Charles W. Brown Planetarium Fall 2022 (Sept.

By Planetarium staff—

All regular planetarium programs are free. No tickets or reservations are required for the planetarium’s public shows, except for our “Astronomy SLAM!” annual.

September

The overhead of the universe

Fridays: September 2, 9, 16. at 6:30 p.m.
Saturdays: September 3, 10, 17. at 6:30 p.m.

Scientists had high expectations for the James Webb Space Telescope, the largest optical telescope launched into space, especially after teams worked to decades to design and build it. Thankfully, they weren’t disappointed with the first footage released earlier this summer. Scientists and the public are always amazed by the images from this spectacular telescope. Come explore the science team’s current discoveries while traveling through our universe in both space and time during this live presentation.
Adapted for everything From 8 years old, all ages are welcome.

dynamic earth

Saturdays: September 3, 10, 17. at 5:00 p.m.

Dynamic Earth explores the inner workings of Earth’s great life support system: the global climate. With visualizations based on satellite monitoring data and advanced supercomputer simulations, this cutting-edge production follows a trail of energy flowing from the Sun into the interlocking systems that shape our climate: the atmosphere, oceans and the biosphere. Audiences will ride on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a monster hurricane, come face-to-face with gigantic sharks and whales, and fly through boiling volcanoes.
Suitable for everything from 12 years old, all ages are welcome.

One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure

Saturdays: September 3, 10, 17. at 3:30 p.m.

“One World, One Sky” is a brilliant program that follows Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky with Hu Hu Zhu, a new friend from China. Together they take an imaginary journey from Sesame Street to the moon, where they discover how different it is from Earth. They will also find shapes in the sky that will help them find the North Star. This cross-cultural adventure opens children’s eyes to the sky, helping them see how people around the world are connected.
Ideal for families and groups with pre-K to 1st learnersall ages are welcome.

October

Halloween: celestial origins

Fridays: Sept. 30, Oct. 7 and 28. at 6:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 1, 8, 29 Oct. at 6:30 p.m.

What do you associate with Halloween? Trick-or-Treating, costumes… astronomy? After all, Halloween is astronomical holidays! During this program, you will learn the history of Halloween and how it fits into the seasons as an “inter-shift day”. We will also explore the night sky and learn which planets, constellations and stars will be present on your Halloween party.
Adapted for everything From 8 years old, all ages are welcome.

Eclipse: the sun revealed

Saturdays: 1, 8, 29 Oct. at 5:00 p.m.

There will be a total solar eclipse visible from Muncie, Indiana in just two years. A total solar eclipse is such a spectacular event that it’s never too early to start planning one. Come learn how solar and lunar eclipses occur, and about the scientific discoveries that have been supported by total solar eclipses. This show also uses beautiful visuals to explore the historical and cultural view of eclipses and how to safely view these awe-inspiring sights.

Best suited for ages 10+, all ages are welcome.

Earth, Moon and Sun

Saturdays: 1, 8, 29 Oct. at 3:30 p.m.

Coyote has many misconceptions about our home planet and its most familiar neighbors. His confusion about the universe leads viewers to reflect on how the Earth, Moon, and Sun work together as a system and learn to distinguish between myth and science. Learn the basics of fusion and solar energy and why the Sun rises and sets.
Ideal for families and groups with children 8 years and olderall ages are welcome.

November

super solar storms

Fridays: 11, 18 Nov. at 6:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 12, 19 Nov. at 6:30 p.m.

A fury is building on the surface of the Sun… high-speed jets, a fiery tsunami wave reaching 100,000 km high and rising loops of electrified gas are fueled by what is happening below its surface. Will these “storms” affect the Earth? Find the answer as we venture into our star’s seething interior to learn how they formed. Solar Superstorms takes viewers into the tangle of magnetic fields and super-hot plasma that unleash the Sun’s rage in spectacular flares, violent solar tornadoes and the largest flares in the solar system: coronal mass ejections.
Adapted for everything from 10 years old, all ages are welcome.

SEEING! A look in the eye

Saturdays: 12, 19 Nov. at 5:00 p.m.

Narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson, “SEE!” follows the creation of a photon and its journey through the galaxy to the eye of a young astronomer where we learn more about anatomy than astronomy. The viewer follows the photon through the girl’s eye, learning about eye structures and their functions, before taking a ride on the optic nerve.
Suitable for everything from 12 years old, all ages are welcome.

ASTRONAUT

Saturdays: 12, 19 Nov. at 3:30 p.m.

The exploration of space is the greatest enterprise ever undertaken by mankind. What does it take to be part of this incredible journey? What does it take to become an astronaut? Experience a rocket launch from inside an astronaut’s body, explore the amazing worlds of inner and outer space, and uncover the perils that lurk in space as we subdue Chad, our test astronaut, to whatever space throws at him. Reported by Ewan McGregor.
Ideal for families and groups with children 8 years and olderall ages are welcome.

December

The Christmas Star

Fridays: 2, 9 Dec. at 6:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 3 and 10 Dec. at 6:30 p.m.

Over the years, many people have tried to explain the appearance of the Star of Bethlehem, as described in the Bible. Can the star be explained as an exploding star, comet, or other natural event in the sky? Potential natural explanations for the Star of Bethlehem and common modern day misconceptions will be discussed.

Adapted for everything from 10 years old, all ages are welcome.

We are astronomers

Saturdays: 3 and 10 Dec. at 5:00 p.m.

Narrated by David Tennant, we explore what exactly astronomers are doing in this new program. Today’s astronomer is not the only observer of past centuries. This program reveals the global collaboration, technology and dedication needed to answer the unsolved questions of the universe and features information about NASA’s recently launched James Webb Space Telescope.
Suitable for everything From 8 years old, all ages are welcome.

The solar system for kids!

Saturdays: 3 and 10 Dec. at 3:30 p.m.

Stay warm indoors with your young learners while visiting some of the coldest places in our solar system. Come and explore the many objects in the solar system, including the Sun, all major planets, asteroids and Pluto in this live presentation for kids.
Ideal for families and groups with children 8 years and olderall ages are welcome.

Planetarium Information

  • Due to ongoing construction on the Cooper Science Complex, some parking lots and access to the planetarium are blocked. Please plan to arrive early to safely navigate the area and arrive on time for the program. The planetarium entrances can only be accessed from the north side of the building, as the path between the Cooper Science Complex and the Ball Gym is blocked. Visit our location and transportation webpage for up-to-date information.
  • Follow all COVID-19 protocols and procedures.
  • No reservations are required for these public shows at the planetarium. However, plan to arrive early as seats are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and space is limited.
  • Planetarium shows are free. We appreciate your support in making this possible.
  • We do our best to open the doors 30 minutes before show time.
  • Food, drink, gum or candy is not permitted in the planetarium.
  • Cell phones and all electronic devices that emit light should be turned off or turned off at the start of all programs.
  • Children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
  • The planetarium is located at the western end of the Cooper Science Complex, at 2111 W. Riverside Ave, Muncie.

Would you like to schedule a private educational visit to the planetarium? Request a planetarium tour online for your Ball State class or group.

Arline J. Mercier