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West Chester University Planetarium

West Chester University, 750 South Church Street
West Chester, PA 19383


The Department of Geology and Astronomy operates the University Planetarium which houses a Spitz A-5 planetarium projector. The planetarium is used for astronomy class lectures and labs as well as for K-12 school and public programs. Approximately 30 schools and other groups attend the programs each year, and annual attendance approaches 3,000. Shows for private groups (schools, retirement communities, and clubs, among others) are offered twice a week in the mornings during the fall and spring semesters. Monthly evening shows are also offered for the general public. The shows consist of an overview of what is currently visible in the night sky. In addition, each show includes a short presentation with a special focus on some aspect of astronomy, the topic of which changes each month.


The Planetarium is located in the Schmucker Science Center on the north campus of West Chester University. The main entrance to the Schmucker Science Center is on Church St. between University Ave. and Rosedale Ave. The planetarium is in the link - the one-story round portion of the building that connects the north and south (multi-story) parts of the building.

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