Welcome to the 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.
  • 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

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 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

 2013-14 Planetarium Shows

IBEX: The Interstellar Boundary Mission
August 27 - October 31, 2013 

This planetarium sky show explores the exciting IBEX space mission which seeks to answer the question where does the solar system end and interstellar space begin. This is an ongoing mission with new results every day. This visually impressive program reviews are knowledge of our place in the universe before IBEX, the mission objectives, and some preliminary results. The sky show will be followed by a brief tour of the night sky.
This is a 40-minute presentation.

Christmas Show: Mystery of the Christmas Star
November 5 – December 12, 2013

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. What was the “Star” referred to in scripture? “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 14 – February 20, and March 4 - April 10, 2014

This impressive sky show takes the planetarium visitor on a tour of past and present super volcanoes on Earth which have changed the course of Earth’s history or will impact the future. The program leaves the Earth and explores some of the super volcanoes found elsewhere in the solar system. This program will be followed by a brief tour of the night sky.
This is a 40-minute presentation.


Two Small Pieces of Glass
April 15 – April 24, and May 13 - June 12, 2014

This sky show explores the amazing telescope, from its historical origin, to the great initial discoveries with its use, to the Hubble Space telescope and other latest ventures. During its 400 year history, the telescope has allowed us to quite literally discover the universe. This program will be followed by a brief tour of the night sky.
This is a 40-minute presentation.