Observatory Welcomes 1,000 Guests

Observatory Welcomes 1,000 Guests

Article Contributed by Walt Pickut Martz/Kohl Board of Directors The stars come out at night. Everybody knows that. But there is one famous exception to that rule, the closest star to us only comes out in the daytime… it is, of course, called The Sun. But on Monday afternoon, August 21, this year, the sun […]

The Great Total Eclipse of 2017

The Great Total  Eclipse of 2017

Article Contributed by Walt Pickut Martz/Kohl Board of Directors Special Viewing at Martz/Kohl Observatory Time is ticking down till the first total solar eclipse to be seen on the continental US in nearly 38 years, since February 26, 1979. The Martz/Kohl Observatory will be open to the public for a special viewing opportunity. Tom Traub, […]

July Skies Offer Special Events

July Skies Offer Special Events

Article Contributed by Walt Pickut Martz/Kohl Board of Directors The Next Fireworks The month of July will offer sky watchers an interesting sight. The July Fourth fireworks will not be the only sky show this month. On the night of Sunday, July 29, and the morning of Monday, July 30, the Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower […]

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 […]