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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 Spring Schedule
of $5 public shows


March 24 & 26 “Other Earths”

April 7, 8, 9 “Sky Moms”

April 14 & 16 “Dr. Who’s Cosmos”

May 28 & 30 “Magnificent Desolation”

(Printable Schedule PDF)

Spring 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.

Some Like It Hot!

Valentine’s day shows!

Sunday, Feb 12, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb 14, 7 p.m.

Space. Is it cold, or is it hot? That girl/guy. Is he/she hot? Enter the planetarium for a night of horrid metaphors and science fact as we explore the meaning of temperature and visit the hottest places in the universe.

Other Earths

Friday, March 24, 7 p.m.

Sunday, March 26, 5 p.m.

This planetarium presentation highlights the ongoing search for planets in the Milky Way. Join us for an update on this grand exploration. How many planets are there? How many could support life? Is there life out there? How much we know might surprise.

Sky Moms

Friday, April 7, 7 p.m.

Saturday, April 8, 11 a.m.

Sunday, April 9, 5 p.m.

Various moms are in the sky, watching to see if you are behaving! Learn of motherhood myths associated with the constellations. See also the birth of stars ongoing in the Milky Way right now. What kind of mom gives birth to stars? Hint: she is spectacularly beautiful.

Dr. Who’s Cosmos

Friday, April 14, 7 p.m.

Sunday, April 16, 5 p.m.

What is spacetime? Is time travel real? How do wormholes work? Dr. Who knows, but will he tell us?

Magnificent Desolation

Friday, May 26, 7 p.m.

Sunday, May 28, 5 p.m.

A retrospective of the Apollo missions to the moon: the scientific legacy, the heroism, and the prospects for the future.


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)