ADRIAN, Mich – The Robinson Planetarium and Observatory has announced its upcoming show schedule for March. 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.
Cowboy Astronomer Have you ever imagined yourself a cattle rancher in the wild west where the canopy of stars at night seems endless? Learn about the wonders of the night sky in this Fulldome show from the perspective of a cowboy astronomer as he shares facts and lore that he has accumulated from a lifetime on the ranch. The pre-recorded soundtrack for the show is narrated by cowboy humorist Baxter Black. Friday, March 1 at 7:00 PM Star Talk: Michigan Spring Skies As we approach the Vernal Equinox and the first day of spring, the dazzling winter constellations are moving into the western sky and the spring constellations are rising higher in the east. Although the spring constellations are not as brilliant those that are high in the sky during the winter months, two planets, Jupiter and Saturn will shine brightly during the evening hours. This live talk will focus on the spring night sky, visible planets and the potential for viewing Comet Panstarrs in the southwestern sky just after sunset in mid-March. Friday, March 8 at 7:00 PM Music Under the Stars: Improvised Celestial Musical Ruminations By: Pete Ford Adrian College Assistant Professor of Music Gaze at spring skies and ponder the timelessness of the stars while Pete Ford weaves a unique improvised and ruminative sonic backdrop live from his piano keyboard. Though his musical improvisations will not be strictly jazz, classical, new age or popular, they will be informed by elements of each style. Fellow stargazer Professor Ford, in his second appearance in the planetarium, will use the universal language of music to provide a springboard for your contemplation of the cosmos. Pete Ford has played keyboards in a wide range of settings, from composing music for commercial jingles to playing “cocktail piano” in restaurants, jazz with his group The Pete Ford Trio, and piano with the Adrian Symphony on their Jazz concerts. In 2010 he played piano at Carnegie Hall, accompanying the Adrian College Choir on the world premiere of his composition “Nahamasa—A Choral Fanfare for Asa Mahan.” For more information, visit his personal website, petefordtheory.com. Friday March 15 at 7:00 PM Star Talk: Volcanoes of the Solar System Dr. Sarah Hanson is a geologist at Adrian College and has spent many years researching volcanoes in northern Arizona. During this star talk, she will examine a few of Earth’s volcanoes and will then take the audience on a virtual trip through the Solar System exploring active and extinct volcanoes on other planets and moons. Friday, March 22 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 29 at 7:00 PM Note: this show will also run in April For more information please visit, http://adrian.edu/campus-life/planetarium/. Group reservations and special showings for some of these programs can be arranged by emailing Mark Fairclough at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the planetarium at (517) 265-5161 Ext. 4788. All other requests can be sent to Dr. Sarah L Hanson at email@example.com.