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

Statewide Astronomy Night

Friday, April 17, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
FREE Admission

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
Mayan Archaeoastronomy – Observers of the Universe

Sundays @ 1:30 pm
Price: $6 Adult, $4 Member, $4 Child (Free under 5)

In a feast of colours and sounds, Mayan Archaeoastronomy: Observers of the Universe dives into a Mayan world of knowledge about the importance of the orientations of its temples in relation to the movement of some stars like the Sun, the Moon and Venus.

Sunday Public Shows
Jupiter Up Close

Sundays @ 2:30 pm
Price: $6 Adult, $4 Member, $4 Child (Free under 5)

Jupiter is the largest planet in our grand solar system, and it holds many mysteries beneath its clouds and throughout its dozens of moons. Even though Jupiter orbits nearly 500 million miles away from the Sun, NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory challenged themselves to send a space probe to the gas giant and see what answers they could find. This spacecraft, named Juno, arrived at Jupiter in 2016 and has witnessed one fantastic sight after another. Join us for an exploration of Juno’s journey and see the wonders of Jupiter for yourself!

Sunday Public Shows
The Little Star That Could

Sundays @ 1:30 pm
Price: $6 Adult, $4 Member, $4 Child (Free under 5)

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
Price: $6 Adult, $4 Member, $4 Child (Free under 5)

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
Jupiter Up Close

Thursdays @ 6:30 pm
Price: $6 Adult, $4 Member, $4 Child (Free under 5)

Jupiter is the largest planet in our grand solar system, and it holds many mysteries beneath its clouds and throughout its dozens of moons. Even though Jupiter orbits nearly 500 million miles away from the Sun, NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory challenged themselves to send a space probe to the gas giant and see what answers they could find. This spacecraft, named Juno, arrived at Jupiter in 2016 and has witnessed one fantastic sight after another. Join us for an exploration of Juno’s journey and see the wonders of Jupiter for yourself!

Thursday Public Shows
Two Small Pieces of Glass

Thursdays @ 2:30 pm
Price: $6 Adult, $4 Member, $4 Child (Free under 5)

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
Price: $6 Adult, $4 Member, $4 Child (Free under 5)

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!