Public Shows

Public Shows for All!

Explore the universe weekly at the Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium!

General Show Schedule

  • Wonderstruck Wednesdays at 7p - FREE shows for all
  • Fridays at 7p - Live guided tours of the universe (includes a tour of Tonight's Sky)
  • Saturdays at 2p and 7p - Pre-recorded shows (includes a tour of Tonight's Sky)

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. 

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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. You can find show descriptions below the calendar. 

monthly calendar

Show Descriptions

Wonderstruck Wednesdays at 7p - FREE Shows

Shows last about 30 minutes. Seats are first come, first served and may fill up fast. Doors open at 6:30p.

These shows will also be streamed to Facebook Live ( and recorded for our YouTube channel. Audience members will not be seen on video, but they may be heard.

  • 5,366 Alien Planets and Counting! with Bob King: I many planets are in our galaxy? Astronomers now believe that planets far outnumber the stars. We'll explore some of the new discoveries plus learn how to find our favorite, close-to-home planets in the nighttime sky.
  • Presentation by the Arrowhead Astronomical Society: I wonder...what the Arrowhead Astronomical Society is up to? Enjoy a presentation from a member of our local amateur astronomy group - the Arrowhead Astronomical Society. If you are interested in joining, the monthly club meeting will take place right after the show.
  • Exploring the June Sky: I wonder...what we can see in the night sky this month? Explore this months sky with us as we go through the planets and constellations visible as well as discussing upcoming astronomical events like meteor showers or eclipses.
  • Beyond Bizarre + Telescope Viewing: I wonder...what sort of weird things are in the universe? Discover the bizarre properties of some of the strangest things in space. From our very own solar system to the edges of the universe, there are a lot of mysteries yet to be solved. Afterweard, take a look at the Moon and other objects visible through our telescopes (weather permitting).

Fridays at 7p - Live Guided Tours of the Universe

Shows last about an hour and include a tour of Tonight's Sky. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. Doors open at 6:30p. 

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Saturdays at 2p - Family Show 

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

Shows last about an hour and include a tour of Tonight's Sky. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. Doors open at 1:30p. 

  • Larry: Cat in Space: Take off on a lunar adventure with a curious stowaway cat! A playful, imaginative cartoon presentation about an inquisitive cat who takes a trip to the Moon. This show is ideal for families with younger kids. Watch a trailer

Saturdays at 7p - General Public Show

Shows last about an hour and include a tour of Tonight's Sky. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. Doors open at 6:30p. 

  • Living in Balance: Anishinaabe Star Knowledge: Living in Balance: Anishinaabe Star Knowledge highlights Anishinaabe stories of constellations and moons in relation to contemporary insights about environmental changes. Teachings shared by Native Skywatchers Carl Gawboy, William Wilson, and Dr. Annette S. Lee are narrated by Aarin Dokum with Anishinaabemowin translations by Alphonse Pitawanakwat set to art by Elizabeth LaPensée.

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.
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  • 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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