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Public Planetarium Shows

Planetarium

Wernher 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.  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, Roy Young at: 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 start at 7:30 PM

 

2016 Upcoming Planetarium Shows

Below is the tentative schedule of our regular Saturday night public planetarium shows for 2016. In 2016 we will have a Solar System theme in our planetarium. But not always in the order you think! This year we are going to optimize your telescope viewing opportunities with the show topics! (In other words, if the show is about a particular planet then that planet should be up and available for viewing in the night sky after show time.) ***Please note that topics may change and presenters may change.

Date Show Presenter
1/2/2016 So you got a Telescope for Christmas Frank Schenck
1/9/2016 Sun Brenda Rogers
1/16/2016 Sun Brenda Rogers
1/23/2016 Sun Mitzi Adams
1/30/2016 Sun Mitzi Adams
2/6/2016 Mercury Tom Burleson
2/13/2016 Mercury Tom Burleson
2/20/2016 Winter Skies Doug Horacek
2/27/2016 Earth and Moon Gena Crook &      Cole Buford
3/5/2016 Asteroids Naveen Vetcha
3/12/2016 Asteroids Naveen Vetcha
3/19/2016 History of Spaceflight Cole Buford
3/26/2016 Asteroids Naveen Vetcha
4/2/2016 Earth and Moon Gena Crook &            Cole Buford
4/9/2016 Earth and Moon Gena Crook &            Cole Buford
4/16/2016 Mercury Tom Burleson
4/23/2016 Hubble Space Telescope Naveen Vetcha
4/30/2016 Mercury Roy Young
5/7/2016 Jupiter Roy Young
5/14/2016 Jupiter Roy Young
5/21/2016 Jules Verne Nick Uithoven
5/28/2016 Jupiter Roy Young
6/4/2016 Gravity Andrew Wilson
6/11/2016 Mars Frank Schenck
6/18/2016 Mars Frank Schenck
6/25/2016 Mars Frank Schenck
7/2/2016 Saturn Brenda Rogers
7/9/2016 Saturn Brenda Rogers
7/16/2016 Summer Skies Sarah Barnhart
7/23/2016 Meteor Show Brenda Rogers
7/30/2016 Saturn Brenda Rogers
8/6/2016 Venus Beth Bero
8/13/2016 Venus Brenda Rogers
8/20/2016 2017 Solar Eclipse James Brelsford
8/27/2016 Venus Beth Bero
9/3/2016 Comets Doreen Forsythe
9/10/2016 Comets Doreen Forsythe
9/17/2016 Kuiper Belt Doug Horacek
9/24/2016 Comets Doreen Forsythe
10/1/2016 Ice Giants Jared Cassidy
10/8/2016 Ice Giants Jared Cassidy
10/15/2016 Fall Skies Tanner Harper
10/22/2016 ASTRONOMY DAY Various
10/29/2016 Spooky Skies Beth Bero
11/5/2016 Pluto Doreen Forsythe
11/12/2016 Pluto Doreen Forsythe
11/19/2016 Pluto Doreen Forsythe
11/26/2016 Christmas Show Various
12/3/2016 Christmas Show Various
12/10/2016 Christmas Show Various
12/17/2016 Christmas Show Various
12/24/2016 Christmas Show Various
12/31/2016 Christmas Show Various
 

August 2016 Planetarium Shows

We Host a Public Planetarium Show Every Saturday that Begins at 7:30 PM

Venus/ESATime Shares on Venus?- Saturdays, August 6, & 27

Looking for a vacation spot? Come and hear why Venus would or would not make the cut as your next vacation destination! This family friendly show will also include a night sky ID and telescope viewing, weather permitting. Presented by Beth Bero.

Venus- Saturday, August 13

Why would the planet Venus never be a popular vacation destination? Why aren't there thousands of pictures of the Venusian surface like we have of Mars? Why is Venus called both the "Morning Star" and the "Evening Star?" Join the presenter, Brenda Rogers, for a family friendly show on Venus. We will answer these questions and examine the characteristics of the planet Venus.

Did you know you can see 2 planets in the morning and 3 planets in the evening with your naked eye? You can this month and I will show you where to look!

As always, after the show we will turn off the lights to point out some of the constellations, stars, and the five planets of our current skies. We will also show you how and where to view the famous Perseid Meteor Shower.

Are You Ready for the Great 2017 Eclipse? - Saturday, August 20

Total Solar Eclipse/NASA

In a little more than one year there will be a solar eclipse visible across most of the continental United States. Schools in the past have kept students indoors to avoid the possibility of the them looking at thesun. VBAS wants to encourage the schools and the public to get out and experience this wonder.

The purpose of this presentation is to prepare everyone. One of VBAS' educators, James Brelsford, will answer the following questions:

How to safely view the eclipse? Why eclipses occur? Where will the shadow fall? What could the weather be like? What will the eclipse be like in Huntsville?

This presentation will not be a dry lecture format but will include audience participation in explaining many parts of the eclipse. Plus Mr. Brelsford will share some fun ways to view the eclipse.

During the next year, VBAS will be offering this presentation to local schools as a teacher workshop.


Remember that if weather permits, there will be telescopes open for viewing.

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.

For information about our Planetarium shows, as well as special group scheduling, and pricing, please 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 .

   
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