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
Yahn Planetarium will be closed on December 23 and 30.
2023 Holiday Program Information
- Saturday at 10:00 a.m.
Star for Santa's Tree - Follow Santa as he learns about stars in the winter sky and chooses one of them for a very special job. Recommended for ages 6 and up.
- Saturday at 11:30 a.m.
Mystery of the Christmas Star - History and Astronomy will help us try to figure out what the bright star could have been that the wise men saw about 2000 years ago. Recommended for ages 9 to adult.
- November 25
- December 2
- December 9
- December 16
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.
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