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Physics and Astronomy WSU Planetarium


The WSU Planetarium features a digital fulldome projection system. During a sky tour, audiences interact with the projected sky and the docent to learn about astronomy. The dome is a 24 foot diameter plastic-laminated glass-fiber dome installed in Sloan Hall in March, 1962. In 1968 the projector was upgraded to the Spitz A3-P. In 2014, an interim spheric mirror digital projection system was added, upgraded to 4k resolution in summer 2016. It is used for WSU astronomy classes, school groups, other groups, and evening public shows. If you have a group of ten or more, you can arrange a free, one-hour sky tour during business hours. Contact Dr. Guy Worthey at gworthey(at) to arrange.

2019 Spring
$5 public shows

Jan 25/27 Skies of 2019


Feb 14 only Some Like it Hot

Mar 8/10 Other Worlds

Mar 29/31 Strange Universe

Apr 12/13/14 Solar System Sensation

Apr 26/28 Sky Wonder Down Under

Spring 2019 Schedule

Tickets at the door are $5 (cash or check, no credit). Children 6 and under free. Scroll down for detailed directions to the WSU Planetarium, 231 Sloan Hall.

Skies of 2019

Friday, Jan 25, 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, Jan 27, 5:00 p.m.


Come to the planetarium for a preview of sky highlights for 2019. Travel to Chile for a solar eclipse. See Jupiter, Saturn, and Venus. Explore the clockwork constellations for all the seasons. Interactive sky dome presentation.


Friday, Feb 8, 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, Feb 10, 5:00 p.m.

This show is not astronomy! It features an immersive fulldome movie, followed by a discussion.

This astonishing fulldome video is the final work by students of the Art and Science Immersive Media class in the Studio for Interrelated Media (SIM) department at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, produced during the 2013 Spring semester. In less than 5 months these students explored the topic of consciousness, collaborating on all aspects of storytelling, concept development, sound design, and fulldome production to create an immersive experience which investigates the creative, perceptive, and unexplored mind.


Solar System Sensation

Friday, September 21, 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 23, 5:00 p.m.

Our amazing planets, up close and personal. Sit back and relax as we pan over 3d maps of each of the planets, accompanied by music. Includes our asteroid belts (both of them) and Pluto as well.

Time for Dr. Who

Friday, October 12, 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 14, 5:00 p.m.

Time Lords. The Tardis. Daleks. Sonic screwdrivers. How much of that is real? How much of that might be real?

Come find out at one of our most popular repeated shows. Set your spacetime coordinates for the WSU Planetarium, and don’t forget to dress up (optionally), because it’s Time for Dr. Who.

Costume contest – come in Whovian themed attire!

Haunted Skies

Friday, October 26, 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 28, 5:00 p.m.

Halloween’s celestial origins in the misty traditions of the ancient Celts. Spooky sights in space. And a few things that are actually frightening.

Costume contest – come in space or sci-fi themed attire!

Mayan Astronomy

Friday, November 9, 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 11, 5:00 p.m.

Image: El Carasol Observatory.

The sophisticated astronomy of the Mayan culture. Find out the dual way the Mayans kept track of the calendar. Learn some Mayan myths. And enjoy a fulldome animation produced under the auspices of the National Council of Science and Technology of Mexico.

New Horizons – To Pluto and Beyond

Friday, November 30, 7:00 p.m. and Sunday,  December 2, 5:00 p.m.

All about Pluto. It’s discovery, its demotion, and its eventual rediscovery in the summer of 2015 by NASA’s New Horizons mission.


Directions from Stadium & Main: Turn up Stadium, immediate left at Nevada, immediate left at Washington, turn right on Spokane Street. (“Green” and “Yellow” spots are legal to park in after-hours. Otherwise, please arrange a temporary permit.) The pedestrian bridge is the most convenient entry; come across the bridge, come in the building, then turn right. Twenty paces later, turn left and head down the hall to Sloan 231.


We are excited that our series of informative and entertaining shows for the general public, inaugurated in Spring, 2014, have proven very popular. In Summer, 2014, we installed a spheric-mirror digital projection system to operate alongside the legacy Spitz star ball to enable a whole new layer of flexibility in the star theater. Funds from ticket sales maintain and improve our surround sound and full dome visual systems, and guarantee an offering of even more spectacular public events in the future. The WSU Foundation will be happy to assist you if you wish to accelerate the upgrades with a financial gift (donate to “astronomy development fund”).

Our offerings:

  • Day time groups ($0)
  • Evening public shows ($5)
  • Corporate facility rental (inquire, 335-4994)