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FSU Planetarium Shows Resume in University’s New CCIT Building

FSU Planetarium Shows Resume in University’s New CCIT Building

Frostburg State University’s planetarium shows have resumed in the University’s new Center for Communications and Information Technology. The planetarium programs are held on the ground floor, in the Multimedia Learning Center, each Sunday through Dec. 21 at 4 and 7 p.m. with programs changing each month. Each program runs about 45 minutes and is free and open to the public.

In October, the planetarium program will be “Roasted Planets, an Oasis and a Frozen World.” In November, “Life Among the Giants?” will address whether or not moons can sustain life.

“The new projector is much more versatile than the previous one,” said Dr. Bob Doyle, the MLC director and an associate professor in the Department of Physics and Engineering. “Our digital projector system has no gears, motors or mirrors like the old projector, so we can go from one sky location to another as quickly as we like.”

An added feature is that following the 4 p.m. program, there will be a tour of the Cavallaro Collection in FSU’s Science Discovery Center in the adjacent Compton Science Center. The collection, donated by Dr. Joseph Cavallaro, who is a native of Westernport, Md., features over 200 mammal specimens, most full body mounts, from more than 50 safaris. The animals can be photographed from just a few feet away.

The center includes a large 40-foot-wide tilted dome and more than 70 seats underneath, also tilted, which provide viewers with wide-angle images and animation. For astronomy, central projectors cover the dome with the night sky or views of trips to other planets and star systems. The powerful computers in the console also allow space and time travel, journeying back many thousands of years and forward far into the future. In addition to the planetarium programs, MLC is used for media presentations, classes and conferences.

CCIT is home to the disciplines of Computer Science and Information Technologies, Graphic Design, Mass Communication/Communication Studies and Mathematics. CCIT also houses WFWM, the NPR affiliate radio station, and FSU-TV3, the cable TV channel.

Ticket distribution for the planetarium shows begins 20 minutes before the start of each program. Attendance is limited to about 70 persons.

For more information, contact 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 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.


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