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Galaxy Club


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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 See our calendar for what's playing.  The 2016-2017 "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, celebrating its 50th anniversary year!     

Check out our new solar eclipse site for 2017 - click on the Sun!   For those wanting eclipse glasses -we are again SOLD OUT and won't be getting anymore in before the event.   Though there are no activities scheduled at the planetarium for August 21, the libraries at Rantoul, Champaign, Urbana, and Westville will host eclipse parties with a limited supply of glasses. 


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!  We will also feature August's total solar eclipse!  The summer version of the show begins June 16.   




"Violent Universe" opens August 4, showing Fridays/Saturdays at 8pm.


The beauty of a starlit sky conceals violent forces at work within our universe. From the upheaval of a giant star that explodes to black holes, to a possible encounter between the Earth and a large asteroid that is too close for comfort, we will witness the forces that hold the universe together and occasionally try to rip it apart.   Tickets are $6 adults, $5 students, seniors, & kids, all sold at the door. 















"The Little Star the Could" moves to Saturdays at 7pm


Our Tuesday/Thursday matinees are now over, but "Little Star" moves to Saturdays.  Journey with “Little Star,” an average yellow star, in search of planets of his own to protect and warm. Along the way, he meets other stars, learns what makes each star special, why they are different colors and how they combine to form star clusters and galaxies. Let’s hope a delightful cast of characters including “Pearl” and “Big Daddy” can help “Little Star” find some planets! Updated and adapted to fulldome video by Audio Visual Imagineering. This show hasn’t been seen on our dome for 20 years! Perfect for K-3 audiences.  Tickets are $6 adults, $5 students, seniors, & kids, all sold 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 . . . . August 4/5, September 8/9, 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.  A registration site will be set-up soon.  The cost is $12.50 per person. 










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.