A 46-Year Cosmic Voyage from a Special Star

Calendar: Planetarium
Start: April 25, 2014 7 p.m.
End: April 25, 2014 7:45 p.m.
Location: Planetarium

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Dayna Thompson
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Free and open to the public.

Near the Big Dipper in the northern sky, there is a star that, to the eye, appears faint and unremarkable. But it is special in a couple of ways. It is so far away that light from this star must travel for many years to reach the earth. The light we see tonight left that star in 1967. This is the same year the Ball State University Planetarium opened its doors and began its operation. While light we see today from that star was traveling toward the earth, the first humans landed on the Moon, black holes were found, robotic rovers drove on Mars, and the existence of mysterious dark energy and dark matter was discovered. By the way, that star is special in another way; it has two planets. Something no one would have guessed in 1967!

These events and many more were the subject of Ball State University Planetarium programs that educated children and nurtured the curiosity of its audiences. After 46 years of operation and 400,000 visitors, this planetarium will cease regular operation in April of 2014. This final program celebrates the awe and inspiration this facility has given to so many people in our community. The new Charles W. Brown Planetarium will open in the fall of 2014.

No tickets or reservations are required, but plan to arrive early for the best seats. The planetarium is located in the southeast corner of the lower level of the Cooper Science Complex (Room CP 90). Doors will open 30 minutes before show time. No one will be admitted after the program begins. Children 12 years and under should be accompanied by an adult. Programs are approximately 45 minutes long.

Due to construction projects on campus, the availability of parking near the planetarium is affected. View parking instructions.