JULY 16, 9:00PM.
EXPLORING AND NAVIGATING THE SUMMER NIGHT SKY.
Learn how to explore and navigate the summer night sky,
including the summer constellations and stories behind them!
Gazing up at a star-filled night sky is awesome and humbling. To the novice stargazer, it can be overwhelming and disorienting. Throughout history, the night sky has served many functions to humanity- a clock, a calendar, a compass, a map and even a story book. Join stargazing lecturer Randall DiGiuseppe of the Custer Institute & Observatory for an evening of learning the basics of navigating the night sky as well as learning the locations and the folklore behind the most prominent constellations of summer.
Learn how to spot the North Star, the Summer Triangle, the Milky Way Galaxy, and the stories behind summer’s most well-known constellations. Learn also how to find your way around the night sky and how to use it to orient yourself on the ground.
This event is open to everyone. Just bring an inquisitive mind, a blanket and your imagination.
Randall DiGiuseppe is a professional artist, lecturer, telescope builder and amateur astronomer for over four decades. He is a lifetime member of the Custer Institute and Observatory and recipient of the Astronomical League’s Messier Award. He conducts lectures on the dynamics, history and art of the night sky throughout the country.
Following the presentation, Observatory staff will provide guided tours of the night sky (weather permitting) through the many telescopes on site, including the apochromatic Zerochromat telescope in our historic observation dome.
$5 Adult, $3 Children Under 16, Observatory Member FREE. Due to limited space, registration is strongly encouraged. Register at www.custerobservatory.org.
A rain date for this outdoor program is scheduled for July 30 at 9:00pm.
Please bring a blanket or chair to enjoy the presentation.
JULY 23, 9:00PM.
GENE CASEY AND THE LONE SHARKS
Celebrate the summer with a live outdoor concert by Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks
under the North Fork starry night sky!
Join us for a live outdoor concert under the stars with Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks!
A local legend with a self-described “rough-hewn and honest” style, Casey helped develop the North Fork music scene before one existed and has developed a reputation for his fun, upbeat performances that bring the crowd to their feet (The Sound of the North Fork, Northforker June2019).
Gene’s original music met with great acclaim and received significant local and international radio play. Several of his roots-drenched songs have been used in “A Prairie Home Companion” and on the soundtracks to television and feature films, including “Justified” and “Sons of Anarchy”, the 2012 thriller “The Tall Man” starring Jessica Biel, the 2013 release “The Killing Season” starring Robert DeNiro, and Rob Reiner’s “Being Charlie.”
In 2015, Gene, “the premier barroom troubadour of Eastern Long Island” (Josh Alan Friedman) received the Long Island Sound Award by the L.I. Music Hall of Fame, “for contributions to the Island’s musical landscape.”
Following the concert, Observatory staff will provide guided tours of the night sky (weather permitting) through our many telescopes on site, including the apochromatic Zerochromat telescope in our historic observation dome.
$20 Adult, $15 Observatory Member, Children Under 16 FREE. Attendance will be limited so advanced registration is strongly encouraged. Register at www.custerobservatory.org.
Please bring a blanket or chair to enjoy this outdoor presentation.
1115 Main Bayview Rd., Southold, NY 11971
ON-GOING: Custer Observatory is open to the public for stargazing every Saturday from 8pm until midnight from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Staff provide guided tours of the night sky through powerful telescopes (weather permitting). Suggested donation: $5 Adults, $3 Children under 12.
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