MUNCIE, Ind. – The Charles W. Brown Planetarium at Ball State University will offer a variety of free programs through August.
All planetarium shows are free of charge. No tickets or reservations are required, but plan to arrive early as seating is done on a first-come, first-serve basis. Doors typically open 30 minutes before show time. Shows run about 45-60 minutes. No food or drink allowed in the planetarium. Children 17 years and under should be accompanied by an adult.
The Charles W. Brown Planetarium is located on the west end of the Cooper Science Complex, at 2000 W. Riverside Avenue, Muncie. For directions and parking information, as well as general policies, please visit our website at bsu.edu/planetarium.
Into the Darkness
Presented live by Planetarium Assistant Director Dayna Thompson on Fridays – June 8, 15, 22 at 6:30 p.m.
People often peer into the darkness of the night sky and wonder what is there. These seemingly dark regions are actually filled with nebulae, star clusters, and other galaxies. Come learn how to navigate the sky by using bright stars and constellations, and discover what fascinating objects exist deep in space.
Best suitable for all ages 8 and above.
Produced by BSU on Fridays – July 13, 20, 27 at 6:30 p.m. In 1930, after years of searching, a Kansas farm boy discovered Planet X. This object was later named Pluto. This program tells of Clyde Tombaugh’s remarkable achievement and the amazing discoveries made when the New Horizons space probe beamed to Earth the first close-up images of this small frozen world.
Best suitable for all ages 10 and above.
Produced by the Adler Planetarium on Fridays – Aug. 3, 10, 17 at 6:30 p.m. In July 2015, the New Horizons spacecraft gave us our first close look at Pluto. The New Horizons flyby was big news, and the pictures it sent back to Earth reveal a world far more complex than anyone realized. Follow Mike Brown and his team at CalTech as they uncover dwarf worlds whose orbits take them deep into the far reaches of the Solar System. Is there a new planet beyond these distant objects? Join us on the hunt!
Best suitable for all ages 12 and above.