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. Please note: No shows from December 15-January 9th.
- 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
Public Show Reservation Information
- Free public planetarium shows are held most Fridays at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. 2/3 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 is a free public science lecture series 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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