Exploring the Center of the Milky Way
Start: September 14, 2018 8 p.m.
End: September 14, 2018 8:45 p.m.
Location: Charles W. Brown Planetarium

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Department of Physics and Astronomy
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Our Sun is just one star in a galaxy of at least 100 billion stars. This galaxy, the Milky Way, is shaped like a giant pancake that is more than a 100,000 light years wide. Astronomers have long wondered what the center of our galaxy is like but clouds of interstellar dust block the view in visible light. In recent years the advance of technology has changed all this. Astronomers can now view the galactic center in the infrared and radio wavelengths. These images show the center of the Milky Way is home to some very strange objects including a giant black hole. Join us on a live, guided tour of discovery.

Program Information

  • Intended Audience: Ages 12+
  • Runtime: Approximately 45 minutes total

Planetarium Information

  • Planetarium shows are free of charge. We appreciate your support to make this possible.
  • No tickets or reservations are required for public planetarium shows, but plan to arrive early as seating is done on a first-come, first-served basis. We do our best to open doors 30 minutes before show time.
  • Food, drinks, gum or candy are not permitted in the planetarium.
  • Children 17 years and under should be accompanied by an adult.
  • Cellphones and any electronics that emit light must be turned off at the start of all programs. Please refrain from wearing light-up shoes to any planetarium programs.
  • Please do not touch any of the planetarium equipment.
  • The planetarium is located on the west end of the Cooper Science Complex, at 2000 W. Riverside Ave., Muncie.

For directions and parking information, as well as general policies, please visit the Charles W. Brown Planetarium website.