students in the planetarium

Planetarium

Members of the community are invited to attend monthly shows at the MCC Planetarium.

Admission is free for planetarium presentations but we ask that you save your seats.

  • Friday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m.  A Hot and Energetic Universe
    • A Hot and Energetic Universe Trailer
    • Target Audience: Ages 12 – adult
    • Description: The Hot and Energetic Universe presents with the use of immersive visualizations and real images the achievements of the modern astronomy, the most advanced terrestrial and orbital observatories, the basic principles electromagnetic radiation and the natural phenomena related to the High Energy Astrophysics. High Energy Astrophysics plays a key role in understanding the universe. These radiations reveal the processes in the hot and violent Universe. This science also probes hot gas in clusters of galaxies, which are the most massive objects in the Universe. It also probes hot gas accreting around supermassive black holes in the centers of galaxies. Finally, high energy radiation provides important information about our own Galaxy, neutron stars, supernova remnants and stars like our Sun which emit copious amounts of high energy radiation.
    • Save your seats for the October 11 show!
  • Saturday, October 12 at 11 a.m.   Perfect Little Planet
    • Perfect Little Planet Trailer
    • Target Audience: Ages 6 – 12
    • Description: Imagine the ultimate space vacation. Discover our solar system through a different set of eyes – a family from another star system seeking the perfect vacation spot. Fly over the surface of Pluto, our best known Dwarf Planet. Dive over the ice cliffs of Miranda. Sail through the rings of Saturn. Feel the lightning storms at Jupiter. And walk on the surface of Mars. Which destination would you choose? This is the solar system journey for space travelers of all ages.
    • Save your seats for the October 12 show!
  • Friday, November 22 at 7:30 p.m. Out There – The Quest for Extra-Solar Worlds
    • Out There – The Quest for Extra-Solar Worlds Trailer
    • Description: For thousands of years, mankind thought that the Earth was the center of the Universe. Thanks to our curiosity, imagination and urge to explore, we now know that planets like our Earth are nothing special in the cosmos. The Sun is just one ordinary star among hundreds of billions in our galaxy, the Milky Way. With the world’s most powerful telescopes, we are able to explore more and more of the Universe. What we have found so far has surpassed even the wildest expectations of scientists as well as authors of science fiction. Most stars have planets — it turns out they are more common than we thought. A huge diversity of different worlds is out there, just waiting to be discovered.
    • The November 22 show is sold out
  • Saturday, November 23 at 11 a.m.  Attack of the Space Pirates
    • Attack of the Space Pirates Trailer
    • Description: Hidden somewhere in the vast reaches of space is an alien technology so powerful that it threatens the very galaxy itself. A gang of rogue pirates will stop at nothing to find that technology and unleash its awesome power against the rest of the universe. Now, only one valiant ship stands between the pirates and their total domination of space. It’s a race against time for the Starship Intrepid as it seeks to find the alien technology first while defending itself against the attack of the space pirates! Embark on a thrilling adventure that has something for everyone: alien planets, exploding stars, black holes, evil villains and a series of space battles that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
    • The November 23 show is sold out
  • Friday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m. Dark Matter Mystery
    • Dark Matter Mystery Trailer
    • Description: What keeps Galaxies together? What are the building blocks of the Universe? What makes the Universe look the way it looks today? Researchers all around the world try to answer these questions. We know today that approximately a quarter of the Universe is filled with a mysterious glue: Dark Matter. We know that it is out there. But we have no idea what it is made out of. This fulldome planetarium show takes you on the biggest quest of contemporary astrophysics. You will see why we know that Dark Matter exists, and how this search is one of the most challenging and exciting searches science has to offer. Join the scientists on their hunt for Dark Matter with experiments in space and deep underground. Will they be able to solve the Dark Matter Mystery?
    • The December 6 show is sold out
  • Saturday, December 7 at 11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Let it Snow (animated sing-along)
    • Let it Snow Trailer
    • Description: A 30-minute holiday musical journey. Sing along as you watch high resolution holiday scenery and artistic animation played with some of your favorite holiday classic songs. The program is a fun and entertaining experience for audiences of all ages, especially families.
    • The December 7 at 11 a.m. show is sold out
    • Save your seats for the December 7 at 12:15 p.m. show!

No food or drinks in the Planetarium and no cell phone use during the shows, please.

When you come to MCC for your planetarium show, park in Lots E or F near the Liebman Science Center. The planetarium is located in room F206.

Planetarium shows may not be suitable for people who are prone to motion sickness or seizures issues. Children who are afraid of the dark should certainly be accompanied by an adult or sitting with an adult.