Planetarium Closes 50-Year Anniversary Season with Two Shows

Posted on 5/12/2017 11:59:43 AM

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s planetarium will conclude its 50th anniversary season with two shows in May 2017.

The first session, a program looking back at 50 years of the planetarium, will be presented May 16 at 7:00 p.m. in the planetarium, which is located on the east side of Weyandt Hall.

Ken Coles, Department of Geoscience faculty member and planetarium director, will present the program, which will include some favorite views of the sky and memories of past events. Several retired planetarium faculty are expected to return for this program, which will include varied short sessions (10 to 15 minutes) in the planetarium.

“The American Total Solar Eclipse of 2017” will be presented May 20 at 11:00 a.m. Coles will discuss why this event is so rare, what will happen, and how to enjoy it safely. The show is a repeat of the April 2017 presentation. It will run about 45 minutes. If weather permits, a solar telescope will be set up outside after the program for a brief look at the sun.

Doors open 15 minutes before each show. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-seated basis. Individual reservations cannot be accepted, but persons wishing to bring groups of 10 or more should call 724-357-5626 or 724-357-2379 or e-mail