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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.


April 2017

Illinois State University’s Student Sustainability Committee is hosting its first-ever Sustainability Showcase on Thursday, April 20 from 11 AM-4 PM. In celebration, the ISU Planetarium is pleased to offer Fragile Planet: Earth's Place in the Universe, narrated by Sigourney Weaver. The program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

Showings of Fragile Planet: Earth's Place in the Universe begin at the top of each hour on April 20, starting at 11 AM and running through the end of the Sustainability Showcase. The last afternoon presentation begins at 3 PM. There is also an evening showing of Fragile Planet at 7 PM, in the Planetarium.

Fragile Planet: Earth's Place in the Universe is a stunning full-dome video program that combines scientific visualization with movie-making magic. Fragile Planet highlights the Earth's special place in the universe -- the only known haven for life.

Inexpensive daytime and early-evening parking for the ISU Planetarium’s weekday shows is available in the ISU visitor lot, located on Locus Street. For more information, please call the Planetarium’s Skyline at (309) 438-5007 or visit our web site by Googling Illinois State University Planetarium.


The ISU Planetarium is offering one final performance of Fragile Planet: Earth's Place in the Universe to honor Earth Day on Saturday, April 22. This special 3:30 PM program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.


The Illinois State University Planetarium is also pleased to present two different full-dome video shows running weekends through May 6.

The first full-dome show is Revealing Light’s Secrets: The Cosmic Origins Spectrograph. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM.

Revealing Light’s Secrets explores spectroscopy, the science of light. Discover how astronomers decipher clues in light from distant objects to study our universe.

The second show is Flight Adventures. Matinee times for this family show are Saturdays at 2:00 PM.

Discover the science of flight through the eyes of a young girl and her grandfather as they explore how birds soar and planes fly. Learn about the history and future plans of flight. In addition, see how NASA is discovering new and safer ways to travel with the help of future engineers and aviators - like YOU!

Admission to Revealing Light's Secrets and Flight Adventures 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!



Admission and Policies

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 is:

Preschoolers (Ages 3-4) . . . $ 2.00
Children (Ages 5-12) . . . $ 3.00
Adults (Ages 13-59 ) . . . $ 4.00
Seniors (Ages 60 and older) . . . $ 3.00
University faculty, staff, students . . . $ 3.00
Planetarium Friends . . . Free

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.

 

Location

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.

 

Parking

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 April 7, 2017.

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