William M. Brish Planetarium
The William M. Brish Planetarium is under the jurisdiction of Washington County, Maryland, Public Schools.
The William Brish Planetarium is featured at antPod.com with Skylights, a regular series of podcasts featuring a monthly sky tour, and previews of planetarium programs and special events, along with Tristate Astronomer highlights. antPod.com and Skylights are made possible by Antietam Cable Television, the Herald Mail Newspaper and the Washington County Public Schools Public Information Office.
You can now learn more about the William Brish Planetarium at the new Planetarium Weebly site.
The Planetarium is in continuous use serving students from pre-school through senior citizen. Under the direction of Chris Kopko (firstname.lastname@example.org), all programs are presented live with active student participation.
2013-2014 Public Programs
Thank you for your support of the Washington County Planetarium. A series of public programs is presented during the school year. Here is the program lineup for the 2012-2013 school year, presented on the first and third Tuesday each month:
- September 3 and 24, and October 1
- October 22, November 12 (2nd Tuesday) and 25 (Monday)
5:30 - 6:15 p.m. - Finding Comet ISON (kids) - Have you heard about Comet ISON? Could Comet ISON be the "Comet of the Century"? How can you find it and just what is a comet anyway? Find out all of this and more in "Finding Comet ISON"! Recommended for elementary through middle school audiences.
7 - 8 p.m. - Finding Comet ISON (adults) - Comet ISON will be visible soon, but just how bright will this comet be? Learn about the history of comets, where they come from and what to expect when Comet ISON comes to a sky near you! Recommended for adult audiences.
- December 3, 10 and 17
5:30 - 6:15 p.m. - Winter Wonders (kids) - Join two curious kids as they explore the mystery of the Star of Bethlehem and the Winter Solstice. Hear cultural stories for the Sun's triumphant return from China, Africa, Polynesia and many more stops from around the globe. Recommended for elementary through middle school audiences.
7 - 8 p.m. - A Holiday Story - What do the stars have to do with Christmas trees, St. Nick and the Three Wise Men? Find out with “A Holiday Story”! Recommended for middle school through adult audiences.
Programs are presented the first and fourth Tuesday each month at 5:30 and 7 p.m. if schools are in session that day, unless otherwise noted above. Professional days count too, but not holidays or inclement weather days.
Children & Students: $2 (Family: $10 maximum)
Senior Citizens w/WCPS Gold Card: Free
The phone number is 301-766-2898
Adults interested in astronomy may also participate in the TRISTATE ASTRONOMERS. Tristate Astronomers' meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month (September through May) at 7:30 p.m. at the planetarium. Star parties are scheduled monthly.
Click here to contact the club president
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