EMU planetarium is beginning there in person shows again after a closure during the pandemic.
EMU planetarium was a part of the renovations to Mark Jefferson Science complex in 2011 and began offering its first public planetarium shows in 2013.
The planetarium used to offer 50-60 public shows a year in fall and winter. While using the facility all year round with the astronomy courses offered at EMU.
During the pandemic the planetarium was closed and they decided to make some changes and improvements to the facility while it was closed. The projection system was upgraded, more than doubling its original resolution. As well as all the shows being updated to match the new system.
“These upgrades are now complete and the system looks great,” Tom Kasper, the EMU Planetarium coordinator, said in a written statement.
In fall of 2022 they began slowly rolling out shows again with “Season of Light” and plan to return to a full schedule this winter semester.
Upcoming shows for the planetarium are Comets and Discovery on Feb. 8 and Cosmic Colors on Mar.13.
Comets and Discovery takes the audience on a journey that follows two comet hunters in first person, a modern explorer and Caroline Herschel a famous 18th century comet hunter. They are using green-screen technology, 3-D environments, and still art. This show is recommended for the whole family.
Cosmic COlors will take you across the entire electromagnetic spectrum to discover the many reasons for colors. You will journey through a plant leaf, inside the human eye and even see the actual color of a dinosaur based on recent evidence. This show is recommended for anyone grade 5 and above.
With every planetarium show they include “Seasonal Stargazing '' which shows the audience an overview of current stars and consultations visible in the season. It’s a 15 minute introduction to the night sky that brings the stars to the audience.
Shows at the planetarium usually run 45-60 minutes and you can see all available shows on emich.ludus.com and purchase tickets there.you can also see their extensive library of shows on their website.