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“Lives of the Stars”

Tuesday 2 August - Thursday 1 September

A highly interactive experience where you will point to a star in the sky, we we will all learn its name, it's distance, and more. Through this we will explore the life cycles of stars: how they form, what they do, and how they end.





  • Free shows Tuesday & Thursday at 7:00 PM, and Sundays at 2:00 PM
  • No tickets, no prior reservations
  •   Masks optional (updated 2 March 2022)
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes in advance.



icon representing a helping hand AVAILABLE SPECIAL EVENTS


Tuesday 12 July 2022 - @ Hardin Planetarium

Free one-hour watch party as NASA reveals the first science images takes by the new James Webb Space Telescope.  Arrive by 9:00 AM; at 9:30 AM watch the live-stream in the dome.  The stream lasts one hour.
If you cannot attent, watch https://www.nasa.gov/live at the same time.
Map of related events: https://webbtelescope.org/news/first-images/events


Saturday 13 August 2022 - @ Hardin Planetarium

Free hands-on science activities related to the James Webb Space Telescope. Playful activities for all ages: space-themed board games, paper craft, interactive learning of thermal imaging and image processing, and a trivia game to win Webb Telescope prizes. Begins at 1:00 PM.




icon representing a school busWe regularly host school groups and any other group interested in a show. You can request such an event via the menu at the top of the page.




the Hardin Planetarium is shaped with a smooth dome on top, and is mounted on a column which curves outward as it reaches up to the main floor levelWKU's Hardin Planetarium has full dome of 40 feet, with a 360° surround view by way of a Digitalis Epsilon digital projector. All of this is done in a classic 1967 architectural icon of the WKU campus. We custom design most of our own shows for public education, and all either are or include live interactive performances.




International Planetarium SocietyLive Interactive Planetarium SymposiumMuseum Alliance of NASAKY Dept. of Travel & Tourism



Public Parking:

Overhead parking map around the planetarium

1) Along State Street

2) Two spots in the lot between Ogden College Hall and Kelly Thompson Hall

3) College Hill Lot, up College Heights Blvd. on the right

4) Chestnut Street North Lot, at the corner of Chestnut and 14th Ave, two blocks from the Planetarium 


Bus Unloading:

» Download the bus unloading map (PDF)


Icon representing handicapped ParkingWheelchair Accessibility: A ramp from State St. provides access to the building's main floor. The below lots are only available on weekends or after 4:30 PM.

1) Two spots in a tiny lot behind the building, at the end of a driveway from State St. That lot is lower than the building, so it is an uphill climb.

2) Three spots in the lot between Ogden College Hall and Kelly Thompson Hall.

3) The large parking lots on top of College Heights Blvd. The path from there is down hill.



Mailing List:

Many of our guests prefer to be notified of our events. You can sign up below or at the planetarium.

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 Last Modified 8/1/22