Planetarium Shows Available by Appointment

The planetarium will be re-opening for appointments beginning April 18, 2022. For more information,please email



For groups of 15-44, we have times available by reservation for private shows, and multiple shows can be arranged for groups larger than 44. Visitors may also want to see our interactive science museum across the hall from the planetarium. Click here for information about the museum.

Teachers and group leaders are encouraged to schedule private shows at least two to three weeks in advance, especially for our busy seasons in December and May. For scheduling information, please contact the Math & Physical Sciences Department secretary, Tamera Owens, at (231) 777-0289,

Children’s Programs

Larry Cat In Space (30 minutes, ages 3-7) This playful, imaginative cartoon presentation follows an inquisitive cat who takes a trip to the Moon. This program has cartoon slides, rather than full-motion animation. Preview –

The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather (24 Minutes, ages 5-10) Based on the hit NBC children’s series, this animation takes the Patrollers on an expedition to learn all about weather, both on Earth and other planets.  Preview –

General Audience Programs

Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity (24 minutes) Features striking, immersive animations of the formation of the universe, star birth and death, the collision of giant galaxies, and a simulated flight to a super-massive black hole lurking at the center of our own Milky Way Galaxy.  This program features exciting images of zooming across the galaxy, but some viewers have experienced motion sickness. Preview –

Dawn of the Space Age (41 minutes) This historic reconstruction of Man’s first trips into space gives you the chance to become a first-hand observer to the space race. Preview –

Dynamic Earth: Exploring Earth’s Climate Engine (24 minutes) Explore the inner workings of Earth’s climate system, ride on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a hurricane, come face-to-face with sharks and whales, and fly into volcanoes!  Preview –

Edge of Darkness (24 minutes) Using groundbreaking discoveries from recent space missions, this program will take viewers to the dark depths of space to Pluto and its moons. Preview –

Faster Than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight (25 minutes) A virtual ride aboard the spacecraft of the future. What rocket designs might one day conquer space?  Preview –

Incoming! (30 minutes) Tag along with robot explorers and discover how asteroids and comets have collided with our planet throughout history, changing the course of life on Earth.  Preview –

Mystery of the Christmas Star (30 minutes) This modern retelling of the Christmas story investigates the “star” and “sky signs” that declared the birth of Jesus Christ and caused the Wise Men to travel across the desert from Babylon to Bethlehem. This program avoids discussion of the Earth as billions of years old. Preview –

Oasis in Space (24 minutes) Transports the audience on a startling and beautiful voyage through our universe, galaxy and solar system in search of liquid water – a key ingredient for life on Earth. Preview –

Stars: the Powerhouses of the Universe (26 minutes) Journey to the furthest reaches of our galaxy to experience star formation and destruction. Preview –

Solar Superstorms (30 minutes) Venture into superhot solar flare plasma, violent solar tornadoes, and the largest eruptions in the solar system: coronal mass ejections.  Preview:

Supervolcanoes (35 minutes) See how past and present supervolcanoes on Earth have changed our history or will impact us in the future, and explore them on other planets.  Preview –

Two Small Pieces of Glass (25 minutes) Explore the discoveries made by astronomers through the last 400 years, from Galileo’s invention of the telescope using two pieces of glass, to the launch of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. This program is more sensory-friendly, with less dramatic music and slower-moving images. Preview –

Undiscovered Worlds (30 minutes) With improving technology, the discovery of other planets brings us one step closer to the possibility of finding an Earth-like world. Preview –

We Are Stars (25 minutes) A family-friendly adventure that starts in a Victorian fairground and follows nuclear fusion in stars, the development of our own solar system, and the evolution of life from the very first cells. Preview –

For more information, please contact: Tamera Owens, Secretary, Math and Physical Sciences Department at (231) 777-0289 or