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Planetarium tours

planetarium

Daytime shows for schools

The planetarium is an indoor simulated sky. Tours of the WSU planetarium can be arranged with Dr. Guy Worthey via email (gworthey at wsu.edu), or via the Visitor Center (see below). We prefer groups of 12 or more, to a maximum of 55. The best times are weekdays 10 a.m., 11 a.m., or 1 p.m.

Tours are geared towards middle school or older, but younger groups can be accomodated. There is no cost for a tour. Bus parking is available in Flag Lane on the WSU campus. Car permits can be purchased at the parking office. The planetarium is located in Sloan Hall room 231.

If you are interested in other tours at WSU (physics & chemistry demos, raptor center, bear facility, herbarium, creamery), please contact the staff at the Brelsford Visitor Centre. https://visitor.wsu.edu/ . For prospective students, please contact directly the academic unit you are interested in.

Evening public shows

Public show tickets are $5. They can be purchased at the door shortly before the show begins; cash only, please.

Handy links:


Current schedule:


DATE        TIME      GROUP                                  PRESENTER
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-- 2020 --
Mon Jul 27 10:30am Moscow Parks & Rec                         open 27
Sat May 30 10:00am Cougar Camp K-6                            open --
Sat May 30 11:00am Cougar Camp K-6                            open --
Sat May 30 12:00am Cougar Camp K-6                            open --
Mon May 18 tbd                                               Jones --

Fri Apr 24 10:00am Kahlotus School, Gina van Hollebeke        open 24
Sat Apr 18  5:00pm Dragonfly mission to Titan             Jones+-- --
Fri Apr 17 10:00am Emmanuel Lutheran Preschool                open --
Thu Apr 16 10:00am Emmanuel Lutheran Preschool                open --
Fri Apr 10  1:30pm Clearwater Christian 1-8th + adults      cancelled
Thu Apr  9  7:00pm Boise schools 50+4 corporate             cancelled
Sat Apr  4 10:45am The Hot and Energetic Universe           cancelled
Sat Apr  4 11:30am The Hot and Energetic Universe           cancelled
Sat Apr  4 12:15pm The Hot and Energetic Universe           cancelled
Sat Apr  4  1:00pm The Hot and Energetic Universe           cancelled
Sat Apr  4  1:45pm The Hot and Energetic Universe           cancelled
Sat Apr  4  2:30pm The Hot and Energetic Universe           cancelled
Wed Apr  1  9:30am Prairie View Elem, Spokane               cancelled

Tue Mar 31  9:30am Prairie View Elem, Spokane               cancelled
Sun Mar 29  5:00pm To Boldly Go: Science + Star Trek        cancelled
Fri Mar 27 11:00am WSU "ROAR" students                      cancelled
Fri Mar 27  1:15am McLoughlin Middle School 7th grade       cancelled
Fri Mar 27  7:00pm To Boldly Go: Science + Star Trek        cancelled
Tue Mar 24  1:15pm McLoughlin Middle School 7th grade       cancelled
Tue Mar 17 10:00am Concordia Lutheran preschool             cancelled
Tue Mar 17 11:00am St. John 1st grade                       cancelled
Mon Mar 16 10:00am Concordia Lutheran preschool             cancelled
Sun Mar  8  5:00pm Venus Ascendant                      Worthey+EG 19
Fri Mar  6  7:00pm Venus Ascendant                      Worthey+EG  8

Thu Feb 27 10:00am Logos of Lewiston 5th grade              Dodgen 43
Mon Feb 24  5:15pm Rock the Rocks - Physics Club             Rosen 14
Sun Feb 23  5:00pm Sol: Our Amazing Sun                   Jones+GW 26
Fri Feb 21  7:00pm Sol: Our Amazing Sun                   Jones+GW 22
Fri Feb 14  6:30pm Love You to the Moon and Back          Jones+AD 64
Fri Feb 14  8:00pm Love You to the Moon and Back          Jones+AD 64
Thu Feb 13 10:00am Pullman High earth sciences             Worthey 15

Sun Jan 26  5:00pm Dark Matter - the space between stars  Jones+EG 46
Fri Jan 24  7:00pm Dark Matter - the space between stars  Jones+KW 28
Fri Jan 24 12:10am Astronomy 138                           Worthey 65
Wed Jan 22 12:10am Astronomy 138                           Worthey 52
Fri Jan 17 10:00am Community Child Care - planets           Dodgen 22
Wed Jan 15  2:10pm Honors 290                                Allen 26
Sun Jan 12  5:00pm SENTIENT                                  Jones  1

-- 2019 -- We had 2764 visitors in 2019

Sun Dec 15  5:00pm Cassini's Grand Finale                    Jones  7
Fri Dec 13  7:00pm Cassini's Grand Finale                    Jones 11
Thu Dec 12  9:30am Colton 1st & 2nd grades                  Dodgen 38
Sun Dec 08  5:00pm Distant Worlds - Alien Life?             Dodgen 29
Fri Dec 06  7:00pm Distant Worlds - Alien Life?              Jones 22
Fri Dec 06  11:00, 11:35, 12:10 Viola homeschool            Dodgen 74
Fri Dec 06   1:00pm Genesse HS, Heidi, Distant Worlds movie Dodgen 12       

Fri Nov 22  6:00pm Physics Club Presents!                    Rosen 15
Sun Nov 17  3:00pm Girl Scouts - Alisha Merriman            Dodgen 55
Sat Nov 16 11:00am Dads #4                                  Dodgen 15
Sat Nov 16 12:00pm Dads #5                                  Dodgen 29
Sat Nov 16  1:00pm Dads #6                                  Dodgen 17
Fri Nov 15  6:00pm Dads #1                                Westlund 15
Fri Nov 15  7:00pm Dads #2                                Westlund 19
Fri Nov 15  8:00pm Dads #3                                Westlund 31
Sun Nov 10  5:00pm Mercury Transit                         Worthey 19
Fri Nov 08  7:00pm Mercury Transit                           Jones  8
Mon Nov 04 10:00am Grangeville home school group          Westlund 30

Sun Oct 27  5:00pm Haunted Skies                             Jones 31
Fri Oct 25  7:00pm Haunted Skies                           Worthey 49
Tue Oct 22 11:15am Centennial Elementary (half hour)        Dodgen 30
Tue Oct 22 11:55am Centennial Elementary (half hour)        Dodgen 30
Sun Oct 13  5:00pm Strange Universe                          Jones 25
Fri Oct 11  7:00pm Strange Universe                          Jones 42
Thu Oct 03  9:10am Honors 390                              Worthey 28

Sun Sep 29  5:00pm Presentación del Planetario en Español   Dodgen 21
Sat Sep 28  1:30pm Youth Ambassadors                        Dodgen 45
Fri Sep 27  7:00pm Presentación del Planetario en Español   Dodgen  7
Mon Sep 23  5:30pm WSU Physics Club                        Worthey 20
Sun Sep 22  5:00pm Solar System Sensation                   Dodgen 26
Fri Sep 20  7:00pm Solar System Sensation                   Dodgen 33

---August 26-29: closed for painting---
Sun Aug 18  5:00pm Backyard Binocular Astronomy              Jones 23
Fri Aug 16  7:00pm Backyard Binocular Astronomy              Jones 20
Thu Aug 01 12:30pm Mabton School District K-3               Dodgen 11

Fri Jul 26 10:00am WSU child care center (preschool)      Westlund 15
Thu Jul 25 10:00am Little Edisons School (ages 5-11)        Dodgen 24
Thu Jul 25  1:00pm YMCA Summer Day Camp                     Dodgen 52
Tue Jul 23 10:00am Information Techn Jaqueline Southwick  Westlund 15
Sun Jul 21  5:00pm Magnificent Desolation (Apollo 11)        Jones 44
Fri Jul 19  7:00pm Magnificent Desolation (Apollo 11)        Jones 47
Mon Jul 15  7:00pm Cougs Rise - Ray Acuna-Luna              Dodgen 20
Tue Jul  9 11:00am Mandy Kinzer group                       Dodgen 14

Sun Jun 30  5:00pm Drifters in the Dark                      Jones 21
Fri Jun 28  7:00pm Drifters in the Dark                      Jones 19
Wed Jun 26  1:30pm WSU Children's Center (K-6)             Worthey 25
Tue Jun 25 10:00am Summer Kamp, Marianne Sletteland       Westlund 28
Sun Jun 16  5:00pm Galaxies                                Worthey 20
Fri Jun 14  7:00pm Galaxies                                Worthey 30
Fri Jun 14  1:15pm Cougar Kids Camp                         Dodgen 30
Tue Jun 11 11:00am WSU preschool - Dana Finkle-Stevenson   Worthey 12
Mon Jun 10  9:15am Franklin Elementary 1st grade (45 min) Westlund 34
Mon Jun 10 10:00am Franklin Elementary 1st grade (45 min) Westlund 34
Thu Jun  6  9:45am-10:05 Jefferson Elem                     Dodgen 22
Thu Jun  6 11:05am-11:25 Jefferson Elem                     Dodgen 22
Thu Jun  6 11:40am-12:00 Jefferson Elem                     Dodgen 22
Thu Jun  6 12:15am-12:35 Jefferson Elem                   Westlund 22
Thu Jun  6 12:50am- 1:10 Jefferson Elem                   Westlund 22
Sun Jun  2  5:00pm Summer Skies                              Jones 58

Fri May 31  7:00pm Summer Skies                              Jones 60
Thu May 30 10:30am Lapwai High School                       Dodgen 50
Tue May 28  1:00pm Stevens Middle School                  Westlund 34
Thu May 23  9:00am K-8 /Kathryn Tibbens                     Dodgen 15
Wed May 22  3:15pm K-8 /Kathryn Tibbens                     Dodgen 25
Wed May 22 10:00am Lewiston elem 3rd grade, Mrs. Jackson    Dodgen 22
Tue May 21 11:00am Orofina homeschool group               Westlund 20
Sat May 18  2:00pm Alicia Petersen girl scout troop       Westlund 18
Wed May 15 12:00pm Lori Brown Jennings Elementary Kinder   Worthey 34
Thu May 09 12:00pm CUB staff / Arman Bohn                 Westlund 15

** subtotal 962 visitors
** April 29 - May 3 final exams 
Sun Apr 28  5:00pm "Sky Wonder Down Under"                   Jones 15
Fri Apr 26  7:00pm "Sky Wonder Down Under"                   Jones 10
Fri Apr 26 12:30pm St. Matthew Lutheran, Spokane          Westlund 15
Tue Apr 23  5:00pm AFROTC cadets                          Westlund  3
Fri Apr 19 10:00am Sorensen Elem, Cour d'Alene  2nd        Worthey 55
Fri Apr 19 11:00am Sorensen Elem, Cour d'Alene  5th        Worthey 55
Mon Apr 15 11:30am WACA 3rd grade                           Dodgen 10
Sun Apr 14  5:00pm "Solar System Sensation"                 Dodgen 63
Sat Apr 13  2:30pm "Solar System Sensation"                 Dodgen 60
Sat Apr 13  1:00pm "Solar System Sensation"                 Dodgen 60
Fri Apr 12  7:00pm "Solar System Sensation"                 Dodgen 60
Fri Apr  5 10:00am preschool                               Worthey 25
Thu Apr  4 12:00pm Echo, OR Elementary                      Dodgen 23

Sun Mar 31  5:00pm "Strange Universe"                        Jones 52
Fri Mar 29  7:00pm "Strange Universe"                        Jones 37
Wed Mar 20 12:00pm Cornerstone homeschool, Moscow         Westlund 45
Tue Mar 19 11:30am Holmes Elementary                        Dodgen 62
Mon Mar 18 11:00am Other Worlds for Common Reading         Worthey  5
** March 11-15 spring break
Sun Mar 10  5:00pm "Other Worlds"                          Worthey 28
Fri Mar  8  7:00pm "Other Worlds"                          Worthey 25

Fri Feb 15 12:00pm Homeschool group                       Westlund 20
Thu Feb 14  8:30pm "Some Like it Hot"                      Worthey 11
Thu Feb 14  7:00pm "Some Like it Hot"                      Worthey 11
Sun Feb 10  5:00pm "SENTIENT"                              Worthey 12
Fri Feb  8  7:00pm "SENTIENT"                              Worthey 10

Tue Jan 29 10:00am Concordia Lutheran Preschool            Worthey 15
Mon Jan 28  1:00pm Beacon Christian School                 Worthey 25
Sun Jan 27  5:00pm "Skies of 2019"                         Worthey 66
Fri Jan 25  7:00pm "Skies of 2019"                         Worthey 64
Fri Jan 25 12:00pm Keller ESL students                     Worthey 20
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