Martz Astronomers Spot Blowup

Contributing Writer Walt Pickut Board of Directors, MMMAA A massive explosion lit up a galaxy far away and long ago—about 11 million years ago—but its light just reached Earth this year. As soon as it was spotted by students in London, astronomers around the world scrambled to study images on an hour-by-hour basis to learn […]

Watching Stars Explode

Article Contributed by Walt Pickut Board of Directors, MMMAA Sky watchers at the Martz Observatory in Frewsburg, New York, at observatories around the world and on several NASA spacecraft, were treated to two rare space events recently; two stars exploded in our celestial neighborhood. Close, of course, is relative. One of the blasts, discovered about […]

What’s up in the Sky for 2014?

Contributing Writer Walt Pickut, Board of Directors, MMMAA Through more than a half century of operation, as human understanding of the universe has advanced, the Marshall Martz Observatory in Frewsburg has connected amateur astronomers, educators and scientists with resources that engage citizens in the adventure of scientific discovery. The Martz Observatory is a non-profit, public […]

November – A Month for Comets

Contributing Writer Walt Pickut Board of Directors, MMMAA Comets are beautiful, glowing visitors from deep space, diving into the center of the solar system for a warm brush with the sun then soaring back into the dark, cold void beyond the planets, maybe to return in a few years, centuries or eons. They are just […]

Observatory Announces Gift, Plans for Future

The Martz Observatory, high atop Robin Hill Road in Frewsburg, New York, is about to double in size and add a second observatory dome and two research grade telescopes. Dr Ronald Kohl, a well known amateur astronomer and retired Lakewood orthodontist, recently completed transfer of ownership of his personal observatory in Lakewood to the Marshal […]

Martz Observatory and NASA Establish Joint Educational Programs

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, JPL, in Pasadena, California, runs NASA’s missions on Mars, many more missions in orbit around the Moon, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn and deep space missions exploring the entire universe. Together with the National Science Foundation, NASA and JPL have also created The Night Sky Network, NSN, a national association of amateur […]

Martz Observatory – We See Everything

The Martz Observatory in Frewsburg is committed to serious astronomy and to training tomorrow’s astronomers and encouraging hobbyists. The Association’s president, Gary Nelson, and the Association’s Board of Directors, have recently established an endowment (signing pictured above) to assure the mission and work of The Marshal Martz Memorial Astronomical Association will continue for future generations. […]