News from Montgomery College

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Date: October 13, 2004 (04-92) 

Montgomery College Planetarium Hosts Star-Studded Fall, Winter Shows
Events Feature Star-Gazing, Eclectic Music Performances 

            The Montgomery College Takoma Park planetarium will host a variety of music events and educational planetarium shows this fall and winter. All events are free and open to the public.

            The music concerts feature local area composers and musicians who play avant-garde, electronic, new age, folk, and other genres of music, accompanied by lasers and the planetarium sky projector.

            The lectures and planetarium shows are led by Dr. Harold Williams, an astrophysicist, adjunct professor at Montgomery College, and director of the planetarium.

            On Wednesday, October 27, 7 p.m., just in time for Halloween, the planetarium will feature “The Real Occult,” a show about lunar and solar eclipses and asteroid and stellar disappearances. A lunar eclipse will be visible that night if the sky is clear.

            “Astrolabes,” on Saturday, November 13, 7 p.m., will explore the original astronomical computer used for navigation and timekeeping.

            The musical group Club Foot Whiskey with IKA, acoustic singer-song writer performs Saturday, November 20, 8 p.m.

            On Saturday, December 18, 8 p.m., the group Mind Over Matter/Music Over Mind will entertain.

            “The Winter Solstice”—the day of the sun’s return—is the topic for Tuesday, December 21, 7 p.m.

            The planetarium shows 1,834 naked-eye stars, the Milky Way (the diffuse band of light caused by the disk of our own galaxy), and the five naked eye planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn) under a 24-foot dome with 42 comfortable chairs. 

            The planetarium is located on Fenton Street at the Takoma Park campus of Montgomery College. It is attached to the Science South building on the ground level.

            For more information, log on to or call 240-567-1463.  For directions to the Takoma Park Campus, visit and click on Directories.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park, plus workforce development and continuing education centers in Gaithersburg, Wheaton and  Silver Spring. The College serves nearly 50,000 students a year, through both credit and non-credit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.