During most months, in lieu of one of the above programs, 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. Age requirements are enforced for all planetarium programs--except for the Young Planetarium show (Wednesdays at 4 p.m.) out of respect for all visitors. For visitor safety, there is no admittance once planetarium doors close.
In addition to planetarium programs, evening stargazing sessions occur once a month, April through November. During this special program--Exploring the Sky--telescopes are set up at Military Field, off of Military Road, NW. The program is managed in conjunction with the National Capital Astronomers. Programs are cancelled due to rain and a completely cloudy sky.