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The Geoscience Department is home to a planetarium that is 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 Coles at well in advance to allow time for scheduling.

Several public planetarium shows are scheduled each year—some on weeknights and some on Saturdays—to encourage the campus and community to visit and enjoy the planetarium.

IUP Planetarium Location: Weyandt Hall, Rm. 134

Current Schedule

2014–15 Planetarium Show Flier (pdf)

  • October 2, 2014, 7:00 p.m., Thursday and October 4, 2014, 10:30 a.m., Saturday:
    Two Eclipses and a Martian Comet
    • October brings a pre-dawn lunar eclipse, a late-afternoon partial solar eclipse, and a comet making a close encounter with Mars. Learn how to observe the eclipses (including safety information) and what we might learn about Mars from a nearby comet.
  • December 3, 2014, 7:00 p.m., Wednesday:
    Listening to Radio: What (or Who) is Out There?
    • The static you hear on your radio may be from space. What can we learn from it? Where do the signals come from? Some sources are familiar and others are quite exotic.
  • March 26, 2015, 7:00 p.m., Thursday:
    Fire and Ice (Io and Europa)
    • The first moons discovered around another planet over four centuries ago are are stranger than anyone imagined. Come learn what 40 years of study by spacecraft and Earth-based instruments reveals about two of Jupiter’s moons.
  • April 27, 2015, 7:00 p.m., Monday:
    The New Horizon: Pluto
  • In July, the New Horizons spacecraft will encounter Pluto. Whether you call it a planet or not, this icy world will shed light on countless mysterious objects beyond Neptune.

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
  • M: 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., 1:00–3:15 p.m.
  • T: 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., 1:50–4:30 p.m.
  • W: 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., 1:30–4:30 p.m.
  • Th: 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., 1:50–4:30 p.m.
  • F: 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., 1:00–4:30 p.m.