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Clarion University Peirce Planetarium

Planetarium

Clarion University’s Peirce Planetarium offers you a glimpse of some of the most famous stars and in the solar system. It does so with its 40-foot dome, one of the largest in the state.

At the heart of the planetarium is a precision-engineered star ball that combines optical and electro-mechanical technology to provide an accurate view of the night sky and its apparent motion.

The planetarium is useful in providing education to faculty, students and the public as star gazers have an opportunity to see their favorite constellations at any hour of the day. The planetarium can be used to show the night sky as it would appear at any point in time, past or present, as it would appear from any point on Earth.

There are several shows that have become staples at the planetarium. They include:

  • “More Than Meets the Eye” – Compares the naked-eye views with observatory astrophotos and spacecraft images

  • “Constellations and Their Lore” – A look at constellations and the stories behind their names

  • “Season of Light” – A holiday show that explores the origin of winter traditions from different cultures

  • “Larry Cat in Space” – Larry entertains younger audiences as he travels to the moon and explores the Imbrium Village.

  • “Dawn of Astronomy” – Older students and adults trace the roots of modern astronomy in ancient Egypt and Britain.

The planetarium is named for Dr. Donald D. Peirce, teacher and chairman of the science department from 1932-68.

To schedule a show, please contact Dr. Sharon Montgomery at 393-2571 or by email at smontgomery@clarion.edu.