Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, will host an afternoon of solar observations and planetarium shows in recognition of National Astronomy Day on Sept. 19.
The activities begin at noon in room 21 Witkowski of the School of Science Complex and are free and open to the public. The day’s events are hosted by Darren Williams, professor of physics and astronomy, and Jim Gavio, director of the Yahn Planetarium at Penn State Behrend.
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