Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium
Weekend Public Tours
Showing this Season - Out There: The Quest for Extrasolar World
Showing: April 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, & 27
Doors Open: 8:00PM
Planetarium Show: 8:30PM*
Telescope Viewing: 9:30 to 10:30 PM**
Out There — The Quest for Extrasolar Worlds tells the story of how human curiosity has driven us to look outwards for millennia, to discover and explore new and distant worlds and to find the unfamiliar and extraordinary forms of life that could exist in the mysterious realms of the Universe. Viewers will be transported from our Earth to entirely new and foreign planets. The show features the primitive science fiction of early civilizations, to the future space missions that will observe the Universe in greater-than-ever detail and travel to the surfaces and oceans of moons in our Solar System. What we have found so far has surpassed expectations. Most stars have planets., and a huge diversity of different worlds is out there, just waiting to be discovered.
The immersive fulldome feature film followed by a star/constellation show highlighting our current evening sky and where to find the planets in the sky. Following the planetarium portion of the evening visitors will then have the opportunity to view the Moon (if at the proper phase), the planets (if visible in the current sky), the Orion Nebula and other assorted celestial hor d'oeuvres through Indiana's largest telescope. Viewing through the telescope is always free and weather permitting (click on ClearSky Clock below for likely weather conditions).
Admission is $5 for children and students under 18 and $7 for adults for the planetarium show. We accept cash or credit. Tickets can be purchased in the lobby after doors open at 8PM.
If a weekend tour doesn’t fit your schedule consider scheduling a group tour for your group at another time.
Please follow us on Facebook at fb.com/holcombobservatory for up-to-date information and other astronomy information. Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium is located on the north end of the Butler University campus and can be reached by heading west on 46th or 49th Street from Meridian Street. Butler University Campus Map. Patrons can utilize our parking garage for a fee or park in the Hinkle Fieldhouse lot at no charge (provided no sports or special event is scheduled). For patron information there are three separate sets of steps totalling 66 to the telescope. No elevator is available to the telescope viewing area. Wheelchair accessibility is available in the lobby, planetarium, and restroom only. If needed we can bring out a portable telescope for viewing at ground level. If you may need this, please email us in advance.
*Note that we have limited seating capacity so if the 8:30PM planetarium show fills up we run a 2nd and perhaps a 3rd planetarium show that night. If you are in the 2nd (or 3rd) show, then we reverse the order of the evening and get you started on telescope observations of the cosmos immediately. This should result in very little delay in your visit.
**Though you will always see the telescope and how it functions, telescope observations are weather dependent.