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Custer Observatory on the North Fork

October 21st, 2009 by Marilyn Marks

If you enjoy star gazing, then a visit to the Custer Observatory should be on the top of your list!  The Custer Institute and Observatory is Long Island’s oldest public observatory where you can view the heavens through their powerful telescopes.  The Custer Institute is open to the public every Saturday evening from dusk until midnight and offers a variety of interesting lectures, concerts, and special events from watching meteor showers to learning how to use telescopes.  Plan to join them for an evening of watching the skies or enjoy a performance.  Their current schedule through the end of November includes: 

Saturday, October 24 at 8 P.M. they will host the Orionid Meteor Shower Party.  The meteors from this shower originate from Halley’s Comet and seem to radiate from the constellation Orion.  The shower peaks on October 21 and 22nd and will average about 30 meteors per hour.  Join them in watching the Orionids streak across the night sky.  

Friday, November 6 is open mic night with Liza Coppola.  If you are interested in becoming a performer or just want to have a little fun, this is the place to be.  A great time will be had by all and who knows, you may just see a star of tomorrow! 

Saturday, November 7 from 8-10 P.M. they will have a lecture on “How to use your Telescope”.  You will learn all you every wanted to know about telescopes and receive practical information that will help you get set-up and start observing the heavens above. 

Saturday, November 14 at 8 P.M. they will have a Night of the Planets Party.  Four planets will be visible on this new moon night.  Uranus, Jupiter, Neptune, and Mars will be in full view through Custer’s large telescopes.  Join in the fun! 

Tuesday, November 17 at 8:00 they will be having the Leonid Meteor Shower Party.  Meteors from this shower originate from Comet Temple-Tuttle and seem to radiate from the constellation Leo.  This is a strong shower that can yield up to 100 meteors per hour. 

Saturday, November 21 at 8 P.M. will be the Sol Y Sombra Music and Dance Performance.  Experience the romance and passion of Spanish music and Flamenco dance.  Sol Y Sombra is a professional company under the direction of Maria Loreta.  They have been promoting Spanish music and dance over the last 20 years and are sure to

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