Robinson Planetarium January 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 January. 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.


Schedule of Events for January


Star Talk: The Winter Sky Join Mark Fairclough on this cold winter evening to learn the folklore related to the January skies.  Native Americans referred to the January full moon as the Full Wolf Moon.  Ancient Romans celebrated the beginning of a new year. These long winter nights are adorned with some of the most brilliant constellations of the year, all positioned around the Greek hunter Orion. The bright planet Jupiter rises in the east at sunset and is overhead by midnight. As it makes its journey across the sky, it makes a complete rotation allowing the dedicated observer to view the entire planet over the course of an evening.


Friday, January 3 at 7:00 PM


Earth, Moon & Sun

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 our home planet and its most familiar neighbors. 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 is appropriate for families and elementary school children.


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


January 10

January 17

January 24


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.  


Friday January 31st at 7:00 PM


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.



For more information please see our web page at the following new address:


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.