Admission is free and open to the public!
Note: Beginning in May we will convert to our summer schedule with shows on the second and fourth Fridays of each month. The normal schedule with shows every Friday will resume in late August.
Contact information: Group reservations and special programs for some of the programs listed below can be arranged by emailing Mark Fairclough at email@example.com or calling the planetarium at (517) 265-5161 x4788. All other requests can be sent to Dr. Sarah Hanson at (517)-264-3944.
Origins of Life
Origins of Life will take you on an inspirational journey through time beginning with the Big Bang and continuing through the formation of the Universe, stars and solar systems, the first life on Earth, and the great extinctions. The journey ends with a discussion of our search for life beyond planet Earth. This celebration of life on Earth features many recent discoveries related to life science, demonstrating that if there was ever a time that science made its greatest advances, it’s right now!
Friday, July 28 at 7:00 PM
Star Talk: The Summer Sky
This live planetarium program will feature the Sun, summer constellations and visible planets. Special attention will be paid to objects that are easily visible with binoculars or a small telescope along with a discussion of the different types of viewing aids that amateur astronomers use to explore the night sky. The show will end with a discussion of the upcoming Solar Eclipse.
Friday, August 11 at 7:00 PM
Preview: Solar Eclipse 2017
On Monday August 21, people at many locations of the United States will be able to watch a total solar eclipse. In southeastern Michigan, weather permitting, we will see a partial solar eclipse. This program will guide you through what causes an eclipse and why they occur. We will end with an explanation of when and how to view this spectacular event. Don’t miss out - the next total solar eclipse will not occur near here until 2024!
Friday, August 18 at 7:00 PM
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, August 25 at 7:00 PM