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.
Did you know? Yahn Planetarium was featured in a Community Gems segment on Erie News Now.
▶️ Watch: Yahn Planetarium is a Gateway to the Stars
General Public Show Information
- Saturdays at 1:00 p.m.
General Audience: Season of Light (recommended for ages 9 to adult); Audiences learn a selection of northern hemisphere winter constellations and find out why we have seasons. The show recounts the historical religious and cultural rituals practiced during the time of winter solstice.
- Saturdays at 2:30 p.m.
Children's Program: Star for Santa's Tree (recommended for ages 5 and up); Santa needs to choose a star from the winter sky to put on top of his tree. Learn about some constellations as we find out who the lucky star will be.
Admission fees are $5 for adults and $3 for kids aged 12 and under. Penn State employees and children under age 2 are free.
Virtual Planetarium Visits
You can request a virtual group visit to the Yahn Planetarium. Your visit could include current events in astronomy and space science, a view of the current night sky, and more. Please submit your virtual visit request online.
Astronomy at Home
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