Public Shows

Public Shows for All!

The Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium is excited to welcome you back! We are currently offering virtual shows on Facebook Live on Wednesdays at 7p and in-person shows on Fridays at 7p, Saturdays at 2p, and Saturdays at 7p.

Ticket Prices and Information

  • $5 - Adults (age 13-59)
  • $3 - Children (age 6-12), Seniors (age 60+), UMD Students (must show student ID)
  • Free - Children age 5 and under

Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. To purchase tickets in advance, use the link below. We are operating at a limited capacity (30 seats available) to allow for at least one seat between groups. 

Purchase tickets here

Upcoming Show Schedule

Shows are scheduled a month at a time. The next months schedule will be posted about a week before the start of the month. Tickets for the next month's shows will also go live a week prior to the start of the month.

Facebook Live Shows

Join us every Wednesday at 7p on Facebook Live for free, virtual shows.

  • 11/30/22: What's up? December 2022 Edition
  • 12/7/22: December Constellation Story Time
  • 12/14/22: December Ask an Astronomer

In-Person Shows

Fridays at 7p - Tours of the Universe (all shows include a tour of Tonight's Sky)

Journey Through the Solar System

All aboard the MWAP spaceship, it’s almost time for liftoff! Sit back and enjoy the view as we fly around the canyons on Mars, plunge through Saturn’s rings, find out why Pluto is now classified as a dwarf planet, and more! Join us on our Journey Through the Solar System.

Showing: Dec 2nd


Expedition: Moons

Our solar system has over 150 moons! Hop in the MWAP spaceship and we’ll explore some of the most interesting moons our solar system has to offer. There’s a moon full of volcanoes, another with a giant ocean, and so much more! Join us as we set out on Expedition: Moons.

Showing: Dec 9th

Adventure to the Edge of the Universe

Planets and stars and galaxies, oh my! Jump in the MWAP spaceship as we take off for an epic journey to see all our universe has to offer. We’ll journey to other planetary systems, fly through giant gas clouds, and find out how many galaxies are out there. Join us as we Adventure to the Edge of the Universe.

Showing: Dec 16th

Saturdays at 2p - Family Show (all shows include a tour of Tonight's Sky)

These shows are perfect for families with kids, but can be enjoyed by all ages!

Polaris, the Space Submarine and the Mystery of the Polar Night

James, a traveling penguin from the South Pole, and Vladimir, a funny bear from the North Pole, meet on the Arctic sea ice. They become friends, talk about their respective regions and observe the stars together, wondering why the night is so long at the poles of the Earth. Novice astronomers, they are trying to solve this mystery by reasoning and observation. 

Showing: Dec 3rd, 10th, 17th     Watch a trailer

Saturdays at 7p - General Public Show (all shows include a tour of Tonight's Sky)

From Earth to the Universe

The night sky, both beautiful and mysterious, has been the subject of campfire stories, ancient myths and awe for as long as there have been people. A desire to comprehend the Universe may well be humanity's oldest shared intellectual experience. Yet only recently have we truly begun to grasp our place in the vast cosmos. To learn about this journey of celestial discovery, from the theories of the ancient Greek astronomers to today's grandest telescopes, we invite you to experience From Earth to the Universe.

Showing: Dec 3rd, 10th, 17th   Watch a trailer

Show Information and Covid Policies

  • Doors open 30 minutes before showtime.
  • There is no food or drinks allowed in the planetarium.
  • Please have proof of purchase (email confirmation) ready to show at the door. UMD students will also be required to show their Student ID.
  • Parking information here
  • Planetarium staff kindly request that all guests wear a mask while in the planetarium. Guests are also asked to keep distance between groups including keeping at least one empty seat between them.

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