The countdown to the April 8th total solar eclipse is on, and there are many opportunities at local universities to learn more about the big event.

Every Saturday morning, Penn State Behrend will host two shows about the solar eclipse at the Yahn planetarium from now until the big event April 8th. The first show at 10 is geared towards children and the second show at 11:30 is open for everyone.

Admission fees are $5 for adults and $3 for kids aged 12 and under. 

PennWest is also hosting shows that are free to the public. All shows begin at 7pm and aim to educate the public ahead of the total solar eclipse.

"Our whole emphasis is that we want you to understand what is occurring on April 8th in your backyard," said PennWest Edinboro Planetarium Director Dr. David Hurd.

Reservations are required. To see a full list of show times, click here.