At The Hamptons Observatory: May 2022

The Night of Shooting Stars with Joe Rao

DATE: Monday, May 23, 2022  •  TIME: 7:00 – 8:00 PM •  PRESENTER: Joe Rao
CO-HOST: South Fork Natural History Museum •  ADDRESS: ZOOM

Joe Rao

Join us for a virtual lecture about a new meteor shower, discovered (and presented) by renown meteorologist, Joe Rao.

In 1995, Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann-3 broke apart in dramatic fashion. Now a number of meteor dynamicists have confirmed what Joe Rao predicted last year: A stream of particles ejected during the comet’s disruption may yield a dramatic meteor outburst at the end of May 2022. The predictions are uncertain because no one knows for sure how fast the concentrated dust swarm left 73P’s disintegrating nucleus. But there is a chance that we could see meteors briefly fall at rates numbering in the scores or maybe even in the hundreds per hour! In this presentation, Joe will explain the reasons why late on the night of May 30th you may see more shooting stars than you’ve seen in your entire life!

For 21 years, Joe Rao was the Chief Meteorologist and Science Editor at News 12 Westchester. He was nominated for 8 Emmy Awards and, in 2015, the Associated Press voted him First among weathercasters in New York State. Since 1986, Joe has served as an associate and guest lecturer at the Hayden Planetarium. He is Contributing Editor for Sky and Telescope magazine, and writes a syndicated weekly column for the online news service, Joe also pens a monthly astronomy column for National History magazine and provides astronomical data for The Farmer’s Almanac.
Hamptons Observatory extends its appreciation to Joe Rao for generously taking the time to share his expertise and to the South Fork Natural History Museum ( for its kind collaboration on this program.

Registration is required. Tickets are limited for this FREE, virtual event.

Hamptons Observatory (HO), a 501(c)(3) NYS nonprofit that relies on public support, has served the community since 2005. Its mission: to foster interest in science, particularly astronomy, through educational programs. Lectures, star parties, portable planetarium shows and other events are offered often in collaboration with other nonprofit organizations. HO has established the first astronomical observatory on the South Fork (in East Hampton), complete with Long Island’s largest research-grade telescope; these facilities will soon be accessible over the internet to students, teachers, researchers and the general public. Hamptons Observatory offers all of its programs free-of-charge so that everyone can learn about and enjoy the universe around them. For further information or to make a tax-deductible donation to support our mission, please go to our website To be placed on our list for event notices, please email