Dassault Systèmes Planetarium

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 six available shows on page 1 in our Group Guide then call us to book your visit!

Teachers: Download educator guides for our shows before your class visit here, and get GLCEs related to planetarium shows here.

What’s Up? Your Guide to the Night Sky

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)

NOW – SEP 6, 2015
MON-FRI: 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm
SAT: 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm
SUN: 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm

Educator Guide. Answer Key.

SUNSTRUCK

Sunstruck

Discover the wonders of our sun. Its incredible energy has supported life on earth for millennia, but is now threatening our technology and way of life.  Travel to the distant future to discover our sun’s connection to the universe’s cosmic cycle of life and death. Grades 4 and up. Full-dome
planetaria can order SUNSTRUCK, new from MiSci! Learn more here.

NOW – SEP 6, 2015
MON-FRI: 12:00 pm, 4:00 pm
SAT: 12:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm
SUN: 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm

Watch trailer.
Educator Guide. Teacher Resource Guide.

Junior Astronomer

logo_JrAstroParticipate 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. Grades 1-3 (Live show)

NOW – SEP 6, 2015
MON-FRI: 2:00 pm
SAT: 2:00 pm
SUN: 2:00 pm

Educator Guide

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Solar System

HGSS_Logo_GreenWJoin 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)

Available for group reservations here.

Educator Guide

Our Place in Space

What's Up? Your Guide to the Night Sky

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.

Available for group reservations here.

The Little Star That Could

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What are stars made of? Why do stars shine? What’s in our galaxy? Come meet the Milky Way Gang in this delightful presentation as animated characters take you on a voyage to find out how planets are born, why stars explode, and the difference between stars, planets and moons. Follow the travels of ‘Little Star’, an average, ordinary yellow star who is in search of planets of his own to protect and keep warm.  Along his journey, he meets many different stars, each a wonderfully animated character, and learns what makes each star special and much more! Grades PreK-1

Available for group reservations here.

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

CURRENT MOON