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William M. Brish Planetarium

space capsuleThe William M. Brish Planetarium is under the jurisdiction of Washington County, Maryland, Public Schools and is located at 820 Commonwealth Avenue, Hagerstown.

You can learn more about the William Brish Planetarium at the Planetarium Weebly site.

The Planetarium is in continuous use serving students from pre-school through senior citizen. Under the direction of Chris Kopco, all programs are presented live with active student participation.

PUBLIC PROGRAMS

Thank you for your support of the Washington County Planetarium. A series of public programs is presented during the school year. Programs are presented if schools are in session that day, unless otherwise noted. Professional days count too, but not holidays or inclement weather days.

2017-2018 School year

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

5:30 – 6:15 p.m. One World, One Sky (Pre-K – Early Elementary Age Audiences) 
Follow Sesame Street's Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky with Hu Hu Zhu, a Muppet from Zhima Jie, the Chinese co-production of Sesame Street. Together, they take an imaginary trip from Sesame Street to the moon, where they discover how different it is from Earth.

7 – 8 p.m. Solar Super Storms (General Audiences)
 A fury is building on the surface of the Sun – high-velocity jets, a fiery tsunami wave that reaches 100,000 kilometers high, rising loops of electrified gas. What’s driving these strange phenomena? How will they affect planet Earth? Find the answers as we venture into the seething interior of our star. 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

5:30 – 6:15 p.m. Larry: Cat in Space (Pre-K – Early Elementary)
Take off on a lunar adventure with a curious stowaway cat! Larry Cat in Space is a playful, imaginative cartoon presentation about an inquisitive cat who takes a trip to the Moon. This is a Classic Planetarium Program, redone for viewing in full dome video.

7 – 8 p.m. Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond Our Sun (General Audiences)
Do other planets like Earth exist?  Through the discovery of exoplanets, the hundreds of planets that have been found orbiting stars beyond the Sun, we have learned that our solar system is not alone in the universe and have had to redefine our understanding of planets and solar systems.  How will this change how we view our place in the universe?

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

5:30 – 6:15 p.m. Zula Patrol: Under the Weather (Pre-K - Elementary Age Audiences)
The stalwart heroes of the Zula Patrol are on an expedition collecting samples of weather for scientist Multo’s research. When the Zula gang inadvertently hurts their loyal pet Gorga’s feelings, he decides to leave Zula and find another planet to live on. Villain Dark Truder then tricks Gorga into helping with his latest nefarious scheme to rule the Universe.  

7 – 8 p.m. Habitat Earth (General Audiences)
​ Living networks connect and support life forms large and small—from colonies of tiny microbes and populations of massive whales to ever-expanding human societies. Discover what it means to live in today’s connected world. 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

5:30 – 6:15 p.m. Moles: What’s Out There? (Pre-K – Early Elementary Age Audiences)
MOLES’ story revolves around a young mole named Plato. Plato lives deep underground in a dark burrow full of mystery and surprises together with his mum and dad. Our young friend is desperate to see what is out there in the outside world and one day he finally gets to see it all! Plato discovers day and night, the sun and the moon, and the stars!

7 – 8 p.m. To Space & Back (General Audiences)
To Space and Back takes audiences on an incredible journey from the far reaches of our known universe to our own planet. It is an extraordinary story of human ingenuity and incredible engineering, describing how the technology that transports us through space is paving the way for the devices and apps we use every day.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

5:30 – 6:15 p.m. Zula Patrol: Down to Earth (Pre-K - Elementary Age Audiences)
While on a routine fossil-hunting expedition, the Zula Patrol turns up evidence that the villainous Deliria Delight has been travelling back in time to Earth’s prehistoric past to illegally dump her company’s toxic trash. The Zula Patrollers must find and catch her, before her actions cause catastrophic consequences.  

7 – 8 p.m. Astronaut (General Audiences)
The exploration of space is the greatest endeavor that humankind has ever undertaken. What does it take to be part of this incredible journey? Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of an astronaut. Explore the amazing worlds of inner and outer space, from floating around the International Space Station to maneuvering through microscopic regions of the human body.  

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

5:30 – 6:15 p.m. Planetary Visions (Elementary - General Audiences)
Explore the solar System in this exciting and interactive planetarium program!  Be prepared to for an adventure that will leave you wondering if maybe you really did just get back from a mission in space! Fun for audiences of all ages!

7 – 8 p.m. Season of Light (General Audiences)
(Formerly ‘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. A seasonal favorite Classic Planetarium Program, remade for Full Dome Viewing!

Tuesday, December 12

5:30 – 6:15 p.m. Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus and Andromeda (Elementary – General Audiences)
Perseus and Andromeda is a fun-filled retelling of the tale of the beautiful but unfortunate princess Andromeda, who in divine punishment for her mother’s bragging, is sacrificed to a sea monster—and rescued by the Greek hero Perseus.

7 – 8 p.m. Season of Light (General Audiences)
(Formerly ‘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. A seasonal favorite Classic Planetarium Program, remade for Full Dome Viewing!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

5:30 – 6:15 p.m. Earth, Moon & Sun (Elementary – General Audiences)
This planetarium show explores the relationship between the Earth, Moon and Sun with the help of Coyote, an amusing character adapted from Native American oral traditions who has many misconceptions about our home planet and its most familiar neighbors. Native American stories are used throughout the show to help distinguish between myths and science.

7 – 8 p.m. Season of Light (General Audiences)
(Formerly ‘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.  A seasonal favorite Classic Planetarium Program, remade for Full Dome Viewing!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

5:30 – 6:15 p.m. One World, One Sky (Pre-K – Early Elementary Age Audiences)
Follow Sesame Street's Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky with Hu Hu Zhu, a Muppet from Zhima Jie, the Chinese co-production of Sesame Street. Together, they take an imaginary trip from Sesame Street to the moon, where they discover how different it is from Earth.

7 – 8 p.m. We Are Stars (General Audiences)
What are we made of? Where did it all come from? Explore the secrets of our cosmic chemistry and our explosive origins. Connect life on Earth to the evolution of the Universe by following the formation of Hydrogen atoms to the synthesis of Carbon, and the molecules for life.  Narrated by Andy Serkis.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

5:30 – 6:15 p.m. A Part of the Sky Called Orion (Elementary – General Audiences)
This show looks at the big ideas that have guided human understanding of the cosmos and its patterns in the sky. A Part of the Sky Called Orion tells about the Greek, Egyptian and Inupiaq cultures. We learn how each viewed the same stars, but had different stories and images.

7 – 8 p.m. Cowboy Astronomer (General Audiences)
A skillfully woven tapestry of star tales and Native American legends, combined with constellation identification, star-hopping and astronomy tidbits — all told from the unique viewpoint of a cowboy astronomer who has traveled the world plying his trade and learning the sky along the way.  One of the absolute best Classic Planetarium Programs, remade for full-dome viewing!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

5:30 – 6:15 p.m. Zula Patrol: Under the Weather (Pre-K - Elementary Age Audiences)
The stalwart heroes of the Zula Patrol are on an expedition collecting samples of weather for scientist Multo’s research. When the Zula gang inadvertently hurts their loyal pet Gorga’s feelings, he decides to leave Zula and find another planet to live on. Villain Dark Truder then tricks Gorga into helping with his latest nefarious scheme to rule the Universe.  

7 – 8 p.m. Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity (General Audiences)
Prepare to be dazzled with striking, immersive animations of the formation of the early universe, star birth and death, the collision of giant galaxies, and a simulated flight to a super-massive black hole lurking at the center of our own Milky Way Galaxy.  Narrated by Liam Neeson.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

5:30 – 6:15 p.m. Planetary Visions (Elementary - General Audiences)
Explore the solar System in this exciting and interactive planetarium program! Be prepared to for an adventure that will leave you wondering if maybe you really did just get back from a mission in space! Fun for audiences of all ages!

7 – 8 p.m. Moons: Worlds of Mystery (General Audiences)
Moons: Worlds of Mystery immerses you in the amazing diversity of moons and the important roles they play in shaping our solar system. Follow in the footsteps of astronauts to our silvery Moon, then venture beyond to unfamiliar and exotic worlds. Narrated by Ed Helms.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

5:30 – 6:15 p.m. Zula Patrol: Down to Earth (Pre-K - Elementary Age Audiences)
While on a routine fossil-hunting expedition, the Zula Patrol turns up evidence that the villainous Deliria Delight has been travelling back in time to Earth’s prehistoric past to illegally dump her company’s toxic trash. The Zula Patrollers must find and catch her, before her actions cause catastrophic consequences.  

7 – 8 p.m. The Dark Matter Mystery (General Audiences)
What keeps Galaxies together? What are the building blocks of the Universe? What makes the Universe look the way it looks today? Researchers all around the world try to answer these questions. We know today that approximately a quarter of the Universe is filled with a mysterious glue: Dark Matter. We know that it is out there. But we have no idea what it is made out of. Join the scientists on their hunt for Dark Matter with experiments in space and deep underground. Will they be able to solve the Dark Matter Mystery?

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

5:30 – 6:15 p.m. Moles: What’s Out There? (Pre-K – Early Elementary Age Audiences)
MOLES’ story revolves around a young mole named Plato. Plato lives deep underground in a dark burrow full of mystery and surprises together with his mum and dad. Our young friend is desperate to see what is out there in the outside world and one day he finally gets to see it all! Plato discovers day and night, the sun and the moon and the stars!

7 – 8 p.m. Cosmic Colors (General Audiences)
Enjoy a wondrous journey through the world of color and beyond! Discover why the sky is blue, why Mars is red and the reason why many things are the color that they are.  xplore the amazing rainbow of cosmic light through COSMIC COLORS, an original production of the Daniel M. Soref Planetarium in cooperation with the Great Lakes Planetarium Association.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

5:30 – 6:15 p.m. Earth, Moon & Sun (Elementary – General Audiences)
This planetarium show explores the relationship between the Earth, Moon and Sun with the help of Coyote, an amusing character adapted from Native American oral traditions who has many misconceptions about our home planet and its most familiar neighbors. Native American stories are used throughout the show to help distinguish between myths and science.

7 – 8 p.m. Two Small Pieces of Glass (General Audiences)

The Amazing Telescope fulldome show follows two students as they interact with a female astronomer at a local star party.  Along the way, the students learn the history of the telescope from Galileo’s modifications to a child’s spyglass — using two small pieces of glass — to the launch of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and the future of astronomy.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

5:30 – 6:15 p.m. The Case of the Disappearing Planet (Upper Elementary – General Audiences)
This show looks into the changing status of objects we call “planets.” It not only covers Pluto, but the temporary planetary status of asteroids as well. The tally of “planets” in our Solar System has been going up and down for hundreds of years! 

7 – 8 p.m. Dynamic Earth (General Audiences)
Explore the inner workings of Earth’s great life support system: the global climate. Ride along on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a monster hurricane, come face-to-face with sharks and gigantic whales, and fly into roiling volcanoes. Narrated by Liam Neeson.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

5:30 – 6:15 p.m. Larry: Cat in Space (Pre-K – Early Elementary)
Take off on a lunar adventure with a curious stowaway cat! Larry Cat in Space is a playful, imaginative cartoon presentation about an inquisitive cat who takes a trip to the Moon. This is a Classic Planetarium Program, redone for viewing in full dome video.

7 – 8 p.m. Super Volcanoes (General Audiences)
This program moves beyond Earth to explore the impact of giant volcanic eruptions around our solar system. Audiences will fly down to Neptune’s frigid moon Triton and onto the ultimate volcanic world: Jupiter’s moon Io. On a visit to a legendary North American hot spot, Yellowstone National Park, the film asks: can a super volcano erupt in our time? Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

5:30 – 6:15 p.m. Moles: What’s Out There? (Pre-K – Early Elementary Age Audiences)
MOLES’ story revolves around a young mole named Plato. Plato lives deep underground in a dark burrow full of mystery and surprises together with his mum and dad. Our young friend is desperate to see what is out there in the outside world and one day he finally gets to see it all! Plato discovers day and night, the sun and the moon, and the stars!

7 – 8 p.m. Oasis in Space (General Audiences)
Is Earth the only water world in our Solar System? Take an exciting space flight through our Solar System in search of water and water worlds like Earth. This trip to the planets includes the latest scientific theory on the formation of the solar system and planets, as well as the most recent astronomical research and exploration, including data from robot explorers.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

5:30 – 6:15 p.m. One World, One Sky (Pre-K – Early Elementary Age Audiences)
Follow Sesame Street's Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky with Hu Hu Zhu, a Muppet from Zhima Jie, the Chinese co-production of Sesame Street. Together, they take an imaginary trip from Sesame Street to the moon, where they discover how different it is from Earth.

7 – 8 p.m. Totality (General Audiences)
This program is all about eclipses – from lunar to total solar. We cover how they occur and what happens when they do. We look back to the proof of general relativity and look forward to upcoming eclipses and where to witness them. Our production includes a variety of wonderful styles – from spectacular space environments to humorous pop-up books. A very special part of the show relates, in a very human way, what happens when you are caught in the shadow of the Moon and the Sun is plunged into a total solar eclipse.

ADMISSION

  • Adults: $3
  • Children & Students: $2 (Family: $10 maximum)
  • Senior Citizens w/WCPS Gold Card: Free

TRISTATE ASTRONOMERS

Adults interested in astronomy may also participate in the Tristate Astronomers.  Tristate Astronomers' meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month (September through May) at 7:30 p.m. at the planetarium. Star parties are scheduled monthly.

Click here to contact the club president.