FCPS Earth and Space Science Lab
The Ausherman Planetarium is located at the ESSL. It has a 35’ dome that houses a Goto, Chronos and Evans Sutherland Digistar 7 planetarium system. This planetarium system, first installed in 2009 and updated in 2020, has a mechanical system that realistically models the night sky and a digital system that projects movies 360 degrees. This dome facility, the first of its kind installed in a public school system in the U.S.A., also has 90 planetarium seats and a 5:1 surround sound system. This “immersion theatre” experience is used to enhance and enrich a wide range of curriculum wants and needs.