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Mather Planetarium

News and Special Events

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Mather Planetarium

Name: Dr. Karen Schwarz, Associate Professor
Phone: 610-436-2788


News and Special Events

Planetarium News


Special Events

Homeschool Event

  • Mather Planetarium, WCU campus
  • American Helicopter Museum & Education Center, 1220 American Blvd, West Chester
    February 2, 2018
  • The Mather Planetarium and the American Helicopter Museum & Education Center are joining together to offer a special day of programming for homeschooling families on Friday, February 2nd.  Visitors will have access to both venues for a single admission price of $10/person.  Visitors are responsible for their own transportation between sites.

  • Planetarium shows are scheduled for the following times:

    9:00 A.M. (school age children)
    10:30 A.M. (middle schoolers)
    12:00 P.M (high schoolers)

  • Educational programs at the American Helicopter Museum will run throughout the day from 10 to 4:00 PM. All programs meet the Pennsylvania Department of Education's standards for STEM education.

  • Visitors are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch to enjoy at the museum (food and drink are not allowed in the planetarium).

Event Details

Admission to the event is $10.  Pre-registration is required.  Please contact Paul Kahan to sign up.

Detailed information about parking, etc. will be provided upon registering.  We would like to remind parents that the planetarium does get extremely dark, which some young children may find frightening.

Homeschool Event Flyer

Questions about the event should be directed to Paul Kahan at the American Helicopter Museum and Education Center at

Paul Kahan

or (610) 436-9600.


"Power to the People: Living off Solar Energy"

Mather Planetarium
April 11, 2018

Dr. Gary Schmidt (University of Arizona Professor of Astronomy, retired) will be sharing his own experiences with solar energy. Aimed at the layperson, Dr. Schmidt’s talk will cover the necessary basics of solar energy as well as provide a detailed look at the house he built in Arizona which is completely off-grid.

The event will take place in the Mather Planetarium. Dr. Schmidt's presentation will begin at 7:30PM. Following the talk, Dr. Schwarz will give a short demonstration on the dome. Dr. Schmidt will be on hand afterwards to answer questions. While we never prohibit parents from bringing children to the planetarium, this presentation is geared toward adult audiences.

Guests may park for free in Lot K behind the Sykes Student Union Building (parking map).  Metered parking is also available on Church St. and Rosedale Ave. however meters must be paid until 10pm.

This event is free but registration is required.  To register, or if you have questions about the event, please e-mail the Planetarium Director,

Dr. Karen Schwarz


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