May 15-16 Total Lunar Eclipse & June Free Programs at the Brown Planetarium

May 12, 2022

A total eclipse of the Moon is coming the night of May 15-16!

We encourage you to look up the night of May 15 to see a total lunar eclipse in the Western Hemisphere — weather permitting. The enchanting show will begin at 10:15 p.m. on May 15, with the famous "Blood Moon" or "totality" portion of the eclipse beginning at 11:29 p.m. The Moon will remain in totality until 12:54 a.m. on May 16, when it will then go into a partial eclipse until the event comes to an end at 2:10 a.m. If it's cloudy? Watch NASA's livestream of the event for free!

Lunar eclipses can be seen at night, when the Earth lies exactly between the Sun and the Full Moon, blocking the Sun's direct rays of light from illuminating the Moon's surface. However, when the Moon is deep in the Earth's shadow, red light from the Sun that is bent by Earth's atmosphere makes it to the Moon's surface and we can see it appear red. This is why some people refer to this event as a "Blood Moon."

Your next chance to see a total lunar eclipse will be November 7-8, 2022! Learn more about lunar eclipses to help you get ready for the next one!


Upcoming June 2022 Planetarium Shows

The Brown Planetarium will be open over the summer! Join us on June 3 & 10 to experience our free planetarium shows. Showtimes are subject to change due to nearby construction.

Check out the showtimes below, or visit the Brown Planetarium website for more information. 


The Moon for Kids!
Fridays: June 3 & 10 at 3:30 p.m. – Through this mix of engaging, live presentation and short planetarium videos, learn about the Moon and its features like the Maria, craters, and the Moon’s lack of atmosphere. Learn about the Moon’s apparent motion throughout the day, including rise and set locations, and how this compares to its motion throughout the month. Observe how the Moon’s appearance changes over time as well, by exploring the Moon’s phases. Most suitable for advanced Kindergarteners up to children in the 2nd grade, all ages are welcome. 


Planet Nine
Fridays: June 3 & 10 at 5 p.m. – Astronomers have found many planets orbiting other stars in our galaxy. But have they found new planets within our own Solar System recently? Astronomers continue to scan the sky for a hypothetical ninth planet beyond Neptune. Follow Mike Brown and his team at CalTech as they uncover dwarf worlds whose orbits take them deep into the far reaches of the Solar System. Could there be another planet beyond these distant objects? Join us on the hunt! Most suitable for ages 12+, all ages are welcome.


Summer Skies Live
Fridays: June 3 & 10 at 6:30 p.m. – People often peer into the darkness of the night sky and wonder, “what is out there?” Seemingly dark regions of space are actually filled with nebulae, star clusters, and other galaxies. Come learn how to navigate the sky by using bright stars and constellations with the help of a star chart, and discover what fascinating objects exist deep in space. Most suitable for ages 8+, all ages are welcome.


Planetarium Information

  • Due to construction being done on the Cooper Science Complex, select parking and pathway access to the planetarium is blocked off. Please plan to arrive early to safely navigate the area and arrive on time for the program. Visit our location and transportation webpage for up-to-date information.
  • Masks are not currently required inside the Brown Planetarium and other Ball State buildings. For the safety of our guests and employees, please do not enter the planetarium if you have or recently had COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath).
  • No reservations are required for public planetarium shows. However, plan to arrive early as seating is done on a first-come, first-served basis and seating is limited.
  • Planetarium shows are free of charge. We appreciate your support to make this possible.
  • We do our best to have doors open 30 minutes before show time.
  • Food, drinks, gum or candy are not allowed in the planetarium.
  • Cellphones and any electronics that emit light must be silenced or turned off at the start of all programs. Please refrain from wearing light-up shoes to any planetarium programs.
  • Children 17 years and under should be accompanied by an adult.
  • The planetarium is located on the west end of the Cooper Science Complex, at 2111 W. Riverside Ave., Muncie.

Interested in scheduling a private educational visit to the planetarium? Request a planetarium visit for your Ball State class or group online. 

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