December Skies

December Skies

Article Contributed by Walt Pickut Martz/Kohl Board of Directors December at the Martz/Kohl Observatory in Frewsburg might find a few astronomers looking for that famous Christmas Star, but more likely they will continue studying the night sky for novas, supernovas, new comets and Earth grazing asteroids or any one of myriad other wonders to be […]

Listening to the Stars

Listening to the Stars

Article Contributed by Walt Pickut Martz/Kohl Board of Directors The Martz/Kohl Observatory in Frewsburg has been rapidly expanding its capabilities recently with new, advanced telescopes, larger class and conference facilities and remote, robotic access by off-site users. Stargazing with eyes and ‘scopes has taken giant leaps forward atop Robin Hill. Now, something even newer has […]

Observatory Tackles Newest Discoveries

Observatory Tackles Newest Discoveries

Article Contributed by Walt Pickut Martz/Kohl Board of Directors The Martz/Kohl Observatory is totally staffed by amateurs and volunteers who are looking for new members to join their growing ranks. Modern astronomy is almost unique among 21st century sciences in that much of its most important work is carried out by amateurs. Space telescopes orbiting […]

August: Good Month for Sky Shows

August: Good Month for Sky Shows

Article Contributed by Walt Pickut Martz/Kohl Board of Directors Looking Up in August – Prepare for a shower! It’s a meteor shower. On the nights of August 11 and 12 the people of Earth will once again be treated to one of the year’s most spectacular meteor showers, the Perseids Meteor Shower. The Perseids is […]

World Famous Astrophotographer Returning to Martz-Kohl Observatory

Mounting a Telescope in No-Man’s-Land

World Famous Astrophotographer Returning to Martz-Kohl Observatory

Article Contributed by Walt Pickut Board of Directors – Martz/Kohl Observatory The Atacama Desert is a great place to look at the stars and take beautiful pictures of the Universe in all its glory. But it is also a very strange place and a challenging location to set up a telescope. The 600-mile-long Atacama Desert […]

Webb Space Telescope Researcher to Speak at Martz/Kohl Observatory

Article Contributed by Walt Pickut, Martz/Kohl Board of Directors The Hubble Space Telescope has been revolutionizing our knowledge of the universe for nearly 25 years. Its big brother, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), a flagship-class space observatory, will be far larger and even more powerful. It is currently under construction and slated for launch […]

Mysterious Planets Revealed! Open House Night in Astronomy at Martz/Kohl Observatory

Article Contributed by Walt Pickut Martz/Kohl Board of Directors Planets – including our own home Planet Earth – are simply dust in a vast universe, according to Dr. Darren Williams of Behrend College in Erie, PA. But despite their small size, they’ve recently become the talk of the town. Our nearest planetary neighbors were seen […]