Planetarium Shows Available by Appointment

Schedule for Private Shows

In addition to our free public shows, we can schedule private shows at other times. Minimum group size is 15. The planetarium has 44 theater-style seats plus 5 spaces for those who use wheelchairs, and multiple shows can be arranged for larger groups.

You may choose any program listed below. All shows are free, and include a brief discussion of the current night sky projected on the planetarium dome.

Please try to make reservations at least two weeks in advance. You might also plan on 20-23 minutes for your group to see the John Bartley Science Museum, across the hall from the planetarium in Room 1073. For schools, we can also arrange a guided hike through our Kasey Hartz Nature Trail (in season), or a dining area for sack lunches.

Contact: Tamera Owens, Secretary, Math and Physical Sciences Department (231) 777-0289

Dates and times available for private shows:

  • OPEN: August 26- November 27, 2019 
  • CLOSED: November 28- December 1, 2019 for Thanksgiving break
  • OPEN: December 2-6, 2019
  • CLOSED: December 7, 2019 – January 10, 2020 for semester break
  • OPEN: January 11-15, 2020
  • CLOSED: January 20, 2020 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • OPEN: January 21 – February 26, 2020
  • CLOSED: March 1-5, 2020 for Spring Break
  • OPEN: March 8 – April 30, 2020
  • CLOSED: May 3-14, 2020 for Final Exams and Semester Break
  • OPEN: May 17-21, 2020
  • CLOSED: May 24, 2020 for Memorial Day
  • OPEN: May 25 – June 11, 2020
  • CLOSED: June 14, 2020 for the summer

Mondays and Wednesdays:
Morning shows can start between 8:00am-10:15am. Afternoons, 1:30pm-7:00pm.

Tuesdays and Thursdays:
Two afternoon times only, 1:30pm and 6:00pm.

Show times are available all day (also the best day for large groups that need multiple shows).

Saturdays and Sundays:
Closed – no private shows

Children’s Programs

Larry Cat In Space    This playful, imaginative cartoon presentation follows an inquisitive cat who takes a trip to the Moon. Parents will also enjoy the show, and learn something about the Moon, too! (30 minutes, ages 4-8, coloring pages available)

 The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather    Based on the hit NBC children’s series The Zula Patrol, this top-performing digital dome cartoon takes the Patrollers on an expedition to collect weather samples on Earth and other planets, as they save one of their own from an evil plan to control the universe. (24 Minutes, ages 5-10, education guide available)

General Audiences

Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity    This vivid presentation shows the development of stars in the early 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. (24 minutes, age 10+, education guide available)

Dawn of the Space Age    This incredibly accurate historic reconstruction of Man’s first trips into space gives you the chance to become a first-hand observer to this exciting time in history, from the launch of Sputnik to the future of Mars exploration. (41 minutes, all ages, education guide available)

Dynamic Earth: Exploring Earth’s Climate Engine    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 fiery volcanoes! (24 minutes, all ages, education guide available)

Edge of Darkness   Using groundbreaking discoveries from recent space missions, this program will take viewers to the dark depths of space across comets, Pluto, and its moons. (35 minutes)

Faster Than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight    Experience dazzling virtual rides aboard the spacecraft of the future, and learn what rocket designs might one day conquer space. (25 min, age 8+)

Mystery of the Christmas Star    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 from Babylon to Bethlehem. (30 minutes, all ages)

Oasis in Space    Take a startling and beautiful voyage through our universe, galaxy, and solar system in search of liquid water – a key ingredient for life on Earth. (24 minutes, all ages, education guide available)

Stars: the Powerhouses of the Universe    Journey to the furthest reaches of our galaxy to experience stars forming from vast clouds of gas and dust, burning bright with energy that powers the universe, and then ending in powerful explosions. (26 minutes, all ages, education guide available)

Solar Superstorms    Venture into superhot plasma vented in dramatic solar flares, violent solar tornadoes, and the largest eruptions in the solar system: coronal mass ejections. Features one of the most intense efforts ever made to understand the inner workings of the sun. (30 minutes, all ages, education guide available)

Supervolcanoes    See past and present supervolcanoes on Earth which have changed our history or will impact us in the future, and explore intensely powerful supervolcanoes on other planets. (35 minutes, all ages, education guide available)

Two Small Pieces of Glass    Explore the discoveries made by astronomers through the last 400 years, and trace the history of the telescope from Galileo’s modification of a child’s spyglass – using two small pieces of glass – to the launch of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and the future of astronomy. (25 minutes, all ages, education guide available)

Undiscovered Worlds    Do other planets like Earth exist? With rapidly improving technology and endeavors like the Kepler Telescope, the discovery of other planets brings us one step closer to the possibility of finding an Earth-like world. (30 minutes, all ages, education guide available)

We Are Stars    A family-friendly adventure that starts in a Victorian fairground and features an award-winning soundtrack. Follow our atomic history from the Big Bang to the modern day through the atoms from which our bodies are formed. See nuclear fusion in stars, the first asteroids, the development of our own solar system, and the evolution of life from the very first cells. (25 minutes, age 11+)