Spend an afternoon under the stars at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor Planetarium

ANN ARBOR – Did you know that the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History is home to a state-of-the-art planetarium?

Visitors can enjoy being transported to space, Central American jungles and underwater worlds at the Dome Theater Friday through Saturday.

Tickets are $8 and can be purchased the same day at the museum shop.

The planetarium is currently operating at 50% capacity to ensure proper distancing between guests.

Here are the three shows currently on at the planetarium, with descriptions taken from the museum’s website:

expedition reef

Learn the secrets of the “rainforests of the sea” as you embark on an ocean safari of the world’s most dynamic and threatened marine ecosystems. Expedition Reef immerses you in an underwater adventure. Along the way, learn how corals grow, feed, reproduce, and support more than 25% of all marine life on Earth.

sky tonight

A live presentation on what to find in the sky tonight and for the next few weeks. This presentation explains how to find cardinal directions on your own by finding the North Star, current and future constellations, visible planets, some seasonal deep sky objects, and other interesting astronomical visualizations. If you want to be able to watch from your own backyard and know what to look for, this is the show for you.

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Tales from the Mayan Sky

Tales of the Maya Skies immerses viewers in the wonders of science, cosmology, and Maya myth. This beautifully illustrated story takes us back in time to the jungles of Mexico to discover how Mayan scholars developed a sophisticated understanding of astronomy, architecture and mathematics that enabled them to predict solstices, solar eclipses, weather conditions and planetary movements.

Hours from Friday to Sunday

  • 11:30 a.m. Reef Expedition

  • 12:30 p.m. Sky tonight

  • 1:30 p.m. Tales from the Mayan Sky

  • 2:30 p.m. Sky tonight

To celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, the planetarium will present three shows in Spanish on September 17.

These include:

  • 10:30 a.m. Tales from the Mayan Sky – Spanish

  • 1:30 p.m. Tales from the Mayan Sky – Spanish

  • 2:30 p.m. Sky Tonight – Spanish

The UM Museum of Natural History is located at 1105 N. University Ave.

For more information, visit www.lsa.umich.edu/ummnh.

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Arline J. Mercier