10+ Planetariums With Star-Gazing Opportunities


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With an abundance of opportunities in the DMV, studying the stars, planets, and the sky has never been more exciting! Check out these opportunities (in alpha order):


ARTHUR STORER PLANETARIUM
Frederick, MD

Visitors of all ages can visit this Planetarium located at Calvert High School. During the school year, learn about the night sky during free informational and educational sessions. // Updated Apr ’22


AUSHERMAN PLANETARIUM
Frederick, MD

Located at the Earth and Space Science Laboratory, the Ausherman Planetarium has a 35-foot dome built to amaze and educate stargazers young and old! Not only does this Chronos Hybrid planetarium system model the night sky, but it also displays 360-degree movies. // Updated Apr ’22


BANNEKER PLANETARIUM
Catonsville, MD

Located on the campus of Community College of Baltimore County (Catonsville), the Banneker Planetarium also a wide variety of shows and programs for students, families, and the community. // Updated Apr ’22


DAVID M. BROWN PLANETARIUM
Arlington, VA

During the school year, the David M. Brown Planetarium hosts weekend public programs. Plus, throughout the year they offer special seasonal opportunities too; learn more and see the full schedule by visiting Friends of Arlington’s Planetarium here. // Updated Apr ’22


DAVIS PLANETARIUM
Baltimore, MD

Enjoy a look at the stars and sky beneath the 50-foot dome of the Davis Planetarium at the Maryland Science Center! Click here to see the wide variety of opportunities available to the public. // Updated Apr ’22


GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY OBSERVATORY
Fairfax, VA

Located at George Mason University, this STEM destination gets visitors a little closer to the stars! Boasting many high-powered telescopes, including a 32″ one, the observatory offers public events and tours given by world-class astronomers, researchers, and educators. // Updated Apr ’22


HOWARD B. OWENS SCIENCE CENTER
Lanham, MD

Operated by the Prince George’s County Public School System, the Howard B. Owens Science Center is the largest planetarium in Maryland and offers a variety of shows for public viewing throughout the year. // Updated Apr ’22


IRENE V. HYLTON PLANETARIUM
Woodbridge, VA

Located on the campus of CD Hylton Senior High School, this planetarium is home to a star projector capable of displaying more than 1,300 stars, the five visible eye planets, moon phasing, and more on a thirty-foot curved dome! Special effect projectors also create solar and lunar eclipses, aurora displays, and meteor showers. Visit their calendar to learn more about special opportunities to visit, including their annual holiday laser shows! // Updated Apr ’22


NATIONAL AIR & SPACE MUSEUM
Washington, DC

The National Air & Space Museum, part of the Smithsonian family, showcases the history and science of aviation and spaceflight as well as planetary science and terrestrial geology/geophysics. The second-most visited museum in the United States, this top destination boasts artifacts, displays, and exhibits that include popular attractions like the 1903 Wright Flyer, Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis, Apollo 11’s command module Columbia, and a real lunar rock! The Air & Space Museum also has a public observatory with high-powered telescopes, virtual reality and flight simulators, and an IMAX Theater.

ALBERT EINSTEIN PLANETARIUM
Located in the National Air & Space Museum, the Albert Einstein Planetarium is one of the most technologically advanced planetariums in the country. This planetarium’s ultra-high-definition visuals are 16 times the resolution of your high-definition television! Guests are invited to enjoy shows and opportunities that get you a little closer to the stars and beyond! // Updated Apr ’22

PHOEBE WATERMAN HAAS PUBLIC OBSERVATORY
Named for Phoebe Waterman Haas, an extraordinary woman of the early 20th-century (Haas was among the first women in the United States to achieve a Ph.D. in astronomy), this public observatory is located on the National Air & Space Museum’s southeast terrace. Guests are invited to visit and even participate in stargazing opportunities using the observatory’s 16-inch telescope which boasts its own rich history. // Updated Apr ’22


ROCK CREEK PARK PLANETARIUM
Washington, DC

Located within the Rock Creek Park Nature Center, the Rock Creek Park Planetarium uses high-tech Spitz software to project the night sky onto a large, dome-shaped ceiling while Rangers lead guests on a journey of exploration into our solar system, galaxy, and beyond! In addition to planetarium programs, stargazing opportunities are available too. // Updated Apr ’22


TURNER FARM OBSERVATORY PARK
Great Falls, VA

Permanently mounted telescopes allow for excellent sky gazing at the new Observatory Park at Turner Farm! This roll-top observatory includes an Observation Room complete with three telescopes and a retractable roof, and an Orientation Room for educational programs. For more information on future programs, visit the Analemma Society. // Updated Apr ’22


WILLIAM M. BRISH PLANETARIUM
Hagerstown, MD

Operated by the Washington County Public Schools System, the William M. Brish Planetarium offers the community special shows on select days; visit them online to check out all of the programs offered. // Updated Apr ’22


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