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The ISU Planetarium Presents: The Sun, Our Living Star

Saturday, November 16th 2019
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$3 – $5

Event Description

The newly re-envisioned Illinois State University Planetarium is pleased to present “The Sun, Our Living Star.” Show times are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM, running from September 6 – November 23.  There is no show on September 20 or October 25 – 26.

The Sun has shone on our world for four and a half billion years.  The light that warms our skin today has been felt by every person who has ever lived.  It is our nearest star and our planet’s powerhouse, the source of the energy that drives our winds, our weather and all life.

The passage of the Sun’s fiery disc across the sky – day by day, month by month – was the only way to keep track of time for countless past civilizations.  Don’t be fooled by the terminology; although it is a typical dwarf star, the Sun consumes 600 million tons of hydrogen each second and is 500 times as massive as all the planets combined.

Discover the secrets of our star and experience never-before-seen images of the Sun’s violent surface in immersive full-dome format.  “The Sun, Our Living Star” is a visually striking planetarium show about the most important star in our lives.

After each program, we explore 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 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.

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.

For more information or if you need an accommodation to fully participate in this program/event, please contact the ISU Physics Department at (309) 438-8756 or visit our web site by Googling Illinois State University Planetarium. Please allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.



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Illinois State University Planetarium
(309) 438-5007


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