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Great Observatories Image Unveiling at Discovery Station on Saturday, November 14

HAGERSTOWN, MD (November 10, 2009) – Washington County is one of the sites selected to participate in the Great Observatories Image Unveiling on Saturday, November 14, 2009, at Discovery Station, 101 West Washington Street, Hagerstown.  Huge images from the center of our Milky Way galaxy, obtained from the Chandra, Spitzer and Hubble orbiting observatories, will be displayed. 

The event is scheduled from 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., and will include sky shows displayed in a portable planetarium projector every 15 minutes from 11 a.m. until 1:45 p.m. Members of the Tri-State Astronomers will also present a program about the Milky Way.  The unveiling ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. in the astronomy gallery.

William Brish Planetarium resource teacher Rod Martin says these images, even to scientists, astronomers and educators, are spectacular.  “The size and clarity of the images creates a unique viewing experience.  It is mind-boggling to contemplate the universe around us through visuals such as these.” 

Additional information about the solar system, the planets and more is presented at Tuesday night programs at the Brish Planetarium at Washington County Public Schools, 820 Commonwealth Avenue, Hagerstown.  The programs begin at 7 p.m.  Also, “Skylights” is a monthly podcast that features an audio tour of the night sky, and is available at www.antPod.com.

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