The Robinson Planetarium at Adrian College has set the following schedule for August 2019:
Star Talk: The Summer Skies
The summer constellations are high in the sky with brightly shining constellations such as Scorpius and Sagittarius. The Summer Triangle, which encompasses three constellations, is also a prominent feature that is high in the sky. Join this event for a live star talk that will explore the summer constellations and visible planets as well as the folklore associated with them. Friday, Aug. 2, at 7 p.m.
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. This show is appropriate for families and elementary school children. Friday, Aug. 16, at 7 p.m. and Friday, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m.
The Dinosaur Prophecy will take visitors 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. Visitors 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 appropriate for the entire family. Friday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m.
The Robinson Planetarium is located at the eastern end of Peelle Hall on the corner of Charles and Williams streets on the Adrian College campus.
For more information, see the Planetarium’s web page at http://adrian.edu/campus-life/planetarium/.