Washington State University World Class. Face to Face. Future Students Campuses WSU Home WSU Search
Michael Allen, PhD
Senior Instructor
Physics & Astronomy
Homepage | Contact | Astrophotos | Bio | Professional | Links | Projects | Planetarium tours | Astronomy @ WSU

Planetarium tours

planetarium

Fundraising

We are currently raising funds to refurbish the planetarium, purchase a new projector, and establish a bursary to enable low-income and other underpriviledged groups to come visit us. You can contact me with questions or to donate.

Daytime shows for schools

The planetarium is an indoor simulated sky. Tours of the WSU planetarium can be arranged with me via email, or via the Visitor Center (see below). We prefer groups of 12 or more, to a maximum of 50. Tours are available at irregular times, M-F 9am-2pm, that vary from semester to semester. A tour must be confirmed 24 hours in advance or it will be canceled.

Tours are geared towards middle school classes, but the level can be tailored to the group. There is no cost for a tour. Bus parking is available in Flag Lane on the WSU campus. The planetarium is located in Sloan Hall room 229/231.

If you are interested in other tours at WSU (physics & chemistry demos, raptor center, bear facility, herbarium, creamery), please contact the excellent 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
----------------------------------------------------------------------
-- 2017 --

Fri Oct 27  1:00pm Potlatch Elementary G3                     Allen 25

Thu Aug 24  9:10am Astr 345                                    Duez 08
Tue Aug 15  4:00pm PHS seniors                                Allen 12
Sun Aug 06  1:00pm "It came from outer space"                 Jones --
Sun Aug 06 11:00am "It came from outer space"                 Jones --
Sat Aug 05  1:00pm "It came from outer space"                 Jones --
Sat Aug 05 11:00am "It came from outer space"                 Jones --

Sun Jul 30  5:00pm "The science of Star Trek"                 Jones --
Fri Jul 28  7:00pm "The science of Star Trek"                 Jones --
Thu Jul 20  1:30pm College of Ed / DOTE program               Allen 35
Wed Jul 19  4:00pm NY'EHE                                     Allen 25
Sun Jul 16  5:00pm "The multiwavelength universe"           Worthey --
Fri Jul 14  7:00pm "The multiwavelength universe"           Worthey --
Sun Jul 09  1:00pm "Cruising around the constellations"       Jones --
Sun Jul 09 11:00am "Cruising around the constellations"       Jones --
Sat Jul 08  1:00pm "Cruising around the constellations"       Jones --
Sat Jul 08 11:00am "Cruising around the constellations"       Jones --
Fri Jul 07  1:00pm The Learning Center, Pullman               Allen 20
Fri Jul 07 10:30am The Learning Center, Pullman (30 min)      Allen 20
Mon Jul 03  9:00am Phys 101                                   Allen 06

Sun Jun 25  5:00pm "Solar eclipse 101"                      Worthey 50
Fri Jun 23  7:00pm "Solar eclipse 101"                      Worthey 20
Mon Jun 12  1:00pm Jefferson Elem G2 (30 min)                  Webb 30
Mon Jun 12 11:00am Plummer-Worley Sch District G2-5            Webb 45
Sun Jun 11  1:00pm "Journey through the solar system"         Jones 16
Sun Jun 11 11:00am "Journey through the solar system"         Jones 25
Sat Jun 10  1:00pm "Journey through the solar system"         Jones 12
Sat Jun 10 11:00am "Journey through the solar system"         Jones 63
Mon Jun 05 11:00am Centennial Elem G4 (45 min)              Worthey 35
Fri Jun 02 10:30am Pomeroy Elementary G2 (30 min)              Webb 15

** summer session Jun 05 - Jul 28 9-9:50am

Sun May 28  5:00pm "Magnificent desolation"                   Jones 27
Fri May 26  7:00pm "Magnificent desolation"                   Jones 39
Thu May 25  1:15pm Spokane Public Schools Odyssey Program      Webb 50
Thu May 25 10:30am Spokane Public Schools Odyssey Program      Webb 50
Thu May 25  9:00am Spokane Public Schools Odyssey Program      Webb 50
Tue May 16 11:15am Dixie Elem G5                               Webb 15
Mon May 15 11:00am Parkway Elem Clarkston G5 (45 min)         Allen 50
Fri May 12 11:00am Browne Elem Spokane G6 (45 min)             Webb 50
Wed May 10 11:15am Orchards Elem G2 (20 min)                   Webb 50
Mon May 08 10:15am Juliaetta Elem G5                           Webb 30

Fri Apr 28 10:45am Children's House Montessori G3-5 (30min)    Webb 15
Thu Apr 27  9:10am Astr 450                                 Worthey 14
Sat Apr 22 10:30am WSU CoB Business Plan Competition        Daniels 20
Thu Apr 20 12:30pm Potlatch Elem                              Allen 35
Mon Apr 17 10:45am Adams Elem G6                              Allen 50
Sun Apr 16  5:00pm "Dr Who's cosmos"                        Daniels 35
Fri Apr 14  7:00pm "Dr Who's cosmos"                        Daniels 20
Fri Apr 14 10:15am Spokane Montessori                       Daniels 30
Tue Apr 11  4:30pm Spokane Montessori                         Allen 25
Sun Apr 09  5:00pm "Sky moms"                              Fountain 38  
Sat Apr 08 11:00am "Sky moms"                              Fountain 61  
Fri Apr 07  7:00pm "Sky moms"                              Fountain 60  
Thu Apr 06 10:30am Clarkston Boys & Girls Club (40min)         Webb 30
Tue Apr 04 11:00am Camas Prairie homeschoolers                 Webb 60

Sun Mar 26  5:00pm "Other Earths"                             Jones 64
Fri Mar 24  7:00pm "Other Earths"                             Jones 51
Thu Mar 09 11:00am Grandview Middle School                 Fountain 60
Tue Mar 07 10:10am Russell Elem G4                             Webb 35
Tue Mar 07 09:10am Russell Elem G4                             Webb 35

Thu Feb 23 11:30am Peck Elementary K8                          Webb 20
Thu Feb 23 10:00am Northwest Academy HS                    Fountain 15
Sun Feb 14  7:00pm "Some like it hot"                      Fountain 31
Mon Feb 13  7:00pm "Getting mooney"                            Webb 18
Sun Feb 12  5:00pm "Some like it hot"                      Fountain 14
Fri Feb 10  7:00pm "Getting mooney"                            Webb 20

Sun Jan 29  5:00pm "Sky wonder down under"                    Jones 40
Fri Jan 27  7:00pm "Sky wonder down under"                    Jones 48
Fri Jan 13 11:00am STEM Education Consulting LLC               Webb 45
Fri Jan 13 10:00am STEM Education Consulting LLC               Webb 50
Wed Jan 11  2:10pm Honors 290                                 Allen 24
----------------------------------------------------------------------