WSC Planetarium To Highlight Observational Astronomy April 8 – 9, Star Party At Ike’s Lake  

WAYNE – Over the course of the Spring semester at Wayne State College, the Fred G. Dale Planetarium will offer both planetarium and laser shows. This weekend will also mark a special ‘Star Party’ at Ike’s Lake being a service-learning project.

According to a release from Wayne State College, everyone is welcome to enjoy the Spring 2022 Fred G. Dale Planetarium schedule at WSC.

During this weekend of Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9, the planetarium will highlight ‘Observational Astronomy.’

Attendees will also be able to enjoy the lights and music of the many laser shows presented throughout the season, including Classic Rock, Laser Country, Laser Beatles and Pink Floyd.

Friday planetarium shows will begin at 7 p.m. and the laser show to follow at 8 p.m. while Saturday planetarium shows will start at 1 p.m. with the laser show at 2 p.m.

The Wayne State College Honors Astronomy class will also be hosting their ‘Star Party’ on Friday, April 8 from Ike’s Lake. A back-up date would be Saturday, April 9.

Activities will include kinesthetic astronomy, a Solar System walk, telescope demonstrations, constellation tours, a Moon talk and children’s astro-games and crafts.

There’ll be daytime activities from 5:30 until 8:15 p.m. (sunset) and then the telescopes come out. People can come and go throughout the event.

Bring your friends, your telescope and a warm coat as food and refreshments will be provided.

To get to Ike’s Lake, head north of Wayne on Highway 15, turn left on 860th Rd, turn right on 574th Ave and the lake will be on the right (signs will be posted).

Planetarium doors open 20 minutes prior to the start of a show. Planetarium shows generally include a tour of the current night sky, a view of the constellations and a full dome video.

All shows last about 45 minutes. If you wish to book a private planetarium show, visit the main planetarium page for more information and contact the planetarium for a reservation.

Any questions or comments on planetarium shows or the ‘Star Party’ can be sent to Dr. Todd Young, Wayne State College, at

Visit to see the full schedule of planetarium and laser shows as well as to learn how to book your own private show located in the lower level of the Carhart Science building on the campus of Wayne State College.