Things looking up for 'Dr. Einstein'

Brish Planetarium to kick off season with program on the life of the famous scientist

September 05, 2010|By JANET HEIM
  • Rod Martin will be leading a planetarium program this year based on the work of Albert Einstein.
Kevin G. Gilbert, Staff Photographer

Local astronomers and those with an interest in the stars don't have to travel far for an educational fix. The William M. Brish Planetarium, formerly called the Washington County Planetarium, offers programs for the public during the school year.

The public programs are held on Tuesdays at 7 p.m., beginning Oct. 5 with "The Universe of Dr. Einstein."

The program runs through Nov. 16.

Adult admission costs $3 and $2 for children/students. Senior citizens with a WCPS Gold Card are admitted free.

The hourlong programs are presented live with active student participation, under the direction of Rod Martin. The planetarium offers programs for all ages, from preschool through senior citizens.

The program begins with a short look at the current night sky. Martin describes this first program as a look at the life of Albert Einstein and the theories he developed - from his childhood to his scientific work to his death in New Jersey.


It also expores the impact of Hitler's rise in Einstein's native Germany. Einstein's theories of relativity are discussed in a humorous way, using trains, planes and speeding cars to describe time changes, while black holes and massive objects are explained using bent light.

Martin is also featured on "Skylights," a regular series of podcasts at, which includes his monthly sky tour, previews of planetarium programs/special events and Tristate Astronomer highlights.

The planetarium is in the WCPS main office building at 820 Commonwealth Ave. in Hagerstown.

For more information on the programs at the William M. Brish Planetarium or on Tristate Astronomers, go to and click on William M Brish Planetarium in the column on the right.

Planetarium schedule:

Oct. 5 to Nov. 16: "The Universe of Dr. Einstein" - see the universe as Albert Einstein did from a historic, mathematical and personal perspective. Relativity is easy.

Nov. 30 to Dec. 21: "'Tis the Season" - examine many of the seasonal customs based on light, as well as various winter holiday traditions, including yule, greenery, Santa and the Christmas Star.

Jan. 11 to Feb. 22: "Galileo: The Power of the Telescope" - more than 400 years ago, Galileo revolutionized astronomy and science by using a telescope to observe the sky. Witness the history and modern uses of this scientific instrument.

March 1 to April 12: "New Horizons" - the New Horizons is well on its way to study the dwarf planet Pluto. Learn about the spacecraft and our solar system in this presentation.

April 19 to 26: "Visions of Spring Night" - see the stars and constellations of the spring and summer season.

o There will be no program Nov. 23.

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