Admission is free and open to the public!
Programs: During the academic year, programs are held every Friday at 7:00 PM except on holidays. The planetarium has a limited schedule during the summer months (from May 1 through mid-August).
Contact information: Group reservations and special showings for some of our programs can be arranged by emailing Mark Fairclough at email@example.com or calling the planetarium at (517) 265-5161 x4788. All other requests can be sent to Dr. Sarah Hanson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (517)-264-3944. Please note that in the summer the phones are monitored less frequently, thus email communication is preferable.
Note: The planetarium will be closed for maintenance on Friday October 19.
Seeing is a Fulldome experience that follows the path of a photon from creation, across the galaxy, and into a young stargazer’s eye. You will learn how the eye works, from the conversion of the photonto an electro-chemical impulse, to how it travels along the neural pathways of the brain to the various centers that create images the brain sees. The prerecorded soundtrack is narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
Friday, October 26 at 7:00 PM
Star Talk: Thanksgivings Earthly Bounties
This livestar presentation will explore the Autumn constellations as well as some of the names Native Americans have given the Moon. The period of time following the early autumn Harvest and Hunter moons was set aside for feasting and celebrating the Earth’s bounty. In November, the Algonquian Beaver Moon reflects the time when beavers were preparing for winter and hunters set traps. The skins and furs provided household items and warm clothing for the coming winter months.
Friday November 2 at 7:00 PM
Earth,Moon, & Sun
This Fulldome show explores the relationship between the Earth, Moon and Sun with the help of Coyote, an amusing character adapted from Native American oral traditions who has many misconceptions about our home planet and its most familiar neighbors. Native American stories are used throughout the show to help distinguish between myths and science. Learn why the Sun rises and sets and the basics of fusion and solar energy. Examine the Moon’s orbit, craters, phases and eclipses. The show is appropriate for families and elementary school children.
Friday November 9 at 7:00 PM
The program Seeing is a Fulldome experience that follows the path of a photon from creation, across the galaxy, and into a young stargazer’s eye. You will learn how the eye works, from the conversion of the photonto an electro-chemical impulse, to how it travels along the neural pathways of the brain to the various centers that create images the brain sees. The prerecorded soundtrack is narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
Friday, November 16 at 7:00 PM
Season of Light
Season of Light is our winter holiday show. It traces the history and development of many of the world’s most endearing holiday customs through an astronomical perspective, all of which involve lighting up the winter season. It recounts the religious and cultural rituals practiced during the time of winter solstice — not only Christian and Jewish, but also Celtic, Nordic, Roman, Irish, Mexican and Hopi. It also takes a look at some of our more light-hearted seasonal traditions such as gift-giving and kissing, music, decking the halls with greenery and Santa Claus.
Shows will be on the following Fridays at 7:00 PM
Admission is FREE!
The Robinson Planetarium is located at the eastern end of Peelle Hall on the corner of Charles and Williams streets on the Adrian College campus.