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Prairie Skies SPRING PRAIRIE SKIES

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Unveiling the Invisible Universe

UNVEILING THE INVISIBLE UNIVERSE

Humans have long observed light coming from the night sky, and the invention of the telescope revolutionized our knowledge of the universe. Rockets allow us to go above Earth’s atmosphere and observe x-ray and gamma radiation which are marks of the hot and violent universe. Aside from light, neutrinos and cosmic rays also provide vital information about the cosmos. Finally, the detection of gravitational waves from two merging black holes opened a new window in astrophysics. This video presents images of the cosmos as revealed by all these different messengers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flight Adventures

FLIGHT ADVENTURES

Discover the science of flight through the eyes of a young girl and her grandfather as they explore how birds, kites, planes, and models fly. Learn about the history and future of flight and how NASA is discovering new and safer ways to travel with the help of future engineers and aviators—like you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dark Side of the Moon

LIGHT SHOW: DARK SIDE OF THE MOON

Fulldome light shows are back! The planetarium will offer a fulldome video set to Pink Floyd's classic album, Dark Side of the Moon, on the first Friday each month at 9 pm. Note that these are not laser shows. The video is produced by Starlight Productions. Admission is $6 per person at the door. Advisory: These shows are not suited for those with motion sickness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In My Backyard

IN MY BACKYARD

Let's explore the night sky from our own backyards! Through the use of storytelling, poetry, and songs, children are encouraged to participate in the show while learning about the seasons, Ursa Major, planets, meteors, and the Moon. Narrated by Fred Penner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Un cielo, un mundo: La aventura de Big Bird

UN CIELO, UN MUNDO: LA AVENTURA DE BIG BIRD

Exploren el cielo nocturno con sus amigos de Sesame Street. Únanse a Big Bird, Elmo y Hu Hu Zhu en una exploración de la Luna. Vean cómo la Luna es diferente a la Tierra y aprendan a encontrar el Gran Cucharón y la Estrella Polar desde su patio. Este show interactivo fue creado a través de un esfuerzo combinado de Sesame Workshop, Adler Planetarium, Beijing Planetarium y Liberty Science Center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Astronomía a gran escala

ASTRONOMÍA A GRAN ESCALA

Astronomía a Gran Escala narra la historia de las personas y lugares que hacen posible la gran astronomía y la gran ciencia. El programa de planetario transporta a los espectadores a Chile, donde los cielos oscuros y el entorno seco y remoto crean las condiciones ideales para observar el Universo. Para el 2022, se espera que la mayor parte de la infraestructura de observación terrestre del mundo esté ubicada en Chile. Estados Unidos y otros países están invirtiendo miles de millones de dólares para promover asociaciones de astronomía en el país. Big Astronomy presenta al público la amplia variedad de personas involucradas en el avance del descubrimiento astronómico.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. 

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.