A Star is Born!

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Actually, about seven brand new stars are born every year somewhere in the Milky Way Galaxy, already home to about 100 thousand million stars, and of course, also home to all of us on Planet Earth.

On Wednesday evening, October 21, the Martz-Kohl Observatory in Frewsburg, New York, will welcome research astronomer Alexandra Yep, Ph.D. candidate at the University of Georgia, to explain how new stars are born. It is a birth that can take millions of years but it can be violent beyond all imagination.

Yep is the newest guest speaker in the Martz-Kohl 2020 Zoom series of special guest astronomers and spaceflight specialists. The public is invited to “Zoom in” and virtually attend from home. Simply go to www.martzobservatory.org and click on the convenient link on the home page. The Zoom doors open on your computer at 7:15 for a 7:30 start of the meeting.

Her topic will be “Young Stars in the Tumultuous Gum Nebula.” She is a published author in astronomy and will present her theses research, information, and analysis new to science. Her presentation style is engaging and lively, easily accessible to the general public and non-scientists. Alex tells us she started her academic life as a poet. Few scientists speak to the heart as well as the intellect.

A tour of the Gum Nebula will be a special event for anyone who has never traveled south of the equator. This enormous star-forming region of space can only be seen from the Southern Hemisphere of Earth.

According to NASA, studying the birth of new stars is “an investigation smacking of forensic detective work. Scientists have measured the rate of star death and rebirth in our galaxy by combing through the sparse remains of exploded stars from the last few million years.” Please join us ate Martz-Kohl on Wednesday, October 21 at 7:15 for an amazing opportunity to tour of one of the birthplaces of new stars in the Milky Way.

Keep Looking Up!

In other news from the heavens this month, Mars will reach an amazing place in the sky.

Mars will loom big and bright, while a mostly Moonless sky will let dimmer deep-sky objects take center stage in the week from October 9 to 16.

On Tuesday, October 13, Mars reaches opposition, just one week after its closest approach to Earth. It’s blazing in the southeast amid the stars of the Pisces constellation in the east just an hour after sunset. But the best time to observe the Red Planet will be in the hours before midnight, high above the horizon. It will be easy to find, thanks to its brightness and its distinctive red color.

Everything at Martz-Kohl is looking up. We are looking forward to reopening to the public in the near future in the safest possible way as soon as possible. We will keep the public informed and look forward to continuing to inspire and fascinate the public about the universe around us.