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

Dr. Leslie E. Spanel Planetarium

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September 27th 2021 Update

Campus has reopened and is operating at full capacity. The Leslie E. Spanel Planetarium will be hosting limited in-person shows for student and faculty compliant with Westerns vaccination standards.

For our community partners we are continuing to offer virtual shows. Check those out on Our Shows page, or inquire at physics.wwu.edu.

You can find more information at Westerns coronavirus website: https://www.wwu.edu/coronavirus...

Public Shows:

Join us virtually for Fall Family Weekend 2021!

This year we will be offering three virtual presentations.

Friday October 15th at 8pm,

Saturday October 16th at 8pm,

and Sunday October 17th at 3pm.

Sky Tonight

Taking a look at the night sky and all it has to offer. We'll pick out constellations, stars, planets, and deep space objects you can find on a clear night in your own backyard! Live presentation.

Tickets cost $10 per attending computer and will be hosted over Zoom.

Tickets can be purchased at the PAC Box Office Website or by calling them at (360) 650-6146.


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.