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The Geoscience Department is home to a planetarium nine meters (30 feet) in diameter and houses a 1966 Spitz A3P projector. This outstanding teaching tool is used extensively in undergraduate instruction, both in introductory astronomy courses and in classes for Earth and Space Science teaching majors.

Group visits to the planetarium by schools, scouts, or adult groups are possible as staff time and availability permit. Interested groups are asked to contact Professor Ken Coles at well in advance to allow time for scheduling.

Several public planetarium shows are scheduled each year to encourage the campus and community to visit and enjoy the planetarium.

Location: Weyandt Hall, Room 134


2015-16 Planetarium Show Flier (.pdf)

  • Thursday, September 24, 2015, 7:00 p.m.:
    The Dark of the Moon: Lunar Eclipse
    • On the evening of Sunday, Sept. 27, the Moon will pass through the darkest part of Earth's shadow.  Come to find out what you'll see and why, as well as other objects in the current night sky.
  • Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 7:00 p.m.:
    Astronomy Short Stories (Student Showcase)
    • The astronomers and science teachers of tomorrow (IUP undergraduates) are preparing several brief planetarium shows. Come see the talent of tomorrow in action—previous showcases have been fun and memorable.
  • Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 7:00 p.m.: 
    The Greatest Spectacles: Hubble Telescope
    • Not everyone is aware of the long planning time that led to the Hubble Space Telescope and the mistake that nearly ruined it. Enjoy a sampling of 25 years of stunning images and surprising discoveries about the universe.
  • Saturday, April 16, 2016, 11:00 a.m.:
    The American Total Solar Eclipse of 2017
    • For the first time in 36 years, a total solar eclipse, the most stunning and rare of astronomical events, will cross the continental U.S. Start planning now for the sight of a lifetime.

Check out other events in the Geoscience Department.

Previous Years

  • Geoscience Department
  • Walsh Hall, Room 111
    302 East Walk
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2379
  • Fax: 724-357-6208
  • Office Hours
  • 7:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.