The Kopernik Observatory’s Heritage Committee is looking for new members with an interest in celebrating the history of the science center and its namesake.   

Kopernik Observatory and Science Center in Vestal is named for Polish astronomer, Mikolaj Kopernik, who proposed the planets revolve around the sun. 

Celebrating the 500th anniversary of Kopernik’s birth, the Kopernik Society of Broome County, Incorporated is looking to create more educational activities appealing to students of all ages. 

Photo provided by Kopernik Observatory and Science Center
Photo provided by Kopernik Observatory and Science Center

The Kopernik Observatory has offered the chance for thousands of people of all ages to peer at the heavens since 1974 and offers a very wide variety of education programs, especially for children, teaching about space, earth sciences, computers, electronics and engineering. 

The Kopernik bylaws require the promotion and celebration of Polish heritage in the Southern Tier. 

The Committee, which carries on from the group of Polish Immigrants and people of Police heritage who built the Vestal science center, plans is planning several events through the year, including a Polish Heritage Mass and Christmas Dinner that are open to the public.   

People of Polish heritage, or those who would just like to know more about helping can email and provide the committee contact information. 

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Meanwhile, the observatory and science center on Underwood Road is taking reservations for upcoming youth programs, including KoperniKids Winter/Spring 2023 classes for ages 3-6 while membership opportunities are also available for holiday gift-giving.

The Observatory is open every Friday night through Mid-December, regardless of sky conditions. During the winter months, public programs are offered on selected dates.

For more information on programs, times and public admission fees visit 

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