Public Shows

Fireflies in the Garden: A Summer Star Talk

The Hammond Planetarium presents "Fireflies in the Garden: A Summer Star Talk" from Wednesday, May 17, 2017 to Wednesday August 9, 2017 in room J-102 in the Science Center (bldg. J). "Fireflies in the Garden" shows take place every Wednesday beginning at 7:30 pm. All shows are free and open to the public.

This show includes discussion of the major constellations best seen during the Summer season. These are Ursa Major and the Big Dipper, Lyra, Cygnus, Aquila, Scorpius and Sagittarius. Various planets will be discussed as well as such topics including the cause of the seasons, supernova explosions and stellar evolution. The show is narrated by HFC’s own Susan McGraw.

Doors open 15 minutes before show-time and close promptly once the program begins. For safety reasons, HFC will not admit latecomers once the doors close. No reservations are necessary and seating is available on a first come/first serve basis.

Show Times and Dates

The Wednesday show time is 7:30 p.m. on the following dates:

  • May 17, 24, 31
  • June 7, 14, 21, 28
  • July 5, 12, 19, 26
  • August 2, 9

Education Topics

"Fireflies in the Garden: A Summer Star Talk" includes the following topics:

Due to the College's commitment to serving the surrounding community, the Hammond Planetarium offers regularly scheduled shows that are free to the public. These free shows are made possible through the college’s partnership with local amateur astronomy clubs that provide the staff necessary to host them.

A different planetarium show is offered each season.
‘The Road Not Taken: A Fall Star Talk.’ Begins Wednesday September 6, 2017 and runs through Wednesday November 29, 2017.

Rules and Procedures

  • Doors open 15 minutes before show time.
  • There is NO reserved seating for public shows. Seating is offered on a first-come-first-served basis. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to arrange a private show.
  • For detailed directions and parking information see Directions to Campus. The Hammond Planetarium is located in the HFC Science Center (bldg. J). We recommend that you park in lots 10, 9 or 8.
  • For your safety and the safety of those around you we ask that you please remain seated until the lights come up at the end of the show.
  • For health and safety reasons no food or drink is allowed in the planetarium.
  • During the show, please be courteous of those around you and turn off cell phones or other messaging devices. Because of the darkness during the show, cell phones or other electronic devices will cast light on the dome and will ruin the show for you and the other guests.
  • The University of Michigan Dearborn Observatory, located next door to the HFC campus, offers public observing sessions most Wednesday evenings, weather permitting, in conjunction with the public planetarium shows at HFC.