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Public Planetarium Shows

Wernher von Braun Planetarium

VBAS Planetarium Dome

Jared CassidyWernher von Braun Planetarium

Our VBAS members and guest speakers present a variety of astronomy related programs in our planetarium every Saturday at 7:30 pm for the public and by special arrangements for groups at other times. Our programs are presenter lead presentations Spitz A3P Projector projected onto our dome with three HD digital projectors. Most of our presentations are developed by individual presenters and this allows the audience to have an opportunity to interact with someone who has researched the particular topic and can likely answer most of your questions. While the majority of our shows are suitable for most ages, some topics may be a bit more technical than others. A program on black holes or the structure of stars may be little more difficult for younger audience members to understand compared to a show about one of the planets or a Harry Potter themed show. Our show will also include a "star show" using our Spitz A3P Planetarium Projector to project of the current night sky's stars on the dome, where you will learn to find some of the key constellations visible that night. Follow this link for directions to our facilities or you can click the "Directions" link in the General menu on the left. We recommended that you plan to arrive 30 minutes before our programs in order to have time to park and find a seat.

If you have any questions about our Saturday night programs, or would like to schedule a group program, contact our Planetarium Director, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or our Director of Education and Programs This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Admission for Saturday Night Programs

Admission is $5 for Adults, $3 for Students, and free for children under 6, as well as VBAS members. All seating is general admission payable at the door. We are unable to offer pre-sale admission. Weather permitting, you will have the opportunity to look at some of the wonders of the universe through our telescopes following the planetarium program with the help of our experienced and knowledgeable observing crew.

Our Public Planetarium Shows in the Wernher von Braun Planetarium start at 7:30 PM

 

2019 Upcoming Planetarium Shows

Written by Administrator Wednesday, 02 January 2019 20:17

Below is the tentative schedule of our regular Saturday night public planetarium shows in the Wernher von Braun Planetarium for 2019. In 2019 we have a wide variety of programs scheduled in our planetarium focusing on spaceflight and the missions to the Moon. Additionally, we have a few other programs sprinkled throughout the year focused on the current night sky, deep sky objects, and ancient astronomy, just to name a few.   ***Please note that topics may change and presenters may change without notice.

Date Topic Presenter
1/5/2019 Ancient Astronomy Mitzi Adams
1/12/2019 How to use a Telescope Frank Schenck
1/19/2019 Lunar Eclipse Naveen Vetcha
1/26/2019 Ancient Astronomy Naveen Vetcha
2/2/2019 Giants of Astronomy Gena Crook
2/9/2019 Giants of Astronomy Gena Crook
2/17/2019 Winter Skies Doug Horacek
2/23/2019 Giants of Astronomy Gena Crook
3/2/2019 Lunar Lava Tubes Eric Silkowski
3/9/2019 Kepler Telescope Gena Crook
3/16/2019 Spring Skies Mitzi Adams
3/23/2019 Moon Caleb Fassett
3/30/2019 Lunar Lava Tubes Eric Silkowski
4/6/2019 Space Race Don Reed
4/13/2019 Space Race Don Reed
4/20/2019 Calendar/Spring Skies Beth Bero
4/27/2019 Space Race Don Reed
5/4/2019 Mercury Mission Brenda Rogers
5/11/2019 Mercury Mission Brenda Rogers
5/18/2019 Rocket City History Eric Silkowski
5/25/2019 Mercury Mission Brenda Rogers
6/1/2019 Gemini Mission Naveen Vetcha
6/8/2019 Gemini Mission Eric Silkowski
6/15/2019 Milky Way/Summer Skies Roy Young
6/22/2019 Gemini Mission Naveen Vetcha
6/29/2019 Gemini Mission Naveen Vetcha
7/6/2019 Apollo Mission Don Reed/Naveen Vetcha
7/13/2019 Apollo Mission Don Reed
7/20/2019 Moon Landing 50th Anniversary Don Reed
7/27/2019 Apollo Mission Don Reed
8/3/2019 Skylab/Long Term Human Presence in Space Beth Bero
8/10/2019 Skylab/Long Term Human Presence in Space Beth Bero
8/17/2019 Celestial Navigation Bill Hanson
8/24/2019 Skylab/Long Term Human Presence in Space Beth Bero
8/31/2019 Skylab/Long Term Human Presence in Space Beth Bero
9/7/2019 Star Projector Show Gena Crook
9/14/2019 Star Projector Show Gena Crook
9/21/2019 Fall Skies Brenda Rogers
9/28/2019 Star Projector Show Gena Crook
10/5/2019 Moon Frank Schenck
10/12/2019 Deep Skies Jared Cassidy
10/19/2019 Astronomy Day Various
10/26/2019 Spooky Skies Beth Bero
11/2/2019 Space Shuttle Gena Crook
11/9/2019 Space Shuttle Gena Crook
11/16/2019 Leonid Meteors Brenda Rogers
11/23/2019 Space Shuttle Gena Crook
11/30/2019 Star of Wonder TBD
12/7/2019 Star of Wonder Don Reed
12/14/2019 Star of Wonder Don Reed
12/21/2019 Star of Wonder Beth Bero
12/28/2019 Goldilocks Zone Gena Crook/Don Reed
 

October 2019 Planetarium Shows

We Host a Public Planetarium Show Every Saturday in the Wernher von Braun Planetarium that Begins at 7:30 PM

Apennine Mountains on the Moon/VBAS Frank SchenckThe Moon -  Saturday, October, 5  at 7:30 PM 

Come learn about Earth's own Moon. Frank Schenck, VBAS Director of Facilities and Equipment will discuss the Moon, its make up, phases, craters, and more.

Deep Skies -  Saturday, October 12  at 7:30 PM Barnard 33/VBAS Don Reed

Join our Planetarium Director, Jared Cassidy, as he takes us on a journey outside the solar system to explore some of the objects beyond our “neighborhood” that astronomers refer to as Deep Sky Objects. In addition to talking about nebulae, star clusters, and galaxies, we will also look at some basic astronomical distances and hopefully get a grasp of how big space is.

Astronomy DayAstronomy Day -  Saturday, October 19  at 7:30 PM

Join us on October 19 beginning at 1:00 PM for four FREE planetarium shows in the afternoon and a special presentation at 7:00 PM. Here is the tentative lineup:

  • 1:00    The History of Space Flight - Mr. Michael Buford
  • 2:00    The Milky Way - Dr. Naveen Vetcha
  • 3:00    Meteorites -  Mrs. Beth Bero
  • 4:00   The History of Space Flight - Mr. Michael Buford

7:00 PM The Past, Present, and Future of Astrophysics: Chandra, IXPE, and Lynx

Presented by Dr. Martin C. Weisskopf NASA/MSFC, Chief Scientist for X-ray Astronomy, Project Scientist for the Chandra X-ray Observatory, and Principal Investigator for the Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) and Dr. Jessica Gaskin, NASA/MSFC, Research Astrophysicist and Study Scientist for the Lynx Mission, a proposed replacement for the Chandra X-ray Observatory.

For more information regarding Astronomy Day, please click the link in the menu on the left side of the page or click here.

Spooky Skies -  Saturday, October 26  at 7:30 PM IC2118 The Witch Head Nebula/NASA

"Asteroids and constellations and meteors, OH MY!"

Part of the fun of Halloween is being scared and this show is all about that! What could be scary about the sky? Come and find out why this season of the year has historically been devoted to death and the dead......We will also look at the many scary things to be found in the sky! Guests under 12 are invited to wear their costumes. Presented by VBAS President, Beth Bero.


Admission for Saturday Planetarium Shows:

Admission is $5 for Adults, $3 for Students, and free for children under 6, as well as VBAS members. All seating is general admission payable at the door. We are unable to offer pre-sale admission. Weather permitting, you will have the opportunity to look at some of the wonders of the universe through our telescopes following the planetarium program with the help of our experienced and knowledgeable observing crew.

   
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