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Walk the Galaxy

Fans of the B&A Trail, get ready for an interstellar journey. On Saturday May 5, you can walk, ride or run the trail along a 4.7-mile stretch from Glen Burnie to Severna Park for a star-studded event, brought to you by the Friends of Anne Arundel County Trails, Anne Arundel Community College Astronomy Club, and the Solar System Exploration Division of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

10847438 938489656174547 6500970848448062810 oThis section of the trail, which begins in Glen Burnie at the 26-foot high Sun sculpture behind Harundale Plaza will take you south where you will encounter “two sculptures and eight planet stations representing the Sun and the planets of the Solar System, with a sculptural stainless steel marker spaced at each planet’s proportional distance from the Sun,” according to the friends of Anne Arundel Trails. “So as you make your way along the trail you can gauge how far apart our solar system’s planets are.”

Along the way, you’ll meet planetary scientists and astronomers from NASA Goddard, and local colleges and astronomy clubs will be at each of the planet stations to provide information and activities concerning that planet.

In the evening, more astronomy themed events will be held at Anne Arundel Community College, including a talk at the “Asteroid Café,” by Dr. Jason Dworkin, project scientist for NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission and Director of the Astrobiology Analytical Laboratory at NASA/Goddard. Also, the Anne Arundel Community College Astronomy Club will host a stargazing party at the college observatory.

The walk will begin at 10 a.m.; planetary experts will be stationed at planet sculptures until 2:30 p.m. The Asteroid Café event is at 7:30 p.m. in the AACC Student Union Dining Hall, followed by the Stargazing party at the Observatory at 8:30 p.m. Get all the details at friendsofaatrails.org/planet-walk and updates on facebook.
—Ann Levelle

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