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Physics and Astronomy WSU Planetarium

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)wsu.edu to arrange.

2019 Spring
$5 public shows


Jan 25/27 Skies of 2019

Feb 8/10 SENTIENT

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.

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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.

SENTIENT

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.

 

Some Like it Hot

Thursday, February 14, 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

This program explores the concept of hotness, or, more scientifically, temperature in the universe. We show you the hottest and coldest places in the universe, with a brief stop on “just right” earth.  Two Valentines day shows only.

Other Worlds

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

We explore the topic of exoplanets – planets that orbit stars other than the sun. What are the biggest? The nearest to their stars? Are some habitable? Which are nearest to the earth? Can I spot some stars that we know have planets?

The answers to these questions and more will be answered as we give an update on the exciting search for planets outside the solar system.

Strange Universe

Friday, March 29, 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 31, 5:00 p.m.

The universe can be downright weird sometimes. We’ll show you some of the oddities and mind-bending perplexities that have scientists and non-scientists alike scratching their heads.

Solar System Sensation

  • Friday, April12, 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 13, 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 14, 5:00 p.m.

The spectacular solar system. This movie-like fulldome simulation was created at WSU with narrations by Prof. Guy Worthey and musical backing tracks. Asteroids, the main planets, and Pluto are the “stars” of the immersive fulldome animation. Travel in space and time to explore the geography of these alien worlds.

Sky Wonder Down Under

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

Tour the wonders of the southern sky – without standing on your head. See what is invisible to us northerners: nebulae, star clusters, dwarf galaxies, and the amazing center of the Milky Way.

Directions

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.

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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)