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Planetarium

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 twelve or more, you can arrange a free, one-hour sky tour during business hours. Contact Dr. Guy Worthey at gworthey(at)wsu.edu to arrange.

2021 Fall
$5 public shows


Hygiene rules: limited seating capacity, masks please. 

 Oct 15 & 17: Seeing! A photon’s journey across time, space, and mind

Oct 22 & 24: From Earth to the Universe

Oct 29 & 31: Haunted Skies (costume party – special times)

Nov 5 & 7: Distant Worlds: Alien Life?

Nov 12 & 14: The Hot and Energetic Universe

October 2021 shows

Tickets at the door are $5 (cash or check, no credit). Lap-sitting children (4 and under) are free with adult purchase. Until further notice, we request that attendees wear a mask. We will be limiting seating to a fraction of capacity, and will be sanitizing between shows.  Scroll down for detailed directions to the WSU Planetarium, 231 Sloan Hall.

Seeing! A photon’s journey across space and time.

7 pm, Friday, October 15

&

5pm, Sunday, October 17

 

A tour of “what’s up” in tonight’s sky; constellations, sky motions, planets, and special phenomena. This personal tour will be followed by:

 

From Earth to the universe.

7 pm, Friday, October 22

&

5pm, Sunday, October 24

 

A tour of “what’s up” in tonight’s sky; constellations, sky motions, planets, and special phenomena. This personal tour will be followed by:

From Earth to the Universe. This stunning 30-minute voyage through space and time conveys, through sparkling sights and sounds, the Universe as revealed to us by — science!

Haunted Skies

7 pm, Friday, October 29

&

2 pm, Sunday, October 31 (Note early time!)

 

Ghoulies and ghosties and things that go bump in the night? We sure do love to scare ourselves. Tour the (imaginary) terrors of the night sky from myth and legend as we learn about Halloween’s celestial origins in the misty tradition of the ancient Celts. Costumes are highly encouraged, so come in your best space/sci-fi get up!

 

 

Haunted Skies

 

 

 

 

November 2021 shows

Tickets at the door are $5 (cash or check, no credit). Lap-sitting children (4 and under) are free with adult purchase. Until further notice, we request that attendees wear a mask. We will be limiting seating to a fraction of capacity, and will be sanitizing between shows.  Scroll down for detailed directions to the WSU Planetarium, 231 Sloan Hall.

Directions

Directions from Stadium & Main: Turn up Stadium, immediate left at Nevada, immediate left at Washington, turn right on Spokane Street. Street spots and nearby parking lots are legal to park in after-hours. Otherwise, please arrange a temporary permit from parking.wsu.edu (the zone you want is called “green 3.”) 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.

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We are gratified 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. A system upgrade quadrupled its resolution in 2016. Our dome was painted a friendly gray color in 2019 to reduce light echoes and improve contrast.

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)