Charles W. Brown Planetarium Fall 2022 (Sept.


From Planetarium staff—

All regular planetarium programs are free. No tickets or reservations are required for public planetarium shows, with the exception of our annual Astronomy SLAM!


The universe overhead

Fridays: 2nd, 9th, 16th Sept at 6:30 p.m
Saturdays: 3rd, 10th, 17th Sept at 6:30 p.m

Scientists have expected a lot from the James Webb Space Telescope, the largest optical telescope launched into space — especially after teams worked on the project decades to design and build. Luckily, the first pictures released earlier this summer didn’t disappoint. Scientists and the public are still in awe of the images from this spectacular telescope. During this live presentation, explore the latest findings from the science team as you travel through our universe in both space and time.
Suitable to the Everyone Ages 8 and up, all ages are welcome.

dynamic earth

Saturdays: 3rd, 10th, 17th Sept at 5:00 p.m

Dynamic Earth explores the inner workings of Earth’s magnificent life support system: the global climate. Using visualizations based on satellite monitoring data and advanced supercomputer simulations, this state-of-the-art production follows an energy trail flowing from the sun into the interlocking systems that shape our climate: the atmosphere, oceans and biosphere. Audiences will ride swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a monster hurricane, face off against sharks and gigantic whales, and fly into raging volcanoes.
Suitable for Everyone Ages 12 and up, all ages are welcome.

One World, One Sky: The Great Bird’s Adventure

Saturdays: 3rd, 10th, 17th Sept at 3:30 p.m

One World, One Sky is a brilliant program that follows Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky with Hu Hu Zhu, a new friend from China. Together they take an imaginary journey from Sesame Street to the moon, where they discover just how different it is from Earth. They will also find shapes in the sky that will help them find the North Star. This cross-cultural adventure is a real eye-opener for children and helps them see how people around the world are connected.
Best suited for families and groups with Pre-K to 1St class learnersall ages are welcome.


Halloween: Heavenly Origins

Fridays: Sept 30, Oct 7, Oct 28 at 6:30 p.m
Saturdays: 1st, 8th, 29th Oct at 6:30 p.m

What do you associate with Halloween? Trick or treating, costumes… astronomy? After all, Halloween is an astronomical holiday! During this program, you’ll learn the history of Halloween and how it fits into the seasons as a “cross-quarter day.” We will also explore the night sky and learn what planets, constellations and stars will be out on your Halloween night.
Suitable to the Everyone Ages 8 and up, all ages are welcome.

Eclipse: The Sun Revealed

Saturdays: 1st, 8th, 29th Oct at 5:00 p.m

In just two years there will be a total solar eclipse visible from Muncie, Indiana. A total solar eclipse is such a spectacular event that it’s never too early to start planning for it. Learn how solar and lunar eclipses happen and learn about scientific discoveries backed by total solar eclipses. This show also uses beautiful imagery to explore the historical and cultural view of eclipses and explains how to safely see these awe-inspiring sights.

Best suited for children over the age of 10, all ages are welcome.

earth, moon and sun

Saturdays: 1st, 8th, 29th Oct at 3:30 p.m

Coyote has many misconceptions about our home planet and its most prominent neighbors. His confusion about the universe makes viewers ponder how the earth, moon, and sun work together as a system and learn to distinguish between myth and science. Learn the basics of nuclear fusion and solar energy and why the sun rises and sets.
Ideally suited for families and groups with children aged 8 and overall ages are welcome.


Solar Super Storms

Fridays: Nov 11th, 18th at 6:30 p.m
Saturdays: Nov 12th, 19th at 6:30 p.m

A rage is building on the surface of the sun…high-velocity jets, a fiery tsunami wave reaching 100,000km high, and rising loops of electrified gas are being energized by what’s happening beneath its surface. Will these “storms” affect the earth? Find the answer as we venture into our star’s seething interior to learn how they are formed. Solar Superstorms takes viewers into the tangle of magnetic fields and superheated plasma that vent the Sun’s fury in dramatic flares, violent solar tornadoes and the largest flare in the Solar System: Coronal Mass Ejections.
Suitable to the Everyone Ages 10 and up, all ages are welcome.

SEE! A look in the eye

Saturdays: Nov 12th, 19th at 5:00 p.m

Narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson, SEEING! follows the formation of a photon and its journey across the galaxy to a young stargazer’s eye, where we learn more about anatomy than astronomy. The viewer follows the photon into the girl’s eye and learns about the structures of the eye and its functions before proceeding to the optic nerve.
Suitable for Everyone Ages 12 and up, all ages are welcome.


Saturdays: Nov 12th, 19th at 3:30 p.m

Exploring space is the greatest endeavor mankind has ever undertaken. What does it take to be part of this incredible journey? What does it take to become an astronaut? Experience a rocket launch from inside an astronaut’s body, explore the amazing worlds of inner and outer space, and discover the dangers that lurk in outer space as we expose Chad, our test astronaut, to whatever space throws at him Has. Narrated by Ewan McGregor.
Ideally suited for families and groups with children aged 8 and overall ages are welcome.


The christmas star

Fridays: 2nd, 9th Dec at 6:30 p.m
Saturdays: Dec 3, Dec 10 at 6:30 p.m

Over the years many people have attempted to explain the appearance of the Star of Bethlehem as described in the Bible. Can the star be explained as an exploding star, a comet, or some other natural phenomenon in the sky? Possible natural explanations for the Star of Bethlehem and common modern misconceptions are discussed.

Suitable to the Everyone Ages 10 and up, all ages are welcome.

We are astronomers

Saturdays: Dec 3, Dec 10 at 5:00 p.m

Narrated by David Tennant, in this new program we examine what exactly astronomers do. Today’s astronomer is not the lonely observer of past centuries. This program reveals the global collaboration, technology and dedication needed to answer the unsolved questions of the universe and includes information about NASA’s recently launched James Webb Space Telescope.
Suitable for Everyone Ages 8 and up, all ages are welcome.

The solar system for children!

Saturdays: Dec 3, Dec 10 at 3:30 p.m

Stay warm indoors with your young students as you visit some of the coldest places in our solar system. Explore the many objects of the solar system including the sun, all major planets, the asteroids and Pluto during this live presentation for kids.
Ideally suited for families and groups with children aged 8 and overall ages are welcome.

Information about the planetarium

  • Due to construction at the Cooper Science Complex, select parking lots and planetarium access are closed. Please plan an early arrival in order to find your way around the area safely and to arrive in time for the program. The entrances to the planetarium are only accessible from the north side of the building due to the closed path between the Cooper Science Complex and the Ball Gym. Visit our location and transport webpage for up-to-date information.
  • Follow all COVID-19 protocols and procedures.
  • Reservations are not required for these public planetarium shows. Plan to arrive early, however, as seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and seating is limited.
  • Planetarium shows are free. We appreciate your support to make this possible.
  • We do our best to open the doors 30 minutes before the start of the performance.
  • Food, drinks, chewing gum or sweets are not permitted in the planetarium.
  • Cell phones and all electronic devices that emit light must be muted or turned off at the start of all programs.
  • Children under the age of 17 should be accompanied by an adult.
  • The planetarium is located at the west end of the Cooper Science Complex, at 2111 W. Riverside Avenue, Muncie.

Would you like to schedule a private educational visit to the planetarium? Request a planetarium visit online for your Ball State class or group.


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