Public Planetarium Shows

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

Coming Soon

The night sky, both beautiful and mysterious, has been the subject of campfire stories, ancient myths and awe for as long as there have been people. A desire to comprehend the Universe may well be humanity’s oldest shared intellectual experience. Yet only recently have we truly begun to grasp our place in the vast cosmos. To learn about this journey of celestial discovery, from the theories of the ancient Greek astronomers to today’s grandest telescopes, we invite you to experience From Earth to the Universe.

Date Show Time Sunset Seats Available
September 22, 2017 Hidden Figures in the Stars: A Campus Read Event
with Ultimate Universe
7, 8, 9pm 7:16pm Completed
September 23, 2017 Hidden Figures in the Stars: A Campus Read Event
with Ultimate Universe
7pm 7:14pm FULL!
Fall Family Weekend Hidden Figures in the Stars: A Campus Read Event
with Ultimate Universe
8pm
FULL!

Hidden Figures in the Stars: A Campus Read Event
with Ultimate Universe
9pm
FULL!
October 4, 2017 Hidden Figures in the Stars: A Campus Read Event
with Ultimate Universe
7pm 6:57pm FULL!
Hidden Figures in the Stars: A Campus Read Event
with Ultimate Universe
8pm
FULL!
October 6, 2017 Black Holes 7pm 6:53pm 40/60

Supervolcanoes 8pm
58/60
October 11, 2017 Hidden Figures in the Stars: A Campus Read Event
with Ultimate Universe
7pm 6:46pm 7/60
Hidden Figures in the Stars: A Campus Read Event
with Ultimate Universe
8pm
37/60
October 18, 2017 Hidden Figures in the Stars: A Campus Read Event
with Ultimate Universe
7pm 6:35pm 32/60
Hidden Figures in the Stars: A Campus Read Event
with Ultimate Universe
8pm
60/60
October 20, 2017 Black Holes 7pm 6:33pm 54/60

Supervolcanoes 8pm
48/60
October 25, 2017 Hidden Figures in the Stars: A Campus Read Event
with Ultimate Universe
7pm 6:26pm 54/60
Hidden Figures in the Stars: A Campus Read Event
with Ultimate Universe
8pm
56/60
November 3, 2017 From Earth to the Universe 7pm 6:15pm 60/60

Feature TBD 8pm
60/60

Reservation

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 directly contact us at planetarium@mail.wvu.edu.

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.