Grab a seat to watch the Perseid meteor shower

COURTESY PHOTO | Custer Institute will host meteor shower viewing Saturday night.

Plan on staying up late or waking up early this weekend to get a front-row seat to the annual Perseid meteor shower. The next two nights are expected to be the best viewing times to see the sky light up.

Watching the meteor shower requires no special equipment. For optimal viewing, it’s best to find an area with a little artificial light surrounding as possible.

The Custer Institute and Observatory in Southold is hosting a viewing tonight from 9 p.m. to midnight that is open to the public. The weather is expected to cooperate with mostly clear skies tonight and Sunday night.

During the peak times, the rate of meteors can reach 60 or more per hour, according to the Custer Institute.

The Perseid meteor shower runs from July 17 to Aug. 24. To read more about Perseid’s, click here.

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