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 email@example.com. See our calendar for what's playing. Our summer matinees are now over and we are back to our normal Friday and Saturday evening public program schedule. The planetarium will be closed August 29th and 30th for the Labor Day weekend.
The planetarium front doors will be inaccessiable during day hours due to construction at the adjacent Parkland Theatre. There will also be no entrance to our circle drive in front. The planetarium is still open! Patrons coming to our evening programming or summer matinees should park in the M-1 lot north of the dome, walk up the walk, and enter through our back entrance. Look for the signs. Groups visiting by way of buses should also go to the M-1 lot, north of the planetarium, and pull into the marked bus lane. Pull up as far as you can to let off the kids. You may park your bus here for the duration of the show. Cars should not park in the bus lane! A map can be found here. Note: due to reconstruction of the archway between the planetarium and theatre, our front doos will closed completely to the public beginning in mid-August.
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!
"Dynamic Earth" now showing on Friday & Saturday nights at 8pm.
New! “Dynamic Earth” is a new fulldome feature that explores the inner workings of Earth's climate system. With visualizations based on satellite monitoring data and advanced supercomputer simulations from NCSA, this cutting-edge production follows a trail of energy that flows from the Sun into the interlocking systems that shape our climate: the atmosphere, oceans, and the biosphere. Audiences will ride along on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a monster hurricane, come face-to-face with sharks and gigantic whales, and fly into roiling volcanoes.
The Zula Patrol Returns to the dome this fall!
The heroes of the Zula Patrol are on an expedition collecting samples of weather for scientist Multo's research -- using their loyal pet Gorga's ability to collect and bottle all kinds of weather. But when the Zula gang inadvertently hurts Gorga's feelings, he decides to leave Zula and find another planet to live on. Interplanetary villain Dark Truder then tricks Gorga into stealing the weather from other planets - part of his latest nefarious scheme to rule the Universe. The ZPers find out and go after him - in the process learning all about weather, both terrestrial and interplanetary. Appropriate for children ages 4-9 and their families.
"Under the Weather" switches to "Zula Patrol: Down to Earth" on October 4.
Dr. Nathan Shroeder visits on October 3 to discuss Nematodes, 7pm
It is estimated that 4 out of five animals on earth is a nematode. Nematodes are found in almost all ecological niches from Antarctic deserts to ocean depths. While most nematodes are harmless, many are important parasites of plants and animals. Dr. Schroeder will give an overview of the biology of this fascinating phylum and describe current research efforts to understand these animals.
Dr. Nathan Schroeder is a relatively new Assistant Professor in the Department of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois. He is also affiliated with the University of Illinois Neuroscience Program and the Institute for Genomic Biology. Prior to his university appointment, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Genetics at Rutgers University.
The line-up of speakers for the 2014-2015 lecture series is set and now appears here! The talks are all on Friday nights at 7pm and admission is only $1 at the door! Put these on your calendar!
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.
"Santa" returns to the dome November 1 in "Santa's Secret Star"
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!