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Showtimes

Free and open to the public — reservations are required!
 
 

We present Public Shows every other Friday. We generally have children's shows at 7pm (or 8pm in Summer) and advanced shows at 8pm (or 9pm in Summer) followed by rooftop telescope observing, weather permitting. Our dome capacity is 60 visitors total. 

Our shows last approximately 45-60 minutes. After the show, our telescope assistants invite you to the rooftop telescope for live viewing of the night sky. Check out the Plan Your Visit section of our website for information about What to ExpectFAQs, Parking and Directions, Accessibility and more. For questions or concerns please email planetarium@mail.wvu.edu.

Important!

  • To cancel your reservation, please contact us so we may open remaining seats.
  • Late visitors will not be admitted! Doors close promptly at the start of a show.

Upcoming Planetarium Shows

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Jun
21

El Universo Maya (Tales of the Maya Skies in Spanish)

Friday, Jun 21, 2024
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Coming soon!, El Universo Maya (Tales of the Maya Skies in Spanish)
Available Monday, May 20 at 4:00 PM

Tales of the Maya Skies takes you on an exciting journey back in time to the beautiful jungle city of Chichén Itzá and the world of the ancient Maya. Here we discover how this ancient civilization learned to interpret the world around them to develop a sophisticated understanding of astronomy, mathematics and science - knowledge that has influenced much of our present day learning. 

Jun
21

Sun, Our Living Star

Friday, Jun 21, 2024
9:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Coming soon!, Sun, Our Living Star
Available Friday, May 17 at 9:00 AM

"The Sun has shone on our world for four and a half billion years. The light that warms our skin today has been felt by every person who has ever lived. It is our nearest star and our planet’s powerhouse, the source of the energy that drives our winds, our weather and all life.
The passage of the Sun’s fiery disc across the sky — day by day, month by month — was the only way to keep track of time for countless past civilizations. Don’t be fooled by the terminology; although it is a typical dwarf star, the Sun consumes 600 million tons of hydrogen each second and is 500 times as massive as all the planets combined.
Discover the secrets of our star in this planetarium show and experience never-before-seen images of the Sun’s violent surface in immersive fulldome format. Our team has worked with some of the most talented planetarium producers to bring you this visually striking planetarium show about the most important star in our lives." -Full Dome Database

Jul
05

Earth’s Wild Ride 👪 Children's Show

Friday, Jul 05, 2024
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Set on the surface of the Moon in the year 2081, a grandfather and his granddaughter watch a solar eclipse from scenic cliffs overlooking their moon colony. As they watch the Moon's shadow move across Earth, the grandfather tells stories of crashing asteroids, erupting volcanoes, roaring dinosaurs, electrifying lightning and booming thunder. 
Jul
05

Stars: Powerhouses of the Universe

Friday, Jul 05, 2024
9:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Every star has a story; some are as old as time, faint and almost forgotten while others burn bright and end their lives in powerful explosions. New stars are created every day, lighting the Universe. Journey to the furthest reaches of our galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and destructive power of stars.
Jul
26

Earth, Moon, Sun 👪 Children's Show

Friday, Jul 26, 2024
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Learn why the Sun rises and sets, examine the Moon’s orbit, craters, phases and eclipses, and explore past and future space travel to the Moon and beyond with the help of Coyote, an amusing character adapted from Native American oral traditions, who has many misconceptions about Earth and its neighbors. 
Jul
26

Stars of the Pharaohs

Friday, Jul 26, 2024
9:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Travel to ancient Egypt to see how science was used to tell time, make a workable calendar, and align buildings. You’ll learn about the connection the ancient Egyptians felt with the stars and various astronomical phenomena.
Aug
09

We are Guardians 👪 Children's Show

Friday, Aug 09, 2024
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

"We are all connected. Come and find out how.
Join us on a journey into, under, and around the many ecosystems across our planet. Discover how each component fits together, and how the health of each part is vital to the health of Planet Earth. Find out how, with the help of satellites and scientific study, we can understand the links between human activities and climate change, and what we can do to work together to improve the health of our shared home.
This visually stunning show is an immersive science film that features beautiful animation and creative storytelling that viewers of all ages can enjoy together." -Vanderbilt Museum
Aug
09

Dynamic Earth

Friday, Aug 09, 2024
9:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Now in 150 planetariums worldwide, Dynamic Earth explores the inner workings of Earth’s great life support system: the global climate. With visualizations based on satellite monitoring data and advanced supercomputer simulations, this cutting-edge production follows a trail of energy that flows from the Sun into the interlocking systems that shape our climate: the atmosphere, oceans, and the biosphere.  Audiences will ride along on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a monster hurricane, come face-to-face with sharks and gigantic whales, and fly into roiling volcanoes.