WINTER 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.
THE HOT AND ENERGETIC UNIVERSE
The Hot and Energetic Universe presents the achievements of modern astronomy, the most advanced terrestrial and orbital observatories, the basic principles electromagnetic radiation and the natural phenomena related to high energy astrophysics.
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!
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!
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 albums 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. Wish You Were Here plays on March 3 and April 22. The Wall plays on April 7. Dark Side of the Moon plays on May 5.
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.
ARQUEOASTRONOMÍA MAYA: OBSERVADORES DEL UNIVERSO
The viewer goes on a poetic journey through how the Mayans have viewed and understood the Universe throughout their history. The story is populated with vivid characters, including the Sun God Kin, who controls the cycle of life, Kukulcán, the feathered serpent who gives the Mayans time itself, and Balam, the jaguar who carries the stars on its skin. The visuals are stunning, giving the viewer the impression of being inside a beautifully stylistic painting. This artistic interpretation of the Universe makes for a journey that will not be forgotten. The show was produced by Frutos Digitales in collaboration with the European Southern Observatory and financed by the National Council of Science and Technology of Mexico, and is available in English and Spanish.
NOCHE DE ESTRELLAS EN CHAMPAIGN
El Planetario Staerkel ofrecerá una función pública en Español via Zoom. El Viernes 7 de Mayo a las 7 pm 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 pm, we will show “Noche de estrellas en Champaign”. The presenter, Ricardo Covarrubias Carreno, Ph.D., teaches astronomy at Parkland College.