Cernan Earth and Space Center


Cernan Public Shows Calendar

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 events.

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.

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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

Rusty Rocket's Last Blast

One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure

Holiday Lights with Manheim Steamroller

Two Small Pieces of Glass
Premiere Showing
Thursday,
January 2, 2020

Best of the Beatles
Premiere Showing
Saturday,
January 4, 2020

Laser Queen
Premiere Showing
Saturday,
February 1, 2020

Dark Side of the Moon
Premiere Showing
Saturday,
March 7, 2020

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Show Descriptions

Dome Capacity: 93 seats

An out of this world experience in the Cernan Earth and Space Center planetarium typically lasts one hour. Regardless of the show topic there will be excitement and content for children, adults and senior citizens.

E&S Digistar 6 software drives a fulldome, digital projector to cover the entire surface of our 44 foot diameter dome with full color images, animation and the starry sky to take audiences of all ages on a trip beyond the final frontier.

A planetarium program provides a great kickoff or climax for your studies of astronomy, space exploration and a variety of other subjects. Small groups are welcome to attend any regular scheduled public program, but it does help for all groups to call and book their visit in advance. Groups can also book private shows throughout the year. See School and Group Reservations for all the details.

Feature Show Descriptions

Cosmic Light Show Descriptions

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 much more to explore than can be included in any one planetarium show.

Visit our the Show Descriptions section to see trailers for most programs plus suggestions for further exploration related to each show available: web links, book lists, pre and post visit activities and more.

All information subject to change without notice.

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Skywatch plus FREE Public Star Parties

Next Skywatch - Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 7 p.m. 

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

On the second Saturday of each month, this live planetarium program features detailed presentations about astronomy, space exploration or other sciences plus a tour of what’s visible in the current night sky. Weather permitting, there will be a free public star party before or after the program.

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, Northwest Suburban Astronomers 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 for Skywatch

Admission to Monthly Skywatch
Adults: $8
Seniors (55 and over): $4
Children (2-17): $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, Northwest Suburban Astronomers 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 ticketed Skywatch program in the planetarium 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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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 T-Shirt 1  Cernan T-Shirt 2  Cernan T-Shirt 3
The above t-shirts are currently available for purchase in the Star Store.

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 at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3272 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
Pam Goodman
Dan Joyce
Dean Mikolajczyk
Dan Troiani

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