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.

December 2017

The Illinois State University Planetarium is pleased to offer its holiday show Season of Lights, running weekends from December 1 through December 16. Show times are Fridays at 7:30 PM and Saturdays at 2 PM and 7:30 PM.

Season of Lights is beautifully narrated by National Public Radio’s Noah Adams. The show recounts the historical, religious, and cultural rituals practiced during the time of the winter solstice – the shortest day of the year.

The full-dome program explores not only Christian and Jewish; but also Egyptian, Roman, Pagan, Celtic, Nordic, and Hopi practices. Season of Lights also looks at some of our more light-hearted seasonal traditions, from kissing under the mistletoe to songs about lords a-leaping and ladies dancing.

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.

Beginning in January the ISU Planetarium will temporarily close for renovations. Look for exciting new shows in April 2018!

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 for the Plantarium's regular programs 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 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 November 27, 2017.

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