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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, to be upgraded 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 to arrange.


2017 Summer Schedule
of $5 public shows


June 10 & 11 “Kids Edition: Journey Through the Solar System”

June 23 & 25 “Solar Eclipse 101”

July 8 & 9 “Kids Edition: Cruisin’ ‘Round the Constellations”

July 14 & 16 “Sky Vision”

Aug 5 & 6 “Kids Edition: It Came From Outer Space”

Sept 1 & 3 “To Boldly Go, the Science of Star Trek”

(Printable Schedule PDF)

Summer 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.

Kids Edition: Journey Through the Solar System

Saturday, June 10, 11 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 11, 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.

Our planets, all 13 of them! (You didn’t know that? Well, come and get up to date!)

Get to know our nearest planet neighbors in the sky theater of the WSU Planetarium.


Solar Eclipse 101

Friday, June 23, 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 25, 5:00 p.m.

There is a total solar eclipse coming August 21. Prepare for it now with a hands-on understanding of the geometry and physics brought to you by the WSU Planetarium. Eclipse glasses $3.

Kids Edition: Cruisin’ ’Round the Constellations

Saturday, July 8, 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.

Sunday, July 9, 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.

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Sky hopping in the planetarium! “See things” in the stars under the dome of the sky theater.

Sky Vision

Friday, July 14, 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, July 16, 5:00 p.m.

There is more to the world than the eye can see. Astronomical instruments are sensitive to light far outside the swath of human vision. See the spectacle of the multiwavelength universe unfold in the star theater.

Kids Edition: It Came From Outer Space

Saturday, Aug 5 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Sunday, Aug 6, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The things that actually have come from outer space: meteorites! Learn all about meteors, meteoroids, and meteorites, and what they tell us about the solar system.

To Boldly Go: the science behind Star Trek

Friday, Sept 1, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Sept 3, 5 p.m.

The 1966-1969 television series Star Trek was pure science fiction. Explore the realities and unrealities of space travel and technology in the star theater of the WSU Planetarium.


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)