The Department of Earth & Space Science operates the Dr. Sandra F. Pritchard Mather Planetarium at West Chester University. The Mather Planetarium is equipped with a state-of-the-art SciDome XD Touch digital projector. The dome is a 32-foot nanoseam dome manufactured by Spitz, Inc. The Mather Planetarium is used for WCU astronomy classes, K-12 school groups, and public programs. Our programs are made possible by a variety of funding sources including the WCU College of Science and Mathematics, admissions fees, and generous public donations. For information about how you can help support the Mather Planetarium please visit our Donate page.
Approximately 50 schools and other groups attend the programs each year, and annual attendance approaches 3,000 visitors. We offer weekday shows for schools and other organized groups during the fall and spring semesters. Programs for the general public are offered on Friday evenings during the academic year.