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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 .

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

Dr. Karen Schwarz



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2022-2023 Season Dates


September 9, 2022 - SOLD OUT

JWST: The First Images*


September 16, 2022

Birth of Planet Earth - SOLD OUT


October 7, 2022

Phantom of the Universe - SOLD OUT


October 21, 2022

Spectacular Saturn*


October 28, 2022

To Space & Back


November  11, 2022

Dethroning the Earth*


November 18, 2022

Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity


December 2, 2022

Unseen Universe


December 9, 2022

Once in a Blue Moon*

*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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