Admission is free and open to the public!
Programs: During the academic year, programs are held every Friday at 7 p.m. except on holidays. The planetarium has a limited schedule during the summer months (from May 1 through mid-August).
Contact information: Group reservations and special showings for some of our programs can be arranged by emailing Mark Fairclough at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the planetarium at (517) 265-5161 x4788. Please note that email communication is preferable.
Upcoming 2019 shows are listed below:
September 2019 Robinson Planetarium Programs at Adrian College
Sunstruck: Friday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m.
Discover the wonders of the Sun and how its incredible energy has supported life on Earth for millennia. Although this energy is essential for life, that same energy sometimes causes disruptions to the technology that is relied on in daily lives. Travel to the distant future to discover the Sun’s connection to the universe’s cosmic cycle of life and death. Produced by the Michigan Science Center.
Robinson Planetarium Schedule of Events October 2019
Cowboy Astronomer: Friday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m.
Ever imagine being a cattle rancher in the wild west where the canopy of stars at night seems endless? Learn about the wonders of the night sky in this fulldome show from the perspective of a cowboy astronomer as he shares facts and lore he has accumulated from a lifetime on the ranch. The pre-recorded soundtrack for the show is narrated by cowboy humorist Baxter Black.
Two Small Pieces of Glass: Friday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m.
While at a local star party, two teenage students learn from an astronomer about the history of telescopes, the nature of light and how telescopes work, as well how these instruments have allowed humans to expand their understanding of the Solar System and beyond. This fulldome show allows visitors to travel in time and space, visiting Galileo and Newton as they make historic discoveries. Join students as they explore the astronomical wonders such as the Galilean Moons, Saturn’s rings, and the spiral structure of galaxies.
Dinosaur Prophecy: Friday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m.
The Dinosaur Prophecy will take visitors 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. Visitors 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 appropriate for the entire family.
Earth, Sun and Moon: Saturday, Oct. 19, at 11 a.m.
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 the Earth and its most familiar neighbors. His confusion about the universe makes viewers think about how the Earth, Moon and Sun work together as a system. 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 explores past and future space travel to the Moon and beyond.
Cosmic Colors: Friday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m.
Cosmic Colors is a fulldome show that will take visitors on a wondrous journey across the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Discover the many reasons for color — like why the sky is blue and why Mars is red. 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 to the doctor’s office. Those in attendance will even see the actual color of a dinosaur — based on recent evidence. Get ready for an amazing adventure under a rainbow of cosmic light!
The Robinson Planetarium is located at the east end of Peelle Hall on the corner of Charles and Williams streets on the Adrian College campus.
For more information, see the Planetarium’s web page at http://adrian.edu/campus-life/planetarium/.
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