What is Martz’s New Observatory?

Contributing Writer Walt Pickut Board of Directors, MMMAA We humans have been looking up at the stars in wonder for thousands of years. Every culture throughout history has left evidence that they studied the night sky, measured it, mapped it and consulted its flawless clock. From Galileo’s first spyglass to the Hubble Space Telescope, ever […]

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 […]