Dow Digital Science Center

Planetarium

Come explore space with Alma tonight!

Alma College Planetarium

The Planetarium on the Alma College campus is available for use in the classroom as well as public shows. The Planetarium Club presents movies on the ceiling, as well as doing shows for the college community and the general public. The Planetarium is a way to show off the campus as well as inform the community about the night sky. Shows are occasionally paired with telescope observation events.

History

The Planetarium was installed in the late 1950’s when the new Dow Science Center was constructed. In the 1990’s, when the Center was remodeled, the projector was updated. Over the years it has either been heavily used, or sat idle. With the new projector in the 1990’s Dale and Barb Greer, local residents of Alma and Alma College Alumni took on doing regular shows for classrooms in the area. Since their retirement, the Planetarium Club has begun to take on some of these duties.

Planning a Program

Both the staff and the Planetarium Club are happy to work with groups to do programming. While the sophistication of the shows may not be high, you can experience the night sky and learn where to find planets and constellations. Contact the Planetarium Club to arrange programming.