The WVU Planetarium is temporarily closing in-person shows and offering weekly FREE virtual presentations over Zoom! If you have any questions or concerns about us moving online please send them to planetarium@mail.wvu.edu.

PUBLIC Shows

Alternating "Family Friendly" and "Intermediate/Advanced" Shows Every Week at 6:30PM

We suggest middle schoolers or above for our "intermediate to advanced" offerings.  Our "family friendly" shows  will be fun for all ages, however we hope to make the information attainable to elementary or younger aged children. We will try to advertise through our social media and in the descriptions which age range we are aiming to benefit the most for each of our shows. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions about any of our shows.

We have been working hard to determine the best way for us to offer our services during these odd times! We appreciate your patience and flexibility as the WVU Planetarium has and continues to trial different formats to get amazing astronomy knowledge to you all.



Date Show and Intended Audience Time Registration Link
Wednesday, Jan 20th Night Sky and Dinosaurs! presented by Planetarium Staff member Jessica
6:30 PM
Wednesday, Jan 27th Solar Superstorms presented by Planetarium Staff member Evan 6:30 PM
Wednesday, Feb 3rd Storytime with an Astronomer presented by Planetarium Director Dr. Kathryn Williamson
6:30 PM
Friday, Feb 12th SPOT - Climate Change in the Mountain State presented by  SPOT  Ambassadors Hosanna and Erin
6:30 PM
Friday, Feb 19th SPOT - Water: The Source of Life presented by SPOT Ambassadors Madison and Clay
6:30 PM
Wednesday, Feb 24th Highlighting the Contributions of Black Astronomers presented by Planetarium Staff member
6:30 PM
Wednesday, March 3rd No Show - University Closed

Wednesday, March 10th Design an Alien presented by Planetarium Staff member
    This kid friendly virtual session will give kids a chance to learn about other planets while also designing an alien that could live on those planets. Bring your art supplies and experience science and art together!
(Elementary and up)
6:30 PM Click Here to Register
Wednesday, March 17th Gravitational Waves Show presented by Planetarium Staff member
    Join us as we chat about gravitational waves and the incredible research WVU astronomers do with these gravitational waves! We will end the night by sharing our show "Einstein's Gravity Playlist".
6:30 PM Click Here to Register
Wednesday, March 24th SPOT - Mars: Past, Present, Future presented by  SPOT  Ambassadors Hosanna and Erin
    Journey through the successes and challenges of Mars missions that paved the way for current missions like the Perseverance Rover! Find out how West Virginia Scientist play a huge role in these missions and discover what the future may hold, including extreme sports only possible on Mars. This SPOT presentation tells the story of human curiosity and is an exciting adventure for all audiences.
(Elementary and up)
6:30 PM Click Here to Register
Wednesday, March 31st  TBA

Wednesday, April 7th Spring Constellations and Legends of the Night Sky presented by Planetarium Staff member
    Join us as we take a look at some of the star patterns up during this time of year. We'll chat about some tips and tricks to spot your favorite constellation during the spring and some of the stories as to how they might have gotten in the night sky! Afterwards we will share a Legends of the Night Sky film.
(Elementary and up) 
6:30 PM  Click Here to Register
Wednesday, April 14th Advanced Research Presentation by WVU Postdoc Harsha Blumer 6:30 PM  Click Here to Register
Wednesday, April 21st Climate Change from a Planetary Perspective presented by Planetarium Staff member
    Join us as we take a look at how planets can give us a look into the extremes of climate change. In honor of Earth Day, we will journey to different planets in order to learn about how to protect our own planet. We will end the night by sharing our show "Dynamic Earth". 
6:30 PM Click Here to Register
Wednesday, April 28th TBA

Wednesday, May 5th TBA