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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.



See our calendar for a full schedule. You don't need a reservation - all tickets are sold at the door! We are open the Friday & Saturday night of Thanksgiving weekend and will close for holiday break after shows on December 18/19. 

Prairie SkiesTraditional "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! Though our New Horizons Pluto show is now over, we'll be putting new Pluto images into "Prairie Skies" as they become available.







  "Season of Light" returns Thanksgiving weekend, 8pm Fri/Sat nights

"Season of Light" traces the history and development of many of the world's holiday customs, all of which involve lighting up the winter season. "Seasons of Light" also recounts the historical religious and cultural rituals practiced during the time of winter solstice - not only Christian and Jewish, but also Celtic, Nordic, Roman, Irish, Mexican and Hopi. It also examines some of our more light-hearted seasonal traditions.  Admission is $5 adults, $4 students, seniors, and children under 12.



  Next "World of Science" talk:   "The World of Dwarf Planets"    December 4, 7pm

UIUC Astronomer Jim Kaler returns to the dome on Friday night, December 4, for a talk on dwarf planets.  Of course we just visited two of these worlds this year, Ceres and Pluto.  What are dwarf planets, how do we know something is a dwarf planet, and where do these worlds fit in the scheme of the solar system?  Find out December 4!    Admission is just $1 at the door. 














"Santa's Secret Star" opens November 7

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!  Admission is $5 adults, $4 students, seniors, and children under 12.











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.