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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

 

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 Moon Renee Weber or Beth Bero
3/9/2019 Kepler Telescope Gena Crook
3/16/2019 Spring Skies Mitzi Adams
3/23/2019 Moon Renee Weber?
3/30/2019 Moon Gena Crook
4/6/2019 Space Race Don Reed
4/13/2019 Space Race Don Reed
4/20/2019 Calendar Roy Young or 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 TBD Beth Bero
5/25/2019 Mercury Mission Brenda Rogers
6/1/2019 Gemini Mission Naveen Vetcha
6/8/2019 Gemini Mission Beth Bero
6/15/2019 Summer Clusters Doug Horacek
6/22/2019 Gemini Mission Naveen Vetcha
6/29/2019 Gemini Mission Gena Crook
7/6/2019 Apollo Mission Don Reed
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 Sklab/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 Soap Opera in the Sky Doug Horacek
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
 

March 2019 Planetarium Shows

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

 

Gassendi Crater/VBAS Frank SchenckThe Moon Really is Like Swiss Cheese: Lunar Lava Tubes, Science and Possibilities - Saturdays, March 2, & 30  at 7:30 PM 

It may not be edible, but the Moon has holes just like Swiss cheese! Fifty years ago, the Apollo missions helped prove that the Moon had a violent volcanic past. Recent studies with spacecraft have proven what was long suspected, the Moon has pits and caves formed by molten lava that flowed billions of years ago. These lunar lava tube caves are similar to those forming on Earth even today. Come and learn about lava tubes, their discovery on the Moon, and how it may be very practical for the first permanent residents on the Moon to become ‘cavemen.’ Presented by Dr. Eric Silkowski, VBAS Treasurer.

The History of VBAS - Saturday, March 9 at 7:30 PM Swanson Observatory Dome Installation

VBAS played a part in the exciting years leading up to the United States’ manned moon landings. Tonight we’ll look into that history. But history did not stop after Apollo. VBAS has continued to serve the North Alabama community all these years. Gena Crook has chosen the pieces of this long history that she finds most interesting. We hope you’ll find them interesting as well.

Spring Skies - Saturday, March 16 at 7:30 PM 

NASA scientist and veteran VBAS presenter Mitzi Adams will take you on a journey through the stars and constellations of the Spring sky. You will learn about the Gemini Twins, the bright stars of Orion the Hunter and his Nebula, Taurus the Bull, the Pleiades, and others. The Hyades star cluster, a part of the constellation Taurus the Bull, is in the news! We will tell you why. Finally, we will discuss the upcoming equinox and what an equinox (or solstice) meant to our ancestors who farmed.

Apennine Mountains on the Moon/VBAS Frank SchenckThe Moon - Saturday, March 23 at 7:30 PM 

NASA scientist Dr. Caleb Fassett will take us to the Moon with a presentation about Exploration and Science of the Moon. He will describe our understanding of the Moon's origin and geologic history, and some of the scientific questions about the Moon that remain outstanding.

Dr. Fassett has more than 80 peer-reviewed publications about the Moon, Mars, and Mercury, and is most interested in surface processes on the other rocky planetary bodies in our Solar System. During graduate school, Dr. Fassett discovered and first documented the Jezero crater paleolake and deltas on Mars, which has been chosen to be the landing site for the Mars 2020 rover.

 

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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