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

2022–23 Planetarium Shows

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Check out other events in the Geography, Geology, Environment, and Planning Department.

Sat., Oct. 8, 2022, 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

  • Daring to Approach the Fire
    We know the influence of the Sun on Earth and living things. How is it possible to engineer a probe to fly closer to our star than even the planet Mercury? What can it tell us?

Thurs., Nov. 3, 2022, 7:00 p.m.

  • 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.

Mon., Feb. 28, 2023, 7:00 p.m.

  • Winter Wonders
    The winter constellations Orion and Taurus contain marvelous objects that are favorites for small telescopes and binoculars. They’re pretty, but they can also tell us a lot.

Weds., Mar. 29, 2023, 7:00 p.m.

  • Sampling an Asteroid
    A NASA mission grabbed a sample of an asteroid left over from the beginning of the solar system. How can this be done remotely, and what will we learn from the sample when it arrives on Earth in September 2023? Come find out.

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