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Public Shows

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 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.


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 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 .


All shows run from 7-8pm.  Shows are general seating.  Doors open at 6:30pm.

If you have questions about the public shows please contact the planetarium director,

Dr. Karen Schwarz



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2023-2024 Season Dates

January 26, 2024 - Rescheduled to February 9, 2024


Fire In The Sky*


February 2, 2024 - SOLD OUT

Unseen Universe


February 23, 2024 - SOLD OUT

Raining Stars*


March 1, 2024 - SOLD OUT

Asteroid: Mission Extreme


March 22, 2024- SOLD OUT

An Eclipse of the Sun*


March 29, 2024 - SOLD OUT

Birth of Planet Earth


April 12, 2024 - SOLD OUT

Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity


April 19, 2024

Citizen Science*


April 26, 2024 - SOLD OUT

Phantom of the Universe

*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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