08/09/16 6:09am
The Geminid Meteor Shower, as seen from Mill Road in Mattituck. (Credit: Jon Schusteritsch)

The Geminid Meteor Shower, as seen from Mill Road in Mattituck. (Credit: Jon Schusteritsch)

The North Fork’s wide-open vistas will make great spots to catch the Perseids Meteor Shower, which peaks around 3 a.m. Friday, Aug. 12.

“Any time after midnight is going to be good.” said Bill Bogardus, past president of The Custer Institute in Southold and a semi-retired astronomy and physics educator. “The peak activity is pretty special. That’s when the earth turns so the night sky is in the same direction as the meteors we are colliding with.” (more…)

01/27/16 6:02am
Photo by Annette DeGiovine-Oliveira

The Custer Institute (Credit: Annette DeGiovine-Oliveira)

How can we see the American flag on the moon? You will find the answer to that question at the Custer Institute’s fun-filled discussion on Saturday, January 30.

If you are a space geek, NASA fanatic or have ever just looked up at the moon in wonder, this discussion is for you.

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08/12/15 3:58am
Courtesy Photo: Custer Institute in Souhold is a great place to watch the Perseid Meteor Shower.

Courtesy Photo: Custer Institute in Southold.

The cosmos will be putting on quite a show tonight, and there are plenty of seats in the house.

The Perseid Meteor Shower is a prolific meteor shower visible each year around mid-August, with peak activity this year occurring between Aug. 11 and 14. The most action will take place around midnight Wednesday, Aug. 12, and into Thursday morning. (more…)