currently Brooklyn’s Friendly Neighborhood Astronomer, Irene shares the NYC sky through sidewalk astronomy, current-skies visuals, and observing classes. She also teaches physics at York College CUNY, and produces the Hayden Planetarium video blog, Skylight.

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

Select Hayden Planetarium Programs are sponsored by JetBlue.