FREE Shows at Ball State’s Charles W. Brown Planetarium — Muncie Journal

By Planetarium staff—

MUNCIE, IN—Join us at the Charles W. Brown Planetarium on the Ball State Campus as we imagine what it would be like to fly to the Red Planet – Mars – with the planetarium show, “Destination Mars.” Find out what astronomers are doing to help us answer questions about our universe with the planetarium show, “We Are Astronomers.” It’s never too early to prepare for the total solar eclipse of 2024 which will be visible from Muncie in just two years! Come and review eclipse viewing safety and techniques and find out why you won’t want to miss the 2024 total solar eclipse.

Hours may change due to construction nearby.

All planetarium programs are free. No tickets or reservations are required for the planetarium’s public shows.

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.

Check the schedules below or visit the Brown Planetarium website for more information.


Goal Mars
Fridays: July 1, 15 at 3:30 p.m. – Ever wondered what a flight to Mars would be like? 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 @ 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 and discover how solar and lunar eclipses occur and 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.

Can’t come this week? Browse our upcoming shows in July and August!

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.
  • Masks are not currently mandatory inside the Brown Planetarium and other Ball State buildings. 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 (fever, cough, shortness of breath).
  • 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.

Would you like to schedule a private educational visit to the planetarium? Request a visit to the planetarium.

Arline J. Mercier