Learn how telescopes work and by viewing a representation of the moon through a variety of lenses in the center's space exploration section which also displays a NASA rocket capsule that was one of the highlight's of my childhood visits to the science center.
OUR PLACE IN SPACE begins with a tour of the current night sky and the state of Michigan, then gradually zooms out to reveal the size of asteroids and dwarf planets. Your journey then continues providing a view of the planets of our Solar System, the Sun, other stars, and finally provides a glimpse of the entire galaxy.
SUNSTRUCK lets you travel back to the beginning of time and experience the birth of the Sun. Sponsored by NASA this planetarium show explains how the Sun supports life on Earth and how its energy will one day fade away.
Other areas of the exhibit let visitors explore the fundamental properties of matter, motion, energy, and time.
In addition to the exhibits, the Michigan Science Center also provides a variety of shows and demonstrations. The SPARKS ELECTRICITY SHOW provides entertaining examples of various facets of electricity including magnetism, static electricity and plasma. Demonstrations are also provided on the CHRYSLER SCIENCE STAGE involving topics such as chemistry, physics, and life science.
After enjoying the movie it was up the rainbow escalator to head home. I was always excited by this neon light show as a kid and my own children though it was a great way to wrap up our visit. We had a great family road trip and if you are in the Detroit area encourage you to find some time to swing by and explore the Michigan Science Center for yourself. There is always something new to discover at the science center!
For more information about the Michigan Science Center, visit mi-sci.org