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Join us every second Friday of the Month for a special 12-month lecture series:
HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE

History of the Universe | Part 1: July 12, 2024 at 6 p.m.

Part 1: The Formation of the Universe

Friday, July 12, 2024 | 6 p.m.

Join Longway Planetarium Manager Patrick Ross, M.S., in this special 12-month lecture series that explores our Universe from its formation through its eventual demise. Learn about fundamental astronomical phenomena such as galaxies, solar system formation, high energy physics, and more. You’ll be transformed on a journey through space and time with surround sound, 3-D effects, and Digistar 7 technologies that bring space to life in an immersive setting that can only be experienced at Longway Planetarium, Michigan’s largest planetarium.

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Admission & Discounts

Out of County Visitors

$8 adults, $6 seniors 60+, and $6 youth ages 2-11
Children 1 and younger: Free
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$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.

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All Longway Planetarium shows are free for members
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PAST TOPICS

Exploring Bioarchaeology Through the Human Skeleton

A special presentation from Mariah Larr, a Sloan and Longway Educator with a special interest in bioarchaeology research. Mariah will apply the science of bioarchaeology -- the study of bones and other biological materials to learn more about past human life, -- to the current specimens now showing in the REAL BODIES exhibition at the Sloan Museum of Discovery. Mariah will also show how human skeletons change over time, and how skeletal markers help us figure out who they were, how they lived, where they came from, and how the skeletons of the past connect us to ourselves today.

PAST TOPICS | CULTURAL ASTRONOMY

A Elbereth Gilthoniel: An Astronomical Journey Through Middle-Earth

Date: Friday, June 9, 2023 - "A Elbereth Gilthoniel: An Astronomical Journey Through Middle-Earth"
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium | 1310 E. Kearsley St. Flint, MI 48503
For thousands of years, cultures across the globe have looked to the night sky as ways to explain the world and share stories. To this day, the sky remains as a source of inspiration for modern artists. For the final installment of the Cultural Astronomy Lecture series, join the Planetarium Manager, Patrick Ross, and dive into the rich astronomical lore found in J.R.R. Tolkien's world of Middle Earth. References to the sky found in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit, and the Silmarillion will be examined to see how this famous author tied typical astronomical stories such as the creation of the Sun and Moon to his world in a stroke of masterful worldbuilding.

The Mystery of the Ancient Egyptians & Astronomy

Date: Friday, May 12, 2023 - "The Mystery of the Ancient Egyptians & Astronomy "
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium | 1310 E. Kearsley St. Flint, MI 48503
Travel back in time 6,000 years to explore one of the most famous ancient civilizations in human history. The ancient Egypt civilization still holds many secrets yet to be discovered by modern archaeologists. Learn about the importance of astronomy in ancient Egyptian life, their architecture, and their complex tombs & temples in this fascinating journey back in time! Presented by Nehal Elbahnasawy, Planetarium Educator

Origins of Jewish Astrology: A Michigan View of the Sky

Date: Friday, April 14, 2023 - "Origins of Jewish Astrology"
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium | 1310 E. Kearsley St. Flint, MI 48503
Join Longway Planetarium as we delve into historical Jewish Astronomy & Astrology. Investigate astronomical ties in Judaism including the constellations, planets, and lunar calendar.

Perusing Peru

Date: Friday, March 10, 2023 - "Perusing Peru"
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium | 1310 E. Kearsley St. Flint, MI 48503
Take a look at the incredible architecture of the star-gazing people who resided there, understand their connection with nature and the beliefs they held about the world, and learn how they tracked the seasons, predicted the weather, and timed agricultural activities with the stars above.

February: Greek Astronomers & The Origins of Western Constellations

Date: Friday, February 10, 2023 - "Greek Astronomers & The Origins of Western Constellations"
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium | 1310 E. Kearsley St. Flint, MI 48503
Join us as we take a look at Greek astronomy from the classical period onward. Learn about the remarkable star catalogues of the time, the subtle differences in the night sky across centuries, and important inventions of Greek astronomers! Presented by Longway Planetarium Coordinator, Lydia Bontrager.

January: Vedic Variations

Date: Friday, January 13, 2023 - "Vedic Variations"
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium | 1310 E. Kearsley St. Flint, MI 48503
Join us as we examine Vedic texts dating back thousands of years. Learn how to keep track of time with an ancient luni-solar calendar. Allow the moon to point you to different stars along its journey, and discover six unique seasons and their corresponding deities moving through the sky. Presented by Longway Planetarium Coordinator, Lydia Bontrager.

December: Winter Solstice Celebrations

Date: Friday, December 9, 2022 - "Winter Solstice Celebrations"
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
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.

November: The Timekeepers of MesoAmerica

Date: Friday, November 11, 2022 - "The Timekeepers of MesoAmerica"
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
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.

October: Legends of the Celtic Way

Date: Friday, October 14, 2022
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
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!

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

Date: Friday, September 9, 2022
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
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.

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.
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.

July: Polynesian Wayfinding

Date: Friday, July 8, 2022
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
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.

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