Thanks to the generosity of the Reach for the Stars campaign donors, you can experience the all-new Carr-Fles Planetarium, West Michigan’s only free planetarium, on the Muskegon Community College campus.
- Features: State-of-the-art digital projection, sound and lighting systems. An all-new library of shows. Modern theater seating. New domed ceiling.
- Admission: Free and open to the public.
- Showtimes: 7 p.m.
- When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, September through June
- Location: Room 135, Muskegon Community College, 221 S. Quarterline Rd., Muskegon, MI
- Parking: Free
- Additional Information: Planetarium FAQs.
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Want to schedule a private showing?
Private shows, for groups of 15 or more during the day and 20 or more during the evening, may be reserved by calling (231) 777-0289. Teachers or group chaperones are encouraged to select one of the appropriate titles and schedule their visit two to three weeks in advance.
2014-15 Planetarium Shows
Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity
August 26 – October 30, 2014
Narrated by actor Liam Neeson, this cutting-edge presentation takes the planetarium audience to the most frightening objects in the universe: the black holes. Visitors will learn about the evolution of stars, the types of stars that produce black holes when they die, and the super-massive black holes in the centers of galaxies. The program will be followed by a brief tour of the current night sky, using the planetarium.
This is a 35-minute presentation.
Christmas Show: Mystery of the Christmas Star
November 4 – December 11, 2014
Anyone who has read the Bible has learned of the glory and the wonder of the “Star” that declared the birth of Jesus Christ. Yet, it seems few people of that time, including King Herod’s court astronomers, were aware of the star’s appearance. “Mystery of the Christmas Star” investigates possible dates for the sighting of the “Star,” and looks at significant astronomical events visible in the sky in those time frames. See which of the “sky signs” was remarkable enough to have caused the Wise Men to travel over 600 miles through the desert from Babylon to Bethlehem. The program will be followed by a brief tour of the current night sky, using the planetarium.
This is a 35-minute presentation.
January 13 – February 26, 2015
March 10 – April 2, 2015
Based on satellite monitoring data and advanced supercomputer simulations, this cutting-edge production explores the inner workings of Earth’s climate system: the atmosphere, oceans, and the biosphere. Audiences will ride along on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a monster hurricane, come face-to-face with sharks and gigantic whales, and fly into roiling volcanoes. The program will be followed by a brief tour of the current night sky, using the planetarium.
This is a 40-minute film.
Dawn of the Space Age
April 7 – April 23, 2015
May 19 – June 11, 2015
Re-live the excitement of the early days of space exploration, from the launch of the first artificial satellite sputnik, to the magnificent lunar landings and privately operated space flights. Be immersed and overwhelmed with this most accurate historic reconstruction of Man’s first steps into space. Who were these Men and Women that took part in these death defying endeavors? Witness their drive, their passion, and their perseverance to explore in “Dawn of the Space Age.”
This is a 40-minute presentation.