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WSU Students

Wayne State students enrolled in AST 2010 (Descriptive Astronomy), are required to attend two different planetarium shows during a given semester. 

AST 2010 students may register for the shows at this link.   


Shows for Astronomy and Physics Students

Planetarium shows constitute an integral part of the Wayne State University Bachelor of Arts in Astronomy program, and the AST 2010 Descriptive Astronomy course curriculum. 

Students enrolled in AST2010 have two opportunities to visit the planetarium during the semester. The first AST2010 planetarium show features the fulldome film, Two Pieces of Glass - The Amazing Telescope.  The second AST2010 planetarium show of the semester features the fulldome film, Wonders of the Universe.

Two Pieces of Glass - The Amazing Telescope: Attend a star party and learn how the telescope has increased our awareness of our place in space. Discover the Galilean Moons, Saturn's rings, and galaxies. Witness the discoveries of Galileo, Huygens, Newton, and Hubble. Learn how telescopes continue to expand our understanding of the Universe.

Wonders of the Universe: Peer deep into space through the eyes of the Hubble Space Telescope. Travel back in time to witness the birth of the Universe. See the formation of galaxies, and explore beautiful nebulae. Visit neighboring planets in our Solar System before returning to Earth.


Your instructor, along with the Department of Physics and Astronomy, would like to offer you a chance to learn more about the night sky, learn about degree programs in our department, and give you the opportunity to earn extra credit in the process!

Your instructor has already explained or will explain the extent of credits, or extra credits applicable to you for visiting the planetarium. The instructor will be informed of your attendance at the end of the term based on a form that you fill out after each planetarium show that you attend. If you leave the planetarium show early, or fail to fill out the form, you are not entitled to extra credit.

To emphasize: the critical component is the evaluation form that is filled out at the END of the planetarium show.

You may attend any show for extra credit (public show or undergraduate student show). All shows are free and run for approximately one hour. Please see the planetarium Calendar on the main page for show times.


Extra Credit

Wayne State students enrolled in other 1000-2000 level courses may be eligible for extra credit for attending planetarium shows. Please inquire with your Instructor to see if this applies to you.