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Planetarium programs allow visitors to glimpse skies

September 14, 2007

Planetarium enthusiasts can investigate the night skies with the help of a regular series of podcasts hosted by Rod Martin.

The director of the William M. Brish Planetarium gives a monthly sky tour. Previews of planetarium programs and special events, along with Tristate Astronomer highlights, are available at www.antPod.com.

The Washington County Public Schools' planetarium is at the Board of Education offices at 820 Commonwealth Ave. in Hagerstown.

All programs are Tuesdays at 7 p.m. on days when school is in session or teachers have professional training scheduled.

Programs will not be conducted on holidays or days when school is closed due to inclement weather.

Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for children and students. Senior citizens get in free with a Washington County Public Schools Gold Card.

For information, call 301-766-2898 or go to www.tristateastronomers.org and click on the planetarium link.

Programs scheduled for this school year include:

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· Oct. 2-Nov. 20 (No program on Oct. 9) - Images of the Infinite: The Hubble Space Telescope. Learn about the Hubble Space Telescope discoveries.

· Oct. 2-Nov. 20 - A Christmas Story. Examine many of our seasonal customs and stars in the annual winter program.

· Jan. 8-Feb. 26 - Cowboy Astronomer. This program features a cowboy astronomer who tells star tales, relates Native American legends and provides constellation identification and astronomy information.

· March 4-April 22 - Destination Pluto. Travel through the solar system at 100 million miles each minute to learn about members of our solar system including the sun, planets, moons, comets, asteroids and the Pluto controversy.

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