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. No reservations are needed.
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
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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.
2016-17 Planetarium Shows
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.
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.
January 10 – March 2 and March 14 – March 30, 2017
(Closed March 7 and 9 for College Spring Break)
Tag along with robot explorers zooming past rocky asteroids and icy comets, all the way to Pluto, and discover how asteroids and comets have collided with our planet throughout history, changing the course of life on Earth. Narrated by George Takei, this 2016 program gives audiences a closer look at the scientific advances that may allow us to find and track cosmic threats before they reach planet Earth.This is a 35-minute presentation.
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. (Ages 8+)