Starting in March, the Martz-Kohl Observatory’s Summer Movie Night and Special Guest Speaker series will kick off. Our mission is to bring the whole universe into the room for everyone to enjoy and learn about. Admittedly, the entire universe in one room is quite a squeeze, but we do it one fascinating bit—one planet or one galaxy—at time. But when you consider that our guests then take that whole universe home with them in their heads, you’ll know why a visit to the Martz-Kohl Observatory on a starry summer evening is worth the trip.
The series will feature special guests on the third Wednesday of every month, unless otherwise advertised. Sometimes a guest speaker—like the astronomer/photographer who will teach our guests how to take inspiring photographs of the Milky Way, planets, and stars—selects a different night when the moon won’t outshine everything else. Astrophotographers like dark nights! Guests who come that night are invited to bring their cameras.
Speakers from NASA, the Space Telescope Science Institute, major universities, and more, will make every evening entertaining and memorable. All programs are geared for general audiences, but the Q&A sessions that follow are always lively, enlightening, and just the right place to bring your more technical questions along it you are a student or a scientist yourself.
The Martz-Kohl Observatory has enjoyed a special relationship with some of NASA most interesting people for years. In addition, our movie nights this year, will feature a special series of NASA’s most extravagantly produced movies and true stories about astronauts, space exploration, and astronomy. The Movie Night series will be held on the second Wednesday night of every month.
The Martz-Kohl Observatory never charges admission for any of our programs. We are all volunteers, but we keep the lights on and our computers booted up through membership dues and donations which are always welcome.
Best of all, concerning the cost of the specially produced movie series, we—meaning every U.S. citizen—have already paid for them. That’s our tax-payers’ dollars at work. NASA wants you to come and see what you bought.
This column in the Jamestown Gazette at the beginning of March will present the entire summer schedule.
Night Skies for February/March
In case you missed it, Sunday night, Feb.9, gave us a view of February’s full moon, called the Snow Moon or Hunger Moon, shining near the stars of Leo. Such a full moon can cast shadows almost like a summer midday sun. A trio of supermoons will shine overhead in March through
May of 2020.
In February, Venus will shine very brightly. By the 26th and 27th, the crescent moon will pass only a palm’s width to the left of that bright planet.
Keep looking up!