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 firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the planetarium at (517) 265-5161 x4788. All other requests can be sent to Dr. Sarah Hanson at (517)-264-3944.Star Talk: The Spring Sky
This live planetarium program will feature the Sun, Spring 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 Solar Quest, a short Fulldome movie that shows the interconnectedness of the Sun and Earth, including how space weather affects the atmosphere to create the northern lights atmosphere and distorts Earths the magnetic field. You will see images of granules, solar flares and coronal mass ejections from the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) and earn how scientists that are using the observatory to predict space weather.
Friday, June 9 at 7:00 PM
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, June 23 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, July 14 at 7:00 PM
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