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Public Shows

For up-to-the-minute information about ISU Planetarium offerings, contact the Planetarium skyline day or night at (309) 438-5007.

Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

The Illinois State University Planetarium is pleased to offer “Phantom of the Universe,” running weekends March 22-May 11.
Show times are Fridays at 7:30 PM, and Saturdays at 2 PM and 7:30 PM. There are no shows on April 5-6, due to our special solar eclipse program, and April 27.
Narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Tilda Swinton, “Phantom of the Universe” probes the mystery of dark matter.
“Phantom of the Universe” immerses audiences in the search for dark matter -- from the journey of protons racing through the world’s largest particle to up-close views of the Big Bang and emergent universe.
After “Phantom of the Universe,” we delve into Moon phases and eclipses, while focusing on the upcoming April 8th solar eclipse, visible across America. We then explore many of the highlights found in the current evening sky. These include the bright stars, constellations, and planets currently visible from Central Illinois.
Regular admission to the Illinois State University Planetarium is $7 for adults; $6 for children ages 5-12, seniors, and ISU ID holders; and $5 for children ages 3-4. Cash or checks only. Tickets may be purchased next to the Planetarium beginning 20 minutes before each show. Seating is limited.
The ISU Planetarium is located in the Felmley Hall of Science Annex, at the intersection of College Avenue and School Street, in Normal. Free parking is available a short distance from the ISU Planetarium in University parking lot F-67, on the east side of School Street.
For more information, including bringing a school group to the Planetarium, please call us at (309) 438-2496.

  • Free parking for the Planetarium’s 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.  Parking for weekday programs is available in the Bone Student Center lot located off Locust Street.  The Planetarium is located on the opposite side of the student center across College Avenue.

    For more information, please call the ISU Physics Department at (309) 438-8756 or Planetarium Director Tom Willmitch at (309) 438-2496.

  • The ISU Planetarium is pleased to offer online and free: Legends of the Night Sky - Perseus and Andromeda.

    Thank you to Joanne Young and Audio Visual Imagineering for making this show available!

    See Legends of the Night Sky

    Ticket Information

    Tickets are available 20 minutes before each show in the Planetarium gift shop (located next to the Planetarium). Cash or check only.

    • Preschoolers (Ages 3-4): $5
    • Children (Ages 5-12): $6
    • Adults (Ages 13-59): $7
    • Seniors (Ages 60 and up): $6
    • University faculty, staff, and students: $6
    • Planetarium Friends: free