Admission is free and open to the public!
Contact information: Group reservations and special programs for some of the programs listed below 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 (517)-264-3944.
Origins of Life
Origins of Life will take you 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 of our 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!
Friday July 29 at 7:00 PM
Star Talk: The Summer Sky
This live planetarium program will feature the Sun, Summer constellations and visible planets. Special attention will be paid to objects that are easily visible with binoculars or a small telescope along with a discussion of the different types of viewing aids that amateur astronomers use to explore the night sky. The show will end with Solar Quest, a short fulldome movie that shows the interconnectedness of the Sun and Earth, including how space weather affects the atmosphere to create the northern lights and distorts Earths the magnetic field. You will see images of granules, solar flares and coronal mass ejections from the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) and learn how scientists are using the observatory to predict space weather.
August, 5 at 7:00 PM
From Earth to the Universe
This inspiring journey will reveal the splendor of our Solar System as well as the ferocity of our scorching Sun. Continue out to the birthplaces and burial grounds of stars and beyond the Milky Way to the unimaginable immensity of a myriad of galaxies. Along the way, you will learn about the history of astronomy, the invention of the telescope, and today’s giant telescopes that allow us continue to probe ever deeper into the Universe.
Shows will be on the following Fridays at 7:00 PM: