About The STAERKEL PLANETARIUM

Staerkel Planetarium Stars Wall

Visit the second largest planetarium in Illinois! 

The William M. Staerkel Planetarium is located at Parkland College in northwest Champaign. As you enter our campus, follow the perimeter drive to the west side of campus. We appear like a large cylindrical building with a conical roof. The planetarium now boasts a Digistar 6 digital projection system and the first Carl Zeiss M1015 opto-mechanical star projector installed in the western hemisphere. Our lobby displays the Billy Morrow Jackson mural "Cosmic Blink" and the Goose Kaler Memorial Meteorite Collection.

Public shows are held on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7pm and 8pm. All tickets are currently sold at the door. However, if you're bringing a group of 20 or more, you can call us at 217/351-2568 to make special arrangements. For a full schedule of programming, see our calendar.  We are closed most holidays that the college is closed (with the exception of Thanksgiving weekend). 

We are open through the week for groups booking field trips. We do not have any regularly scheduled programming through the week with the exception of matinees held during June and July. If you're a teacher looking to book a field trip, click here!