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Directions to the planetarium. Astronomy is the oldest science and one of the few sciences that welcomes amateurs. Everyone who looks up at the stars with wonder is an astronomer.
"The Astronomer" Official Video Oh, The Story! a YouTube video. The words, libretto to the song "The Astronomer." The planetarium is open from Monday, August 22, 2016, until Friday, May 19, 2017. There are exceptions though like Summer Planetarium Programs. This is an academic institution so there are a few holidays like around Thanksgiving and from Christmas to new year's day and Spring break March 14-20, 2017 for faculty and students; planetarium closed only on Thursday & Friday, March 16 &17, 2017 . All evening planetarium programs include a star party after the show, if it is clear. Star party means we look at the sky with telescopes. We have a 13 inch (33.02cm) Dobsonian, and 3 1/2 inch (8.89cm) Questar telescopes that we bring outside the planetarium when clear. All minors coming to the planetarium for public programs or grade specific school programs must be accompanied by their teachers, or a parent or guardian. In April of 2016 the planetarium was improved. A new projector a Spitz Scidome XD replaced the ancient Spitz 512, opto-mechanical projector which only showed 1,864 stars maximum; now we have almost no limit, effectively millions and millions not quite billion and billions. We can now show stars, nebulae, and galaxies from anywhere in the universe not just from the planet earth. We can show stars locally 100,000 years in the past or future using Starry Night with the new projector. We can further show the planet Earth and put data on it using a full dome projection using Layer Earth, so geology, geography, atmospheric science (including climate change) can be faithfully shown. We can show full dome video on the 24 foot dome. We have started production of full dome video as well as have the ability to show full dome video produced by other planetriums and science museums world wide. SciDome sizzle reel demonstration. We have a large video monitor at eye level in the planetarium that is capable of not only 2D PowerPoint and Keynote and YouTube, but capable of showing 3D movies with passive circularly polarized glasses worn by the audience when appropriate. We have already produced many 3D short educational videos in astronomy and biology and geology as well as filmed Maker Fairs in downtown Silver Spring, and lectures at the American Center of Physics all in glorious 3D, thanks to Rupert Chappelle. The College also replaced the imoveable chairs on an ugly carpet with movable chairs on a beautiful floor so we can now do group work and reconfigure seating. We can seat small children on blankets on the floor while adults and older children can sit in chairs. You can not do group work when you can only see the back of your neighbors head. The new projector can be moved into a larger planetarium dome when the new science center is built at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus in a few years into a 50 foot dome. The college was very responsible in planning ahead and spending money on the current improved and planned future larger planetarium! If you would like the planetarium projector or the current domed theather room named after your company or family member please speak to the Montgomery College foundation.
|WHEN||Free Public Planetarium SHOWS and Occasional Celestial Spectacle|
|Saturday, 19 November 2016 at 7P.M.||Falling Into a Black Hole in the Planetarium.|
|Wednesday 21 December 2016 at 5P.M. note the earlier time because of the season.||The Day of the Sun's Return, the Winter Solstice in the Planetarium. December 21, 11:48 P.M. EST|
|Saturday, 28 January 2017 at 7P.M||How are Stars Born? not the celebrities, but the gravitational controlled thermonuclear fusion reactors that are real stars. in the Planetarium.|
|Saturday, 18 February 2017 at 7P.M.||African Skies hear creation myths and how at least 40,000 people got their freedom using Drinking Gourd, the Big Dipper, in the Planetarium.|
|Monday, 20 March 2017 at 7P.M.||The Vernal Equinox, the First Day of Spring in the Planetarium.|
|Saturday, 15 April 2017 at 7P.M.||Quantum Gravity or how c, G, & h Create the fabric of Reality in the Planetarium.|
|Saturday, 6 May 2017 at 7P.M.||Star Stories in the Planetarium.|
|Monday, 21 August 2017 at ~||The Real Occult followed by a Solar Eclipse in the Planetarium.|
|Saturday, 16 September 2017 at 7P.M.||Mayan Numbers and Calendars in the Planetarium.|
|Saturday, 21 October 2017 at 7P.M.||When Was Creation, the universe is finite in time, it had a beginning, and the universe that we can know or interact with is finite in space, though very large since there is a maximum speed in the universe, the speed of light in a vacuum. Expansion drives order (this is a profounstatement), in the Planetarium.|
|Friday, 10 November 2017 at 7P.M.||A STEM festival event: Astrolabe and Fermions, the same mathematical Projection, The astrolabe is a very ancient astronomical computer for solving problems related to time and the position of the Sun and stars. Most matter is made up of spin 1/2 fermions, in the Planetarium.|
|Monday 11 November 2019 at ~
||Transit of Mercury across the disk of the sun from the|
|Friday, 13 April 2029 at 8:30P.M.
||View 2004MN4, now 99942
Apophis if it is clear from the roof of the King Street
Parking Garage or some other high flat place in
what ever down town Silver Spring has become that
Montgomery College at Takoma Park/Silver Spring controls;
or I can get the use of; if I am still alive and employed
at the college at age 78, and there is a good chance that
I will be as I went into debt for a larger house in late
2012 and will not be able to retire before
Search on the Planetary Society with
the word Apophis! More plans to save us this time Chinese.
|Sunday, 13 April 2036 at a time still to be determined We have a while.||Clean up after the earth is hit by Apophis, the destroyer, only one chance in a million or be thankful much more likely. View 2004MN4, now 99942 Apophis at age 85, most likely retired by then, but someone will be doing it and I will join them if I am alive, my father was still healthy at this age, maybe I will be as lucky. B612Foundation. Search on the Planetary Society with the word Apophis!|
|Planetarium shows for
AS, BI, CH, EL, EN, HS, GL, MA, PH, PL, and others in the Planetarium.
| School Teachers and youth group
Grade Specific Field Trips for Classes in the Planetarium.
public planetarium programs not strictly astronomical in the Planetarium.
Talks and Navigation
for groups that can not come to the planetarium.
Summer Planetarium Programs, Special summer workshop, when the planetarium is closed to the public: like teacher workshops, courses for grade school students, and occasional special programs when something very unusual happens in the sky like the transit of Venus in the summer of 2004 and 2012 (and who knows when the next bright comet may appear).
Courses Offered in the planetarium, The only place in the
Washington Metro area to take a college astronomy
course in a planetarium.
communities of Linked courses like Astrophilosophy,
"Does the Universe have a philosophy?" or
Astrobiology, "You are made of the Dust of Exploded