Banneker Planetarium

In operation since 1966, the Community College of Baltimore County Benjamin Banneker Planetarium is a classroom-sized facility that hosts free shows for student and scout groups throughout the spring and fall. The Planetarium was named for Benjamin Banneker, a free African American who lived in the neighboring area of Oella, as well as a self-taught man of science who authored a series of almanacs during the 1790s.

contact info

Hrs: Weekdays, By appointment.

School

Groups can enjoy “The Boy Who Hated Nighttime”, the story of a boy who overcomes his fear of the dark when he learns about the constellations and planets. See the full moon with "Dudley the Curious Duckling". “My House has Stars” explores how children in different cultures around the world view the night sky. "Investigating Earth and Space" shows changes in the night sky, effects of the Earth’s rotation, lunar and solar eclipses, and more.

supports classroom learning in:
Science.

topics covered:
Astronomy, Solar System, Planets, Moon.

contact info
Name: Angie Black, Planetarium Scheduler.
Phone: 443-840-4560
Email: ablack@ccbcmd.edu

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: Early Childhood, Elementary School, Middle School, High School Group Size: 15 min., 65 max. Program Type: Day Trips, Performances. Recomm. Length of Visit: 30-45 minutes. Registration: Phone, Email. Cost: Free Title I or Financial Support: No.

Planetarium Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

Earth has more exposed water than land.  Three quarters of the Earth is covered by water! The earth has one moon.

Venus is the brightest planet in our sky and can sometimes be seen with the naked eye if you know where to look.  It is the solar system’s brightest planet — yellow clouds of sulfuric acid reflect the sun’s light.

Jupiter is so big that you could fit all the other planets in the solar system inside it.

Pluto is no longer considered a planet — instead, astronomers call it a dwarf planet or planetoid.

View Lesson Plan>>

Banneker Planetarium

In operation since 1966, the Community College of Baltimore County Benjamin Banneker Planetarium is a classroom-sized facility that hosts free shows for student and scout groups throughout the spring and fall. The Planetarium was named for Benjamin Banneker, a free African American who lived in the neighboring area of Oella, as well as a self-taught man of science who authored a series of almanacs during the 1790s.

contact info

Hrs: Weekdays, By appointment.

Scouts

Groups can enjoy “The Boy Who Hated Nighttime”, the story of a boy who overcomes his fear of the dark when he learns about the constellations and planets. See the full moon with "Dudley the Curious Duckling". “My House has Stars” explores how children in different cultures around the world view the night sky. "Investigating Earth and Space" shows changes in the night sky, effects of the Earth’s rotation, lunar and solar eclipses, and more. Scout groups can learn to read the night sky and earn an Astronomy Merit Badge or a Space Exploration Merit Badge.

supports scout badges in:
Science.

topics covered:
Astronomy, Solar System, Planets, Moon.

contact info
Name: Angie Black, Planetarium Scheduler.
Phone: 443-840-4560
Email: ablack@ccbcmd.edu

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: Early Childhood, Elementary School, Middle School, High School Group Size: 15 min., 65 max. Program Type: Day Trips, Performances. Recomm. Length of Visit: 30-45 minutes. Registration: Phone, Email. Cost: Free Title I or Financial Support: No.

Planetarium Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

Earth has more exposed water than land.  Three quarters of the Earth is covered by water! The earth has one moon.

Venus is the brightest planet in our sky and can sometimes be seen with the naked eye if you know where to look.  It is the solar system’s brightest planet — yellow clouds of sulfuric acid reflect the sun’s light.

Jupiter is so big that you could fit all the other planets in the solar system inside it.

Pluto is no longer considered a planet — instead, astronomers call it a dwarf planet or planetoid.

View Lesson Plan>>

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