Flying Through Halley’s Comet

Flying Through Halley’s Comet

Article Contributed by Walt Pickut Martz/Kohl Board of Directors Halley ’s Comet, the most famous of them all, comes around once every 75 years, puts on a beautiful sky show for a few months as it nears the sun, and then zooms back toward the farthest reaches of the solar system. It last appeared in […]

Meteor Showers and Shooting Stars

Meteor Showers and Shooting Stars

Article Contributed by Walt Pickut Martz/Kohl Board of Directors April showers usually bring May flowers. But high above the clouds, April Showers this year mean meteor showers, too – shooting stars that streak across the night sky. And a field trip is being planned by the Martz/Kohl Observatory to take place later in the spring […]

A Year of Near Misses, So Far

A Year of Near Misses, So Far

Article Contributed by Walt Pickut Martz/Kohl Board of Directors “It feels like the world suddenly strayed into shooting gallery,” said a member of the Martz/Kohl Observatory last week. “Four near misses since January 1 and another one coming. That must be some kind of record.” It’s not a record anyone wants to break. In 2017 […]

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 […]