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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


2016–17 Planetarium Show Flier (.pdf)

Monday, November 7, 2016, 7:00 p.m.: 
Space Stations

  • Human presence in Earth orbit has come a long way from early predictions and science fiction. Come learn how people live and work in space today and what the future holds.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 7:00 p.m.:
The New Horizons: Dwarf Planets

  • Recent space missions have seen Pluto, Ceres and Vesta up close for the first time. These objects may not be “planets,” but they have a lot to tell us.

Saturday, April 15, 2017, 11:00 a.m.: 
The American Total Solar Eclipse of 2017

  • For the first time in 36 years, that most stunning and rare of astronomical events, a total solar eclipse, will cross the continental U.S. Start planning now for the sight of a lifetime (repeat of our April 2016 show).

Special observance of 50 years of the planetarium sky at IUP coming spring of 2017.

The 50th anniversary of the installation of the IUP Planetarium projector will include some special events—watch for upcoming announcements.

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.