Explore the wonders of the universe and the latest discoveries in astronomy, space exploration, and geoscience at the Cernan Earth and Space Center, a unique space-age facility that combines education and entertainment for visitors of all ages. Open year-round, the Cernan Center is conveniently located on the campus of Triton College in Chicago's western suburb of River Grove.
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|Cernan Earth and Space Center Office Hours
|| 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
| Monday - Thursday
|| 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
| Friday *
|| 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
|| 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
* The Cernan Center Office is typically CLOSED
on Fridays during June and July.
THE DOME THEATER
The Cernan Center houses a 93-seat Dome Theater utilizing a Konica-Minolta Super MediaGlobe II, fulldome, digital projector, installed in 2015. The Super MediaGlobe II covers the entire surface of our 44 foot (13.4 meter) diameter dome with full color images, animation, and the starry sky to take audiences of all ages on dramatic voyages of discovery.
For a more detailed description of the Cernan Center Theater and its equipment, please click on Cernan Center Technical Specifications.
The small Exhibit Hall includes space artifacts related to Captain Gene Cernan who flew aboard Gemini 9, Apollo 10, and Apollo 17. Captain Cernan’s Apollo 10 spacesuit is on exhibit in addition to a 1:15 scale Space Shuttle and other spacecraft models, a display of cutaways illustrating different types of telescopes, and a collection of Illinois fossils including a Tully Monster.
The Star Store gift shop offers unique items for science enthusiasts of all ages. More than just astronomy and space exploration, dinosaur-lovers, budding geologists, weather watchers, gift-givers and others are sure to find a special something to enhance their interest.
See examples of what the Star Store has to offer, find out about current sales, and check the hours of operation on our Star Store page.
In addition to classic planetarium programs such as Monthly Skywatch and The Sky Tonight, Fulldome Features explore a wide variety of sciences. Astronomy and space exploration are frequent topics, but some shows address other sciences such as biology, geology, meteorology, engineering, and paleontology - even astrobiology. Other programs explore history, culture, art, music and more. Early Explorers programs are specifically targeted at the youngest audiences, and Cosmic Light Shows feature brilliant laser light, thousands of stars, and fulldome effects performing to great music such as The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Queen, and Michael Jackson.
Check our Current Schedule for the latest information about all types of programs and events for the general public, show times and pricing.
School and group leaders should visit our School and Group Reservations page to get all the details:
• A complete list of programs and topics available for group bookings and private shows
• Chart Correlating Program Options with Grade Levels
• How to Make the Most of Your Visit
• Group Program Pricing
• Make Your Reservation
• Minimum Charge for Group Reservations
• Program Cancellation Fees
• What to Do on the Day of Your Visit
CERNAN EARTH AND SPACE CENTER STAFF
Kris McCall : Director, Chief Cook and Bottle Washer
Johnathan Nelson : Planetarium Educator
Joyce Edwards-Robertson : Reservationist, Accountant, Office Assistant
Neil Wickman : Planetarium Producer and Programmer
Joe Schultz : Technician
PART TIME PROGRAM PRESENTERS
The Cernan Earth and Space Center offers a range of programs and offerings. For more information, please call the Cernan Earth and Space Center at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3372 or e-mail the Cernan Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information related to the Cernan Center's Star Store gift shop, e-mail the Gift Shop Manager at email@example.com.