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Shows on lunar exploration, seasonal skies at Planetarium

The Illinois State University Planetarium will present Back to the Moon for Good and Bear Tales and Other Grizzly Stories, running weekends March 4 through April 30. Back to the Moon will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and Bear Tales will be presented at 2 p.m. Saturdays. There will be no shows on March 25 and 26.

It has been more than 40 years since the last American astronaut walked on the Moon. Back to the Moon for Good, narrated by Tim Allen, traces our first steps on the Moon and how lunar exploration benefits us all. The program explores the wealth of knowledge and resources gained by a return to the Moon, focusing on the Google Lunar XPRIZE – a $30-million prize offered to the first non-governmental teams to successfully send robotic missions to the Moon. Back to the Moon for Good premieres the Planetarium’s exciting new full-dome video system which gives audience members the visual sensation of traveling in space.

The children’s show Bear Tales and Other Grizzly Stories features a family campout under the stars and Grandpa Ben telling tall tales about the late-spring and early-summer night sky. Included are stories from ancient Egypt and Greece, right up to a tale about Blackbeard the Pirate.

Admission to Planetarium shows is $4 for adults, $3 for children ages 5-12 and seniors, and $2 for children ages 3-4.  For more information call the Planetarium’s Skyline at (309) 438-5007 or visit the Planetarium’s website.

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