The Illinois State University Planetarium will offer Astronomy: 3000 Years of Stargazing at 7:30 p.m. Friday, September 2, and at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, September 3. This is a single weekend event and will not be offered again.

The show takes visitors on a tour of the major astronomical milestones of the last 3000 years. It delves into the cosmological models of antiquity, from the Ptolemaic system and its epicycles to the contributions of Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Newton, and Herschel. Following each showing, Planetarium staff will present a tour of the current evening sky, exploring the bright stars, constellations, and planets visible from Central Illinois.

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