Two Eclipses and a Martian Comet: Free Planetarium Shows at IUP

Posted on 9/29/2014 2:39:12 PM

October brings a predawn lunar eclipse, a late-afternoon partial solar eclipse, and a comet making a close encounter with Mars.

On Thursday, October 2 (7:00 p.m.), and again on Saturday, October 4 (10:30 a.m.), Ken Coles of the Geoscience Department will use the IUP Planetarium to demonstrate how to safely observe the upcoming October eclipses, and will preview what we might learn about Mars when a comet passes near it.

Each planetarium show will also cover the current positions of stars and planets in the night sky. If weather permits, Coles will set up a telescope outside following each show for a brief look at the night sky (Thursday) or the sun (Saturday).

The planetarium is in the east side of Weyandt Hall (the side away from the Oak Grove). Doors open at 6:45 p.m. on Thursday and 10:15 a.m. on Saturday.

Seating for the shows is limited, and entry to the shows is first-come, first-seated. Please contact Dr. Coles at ahead of time to make special arrangements if you want to bring a group.

Department of Geoscience