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Martz To Welcome Astronomer

FREWSBURG — The Martz-Kohl Observatory will welcome Alexandra Yep at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday to give a presentation titled, “Young Stars in the Tumultuous Gum Nebula.”

Yep is a poet-turned-astronomer, who is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at Georgia State University, researching young stars in a moderate radiation environment.

The Gum Nebula, a huge supernova remnant, visible in the southern hemisphere, is the largest emission nebula known. It is thought to be over a million years old and contains the 11,000 year old Vela Supernova Remnant as well as the Vela Pulsar.

The public is welcome to attend this presentation via ZOOM. Information and a link to join the ZOOM speaking event is located on the Martz-Kohl Observatory web ite at martzobservatory.org/zoom/.

The presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. with “virtual” doors to the event opening at 7:15 p.m. Recent celestial photos taken from the observatory as well as information about upcoming observatory events can also be found on the Martz-Kohl Observatory Facebook page at acebook.com/www.martzobservatory.org/

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Martz-Kohl Observatory remains closed to the public.

In an effort to continue with the mission to inform, educate, and inspire the general public and support teaching in the sciences of astronomy and physics, the observatory is moving forward with virtual events.

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