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Frostburg State University Planetarium Offers Free Basic Astronomy Course

Starting this month, those who attend the Frostburg State Planetarium’s public programs can complete a free basic Astronomy course. There are five classes, one each month from January through May. The course is at a basic level for students from the primary grades through senior citizens. To sign up, attend one of the January programs, sign up as it ends, and pick up your homework to be turned in at a whichever planetarium program you choose to attend in February. All course materials are free.

All planetarium programs are Sundays at 4 and 7 p.m. Class 1 is the January program, “A Quick and Easy Intro to the Sky,” showing on Jan. 8, 15, 22 and 29. Class II is the February program, “A Quick and Easy Intro to the Moon,” showing on Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26. Class III is the March program, “A Quick and Easy Intro to the Planets”, showing on March 5, 12 and 19. Class IV is the April program, “A Quick and Easy Intro to the Stars”, showing on April 2, 9, 23 and 30. The final class is the May program, “A Quick and Easy Intro to the Cosmos,” showing on May 7, 14 and 21.

Those who attend all five programs and complete the four homework sets (one sheet with no math problems) will be awarded a certificate of completion of a basic Astronomy course from the Frostburg State University Planetarium. Since the program is free, several family members or friends can take it at the same time to make the course a shared learning experience.

The instructor is Dr. Bob Doyle, who does the Starlab Planetarium presentations in the public elementary schools and the digital planetarium presentations in the county’s parochial schools. Each program will last about 50 minutes and starts promptly.

The Frostburg State Planetarium is in Tawes Hall 302 (just off the front entrance to the building) in mid-campus with convenient free parking, as well as a ramp for disabled access. To receive a brochure that includes a map of how to reach the planetarium, call (301) 687-4270 and press 4 to leave your request, your name and mailing address. You can obtain the same information by visiting the Web site at To receive an outline of the course, e-mail Dr. Doyle at

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

For further information on this release, contact:

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Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
Fax: 301-687-7589