Speaker to Tell About New Celestial Mysteries

Article Contributed by
Walt Pickut
Martz/Kohl Board of Directors

The Sky is full of mysteries these days, as seen in recent headlines, newscasts and tabloids. The Martz/Kohl Observatory, at 176 Robin Hill Road in Frewsburg, will host a special guest speaker to delve into a selection of the most interesting ones. The event is open to all. The public is invited.

  • Did Russian radio astronomers really hear “an interesting radio signal” from ET in a star system called HD 164595, 94 light years away? Or was it really a sinister signal from a leftover secret Soviet era spy satellite?
  • Is there really life on a newly discovered, earth-like planet circling in the habitable zone around one of our closest neighbor stars called Proxima Centauri? If little green men live there, they are on our celestial door step. Should we call them?
  • Then there is the star with the un-poetic name of KIC 84628452 that has been mysteriously displaying strange light fluctuations of up to 20% over the last century for reasons nobody understands.

Guest speaker, Phil Evans, returning to the Martz/Kohl Observatory on Wednesday, September 14 at 8:00 p.m. – following the regular 7:30 general meeting – will speak about some of the most mysterious and perplexing sights and events currently holding the attention of amateur star gazers and professional astronomers alike. Evans’ popular talks are always engaging, often humorous and presented in a way to fascinate non-technical audiences as well as seasoned sky watchers.

Sky Changes the Calendar
On Thursday, September 22 the September (or autumnal) Equinox – the arrival of Autumn – occurs at 10:21 a.m. Eastern Time. On that day the Sun will shine directly down on the equator. Day and night will be nearly an equal throughout the world. Though this is the first day of fall in the Northern Hemisphere, it is the vernal (or spring) Equinox, the first day of spring in the Southern Hemisphere.

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For a deeper look at the night sky, planets, stars and the entire universe, visit the Martz/Kohl Observatory online at martzobservatory.org, check the schedule of events and visit in person. Thank you to Hall and Laury Opticians for sponsoring these Martz/Kohl column.