IUP Planetarium Celebrating 50 years

Posted on 5/5/2017 9:39:01 AM

Members of the public are invited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of IUP’s Planetarium this month.  Two free public planetarium shows will be held: “A Look Back at 50 Years of Sharing the Sky” on Tuesday, May 16, at 7:00 p.m. and “The American Total Solar Eclipse of 2017” on Saturday, May 20 at 11:00 a.m.

The celebration of the 50th anniversary is being held in conjunction with the Regional Conference of the Middle Atlantic Planetarium Society (MAPS) on Friday, May 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., for which registration is required.

On Tuesday, May 16, at 7:00 p.m. we will look back at 50 years of the IUP Planetarium with some favorite views of the sky and memories of past events. Several retired planetarium faculty members plan to join us. This evening will include varied short sessions (10–15 minutes) in the planetarium, so we can give everyone who comes a chance to “see the sky indoors.”

On Saturday, May 20, at 11:00 a.m. the show will be “The American Total Solar Eclipse of 2017.” Come to hear about why this event is so rare, what will happen, and how to enjoy it safely. The show (a repeat of our April 2017 show) is open to the public and will run about 45 minutes. If weather permits, we’ll take a solar telescope outside afterwards for a brief look at the Sun. Doors open at 10:45 a.m. Seating for this show is first-come, first-seated; it’s not feasible for us to take advance reservations. If you want to bring a large group or class [i.e., 10 or more people], do contact Ken Coles so we can discuss how to accommodate you, as seating is limited.

If you can’t make it, but are interested in learning about the total solar eclipse, all the information that will be presented is available from NASA.

The planetarium is in the east side of Weyandt Hall (the side away from the Oak Grove).

More information can be found by visiting the IUP Planetarium web page.

Department of Geoscience