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

Dr. Leslie E. Spanel Planetarium

Learn about Dr. Leslie E. Spanel and Western.

Public Shows Winter Quarter 2023:

Saturday, January 21st at 1pm: The First Stargazers

Journey back in time to explore how the first stargazers experienced the sky above. Your guide is Nashira, a friendly time traveler who has visited Earth many times before. Witness the very first stargazer making a Moon calendar out of animal bone 30,000 years ago. Discover the ancient pyramids of Giza and their alignment to the skies. See stunning digital re-creations of the Parthenon, Alexandria Library, Stonehenge and Abu Simbel Temple and be inspired by the first stargazers who laid down the foundations of modern-day astronomy. Fulldome video.

Saturday, February 11th at 1pm: Solar System Tour

Join us as we get an up close and personal look with our solar systems planets and talk about what makes each one unique. Live presentation.

Saturday, March 11th at 1pm: All About Moons!

We'll visit several moons in the solar system (including our own) and find where water, cryovolcanoes, and methane has been found. We'll visit Enceladus, Titan, Europa, and more and talk about the unique environments found there. Live presentation.

Tickets are $5 for general public, and $3 for students. Tickets go on sale January 1st 2023 and can be purchased from our box office.

For disability accommodations, please contact the Spanel Planetarium at planetarium@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.