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 firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the planetarium at (517) 265-5161 x4788. All other requests can be sent to Dr. Sarah Hanson at (517)-264-3944.
The Hot and Energetic Universe
This Fulldome show explores the achievements of modern terrestrial and orbital observatories and looks at electromagnetic radiation in the Universe. Learn what high energy radiation tells us about our own galaxy and how neutron stars, supernova remnants, and even stars like our Sun can make our galaxy an inhospitable and violent place. Geared for middle school through adult audiences.
Friday November 18 at 7:00 PM
Star Talk: The Winter Sky
The long nights near the Winter Solstice display some of the brightest constellations of the year. This live star presentation will focus on the familiar Winter Circle, sometimes called the Winter Hexagon. The stars that make up the circle include the brightest stars of 6 different constellations. They paint a large circle of brilliant stars on the dark dome of the winter night sky and encircle Orion’s bright ruddy star Betelgeuse. We will also examine the upcoming the Geminid Meteor shower.
Friday, December 2 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
Two Small Pieces of Glass
This Fulldome show features two teenage students at a local star party where they learn about the history of telescopes, the nature of light and how telescopes work, as well how these instruments have allowed us to expand our understanding of the Solar System and beyond. During this show you will travel in both time and space, visiting Galileo and Newton as they make their historic discoveries and exploring astronomical wonders such as the Galilean Moons, Saturn’s rings, and spiral galaxies.
Friday December 30 at 7:00 PM