Events ~ Don't forget to Check Our Weather!

The suggested donation for the specific events listed below includes the cost of General Admission.  Rain or clear, we survive only on your generous donations.

Minimum suggested donations:
$5 for each Adult
$3 Children under 14
FREE for Members.

Next Board Meeting:  Saturday, November 15th  at 4:30 PM
Members of the Institute may attend and observe and are given time to address the board before the beginning and after adjournment but not during the meeting, unless invited to speak by a board member. Nov 15, Dec 20, Jan 17, Feb 14, March 21, April 18, and May 16 at 4:30 p.m. The annual meeting will be held on June 13, 2015 at 4:30 p.m

After the lectures, concerts, etc. remain for refreshments and guided tours of the night sky through Custer's telescopes. The observatory is open every Saturday evening from dark until midnight


November: Rosetta Comet Landing.
The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft is scheduled to release its Philae lander some time in November. Philae will attempt to land on the surface of a comet known as 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. The lander is named after Philae island in the Nile river, where an obelisk was found that was used to decipher Egyptian hieroglyphics along with the famous Rosetta Stone. The Philae lander will spend about a week studying the comet. It will send back images from the surface and try to determine what the comet is made of.

Saturday, November 8
Near Full Moon.

The night sky will be washed out with a lot of moon light severely limiting observing.

Saturday, November 15
7pm
How to buy and use a telescope - BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!
Is there a telescope gathering dust in the closet because you don't know how to use it?  Perhaps you have been using your telescope but it doesn't seem to be working quite right and you're asking yourself: "Is it me or the equipment?" Or maybe you'd like to buy a telescope and want to know what to consider before making the purchase.  This lecture and workshop will provide the answers.

You'll learn all you ever wanted to know about telescopes and receive practical information that will help you get set up and observing.  After the lecture, there will be an opportunity for you to receive hands-on help from the instructor and Custer's Observatory Staff so bring your equipment with you.  Instructor: Jeff Norwood is a veteran amateur astronomer, telescope mechanic, & owner of Camera Concepts in Patchogue. Suggested Donation: $10 Custer Members; $15 Non-Members; $5 Full-time Students.

Mon/Tues, November 17, 18
Leonids Meteor Shower.

Perhaps there will be a few 'preview meteors' on Saturday, November 15.
NO Telescopes used - just lay back in a dark area and face Leo in the south, rising east to west.

The Leonids is an average shower, producing an average of up to 15 meteors per hour at its peak. This shower is unique in that it has a cyclonic peak about every 33 years where hundreds of meteors per hour can be seen. That last of these occurred in 2001. The Leonids is produced by dust grains left behind by comet Tempel-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1865. The shower runs annually from November 6-30. It peaks this year on the night of the 17th and morning of the 18th. The waning crescent moon will not be much of a problem this year. Skies should be dark enough for a good show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Leo, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

Saturday, November 22
New Moon:
Nice dark skies for observing!
Mars in Sagittarius, and for the lucky, Uranus in Pisces. The Moon will be directly between the Earth and the Sun and will not be visible from Earth. This phase occurs at 12:32 UTC. This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere.


Friday, Nov 28
MEMBERS' NIGHT, 7pm

A Members-Only evening for mingling, observing, enjoying the observatory and its resources, discussing Custer's present and planning its future together. This members-only evening is FREE for Members and their guests.

 

Saturday, December 6
Near Full Moon.

The night sky will be washed out with a lot of moon light severely limiting observing.

Sat/Sun, December 13, 14
Geminids Meteor Shower.

NO Telescopes used - just lay back in a dark area and face Gemini in the south, rising east to west.
The Geminids is the king of the meteor showers. It is considered by many to be the best shower in the heavens, producing up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by debris left behind by an asteroid known as 3200 Phaethon, which was discovered in 1982. The shower runs annually from December 7-17. It peaks this year on the night of the 13th and morning of the 14th. The waning gibbous moon will block out some of the meteors this year, but the Geminids are so bright and numerous that it should still be a good show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Gemini, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

Friday, December 19
Holiday Party: Members Only
8pm

Sunday, December 21
December Solstice.

The Winter Solstice: the real reason for the season! 
The December solstice occurs at 23:03 UTC. The South Pole of the earth will be tilted toward the Sun, which will have reached its southernmost position in the sky and will be directly over the Tropic of Capricorn at 23.44 degrees south latitude. This is the first day of winter (winter solstice) in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of summer (summer solstice) in the Southern Hemisphere.

Tuesday, December 31, 8pm
NEW YEARS EVE UNDER THE STARS
Details forthcoming


Saturday Night Observing:
open to public, dark 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 and have a look at our VISITOR GUIDE to make the most
of your visit with us.

Observing


The musical performances are, in part, made possible by grants from the Suffolk County Community Arts Regrant Program and the NYS Council for the Arts


MEMBERS' NIGHT, Last Friday of each month
A Members-Only evening for mingling, observing, enjoying the observatory and its resources, discussing Custer's present and planning its future together. Coordinator: David van Popering. Admission: FREE for Members and their guests.

Saturday Night Observing, open to public, dusk 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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