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    Rock Creek

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Planetarium

Planetarium Program Schedule

Young Planetarium: Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m. Appropriate for ages four to 10 and their families.

Seasonal Night Sky: Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00 p.m. Appropriate for ages five to adult.

Exploring the Universe: Saturdays and Sundays at 4:00 p.m. Appropriate for ages seven to adult.

On most Saturdays, in lieu of either the 1:00 p.m. or 4:00 p.m. program, a special, thematic planetarium program is offered. These programs change each month. Check the monthly schedule for more information.

Located within the Nature Center, The Rock Creek Park Planetarium uses high-tech Spitz software to project the image of the night sky onto a large, dome-shaped ceiling. Rangers lead you on a journey of exploration into our solar system, galaxy, and beyond. Free tickets to each planetarium show may be picked up at the Nature Center front desk up to one-half hour before the show. Out of respect for other planetarium guests, it is highly recommended that parents abide by the age recommendations, stated above.

Outside of the planetarium, evening stargazing sessions occur once a month, April through November. Telescopes are set up at Military Field, off of Military Road, NW. The program is run in conjunction with the National Capital Astronomers Association. Programs are cancelled due to rain and a completely cloudy sky.

Did You Know?

Great Horned Owl

Three kinds of owls make their homes in Rock Creek Park, the Great Horned Owl, the Barred Owl and the little Screech Owl.