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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 or Gena Crook
8/13/2016 Venus Beth Bero or Gena Crook
8/20/2016 Design a Mission James Brelsford
8/27/2016 Venus Beth Bero or Gena Crook
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
 

June 2016 Planetarium Shows

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

Sir Isaac Newton/Sir Godfrey KnellerGravity- Saturday, June 4

From apples falling to holding the solar system and galaxy together, gravity is a powerful force within the universe. Andy Wilson will make this "heavy" subject a little easier to understand.

Mars - Saturdays, June 11, 18, & 25 Mars/Frank Schenck

Find out about the red planet Mars, which can now positioned relatively close to Earth, so that you can glimpse major features like the polar ice caps with a telescope. Unlike the giant planets, Jupiter and Saturn, which can be easily observed with a telescope for a number of months each year, Mars only gets close enough to Earth to be observed with a telescope for a few weeks, every two years. Join us at the Von Braun Astronomical Society as we review the fascinating history of Mars observation, and why at one time we believed that there possibly had been intelligent life on Mars. Presented by Frank Schenck, VBAS Director of Facilities.

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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