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Mather Planetarium

Public Shows

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Mather Planetarium

Live Shows

Our live shows are held once a month during the regular academic year. These presentations are given by a PhD astronomer and consist of an overview of what is currently visible in the night sky. In addition, each show 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.

Pre-Recorded Shows

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 20 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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2018-2019 Season Dates

 Dec. 7, 2018 - Back to the Moon for Good - SOLD OUT


Dec. 14, 2018 - Walking on the Moon* - SOLD OUT


Jan. 25, 2019 - The Expanding, Accelerating Universe*


Feb. 22, 2019 - Our Milky Way Galaxy*


Mar. 22, 2019 - Killer Rocks from Outer Space*


Apr. 26, 2019  - Your Backyard Sky*


*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.

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