SUMMER 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.
Expanded View introduces the electromagnetic spectrum and multi-wavelength observation with examples from Hubble, Spitzer, and Chandra. Audiences learn how images are captured and what the colors tell us about composition of deep sky objects. Expanded View is intended to illustrate the importance of multi-wavelength observation by describing how NASA’s Great Observatories work together.
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.
COYOTE EXPLORES THE EARTH, MOON, AND SUN
Explore the relationships between the Earth, the Moon, and the Sun with the help of Coyote, an amusing character adapted from Native American oral traditions who has many misconceptions about our neighbors in space. His confusion makes us think about how the Earth, Moon and Sun work as a system as we distinguish between myth and science. Examine how the Sun rises and sets and how the Sun shines, then learn about craters on the Moon, phases and eclipses. Lastly, we look at past exploration of the Moon. Originally produced by the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center in North Carolina.
THE LITTLE STAR THAT COULD
Journey with “Little Star,” an average yellow star, in search of planets of his own to protect and warm. Along the way, he meets other stars, learns what makes each star special, why they are different colors and how they combine to form star clusters and galaxies. Let’s hope a delightful cast of characters including “Pearl” and “Big Daddy” can help “Little Star” find some planets!
The Sun is humanity’s star! But what is it made of and how does it shine? Travel back to the beginning of the solar system and experience the birth of the Sun. Discover how it came to support life, how it also threatens life as we know it, and how its energy will one day fade away. Produced by the Michigan Science Center and NASA.
ONE WORLD, ONE SKY, BIG BIRD'S ADVENTURE
Explore the night sky with our friends from Sesame Street™. Join Big Bird, Elmo, and Hu Hu Zhu as they take a 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 was coproduced by the Adler Planetarium, Sesame Workshop, the Beijing Planetarium, and Liberty Science Center and comes to us through a grant from the PNC Foundation. This show is available in English and Spanish.
DID AN ASTEROID REALLY KILL THE DINOSAURS?
Did a space rock six miles wide slam into the Earth 66 million years ago and wipe out 75% of all living species at that time, including the dinosaurs? Explore this impacts and cosmic collisions across the Solar System in this dynamic new show. It includes footage from the first iridium layer found in Gubbio, Italy.
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 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
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.