Carr-Fles Planetarium

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. There are 44 theater seats and 5 spaces for those using wheelchairs.

Showtimes: 7 p.m. Doors open for seating by 6:45 p.m. and the show will begin as soon as the auditorium is full. All shows are approximately 35 minutes and include a brief demonstration of the current star positions.

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, Late August through June

Location: Room 135, Muskegon Community College, 221 S. Quarterline Rd., Muskegon, MI

Parking: Free

Want to donate for acquiring new programs at Carr-Fles Planetarium? Click here.

Want to schedule a private showing?
Private shows, for groups of 15-44 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.

View the complete list of planetarium shows available for private shows

2016-17 Planetarium Shows

We are Stars PosterWe Are Stars

August 23 – October 27, 2016

Is it true that we really are made of stars? With an entrancing Victorian fairground style and award-winning soundtrack, “We Are Stars” is a family friendly adventure that follows our atomic history through billions of years between the Big Bang and modern day. See the formation of nuclear fission in stars, the first asteroids, the development of our own solar system, and the evolution of life from the very first cells. Follow the thread that connects us to all those early times through the atoms from which our bodies are formed. The program will be followed by a brief tour of the current night sky, using the planetarium. This is a 35-minute presentation.

 

Mystery of the Christmas StarChristmas Show: Mystery of the Christmas Star

November 1 – December 1, 2016

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.

 

Faster than Light!Faster Than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight

January 10 – March 2 and March 14 – March 30, 2016
(Closed March 7 and 9 for College Spring Break)

This program will dazzle audiences with virtual rides aboard the spacecraft of the future. Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with billions of solar systems that have stars and planets like ours, but how will we get there? How long will it take? And what rocket designs might one day conquer space? using breakthrough concepts in physics and rocket fuel, how far can our technology take us?  The program will be followed by a brief tour of the current night sky, using the planetarium. This is a 35-minute presentation.

 

Undiscovered WorldsUndiscovered Worlds

April 4-April 21 and May 16-June 7, 2016
Closed April 22-May 15 for semester break)

This show explores a timeless question: Do other planets like Earth exist?  Through the discovery of exoplanets, the hundreds of planets that have been found orbiting stars beyond the Sun, we have learned that our solar system is not alone in the universe and have had to redefine our understanding of planets and solar systems.  With rapidly improving technology and endeavors like the Kepler Telescope, the discovery of exoplanets represents one step closer to the possibility of finding an Earth-like world. How will this change how we view our place in the universe?  The program will be followed by a brief tour of the current night sky, using the planetarium. This is a 35-minute presentation.