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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. 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.

2017 Fall/Winter Schedule
of $5 public shows

Oct 13 & 15 “Cassini’s Farewell”

Oct 27 & 29 “Cosmic Spooks”

Nov 10 & 12 “The Skies of Winter”

Dec 1 “Cosmic Yoga”

Dec 3 “Some Like it Hot”


(Printable Schedule PDF)

Fall 2017 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.

Cosmic Spooks

Creepy illusions in the sky. Disturbing constellation mythology. And a dose of real danger.

Friday, Oct 27, 7:00 p.m.

Two Shows on Sunday! Sunday, Oct 29, 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

The Skies of Winter

The skies of winter are spectacular. Join us for a tour, including stargazing tips about constellations, meteor showers, and other sky phenomena.

Friday, Nov 10, 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, Nov 12, 5:00 p.m.

Cosmic Yoga

Come spend an evening exploring the cosmos with gentle yoga, beautiful live music, and images from the near and far universe.  Breathe to the fractals, swirl with the galaxies, and find room to be present to the beauty and mystery of the season.  While yoga is often understood as a practice that focuses on creating an inward shift to create an experience of peace, cosmic yoga invites us to experience “go inward to move outward,” experiencing the wonder of sensing our place within a larger whole – the universe itself.

Friday, December 1, 7 p.m.

Special event price: $15

Includes yoga instructor and two live musicians for ambient music.

Some Like it Hot

Explore temperature in the universe, from the cryogenic outer reaches to the stellar nuclear furnaces.

Sunday, Dec 3, 5:00 p.m.



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)