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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 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.  Weather permitting, you will have the opportunity to look at some of the wonders of the universe 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

 

2018 Upcoming Planetarium Shows

Written by Administrator Tuesday, 02 January 2018 19:41

Below is the tentative schedule of our regular Saturday night public planetarium shows in the Wernher von Braun Planetarium for 2018. In 2018 we have a wide variety of programs scheduled in our planetarium focusing on the many probes and telescopes that have been launched to increase our understanding of the solar system and the universe. Additionally, we have a few other programs sprinkled throughout the year focused on the current night sky, meteors, and comets, just to name a few.   ***Please note that topics may change and presenters may change without notice.

Date Topic Presenter
1/6/2018 Voyager/Pioneer Don Reed
1/13/2018 Voyager/Pioneer Don Reed
1/20/2018 Winter Skies Brenda Rogers
1/27/2018 Voyager/Pioneer Don Reed or Gena Crook
2/3/2018 Mercury Messenger Tom Burleson
2/10/2018 Mercury Messenger Tom Burleson
2/17/2018 Winter Skies Doug Horacek
2/24/2018 Mercury Messenger Tom Burleson
3/3/2018 Solar Observatories in Space Gena Crook
3/10/2018 Solar Observatories in Space Gena Crook
3/17/2018 Lives of Stars Roy Young
3/24/2018 Parker Solar Probe Mitzi Adams
3/31/2018 Looking back at Earth from Space Doug Horacek
4/7/2018 Lunar Missions Frank Schenck
4/14/2018 Lunar Missions Frank Schenck
4/21/2018 Hubble Space Telescope Beth Bero
4/28/2018 Lunar Missions Frank Schenck
5/5/2018 Venus Eric Silkowski
5/12/2018 Comet Sample Return Missions Steve Patrick
5/19/2018 Human Experience of the Sky Laura Moss
5/26/2018 Human Experience of the Sky Laura Moss
6/2/2018 New Horizons Gena Crook
6/9/2018 New Horizons Gena Crook
6/16/2018 Stellar Instructor Show Stellar Instructors
6/23/2018 New Horizons Gena Crook
6/30/2018 Science of "The Martian" Naveen Vetcha
7/7/2018 History of Mars Exploration Haley Rice
7/14/2018 History of Mars Exploration Haley Rice
7/21/2018 Milky Way Roy Young
7/28/2018 History of Mars Exploration Haley Rice
8/4/2018 The Mars Rovers Beth Bero
8/11/2018 Perseid Meteors/ Comets Brenda Rogers
8/18/2018 The Mars Rovers Beth Bero
8/25/2018 The Mars Rovers Beth Bero
9/1/2018 Einstein Doreen Forsythe
9/8/2018 Dawn Naveen Vetcha
9/15/2018 Osiris Rex Naveen Vetcha
9/22/2018 Fall Skies Brenda Rogers
9/29/2018 Psyche Naveen Vetcha
10/6/2018 Cassini Brenda Rogers
10/13/2018 Astronomy Day Various
10/20/2018 Cassini Brenda Rogers
10/27/2018 Spooky Skies Beth Bero
11/3/2018 James Webb Space Telescope James Brelsford
11/10/2018 James Webb Space Telescope James Brelsford
11/17/2018 Meteor Showers Beth Bero
11/25/2018 Star of Wonder TBD
12/1/2018 Star of Wonder Don Reed
12/8/2018 Star of Wonder Roy Young
12/15/2018 Star of Wonder Don Reed
12/22/2018 Star of Wonder Beth Bero
12/29/2018 New Horizons Gena Crook
 

November 2018 Planetarium Shows

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

James Webb Space TelescopeJames Webb Space Telescope - Saturdays, November 3 & 10 at 7:30 PM

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is one of the most highly anticipated observatories among astronomers. This space telescope will revolutionize our viewing ability like the Hubble did 28 years ago. This will not be a super technical presentation but a laymen’s guide to the JWST. It will be given by a veteran VBAS presenter and Space Camp astronomer/educator, James Brelsford.

 

Meteor Shower/NASA JPLMeteor Showers - Saturday, November 17 at 7:30 PM

What happens when 'stars' fall on Alabama? Destruction or just a pretty light show? Come hear the history of meteor showers and meteorite impacts in our state and learn when you can enjoy upcoming meteor shower events. Presented by Beth Bero, professional educator and VBAS Vice-President.

 

Star of Wonder

Star of Wonder - Saturday, November 25 at 7:30 PM 

What exactly was the star that the Wisemen saw? Was it a star that stood in the sky two-thousand years ago and marked a single location in Bethlehem? Each year at this special time, VBAS turns back the hands of time to look into the sky of long ago and search for this mysterious object. As we ponder the skies of Bethlehem, we’ll explore several possibilities including comets, meteors, novae and other phenomena as well as examine the origins of some of the Christmas traditions we celebrate today. Presented by Beth Bero, professional educator and VBAS Vice-President.

 

Admission for Saturday Planetarium Shows:

Admission is $5 for Adults, $3 for Students, and free for children under 6, as well as VBAS members. 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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