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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 kcoles@iup.eduwell 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

2013–2014 Planetarium Show Flier (pdf)

  • October 10, 2013, 7:00 p.m., Thursday:
    Voyager - Looking backward and forward
    • Voyager 1 and 2 were among the most productive robotic missions in space exploration. Both are still functioning after 36 years. See a review of their major discoveries and what they can tell us in coming years.
  • December 4, 2013, 7:00 p.m., Wednesday:
    Astronomy Short Stories (Student Showcase)
    • The astronomers and science teachers of tomorrow (IUP undergraduates) are preparing several brief planetarium shows just for you! Come by and see the talent of tomorrow in action—previous showcases have been fun and memorable.
  • February 5, 2014 7:00 p.m., Wednesday:
    What (or Who) is out there?
    • That 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.
  • April 12, 2014 10:00 a.m., Wednesday:
    Find your way through the night sky
  • The constellations and stars can be mysterious and confusing. Learning to find your way around is not hard if you divide one large task into smaller ones.

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
  • Mon.–Fri.: 8:00 a.m.–noon
  • No afternoon hours