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Thousands Rally on Facebook to Save Planetarium

by ARLnow.com March 25, 2010 at 1:47 pm 1,965 3 Comments

The David M. Brown Planetarium on North Quincy Street has hosted countless school children and at least one wedding over its 40 years.

Since Arlington Public Schools announced its plan to permanently close the planetarium one month ago, the family of the late Columbia astronaut David Brown, for whom the planetarium is now named, has spoken out against the closure.

And now a “Save the Arlington VA Planetarium” Facebook page has amassed nearly 2,500 fans.

Planetarium fans are expected to make their voices heard at a school board meeting scheduled for 7:30 tonight. It’s being held at the board room of the Arlington Education Center at 1426 North Quincy Street.

  • The voices of current and former Arlingtonians, astronomers, astronomy enthusiasts, scientists in a number of fields, educators, science communicators, NASA administrators–the list goes on–are telling their stories and fighting against the closure of the David M. Brown Planetarium. This Arlingtonian gem will not go quietly in the night.

    Please sign the petition. We have 200 signatures and counting: http://bit.ly/save-the-planetarium

    Let’s show power in numbers tonight. Arlington Education Center, 1426 N. Quincy St., 7:30 p.m. Your voice needs to be heard!

  • I am proud to say I have signed the petition. I wish I could have made it to the AEC tonight, but I’m stuck working. Good luck to all that go. The David M. Brown Planetarium is one of Arlington’s treasures. It should be saved for future generations to enjoy.

    • Marie pierre

      2,500 people time $15 /per person= $37,500
      Who says a fund raising cannot save David Brown Planetarium!
      Who’s willing to comw forward and make it happen ?
      Certainlly , The David Brown family could start a foundation (if not done already )
      and get active in fund raising…….
      I for one would be glad to help MP

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