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 […]

News from Martz/Kohl Observatory

Article Contributed by Walt Pickut Martz/Kohl Board of Directors The Big Bang Comes to Martz On Wednesday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Sean Nowling, JCC Professor of Science, teaching physics and astronomy at Jamestown Community College, will speak at the Martz/Kohl Observatory on the subject of The Big Bang, the origin of the universe, […]

Listening to the Music of the Spheres

Article Contributed by Walt Pickut Martz/Kohl Board of Directors From Mozart to Queen and from Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star to The Carpenters, musicians down through the centuries have been fascinated and inspired by the night sky. Whether it was a children’s jingle or a majestic symphony, the ancient “music of the heavenly spheres” has come […]

Comets and Holiday Colored Stars

Article Contributed by Walt Pickut MMMAA Board of Directors A New Comet Head outside around 5 a.m. this coming week and look for this year’s Christmas Star, the Comet Catalina, officially called by its less romantic name, C/2013 US10. Look low in the eastern sky just before the start of morning twilight. Comet Catalina has […]

The Stars and the Common Man

Article Contributed by Walt Pickut Martz/Kohl Board of Directors Come to the Martz/Kohl Observatory on Wednesday evening, November 11, at 8 p.m. for an always interesting and entertaining presentation by Martz Observatory long-time member, Phil Evans. Astronomy, in one form or another, enters the spotlight in world and national news more often than most casual readers […]