Planetarium at Montgomery College, TPSS campus, Maryland

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Planetarium College Wide

located at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus

Maryland, United States of America, Planet Earth (4.5672 Gyr), going around a star named Sol/Helos, in the Milky Way Galaxy, in the Local Group of galaxies, the Laniakea supercluster, an out lying member of the Virgo Super Cluster around 13.750.11 Gyr (billion years) after creation

Picture of
                    Planetarium on Fenton Street

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 21, 2017, until Friday, May 18, 2018.  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 pass 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 is Program Free Public Planetarium SHOWS and Occasional Celestial Spectacle
Wednesday, 21 March 2018 at 7P.M. The Vernal Equinox, the First Day of Spring in the Planetarium.
Saturday, 21 April 2018 at 7P.M Quantum Gravity or how c (the speed of causality), G (the universal gravitational constant), & h (Planck's constant) Create the fabric of Reality in the Planetarium.
Saturday, 5 May 2018 at 7P.M. Star Stories astronomy then music under the stars with Terrasak Patamawenu Thai music on the lao joi, saw duang with others perhaps in the Planetarium.
Saturday, 15 September 2018 at 7P.M. Mayan Astronomy: Numbers and Calendars in the Planetarium.
Saturday, 20 October 2018 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 profound statement), in the Planetarium.
Saturday, 24 November 2018 at 7P.M. Falling Into a Black Hole in the Planetarium.
Friday 21 December 2018 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, 2018 at 5:23A.M. EST actual moment of winter Solstice!
Saturday, 26 January  2019 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, 16 February 2019 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 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 2026!  B612Foundation  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!
The planetarium is located on Fenton Street on the Takoma Park/Silver Spring  campus of Montgomery College.  It is attached to the Science South building on the ground level and has a conspicuous silver colored domed roof. The stars are the province of all of mankind. An astrophysicist will answer questions about the universe. There is no admission charge for these public planetarium programs, but better than many that cost an admission price.  Several thousand people participated in planetarium programs last year.

Special Planetarium Programs

Planetarium shows for College Classes
AS, BI, CH, EL, EN, HS,  GL, MA, PH, PL, and others
in the Planetarium.
School Teachers and youth group leaders,
Grade Specific Field Trips for Classes in the Planetarium.
Music/LASER Light Shows,
public planetarium programs not strictly astronomical in the Planetarium.
Traveling Talks and Navigation before 1492.
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).

Astronomy Courses Offered in the planetarium, The only place in the Washington Metro area to take a college astronomy course in a planetarium.  Leaning communities of Linked courses like Astrophilosophy, "Does the Universe have a philosophy?" or Astrobiology, "You are made of the Dust of Exploded Stars!"

Monthly Public Planetarium astronomy shows, grade specific shows for school groups, scout and other youth group programs, senior citizen and other adult group programs, monthly music/laser light shows, cultural astronomy shows (Havdalah, Whisper of Creation, Islamic Astronomy, Star of Bethlehem, astrolabes like the Wheeler astrolabe from Tuse, Persia made around 500 years ago before the United States of America existed, and others possible) college astronomy courses, summer teacher workshops, summer youth courses, all from within a planetarium.  Light Pollution and how the county can save much money and reduce breast cancer and testicular cancer in residents of Montgomery County. There was a naked eye comet called 17P/Holmes in Perseus on November 7, 2007 there was a show on it.  Astronomical present recommendations what to buy for the familyBirthday Parties in the Planetarium?
Last updated Saturday 1:32P.M., 3/10/2018 by Harold Alden Williams, e-mail:   phone 240-567-1463