Special show in the Planetarium & Dome Theater!


A groundbreaking, immersive audio-visual experience combining musician and producer James Hood's compositions with 3D animations from artists around the world. The hour-long show features 360° projections and stunning 5.1 surround sound.

Shows at 5:30, 7:00, and 8:30 p.m.



ID Day

October 8, 2023
11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. 

Bring in your treasures and discover ours!

Bring in your own collected objects for identification by experts, and take a look at some of our treasures, too! Find out why collections are important, and what natural history collection research can tell us. Experts will join us from the fields of paleontology, anthropology, archaeology, botany, zoology, and geology. They will help you identify: Shells, rocks and minerals, fossils, arrowheads and other stone tools, shards of pottery, vertebrate bone, insects, skulls, seeds, leaves, twigs, fish, and mushrooms. Sorry, no appraisals will be given.

Co-sponsored by the U-M Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology



Science Café: 
Extreme Science! Dark Matter and Dark Energy Research
Wednesday, October 25, 2023
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Conor O'Neill's Traditional Irish Pub, 318 South Main Street, Ann Arbor

Sometimes scientists must go to the ends of the earth, and even deep underground, to see the unseen! Join us and meet two charismatic researchers from the U-M Department of Physics who do just that. Bjoern Penning studies dark matter a mile underground in the former Homestake gold mine in Lead, South Dakota, using Lux-Zeplin, the world's most sensitive dark matter experiment. Marcelle Soares Santos contributed to the construction of the Dark Energy Camera on a mountaintop in Chile, one of the largest telescope cameras in the world, which she now employs to search for gravitational wave-emitting collisions of neutron stars and black holes. Bring your physics questions for this exciting conversation!