Search the skies

| 15 Feb 2012 | 10:09

Boscobel hosts special astronomy and weather program on Nov. 18 Garrison — Starry, starry night. Hurricane Irene. Snow for Halloween: What does it all mean? And exactly how do forecasters know what the weather will be doing 10 days from now? Find out at Boscobel’s special astronomy and weather event presented by Jim Witt and Joe Rao on Friday, Nov. 18. Witt, an expert in long-range weather forecasting and weather personality for radio station WHUD, together with Rao, Hayden Planetarium associate and meteorologist for News 12 Westchester, will be presenting a captivating celestial event for young and old. Scheduled to coincide with the Leonidis Meteor Shower, guests are welcome to bring their own telescopes (or take a turn on those provided, courtesy of Rao) and set up on the great lawn overlooking the Hudson River, under a wide expanse of night sky. Rao will guide guests on their exploration of the cosmos both with the naked eye and through telescopes, seeking meteors, planets and pointing out constellations while answering cosmic questions from all. Witt will narrate his slide show in the Carriage House, talk about Hudson Valley weather patterns and forecasts, as well as sign and sell his long-range, 2012 weather calendars. If you go Dress warmly and head over to Boscobel Friday, Nov. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m., rain or shine. If inclement weather, both presentations will be held entirely indoors with audio/visual aids. Indoor space is limited, so prepaid ticket purchase is strongly recommended. Tickets can be purchased in person at Boscobel or online at Brown Paper Tickets dot com ( Adults $10; seniors $9; children (6-14) $5; children (under 6) free; and a family of four is $25 (additional $5 per child). Friends of Boscobel members are $9 for adults. Boscobel is located on Route 9D in Garrison. November and December hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., last tour at 3 p.m. The museum and distinctive gift shop are open every day except Tuesdays, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. For more information, visit or call 845-265-3638.