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Galaxy Club

Welcome!

Parkland Staerkel Planetarium photo
We offer various educational programs for school field trips, Scout troops, day care groups, park recreation, civic groups, and others.

Our World of Science lectures provides a monthly forum in which a local scientist discusses his or her specialties.

Enjoy weekend public Planetarium shows for residents of all ages. Explore this website for descriptions of our current shows. Contact us at planetarium@parkland.edu. See our calendar for what's playing.  The 2017-2018 "World of Science" lecture has been finalized. See the line-up of speakers here.

See our calendar for a full schedule of public programs. You don't need a reservation - all tickets are sold at the door!  Visit us at Parkland College.  The planetarium & theatre celebrate 30 years of operation this fall!     

Check out our solar eclipse site for 2017 - click on the Sun!  

 

Proud member of the new Champaign County Museums Network

 

 

 


 

Traditional "Live" planetarium at its best! "Prairie Skies" Friday nights at 7pm

Take a live tour of the current night sky (and not have to swat mosquitoes)! Learn how to find the current constellations and planets, plus hear a few of the legendary stories featuring the imaginary figures above us!   The autumn version of the show begins September 22.   The only exception to Prairie Skies is our "World of Science" Lecture Series.  The schedule is here

 

 


"Phantom of the Universe" opens November 3, showing Fridays/Saturdays at 8pm.

 

New! From the journey of protons racing through the world’s largest particle collider in Europe to up-close views of the Big Bang and emergent universe, and the nearly mile-deep descent to an underground experiment in South Dakota, this new planetarium show is designed to immerse audiences in the manifold search for Dark Matter. The hunt is on! Narrated by Tilda Swinton. Tickets are $6 adults, $5 for students, seniors and kids, available at the door.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

"Santa's Secret Star " returns November 11

 

 

What? Santa has lost his compass and can't find his way home? Sounds like a disaster in the making! Can the stars help? Learn about the day and night sky and how the stars seem to make pictures in the sky in our newest holiday show for young stargazers. Learn how YOU, too, can find Santa's secret star! Tickets are $6 adults, $5 for students, seniors and kids, available at the door.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Starlight Productions presents Pink Floyd's "The Wall" fulldome show

 

Thanks to Starlight Productions we are now showing Pink Floyd fulldome shows one weekend per month.  These are not laser shows, but fulldome movies with imagery accompanying both "Dark Side of the Moon" and "The Wall."   Admission is $6 per person at the door.   See:

   * Dark Side of the Moon . . . . December 1/2

   * The Wall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . October 6/7

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Command your own starship!   The Artemis Bridge Simulator returns to the dome December 9! 

 

Get a team of 6-8 people together and register for a two hour time slot to fly the Starship Artemis.   A member of your team will staff bridge stations, including weapons control, helm, engineering, science, communications, and, of course, captain.   Teams play against the game in two hour time slots, beginning at 9am.   Some instruction will be given on basic game operation.  The cost is $12.50 per person.   Advance registration is required.  To register, click here.

 

 

 


 

meteorite

See the Goose Kaler Meteorite Collection now on display in our lobby

On loan from the Kaler family, the meteorite collection contains samples from Canyon Diablo, Esquel (Argentina), Gibeon (Namibia), and Sikhote-Alin (Siberia). The "monster" of the collection is a 16 kilogram iron meteorite that you can touch. A brochure containing background information on the samples can be picked up in our lobby or you can download one here.

 


 

 

Interested in sponsoring one of our new seats? 

 

The planetarium is beginning a program where individuals or companies may sponsor one of our new seats for that special someone.   The one-time, tax deductible $400 sponsorship will result in a plaque permanently affixed to the seat of your choice, plus we'll recognize donors online. Funds will be deposited in the planetarium's unrestricted foundation account and will go to support future planetarium programming.  For information, call or email Dave Leake at 217/351-2567.