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.
The Illinois State University Planetarium is excited to present Ring World!, running weekends from September 1 through September 16. Show times are Fridays at 7:30 PM and Saturdays at 2 PM and 7:30 PM.
After a nearly seven-years journey, the two-story Cassini-Huygens spacecraft began orbiting Saturn on July 1, 2004. Today Cassini continues to explore Saturn and its moons, during the spacecraft’s extended mission. Meanwhile, the Huygens probe soft-landed on Saturn's largest moon Titan on January 14, 2005.
NASA plans a fiery end to Cassini by plunging the spacecraft into Saturn’s atmosphere on September 15. Thus, we look back at this incredible mission in an encore presentation of Ring World, narrated by Star Trek's John Billingsley (Dr. Phlox on Star Trek: Enterprise) – now in full-dome video. We also look at a few mission highlights and a tribute to Cassini.
Afterward, the ISU Planetarium is pleased to offer From Earth to the Universe, running weekends from September 22 through November 18. Show times are Fridays at 7:30 PM and Saturdays at 2 PM and 7:30 PM. There are no showings October 27-28.
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 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.
Admission for the Plantarium's regular programs is:
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 the ISU Physics Department and Planetarium at (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 and weekend 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 August 28, 2017.
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