Planetarium Shows

Hurst Planetarium

This magical Planetarium is managed by the Ella Sharp Museum, and Public Astronomy shows are presented under the 30-foot dome throughout the year with a new state-of-the art OmniStar projector. The Planetarium offers shows featuring a live presentation of the stars Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons.

Special Events

My Sky

February 15 – May 17, 2020

My Sky is an exhibit about the universe. But it is also about each of us, and how the sky above impacts our lives here on Earth. The sky is, after all, universal. My Sky invites children and adults to explore the Sun, the Moon and the stars together in an immersive, inviting environment. Families are encouraged to “look up” not only when they visit the exhibit, but also in their everyday lives. And My Sky gives families the chance to practice science skills like observing, communicating, noticing patterns, predicting, imagining and more — science skills that are fundamental to astronomy, and skills that scientists and engineers use every day.

Ella’s Explorers

February 22 – May 2, 2020
Saturdays from 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Ella’s Explorers is back for the 2020 season! This drop-in program is designed for children with a curious mind and an explorer’s heart. Join us each Saturday from 1-4p for out of this world activities and experiences to coincide with the “My Sky” exhibit. Recommended for ages 7-11.

Spring Break Planetarium Shows

March 30 – April 4, 2020
Daily shows at 11:00am and 3:00pm

Join Hurst Planetarium this Spring Break for a special showing of Habitat Earth, a journey showcasing many of the amazing natural ecosystems around the world and how they are connected with humanity. You can also make Hurst Planetarium one of your passport destinations with the Jackson District Library as you navigate through it’s 13 branches, sharing the many cultures from around the world. Be sure to check out our newest interactive exhibit, “My Sky”!

Statewide Astronomy Night

Friday, April 17, 2020
7:00 pm

Our shared Michigan night sky is a vast gallery of breathtaking wonders. Throughout history, people of the world have used the night sky as an important resource for farming, culture, navigation, and discovery. Join us at Hurst Planetarium for an adventure through fantastic views and see how mind-blowing discoveries are connected with what you can see with your own eyes. There will be a 30 minute show at 7PM, 8PM, and 9PM, followed by telescope observing, weather permitting.

Ongoing Events

Sunday Public Shows
The Little Star That Could

Sundays @ 1:30 pm

Follow the journey of Little Star, as he searches the galaxy for planets to call his own. Along the way, Little Star will meet many different types of stars, a galaxy, planets, and more!

Sunday Public Shows
Two Small Pieces of Glass

Sundays @ 2:30 pm

The invention of the telescope was one of the most crucial in our understanding of our universe. Join students at a local star party to learn about the history of the telescope from Galileo’s modifications of a child’s spyglass to the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope and some of the discoveries that have been made along the way.

Thursday Public Shows
Two Small Pieces of Glass

Thursdays @ 6:30 pm

The invention of the telescope was one of the most crucial in our understanding of our universe. Join students at a local star party to learn about the history of the telescope from Galileo’s modifications of a child’s spyglass to the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope and some of the discoveries that have been made along the way.

Sensory Friendly Planetarium Shows

First Sundays of each month @ 12:00 pm

Sensory friendly planetarium shows are designed to make the planetarium environment more accessible. Soft lights remain on, sounds are set to lower levels, and the doors are left open. Shows will be on the first Sunday of each month starting March 2019.

Private Shows

Time & date made upon reservation

Have you ever wanted a birthday under the stars? A party that’s out of this world? A place for your event unlike any other? Look no further than Ella Sharp Museum’s Hurst Planetarium! Call to make a reservation!