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Kavli Fulldome Lecture Series

The Planetarium regularly offers opportunities to learn about the latest astronomical theories and interact with some of the world's leading experts via the Kavli Fulldome Lecture Series. Presentations are streamed live in the fulldome theater, offering a mesmerizing show as well as a unique learning experience.  

Celebrate the Alworth Planetarium's 50th Anniversary

The Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium first opened its doors to the public in 1967. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Planetarium at UMD, we will provide a host of opportunities for the public at Astronomy Day in 2017.

Astronomy Day is an annual event intended to provide a means of interaction between the general public, astronomy enthusiasts, youth groups and professionals.

This event was started in 1973 by Doug Berger, the president of the Astronomical Association of Northern California. His intent was to set up various telescopes in busy urban locations so that passersby could enjoys views of the heavens. Since then, the event has expanded and is now sponsored by a number of organizations associated with astronomy.

The Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium is continuing the tradition with its own Astronomy Day exhibition. We host this event annually on the 4th Saturday in April. Our exhibition includes many games, demonstrations and activities, with something for all ages. This year, we will include public presentations about the remarkable 50-year history of the Planetarium.

To make this year a success, we need YOUR help! If you are interested in volunteering at the Planetarium on Astronomy Day, let us know by emailing us at planet@d.umn.edu.

Meet NASA Scientists

We are planning our first Planetarium Summer Camp in the summer of 2017. We will be joined by Thorsten Markus, the head of NASA Goddard's Cryospheric Sciences Lab and the Project Scientist for the ICESat-2 mission.  Valerie Casasanto, the principal investigator of the Beautiful Earth program will also be joining us. More details will be posted in the spring.