Appearing on the June 8 edition of the weekly local public affairs program, Southern Tier Close Up, Kopernik Observatory and Science Center educator, Roy Williams starts out on the program talking about excitings sights in the sky seen over the past several weeks, including the allignment of three planets into a triangle at the end of May that had the bonus of a very rare sighting of a metor streaking across the twilight sky, seen as bright fireball, at the same time.

Williams also talks about a new, adults-only treat at Kopernik on June 15 called the Moonlight Cafe'.  Williams says its like a popular downtown Binghamton coffee shop-meets-space where fresh-brewed gourmet coffee, tee and desserts are served along with an introduction to the stars and outer space.

Through the summer, Friday programs include Rock Hounding: Hands-on Geology where Williams will try to help you identify mystery rocks you may have found, a chance to dust off and become re-acquainted with an old telescope you may have stored away somewhere and a great look at the summer stars.

Camps for kids of all ages are also on the schedule, dealing with Earth as well as the sky.

The obervatory is located on Underwood Road in Vestal, off Route 26.

Complete details of all the programs are available at the Kopernik website, along with operating hours and contact information. Go to

Southern Tier Close Up can be heard every Saturday on News Radio 1290 WNBF at 12:10 p.m.