Admission is free and open to the public!
Programs: During the academic year, programs are held every Friday at 7 p.m. 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. Please note that email communication is preferable.
Upcoming 2019 shows are listed below:
Come Join us
Friday’s at 7PM November 8, 15, 22, 29 and
December 6, 13, and 20th
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.For more information please see our web page at the following address:
Mark Fairclough firstname.lastname@example.org
Our feature program for the months of November and December 2019 at the Robinson Planetarium & Observatory
THE SEASON OF LIGHT
THE SEASON OF LIGHT
Come join us at the Robinson Planetarium as we present a special program that combines astronomy and holiday traditions. The Season of Light, an elegant and sophisticated program about the coldest and darkest of seasons — a time which holds some of the warmest and brightest celebrations of the year.
Our program traces the history and development of many of the world’s most endearing holiday customs, all of which involve lighting up the dark of the winter season — from the burning Yule log, sparkling Christmas tree lights and candles in windows, to the lighting of luminaries in the American Southwest and the traditional ritual of the Hanukkah Menorah.
The show recounts the historical religious and cultural rituals practiced during the time of autumn and the winter solstice — not only Christian and Jewish, but also Celtic, Nordic, Roman, Irish, Mexican and Native American Hopi. It also takes a look at some of our more light-hearted seasonal traditions: from gift giving and kissing under the mistletoe, to songs about lords a-leaping and ladies dancing, and the custom of decking the halls with greenery and candles. St. Nicholas, Sinterklaas, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, and Santa Claus all drop by as well.
Naturally, there is astronomy in Season of Light.Our visitors will learn a selection of Northern hemisphere winter constellations, and find out why we even have seasons, as we demonstrate the Sun’s path across the sky throughout the year, and the Earth’s tilt and orbit around the Sun. And of course, the program explores the possible astronomical explanations for a “Star over Bethlehem”: comets, meteors, novae and supernovae, and planetary conjunctions.
Season of Lightis visually rich, culturally inclusive, musically satisfying, and soothing as a warm cocoa on a cold winter’s night!