Wayne State University Planetarium Hosts Friday Nights Under The Stars – Opportunity Detroit

Wayne State University Planetarium Hosts Friday Nights Under The Stars

Learn your way around the universe under the dome of the Wayne State University Planetarium every Friday evening through the rest of July. The planetarium shows are free to the public and presented at 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

About The Show

The show is 75 – 90 minutes long and consists of three parts, starting with an interactive demonstration that discusses size and distance as it relates to our solar system. You’ll learn about the sizes of the moon, earth and other planets as well as the distances between each. After that, onlookers will gaze at the current night sky, learning about the constellations, visible planets and how to find them amongst the stars.

Exclusively for 2019 and in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, the show concludes with a fulldome film. Entitled “Dawn of the Space Age,” this movie is all about the first 40 years of space exploration. Projected on the planetarium’s dome, fulldome presentations provide a unique and immersive experience.

Getting Tickets To The Show

For each show, the planetarium makes 40 seats available for reservation. While a collection of seats are available for walk-ins, the planetarium recommends making a reservation for the public shows because the planetarium only holds up to 60 people and shows are known to sell out quickly. Tickets become available for reservation at noon the Sunday prior to the show.

If you do reserve a seat, please arrive at least 10 minutes before the show. Any unclaimed seat by that time will be given to walk-in guests. Tickets for walk-ins are given on a first-come, first-served basis.

About The Wayne State University Planetarium

The Wayne State University Planetarium’s mission has three components: teaching, outreach and community service. It fulfills its mission by helping WSU students and the Detroit community learn more about galaxies, planets, stars and the solar systems. This educational resource holds public shows along with public lecture series, K-12 shows and summer programs. The night skies are presented on a state-of-the-art Spitz High Definition Digital System.

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