A live‑narrated tour of the wonders of tonight's sky, accompanied by some of the legendary stories of the ancient sky. Find out what constellations and planets are visible tonight and how to find them. This show is updated seasonally and is intended for all ages.

Showing every other Friday at 7 p.m.
Click here for the link to the Zoom meeting for these shows.


Birth of Planet Earth BIRTH OF PLANET EARTH

This planetarium fulldome show tells the twisted tale of our planet’s origins. Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to a billion planets roughly the size of our own. The film employs advanced, data-driven, cinematic-quality visualizations to explore some of the greatest questions in science today: How did Earth become a living planet in the wake of our solar system’s violent birth? What does its history tell us about our chances of finding other worlds that are truly Earth-like?


One World, One Sky


Explore the night sky with our friends from Sesame StreetTM. Join Big Bird, Elmo, and Hu Hu Zhu as they take an imaginary trip to the Moon. See how the Moon is different from the Earth and learn how to find the Big Dipper and North Star from your backyard. This interactive show for young children was co-produced by the Adler Planetarium, Sesame Workshop, the Beijing Planetarium, and Liberty Science Center. One World, One Sky comes to us through a generous grant from the PNC Foundation and their Grow Up Great program.




Noche de estrellas en Champaign NOCHE DE ESTRELLAS EN CHAMPAIGN

El Planetario Staerkel ofrecerá una función pública en Español via Zoom. El Viernes 7 de Mayo a las 7 P.M. vamos a presentar la función “Noche de Estrellas en Champaign”. El profesor Dr. Ricardo Covarrubias, quien enseña astronomía en Parkland College, estará a cargo de la presentación. Reunión de Zoom

The Staerkel Planetarium is offering a free public show in Spanish on Zoom! On May 7 at 7 p.m., we will show “Noche de estrellas en Champaign”. The presenter, Ricardo Covarrubias Carreno, Ph.D., teaches astronomy at Parkland College. Zoom meeting