Discover the universe in all its wonder in our Dassault Systèmes Planetarium, featuring a Digistar® II projection system with 13,000-watt Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. Our shows put you inside the virtual universe as you fly past more than 9,000 stars, plus planets, galaxies and more on a 50-foot-wide, three-story-high-dome.
Groups choose planetarium shows weekdays during the school year. Selections are based on a first-come, first served reservation. See our seven available shows on page 7 in our Group Guide then call us to book your visit!
Full-dome planetaria can now order SunStruck, currently only available as a show for order, new from MiSci! Explore the wonders of our sun and experience its incredible energy. Learn more here.
SunStruck opens at the Michigan Science Center in March!
Our Place in Space
Join us for a humbling look at the true size of our planet. Begin with a tour of the current night sky. Next our space journey takes a look at the state of Michigan, and gradually zooms our to reveal the size of asteroids and dwarf planets compare to our state. Our journey continues to view the planets of our Solar System, the Sun, other stars, entire galaxies, and finally the scale of the universe. (Live show)
This website presents similar concepts covered in the show
in a light-hearted way.
SAT: 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm
SUN: 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm
WED-FRI: 1:00 pm
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Solar System
Join us in the Dassault Systèmes Planetarium for an interactive exploration of our neighborhood space – the Solar System. Discover how vast the space is between the Sun, planets, moons, asteroids and comets and how small these bodies are in comparison. Learn the latest discoveries about our Solar System by robotic spacecrafts such as the Solar Dynamics Observatory, the Mercury MESSENGER, the Curiosity Rover on Mars, Cassini at Saturn and New Horizon currently on its way to Pluto. (Live show)
FEB 16-20: 10:00 am, 1:00 pm
Participate in hands-on demonstrations to learn about the phases of the moon, comparative sizes of the celestial bodies in our Solar System and more. This show uses concrete examples to reinforce concepts for younger minds and includes a tour of the current night sky so that students can learn to find key patterns in the stars. (Live show)
SAT: 2:00 pm
SUN: 2:00 pm
What’s Up? Your Guide to the Night Sky
What’s Up? Your Guide to the Night Sky features the constellations, stars and planets in the current sky along with information on the impact of light pollution on our view of the night sky and our place in the Milky Way Galaxy. (Live show)
SAT: 12:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm
SUN: 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm
WED-FRI: 2:00 pm
SkyWeek | Sky and Telescope TV
Star Gazers – weekly tv series on naked-eye astronomy
This Week’s Sky at a Glance | Sky and Telescope
Tonight’s Sky | HubbleSite monthly video
Evening Sky Map
Sky Calendar & Sky Map | MSU Abrams Planetarium
2015 Calendars – Astronomy Picture of the Day