The observatory has hosted a variety of lectures. You can view videos of selected presentations by clicking on an image. Please help us continue this series online by donating to the observatory.

Dr. Darren WilliamsTaking the Temperature of an Extrasolar Planet. Dr. Williams is a professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics, along with planetary science, at the Penn State Behrend Campus in Erie, Pennsylvania.  Dr. Williams discusses how and what we know about extrasolar planet temperatures as well as the latest news in the field of exoplanets. © 2020

Dr. James SpannOverview of the Heliophysics missions and their involvement in the NASA manned missions. Jim Spann, PhD, is the Space Weather Lead, Heliophysics Division at NASA. He has worked since March of 2019 at The Science Mission Directorate, Heliophysics Division of NASA where they study the nature of the Sun and how it influences the nature of space. Space weather can affect our astronauts, communication, satellites, and power grids. © 2020

Dr. Darren WilliamsAstronomical Contributors to Climate Change. Dr. Williams is a professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics, along with planetary science, at the Penn State Behrend Campus in Erie, Pennsylvania.  As a teen, Dr. Williams started his future career endeavors as an astronomy hobbyist at the Martz-Kohl Observatory.  Currently, Dr. Williams is studying the dynamics surrounding the orbits of the planets and moon as well as the evolution of the solar system. © 2019

Laurie AbadieLunar Astronauts: Preparing America’s Next Moon Landing Crew. Laurie Abadie is a human space flight specialist with NASA.  Her title is Deputy Manager for Communications and she is part of a team for NASA’s Human Research Program, now working to develop the moon landing crew for the planned 2024 U.S. moon landing expedition. © 2019

Mike StaffordThe Birth and Death of Stars. Mike Stafford is a former instructor of physics at Penn State Behrend. He has also taught at Mercyhurst and is currently an adjunct instructor of physics at Gannon University. Outside of physics, he is a private pilot, licensed parachute rigger and currently inactive expert parachutist. He is also an Extra Class ham radio licensee. © 2019