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Welcome to the website of the

Hardin Planetarium



We are not able to provide a date for when Hardin Planetarium will re-open.
Our status depends on the guidance provided by WKU’s Reopening Task Force and the relevant local, state, and federal public health directives. As public health guidelines evolve, Hardin Planetarium will develop a reopening strategy that ensures the health and safety of our guests, staff, animals, and community.
Be assured that planetarium staff and volunteers are eager to get back to sharing the wonders of our universe, and appreciate the support from our community.




Here you can find out about:

  • OUR CURRENT SHOW: Hardin Planetarium offers free shows to the public year round every Tuesday and Thursday nights at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. There is no charge , there are no tickets and no reservations. Star chamber doors are open 10 minutes before showtime.
  • BOOKING A SPECIAL EVENT or space at the Planetarium for your group or a party.
  • BOOKING A SCHOOL SHOW or FIELD TRIP at the Planetarium.
  • EXHIBITS:  Come in when we're open and browse the wealth of information on Astronomy and Space Science presented in our interactive Planetarium ring exhibits
  • e-MAILING LIST: Join the Planetarium's list and keep up on the latest shows and programs at the Planetarium automatically.
  • VOLUNTEERING at the Planetarium. 

Our Mission:

Hardin Planetarium’s mission is to inspire lifelong learning through interactive experiences that are both inspiring and factually accurate.  The audience will be encouraged to engage with exhibits and live presentations that further the public understanding and enjoyment of science.


Handicapped Access:

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.

Call 270-745-4044 for more information or write hardin.planetarium@wku.edu


Tonight's Moon phase

Bowling Green designSafe Solar Viewer unique design: buy here


M43: Dust, Gas, and Stars in the Orion Nebula   -  Unspeakable beauty and unimaginable bedlam can be found together in the Orion Nebula

M43: Dust, Gas, and Stars in the Orion Nebula

Unspeakable beauty and unimaginable bedlam can be found together in the Orion Nebula

Astronomy Picture of the Day

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above to see the enlarged
Astronomy Picture of the Day
downloaded from NASA

WKU Total Eclipse information


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 Last Modified 6/23/20