Why Physics and Astronomy at WVU?
The Department of Physics and Astronomy at West Virginia University is dedicated to the study of the physical world and the processes that govern it. Our faculty train students in a wide-range of fundamental areas of classical and modern physics through a structured program of courses, individual and group research activities, department activities and advanced electives.
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PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY COMMUNITY OUTREACH
The Department of Physics and Astronomy engages in an impressive array of impactful community outreach. High school students have discovered pulsars, students statewide compete in robotics competitions, and girls in middle school participate in hands-on workshops. The Department also has its own planetarium!Explore the department's community page
The WVU Planetarium presents free public shows on alternating Friday evenings. The shows provide a glimpse into the night sky, highlighting the wonders of the universe, its origins and our place among the cosmos. The observatory is located atop the physics department and is equipped with a 14-inch Celestron telescope for public viewing in concert with the planetarium shows.Visit the Planetarium