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Geminid meteor shower party and other events at Custer Institute, Southold

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Michael Lorenzo

The Custer Observatory, located at 1115 Main Bayview Road in Southold, is open every Saturday from dusk until midnight. Custer staff and volunteers give “guided tours” of the night sky through the large telescopes at the observatory.

On Saturday, December 12th Custer is hosting a Geminid meteor shower party. According to the Custer newsletter, the shower goes from December 6 – 25, peaking on December 13th and 14th. The Geminids can average 120 meteors per hour, and the moon will be new, making it perfect for viewing. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and pay a suggested donation of $5 per adult and $3 for children. Members of Custer go for free.

Other events at Custer Institute include the Allegri Sting Trio with Wendy Fogel for Saturday, December 19th at 8:00 pm. Suggested donations are $10 for members, $12 for non-members, and $8 for students.

New Years Eve will take place Under the Stars at Custer with r&b and jazz music by Ahmad Ali and Friends. Finger foods, desserts and beverages are served and guests can bring a dish to share. A champagne toast at midnight is included. Suggested donation is $20 members and their guests, $25 for non-members, $10 for students and $5 for kinds under 14. Reservations are requested at CusterDonna@yahoo.com or by calling 631-765-2626.

This event will be followed on January 1st by the First Friday Open Mic Night with Liza Coppola from 7:00 until 10:00 pm. Liza will perform at 7:00 and open mic begins at 7:45. Admission is free.

Science and astronomy events continue throughout January. For more information, click on the events tab at the Custer Institute website.

Oh, and Custer is selling its old telescope, which is a 16” Meade LX200. It has been refurbished by Meade and is on display at Camera Concepts in Patchogue (631-475-1118 – ask for Jeff Norwood.)

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