The UW Mobile Planetarium brings an immersive experience of the Universe down from space and into schools. In addition to attending public events, we work closely with science teachers to help their students create tours of the universe, presented in the UW Mobile Planetarium.
Our enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers are UW Astronomy undergraduate and graduate students. We prefer to visit multiple classes during a visit, or the equivalent, in order to make the best use of their time commitment. The dome is approximately 20 feet on a side, 10 feet high, and requires a nearby grounded outlet for the continuously running fan.
Interested in having the UW Mobile Planetarium visit your school or student group? Email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. When emailing please include your location along with proposed dates and times.
The UW Mobile Planetarium was made possible through education and public outreach grant EO-12512 from the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), which itself is funded primarilly through NASA.
The UW Mobile Planetarium in the News
The University of Washington Mobile Planetarium: A Do-it-yourself Guide CAP journal, July 2014.
Flipping the Planetarium: The World Wide Telescope in a Dome The Classroom Astronomer, Summer 2014.
Things are looking up Forks Forum, May 2, 2013.
Portable planetarium offers night sky view in Forks Peninsula Daily News, April 30 2013.
UW graduate students buy portable planetarium UW Daily, February 4, 2013.
Astronomy to go: UW readies new portable planetarium UW News, January 24, 2013.
Port Angeles alum brings the stars back to old campus Peninsula Daily News, December 13, 2012.