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ISU Planetarium show Sunstruck! runs until July 21

Image projected from the Illinois State University Planetarium new system.

The Illinois State University Planetarium will present the full-dome summer show Sunstruck! from May 24 through July 21. Show times are 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and 7:30 p.m. on Fridays at the planetarium, which is located under the white-domed roof at the eastern end of Felmley Hall.

Sunstruck! will explore the sun’s evolution through the ages. Those attending the event will have an opportunity to travel back in time and experience the birth of our sun and the solar system. The show will display the sun’s journey, how it came to support life, how it threatens life as we know it, and how its energy will one day fade away. Attendees will also get to witness a preview of the upcoming total solar eclipse during the show. The preview will explain what the eclipse will look like from Central Illinois and the planetarium staff will provide tips on how to view the eclipse safely.

Admission to the Illinois State University Planetarium is $4 for adults, $3 for children ages 5–12 and seniors, and $2 for children ages 3–4. Tickets may be purchased in the Planetarium Gift Shop, next to the Planetarium, beginning 20 minutes before each show.

For Wednesdays afternoon shows, parking will be available in the Illinois State University visitor lot, located on Locus Street, for a minimum charge. Parking for Friday evening shows will be free in the University parking lot F-67, located on the east side of School Street.

For more information, call the Physics Department at (309) 438-8756 or visit the planetarium’s website.

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