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

Visitors experience a presentation at the Charles W. Brown planetarium on the campus of Ball State University. Photo provided by BSUVisitors experience a presentation at the Charles W. Brown planetarium on the campus of Ball State University. Photo provided by BSU

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.” Learn what astronomers are doing to help us answer the questions of our Universe with the planetarium show, “We Are Astronomers.” It’s never too early to prepare for the 2024 total solar eclipse that will be visible from Muncie in just two years! Come review eclipse viewing safety and techniques, and learn why you won’t want to miss the 2024 total solar eclipse.

Showtimes subject to change due to nearby construction.

All planetarium programs are free of charge. No tickets or reservations are required for public planetarium shows.

Due to construction being done on the Cooper Science Complex, select parking and pathway access to the planetarium is blocked off. 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 out the showtimes below, or visit the Brown Planetarium website for more information.


Destination Mars
Fridays: July 1, 15 @ 3:30 p.m. – 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. Most suitable for ages 8+, all ages are welcome.

We Are Astronomers
Fridays: July 1, 15 @ 5:00 p.m. – Narrated by David Tennant, we explore what exactly astronomers do in this new program. Today’s astronomer is not the lone observer of past centuries. This program reveals the global collaboration, technology, and dedication required to answer the unresolved questions of the Universe and features info on NASA’s recently-launched James Webb Space Telescope. Most suitable for ages 8+, all ages are welcome.

Eclipse 2024: The Sun Revealed
Fridays: July 1, 15 @ 6:30 p.m. – There will be a total eclipse of the Sun visible from Muncie, Indiana in just two years. A total solar eclipse is such a spectacular event, it is never too early to start planning for one. Come learn how solar and lunar eclipses happen, and about 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. Most suitable for ages 10+, all ages are welcome.

Can’t make it this week? Browse our upcoming July & August shows!

Planetarium Information

  • Due to construction being done on the Cooper Science Complex, select parking and pathway access to the planetarium is blocked off. Please plan to arrive early to safely navigate the area and arrive on time for the program. Entrances to the planetarium are accessible via the north side of the building only, as the pathway between the Cooper Science Complex and the Ball Gym is blocked off. Visit our location and transportation webpagefor up-to-date information.
  • Masks are not currently required 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 recently had COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath).
  • No reservations are required for public planetarium shows. However, plan to arrive early as seating is done on a first-come, first-served basis and seating is limited.
  • Planetarium shows are free of charge. We appreciate your support to make this possible.
  • We do our best to have doors open 30 minutes before show time.
  • Food, drinks, gum or candy are not allowed in the planetarium.
  • Cellphones and any electronics that emit light must be silenced or turned off at the start of all programs. Please refrain from wearing light-up shoes to any planetarium programs.
  • Children 17 years and under should be accompanied by an adult.
  • The planetarium is located on the west end of the Cooper Science Complex, at 2111 W. Riverside Ave., Muncie.

Interested in scheduling a private educational visit to the planetarium? Request a planetarium visit .