The following events will be playing throughout the month in Robinson Planetarium on the campus of Adrian College. Admission is free for all showings.
Earth, Moon & Sun — Friday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. This full-dome show explores the relationship between the Earth, Moon and Sun with the help of Coyote, an amusing character adapted from Native American oral traditions who has many misconceptions about our home planet and its most familiar neighbors. Native American stories are used throughout the show to help distinguish between myths and science. Learn why the Sun rises and sets and the basics of fusion and solar energy. Examine the Moon’s orbit, craters, phases and eclipses. The show is appropriate for families and elementary school children.
Star Talk: Thanksgiving’s Earthly Bounties — Friday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. This live star presentation will explore the Autumn constellations as well as some of the names Native Americans have given the Moon. The period of time following the early autumn Harvest and Hunter moons was set aside for feasting and celebrating the Earth’s bounty. In November, the Algonquian Beaver Moon reflects the time when beavers were preparing for winter and hunters set traps. The skins and furs provided household items and warm clothing for the coming winter months.
Cosmic Colors — Friday, Nov. 20 and 27, at 7 p.m.: Ever wonder why the sky is blue? Or why Mars is red? This full dome planetarium show will take you on an amazing journey across the entire electromagnetic spectrum to learn the answers to these questions and more! Take a tour within a plant leaf and journey inside the human eye. Investigate X-rays by voyaging to a monstrous black hole and then back at your doctor’s office. You will even see the actual color of a dinosaur — based on recent evidence. Join us for this wonderful adventure under a rainbow of cosmic light!
Robinson Planetarium is located at the eastern end of Peelle Hall on the corner of Charles and Williams streets on the Adrian College campus.