In celebration of Illinois State University Family Weekend the ISU Planetarium is offering two great programs:  The live Halloween show “Ghostly Tales Under the Stars!” and full-dome video show “Seeing! A Photon’s Journey Across Space, Time and Mind.”

Prepare for shivers and chills with “Ghostly Tales Under the Stars!” Showtimes are at 7:30 p.m. and midnight Friday, October 26, and at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 27.

Join the storytellers of the Improv Mafia as they perform frightening tales of the supernatural live beneath the stars. Spooky stories old, new, and maybe true will stand your hair on end. The Friday 7:30 p.m., and Saturday 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. performances are family-oriented and appropriate for all audiences. The Friday evening midnight performance of “Ghostly Tales Under the Stars” is more intense and recommended for mature audiences.

The Illinois State University Planetarium is also offering “Seeing! A Photon’s Journey Across Space, Time and Mind,” narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson.  Showtimes are at 6 p.m. Friday, October 26, and at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28.

This fascinating planetarium show is based on the PBS documentary “Sight–The Story of Vision.” “Seeing!” explores the science, technology, and medicine allowing us to understand how sight works, cure diseases of the eye, and correct vision.

After each presentation of “Seeing,” we will explore the highlights found in the current evening sky; including the bright stars, constellations, and planets visible from Central Illinois.

Admission to the ISU 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. Seating is limited, so please arrive early.

The ISU Planetarium is located under the white-domed roof at the eastern end of Felmley Hall of Science Annex. Felmley Hall is located on the northeast corner of the ISU campus at the intersection of College Avenue and School Street.

Free parking for the weekend programs is available a short distance from the ISU Planetarium in University parking lot F-67, located on the east side of School Street.

For more information, please call the ISU Physics Department at (309) 438-8756 or visit our web site by Googling Illinois State University Planetarium.