Robinson Planetarium Announces December Shows

Special holiday show, Season of Light, traces the history of the world's holiday customs.

ADRIAN, Mich – The Robinson Planetarium and Observatory has announced its upcoming show schedule for November. The following events will be playing throughout the month in the Robinson Planetarium on the campus of Adrian College. Admission is free for all showings.




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:


December 6


December 13


December 20



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 are the brightest stars of 6 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 the bright planet Jupiter and Comet Ison. Friday, December 27 at 7:00 PM


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Group reservations and special showings for some of these programs can be arranged by emailing Mark Fairclough at or calling the planetarium at (517) 265-5161 Ext. 4788. All other requests can be sent to Dr. Sarah L Hanson at note that renovations of the science building have limited planetarium access to the northeast entrance of Peelle Hall near the loading dock. Also, due to the construction at Peelle Hall, the Robinson Planetarium will not be handicap accessible until September 30, 2014. We are sorry for any inconvenience. Any questions should be directed to Dr. Agnes Caldwell, Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs at 517-265-5161, extension 4466.