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.

Dates and Times TBA.
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Tickets not sold at the door


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.


Spanel Planetarium has installed a Digistar 5 projection system. Digistar 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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