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“Eyes on the Early Universe: James Webb Space Telescope”

Sunday 16 January - Thursday 24 February

The James Webb Space Telescope will see the first galaxies that ever formed. Learn how we are able to see back in time, and also how Webb will be crucial to helping us discover whether there is life elsewhere in the universe.

Subjects: EM Spectrum; infrared light; omission lines; universe expansion

 

 

  • Free shows Tuesday & Thursday at 7:00 PM, and Sundays at 2:00 PM
  • No tickets, no prior reservations
  •   All guests must wear masks (updated 9 Aug 2021)
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes in advance.

 

 

icon representing a helping hand AVAILABLE SPECIAL EVENTS

 

Sunday 16 January 2022 - @ Hardin Planetarium

With the launch of James Webb Space Telescope, Hardin Planetarium launches a new presentation about the work that this new scope will accomplish.  After the show, guests can interview a NASA astronomer who will be using JWST to research distant planets.  At 4:30 guests are invited to engage in educational and playful activities: games, trivia, crafting, and competition.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Affiliations

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 1/14/22