Public Planetarium Shows

(Online reservations can be made at the bottom of this page, show titles link to more information)

Coming Soon

Einstein’s Gravity Playlist explores Einstein’s famous theory that predicted the existence of gravitational waves through their discovery in February 2016. Join Lucia, a Ph.D. student in physics, on an exploration of how gravitational waves are formed, how they move through the universe, and how scientists like her work to hear them.

Date Show Time Sunset Seats Available
May 12, 2017 Stars 8pm 8:24pm Completed

Solar Superstorms 9pm
May 26, 2017 Stars 8pm 8:37pm 26/60

Solar Superstorms 9pm
June 9, 2017 Stars 8pm 8:46pm 36/60

Solar Superstorms 9pm
June 23, 2017 Ultimate Universe 8pm 8:51pm 48/60

Dark: Understanding Dark Matter 9pm


Admission to our Public Planetarium Shows is free, but reservations are required and can be made by filling out the form below if the showing still has seats available.  If you are a community or school group looking to schedule a show, feel free to use the form below or directly contact us at

More Information

The West Virginia University Planetarium is located on the PL Floor of White Hall, 135 Willey Street. Reservations cannot be accepted after 3:30 P.M. on the days of the shows. This is usually on a Friday.

Additionally, the WVU Observatory, equipped with a 14 inch Celestron telescope, will be open for public viewing on the same evenings as the planetarium shows but require no reservations. Please note that the sky must be dark and clear, as we cannot see through clouds.

There are two conditions under which we will not have advertised shows:

  1. 1. If the local public schools are canceled (not just a two hour delay) due to bad weather on Friday, regardless of how the weather might appear in the evening, there will be no shows. 
  2. 2. If, during the day on Friday, we have significant snow and/or bad ice conditions on the road, there will be no shows. 
We rely on your sound judgement.