Robinson Planetarium February Shows Announced

Events to play throughout the month on the campus of Adrian College.

ADRIAN, Mich – The Robinson Planetarium and Observatory has announced its upcoming show schedule for February. 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.


Star Talk: The Winter Sky This live planetarium program will feature the constellations and planets visible this month.  High in the sky are Orion the hunter, Gemini the twins, and Taurus the bull.  Low on the southeastern horizon is Leo the lion, a constellation that portends the coming of the spring season and warmer weather.  Several planets are visible this month.  Jupiter follows Gemini across the sky throughout the evening and Saturn and Mars rise after midnight.  Venus shines brilliantly in the southeast at sunrise.

  Friday, February 7 at 7:00 PM


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. 


Shows will be on the following Fridays at 7:00 PM February 14 February 21


Dinosaur Prophecy


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, February 28 at 7:00 PM (Note: this show will also run in March)


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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


Please 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.