Due to the continuing pandemic, West Chester University has moved to on-line instruction for the fall semester. This means that the Mather Planetarium will be closed to the public for the remainder of the year. We are working on some virtual programs in lieu of our in-person shows. Check our "New and Special Events" page or our Facebook (Mather Planetarium) for the latest updates.
We hope that you and your families are healthy and safe. Thank you for your continued support!
Our live shows are held once a month during the regular academic year. These presentations are given by a PhD astronomer and consist primarily of an overview of what is currently visible in the night sky. In addition, part of each show (approximately 10-15 minutes) focuses on a specific aspect of astronomy, the topic of which changes each month. The shows are appropriate for all ages, however, the content and duration of the show may be more appealing to older children and adults.
In addition to the live shows, astronomy-themed movies are shown. These are specifically formatted for the planetarium dome, providing an impressive and immersive experience. Each presentation consists of a live 25 minute overview of the current night sky followed by an educational and entertaining movie, roughly 30 minutes in length. These presentations are given by West Chester University students. Parents with young children may find these presentations more suitable for their family than the live shows. A short description of the movies that we show can be found here .
If you have questions about the public shows please contact the planetarium director,Dr. Karen Schwarz
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2020-2021 Season Dates
Closed to the public
*Indicates a live show. All others are movie shows.
If you have questions about the public shows please contact the planetarium director, Dr. Karen Schwarz.