Martz-Kohl Observatory To Mark 50th Anniversary On Wednesday By Showing Film

Children are pictured observing the 2015 solar eclipse at the Martz-Kohl Observatory in Frewsburg. The observatory will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing on Wednesday. P-J fle photo

FREWSBURG — In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the historic moon landing, at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, the Martz-Kohl Observatory will be open to the public for a one-time showing of the 2018 biographical drama, “First Man,” released in the United States in October 2018 by Universal Studios.

The movie follows Neil Armstrong from 1961 through 1969 and the challenges he faced, both professionally and personally, as he journeyed to become the first person to walk on the moon.

Following the movie, the observatory will be open for both members and the public to view the night sky, weather permitting. The observatory is located at 176 Robbin Hill Road, Frewsburg. The Martz-Kohl Observatory is an all-volunteer, nonprofit association and does not charge for admission. A non-member donation of $5 per adult and $2 per child or student is appreciated.

The Martz-Kohl Observatory houses one of the largest public robotic telescopes in western New York. On open observatory nights, the public is welcome to come and tour the facility. If the evening sky is clear, the telescopes will be used to view the celestial sphere. The observatory can be contacted at 569-3689. For more information, visit martzobservatory.org.