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.
**2023-2024 movie show dates will be posted shortly**
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 that these presentations hold their child's attention better 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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2023-2024 Season Dates
October 6, 2023
Back to the Moon* - SOLD OUT
October 27, 2023
Phantom of the Universe - SOLD OUT
November 10, 2023
Killer Rocks from Outer Space* - SOLD OUT
November 17, 2023
Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity - SOLD OUT
December 8, 2023
A Star is Born* - SOLD OUT
January 26, 2024
Fire In The Sky*
February 23, 2024
March 22, 2024
An Eclipse of the Sun*
April 19, 2024
*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.