Visiting Hardin Planetarium!
Schools may bring their students to the Planetarium for our special presentation Motions in the Sky. Our full dome show introduces students of all ages to the motions of the Sun, Moon, and planets in our Solar System. Participants learn how...
- ...the Earth, Sun and Moon interact
- ...telling time is the result of the motions of the heavenly bodies
- ...to identify the stars, planets and star patterns present in tonight's night sky
In addition to the Star Chamber presentations, the Planetarium features a ring of museum exhibits about astronomy and space science. Schools may choose to come early or stay after the main presentation in order to engage in the Planetarium Treasure Hunt, to help students more fully appreciate the material in the exhibits.
Field trips are scheduled weekdays during school hours. (Special performance times outside regular hours are available upon request for a nominal charge.)
To arrange for a program at the Planetarium for your group, write or call:
Hardin Planetarium is wheelchair accessible. A ramp from State Street provides access to the building's main floor. The ground floor is accessible via double doors.
For other needs, please request accommodations at least 3 business days before your visit.
Buses and Transportation:
Parking at WKU is difficult. Schools will be provided with a campus map showing the passenger drop-off location for their visit, and the designated parking area where buses can be legally parked during the visit. School parking lots are accessible only to those holding valid parking permits. Visitors coming by car may park on the street, and should be prepared to look for spaces several blocks from the Planetarium.
The visit to the Planetarium is a school-related event and students will be expected to follow the same rules of decorum expected of them during any school day. The school should be prepared to provide adequate chaperoning of all student groups. Disruptive students should be removed from the presentation so as not to spoil it for other visitors. Use of cell phones for texting, etc., is strictly prohibited.