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. 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 1072 on the Muskegon Community College main campus, 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

2019-20 Planetarium Shows

SuperVolcanoes poster

Supervolcanoes

August 27 – October 31, 2019

Supervolcanoes is an immersive planetarium show that looks back at rare classes of eruptions that have marshaled the energy that lurks, like a sleeping dragon, beneath the surface of planet Earth. The program moves beyond Earth to explore the impact of giant volcanic eruptions around our solar system. Audiences will fly down to Neptune’s frigid moon Triton, and onto the ultimate volcanic world: Jupiter’s moon Io. On a visit to a legendary North American hot spot, Yellowstone National Park, the film asks: can a supervolcano erupt in our time? This is a 35-minute presentation

Mystery of the Christmas Star

Mystery of the Christmas Star

November 5 – December 12, 2019
(No show on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28)

This modern look at the Christmas story revisits the significant astronomical events visible in the sky in the time of Jesus’ birth. 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, leading them to Jesus? This is a 35-minute presentation.

We are Stars Poster

 

We Are Stars

January 14 – February 27, 2020 and March 10 – March 26, 2020 (No shows on March 3 and 5)

What are we made of? Where did it all come from? Explore the secrets of our cosmic chemistry, and our explosive origins. Connect life on Earth to the evolution of the Universe by following the formation of Hydrogen atoms to the synthesis of Carbon, and the molecules for life. Narrated by Andy Serkis. This is a 35-minute presentation.

Faster than Light!

 

Edge of Darkness

March 31 – April 30, 2020 and May 19 – June 11, 2020

Using groundbreaking discoveries from recent space missions, this program will take viewers to the dark depths of space across comets, Pluto, and its moons. This is a 35-minute presentation.