Space Exploration and Rocketry at Martz-Kohl Observatory for Summer 2020


The month of March, 2020, marks the opening of the annual Martz-Kohl Observatory Special Guest Speaker series on the third Wednesday of every month.

Our speaker series, as always, is here for the general public, students, and everyone who loves the dark night skies. Our mission is to introduce everybody to the planets and the stars in our part of the Milky Way and far beyond into the Universe.

The second Wednesday of every month at Martz-Kohl is always Movie Night with special presentations from NASA and lots of Q&A afterward with our own staff, including tours and stargazing with our most powerful telescopes or under the sky on the roll-off-roof, open air viewing platform, weather permitting.

Special Guest Speakers (Programs start at 7:30):

Wed. March 18
Prof. Mike Stafford – “The Dance of Planets and the Galaxy: How Physics Plays the Tune”

Wed. April 15
Dr. Sean Nowling from JCC – “It’s All Relative: Relativity Says Reality
Might Not Really Be What We See”

Wed. May 20
Astrophysicist Zoe Lerner-Ponterio from SPIF (Spacecraft Planetary Imaging Facility-Cornell Univ.) “A Spacecraft Tour of the Solar System.”

Wed. June 17
Annual Martz-Kohl Dinner for members and invited guests – Inspirational guest speaker Phil Evans

Wed. July 15
Harrison Tyra from the STSci – Space Telescope Science Institute

Wed. August 19
Astrophotographer Ted Wolfe – “The Latest from Ted’s Eye on the Sky in the Atacama Desert, Chile.”

Wed. September 16
Dr. Darren Williams, Penn State-Behrend: “Exoplanet Atmospheres and Weather.”

Wed. October 21
John Mangus. “Rocketry and Amazing Stories from his Life in

A Saturday Night still to be determined: Laurie and/or Mark Abadie from NASA. “What’s Up for’ 24? – The Moon or Bust.”

Also, a special program is planned for this summer (dates to be announced) for anyone who would like to learn how to take beautiful and inspiring photographs of the stars, the Milky Way, and more with your own camera. A series of programs will be offered by local professional photographers, Dave Wilkins and colleague.

The Martz-Kohl Observatory wishes to thank our guests for making this unique resource so popular and successful in recent years. Your interest and support make it “your observatory” too.

We are an all-volunteer, not-for-profit service supported by donations suggested $5/adult and $2 for student and child, or membership.