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Public Shows

Out of concern for the health of the community, West Chester University has moved to on-line instruction and all public gatherings have been canceled for the remainder of the spring semester. Unfortunately, this means that the rest of the Mather Planetarium public shows for the 2019-2020 season are canceled.

If you have already purchased tickets for an up-coming show date you will receive a full refund. We apologize for the inconvenience and we hope that you'll visit us in the fall.

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 these presentations more suitable for their family 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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2019-2020 Season Dates

  Mar. 20, 2020 - Our Amazing Sun* - CANCELED

Mar. 27 - Unseen Universe - CANCELED

Apr. 3 - Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity - CANCELED

Apr. 10 - To Space and Back - CANCELED

 Apr. 17, 2020 - Exploring Asteroids* - CANCELED

 Apr. 24 - Phantom of the Universe - CANCELED

 May 1 - Astronaut - CANCELED

*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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