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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