Charles W. Brown Planetarium Summer FREE Show Schedule

Charles W. Brown Planetarium projection system.Charles W. Brown Planetarium projection system.

By Planetarium Staff— 

Planetarium programs are great for families and groups of all kinds, and are most suitable for ages 8+.

 Registration required for all shows below.  Register at 


Thursdays: June 3, 10 at 6:30pm
Fridays: June 4, 11 at 6:30pm

The exploration of space is the greatest endeavor that humankind has ever undertaken. What does it take to be part of this incredible journey? What does it take to become an astronaut? Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of an astronaut, explore the amazing worlds of inner and outer space, and discover the perils that lurk in space as we subject Chad, our test astronaut, to everything space has to throw at him. Narrated by Ewan McGregor.

Earth, Moon, and Sun (Family pick!)

Thursdays: June 17, 24 at 6:30pm
Fridays: June 18, 25 at 6:30pm

Join us as we explore the relationship between the Earth, Moon, and Sun with the help of Coyote, our amusing character “scientist.” Learn the basics of fusion and solar energy, why the Sun appears to rise and set, and much more. Families with children in grades three through five will especially enjoy this look at the Earth-Moon-Sun system, though audiences of all ages can appreciate learning the science behind the myths explored.

We Are Stars (Staff pick!)

Thursdays: July 1, 15 at 6:30pm
Fridays: July 2, 16 at 6:30pm

Narrated by Andy Serkis, this program seeks to answer some of the biggest questions of all time. What are we made of? Where did it all come from? Explore the secrets of our cosmic chemistry, our explosive origins and connect life on Earth to the evolution of the Universe. A family-friendly film full of fun, adventure, and enlightenment.

To Space & Back

Thursdays: July 22, 29 at 6:30pm
Fridays: July 23, 30 at 6:30pm

Space exploration, our greatest adventure, impacts all of our lives here on Earth. Join us on an incredible journey from the far reaches of our known universe to then explore our own planet. Hear the extraordinary story of human ingenuity and engineering, describing how the technology that transports us through space is paving the way for the devices and apps many of us use every day.

Planetarium Information

  • Masks are required at all times within the Brown Planetarium and all other Ball State buildings.
  • Reservations are required for public planetarium shows. Additionally, plan to arrive early as seating is done on a first-come, first-served basis. We are setup for physical distancing.
  • We do our best to open doors 30 minutes before show time.
  • Planetarium shows are free of charge. We appreciate your support to make this possible.
  • Food, drinks, gum or candy are not permitted in the planetarium.
  • Children 17 years and under should be accompanied by an adult.
  • Cellphones and any electronics that emit light must be silenced or turned off at the start of all programs. Please refrain from wearing light-up shoes to any planetarium programs.
  • The planetarium is located on the west end of the Cooper Science Complex, at 2111 W. Riverside Ave., Muncie.

For directions and parking information, as well as general policies, please visit the Charles W. Brown Planetarium website.