The Friends of the Planetarium organizes and hosts public programs for one weekend each month. We've chosen themes for each month, and all the activities or presentations for a given weekend will be related in some way to the chosen theme. The Friends of the Planetarium uses donations from the community to purchase digital full-dome programming to complement the library being developed by Arlington Public Schools. Here is a complete schedule of our special weekends.
The theme for March is Exoplanets!
Here is a colorful poster (1.8MB PDF), suitable for bulletin boards, car windshields, and passing out to strangers.
Friday, March 21, 2014
David M. Brown Planetarium premiere of the digital program: Undiscovered Worlds
This show explores a timeless question: Do other Earth-like planets exist in the universe? Travel to distant stars and explore an exquisite and diverse array of alien worlds orbiting other stars: exoplanets. As the number of exoplanets soars into the thousands, space-and ground-based telescopes, such as NASA’s Kepler telescope, are revolutionizing our view of the universe, bringing humankind one step closer to finding habitable worlds orbiting other stars. See the trailer.
Suitable for family audiences.
Running time: 30 minutes
Saturday March 22, 2014
Saturday Science Lecture: Michael F. A’Hearn, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus and Research Professor of Astronomy, University of Maryland
Why do we study comets? Why should you care about them? The study of comets has been documented for more than two millennia but our modern understanding dates only back to 1950. In the last three decades we have begun true exploration of comets, with many missions sent to study them. This talk will consider the rationale for exploring comets, and assess where we stand in answering the key questions that drive cometary scientists. Comets can provide unique information on the early stages of the solar system, since they preserve a chemical record of the conditions that existed well before humans came on the scene.
Running Time: 60 minutes (will include Q & A)
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Screening of the digital program Undiscovered Worlds
This show explores a timeless question: Do other Earth-like planets exist in the universe? Travel to distant stars and explore an exquisite and diverse array of alien worlds orbiting other stars: exoplanets. As the number of exoplanets soars into the thousands, space-and ground-based telescopes, such as NASA’s Kepler telescope, are revolutionizing our view of the universe, bringing humankind one step closer to finding habitable worlds orbiting other stars. See the trailer
Running time: 30 minutes
Screening of the digital program Magic Tree House® — Space Mission
Travel with the brother-sister duo, Jack and Annie in their Magic Tree House® as they proceed to answer the questions left for them in a mysterious note signed “—M.” The show begins with narration by Mary Pope Osborne, author of the best-selling Magic Tree House® children’s book series. Viewers will find themselves perched high in the trees as Jack and Annie discover the note that asks them to answer a series of six questions about space. Magic Tree House® — Space Mission is best suited for ages 5 to 12 and their families. Older children familiar with the book series may also enjoy the show.
Running Time: 35 minutes
The David M. Brown Planetarium is located at 1426 N Quincy Street, Arlington, VA 22207.
Admission for all programs is $3 for Children (up to age 12), $5 for Friends, Members, and Seniors (60+), and $7 for teens and adults.
Ticketing will be managed online through this website and powered by eventbrite.com. Online ticketing will end two hours prior to each show, and any unreserved seats will be made available on a first come, first served basis 15 minutes before the doors open.
About Friends of the Planetarium
Founded in 2010 to save the Planetarium from being closed, Friends of Arlington's David M. Brown Planetarium is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that continues to raise funds to make the Planetarium even better, and to support Arlington Public Schools in providing enhanced science education in Arlington County.