Date(s) - 11/09/2018 - 11/10/2018
7:00 pm

Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium Show | Butler University


An exciting exploration of dark matter – from its origins in the Big Bang to its observed effects in the Universe to its currently anticipated discovery at the Large Hadron Collider.  In this fulldome film you’ll witness the first hints of dark matter’s existence through the eyes of Fritz Zwicky, the scientist who coined the term dark matter. You’ll  then learn about the galaxy rotation rate discoveries of female astronomer Vera Rubin before plunging deep underground to the world’s most sensitive dark matter detector in a former gold mine.  You’ll also journey across time and space to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, speeding alongside atomic particles before they collide in visually stunning explosions of light and sound. All the while learning how scientists around the world are collaborating to track down the mysterious composition of dark matter, the Phantom of the Universe.

Following the fulldome feature film there will also be an interactive Fall star 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 (Mars, Saturn, Uranus, & Neptune) and other assorted celestial hor d’oeuvres through Indiana’s largest telescope.   Viewing through the telescope is always free, weather permitting (click on ClearSky Clock below for likely weather conditions).

Admission is $4 for children and students under 18 and $6 for adults for the planetarium show.  We accept cash or credit.  Tickets can be purchased in the lobby after doors open at 7PM.

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 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.

If a weekend tour doesn’t fit your schedule consider scheduling a group tour for your group at another time.

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ClearSky Clock

*Note that we have limited seating capacity so if the 7:30PM 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.

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