WE ENGAGE COMMUNITIES ON A LEARNING JOURNEY IN HISTORY AND SCIENCE

Mask policy: effective March 1, 2022, masks are respected but not expected or required.

Join us every second Friday of the Month to discuss different Cultures and how they interpret the sun, stars and other celestial objects.

Cultural Astronomy Tickets

Tickets: $8 adults, $6 seniors 60+, and $6 youth ages 2-11
Children 1 and younger: Free
Combo Tickets: Add admission to Sloan Museum and SAVE!
$17 Adults, $12 Senior, and $10 Youth 2-11

Genesee County Residents
All Longway Planetarium shows are 50% off for Genesee County residents:
$4 adults, $3 seniors 60+, and $3 youth ages 2-11
When you arrive, please present your driver’s license or ID with your address on it to confirm your residency. Longway Planetarium shows are funded in part by the Genesee County Arts Education and Cultural Enrichment Millage. Your tax dollars are at work.

Members
All Longway Planetarium shows are free for members
Please login to reserve your member tickets. Member discounts are automatically applied at checkout. When you arrive, please present your membership card and driver's license or ID to confirm your membership level.

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December: Winter Solstice Celebrations

Date: Friday, December 9, 2022 - "Winter Solstice Celebrations"
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
In-Person Location: Longway Planetarium, 1310 E. Kearsley St. Flint, MI 48503
This exciting new live lecture series focuses on how the stars, planets and galaxies shaped mythologies, religions, and even architecture within various cultures. Across the globe, cultures have celebrated traditions on the shortest day of the year - the Winter Solstice. Discover why the solstice held such importance through multiple cultures, sights, and traditions - including Newgrange, Yule, and more. Presented by Longway Planetarium Manager, Patrick Ross, M.S.

Once a show has started, there will be no late seating. Please arrive before the show begins.

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November: The Timekeepers of MesoAmerica

Date: Friday, November 11, 2022 - "The Timekeepers of MesoAmerica"
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
In-Person Location: Longway Planetarium, 1310 E. Kearsley St. Flint, MI 48503
This exciting new live lecture series focuses on how the stars, planets and galaxies shaped mythologies, religions, and even architecture within various cultures. November's topic features the Mayan and Aztecs, masters of observational astronomy in Mesoamerica, and meticulous record keepers. Giant pyramids and temples acted as observatories that helped mark significant days of the year. Over time, many of these great temples and cities were lost. November’s Cultural Astronomy live program will explore how these civilizations used the night sky to develop intricate calendars and how these temples and cities have been rediscovered in the modern era. Presented by Longway Planetarium Manager, Patrick Ross, M.S.

Once a show has started, there will be no late seating. Please arrive before the show begins.

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Past Topics

October: Legends of the Celtic Way

Date: Friday, October 14, 2022
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
In-Person Location: Longway Planetarium, 1310 E. Kearsley St. Flint, MI 48503
This exciting new live lecture series focuses on how the stars, planets and galaxies shaped mythologies, religions, and even architecture within various cultures. October's featured presentation is Legends of the Celtic Way: A Halloween Special. Discover the unique approach to timekeeping that is seen in celtic cultures, celebrate the festivals they held to protect the cosmic order, and learn about the origins of Halloween!

Once a show has started, there will be no late seating. Please arrive before the show begins.

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September: The Remarkable Astronomy of the Ancestral Puebloans of New Mexico

Discover the civilization of the Ancestral Puebloans of northwest New Mexico

Date: Friday, September 9, 2022
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
In-Person Location: Longway Planetarium, 1310 E. Kearsley St. Flint, MI 48503
In this live program, you’ll discover the civilization of the Ancestral Puebloans of northwest New Mexico who flourished from c. 600-1300 CE before mysteriously vanishing. You’ll also learn about the ancient dwellings of Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde as well as the Puebloan’s advanced astronomical understanding, including buildings with astronomical alignment, petroglyphs used to mark the seasons, and one of the oldest recordings of a supernova.

Once a show has started, there will be no late seating. Please arrive before the show begins.

August: It's All Greek To Me

Travel Back in Time to Ancient Greece

Date: Friday, August 12, 2022
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
In-Person Location: Longway Planetarium, 1310 E. Kearsley St. Flint, MI 48503
This lecture will take you back in time to the first Greek civilization and how they navigated the seas using stars as their guide, utilized patterns in the sky to signal significant events, and the discoveries of Classical Greek astronomers that advanced the field of astronomy.

Once a show has started, there will be no late seating. Please arrive before the show begins.

July: Polynesian Wayfinding

How objects in the sky were used to travel between islands

Date: Friday, July 8, 2022
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
In-Person Location: Longway Planetarium, 1310 E. Kearsley St. Flint, MI 48503
This lecture will explore Polynesian culture and how the objects in the sky were used for Wayfinding. Travel to Oceania and learn how the use of stars, wind and oceans currents, and other natural signs to travel between islands before the inventions of sextants, compasses, or the modern day GPS.

Once a show has started, there will be no late seating. Please arrive before the show begins.

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