The Illinois State University Planetarium will offer Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope. This wonderful program runs October 15 through November 13. There are no presentations on October 29-30. Showtimes are Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

“Two Small Pieces of Glass” is a full-dome planetarium show that tells the story of how the first rudimentary telescopes were constructed and used, allowing humans to gaze further into the Universe than ever before. The history of this marvelous invention then fast-forwards to today, with modern telescopes constantly making groundbreaking discoveries.

Admission to the Illinois State University Planetarium is $5 for adults; $4 for children ages 5-12, seniors, and ISU ID holders; and $3 for children ages 3-4. Cash or checks only. Tickets may be purchased in the ISU Planetarium Gift Shop, next to the Planetarium, beginning 20 minutes before each show. Seating is limited.

Following the latest CDC guidance and Illinois State University policy, face coverings are required in all University public indoor spaces. This includes the ISU Planetarium. For more information, visit the University’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response website at

The ISU Planetarium is located in the Felmley Hall of Science Annex, at the intersection of College Avenue and School Street in Normal. Free parking is available a short distance from the ISU Planetarium in University parking lot F-67, on the east side of School Street.

For more information, please call the ISU Planetarium’s Skyline at (309) 438-5007 or visit our website by Googling the Illinois State University Planetarium