Fall in love with astronomy with new shows at the Cernan Center in February

News Release


River Grove, Ill. – Looking for a creative way to celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend with your significant other or as a family outing? Take them for a one-of-a-kind laser show at the Cernan Earth and Space Center that will have them “over the moon” with excitement of their newly-found love for astronomy.

From Feb. 1-24, families (and couples) can enjoy an array of new and favorite shows that will inform and entertain audiences on astronomy at the Cernan Earth and Space Center located on Triton College’s campus in River Grove. The family-friendly shows will play on Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons and are open to the public.

The following shows are set to play at the Cernan Earth and Space Center from Feb. 1-24:

Earth & Sky Shows
More Than Meets the Eye. Celebrate the beauty of the starry skies in this exciting show that explores the celestial wonders that are within reach of binoculars or a small telescope. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays*

The Skywatcher’s Guide. New each month, this mini show keeps you up-to-date on what's happening in the current sky. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays*

*Please note on Saturday, Feb. 23, the 7:30 p.m. Saturday evening shows will be replaced by the Monthly Skywatch. (See below for details.)

Laser Shows
Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band laser show. This family laser show features the classic 1967 Beatles album in its entirety. 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Mini Legends mini laser show. This sampling of songs from the Cernan Center's collection of laser light shows features songs by artists Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Hendrix and the Rolling Stones. 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays 

Children’s Shows (best for children from preschool through second grade)

The Little Star that Could. This show follows the adventures of Little Star, who travels the galaxy, meets many different kinds of stars and makes an amazing discovery about himself. 2 p.m. Sundays

There Once Was a Sky Full of Stars mini show. This mini show features the reading of an illustrated storybook that helps children discover the magic of the night sky, the growing problem of light pollution, and what can be done to save the vanishing stars. 2 p.m. Sundays

Sunday Sampler

Cosmic Colors. This show takes viewers on a wondrous journey across the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Discover the many reasons for color, such as why the sky is blue and why Mars is red. Take a tour within a plant leaf and inside the human eye. Investigate x-rays from a black hole and learn what color dinosaurs may have actually been. 3 p.m. Sundays

Pop Rock 2 mini laser show. This sampling of songs from the Cernan Center's collection of laser light shows features songs by artists Robert John, Sheb Wooley and the Beatles. 3 p.m. Sundays

The Sunday Sampler will also include the Skywatcher’s Guide.

Admission for the Earth & Sky Shows, Children’s Shows and Sunday Sampler is $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 2 to 12 and senior citizens ages 55 and older. Admission for the laser light shows (9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays) is $10 for adults and $5 for children and senior citizens. Children under age 2 and Triton College students with a current semester ID are free.

The show schedule is subject to change. Please call the Program Line at (708) 583-3100 for up-to-the-minute information before attending a show.

Indoor/outdoor fun with Monthly Skywatch Program at Cernan Center

Take a tour of the nighttime sky on Saturday, Feb. 23, at Cernan Earth and Space Center’s Monthly Skywatch program and enjoy indoor and outdoor activities that pertain to various earth- and space-related subjects. The event is open to the public. And now the Skywatch program is a full 60 minutes in length to allow the monthly series to cover more subjects in greater depth than ever before!

A planetarium program in the space center’s dome theater kicks off the evening at 7:30 with a presentation on NASA’s plans for space flights and the latest discoveries and highlights in astronomy. A segment of a particular celestial object placed for viewing during the current month will also be shown.

Following the planetarium program, the Monthly Skywatch will convene on the lawn in front of the Cernan, weather permitting, to observe the wonders of the sky through telescopes. Cernan staff members and volunteers will be on hand to offer their telescopes and expertise to those in attendance. At the Feb. 23 Monthly Skywatch, these telescopes will be trained on the planet Jupiter and the nearly full moon.

Admission for the indoor planetarium portion of the Monthly Skywatch is $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 2 to 12 and senior citizens ages 55 and older. The outdoor telescope session is free.

The show is recommended for ages 13 and older due to the advanced level of scientific information that will be presented during the program.

For more information about the Cernan Center, its programs, field trips or events, call (708) 456-0300, ext. 3372 or e-mail cernan@triton.edu. Please call the Program Line at (708) 583-3100 for up-to-the-minute information before attending.

Visit the Cernan Center’s website, or shop its Yahoo! Store.

Located on the campus of Triton College in River Grove, Ill., the Cernan Earth and Space Center houses a 100-seat dome theater, featuring star-filled planetarium shows, wraparound films, children’s shows and laser light shows, along with a Space Hall and Star Store gift shop. The center is open seven days a week.


Media Contact
Alicia Roberson, Public Relations Writer
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3608

Cernan Earth and Space Center Contact
Bart Benjamin, Director
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3372