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The Mather Planetarium is currently closed for the summer.
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.
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
September 15, 2023
The Galactic Center*
October 6, 2023
Back to the Moon*
November 10, 2023
Killer Rocks from Outer Space*
December 8, 2023
A Star is Born*
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.