How can a spacecraft fly close to the Sun without being destroyed? Come to the IUP Planetarium show "Daring to Approach the Fire" and learn how two different robotic missions are doing it.

Shows at 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. are free and open to the public. Each show will run about 40 minutes and, weather permitting, observing the Sun with a solar telescope will follow.

More information about the Planetarium, including the full schedule for the 2022-23 academic year can be found on the IUP Planetarium Website.

The planetarium is in the east side of Weyandt Hall (the side away from the Oak Grove). Doors open 15 minutes before each show. Seating for the shows is first-come, first-seated; it's not feasible for us to take advance reservations. If you want to bring a large group [i.e., 10 or more people], please contact us so we can discuss how to accommodate you, as seating is limited. 724-357-5626, 724-357-2379, or