07/07/17 6:15am

Charles Cardona was too young to become a member when he first visited the Custer Observatory in the late 1970s, but he fell in love with the opportunity for exploration the facility provides.

Eager to spend more time at the Southold astronomy landmark, which was just a few miles from his home, young Mr. Cardona got a job sweeping floors there. He was paid $5 per week, but it was worth much more than that to him. READ

12/10/15 1:33pm
The Custer Observatory in Southold is open to the public every Saturday night from dusk until midnight. (Credit: custerobservatory.org)

The Custer Observatory in Southold is open to the public every Saturday night from dusk until midnight. (Credit: custerobservatory.org)

This week marks the return of the annual Geminid Meteor Shower, which are expected to peak this Sunday and Monday.

And a great place to see this cosmic show is at The Custer Institute and Observatory in Southold, which will be open to the public Saturday, Dec. 12 from dusk til midnight for viewing (weather permitting).

As the Earth moves through its orbit, it passes through various “debris fields,” which are small particles shed by comets of the past. In rare instances, asteroids instead of comets cause these fields, and the Geminid Meteor Shower is one of those cases.

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05/02/15 6:00am
The  Custer Observatory in Southold is open to the public every Saturday night from dusk until midnight. (Credit: custerobservatory.org)

The Custer Institute & Observatory in Southold is open to the public every Saturday night from dusk until midnight. (Credit: custerobservatory.org)

If you’re looking to continue your North Fork adventure into the evening or want to impress a date with a spontaneous, romantic night after a day of visiting vineyards, stop by the Custer Institute & Observatory in Southold.

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