Upcoming Events at the Charles W. Brown Planetarium

The Charles W. Brown PlanetariumThe Charles W. Brown Planetarium

Charles W. Brown Planetarium
Spring 2020 (Jan. – April) Free Show Schedule

Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond Our Sun
Fridays: Jan. 10, 17, 24 at 6:30pm
Saturdays: Jan. 11, 18, 25 at 6:30pm and 8pm
Come explore a timeless question: Do other planets like Earth exist? Within the past few decades, astronomers have discovered thousands of planets orbiting other stars. Travel to distant stars, fly up to exotic planets, and imagine them up close in the planetarium. Experience how science is shifting our perspectives on humanity’s place in the cosmos. Suitable for all ages 8+

Tour of the Winter Sky
Fridays: Jan. 31 & Feb. 7 at 6:30pm
Saturdays: Feb. 1, 8 at 6:30pm and 8pm
The sky on cold winter nights has some of the brightness stars and the best-known constellations. Some of these stars are truly supergiants, hundreds of times bigger than our Sun – while others are dwarfs the size of Earth. Along the Milky Way, there are colorful clouds where new stars are being born. Enjoy a guided tour of this celestial wonderland and take a trip to the North Pole to experience the Northern Lights. Suitable for all ages 8+

Destination Mars
Fridays: Feb. 14, 21 & March 13 at 6:30pm
Saturdays: Feb. 15, 22 & March 14 at 6:30pm and 8pm
Ever wonder what it would be like to fly to Mars? NASA – and others – have their sights set on the Red Planet and they are building the technology to get us there! Explore the work being done around the globe to help make the dream of getting humans to Mars a reality. Fly to and see inside the International Space Station, where astronauts are already living and working in space, and follow the rockets and vehicles that will take humans beyond the Moon and, one day, all the way to Mars! Travel along as we imagine this remarkable journey. Suitable for all ages 8+

Planet Nine
Fridays: March 20, 27 at 6:30pm
Saturdays: March 21, 28 at 6:30pm and 8pm
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 other 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! Suitable for all ages 12+

A Field Trip to the Stars by Dr. Ronald Kaitchuck
Fridays: April 3, 17 at 6:30pm
Saturdays: April 4, 18 at 6:30pm and 8pm
There was a time when humans dreamt about flying like the birds. Some people also dreamt of traveling into space to see what the stars were all about. While today we can fly, we are still unable to make cosmic trips to the stars. But we can do the next-best thing; we can use telescopic images and the planetarium’s projection technology to simulate travel to amazing places. Join us in the Brown Planetarium for a cosmic field trip to see giant stars that dwarf the Sun, places where stars are being born and the remnants of those that died long ago. You will fly through clusters of thousands of stars and see some bizarre planets. Finally, we will explore the mysteries of the black hole at the center of our galaxy. Suitable for all ages 10+

Planetarium Information

  • Planetarium shows are free of charge. We appreciate your support to make this possible.
  • No tickets or reservations are required for public planetarium shows, but plan to arrive early as seating will be done on a first-come, first-served basis. We do our best to open doors 30 minutes before show time.
  • Food, drinks, gum or candy are not permitted in the planetarium.
  • Children 17 years and under should be accompanied by an adult.
  • Cellphones and any electronics that emit light should be silenced at the start of all programs. Please refrain from wearing light-up shoes to any planetarium programs.
  • Please do not touch any of the planetarium equipment.
  • The planetarium is located on the west 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.

To schedule a private educational visit to the planetarium, call (765) 285-8816 or visit https://www.bsu.edu/web/planetarium/reserve-a-show