Living in the country, away from city lights, encourages study of the night sky. The once in a lifetime opportunity to observe a passing comet, the massive meteor shower several years ago, a rare lunar eclipse are all easily available from a backyard or a beach.
Most special events are visible without benefit of a telescope. It's a matter of knowing when and where to look, and how to identify various constellations and planets. For instance, in the Summer of 2009, Mars was closer to earth than it has been in 5,000 years and would appear to be as large as our moon.
How to learn about these events? There's a planetarium in Calvert County. *
Located on the grounds of Calvert High School and the site of the original Storer land, the planetarium offers educational programs about our night sky. These popular programs are free and are held throughout the school year on the first and third Friday evenings of the month. They are informative, entertaining, and the seats are very comfortable.
*Update 2014: The planetarium is closed for renovation and construction of a NASA exhibit. Also, the building has been sold to a private company and it is uncertain if there will be shows in the future. While the planetarium is on school property, the office has no information and the website has been taken down.
There is an astronomy club in Calvert that meets regulary at Jefferson Patterson Park.
Need a telescope to watch the heavens? Check out this Meade computer-assisted telescope available that manipulate aiming to specific constellations, stars, and planets.