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Hardin Planetarium is open !

We have worked hard to create an environment safe for everyone. Properly worn masks and appropriate distancing are required while in the planetarium.

 

Tuesday 13 October through Tuesday 24 November

“Phantom of the Universe”

Follow protons through CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, and descend a mile beneath the ground searching for dark matter. Evidently it makes up 85% of the total mass of the universe, yet it has so far been detected only by its gravitational effects. Film narrated by Tilda Swinton.

Closed Thanksgiving Day

 

 

  • Free shows Tuesday & Thursday at 7:00 PM, and Sundays at 2:00 PM
  • No tickets, no prior reservations
  •   Properly worn masks required at all times
  • We collect all guest names and one phone number per group, in case contact tracing is required
  • Max capacity: 40. Check in with staff upon arrival to reserve seats.
  • Guests will gather before a show outside, under the nearby overhang, rather than inside the planetarium
  • All COVID procedures can be found on the COVID Safety page

 

 

icon representing a helping hand AVAILABLE SPECIAL EVENTS

 

Date TBA - @ Hardin Planetarium

Fundraising event: We are one of only 74 locations in the world to receive a very special new banner from the Hubble Space Telescope science team, of their 30th anniversary image. At this public event specialists in the field of star formation and development will discuss the content and its value to science, and we will hand out lithographs to the first few hundred attendees.

Details will also be posted to the below website once the event is finalized.

https://hubblesite.org/hubble-30th-anniversary/events

 

 

 

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. Note the new max capacity of around 20 guests for individual students.

 

 

 

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 10/12/20