A picture of a cluster of stars at the center of the milky way taken in infared.

Dr. Leslie E. Spanel Planetarium Resources

Social Media

Look for updates on planetarium operations and recent science at our Facebook or Twitter pages.

Brads Astronomy Pages

Planetarium staff Brad Snowder has compiled resources on astronomy and physics topics covering most of Astronomy 101 which can be found at our old website on the Brads Astronomy page

Student and Faculty Opportunities

For Western students looking to volunteer with us or use our facility for projects, or faculty looking to request a show for their course, check out our Students and Faculty page.


Other Astronomy and Physics Resources

Find up to date space and astronomy information at NASA,, and Universe Today.

Discover what you can see in the sky from your backyard or nearby park at Cosmic Pursuits, Astronomy Magazine, and EarthSky.

Check out local astronomical organizations Whatcom Association of Celestial Observers and Seattle Astronomical Society for local stargazing events.

Learn about the latest in physics from the National Society of Black Physicists, American Institute of Physics, and

Western's main campus is situated on the ancestral homelands of the Coast Salish Peoples. Learn about indigenous education at the Indigenous Education Institute and Whiteswan Environmental.