Welcome to the Custer Institute
permitting, Saturday Night Observing is from 8pm to midnight
where volunteer Staff provide guided tours of the sky.
Clouds, fog, rain, and full moon nights are not good nights for observing,
but are good nights for indoor projects and maintenance.
Doors open at 7pm
permitting, we observe from dark until Midnight.
We depend on your generous donations
which are gratefully Accepted.
|29||Noon-9pm Astronomy Day.A
day filled with fun, food, and education on all things Astronomy.
Activities for all ages, bring the family. Evening lectures, solar
viewing during the day, sky viewing at night. Come for part or all of
the festivities. See the schedule here! Join us for the DEDICATION
OF OUR NEW, STATE OF THE ART, SPECTACTULAR DOME TELESCOPE. Purchase
tickets in advance and save!
|13||4:30pm Board Meeting. Members welcome|
Dark Matter, with Justine Haupt
What is dark matter? What is dark energy? Are they the same or are they different, and how can we hope to study something we can't see? In this 45 minute talk we'll journey through the 1900s as dark matter and dark energy were discovered, see what these discoveries mean, and understand why they're confusingly intertwined.
Justine Haupt is a scientific associate at Brookhaven National Laboratory and an engineer for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, the flagship cosmology research instrument of the coming decade. She contributes to the newly formed Brookhaven-Michigan Experiment radio telescope, is Custer Observatory's director of radio astronomy, and received a national engineering award in 2014.
6:00pm The Rites of Spring Music Fest presents "Thought Experiments Under the Stars"
6:00pm - Exhibition and Conversation
An exhibition of musical scores followed by a conversation with BNL LSST Engineer Justine Haupt and east end composer George Cork Maul.
7:00pm - Concert
A concert of pieces at the intersection of music and science. This outdoor performance by percussion instruments will explore Animated Notation, a movement about the relationship between the visual and aural in art, and will explore music and motion. A collaboration between The Custer Institute, a Stony Brook University Percussionist and the Hidden City Orchestra.
Wine and chocolate tasting by Laurel Lake Vineyard and the North Fork Chocolate Company will follow.
|24||4:30pm Annual Meeting & BBQ Vote and make your voice heard at Custer then enjoy a summer barbecue and socialize with members|
Blow up Hollywood - a musical
event under the stars
Blow Up Hollywood, the ambient art-rock group, scores a celestial soundtrack for the night sky. With nine records over a fifteen year career, this veteran group will transform light into sound and usher in the summer sky. Don't miss this spectacular night of music performed under the stars. $15 Non-Member, $12 Member, $10 Children. 8:30pm
7:00pm The Red Door Chamber Players present "An American Show"
Join The Red Door Chamber Players and salute America as they play a stars and stripes inspired concert. Enjoy a lovely mix of chamber music by American composers including the beloved “American” string quartet composed by Antonin Dvorak. The Red Door Chamber Players' eclectic instrumentation of strings, winds, piano and voice will provide the audience with a potpourri of chamber music selections and musical surprises. $15 Non-Members, $12 Members, $10 Children.
STELLAFANE CONVENTION, SPRINGFIELD, VT
Enjoy the event with Custer members and other astronomers
|21 (mon)||Solar Eclipse Event.
Plan a trip or just watch this.
6:00pm The Transitions Saxophone Quartet performs "A Little Night Music".
This performance will feature music inspired by nightfall spanning multiple genres and composers from Mozart to Thelonius Monk. Join us for this compilation of music inspired by the stars. $10 Non-Members, $8 Members, Children FREE.
6:00pm John Joe Michael Roarty
This 2010 national guitar competition winner will demonstrate his mastery of the instrument and talent for composition in this magical performance.
Rob Schwimmer, Theremin and Haken Continuum
Theremin virtuoso, Rob Schwimmer, will educate, demonstrate and perform works on the theremin and a relatively new instrument called the Haken Continuum. Non-Members $15, Members $12, Children $10
A Custer tradition with distinguished speakers, workshops, dinner, poetry, and astronomer networking and of course, viewing. A gathering of experts you don’t want to miss!
Astronomy Day: 2018: April 14 (new moon April 15)
Jamboree: 2018 November 2-3-4
As the days grow longer, the
night comes later.
Remember, Custer is run by volunteers,
Custer will open at 7pm.
Observing from the dome will begin after 8pm.
See you then!
Please be patient and mindful that our staff are volunteers, mostly amateur astronomers; they are not paid professionals. All will do their best to make your visit pleasant and educational.
Night Observing, open to public, 7pm to
midnight, weather permitting Staff provide guided tours of the sky.
Clouds, fog, rain, and full moon nights are not good nights. The less
moon, the better for most observing.
Check the moon calendar. Plan your visit by reading this.
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