Open Observatory Every Wednesday Night.

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This summer, Martz-Kohl Observatory and Falconer Central Schools are thrilled to offer Chautauqua County students entering grades 6 through 9 a weeklong “launch into space” STEM camp experience. The day camp will be held July 17 – 21, 2023. Students will learn about the history of space observations and explorations, build their own telescopes, learn how to use the 24″ telescope at the observatory, and build and launch model rockets. More info with FAQs on the Space STEM Camp page. Applications are due by April 15!

Upcoming in the Observatory Lecture Series

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 Visitors Welcome!

The Martz-Kohl Observatory is happy to host groups, large or small! Scouts, school classes, civic organizations, clubs, and groups of family and friends are invited to experience the wonders of the night sky. Our mission is to inform, educate and inspire the general public and support teaching in the sciences of astronomy and physics. Groups can use our contact form to obtain more information. Use our event calendar to learn about lectures by educators, scientists, astronomy & space professionals, as well as observatory members — which are open to the public.

Fireball / Meteor Captured by the All-Sky Camera

The observatory’s All-Sky Camera caught this fireball (meteor) early in the morning of February 2, 2023. The American Meteor Society identified it as “Event 676-2023.” It was seen in 3 states and Canada. Check out the American Meteor Society to report a sighting or to learn more about fireballs/meteors:

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Comet C/2022 E (ZTF) – The Green Comet. Image by member, Dave Wilkins of Warren, PA.

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The Martz-Kohl Observatory is run by the Marshal Martz Memorial Astronomical Association Inc. a not-for-profit voluntary group of people interested in astronomy. The observatory is located in Frewsburg, New York in Chautauqua County, not far from Jamestown and Chautauqua Lake.