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Commemorative Photo of Our 100th Birthday Celebration

Contributed by: Jennifer Criss
Published: Friday, 22 June 2018 9:00 AM
The Ball State 100 commemorative photograph, taken during our Centennial Birthday Celebration, is now available online. Feel free to share.
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Free Public Planetarium Programs - Summer 2018

Contributed by: Dayna Thompson
Published: Wednesday, 06 June 2018 10:30 AM

The Charles W. Brown Planetarium
Free Public Programs
June - Aug. 2018

Into the Darkness
Presented live by Pltm. Asst. Dir. Dayna Thompson
Fridays – June 8, 15, 22 @ 6:30 p.m.
People often peer into the darkness of the night sky and wonder what is there. These seemingly dark regions are actually filled with nebulae, star clusters, and other galaxies. Come learn how to navigate the sky by using bright stars and constellations, and discover what fascinating objects exist deep in space.
Best suitable for all ages 8+

Tombaugh’s Planet
Produced by BSU
Fridays – July 13, 20, 27 @ 6:30 p.m.
In 1930, after years of searching, a Kansas farm boy discovered Planet X. This object was later named Pluto. This program tells of Clyde Tombaugh’s remarkable achievement and the amazing discoveries made when the New Horizons space probe beamed to Earth the first close-up images of this small frozen world.
Best suitable for all ages 10+

Planet Nine
Produced by the Adler Planetarium
Fridays – Aug. 3, 10, 17 @ 6:30 p.m.
In July 2015, the New Horizons spacecraft gave us our first close look at Pluto. The New Horizons flyby was big news, and the pictures it sent back to Earth reveal a world far more complex than anyone realized. Follow Mike Brown and his team at CalTech as they uncover dwarf worlds whose orbits take them deep into the far reaches of the Solar System. Is there a new planet beyond these distant objects? Join us on the hunt!
Best suitable for all ages 12+

Planetarium Information:

  • Planetarium shows are free of charge.
  • No tickets or reservations are required, but plan to arrive early as seating is done on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • We do our best to open doors 30 minutes before show time.
  • Shows run 45-60 minutes.
  • There is no food or drink allowed in the planetarium.
  • Children 17 years and under should be accompanied by an adult.
  • The Charles W. Brown Planetarium is located on the west end of the Cooper Science Complex, at 2000 W. Riverside Avenue, Muncie.

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