Reach for the stars at CCBC Catonsville's Benjamin Banneker Planetarium

Sep 05, 2016

Monthly fall shows offer free celestial programs geared to adults and children

The Astronomy Program at the Community College of Baltimore County will be hosting free, Planetarium shows this fall in the Math and Science Hall Benjamin Banneker Planetarium (Room 030A) at CCBC Catonsville, 800 S. Rolling Road. Shows will be held once each month on a Friday evening at 8 p.m., followed by outside observations sessions (weather permitting!) and Saturday 10 a.m. children’s programs.

All Planetarium shows are free and open to the public. No reservations are needed except for groups. For additional information, contact 443-840-4560.

  • September 23, 8 p.m.
    Seasonal Equality
    September 22 makes the Autumnal Equinox, what we call the first day of fall. Learn what is really happening to cause this change, some misconceptions, and the role of the Earth and the Sun. Outside observing afterwards, weather permitting.

  • September 24, 10 a.m.
    Pickles Means Pluto
    Take a journey into space with a special dog and learn about the Solar System and points beyond.

  • October 28, 8 p.m.
    Legends of the heavens 
    What do the Native Americans and other cultures see when they look up at the night sky? Hear some stories explaining how and why the sky came to be and is the way it is from another’s perspective. Outside observing afterwards, weather permitting.

  • October 29, 10 a.m.
    Space Witch
    Follow Tilly Ipswitch and her cat Kit as they fly through space looking for fun around Halloween.

  • November 11, 8 p.m.
    The Super Moon
    What do we mean when we call the full moon a “Super Moon?” Does the Moon really get bigger? Come and learn about the Moon and some lunar lore, and take a close-up look if the skies permit! Outside observing afterwards, weather permitting.

  • November 12, 10 a.m.
    Dudley the Curious Duckling
    Watch how Dudley learns why the Moon mysteriously appears and reappears over the course of the month.

  • December 9, 8 p.m.
    What was the Christmas Star?
    There are many different explanations concerning what could have been the “Star of Bethlehem.” Come see what some of them are based on both ancient writings and modern technology. Outside observing afterwards, weather permitting.

  • December 10, 10 a.m.
    Santa, stars & other winter wonders
    A story for children that explains the real meaning of Christmas.