Erie Planetarium moving to Penn State-Behrend site

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — The Erie County Historical Society plans to donate the Erie Planetarium to nearby Penn State-Behrend, with plans to move the astronomy dome to the campus by October.

The planetarium has been housed since 1959 inside the Watson-Curtze Mansion carriage house, which is owned by the historical society. The nonprofit historical group wants to consolidate its holdings and build an archive at the mansion, and executive director Caleb Pifer says the planetarium no longer “fits the mission” of the historical society.

Officials at Behrend, one of several Penn State satellite campuses, plan to make room for the planetarium inside its School of Science complex. Construction to do that will begin next month.

The Erie Times-News (http://bit.ly/1aPpJmO ) reports the planetarium will remain open at its current site until its 30-foot dome, projector and electronics system are moved to Behrend.

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Information from: Erie Times-News, http://www.goerie.com

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