Admission is free and open to the public!
Note: Beginning in May we will convert to our summer schedule with shows on the second and fourth Fridays of each month. The normal schedule with shows every Friday will resume in late August.
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 Dinosaur Prophecy will take you back to a time when the world was a very different place and dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Digitally recreated dinosaurs such as the Coelophysis, Allosaurus, the feathered Sinornithosaurus, T. rex and Triceratops will seem to come to life on the planetarium dome. You will learn how scientists use dinosaur bones and tracks to determine how they lived and died. Their work shows that many of the dinosaurs simply disappeared whereas the remainder roamed the planet until the massive extinction 65 million years ago. This adventure into how dinosaurs survived and thrived until the final extinction 65 million years ago is sure to be a favorite for the entire family.
Friday April 7 at 7:00 PM
Star Talk: Michigan Spring Skies
The winter constellations are beginning to sink below the western horizon at sunset and the spring constellations, such as Leo the lion, are now high in the sky. In early April, Jupiter will be visible from dawn to dusk and Saturn, with its majestic rings, is high in the predawn sky. Join us for a live star talk that will explore the spring constellations and visible planets as well as the folklore associated with them.
Friday, April 14 at 7:00 PM
Ever wonder why the sky is blue? Or why Mars is red? This full dome planetarium show will take you 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 at your doctor’s office. You will even see the actual color of a dinosaur—based on recent evidence. Join us for this wonderful adventure under a rainbow of cosmic light.
Shows will be on the following Fridays at 7:00 PM
Star Talk: The Spring Sky
This live planetarium program will feature the Sun, Spring 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 atmosphere 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 that are using the observatory to predict space weather.
Friday, May 12 at 7:00 PM
Trip Through Space
Trip Through Space is a Fulldome program will
take you on an exciting tour through the Solar System and beyond. This journey through the night sky will include glimpses of several winter and early spring constellations, the Solar System, stars, nebulae, galaxies and more. This program is great for families and kids of all ages.
Friday, May 26 at 7:00 PM