Thursday, February 16, 2017

Espy the Friendly Skies at New CCBC Planetarium

If you like to gaze up at the stars, The Community College of Baltimore County has a beautiful new state-of-the-art planetarium in its Mathematics and Science Hall on the CCBC Catonsville campus. The Benjamin Banneker Planetarium is a classroom-sized facility (seating capacity 65) used primarily for college classes and shows to groups from area schools and the community. It has been in operation since 1966 and now has a newly-installed Spitz SciDome XD digital projector. The projector is also housed in a brand new ten-meter dome planetarium.

The Planetarium is named for Benjamin Banneker, a free black man who lived in the neighboring area of Oella and who, as a self-taught man of science, was the author of a series of almanacs during the 1790s.

CCBC Catonsville now offers monthly Friday evening programs for adults to complement its monthly Saturday morning programs for children, a mainstay for many years.  These free programs are not only designed to entertain but also are intended to encourage life-long earth science education. CCBC also hopes that these programs will spark an interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education among prospective students.

No tickets or reservations are required.

Planetarium shows for outside groups, including school groups, may be arranged.  These are usually scheduled for weekday mornings. Interested groups should call 443-840-4560 or email Angie Black, the planetarium scheduler.

Upcoming events include...

• February 17th – “Eclipses and Solar Cycles,” 7 p.m. and then 8:30 p.m.

• February 18th – “Ancient Legends” (especially for kids), 10 a.m.

• March 10th – “Astronomy and Boston in the American Revolution” 8 p.m.

• March 11th – “Earth, Moon and Sun” (especially for kids) 10 a.m.,

• April 21st – “Reading the Night Sky like a Boy Scout,” 7 p.m. and then 8:30 p.m.

• April 22nd “Space Bunny” (especially for kids), 10 a.m.

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