A blue and white Earth against black space taken from the International Space Station

Dr. Leslie E. Spanel Planetarium

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January 14th 2021 Update

Due to COVID-19 and for public safety, the Spanel Planetarium's physical dome will remain closed to public and private audiences. We will be following university guidelines for classes when deciding when to reopen.

In the mean time, we are offering virtual shows to school groups, learning pods, and homeschool groups. Learn more about our virtual group show offerings.

Information about Westerns approach to COVID-19 can be found on Western's COVID-19 response page.

Public Shows:

There are currently no public shows scheduled.

Please check back soon!


For disability accommodations, please contact the Spanel Planetarium at physics@wwu.edu. Disability access information is available online at Transportation Services, and further resources can be found on Western's Disability Access Center website and the AS Disability Outreach Center.