May 10: National Astronomy Day

May 10 2014 -
7:00pm to 10:00pm
Mehalso Observatory and Otto Behrend Science Room 101

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College Celebrates

Saturday, May 10, 2014

7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Mehalso Observatory and OBS Room 101


Join our hosts: 

Dr. Darren Williams

Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Penn State Behrend


Mr. Jim Gavio

Director, The Yahn Planetarium of Erie


Come celebrate National Astronomy Day at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.  Solar observation through specially-filtered telescopes will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Mehalso Observatory – weather permitting.  A short presentation addressing the expected evening sightings will be held at 8:00 p.m. and again at 9:00 p.m. in Room 101 of the Otto Behrend Science Building. Both presentations will be followed by telescopic observation in the Mehalso Observatory – weather permitting.  If the sky is clear, visitors can expect to see the Moon, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn.  Authentic meteorites and telescopes will be on display.  Bring your curiosity and your questions!


National Astronomy Day" is an annual event intended to bring astronomy to the general population.  Most astronomy events take place in remote areas late at night, but this event provides the public with a way to see astronomy up close and at a convenient time.  Astronomers want to encourage you to share their passion of the Sun, Moon, stars, planets, and the night sky.

Event Contact Name: 
Mr. Jim Gavio
Event Contact Email: 
(814) 898-6105