SESSION DATES, RESERVATIONS, AND COST
Session Dates: Planetarium sessions will be held on the following days:
- Tuesday, September 17
- Thursday, September 19
- Monday, September 23
- Wednesday, September 25
The planetarium doors open at 6:30pm. The sessions begin at 7pm and last until 8:20pm.
Reservations: The planetarium sessions are by reservation only because of limited space. You must sign up in advance via the Planetarium Session Online Reservation Form.
Door Charge: Tickets for the session are $3.00 at the door, please bring exact change to make life easier for the planetarium staff. Checks are accepted, but not debit/credit cards.
Be advised that if evening classes at Parkland College are canceled due to severe weather, the planetarium will be closed as well. If there is inclement weather on the night of a show, check local news sources before heading out to verify local closings.
Directions: Parkland College is located 2400 W. Bradley Avenue in Champaign (west of Mattis Avenue). Click on the map icon below to see the locations of Parkland, the U of I, and major Champaign-Urbana streets.
Parking: Staerkel Planetarium is situated on the west side of the Parkland Campus. It may be located by the distinctive triangular Cultural Center open-air arch that connects the Parkland Theatre and the Staerkel Planetarium. Park in the M-1 lot just north of the planetarium dome and follow the signs to the planetarium (see the map below).
CU-MTD Bus Routes: Several CU-MTD bus routes offer service from campus and the downtown areas of Champaign & Urbana to Parkland College. The times of departure and arrival are summarized below. Click the individual route links for a more detailed version of the bus schedules and route maps.
DEPARTS TRANSIT PLAZA*
*Departing from Illini Union due to MCORE construction
|DEPARTS ILLINI UNION||DEPARTS ILLINOIS TERMINAL
|ARRIVES PARKLAND COLLEGE|
|5W Greenhopper (not the regular 5W Green!)||5:24 pm||--||5:35 pm||5:44 pm||6:01 pm|
|7W Grey||5:50 pm||--||--||6:13 pm||6:30 pm|
|9B Brown||--||5:54 pm* (check reroutes)||--||6:03 pm||6:19 pm|
|--||6:24 pm* (check reroutes)||--||6:33 pm||6:49 pm|
|BUS ROUTE||DEPARTS PARKLAND COLLEGE||ARRIVES ILLINOIS TERMINAL
|ARRIVES ILLINI UNION||ARRIVES
|50E Green||8:33 pm||8:51 pm||8:59 pm||9:05 pm|
|8:48 pm||9:06 pm||9:14 pm||9:20 pm|
|70E Grey||8:34 pm||8:50 pm||--||9:10 pm|
From the Bus Stop to the Planetarium: Staerkel Planetarium is situated on the west side of the Parkland Campus. The bus stop is at the main entrance to the college. Enter the building through this entrance, by the revolving door, and veer to your left. Go down a narrow hallway, which will take you to the entrance to A-wing. Enter A-wing, make a right turn, and then walk straight through A-wing to the College Center. Turn right, walk to the Art Gallery (on your right), make a left turn and then walk to the entrance of M-wing. Once in M-Wing, follow the signs to the Staerkel Planetarium.