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 L Hanson at email@example.com or by phone at (517) 264-3944.
Follow the Drinking Gourd
In honor of African-American History Month, the planetarium will present a program based on the children’s book, Follow the Drinking Gourd, by Jeanette Winter. We will take a virtual journey back in time to learn how the constellations helped escaped slaves find their way to freedom using the Underground Railroad. This program is sure to provide a wonderful experience for family and friends.
Fridays February 27 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 March 6 at 7:00 PM
IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System
IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System is a fulldome program that follows the scientists and engineers that developed NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX). Narrated by two inquisitive teenagers, this show follows the scientists as they investigate the Solar System and learn how collecting high-speed atoms has allowed IBEX to create a map of our Solar System’s boundary. This show illustrates the challenges of space science and how scientific research has led to ourunderstanding of the Universe.
· Friday March 13 at 7:00 PM
*** Special Event***
Piano Under the Stars: A Celestial Rumination
With Pete Ford, Adrian College Assistant Professor of Music
You are invited to “Chill Out” under the stars of the winter night sky from the comfort of Adrian College’s own Robinson Planetarium. In this special program, Pete Ford returns by popular demand to accompany your stargazing with his contemplative piano playing. The completely improvised ruminative and relaxing sonic backdrop will enhance your appreciation of the cosmos. The program will run approximately 45 minutes in length. Seating is limited, and will be on a first-come basis.
· Friday March 20 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 March 27 at 7:00 PM