Meteorite Research

Polar Exploration

Science Education

Our mission is to promote the study of planetary science and astronomy with emphasis on meteorites; and to sponsor, encourage, and assist in the physical, astronomical, environmental, and cultural sciences so as to broaden man's knowledge of all phases of the universe.

Climate Change Discussion

Come join the Planetary Studies Foundation as they host WQAD's Senior Meteorologist, Eric Sorensen, on the topic of discussion "How Our Earth is Affected by Climate Change". This program will be held on Monday, February 19, at 6:00 p.m. at the Planetary Studies Foundation Earth and Space Science Museum located at 115 N. Main Street in Elizabeth, IL. Climate change has been going on for millions of years. This discussion group will touch on how various oceans are changing physically, and how weather patterns across the world are making countries either prosper or struggle. We must be prepared for these changes. There is no fee for attending this discussion group. For more information please contact Diane Sipiera at the Planetary Studies Foundation at (815) 858-2014 or at

2018 February Children's Workshop

The Planetary Studies Foundation will be offering a one-day children's workshop on Monday, February 19 (Presidents Day- School Off) from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Come join Diane Sipiera, Judith Glenn and WQAD's Senior Meteorologist, Eric Sorensen as they help your child explore how our Earth is effected by climate change. Children will learn how various oceans and weather patterns are changing our world. Additionally, Martha Purchis will be presenting on Wilson Bentley, the pioneer of snowflake photography and the Caldecott Medal winning book "Snowflake Bentley". This workshop is for children ages 7-12 and are limited to the first 10 registrants. This workshop will take place at the PSF Earth & Space Science Museum located at 115 N. Main Street, Elizabeth, IL Please submit application and check no later than one week prior to workshop start date. Please have child bring sack lunch. No refunds.


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