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 this year (2009), Mars will be closer to earth than it has in 5,000 years. In August, it will 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.
The 2010 Special Holiday Presdentation: view printable flyer in pdf format for show dates and information. Download the flyer
Need a telescope to watch the heavens? Check out this Meade computer-assisted telescope available that manipulate aiming to specific constellations, stars, and planets.