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• Arlington Planetarium is located at 1426 N. Quincy St. in Arlington. It is open to the public on the first Monday of each month during the school year for a 7:30 p.m. show, "The Stars Tonight." On weekends, the planetarium is open Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 1:30 and 3 p.m. In addition, storytellers will relate tales under the stars at a one-night-only performance 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16. Admission to all events is $2.50 for adults and $1.50 for seniors and children ages 12 and younger. Information: 703/228-6070.

• Davis Planetarium at the Maryland Science Center is located in the Inner Harbor in Baltimore. The 50-foot domed planetarium features three different shows on weekends, beginning at noon and ending at 5 p.m. Admission to the center is $13 for adults and $9 for children ages 4 to 12. One admission includes all the facilities in the center. Weekend hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Additional information is available at www.mdsci.org. Information: 410/685-2370.

• The Howard B. Owen Science Center Planetarium is located at Duval High School, 9601 Greenbelt Road in Lanham. It is operated by the Prince George's County school system and is used for teaching. It is open to the public on the second Friday of each month during the school year at 7:30 p.m. The next public show is Feb. 9. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for students and seniors. Information: 301/918-8750.

• Montgomery College Planetarium is located on Fenton Street in Takoma Park. Its primary focus is as a classroom for students of Montgomery College, but it opens to the public once a month during the academic year. It's best to call for time and date. The Web site is www.myhouse.com/mc/planet.htm. Information: 301/650-1463.

• The National Air and Space Museum is located on the Mall at Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW in the District. The Einstein Planetarium is on the second level. The planetarium has a series of shows throughout the day. A 24-hour recording is available at 202/357-1686, and a Web site (www.nasm.edu) contains photos and other valuable information. Admission to the planetarium is $4 per person.

• Rock Creek Park Planetarium is located in the Nature Center at 5200 Glover Road (off Military Road between Connecticut Avenue and 16th Street NW) in the District. It features a show for young children on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m. Another show at 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays is for older children. Admission is free. Information: 202/426-6829. Its Web site is www.nps.gov/rocr.

On line

• NASA Planetary Photojournal is located at https://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov. It has amazing photos that can be downloaded.

• Smithsonian Weekly Skywatcher's Report is located at www.si.edu.resource/faq/skywatch.html. It provides an eight-day summary of currently visible planets, constellations and interesting celestial events from the Einstein Planetarium. It also can be accessed by phone at 202/357-2000.

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