exterior of Charles W. Brown Planetarium

Visit the Charles W. Brown Planetarium at Ball State University and experience the night sky as you have never seen it before.

The planetarium, which is part of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, is an immersive theater where state-of-the-art technology transforms the 52-foot dome into a simulation of the night sky as seen from Earth and from space. For example, the audience can “fly” through Saturn’s rings, land on Mars, or travel to distant stars and galaxies.

More than 150 reclining seats allow guests to comfortably view projections from our GOTO CHRONOS II Hybrid, which includes an RSA Cosmos digital 4K system to display amazing visualizations based on real scientific data.

Open for free educational public programs and group tours, the Brown Planetarium reflects Ball State University’s commitment to service through educational engagement with the community.

reception at the planetarium production dome

Additional Facilities

Ball State also has a production dome, which includes a RSA Cosmos 2K digital system under a 9-meter dome. The production dome is used for professional development training as well as show content creation and development.

Our Students

Brown Planetarium operates with the support of several student staff members and volunteers every year. Want to know what it's like to work at the planetarium? Read their profiles.

student working at planetarium

Charles W. Brown and family

Charles W. Brown (second from the left, back row) and his family.

Our Namesake

The Charles W. Brown Planetarium is named for businessman and philanthropist Charlie Brown, whose passion for science was rekindled by the planetarium project.

Mr. Brown and his wife, Dr. Louise Tetrick, hope the planetarium will provide an incredible resource for the community, especially youth, as well as university students. Their goal is to make a difference in kids’ lives, as they believe that is where we can all be the most impactful.

Mr. Brown graduated from Ball State University in 1971 with a degree in Business Administration.

Questions? Want to Learn More?

Do want more information on our programs and services? Feel free to call or email our main office or reach out directly to one of our professional staff.