For years, it's been the place where thousands of young people and adults come to learn about the universe and worlds beyond our reach. The Erie Planetarium served as a resource for the Erie community for more than fifty years, and it continues today as the Yahn Planetarium, now a part of Penn State Behrend. The planetarium is located in the School of Science complex on the Behrend campus.
General Public Show Information
For the most up-to-date information on masking requirements, please see the Health and Safety section of our Coronavirus Campus Information page.
2023 Program Information
- Saturdays at 10:00 a.m.
Secret of the Cardboard Rocket - Follow two kids as they travel the solar system learning about the planets. We'll go along for the ride! Recommended for ages 5 to 9.
- Saturdays at 11:30 a.m.
Phantom of the Universe: The Hunt for Dark Matter - Dark matter is believed to constitute 85 percent of all the matter in the universe. Scientists around the world are collaborating to track down its constituents. This show will reveal the first hints of its existence. Recommended for ages 9 to adult.
- Saturday, April 1, 2023
- Saturday, April 8, 2023
Admission fees are $5 for adults and $3 for kids aged 12 and under. Penn State employees, Penn State students, and children under age 2 are free.
For additional information or specific show details, contact Planetarium Director Jim Gavio
Astronomy at Home
Looking for space-related activities to do at home? We have you covered.
- Find the International Space Station
Find out when you can spot the International Space Station from your own backyard right here in the local Erie area.
- NASA at Home
Check out this great NASA website for some hands-on activities for families and up-to-date information about NASA's bold new plans.
- Yahn Planetarium was featured in a Community Gems segment on Erie News Now.
▶️ Watch: Yahn Planetarium is a Gateway to the Stars