February is JAM-PACKED with fun stuff to do at Ball State!

Nervous about visiting campus? Take a look at the Office of Community Engagement’s handy Getting to Campus resource for parking/public transit information!

Click the links for more information. Some events may be off-campus or have registration requirements.

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January – April 2024 Free Planetarium Show Schedule

Press release provided by the Charles W. Brown Planetarium
www.bsu.edu/planetarium

All regular planetarium programs are free of charge, cash donations are accepted at the door.

One free pair of solar eclipse glasses will be provided to each planetarium show guest for a suggested cash donation of $1, while supplies last. Glasses are partially funded through support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Simons Foundation.

January

The Universe Overhead

Fridays: Jan. 12, 26 at 6:30pm
Saturdays: Jan. 13, 27 at 6:30pm

The sky on cold winter nights has some of the brightest stars and the best-known constellations. Some of these stars are truly supergiants hundreds of times bigger than our Sun, while others are dwarfs the size of Earth. Along the winter Milky Way there are colorful clouds where new stars are being born. Come and enjoy a guided tour of this celestial wonderland, learn about the upcoming total solar eclipse, and use star charts to explore the night sky.
Suitable for all ages 8+, all ages are welcome.

We Are Astronomers

Saturdays: Jan. 13, 27 at 5:00pm

Narrated by David Tennant, we explore what exactly do astronomers do in this new program. Today’s astronomer is not the lone observer of past centuries. This program reveals the global collaboration, technology, and dedication required to answer the unresolved questions of the Universe and features info on NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope.

Most suitable for all ages 8+, all ages welcome

One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure

Saturdays: Jan. 13, 27 at 3:30pm

“One World, One Sky” is a brilliant program that follows Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky with Hu Hu Zhu, a new friend from China. Together, they take an imaginary trip from Sesame Street to the moon, where they discover how different it is from Earth. They will also find shapes in the sky that will help them find the North Star. This cross-cultural adventure opens children’s eyes to the sky, helping them see how people all over the world are connected.
Best suited for families and groups with pre-K through 1st grade learners, all ages are welcome.

February

Solar Superstorms

Fridays: Feb. 9, 23 at 6:30pm
Saturdays: Feb. 10, 24 at 6:30pm

A fury is building on the surface of the Sun… high-velocity jets, a fiery tsunami wave that reaches 100,000km high, and rising loops of electrified gas are energized by what is going on underneath its surface. Will these “storms” affect Earth? Find the answer as we venture into the seething interior of our star to learn how they are formed. Solar Superstorms takes viewers into the tangle of magnetic fields and superhot plasma that vent the Sun’s rage in dramatic flares, violent solar tornadoes, and the largest eruptions in the solar system: Coronal Mass Ejections.
Suitable for all ages 10+, all ages are welcome.

Eclipse: The Sun Revealed

Saturdays: Feb. 10, 24 at 5:00pm

There will be a total eclipse of the Sun visible from Muncie, Indiana on April 8, 2024. A total solar eclipse is such a spectacular event, it is never too early to start planning for one. Come learn how solar and lunar eclipses happen, and about scientific discoveries that have been supported by total solar eclipses. This show also uses beautiful visuals to explore the historical and cultural view of eclipses, and explains how to safely see these awe-inspiring sights.

Most suitable for ages 10+, all ages are welcome.

One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure

Saturdays: Feb. 10, 24 at 3:30pm

“One World, One Sky” is a brilliant program that follows Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky with Hu Hu Zhu, a new friend from China. Together, they take an imaginary trip from Sesame Street to the moon, where they discover how different it is from Earth. They will also find shapes in the sky that will help them find the North Star. This cross-cultural adventure opens children’s eyes to the sky, helping them see how people all over the world are connected.
Best suited for families and groups with pre-K through 1st grade learners, all ages are welcome.

March

Eclipse: The Sun Revealed

Fridays: March 1, 22 at 6:30pm
Saturdays: March 2, 23 at 6:30pm

There will be a total eclipse of the Sun visible from Muncie, Indiana on April 8, 2024. A total solar eclipse is such a spectacular event, it is never too early to start planning for one. Come learn how solar and lunar eclipses happen, and about scientific discoveries that have been supported by total solar eclipses. This show also uses beautiful visuals to explore the historical and cultural view of eclipses, and explains how to safely see these awe-inspiring sights.

Most suitable for ages 10+, all ages are welcome.

Kitz the Cat’s SuperMoon Adventure

Saturdays: March 2, 23 at 3:30pm & 5:00pm

Develop an understanding of the danger of space junk and humanity’s moon exploration while following adventurous cat astronauts! The Earth in the far future, where humanity no longer exists. Cats that survived in the debris left behind by humanity have evolved into intelligent beings. Three cats – Kitz, Tutti, and Pepe – are working as cleaners at NYASA and today’s mission is to clean up space junk. But these unpredictable street cats skip some of their work and fly to the Moon!
Best suited for families and groups with kids ages 6+, all ages are welcome.

April

Visit the Ball State eclipse website at https://bsu.edu/planetarium/eclipse-2024 for up-to-date information on additional special events and programs running in preparation for the Total Solar Eclipse on Monday, April 8, 2024.

We Are Stars

Fridays: April 12, 26 at 6:30pm
Saturdays: April 13, 27 at 6:30pm

Narrated by Andy Serkis, this program seeks to answer some of the biggest questions of all time. What are we made of? Where did it all come from? Explore the secrets of our cosmic chemistry, our explosive origins and connect life on Earth to the evolution of the Universe. A family-friendly film full of fun, adventure, and enlightenment.

Most suitable for all ages 8+, all ages are welcome.

Sunset Meditation

Saturdays: April 13, 27 at 5:00pm

How do STEM workers, including NASA professionals, cope with stress? Meditation is a powerful tool for maintaining psychological health and resilience. Since the planetarium offers a dark and quiet space for relaxation, it is the perfect place for meditation. Enjoy a free guided meditation experience from Ball State University. View an amazing sunset as you travel from the Grand Canyon to the North Pole. Then relax under a night sky filled with stars and glimpses of the Northern Lights.

Suitable for all ages 12+, all ages are welcome.

Magic Tree House: Space Mission

Saturdays: April 13, 27 at 3:30pm

Travel with Jack and Annie, stars of the Magic Tree House® best-selling children’s book series, as they search for answers to a mysterious riddle they discover in a written note signed “–M.” Peek into the treehouse and follow Jack and Annie on an exciting adventure as they meet a helpful astronomer and an astronaut. As they travel to an observatory and beyond into space, Jack and Annie nearly get … well, we don’t want to give the surprise away!

Best suited for families and groups with kids ages 6+, all ages are welcome.

Program Information

  • Cost: FREE, cash donations are accepted at the door. Plan to arrive early as seating is done on a first-come, first-served basis and seating is limited.
  • Runtime: Approximately 50 minutes total with live sky tour.
  • We do our best to have doors open 30 minutes before show time.

Planetarium Information

  • The planetarium is located on the west end of the Cooper Science Complex, at Charles W. Brown Planetarium, 2111 W. Riverside Ave., Muncie, Indiana 47306.
  • Due to construction being done on the Cooper Science Complex, select parking and pathway access to the planetarium is blocked off. Plan to arrive early to safely navigate the area and arrive on time for the program.
  • 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.

For directions and parking information, as well as general policies, please visit the Charles W. Brown Planetarium website at www.bsu.edu/planetarium.

It’s cold outside! Stay warm by attending a Ball State public event!

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Nervous about visiting campus? Take a look at the Office of Community Engagement’s handy Getting to Campus resource for parking/public transit information!

Click the links for more information. Some events may be off-campus or have registration requirements.

Friday, December 1, 2023

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Saturday, December 16, 2023

The University is closed from 12/16/23 into the new year.

Check out Ball State’s public November events to feel Thankful for fun!

Nervous about visiting campus? Take a look at the Office of Community Engagement’s handy Getting to Campus resource for parking/public transit information!

Click the links for more information. Some events may be off-campus or have registration requirements.

Wednesday, November 1, 2023

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Friday, November 17, 2023

Saturday, November 18, 2023

Sunday, November 19, 2023

Monday, November 20, 2023

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Jr. Recital: Raul De Mesa, euphonium – 5:30 p.m.

New Music Ensemble – 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 30, 2023

DA Performance Recital: Nicolas Andrade, wagner tuba – 5:30 p.m.

Lots of fun and spooky things to do at Ball State this October!

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Nervous about visiting campus? Take a look at the Office of Community Engagement’s handy Getting to Campus resource for parking/public transit information!

Click the links for more information. Some events may be off-campus or have registration requirements.

Monday, October 2, 2023

School of Music: Faculty Artist Series: Peter Opie – 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Lifelong Learners: Recycling in Muncie/ScrapCycle – 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 4, 2023

EB Ball @ Westminster: I’m a Survivor: Breast Cancer Stories – 2 p.m.

Thursday, October 5, 2023

Chemistry Seminar Series – Dr. Emil Khisamutdinov (Sabbatical Talk) – 3:30 p.m.

Friday, October 6, 2023

Emens: Live from Laurel Canyon – 12 a.m.

Beginning Needlepoint Workshop – 10 a.m.

Mindfulness in the Museum – 12 p.m.

Saturday, October 7, 2023

Emens: John Mulaney and Pete Davidson – 7 p.m.

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Lifelong Learners: 9 to 5: Notable Working Women of Muncie – 1:30 p.m.

Watercolor Collage Workshop – 6 p.m.

Pruis Hall: Stacey Kent – 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 12, 2023

Artist Talk: Debbie Ma – 6 p.m.

Friday, October 13, 2023

Student Recital: Ashton Shelley, tuba – 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 14, 2023

Honors String Orchestra with guest conductor Joel Smirnoff – 9:30 a.m.

Museum Docent Tour – 2:30 p.m.

Planetarium Show During the Partial Solar Eclipse Community Block Party – 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 15, 2023

Honors String Orchestra with guest conductor Joel Smirnoff – 9:30 a.m.

Monday, October 16, 2023

Music Education Day – 9 a.m.

Faculty Artist Series: Chris Van Hof – 5:30 p.m.

Guest Artist Recital: Dana Zenobi, Megan Boutin, and Li-Wen Weng – 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Dialogue Days – 9 a.m.

Lifelong Learners: Supplement Safety – 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Dialogue Days – 9 a.m.

Celebrating Notable Women Founders of Altrusa International of Muncie – 6 p.m.

Thursday, October 19, 2023

Dialogue Days – 9 a.m.

Running Against the Grain: The Story of Philadelphia Eagle and Movie Star Timmy Brown – 2:30 p.m.

OcTUBAfest – 7:30 p.m.

Friday, October 20, 2023

Sample Lesson Day – 9 a.m.

Student Recital: Bradley Ziegelmaier, trombone – 5:30 p.m.

“Halloween: Celestial Origins” Planetarium Show – 6:30 p.m.

School of Music Faculty Artist Series: Anna Vayman – 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 21, 2023

Clarinet Day – 10 a.m.

Kids Make Art at DOMA – 1:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 22, 2023

Ball State Chamber Choir and Concert Choir – 3 p.m.

Student Recital: Stuart MacKenzie, trombone – 3 p.m.

Student Recital: Katelyn Speck, voice – 5:30 p.m.

Arts Alive: Akropolis Reed Quintet – 7:30 p.m.

Monday, October 23, 2023

CAAV Conference – 8 a.m.

Voice Studio Recital – 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

CAAV Conference – 8 a.m.

Lifelong Learners: History of the Muncie Action Plan – 1:30 p.m.

Paranormal Investigations – 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

CAAV Conference – 8 a.m.

College of Health Speaker Series October – 1 p.m.

Ball State Jazz Ensembles – Art of Jazz – 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 26, 2023

CAAV Conference – 8 a.m.

Entrepreneurial Experience Lecture with Rigel Jackson – 11 a.m.

Voice Studio Recital – 5:30 p.m.

Eerie Muncie: Even More Tales from the Dark Side of Local History – 6:30 p.m.

Friday, October 27, 2023

DOMA After Hours – 5 p.m.

Joint Student Recital: Andrew Huffman and Ethan Frendling, trombone – 5:30 p.m.

“Halloween: Celestial Origins” Planetarium Show – 6:30 p.m.

Ball State Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony – 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 28, 2023

A Magic School Bus Halloween – 10 a.m.

Sunday, October 29, 2023

Cello Studio Recital – 11 a.m.

Guest Artist Recital: Theresa Bogard – 1 p.m.

DA Performance Recital: Sam Thompson, percussion – 3 p.m.

Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Lifelong Learners: Hidden Meanings of Gravestone Symbols Found in Beech Grove and Other Cemeteries – 1:30 p.m.

Pizza and Place: Cultural Neighborhood Mapping

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September 27th from 6-7:30 p.m.

Join us for a family-friendly event at Madjax Makerforce on East Main Street.

Cultural mapping is a process of drawing and visualizing a place, its landmarks, and traditions. It helps people understand the significance of their neighborhood, heritage, and the richness of the cultural landscape they live in. It’s also just fun to doodle.

Through mapping and drawing from memory, we learn about places, heritage, history, cultural traditions, and significant places in our neighborhoods and Muncie. By creating a visual representation of our neighborhoods, we can better understand and appreciate the richness of our community’s culture. It can also point to challenges too.

Additionally, cultural mapping can be used as a tool for preserving cultural heritage. We can learn about the importance of preserving landmarks, sites, and the role they can play in creating community attachment over time.

Join us at Madjax Makerforce and let’s celebrate the diverse cultures that make our neighborhoods thrive! We will eat pizza too!

Organized by: J.P. Hall, College of Architecture and Planning