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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

**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

Raining Stars*


March 22, 2024

An Eclipse of the Sun*


April 19, 2024

Citizen Science*

*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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