Cernan Earth and Space Center

Upcoming Events

Mars Observation Month
Saturday, August 18, 2018
Click HERE for more information

September Monthly Skywatch Lecturer
Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 7 p.m.
Lucia Whelan from the Chicago Climate Reality Project will explore some of the likely causes and effects of Climate Change.

Big Bang Event
Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Click HERE for more information

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. 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 email the Cernan Center at cernan@triton.edu. If you live in the Chicago area, please email us your name and address to join our mailing list.

Check Pricing & Plan your Visit

Events and Prices are subject to change.

IMPORTANT: This Web page cannot provide last minute changes to our public show schedule, such as weather-related cancelations. Please call our Program Line at 708-583-3100 for up-to-the-minute information, particularly if you are coming from a distance to see one or more of our shows.

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Current Schedule

From Earth to the Universe

Stars of the Pharaohs

One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure

Laser Michael Jackson

Forces of Nature
Premiere Showing
Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018

Best of the Beatles
Premiere Showing
Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018

Rusty Rocket's Last BlastPremiere Showing
Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018

Little Fright Music
Premiere Showing
Saturday, October 6, 2018

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Check Pricing & Plan your Visit

Events and Prices are subject to change.

IMPORTANT: This Web page cannot provide last minute changes to our public show schedule, such as weather-related cancelations. Please call our Program Line at 708-583-3100 for up-to-the-minute information, particularly if you are coming from a distance to see one or more of our shows.

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Show Descriptions

Dome Capacity: 93 seats

An out of this world experience at the Cernan Earth and Space Center makes a great kickoff or climax for your studies of astronomy, space exploration and a variety of other subjects.

The newly installed Super MediaGlobe 2, fulldome, digital projector covers the entire surface of our 44 foot diameter dome with full color images, animation, and the starry sky to take your group on a trip beyond the final frontier.

Group leaders should plan to spend a full hour in the Planetarium to allow time for seating as well as questions and answers.

Feature Show Descriptions

Cosmic Light Show Descriptions

Check Pricing & Plan your Visit

Events and Prices are subject to change.

IMPORTANT: This Web page cannot provide last minute changes to our public show schedule, such as weather-related cancelations. Please call our Program Line at 708-583-3100 for up-to-the-minute information, particularly if you are coming from a distance to see one or more of our shows.

Continue exploring the final frontier!
The Cernan Earth and Space Center at Triton College is a great place to experience the wonders of the universe, but there is more to explore than can be included in any one planetarium show.

Visit our for further exploration related to each show we offer: web links, book lists, pre and post visit activities, and more. Ties to State Curriculum Standards are also included.

All information subject to change without notice.

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Monthly Skywatch (followed by FREE Public Star Parties)

Next Skywatch - Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 7 p.m. 

Get your current night sky, astronomy, geoscience, and space exploration update in the Cernan Center Planetarium.

One Saturday night each month, the Cernan Earth and Space Center's Monthly Skywatch brings you the excitement of the current nighttime sky. Recent discoveries in astronomy, space science and geoscience are also presented in the Planetarium theater. This program features advanced scientific content and is recommended for people 13 years or older, but younger visitors are welcome.

Weather permitting, telescopes will be set up outside so everyone can observe the Moon, planets and other celestial sights for FREE. Telescopes are provided by the Chicago Astronomical Society and Cernan Center staff.

Please Note: Events, Dates, Topics, Objects and Prices are subject to change. Even though we make every effort to keep the website updated, visitors should call our Program Line at 708-583-3100 for the latest information about additions, changes, and cancelations.

Click here for the list of dates and presentation topics for Monthly Skywatch.

Admission to Monthly Skywatch
Adults: $8
Seniors (55 and over): $4
Children (2-12):  $4
Triton College Students with Current Semester ID: FREE


FREE Public Star Parties

Weather permitting, telescopes will be set up outside so everyone can observe the Moon, planets and other celestial sights for FREE.

Telescopes are provided by the Chicago Astronomical Society and Cernan Center staff.

Most Star Parties are regularly scheduled on the same day as Monthly Skywatch.

Additional Star Parties may be added for special events which will be indicated with as asterisk (*).

You are not required to attend the Monthly Skywatch to participate in the FREE Public Star Party.

Please Note: Events, Dates, Topics, Objects and Prices are subject to change. Even though we make every effort to keep the website updated, visitors should call our Program Line at 708-583-3100 for the latest information about additions, changes, and cancelations.

Click here for list of dates and objects for FREE Public Star Parties

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Membership Program

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Printable Brochure & Membership Application

Why Join our Crew?

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School and Group Reservations

Prepare for Launch
The Cernan Earth and Space Center at Triton College is a unique and exciting destination for groups of all kinds, including school, scout, senior citizen, church and business groups. The 93 seat dome theater has been recently upgraded with fulldome, digital projection to cover the entire surface of our 44-foot diameter dome with full color images and animation.

Along with new seats and carpet comes all new programs on astronomy and space exploration in addition to topics such as geology, meteorology, biodiversity and other sciences as well as history, culture, music and more. From Dinosaurs at Dusk to the Stars of the Pharaohs, the Cernan Earth and Space Center is ready to take audiences of all ages on exciting voyages of discovery.

Programs Available for Group Bookings and Private Show

Chart Correlating Program Options with Grade Levels

How to Make the Most of Your Visit

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Minimum Charge for Group Reservations

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What to Do on the Day of Your Visit

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Star Store

Welcome to the Star Store, located in the Cernan Earth and Space Center in the I-Building. If you live near or plan to visit the Chicago area, you can visit the Cernan Earth and Space Center and its Star Store gift shop in person. The Star Store offers an assortment of unique gifts. Books, t-shirts, sweatshirts, binoculars, science discovery kits, coffee mugs, posters and unique toys are just a few of the many items for sale. Merchandise from the Star Store can also be ordered by telephone during regular business hours.

Nangle Book  T-Shirts
Astro Food  Glass Shelves

Cernan Center Star Store, Triton College
2000 North Fifth Avenue
I Building
River Grove, IL USA 60171

(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3408

Star Store Hours
Monday thru Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Sunday: 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

If you have specific questions, please call the Cernan Center's Star Store Manager a (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3294, or e-mail us at cernan@triton.edu.

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Cernan Earth and Space Center Staff

Kris McCall : Director
Johnathan Nelson : Planetarium Educator
Joyce Edwards-Robertson : Reservationist, Accountant, Office Assistant
Neil Wickman : Planetarium Producer and Programmer
Joe Schultz : Technician

PART TIME PROGRAM PRESENTERS
Kevin Cole
Darren Drake
Dan Joyce
Dean Mikolajczyk
Dan Troiani

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