In the comfort of one of the 150 reclining seats in the Charles W. Brown Planetarium, Ball State students, staff and Muncie community members will have the chance to explore the galaxy and newfound possibilities throughout outer space during five free shows offered this semester.
The planetarium opens nearly 30 minutes before each show, and seating is based on a first-come-first-serve basis. The shows offered throughout the semester have a run time of about 40 minutes.
Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond our Sun
6:30 p.m. Jan. 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25
8:00 p.m. Jan. 11, 18, 25
During this show, visitors will explore the timeless question: “Do other planets like Earth exist?” Given that astronomers have discovered thousands of planets orbiting other stars in the past few decades, guests will have the chance to experience how science is shifting its perspective on humanity in the cosmos.
Tour of the Winter Sky
6:30 p.m. Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, 7, 8
8:00 p.m. Feb. 1, 8
On cold winter nights, the sky has some of the brightest and best-known constellations, and along the Milky Way, there are new stars being born within the colorful clouds. Visitors will explore the celestial wonderland and experience the Northern Lights of the North Pole.
6:30 p.m. Feb. 14, 15, 21, 22 and March 13, 14
8:00 p.m. Feb. 15, 22 and March 14
Planetarium guests will explore worldwide work being done to make the dream of getting humans to Mars a reality. In this show, guests will fly inside the International Space Station and follow rockets that will lead humanity beyond the moon.
6:30 p.m. March 20, 21, 27, 28
8:00 p.m. March 21, 28
Viewers have the opportunity to follow Mike Brown and his team at CalTech as they uncover other dwarf worlds and delve deeper into the question: “Is there a new planet beyond these distant objects?”
A Field Trip to the Stars
6:30 p.m. April 3, 4, 17, 18
8:00 p.m. April 4, 18
With Charles W. Brown Planetarium’s executive director Ronald Kaitchuck presenting “A Field Trip to the Stars,” visitors will take a cosmic field trip to see giant stars who dwarf the Sun and fly through clusters of stars and bizarre planets. Lastly, guests will explore the mysteries of the black in the center of the galaxy.