10+ Planetariums With Star-Gazing Opportunities


With an abundance of opportunities in the DMV, studying the stars, planets, and the sky has never been more exciting!

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David M. Brown Planetarium
Arlington, VA

During the school year, the David M. Brown Planetarium often hosts public programs. Plus, they offer special seasonal opportunities, too; learn more and see the full schedule by visiting Friends of Arlington’s Planetarium here. // Updated Nov 2021


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, the observatory offers public events and tours given by world-class astronomers, researchers, and educators. // Updated Nov 2021


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 Nov 2021


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 high-powered telescopes and a retractable roof. For more information on programs, visit the Analemma Society. // Updated Nov 2021


MARYLAND


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 Nov 2021


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 Nov 2021


Arthur Storer Planetarium
Frederick, MD

Visitors of all ages can visit this Planetarium located at Calvert High School. On select dates during the school year, learn about the night sky at special programs and events. // Updated Nov 2021


Banneker Planetarium
Catonsville, MD

Located on the campus of the Community College of Baltimore County (Catonsville), the Banneker Planetarium hosts a wide variety of shows and programs for students, families, and the community. // Updated Nov 2021


Howard B. Owens Planetarium & Science Center
Lanham, MD

Operated by the Prince George’s County Public School System, the Science Center’s planetarium is the largest in Maryland and offers a variety of shows and events throughout the year. // Updated Nov 2021


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 Nov 2021


WASHINGTON, DC


Albert Einstein Planetarium
Washington, DC

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 Nov 2021


Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory
Washington, DC

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 & pace Museum’s southeast terrace. Guests are invited to visit and even participate in stargazing opportunities using the observatory’s 16-inch telescope that boasts its own rich history. // Updated Nov 2021


Rock Creek Park Planetarium
Washington, DC

Located at Rock Creek (home to the only planetarium in the National Park Service), 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 Nov 2021


Important Disclaimer: This opportunity is curated from a public source and subject to changes and/or cancelations that might not be reflected above. Always call to confirm before participating.


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