10+ Planetariums With Star-Gazing Opportunities

With an abundance of local options for planetarium visits and program offerings, studying the stars, planets, and the sky has never been more exciting!

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Observatory Park at Turner Farm | 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 Sept 2019

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Mason Observatory | Fairfax, VA
Located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University, their observatory boasts many high-powered telescopes, as well as programs open to the community. // Updated Sept 2019

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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 Sept 2019

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Skydome Planetarium (Irene V. Hylton Planetarium) | Woodbridge, VA
The planetarium at CD Hylton Senior High School contains a star projector capable of projecting over 1.3k 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, too. Visit their calendar online for special opportunities throughout the year, including their annual holiday laser shows! // Updated Sept 2019

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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 Sept 2019

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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 Sept 2019

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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 Sept 2019

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Banneker Planetarium | Catonsville, MD
Located on the campus of Community College of Baltimore County (Catonsville), the Banneker Planetarium also a wide variety of show and programs for students, families, and the community. // Updated Sept 2019

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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 offers a variety of shows for public viewing throughout the year. // Updated Sept 2019

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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 Sept 2019

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Washington, DC

Albert Einstein Planetarium | Washington, DC
Located at the National Air and Space Museum, the Albert Einstein Planetarium is of the most technologically advanced planetariums in the country! Their 8K Full Dome System projects ultra-high-definition visuals that are 16 times the resolution of your HD TV! Enjoy public shows that get you a little closer to space! // Updated Sept 2019

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Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory | Washington, DC
Located on the National Air and Space Museum’s southeast terrace, families are invited to enjoy day and night-time gazing! // Updated Sept 2019

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Rock Creek Park Nature Center & Planetarium | Washington, DC
There are plenty of programs for children and adults at the Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium, operated by the National Park Service. They use high-tech Spitz software to project the image of the night sky onto a large, dome-shaped ceiling and experienced rangers lead you on a journey of exploration into our solar system, galaxy, and beyond! // Updated Sept 2019

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