Public Show Schedule 2017
For up-to-the-minute information about ISU Planetarium offerings, call the planetarium hotline at (309) 438-5007 day or night. Listen for announcements regarding programs and activities planned in cooperation with the Twin City Amateur Astronomers.
Join us as the Illinois State University Planetarium celebrates the Sugar Creek Arts Festival by offering free full-dome video shows on Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9. Show titles, dates, and times are:
One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure
Elmo and Big Bird live in the United States and Hu Hu Zhu lives far away in China, but they discovered that they still see the same stars at night!
The word for star in Chinese is "xing xing" (pronounced sing sing). How many "xing xing" do you see in the sky? Take a look along with Big Bird!
From Earth to the Universe
The night sky, both beautiful and mysterious, has been the subject of campfire stories, ancient myths and awe for as long as there have been people. A desire to comprehend the Universe may well be humanity’s oldest shared intellectual experience. Yet only recently have we truly begun to grasp our place in the vast cosmos.
Now, experience this journey of celestial discovery. Travel from the world of the ancient Greek astronomers to today’s grandest telescopes. Then journey to the various worlds in the Solar System and experience the ferocity of the scorching Sun. From Earth to the Universe then leaves our home to take you to the colorful birthplaces and burial grounds of stars, and still further out, beyond the Milky Way, to the unimaginable immensity of the Universe.
The Illinois State University Planetarium is also pleased to offer its regularly scheduled full-dome show Sunstruck!, running through July 21. Show times are Wednesdays at 2 PM and Fridays at 7:30 PM.
Travel back in time to experience the birth of our Sun and solar system. Discover how the Sun came to support life, how it threatens life as we know it, and how its energy will one day fade away. Experience our unique star, the Sun, in Sunstruck!
We will also preview the upcoming total solar eclipse, visible across the United States on August 21. This is the first total solar eclipse seen from the US in 40 years. Planetarium staff will discuss the solar eclipse, exploring what the eclipse will look like from Central Illinois and how to view the eclipse safely.
Admission to Sunstruck! is $4 for adults, $3 for children ages 5-12 and seniors, and $2.00 for children ages 3-4. Tickets may be purchased in the Planetarium Gift Shop, next to the Planetarium, beginning 20 minutes before each show.
The ISU Planetarium is located under the white domed roof at the east end of Felmley Hall of Science Annex. Felmley Hall is located on the northeast corner of the ISU campus at the intersection of School Street and College Avenue.
Free parking for the weekend programs is available a short distance from the ISU Planetarium in University parking lot F-67, located on the east side of School Street.
For more information, please call the ISU Physics Department at (309) 438-8756 or visit our web site by Googling Illinois State University Planetarium. Thank you!
After each program we’ll explore the highlights found in the current evening sky; including the bright stars, constellations, and planets visible from Central Illinois.
Teachers and community group leaders: Are you interested in bringing your students or group? It so then please call the Illinois State University Physics Department at (309) 438-8756, during regular business hours, about visiting the ISU Planetarium!
Planetarium seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets for public sky shows at the Illinois State University Planetarium may be purchased in the Planetarium gift shop beginning beginning 20 minutes before each show.
Preschoolers (Ages 3-4) . . . $ 2.00
Cash or checks only. Sorry but no debit or credit cards accepted.
If you are interested in scheduling a private show for your school or social group then please call (309) 438-8756.
The white-domed Illinois State University Planetarium is at the east end of Felmley Hall of Science on the corner of College Avenue and School Street in Normal. See map below.
Inexpensive parking for the ISU Planetarium's daytime weekday public-programs is available in the ISU visitor lot, located on Locus Street. Free parking for the evening public programs is available a short distance from the Planetarium in University parking lot F-67 (red tag), located on the east side of School Street. Please see the map below.
Updated July 6, 2017.
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