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.
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.
Friday August 26 at 7:00 PM
Star Talk: The Late Summer Sky
The softly glowing band of the Milky Way stretches across the sky while the archer, Sagittarius chases Scorpius toward the west. The great bear, Ursa Major sinks low in the western horizon as the familiar “W” of Queen Cassiopeia’s chair rises in the northeast. High in the sky are the summer triangle and the great winged horse, Pegasus. Join Astronomer Mark Fairclough as he relates the legends of late summer constellations.
Friday September 2 at 7:00 PM
Forces of Nature
Get up close and personal to nature’s most powerful and extreme forces. Cameras capture erupting volcanoes, devastating earthquakes, and powerful storms as a team of scientists travel the world in an attempt to figure out what causes these dangerous, yet undeniably thrilling natural occurrences. Putting their lives on the line in the name of scientific discovery, these experts forge their way through volcanic flows, along treacherous fault lines, and in cars heading straight into a raging tornado.
Shows will be on the following Fridays 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 September 30 at 7:00 PM (this show will also run in October)