Public Shows 2021-2022.

Shows are limited to a maximum of 40 audience members and tickets must be purchased in advance. Audience members must follow MSU COVID safety rules while attending. Six feet spacing must be observed between groups from different households.

Public planetarium shows, featuring the Digistar 6 projector, are scheduled for Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 P.M. and Sundays at 2:30 P.M. and 4:00 P.M.

Admission prices for all shows are:

  • Adults, $5.50
  • Students and senior citizens, $5.00
  • Children (age 12 and under), $4.50

A current sky talk using the Digistar projector will follow all shows.

Please note that once a show begins the planetarium doors are locked and there will be no late admittance for the safety and comfort of our visitors. Please be sure to arrive before the stated start time of your show.

Private Shows are available for $100 ($80 for Members). Private shows are limited to 20 people. You can choose any show in our library. All shows last about an hour and include a live star talk about what is up in the night sky. To book please call us at (517) 355-4676 or email abrams@msu.edu with 3 choices of date and time, the show you would like to book, the number of households coming and the number of people per household so we can set up seating appropriately. A minimum of one weeks notice is needed before the requested reservation day, please contact us for more information.


2021-2022 Show Schedule.

The Abrams Planetarium public show schedule for Fall 2021 through Summer 2022. Each show is approximately 60 minutes long; a 30 minute recorded portion followed by a 30 minute live presentation of the current evening sky.

April 29, 2022 - May 29, 2022


The Sun: Our Living Star
Fridays & Saturdays 8:00 pm. Sundays 4:00 pm.

The Sun has shone on our world for four and a half billion years. The light that warms our skin today has been felt by every person who has ever lived. It is our nearest star and our planet's powerhouse, the source of the energy that drives our winds, our weather and all life. The passage of the Sun's fiery disc across the sky - day by day, month by month - was the only way to keep track of time for countless past civilizations. Discover the secrets of our star in this planetarium show and experience never-before-seen images of the Sun's violent surface in immersive fulldome format.

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Our Place in Space
Sundays 2:30 pm.

While solving a crossword puzzle about the sky, Scarlet Macaw and her friends explore the cause of day and night, the importance of our star the Sun, the beauty of the constellations, and the variety of objects that make up the Universe.

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June 3, 2022 - June 26, 2022


From Earth to the Universe
Fridays & Saturdays 8:00 pm. Sundays 4:00 pm.

Follow along as we leave our home to take you out to the colorful birthplaces and burial grounds of stars, and still further out, beyond the Milky Way, to the unimaginable immensity of a myriad galaxies. Along the way, you will learn about the history of astronomy, the invention of the telescope, and today's giant telescopes that allow us continue to probe ever deeper into the Universe.

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Perfect Little Planet
Sundays 2:30 pm.

Discover our solar system through a new set of eyes-a family from another star system seeking the perfect vacation spot. Fly over the surface of Pluto, our best known Dwarf Planet. Dive down the ice cliffs of Miranda. Sail through the rings of Saturn. Feel the lightning storms at Jupiter. And walk on the surface of Mars. Which destination would you choose?

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July 1, 2022 - July 31, 2022

No shows on July 3 for Independence Day Holiday


Bad Astronomy
Fridays & Saturdays 8:00 pm. Sundays 4:00 pm.

Were the Apollo visits to the Moon actually a hoax? Have aliens landed on Earth? Can you tell your future by the stars? Prepare to debunk and tackle pseduoscience head-on with this planetarium show. Based on the popular book and website of the same name, this show offers a unique and fun approach to learning about the cosmos. Join the "Bad Astronomer" Phil Plait as he takes a critical look at popular myths and misconceptions to show audiences how science can be used to evaluate questionable claims.

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A Teenager's Guide to the Galaxy
Sundays 2:30 pm.

Created and hosted by cosmically curious teenagers from Milwaukee schools, this unique cosmic experience takes you on a dynamic journey across the universe and through time. Science Topics Include: Black Holes, Cosmology--Origins & Fate of the Universe, Star Cycles, Sun, Earth Orgins & History, Water Origins & Chemistry.

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Aug. 5, 2022 - Aug. 28, 2022


Chasing the Ghost Particle
Fridays & Saturdays 8:00 pm. Sundays 4:00 pm.

Deep in the ice at the heart of Antarctica, IceCube, the biggest and strangest detector in the world waits for mysterious messengers from the cosmos. Scientists are using tiny and elusive particles called neutrinos to explore the most extreme places in the universe. These ghostly neutrinos give us an exclusive way to study powerful cosmic engines like exploding stars and black holes. In this show, stunning simulations of the most energetic places in our universe, and the galaxies around us, are the prelude to a thrilling journey inside IceCube, looking for traces of neutrino collisions in the ice. From one of the most remote locations on Earth to the unexplored regions of the cosmos, this show will take you on a journey you won't forget.

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Skytellers: Seasons and Moon
Sundays 2:30 pm.

Seasons and the Moon:

Listen to stories of the stars told by Native American Master Storytellers. In this show, you will hear two stories. "Spring Defeats Winter" retold by Joseph Bruchac (Abenaki) and "The Girl Who Married the Moon" retold by Gayle Ross (Cherokee).


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