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 firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the planetarium at (517) 265-5161 x4788. All other requests can be sent to Dr. Sarah Hanson at email@example.com or (517)-264-3944. Please note that in the summer the phones are monitored less frequently, thus email communication is preferable.
The Robinson Planetarium has set the following schedule for March 2019:
Star Talk: The Spring Skies
As the Vernal Equinox and the first day of spring approach, the dazzling winter constellations are moving into the western sky and the spring constellations are rising higher in the east. Four planets are conspicuous in the sky this month. The planets Venus, Jupiter and Saturn are visible in the early morning skies.
Friday, March 1, at 7 p.m.
Ever wonder why the sky is blue? Or why Mars is red? This full dome planetarium show will take visitors on an amazing journey across the entire electromagnetic spectrum to learn the answers to these questions and more. Take a tour within a plant leaf and journey inside the human eye. Investigate X-rays by voyaging to a monstrous black hole and then back to the doctor’s office. Visitors will even see the actual color of a dinosaur — based on recent evidence. Join the Planetarium for this exciting adventure under a rainbow of cosmic light.
Friday, March 8, at 7 p.m.
Origins of Life
Origins of Life will take visitors on an inspirational journey through time beginning with the Big Bang and continuing through the formation of the Universe, stars and solar systems, the first life on Earth, and the great extinctions. The journey ends with a discussion on the search for life beyond planet Earth. This celebration of life on Earth features many recent discoveries related to life science, demonstrating that if there was ever a time that science made its greatest advances, it’s right now.
Shows will be on the following Fridays at 7 p.m., March 15 and March 22.
Earth, Moon and 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 Earth 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, March 29, at 7 p.m.
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, see the Planetarium’s web page at http://adrian.edu/campus-life/planetarium/.