Detroit's Home for the Stars
All in-person planetarium shows are postponed until the start of the Fall 2020 term. The WSU Planetarium will instead be offering virtual planetarium shows and lecture series throughout the Fall.
We will continue to follow recommendations from the governor, and will make an announcement when in-person planetarium shows are being scheduled again. Please follow us on Facebook, Eventbrite, and the WSU events calendar for more updates.
In the interim, we will be hosting virtual planetarium shows! Please join us for shows on July 24th and August 21st! More information on virtual shows can be found here.
In addition, we will be having virtual lectures as well! Please join us on July 29th for a Virtual Visit to the Atacama Desert and Astro-imaging with Mark Christensen, Ph.D. In July 2013 the Christensens traveled to the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, near the Tropic of Capricorn, lodging at San Pedro de Atacama Celestial Explorations (SPACE). There they observed and photographed the night sky and explored the many unique geological wonders of the area. Join us as Dr. Christensen discusses his experience with the area and takes on a virtual visit to the skies of the Atacama Desert.
Join us on August 5th for the next installment of Journeys with Jerry! Join Dr. Jerry Dunifer, Emeritus Professor of Physics and Astronomy, for an interactive journey (Zoom video conference) to the islands of Bora Bora and the Galapagos.
Space is limited for all of these programs, so RSVP to secure your spot!
The WSU Planetarium is an astronomical education resource for Wayne State University students and the larger Detroit community. In addition to hosting shows for WSU astronomy and physics courses we offer:
- Free public planetarium shows nearly every Friday night at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
- Free young astronomers planetarium shows on the second Saturday of each month
- Free shows for WSU student organizations, classes and other campus entities
- Private planetarium shows and/or physics demonstrations for school groups of all ages
- Private planetarium shows for all other interested groups, including birthday parties, summer camps, scouting groups and more
- Public science lectures each month, sometimes at the planetarium and sometimes out on the town!
- A two week summer day camp for 12-15 year-olds
- Additionally, the planetarium space can be reserved by WSU groups and classes for their own special events when not in use
Space is limited and tickets are claimed quickly.
Public show reservation information
(Please note we are not having in-person public shows until at least the start of Fall Semester. Please see top of page for more info.)
- Free public planetarium shows are held most Fridays at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Two-thirds of our 60 seats may be reserved using Eventbrite beginning at noon the Sunday before the show. The other 20 tickets will be available at the door for walk-ins. Ticketed guests that are not at the planetarium 10 minutes before show time will have their seats released to walk-in guests. We recommend arriving 20 – 30 minutes early for walk-in seats, to ensure you get one
- Free Young Astronomer shows are offered one Saturday morning per month. These shows are geared towards children under 10 and their families. Two-thirds of our seats may be reserved using Eventbrite beginning at noon the Sunday before the show. The final one-third of tickets will be available at the door for walk-ins. Ticketed guests that are not at the planetarium 10 minutes before show time will have their seats released to walk-in guests. We recommend arriving 20-30 minutes early for walk-in seats
Please see our FAQ for information about what to expect at planetarium shows. Public shows are free and open to everyone. Due to strong interest, we recommend you reserve seats if you are coming from a distance.
Science Under the Dome
This free public science lecture series is held once a month during the academic year. LAB Night is our special Lecture at the Bar series that brings scientists out to local watering holes for a change of atmosphere.
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