CCBC Planetarium opens spring season with “Earthquake”

Jan 22, 2019 | by Hope H. Davis | 443.840.5053 (office) | 410.971.5560 (cell)

BGE sponsors new show throughout spring 2019

Baltimore County, Md. – Community College of Baltimore County’s Benjamin Banneker Planetarium opens up its spring season with “Earthquake,” a dynamic and visually stimulating presentation that explores the forces that transform the surface of our planet. Earthquake is sponsored by BGE with its first showing at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 15 at CCBC Catonsville.

Earthquake takes spectators on a stunning flight over the San Andreas Fault and travels back in time to experience San Francisco’s infamous 1906 earthquake. Data-driven visualizations illustrate Earth’s story, revealing how subtle motions and sudden ruptures have impacted our planet over eons and how geological activity influences the course of human history. Produced by the California Academy of Sciences, advanced reservations are requested by Feb. 11 for this premiere event. Call 443.840.4216 for reservations.

All planetarium shows are FREE and open to the public.

The schedule for Spring 2019 is as follows:

The Tiny Big Star*
10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 16
View the life story of how a very large star becomes a very tiny, but important star.

Asterisms of the World
8 p.m. Friday, March 22
What is an asterism and how is it different from a constellation? Learn about Western asterisms that some think are constellations and compare them to asterisms of other cultures.

The Land of Far, Far Away*
10 a.m., Saturday, March 23
Beyond the planets and the stars, get an up close look at objects in our night sky that aren’t easy to see.

Astronomy and Boston in the American Revolution
8 p.m., Friday, April 5
The Boston Massacre, the Tea Party and Paul Revere’s Ride are well-known parts of history, but did you know that there are some myths and misconceptions about each event that are astronomy related?

Space Bunny*
10 a.m., Saturday, April 6
Journey with a rabbit named Boynton and his friend Jocelyn as they take a trip into space.

50th Anniversary of Apollo Lunar Missions
8 p.m., Friday, May 10
Come see and learn about the Apollo program 50 years later.

Name that Planet!*
10 a.m., Saturday, May 11
Join us for a quiz that tests your knowledge of the plants in our solar system.

7:30 pm., Friday, June 14
BGE sponsored repeat performance.

Tis the Season to be Gazing
10 a.m., Saturday, June 15
Learn an explanation of why we have the seasons and a demonstration of how to find the brilliant summer constellations in the night sky.

*Kid-friendly shows


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