Here in the 'mitten-state,' there are so many opportunities to star-gaze, not only outdoors, but indoors as well. Many of these 13 planetariums below even offer laser light shows and other similar programming. Stargazing is a pastime full of beautiful sights, exciting discovery and constant changing. The moon drifts across the sky and changes shape through the month while the planets wander across the background of stars. The constellations gradually shift westward with the passing seasons and each day could just be a different view of the amazing galaxy. Check out the awesome planetariums Michigan has to offer below.
Delta College Planetarium & Learning Center - Bay City
Delta College Planetarium houses one of the most technologically-advanced planetariums in the country, including an entertaining Dome360. The unique architecture will transport you to the breathtaking stars. This planetarium offers programs that range from current night sky and space exploration, to family science adventure and music under the stars. The facility also holds classrooms for Delta College classes, room rentals and telescope viewing on the rooftop observatory deck.
James C. Veen Observatory - Lowell
James C. Veen Observatory holds not one, but two observatory domes and several telescopes for viewing. Viewing season runs mid-April to mid-October on the second and last Saturday of each month. This observatory houses three permanently mounted astronomical telescopes and several portable instruments. Both large and small viewing domes are available. All of this technology is accessible to members following an orientation.
Robinson Planetarium- Adrian
The Robinson Planetarium features a 30 foot dome and a Spitz A-3-P star projector. Come to Adrian to take a journey and learn about the many planets, stars and constellations that light up the sky right here in Michigan.
Abrams Planetarium M.S.U Campus - East Lansing
Abrams Planetarium M.S.U. is a building on Michigan State University's campus that includes the Exhibit Hall, the Blacklight Gallery and the Sky Theater. Planetarium events are held here as well. The MSU 0.6 meter (24 inch) telescope is setup for viewing on selected astronomical objects. The smaller telescopes available are set up in the observatory parking lot, with both local area and MSU astronomers on hand to answer questions.
University Of Michigan Museum Of Natural History - Ann Arbor
This museum, located on the University of Michigan Campus, houses displays to explore natural history with special attention to Michigan's prehistoric past. The planetarium has a 360-degree domed screen that surrounds the audience. Several stargazing shows on the weekends are available along with at home, virtual events.
Kalamazoo Valley Museum - Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo Valley Museum offers a planetarium that is unparellell to others. Click here to be directed to their website and learn about featured speakers presenting for Statewide Astronomy Night or sign up to join in on the special virtual tour of the night sky!
Carr-Fles Planetarium - Muskegon
Carr-Fles Planetarium is located on the Muskegon Community College campus. This planetarium has four new planetarium programs each year, with public programs every Tuesday and Thursday evening. You will walk in on state-of-the-art digital projection, a new domed ceiling and modern theater seating that will take your experience to the next level.
Besser Museum For Northeast Michigan - Alpena
Besser Museum homes a brand new digital planetarium theater that was installed in 2016. This planetarium offers shows Tuesday through Saturday. Multiple show options are available including one called, Michigan Skies Live, which is an interactive show that takes you on a tour to explore the stars, find constellations, planets and more. The show changes as the sky changes so this activity is one that you can visit over and over again.
Stephen F Wessling Observatory - Fremont
Stephen F Wessling Observatory provides amateur astronomers the opportunity to both observe and study the universe. The observatory has multiple telescopes of various designs and sizes. All of these are available for the public to view and personally operate with the assistance of the Newaygo County Dark Sky Astronomers.
Longway Planetarium - Flint
Longway Planetarium is Michigan's largest planetarium. Longway features programs including astronomy and laser light shows. Enjoy fulldome graphics and so many amazing things to learn in this Planetarium. You'll find amazing shows to explore astronomy and even animated adventures for the entire family. Learn something new with a documentary or check out the fun light shows offered. Weekly and seasonal events are put on here at this Planetarium along with birthday parties and other events. Longway Planetarium is located on the Flint Cultural Center campus.
Grand Rapids Public Museum - Grand Rapids
Experience the incredible forces of our universe as you take a dive into the galaxy and constellations at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. All of the Planetarium shows feature the latest Digistar projection technology and surround sound for an amazing and realistic experience.
University Of Michigan- Bentley Historical Library - Ann Arbor
The University Of Michigan - Bentley Historical Library homes the first observatory built in the state of Michigan. Tours and viewing nights are available throughout the year so you can book your experience in advance. In 2005, the Detroit Observatory became a division of the Bentley Historical Library and is currently undergoing a renovation and expansion to add new space for classes, events and exhibits. This building will reopen fall of 2021. The Bentley Historical Library has some of the most cutting-edge technology that is a must to check out.
Hurst Planetarium - Jackson
Visist the Hurst Planetarium to look out under the 30 foot dome with the new OmniStar projector. This planetarium offers shows featuring live presentations of the stars, virtual night sky tours, private planetarium events, night sky observing programs and so much more. This planetarium is managed by the Ella Sharp Museum.
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