Star Parties and Planetarium Shows

Explore the stars and the universe at our outdoor observatory and state-of -the-art planetarium

Expand your horizons by joining CCBC in its community astronomy programs. Conducted by Astronomy program faculty, these Star Parties and Planetarium Shows are free, family-friendly activities.

Visit our outdoor Observatory at CCBC Dundalk for our Star Parties. You can use our its Celstron 14-inch CGE 1400 XLT telescope or your own to stargaze.

Star Parties are typically held on Fridays and are scheduled this semester for Oct. 7 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. and Nov. 11 at 6:30 p.m. In case of inclement weather, call 443-840-3485 no earlier than 45 minutes before the session to see if it will be held. Please listen to the entire voicemail message for information about that evening’s event.

The new, state-of-the-art Benjamin Banneker Planetarium is housed in the majestic Mathematics and Science Hall at CCBC Catonsville. This year planetarium programs are offered once a month for adult audiences at 8 p.m. on Friday evenings followed by outdoor stargazing (weather permitting) and at 10 a.m. on Saturday mornings for children.

Benjamin Banneker Planetarium shows scheduled for this semester are:

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.

Oct. 29 (children’s program) - SPACE WITCH
Follow Tilly Ipswitch and her cat Kit as they fly through space looking for fun around Halloween.

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!

Nov. 12, (children’s program) - DUDLEY THE CURIOUS DUCKLING
Watch how Dudley learns why the Moon mysteriously appears and reappears over the course of the month.

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.

Dec. 10 (children’s program) - SANTA, STARS & OTHER WINTER WONDERS
A story for children that explores the meaning of Christmas.