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Astronomy Day

Mark your calendars for this free event coming up on Saturday, April 22!

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Astronomy Day

Saturday, April 22nd

Astronomy Day is an annual free event that brings the wonders of the universe to you! We host tons of fun activities for people of all ages, free planetarium shows, interactive demonstrations and more.

This event was started in 1973 by Doug Berger, the president of the Astronomical Association of Northern California. He 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 across the country.

The Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium continues this tradition with its own Astronomy Day. We host the event annually on the 4th Saturday in April. The day 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.

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

Saturday, June 10th

The Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium first opened its doors to the public in 1967. To celebrate this summer's 50th anniversary of the Planetarium at UMD, we are planning an evening banquet and program for invited guests.

Meet NASA Scientists

We are planning our first Planetarium Summer Camp in the summer of 2018. 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 as they become available.