IUP Planetarium


The Geography, Geology, Environment, and Planning 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 kcoles@iup.edu 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. All shows are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

Location for all shows: Weyandt Hall, Room 134

2019-20 Planetarium Shows (PDF of flyer)

Thursday, October 3, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
Water, Water (Ice) Everywhere

The outer solar system was thought to be too cold for liquid water, but the many of the moons have ice and even internal oceans.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
Astronomy Short Stories (Student Showcase)

The astronomers and science teachers of tomorrow (IUP undergraduates) are preparing an evening in the planetarium just for you! Come by and see the talent of tomorrow in actionprevious showcases have been fun and memorable.

Friday, February 28, 2020, 7:00 p.m.
Astronomy and Calendars

Leap day is a good time to reflect on the complexity of the calendar. What does astronomy have to do with calendars? Come find out.

How to Photograph a Black Hole

We've all heard that you can't see a black hole because light can't escape. How can we tell they are there, and what they are like? We'll explore the latest ideas.

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