Admission is free and open to the public!
The Robinson Planetarium will reopen on Friday 29 August with regularly scheduled programs on Friday evenings at 7:00 PM.
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 L Hanson at email@example.com or by phone at (517) 264-3944.
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.
Shows will be on the following Fridays at 7:00 PM
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, October 3 at 7:00 PM
Star Talk: The Autumn Constellations
With the frosty evenings of fall upon us and the celebration of All Hallows Eve near, the winged horse Pegasus and Andromeda are high in the sky. Later in the evening, brilliant winter constellations begin to rise in the east. Join us for a live star talk to learn about the constellations and the upcoming partial solar eclipse that will be visible in southeast Michigan.
Friday, October 10 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, October 24 at 7:00 PM
Star Talk: Spooky Astronomy
On this All Hallows Eve, Astronomer Mark Fairclough will explore the Fall constellations, as well as the myths and legends of Halloween.
Friday, October 31 at 7:00 PM