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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

 

2014 Upcoming Planetarium Shows

Written by Administrator

Below is the tentative schedule of our regular Saturday night public planetarium shows for 2014.  Please note that topics may change and presenters may change.

 

1/4/2014 Telescopes Gena Crook
1/11/2014 Telescopes Gena Crook
1/18/2014 Telescope for Christmas VBAS Staff
1/25/2014 Telescopes Gena Crook
2/1/2014 Astronomy Southern-Style James Brelsford
2/8/2014 Astronomy Southern-Style James Brelsford
2/15/2014 Orion Doug Horacek
2/22/2014 Astronomy Southern-Style James Brelsford
3/1/2014 Skywatchers of Ancient Mexico Doreen Forsythe
3/8/2014 Skywatchers of Ancient Mexico Doreen Forsythe
3/15/2014 Mars Opposition Doreen Forsythe
3/22/2014 Skywatchers of Ancient Mexico Doreen Forsythe
3/29/2014 Skywatchers of Ancient Mexico Doreen Forsythe
4/5/2014 Eclipses Gena Crook
4/12/2014 Eclipses Gena Crook
4/19/2014 Calendar Roy Young
4/26/2014 Spring Skies Beth Bero
5/3/2014 Galaxies Brenda Rogers
5/10/2014 Galaxies Brenda Rogers
5/17/2014 Meteors Brenda Rogers
5/24/2014 Galaxies Brenda Rogers
5/31/2014 Galaxies Doug Horacek
6/7/2014 Colors of Stars Jared Cassidy
6/14/2014 Colors of Stars Jared Cassidy
6/21/2014 Clusters Doug Horacek
6/28/2014 Colors of Stars Jared Cassidy
7/5/2014 Black Holes Brenda Rogers
7/12/2014 Black Holes Brenda Rogers
7/19/2014 Gravity Andy Wilson
7/26/2014 Black Holes Brenda Rogers
8/2/2014 A Tour of Our Solar System Patricia Sullivan
8/9/2014 Vacations in Space Beth Bero
8/16/2014 Sun Mitzi Adams
8/23/2014 Vacations in Space Beth Bero
8/30/2014 Vacations in Space Beth Bero
9/6/2014 Aurora James Brelsford
9/13/2014 Aurora James Brelsford
9/20/2014 Fall Skies Brenda Rogers
9/27/2014 Aurora James Brelsford
10/11/2014 Harry Potter Mitzi Adams
10/18/2014 Mars Comet Encounter Brenda Rogers
10/25/2014 Harry Potter Mitzi Adams
11/1/2014 Spectroscopy Naveen Vetcha
11/8/2014 Soap Opera in the Sky Doug Horacek
11/15/2014 Meteors Bill Cooke
11/22/2014 History of Space Flight Cole Buford
11/29/2014 Christmas Show
12/6/2014 Christmas Show
12/13/2014 Christmas Show
12/20/2014 Christmas Show
12/27/2014 Christmas Show
 

November 2014 Planetarium Shows

Written by Administrator

Our Public Planetarium Shows Begin at 7:30 PM

Spectroscopy - Saturday, November 1 at 7:30 PM

MarsHow do we know what's inside the galaxies and stars that are billions of miles away? what can we learn from the light emitted by these objects? This talk will go over the history and principles of the technique "Spectroscopy" and how astronomers analyze the light spectrum from a star to tell what are the elements inside that star. Presented by: Dr. Naveen Vetcha, VBAS President (Image Credit: NASA/GSFC)

Soap Opera in the Sky - Saturday, November 8 at 7:30 PM

The fall skies bring out some of the most popular sights in the universe.  They also bring about a Soap Opera of the northern constellations: Cepheus  the King, Cassiopeia, the Queen, Andromeda, the Daughter of Cepheus and Cassiopeia, Perseus, the Hero who wins Andromeda in marriage, Pegasus, who flies with Perseus on his back to rescue Andromeda from the vicious sea monster Cetus.  Come and see this love story unfold and see the distant galaxies, clusters, and nebulae afterwards.  Music for the fall by Antonio Vivaldi. Presented by Doug Horacek, VBAS Resident Astronomer

Meteors - Saturday, November 15 at 7:30 PM

Falling stars? Bits of comets and asteroids? What are those wonderful little streaks of lights that race across the sky, sometimes sporadically and sometimes in spectacular "showers". Come learn about what meteors and meteor showers.  Presented by Dr. Bill Cooke, Lead at NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office

History of Space Flight -Saturday, November 22 at 7:30 PM

Discover the history of how space flight came to be, and about the people who made it all possible: Starting from the 1920's with founding fathers such as Goddard and Oberth all the way to the future space missions such as the Space Launch System (SLS). Along the way, the history of VBAS will also be covered, as its history is intertwined with space flight. Presented by Cole Buford, VBAS Student Director

Star of Wonder

The Christmas Star- Saturday, November 29 at 7:30 PM  

Is there a scientific answer about what the Christmas star was that we can uncover? Come hear what ancient scientific records reveal about it.

See you there!

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 our telescopes following the planetarium program with the help of our experienced and knowledgeable observing crew.

   
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