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NEW! — Stellar Meditation

Wednesdays at 12:10 – 12:50 p.m.
Guided meditation and seated yoga under the starry dome

Stellar mediation will explore themes of mindfulness, stress reduction, and intentionality focused on the academic lifestyle. Practice will be led by Jordan Wrigley who has completed meditation training in Japan, China, and India. Jordan is also a yoga-teacher-in-training at Aloft Yoga in Pullman and integrates yogic breathing and calming exercises into meditation practices. Stellar meditation requires no previous training and are open to all interested individuals. Practices will take place while seated and looking upwards into the Planetarium dome.

We recommend participants bring props to ensure comfort such as warm socks, a small blanket, and a small neck pillow.

$3 suggested donation to cover operating expenses

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. It was finished and 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. We find it especially easy to schedule in the 11 a.m. hour. Please email Dr. Michael Allen at mlfa(at) to arrange.

New! Each Wed noon: “Stellar Meditation” Guided meditation over the lunch hour. Starts Jan 24.

2018 Winter/Spring
$5 public shows

Jan 26 & 28 “Millions of Miles to Mars”

Feb 9 & 11 “HST’s Greatest Hits”

Feb 14 “Some Like It Hot”

Feb 23 & 25 “Cosmic Fireworks”

March 23 & 25 “Strange Universe”

April 20, 22 “Dr. Who’s Cosmos”

April 27 & 29 “Drifters in the Dark: Voyager 1 and 2”

Spring 2018 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.

Millions of Miles to Mars

Exploring the Red Planet.

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

Mysterious Mars has always beckoned to us, firing the imagination and igniting the hunger to explore a new frontier. This show is a practical exploration of the whats, hows, and whens of Mars visits.

HST’s Greatest Hits

Hubble Space Telescope: the amazing eye in the sky.

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

Launched in 1990, Hubble Space Telescope’s “sharp eye” has transmitted over 45 terabytes of images and spectral data back to earth. This program highlights HST’s legacy: the deep fields, the stellar nurseries, the black holes, the supernovae. Taken as a whole, HST has opened new vistas of human thought and redefined our place in the cosmos.

Some Like It Hot

Valentine’s day only! Date night at the planetarium!

Wednesday, Feb 14, 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

This show is all about temperature. From the frigid to the muy caliente, the universe has it all. Maybe that’s why it’s so attractive.

Join us for a cozy sky tour in the dark, and we’ll march through the universe and take its temperature.

Cosmic Fireworks

The things that flash in the night.

Friday, Feb 23, 7:00 p.m. and Sunday Feb 25, 5:00 p.m.

Galaxies and stars evolve so slowly they seem immutable and unchanging. In contrast, some things in astronomy are quick and violent. Join us in the star theater for a tour of comets and meteors.

Strange Universe

Space-bending. Time-bending. Mind-bending.

Friday, March 23, 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 25, 5:00 p.m.

The universe is full of the amazing, the odd, and the quirky. Join us under the starry dome for a tour of the weird and wonderful oddities in the universe. From black holes to pulsars, galaxies to planets, there’s a lot to make you say, “Huh?”


Solar System Sensation

Sweeping vistas and floaty flybys of our fellow solar system planets.

Extra Mom’s Weekend Shows!

Friday, April 6, 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 7, 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. and Sunday April 8, 5:00 p.m.

We’ll tour the crazy alien geography of the moon, Mercury, Venus, earth, and Mars. Then we’ll wheel on through the rest of the solar system from sunspots to the Kuiper belt. Immerse yourself in the star theater for a 3d fantasia of planets.

Dr. Who’s Cosmos

Materialize at the WSU Planetarium for a Time Lord’s view of the universe.

Friday, April 20, 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 22, 5:00 p.m.

Dr. Who is a BBC television serial that began in 1964 and continues today. “The Doctor” travels the spacetime continuum, spreading British sensibility through the Galaxy. But is time travel possible? Can a police box be bigger on the inside than on the outside? Is tea really better than coffee?

Find out at the WSU Planetarium.

Drifters in the Dark: Voyagers 1 and 2

Launched in 1977, this pair of spacecraft continue, outward bound from the solar system.

Friday, April 27, 7:00 p.m. and Sunday April 29, 5:00 p.m.

Their “grand tour” included Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, and the pictures they took dazzled a generation and expanded our knowledge of the solar system. Now 141 and 116 astronomical units from the sun, respectively, Voyager 1 and 2 continue on into the Oort Cloud and into interstellar space. They are our pioneers. They are our messengers to the stars.


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)