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Out of This World

The mission of the WVU Planetarium and Observatory is to serve the state-wide West Virginia community by giving our people a glimpse into the universe beyond our country roads.

Welcome to the WVU Planetarium and Observatory

Explore recently discovered galaxies, soar out to the farthest known quasar, and journey through historic civilizations.

For more than 30 years, the planetarium has given Morgantown and the surrounding communities a glimpse into worlds beyond our own with the support of the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at West Virginia University.

Sitting atop White Hall, the planetarium and observatory have served thousands of people each year, including hundreds of WVU students. More than just an entertaining look at our universe, the planetarium features a variety of professionally created shows each year. Each show begins with a current sky show pointing out visible constellations, planets, and other noteworthy astronomical objects. 

Important Facts

  • Shows are free but reservations are required.
  • We are not open for drop in visitors. You must have a ticket for entry or be attending a public event.
  • Doors close promptly at the start of a show. Late visitors will not be admitted.
  • Read our Frequently Asked Questions

Showtimes & Events

Inside beneath our dome, outside under our skies, and out and about in our community.

Two Small Pieces of Glass 👪 Children's Show

Friday, May 31, 2024
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Dark Matter Mystery

Friday, May 31, 2024
9:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Earth's Wild Ride 👪 Children's Show

Friday, Jun 07, 2024
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

All Events View All Showtimes

Solar Eclipse Coming April 8th, 2024

Everyone in the continental US will experience at least a partial solar eclipse on April 8. Total solar eclipses are a rare and beautiful phenomena. Stay tuned for more information on our free community event in celebration of the eclipse.

Mountaineer Skies Blog

Planetarium Centennial

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Though many different forms of planetariums have existed for centuries, the modern planetarium as we know it today using advanced technology was first developed one hundred years ago.

Read More: Planetarium Centennial

There is No “Planet B”

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A growing community of astronomers across the world, including several at WVU, are coming together as a group called “Astronomers for Planet Earth” to say, “There is no ‘Planet B.’ We must take care of Earth.”

Read More: There is No “Planet B”
 

Make An Impact

There are many ways to support our work! Attend a show, give to our ongoing educational programs, or support our new Preston County Observatory.

Message From Our Director How to Support Us
 

How to find Us

The planetarium and observatory are located on the PL Floor of White Hall, 135 Willey Street.

After 6:00 PM you must enter through the 3rd entrance on Willey Street — look for the blue "White Hall" sign. 

Directions and Parking

Map depicting the location and entrance to the Planetarium in White Hall on the WVU campus. View the Directions and Parking page for more information.