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The ISU Planetarium Presents: Big Astronomy for ISU Family Weekend

Sunday, October 3rd
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$3 – $5

Event Description

In celebration of Illinois State University Family Weekend the ISU Planetarium is offering a great show for you and your family.  Journey to three world-class observatories in Big Astronomy: People, Places, Discoveries.  Show times are Friday, October 1 at 6 PM and 7:30 PM; Saturday, October 2 at noon, 2 PM, 4 PM, and 7:30 PM; and Sunday, October 3 at noon and 2 PM.

This full-dome planetarium show explores Chile’s rugged Andes Mountains and arid Atacama Desert — remote, extreme regions that offer perfect conditions for astronomical research.  There, visit the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO) and Gemini South Observatory, which use optical telescopes to collect and magnify visible light with giant mirrors.  Then, trek to the Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array (ALMA), a radio telescope with sixty-six networked antennae that collect radio waves from deep space.  Along the way, you’ll meet an inspiring cast of astronomers, engineers, technicians, and support staff who keep these incredible telescopes running.

After each program, we point out highlights found in the current evening sky; including the bright stars, constellations, and planets visible from Central Illinois.

Admission to the ISU Planetarium is $5 for adults; $4 for children ages 5-12, ISU students with ID, and seniors; and $3.00 for children ages 3-4.  Tickets are available in the Planetarium Gift Shop, next to the Planetarium, beginning 20 minutes before each show.  Seating is limited, so please arrive early.

The ISU Planetarium is located under the white domed roof at the eastern end of Felmley Hall of Science Annex.  Felmley Hall is located on the northeast corner of the ISU campus at the intersection of College Avenue and School Street.

Free parking for the Planetarium’s 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.

Following the latest CDC guidance and Illinois State University policy, face coverings are required in all University public indoor spaces.  This includes the ISU Planetarium.

For more information, please call the ISU Physics Department at (309) 438-8756 or visit our web site.

If you will need special accommodations, please contact the event organizer.


Illinois State University Planetarium
(309) 438-5007


101 S. School Street
Normal, IL
FSA 167
(309) 438-8756