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William M. Brish Planetarium

The William M. Brish Planetarium is under the jurisdiction of Washington County, Maryland, Public Schools.

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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 (kopcochr@wcps.k12.md.us), all programs are presented live with active student participation.

Chris Kopko

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
    • 5:30 - 6:15 p.m. - Finding Your Way Around Earth and Sky: Take a journey to the center of the Earth and find out how your location on the Earth directly affects the seasons you experience!  Recommended for upper elementary through adult audiences.
    • 7 -  8 p.m. - Navigating with Lewis & Clark - See how Lewis and Clark navigated their way through their famous journey and how the sun, moon and stars played a role in their travels.  Recommended for upper elementary through adult audiences.

  • 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.

  • January 7 and 28, and February 4
    • 5:30 - 6:15 p.m. - Doing Citizen Science - How can you do the work of a real astronomer?  Come learn how to participate in Citizen Science Projects from the comfort of your own home!  Featuring Citizen Science  Projects found on Zooniverse.org!  Recommended for upper elementary through adult audiences.

    • 7 - 8 p.m. - New Horizons - The New Horizons mission is well on its way to study the dwarf planet Pluto.  Come learn about the New Horizons spacecraft and its journey through the outer solar system!  Recommended for middle school through adult audiences.

  • February 25, March 4 and 25
    • 5:30 - 6:15 p.m. - Astronomy Resources - Interested in learning about what's beyond our little blue planet, but not sure where to start?  Come and learn about some great free online resources!  Recommended for elementary through adult audiences.

    • 7 - 8 p.m. - Cowboy Astronomer - Take a tour of the night sky and learn the history of some constellations…Cowboy Style!  Recommended for upper elementary through adult audiences.

  • April 1 and 22, and May 6

    • 5:30 - 6:15 p.m. - Telescope Clinic - Have a telescope, but not sure where to start?  Looking to buy a telescope, but too many choices got you down? Interested in how a telescope allows you to see back in time? Come to our telescope clinic to learn all this and more!  Recommended for upper elementary through adult audiences.

    • 7 - 8 p.m. - Galileo: The Power of the Telescope - Over 400 years ago Galileo revolutionized astronomy and science by using a telescope to observe the sky.  Witness the history and modern uses of this scientific instrument. 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.

Admission
Adults: $3
Children & Students: $2 (Family: $10 maximum)
Senior Citizens w/WCPS Gold Card: Free

The phone number is 301-766-2898

Tristate Astronomers

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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