‘Why is the Meteor Shower Named Perseus,’ You Ask?

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Perseus is one of the most ancient constellations in the sky — and there is even a meteor shower named after him.

Hear this hero’s tale, meet his nemesis — the Gorgon called Medusa — and learn why stones fall from the sky every summer, during a presentation by Bob Farrell on Saturday, August 11, at 7 p.m. at the Custer Observatory, located at 1115 Main Bayview Road in Southold.

Then, if it is clear, observe galaxies and nebulae from Custer’s south lawn. Feel free to bring a telescope, or use one from the observatory. If you’re only interested in the meteor shower, no telescope is necessary.

“All you need is what you would bring to watch a firework show, so feel free to bring blankets, lawn chairs, snacks, and bug spray to make yourself comfortable on Custer’s lawn,” a press release said. “Just lay back and look up! How many will you count?”

Suggested donation is $5 and $3 for children under age 12. For more information, call (631) 765-2626 or visit custerobservatory.org.