Charles W. Brown Planetarium Summer 2022 FREE Show Schedule — Muncie Journal

By Planetarium staff—

www.bsu.edu/planetarium

MUNCIE, Indiana—Hours may change due to construction nearby. Due to construction, some parking lots and access to the planetarium are blocked. Plan to arrive early to safely navigate the area and arrive on time for the program. To visit our location and transportation webpage for up-to-date information. All planetarium programs are free. No tickets or reservations are required for the planetarium’s public shows.

The Moon for children!

Fridays – June 3 10 at 3:30 p.m.

Through this mix of engaging live presentations and short planetarium videos, learn about the Moon and its features such as Maria, craters and the Moon’s lack of atmosphere. Find out the Moon’s apparent movement throughout the day, including where it rises and sets, and how that compares to its movement throughout the month. Also observe how the appearance of the Moon changes over time, exploring the phases of the Moon.
This program is most suitable for advanced kindergarten through 2nd graders, all ages are welcome. Children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult.


planet nine

Fridays – June 3 10 at 5:00 p.m.

Astronomers have found many planets orbiting other stars in our galaxy. But have they recently discovered new planets in our own solar system? Astronomers continue to scan the skies for a hypothetical ninth planet beyond Neptune. Follow Mike Brown and his team at CalTech as they discover dwarf worlds whose orbits take them deep into the far reaches of the solar system. Could there be another planet beyond these distant objects? Join us on the hunt!
Best suited for ages 12 and up, all ages are welcome.


Summer Sky Live

Fridays – June 3 10 at 6:30 p.m.

People often stare into the darkness of the night sky and wonder “what’s over there?” Seemingly dark regions of space are actually filled with nebulae, star clusters and other galaxies. Come and learn how to navigate the sky using bright stars and constellations using a sky map, and discover what fascinating objects exist deep in space.

Most suitable for everything from 8 years old, all ages are welcome


Goal Mars

Fridays – July 1 15 to 15:30

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to fly to Mars? NASA – and others – have their sights set on the Red Planet and they’re building the technology to get us there! Learn about the work being done around the world to help make the dream of bringing humans to Mars a reality. Take to the skies and see inside the International Space Station, where astronauts already live and work in space, and follow the rockets and vehicles that will take humans beyond the Moon and, one day, to to March! Travel as we imagine this remarkable journey.

Best suited for ages 8 and up, all ages are welcome.


We are astronomers

Fridays – July 1 15 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 unanswered questions about the Universe and features information about NASA’s recently launched James Webb Space Telescope.

Best suited for ages 8 and up, all ages are welcome.


Eclipse 2024: The Sun Revealed

Fridays – July 1 15 at 6:30 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.

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


Cool solar system, man!

Fridays – August 12, 19 at 3:30 p.m.

We’re not going to lie; our solar system is pretty cool. Come and explore the many objects in the solar system, including the Sun, all major planets, asteroids and Pluto during this live presentation. Best suited for ages 8 and up, all ages are welcome.


we are stars

Fridays – August 12, 19 at 5:00 p.m.

Narrated by Andy Serkis, this program seeks to answer some of the biggest questions of all time. What are we made of? Where does all this come from? Explore the secrets of our cosmic chemistry, our explosive origins and connect life on Earth to the evolution of the Universe. A family movie full of fun, adventure and enlightenment.

Best suited for ages 8 and up, all ages are welcome.



great astronomy

Fridays – August 12, 19 at 6:30 p.m.

Explore world-class observatories, learn why Chile is an ideal environment for astronomy, and meet some of the diverse people who make BIG discoveries possible.

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


Planetarium information:

  • Due to ongoing construction on the Cooper Science Complex, some parking lots and access to the planetarium are blocked. Plan to arrive early to safely navigate the area and arrive on time for the program. Visit our location and transportation webpage for up-to-date information.
  • For the safety of our guests and employees, please do not enter the planetarium if you have or have recently had symptoms of COVID-19. Masks are not required inside the Brown Planetarium and all other Ball State buildings.
  • No reservations are required for the planetarium’s public shows. 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. Please refrain from wearing light shoes during planetarium 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.

For directions and parking information, as well as general policies, please visit the Charles W. Brown Planetarium website.

Arline J. Mercier