Astronomy

Michigan Sky Tonight

What will I see when I go outside tonight? What’s happening at Saturn? What are the latest hot topics in Astronomy? Michigan Sky Tonight is a live-narrated program about what’s happening in the current night sky and in the universe of astronomy, from constellations to comets, planets to pulsars. In this 45-minute astronomical tour de force, you’ll also learn how to use a starchart that we provide for you to keep!

Michigan Sky Tonight is a live-narrated program updated every Friday to reflect the latest events in the night sky and other cosmic happenings.

One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure

One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure begins on Sesame Street when Elmo’s friend, Hu Hu Zhu, visits from China. Big Bird, Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu take viewers on an exciting discovery of the Sun, Moon, and stars.  They learn about the Big Dipper and the North Star and take an imaginary trip to the Moon where they learn that the Moon is a very different place from the Earth. When Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu imagine themselves back on Earth, they celebrate the idea that even though they live in two different countries, they still share the same sky.

Young Stargazers Sky Journey

Make the sky turn dark and sprinkle the sky with stars! The setting is complete as you embark on an exciting and educational journey through the night sky and the planets.

  • Beginning January 2, 2015.
  • Saturday/Sunday at 12:30pm.
  • Tickets required in addition to museum admission.
  • Recommended for 3 years old and up.

Planetarium Shows

Tickets are required for all planetarium and live animal programs. Observatory activities are included with admission.

Planetarium Schedule & Shows!

Click here for a schedule of planetarium programs during special events.

Planetarium programs are offered Friday and Saturday evening and every Saturday and Sunday.

Astronomy Resources

The Sky

Monthly Star Chart

Planetarium Thumbnail

This is an easy-to-use star chart that shows the sky only for evenings in the month indicated. Download and print it for free, courtesy of Cranbrook Institute of Science. Have fun!

Educational

Since the 1950's, the planetarium at Cranbrook Institute of Science has helped over 1 million visitors discover and enjoy the marvels of the universe.

Acheson Planetarium

The planetarium at Cranbrook Institute of Science is an intimate theater that allows you to explore and experience the universe. It features a state-of-the-art Digistar star projector manufactured by Evans & Sutherland Corp., a company also renowned for its simulation products for aviation and government clients. The Digistar allows star fields and other images to be projected and moved through.

Science Central

Nancy Mathera Fossil PrepWelcome to Science Central, your source for news, resources and research.

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