• Rock Creek

    Rock Creek

    Park District of Columbia

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  • UPDATE - Temporary Ramp Closure: Rock Creek Parkway at P Street, NW

    Monday, April 14 (8:00 am) thru Saturday, April 19 (5 pm) the ramp from P Street onto the northbound Rock Creek Parkway will be closed for repairs resulting from a storm sewer failure. For additional information, please contact DC Water at 202-787-2202

  • April 1 - 25, 2014: Beach Drive Closures for Pothole Repairs

    There will be intermittent closures on Beach Drive from the Maryland line to the intersection with the Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway. Closures will be on weekdays, 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

  • Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway Lane Closures and Construction Update Spring 2014

    Construction work on Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway at Waterside Drive continues. There will be lane closures between rush hours to accommodate work on the roadway, multi-use trail and infrastructure. More »

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?

The Sun

It takes light 8 minutes and 18 seconds, traveling at 186,000 miles per second to cover the 93 million miles from the sun to the earth. You can learn more amazing astronomy facts at the only planetarium in the NPS in Rock Creek Park. More...