Planetarium shows

The Henry B. duPont III Planetarium has entertaining and educational shows for all ages.

NEW: We are Astronomers

Ages 6 and up
Today’s astronomer is not the lone observer of past centuries. We Are Astronomers reveals the global collaboration, technology and dedication required to answer the unresolved questions of the Universe. We Are Astronomers narrated by David Tennant is an exciting 360° Full-dome digital planetarium show produced by NSC Creative with input from UK astronomers.

NEW: We are Aliens

Ages 6 and up
Explore how our understanding of life on Earth guides the hunt for alien life elsewhere in the Universe. We visit Mars, Europa and distant Exoplanets to help answer the ultimate question… are we alone? An immersive experience from the Maryland Science Center that perfectly balances science, education and family entertainment.

From Earth to the Universe

Ages 8 and upFromEarthtotheUniverse
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. Learn about this journey of celestial discovery, from the theories of the ancient Greek astronomers to today’s grandest telescopes.

One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure

Ages 6 and under – 25 minutesOneWorldOneSky
Young audience members will be thrilled when they find themselves on Sesame Street with their famous friends, Big Bird and Elmo. The fun begins when Elmo’s friend, Hu Hu Zhu, visits from China and the three of them take the audience on an exciting journey of discovery to learn about the Sun, stars, and Big Dipper. Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu blast off on an imaginary trip to the Moon and when they return home to Earth everyone discovers that, no matter where we live, we all share the same sky.

Back to the Moon for Good

BackToTheMoonAges 8 and up – 24 minutes 
Immerse yourself in a race to return to the Moon 40 years after the historic Apollo landings. See how a competition among privately funded international teams is ushering in a new era of lunar exploration. Learn about the Moon’s resources and discover what humanity’s future on the Moon might hold. Narrated by Tim Allen, Back to the Moon for Good presents the Google Lunar XPRIZE, and the personal stories of competition and collaboration it inspires.

The Skies Tonight SkiesTonight

All Ages – 20 Minutes
Join our expert planetarium staff as they take you on a fantastic journey through the night time sky as you discover just how much of the universe you can see right from the comfort of your own back yard. The planets, stars and galaxies await you and all you need to do is “look up” at the skies tonight.

Available by Appointment

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SunStruck

Sunstruck

Ages 8 and up
Travel back to the beginning of time and experience the birth of the sun. Discover how it came to support life, how it threatens life as we know it, and how its energy will one day fade away.

Dawn of the Space Age DawnOfSpaceAge

Ages 8 and up – 40 minutes
Just as the space race began, Dawn of the Space Age starts with the launch of Sputnik and includes important Russian space history as well as the American Gemini, Apollo and Shuttle programs. The show transports viewers to the International Space Station, the X – prize winning space ship and on to future Mars exploration. Be immersed in and overwhelmed by this most accurate historic reconstruction of man’s first steps into space. Who were these men and women who took part in these dangerous and heroic endeavors? Witness their drive, their passion, and their perseverance to explore in this epic realistically animated production.

The Little Star That Could LittleStarThatCould

Ages 7 and under – 35 minutes
Little Star, an average yellow star, searches for planets of his own to warm and protect. Along the way he meets other stars, learns what makes each star special, and discovers that stars combine to form clusters and galaxies. Little Star also learns about planets and our solar system.

HUBBLE Vision 2 HubbleVision2

Ages 8 and Up – 30 Minutes
Experience a fascinating tour of the cosmos—from Earth orbit. In the all-new full dome production, major themes in current astronomy and cosmology are presented: new views of the planets; peeks into star birth nurseries; visions of star death in its many forms; exploration of star clusters and galaxies; and views of the universe when the earliest galaxies were first coming into being.

Two Small Pieces of Glass TwoSmallPiecesGlass

Ages 8 and up – 40 minutes
Join two teenage students at a local star party as they discover how the telescope has helped us understand our place in the cosmos. Learn how telescopes work and how the world’s largest observatories use them to explore the mysteries of the universe. Explore the Galilean moons of Jupiter, Saturn’s rings and the spiral structure of galaxies and learn about the discoveries of Galileo, Huygens, Newton, Hubble and other observational explorers.

Following the Milky Way FollowingMilkyWay

Ages 8 and up – 40 minutes
An exciting adventure that investigates the changes in the heavens as our home planet earth orbits the sun and the seasons change. The show also explores the planets, meteors, comets, and the northern lights

Please note: Planetarium seating is first come, first served. Planetarium shows will be announced approximately 10 minutes prior to show time. There is no admittance once the doors are closed and the show has begun. Show schedules may be changed without prior notice. We apologize for any inconvenience.