The Robinson Planetarium at Adrian College has set the following schedule for April 2019:
Star Talk: The Spring Skies
The winter constellations are beginning to sink below the western horizon at sunset and the spring constellations, such as Leo the lion, are now high in the sky. Venus shines brightly but is only visible briefly in the eastern sky at dawn. Also visible in the early morning eastern sky are Jupiter and Saturn. Mars is the only planet visible during the evening hours. Join the event for a live star talk that will explore the spring constellations and visible planets as well as the folklore associated with them.
Friday, April 5 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 Earth 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.
Friday, April 12 at 7 p.m.
Origins of Life
Origins of Life will take visitors 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 the 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, April 19 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. Those in attendance 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, April 26 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/.