Planetarium Shows for December and January
The Sky Tonight: Star Talk
Saturdays at 11:30 am, 1:30 & 3:30 pm; Sundays at 1:30 & 3:30 pm PLUS: December 27 and 28 at 11:30 and 1:30 PLUS January 2, 3, 4 & 21 at 11:30 am & 1:30 pm And on Martin Luther King Day. January 21, at 11:30 and 1:30
Bright stars, constellations, planets, and telescopic objects in the current night sky will be discussed in this live “star talk.” Then leave Earth and “fly” out into space to examine the planets in the current sky.
Season of Light
December weekends: Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 PLUS December 27 and 28 at 12:30 PLUS January 2, 3 & 4 at 12:30 pm
An elegant and sophisticated program about the coldest and darkest of seasons — a time which holds some of the warmest and brightest celebrations of the year. The show traces the history and development of many of the world’s most endearing holiday customs, all of which involve lighting up the winter season.
Light Years from Andromeda
STARTING JANUARY 5th: Saturdays at 12:30 & 2:30 pm
A beam of light leaves the Andromeda Galaxy and travels across intergalactic space. On a nearby planet, intelligent life evolves. As the light speeds across the light years, the primitives on the planet form cultures and civilizations — and begin to wonder about the universe surrounding them. When the light reaches Earth, some of the descendants of the early hunters have just escaped the bonds of their world’s gravity, and visited the Moon.
STARTING JANUARY 6th: Sundays at 2:30 pm
Recorded narration by Liam Neeson. Features striking, immersive animations of the formation of the early Universe, star birth and death, the collision of giant galaxies, and a simulated flight to a supermassive black hole.
Larry Cat in Space
Monday, January 21 (Martin Luther King Day) at 12:30 pm
A playful, imaginative cartoon about an inquisitive cat who stows away aboard a space ship and visits the Moon. Primarily targeted at grades K-3 but enjoyable for everyone, the show teaches several things about the Moon and includes a short live night sky discussion.
All ages admitted. Planetarium prices are $5 for adults, seniors, & children.
About the Museum – www.lsa.umich.edu/ummnh
The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History is open Monday through Saturday, 9 am-5 pm, and Sunday 12-5 pm. The Museum is located at 1109 Geddes Avenue in Ann Arbor; the main entrance is one block west of Washtenaw Avenue. Admission to the Museum is free for individuals and families; groups of 10 or more must call to make a reservation. For more information, call (734) 764-047.