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 email@example.com or calling the planetarium at (517) 265-5161 x4788. All other requests can be sent to Dr. Sarah L Hanson at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (517) 264-3944.
Origins of Life
Origins of Life will take you on an inspirational journey through time beginning with the Big Bang and continuing through the formation of the Universe, stars and solar systems, the first life on Earth, and the great extinctions. The journey ends with a discussion of our search for life beyond planet Earth. This celebration of life on Earth features many recent discoveries related to life science, demonstrating that if there was ever a time that science made its greatest advances, it’s right now!
Shows will be on the following Fridays at 7:00 PM
Live coverage of NASA’s Orion Launch
NASA’s Orion spacecraft, more powerful than any rocket ever built, will be capable of sending humans to deep spacedestinations such as an asteroid and eventually Mars. On December 4, 2014, Orion will launch atop a Delta IV Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex Flight Test on the Orion Flight Test: a two-orbit, four-hour flight that will test many of the systems most critical to safety.
The planetarium will cover the event with a live NASA feed from launch at 7:00 AM through reentry, which begins at 10:30 AM. Please drop in any time for coverage and discussion of this historic event.
Thursday Morning, December 4 from 6:30 AM to 11:00 AM
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 explore Jupiter and its moons and the Geminid Meteor shower.
Friday, December 5 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: