Public Show Schedule 2019
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 newly re-imagined Illinois State University Planetarium is excited to offer two great shows in early 2019. The first is Incoming! Asteroids, Comets, and the Hard-Hitting Stories of Our Cosmic Origins, narrated by Star Trek’s George Takei.
Incoming! runs weekends from, January 25 – May 4. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM. There are no shows during ISU's Spring Break March 8 – 16 or April 19 – 20.
Asteroids and comets have collided with our planet throughout its history, changing the course of life on Earth and shaping the world we know today. Incoming! explores the past, present, and future of our Solar System and the landmark discoveries scientists have made sending spacecraft to visit tiny worlds.
The second great show is Phantom of the Universe: The Hunt for Dark Matter, narrated by Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton.
The program runs weekends from, January 26 – May 4. Show times are Saturdays at 2:00 PM. There are no shows during ISU’s Spring Break March 8 – 16 or April 20.
Phantom of the Universe delves into the exploration of dark matter, from the Big Bang to its anticipated discovery at the Large Hadron Collider.
Experience the first hints of dark matter through the eyes of Fritz Zwicky, the scientist who coined the term the name. Explore the astral choreography witnessed by Vera Rubin in the Andromeda galaxy and then plummet deep underground to see the most sensitive dark matter detector on Earth, housed in a former gold mine.
Finally, journeys across space and time to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, speeding alongside particles before they collide in visually stunning explosions of light and sound, while learning how scientists around the world are collaborating to track down the constituents of dark matter.
After each program, we will explore the highlights found in the current evening sky; including the bright stars, constellations, and planets visible from Central Illinois.
Admission to the regular shows is $4 for adults; $3 for children ages 5-12, seniors, and ISU ID holders; and $2 for children ages 3 - 4. Tickets may be purchased in the Planetarium Gift Shop, next to the Planetarium, beginning 20 minutes before each show. Cash and checks only. Seating is limited.
The re-envisioned Illinois State University Planetarium includes an entirely new layout for the star theater, new seating, updated lighting system, and expanded video and sound capability. Join us and discover the unimaginable secrets of the Universe!
Teachers and community group leaders: Are you interested in bringing your students or group? If so then please call the Illinois State University Planetarium about special presentations at (309) 438-2496 on Tuesday through Friday, during regular business hours!
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 Illinois State University Planetarium about special presentations at (309) 438-2496 on Tuesday through Friday, during regular business hours!
The white-domed Illinois State University Planetarium is located at the east end of Felmley Hall of Science, on the corner of College Avenue and School Street in Normal. Please see the map below.
Inexpensive parking for the 2 PM Wednesday matinees is available in the ISU visitor lot, located on West Locust Street. Free parking for the weekend programs is available a short distance from the ISU Planetarium in the University’s red-tag F-67 parking lot, located on the east side of School Street. Please see the map below for the location of the F-67.
Updated December 14, 2019.
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