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August Planetarium Show Line-Up

Sloan Hall, 305 NE Spokane Street, Pullman, WA 99163
Rm 231
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About the event

Tickets at the door are $5 (cash or check, no credit). Lap-sitting children (4 and under) are free with adult purchase.

Until further notice, we request that attendees wear a mask. We will be limiting seating to a fraction of capacity, and will be sanitizing between shows.

Friday, Aug. 6 and Sunday, Aug. 8


Larry Cat in Space

Larry stows away in his owner’s suitcase. Little does he know that his owner is on her way to the moon!


Cosmic Colors: An Adventure Along the Spectrum

Take a wondrous journey across the entire electromagnetic spectrum! Discover the many reasons for color — like why the sky is blue and why Mars is red. Take a tour within a plant leaf and journey inside the human eye. Investigate x-rays by voyaging to a monstrous black hole and then back at your doctor’s office. And see the actual color of dinosaur skin, as reconstructed by science.


  • Friday, Aug. 6
    • 5:00 p.m. – Larry Cat
    • 5:45 p.m. – Larry Cat (overflow show)
    • 7:00 p.m. – Cosmic Colors
    • 7:50 p.m. – Cosmic Colors (overflow show)
  • Sunday, Aug. 8
    • 3:30 p.m. – Larry Cat
    • 4:15 p.m. – Larry Cat (overflow show)
    • 5:00 p.m. – Cosmic Colors
    • 5:50 p.m. – Cosmic Colors (overflow show)


Friday, Aug. 13 and Sunday, Aug. 15


Lars the Little Polar Bear

Explore the changing Arctic landscape with a curious little polar bear.


Destination Solar System

The year is 2096. Space tourism is thriving and “Space Express Tours” is the world’s leading company in space. You’ve signed up for a quick trip around the Solar System.


  • Friday, Aug. 13
    • 5:00 p.m. – Lars
    • 5:45 p.m. – Lars (overflow show)
    • 7:00 p.m. – Destination Solar System
    • 7:50 p.m. – Destination Solar System (overflow show)
  • Sunday, Aug. 15
    • 3:30 p.m. – Lars
    • 4:15 p.m. – Lars (overflow show)
    • 5:00 p.m. – Destination Solar System
    • 5:50 p.m. – Destination Solar System (overflow show)


Friday, Aug. 20 and Sunday, Aug. 22


Molecularium: A magical musical adventure into the world of molecules

Everything is made of atoms.


Moons: Worlds of Mystery

Take a fascinating trip to the little worlds of our solar system—its many moons.


  • Friday, Aug. 20
    • 5:00 p.m. – Molecularium
    • 5:45 p.m. – Molecularium (overflow show)
    • 7:00 p.m. – Moons
    • 7:50 p.m. – Moons (overflow show)
  • Sunday, Aug. 22
    • 3:30 p.m. – Molecularium
    • 4:15 p.m. – Molecularium (overflow show)
    • 5:00 p.m. – Moons
    • 5:50 p.m. – Moons (overflow show)


Friday, Aug. 27 and Sunday, Aug. 29


Moles: What is Out There?

A mole’s eye view of astronomy. You have never seen a cuter mole.


Musica: A View of the Universe through Music and Mathematics

The show begins with a young woman, mesmerized by the beauty of nature, who asks, “Why do I sense beauty?” Her question sets in motion a series of scenes that take audiences on a voyage of discovery—from the DNA in our cells, to the spiral designs hidden in a sunflower and the ominous beauty of a typhoon, to the spiral grandeur of galaxies.

Her guide to the cosmos is a quiet pianist who introduces himself as “Musica” and uses sound and the concepts of harmony and harmonics to show her how math and physics unite music and nature. Thus begins a timeless conversation. Every question she asks allows Musica to show the physics and math equations behind something as simple as the placement of leaves on a sunflower stalk to the arrangement of stars in a galaxy. The more she asks, the more Musica can tell her about the cosmos, until she asks a question that surprises even him.

“Musica? Why is the universe beautiful?”

Created by Hiromitsu Kohsaka, producer of the highly acclaimed fulldome show Hayabusa: Back to the Earth.


  • Friday, Aug. 27
    • 5:00 p.m. – Moles
    • 5:45 p.m. – Moles (overflow show)
    • 7:00 p.m. – Musica
    • 7:50 p.m. – Musica (overflow show)
  • Sunday, Aug. 29
    • 3:30 p.m. – Moles
    • 4:15 p.m. – Moles (overflow show)
    • 5:00 p.m. – Musica
    • 5:50 p.m. – Musica (overflow show)


Andrea Dodge