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. At this time we can only accept cash or check in person. To purchase tickets in advance, or with a credit card, use the link below. We are still operating at a limited capacity (30 seats available) to allow for at least one seat between groups. 

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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.

  • 6/29/22: Exploring Early Astronomy
  • 7/6/22: What's up? July Edition
  • 7/13/22: JWST's First Image: Let's Talk About It!
  • 7/20/22: June Constellation Story Time
  • 7/27/22: 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: July 8th, July 29th


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: July 15th

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: July 1st, July 22nd

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

Two Small Pieces of Glass

Join two students as they explore with a female astronomer at a local star party. Along the way, the students learn the history of the telescope from Galileo’s modifications to a child’s spyglass — using two small pieces of glass — to the launch of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and the future of astronomy. Aiming to engage and appeal to audiences of all ages, the show explores the wonder and discovery made by astronomers throughout the last 400 years.

Showing: Every Saturday in July     Watch a trailer

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

Big Astronomy: People, Places, Discoveries

Big Astronomy shares the story of the people and places who make big astronomy and big science happen. This show takes visitors to the extreme sites where astronomy happens in the most extreme environments and with some of the most interesting people.

Showing: Every Saturday in July     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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