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Arthur Sorer Planetarium

Posted by on January 31, 2012

Field Trip: Arthur Sorer Planetarium
Location: 600 Dares Beach Road
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Contact: 410-535-7339
Grades: K – High School

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About the Museum:

The Arthur Sorer Planetarium is located on the grounds of Calvert High School.

The Arthur Storer Planetarium is named after America’s first colonial astronomer. Arthur Storer, an orphan, was a childhood friend of Sir Isaac Newton. They lived together and went to the same schools. They both had a passion for mathematics and astronomy. Storer came to the Maryland Colony in 1678 with his sister, who was an apothecary, to start an herb farm on the very tract of land that is now the site of the planetarium. Storer loved observing the night sky and had a zeal for comets. Armed only with an astrolabe, he was among the first observers to sight and record data about a magnificent comet that passed over Patuxent skies in 1682. His detailed observations of the comet were very helpful to Newton, who quoted Storer’s data repeatedly in his great scientific work Principia. Storer’s work shows up in a number of Newton’s writings. The comet became known as Storer’s Comet, until Edmund Halley later predicted the comet’s return; thereafter this celestial marvel was known as Halley’s Comet.

Public Programs Pare geared for general audiences and are fun for the whole family. Programs start promptly at 6:45 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) and 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:45 p.m.) and last about 45 minutes. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to 70. Programs during the school year are normally on the first and third Friday evenings of the month.

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