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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 6 April through Sunday 30 May

“Lives of the Stars”

Point to a star above in the current night sky, and we will learn about it. Through this, we will learn about the life cycles of stars, as well as the Spring night sky.

Subject: stellar evolution




  • 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.
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes in advance.
  • 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.





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.




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 4/5/21