The Illinois State University Planetarium will present Ring World, running weekends September 1-16. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays.
After a nearly seven-year journey, the two-stage Cassini-Huygens spacecraft began orbiting Saturn on July 1, 2004. Today Cassini continues to explore Saturn and its moons, during the spacecraft’s extended mission. Meanwhile, the Huygens probe soft-landed on Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, on January 14, 2005.
NASA plans a fiery end to Cassini by plunging the spacecraft into Saturn’s atmosphere on September 15. The Planetarium will take a look back at this incredible mission in an encore presentation of Ring World, narrated by Star Trek’s John Billingsley (Dr. Phlox on Star Trek: Enterprise)–now in full-dome video.
Admission to the Planetarium is $4 for adults, $3 for children ages 5-12 and seniors, and $2 for children ages 3-4. The Planetarium is located under the white-domed roof at the eastern end of Felmley Hall of Science Annex, at the intersection of College Avenue and School Street in Normal.
For more information, please call the ISU Physics Department at (309) 438-8756 or visit the Illinois State University Planetarium website.