Dr. Leslie E. Spanel Planetarium

An academic facility dedicated to preserving the arts, skills, and science of astronomy, and of cultural starlore.

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PUBLIC SHOWS - Autumn 2015

Dynamic Earth
The award-winning Dynamic Earth explores the inner workings of Earth's climate system. With visualizations based on satellite monitoring data and advanced supercomputer simulations, this cutting-edge production follows a trail of energy that flows from the Sun into the interlocking systems that shape our climate: the atmosphere, oceans, and the biosphere. Audiences will ride along on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a monster hurricane, come face-to-face with sharks and gigantic whales, and fly into roiling volcanoes.Narrated by Academy-Award nominated actor Liam Neeson.

No admission after show starts.

The presentation currently features a LIVE astronomer star talk with question and answer time, and the feature length full-dome movie Dynamic Earth.

This presentation appropriate for ages 8 years and older.

Total show duration, about one hour. Tickets prices are $10.00 each for all attending.

Order tickets at the WWU Box Office.

Tickets not sold at the door

Tue the 6th 7PM to 8PM
Sat the 10th 3PM to 4PM
Thu the 29th 7PM to 8PM
Sat the 7th 3PM to 4PM
Thu the 12th 7PM to 8PM
Tue the 17th 7PM to 8PM
Tue the 1st 7PM to 8PM
Thu the 10th 7PM to 8PM


Stop by Friday afternoons this fall to see Spanel Planetarium content developer Andrew Lindsey demonstrate Western's amazing Digistar 5 full-dome projection system.

The Free Friday Film Gallery features 3 films by artist Diana Reichenbach.

Tren Italia Inspired by train rides in Italy, this film immerses the viewer in the experience of travel.

Infinite Horizons This film simulates a flight through an abstract landscape which challenges perceptions of the horizon.

||0.1.|| This is an immersive fulldome animated film exploring the evolution of human perception. As digital interactions become closely integrated with tangible reality, a hybrid environment is formed.


Private presentations are available to all sorts of groups for a fee. Please see Reservations for more information about scheduling your event.

Presentations are available as part of any WWU class curiculum free of charge.

The Digistar 5 projection system is the world's best-selling and most advanced fulldome digital theater system. Digistar can play back the latest fulldome shows, including giant screen film transfers for amazing digital cinema experiences. With Digistar the emphasis is not on the technology but on flexible storytelling tools to customize presentations to any audience.

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