Planetarium Shows

The Wayne State University Planetarium offers shows for the Wayne State University community of students, faculty and staff; K-12 schools; Math & Science Centers; special interest groups and community organizations; and, the general public.

Contact us to learn more about our programs: / 313-577-2107


Public planetarium shows

The Wayne State Planetarium presents public planetarium shows on a regular basis. Our public shows are presented at 7 p.m. and 8:30pm most Friday evenings throughout the semester. Family shows geared at children under 10 and their families are hosted one Saturday morning a month. 

Admission is free. A reservation for public planetarium shows is required Guests with reserved seats should arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the show.  At that time all unclaimed seats will be made available to walk-in guests.

No show will be held May 11th.

Show schedule


Public lecture series: Science under the dome

The planetarium offers a lecture series titled "Science Under the Dome" – free and open to the public. RSVP is REQUIRED for these free public lectures.

A current list of upcoming lectures is available at the above link.



Shows for astronomy and physics students

Planetarium shows constitute an integral part of the Wayne State University BA 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!

INSTRUCTION FOR: AST2010, PHY1020, PHY1040 PHY2130, PHY2140, PHY2170, or PHY2180, with a participating instructor 

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.

Depending on your instructor, you may also be able to receive extra credit for attending a show (public show or undergraduate student show). See your syllabus to determine if this is an option. All shows are free and run for approximately one hour. Please see the planetarium calendar for show times.


K-12 Shows

The Wayne State University Planetarium offers private shows for K-12 school groups, Math and Science Centers, special interest groups and community organizations for a fee. We offer a variety of educational outreach programs that incorporate our planetarium shows with physics demonstrations (Phantastic Physics Phenomena) and hands-on science activities.

Our planetarium programs include comprehensive astronomy education for grades K-12 aligned with Michigan science standards and seats 60 people.

Please contact us so we can help to design your planetarium visit. / 313-577-2107

List of fulldome shows


Special Events

Would you like to bring your club or special group to our planetarium? We would be happy to help you design a special planetarium event! For more information, contact us at / 313-577-2107.

List of fulldome shows


Our planetarium shows

Our planetarium shows consist of three parts:

  • Interactive demonstrations
  • The current night sky
  • Fulldome film

We begin with an interactive demonstration: Learn About "Size and Distance" in Our Solar System

Watch as we compare the diameters of the Earth, Moon, and Mars, and show you how to determine the distances between these celestial objects. As the lights go down, we show you how to navigate the current night sky. Learn how to identify constellations, asterisms, planets, and more!

Next, sit back and enjoy a fulldome film!

All upcoming events

Programming for Wayne State University groups

Wayne State University registered student organizations, departments and other groups may reserve the planetarium for events or organize private planetarium shows for your group at zero or minimal cost depending on circumstances.  Please contact us for details.