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Frostburg State University Planetarium Unveils Live Feed Capabilities, New Schedule
02/03/2016

Frostburg State University Planetarium Unveils Live Feed Capabilities, New Schedule

The Frostburg State University Planetarium and Multimedia Learning Center will offer new programs and feature expanded capabilities in 2016.

The Multimedia Learning Center is now able to broadcast live feeds of the sky from the observatory into the planetarium during shows, if conditions permit. The rooftop observatory at the Gira Center features a 14-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope with an attachable camera to capture deep space images and planets.

Additionally, the planetarium will launch a new show schedule this year. Wednesday Sky Tours at 6 and 7 p.m. will be offered weekly in February, March, April, September, October and November when FSU is in session. They will feature a special topic that digs into a particular astronomical subject with an emphasis on the most recent, cutting-edge discoveries. The times for the Wednesday Sky Tours allow for the opportunity to view the sun or nighttime objects in a telescope, depending on the time of year.

Science Saturdays are on the second Saturday of the month from February through December. They feature a special topic presentation or a full-dome movie, depending on the month. The time of each Science Saturday will change to optimize the potential for viewing the moon and the visible planets in a telescope. The next Science Saturday, “Hubble’s Greatest Hits,” will be Feb. 13 at 5 p.m. Times for later events and other links can be found at www.frostburg.edu/mlc/planetarium/public-shows.

All shows are free and open to the public. The FSU Science Discover Center in the Compton Science Center will be open until 8 p.m. for tours during the Wednesday Sky Tours and on Science Saturdays will be open one hour before planetarium show times.

Private shows are available for schools and other groups on request. Shows for school groups are free. Those interested in a private show should call Dr. Jason Speights, director of the FSU Planetarium and MLC, at 301-687-7348. FSU’s 77-seat planetarium and Multimedia Learning Center are on the first floor of the Gira Center.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity. Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.

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 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.

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

Telephone: 301-687-3171
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E-mail: news@frostburg.edu