MARTZ OBSERVATORY; Armchair Stargazing

Ted Wolfe in Chile

If you’ve never been to South America—to the remote Atacama Desert in Chile to be precise—fasten the seat belt on your Lazy Boy at home or come to the Martz-Kohl Observatory in person for a remarkable trip at 7:30 on Wednesday evening, June 16.

The program, to be presented by acclaimed astro-photographer, Ted Wolfe, is the next in MKO’s popular Zoom-webinar series of special guest speakers from across the nation. Ted returns to MKO this year in person with an exciting video tour prepared in collaboration with National Geographic Magazine, a trip to his observatory in Chile which he can operate remotely from anywhere in the world. But as always, Ted’s ultimate goal is the heavens. His spectacular images of deep space will take viewers along to explore the whole universe without ever leaving our planet.

To attend by Zoom, simply visit Home Page and click on thef Zoom meeting invitation.

Reservations Please

MKO is proud to announce that we are reopening to the general public. But due to remaining guidance on public meetings, reservations are required as attendance will be limited to 40. So please sign up as soon as you can. Simply visit and click on “use this form” to submit your registration request.

Sky Events to Watch

Sunday, June 20, will be the longest day of the year, the June solstice, at precisely 11:32 p.m. ET. The sun will reach its most northern position in the sky. This also creates the shortest daylight hours of the year in the Southern Hemisphere. The solstice marks the beginning of summer in the northern hemisphere, and winter in the southern hemisphere.

On Thursday, June 24, enjoy watching the full “Strawberry Moon,” also called the “Mead Moon,” the “Rose Moon,” or the “Hot Moon.” This full moon has always been significant to the indigenous people of North America. The Ojibwe people native to the Great Lakes region call this moon Ode’miin Giizis, the “Strawberry Moon.” People of the Cree Nation who watch the wild water-fowl name it Opiniyawiwipisim, the “Egg Laying Moon.” The Mohawks recognize it as it Ohiarí:Ha, the “Fruits are Small Moon.” The Cherokee call it Tihaluhiyi, the “Green Corn Moon,” signaling the growth of new crops. The full moons always rises in the east exactly as the sun sets, and it sets in the west at sunrise. This is a wonderful time to enjoy the beauty of the skies as so many others have done down through the ages.

Your Observatory
As always, MKO welcomes guests and never charges admission. We are an all-volunteer
association and appreciate contributions in any amount that help us “keep the lights on” for the best dark sky viewing possible for our guests. We’re your observatory because of your support.