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The Sky's Most Amazing Spectacles

That big sky above offers a stage for astonishing natural happenings. And, depending on what part of the globe one may live or visit, astronomy explains these phenomena so that they are both enjoyable and exciting.

Astronomy is the oldest of the natural sciences. Early civilizations made observations and today’s humans continue to be fascinated by viewing night vistas from the back porch or on grand tours to specific regions.

On Monday, April 17 at 7 p.m., Bob Berman, one of the best-known and most widely-read astronomers in the world, is presenting a program entitled “The Sky’s Most Amazing Spectacles” at the Sandra and Alan Gerry Forum, Room 010 in the Rowley Center for Science and Engineering [RCSE]. This event is free and open to the public.

Having led a tour in late February to central Alaska to experience the Aurora Borealis, he will share his wealth of knowledge and latest photographs of the splendor of it all. During the talk, he will also discuss the upcoming total solar eclipse, which will occur in August. The third of what Berman terms “amazing spectacles” is the arrival of a great comet, which has happened more recently in Southern Hemisphere skies, but graced the Northern Hemisphere in the late seventies and nineties. He will suggest a practical guide to these “mind-bending experiences” and of exploring visually the immense skies above us with clear and critical eyes.

Berman has the ability to translate complex scientific concepts into language that is understandable to the casual observer yet meaningful to the most advanced. That talent coupled with his dry, edgy wit engages audiences to the curiosities of the natural world.

He has authored nine books and more than one thousand published articles. Berman is a contributing editor of Astronomy magazine. He is also the long-time astronomy editor of the Old Farmer’s Almanac. From 1989 to 2006, he was Discover’s sole astronomy columnist. He has been a guest on TV’s shows Today and Late Night with David Letterman.  However, it is his Strange Universe program which airs weekly on Northeast Public Radio stations during NPR’s Weekend Edition, that he is best known.

Questions may be directed to (845) 341-4891, and

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Dorothy Szefc
Cultural Affairs