Start: April 6, 2024 2:30 p.m.
End: April 6, 2024 7 p.m.

Come learn about solar eclipses during special workshops, lectures, planetarium programs, and more as we continue to get ready for April’s total solar eclipse.

When: Saturdays, March 30 & April 6, from 2:30pm – 7pm (last planetarium show starts at 6:30pm, show schedule listed below)
 Everyone is invited! Community friends, families, students… everyone!
Cost: FREE, cash donations accepted. Space is limited, and seating will be done on a first-come, first-served basis.
Where: The Charles W. Brown Planetarium and Cooper Science Building


  • Free Ball State solar eclipse glasses, while supplies last, for a suggested donation of $1/pair
  • Hands-on science and art activities
  • Special eclipse lecture by Ball State Astronomy Professor Dr. Todd Vaccaro at 5:30pm in the Brown Planetarium
  • 30-minute planetarium shows for all ages. We do our best to have doors open 10 minutes before show time for special eclipse programs.
    • 2:30pm – One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure (ages 3+)
    • 3:30pm – Kitz the Cat’s SuperMoon Adventure (ages 6+)
    • 4:30pm – Earth, Moon, & Sun (ages 8+)
    • 5:30pm – Special lecture by Professor Dr. Todd Vaccaro in the planetarium (ages 12+)
    • 6:30pm – Eclipse: The Sun Revealed (ages 9+)
  • Information about the Total Solar Eclipse coming to Muncie on April 8, 2024

Learn more about the upcoming total solar eclipse happening at Ball State to prepare for the spectacular event. Glasses are partially funded through support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Simons Foundation.

Due to nearby construction, select parking and pathway access to the planetarium is blocked off. Plan to arrive early to safely navigate the area and to arrive on time for the program.

  • The planetarium is located on the west end of the Cooper Science Building, at 2111 W. Riverside Ave., Muncie, IN.
  • 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.
  • We greatly appreciate your support to make our programs possible, and cash donations are accepted at the door.