Public Show Schedule 2018


For up-to-the-minute information about ISU Planetarium offerings, call the planetarium hotline at (309) 438-5007 day or night. Listen for announcements regarding programs and activities planned in cooperation with the Twin City Amateur Astronomers.

December 2019

The Illinois State University Planetarium is pleased to offer its full-dome holiday program Season of Light, running weekends from December 6 through December 21. Show times are Fridays at 7:30 PM and Saturdays at 2 PM and 7:30 PM.

Season of Light is beautifully narrated by National Public Radio’s Noah Adams. The show recounts the historical, religious, and cultural rituals surrounding the coming of winter and the shortest day of the year – the winter solstice.

The full-dome program explores not only Christian and Jewish; but also, Egyptian, Roman, Pagan, Celtic, Nordic, and Hopi practices. Season of Light also looks at some of our more light-hearted seasonal traditions, from kissing under the mistletoe to songs about lords a-leaping and ladies dancing.

After each program, we explore the highlights found in the current evening sky; including the bright stars, constellations, and planets visible from Central Illinois.

The re-envisioned Illinois State University Planetarium includes an entirely new layout for the star theater, new seating, updated lighting system, and expanded video and sound capability. Join us and discover the unimaginable secrets of the Universe!

Teachers and community group leaders: Are you interested in bringing your students or group? If so then please call the Illinois State University Planetarium about special presentations at (309) 438-2496 on Tuesday through Friday, during regular business hours!

Admission and Policies

Planetarium seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets for public sky shows at the Illinois State University Planetarium may be purchased in the Planetarium gift shop beginning beginning 20 minutes before each show.

Admission for the Plantarium's regular programs is:

Preschoolers (Ages 3-4) . . . . . . . $ 3.00
Children (Ages 5-12) . . . . . . . $ 4.00
Adults (Ages 13-59 ) . . . . . . . $ 5.00
Seniors (Ages 60 and older) . . . . . . . $ 4.00
Illinois State University ID holders . . . . . . . $ 4.00

Cash or checks only. Sorry, but no debit or credit cards accepted.

If you are interested in scheduling a private show for your school or social group then please call the Illinois State University Planetarium about special presentations at (309) 438-8756 on Monday through Friday, during regular business hours!



The white-domed Illinois State University Planetarium is located at the east end of Felmley Hall of Science, on the corner of College Avenue and School Street in Normal. Please see the map below.



Free parking for the weekend programs is available a short distance from the ISU Planetarium in the University’s red-tag F-67 parking lot, located on the east side of School Street. Please see the map below for the location of the F-67.


Updated December 2, 2019.

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