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Public Planetarium Shows

Wernher von Braun 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 in the Wernher von Braun Planetarium start at 7:30 PM

 

2017 Upcoming Planetarium Shows

Written by Administrator Monday, 02 January 2017 11:59

Below is the tentative schedule of our regular Saturday night public planetarium shows in the Wernher von Braun Planetarium for 2017. In 2017 we have a wide variety of programs scheduled in our planetarium covering topics from famous astronomers, science fiction and astronomy, historical astronomy, and the history of spaceflight just to name a few. A recurring focus through August will be our 2017 Solar Eclipse show to highlight and prepare you for the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017.  ***Please note that topics may change and presenters may change.

 

Date Show Presenter
1/7/2017 Black Astronomers Gena Crook
1/14/2017 2017 Solar Eclipse James Brelsford
1/21/2017 So You Got a Telescope for Christmas Tom Burleson
1/28/2017 Black Astronomers Gena Crook
2/4/2017 Lives of the Stars Roy Young
2/11/2017 2017 Solar Eclipse James Brelsford
2/18/2017 Winter Skies Doug Horacek
2/25/2017 Lives of the Stars Roy Young
3/4/2017 Messier Objects Steve Patrick
3/11/2017 2017 Solar Eclipse Nick Uithoven
3/18/2017 Chinese Astronomy Haley Rice
3/25/2017 Messier Objects Steve Patrick
4/1/2017 Zodiac Gena Crook
4/8/2017 Calendar Roy Young
4/15/2017 2017 Solar Eclipse Gena Crook
4/22/2017 Hubble Telescope Naveen Vetcha
4/29/2017 Zodiac Gena Crook
5/6/2017 Jules Verne Nick Uithoven
5/13/2017 2017 Solar Eclipse Brenda Rogers
5/20/2017 Gravity Andy Wilson
5/27/2017 History of SpaceFlight Michael Buford
6/3/2017 Star Clusters Doug Horacek
6/10/2017 2017 Solar Eclipse Brenda Rogers
6/17/2017 Stellar Instructors Gena Crook
6/24/2017 Star Clusters Doug Horacek
7/1/2017 Galaxies Brenda Rogers
7/8/2017 2017 Solar Eclipse Tanner Harper
7/15/2017 Milky Way Naveen Vetcha
7/22/2017 Galaxies Brenda Rogers
7/29/2017 Galaxies Brenda Rogers
8/5/2017 2017 Solar Eclipse Tom Burleson
8/12/2017 2017 Solar Eclipse Gena Crook
8/19/2017 2017 Solar Eclipse Brenda Rogers
8/26/2017 Saturn Frank Schenck
9/2/2017 Johannes Kepler Gena Crook
9/9/2017 Galileo Galilei James Brelsford
9/16/2017 Fall Skies Brenda Rogers
9/23/2017 Johannnes Kepler Gena Crook
9/30/2017 Galileo Galilei James Brelsford
10/7/2017 Star Trek Astronomy Naveen Vetcha
10/14/2017 Albert Einstein Doreen Forsythe
10/21/2017 ASTRONOMY DAY Various
10/28/2017 Spooky Skies Beth Bero
11/4/2017 William Herschel Jared Cassidy
11/11/2017 William Herschel Jared Cassidy
11/18/2017 Soap Opera Doug Horacek
11/25/2017 Christmas Show Various
12/2/2017 Christmas Show Various
12/9/2017 Christmas Show Various
12/16/2017 Christmas Show Various
12/23/2017 Christmas Show Various
12/30/2017 No Show Happy Holidays!


 

April 2017 Planetarium Shows

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

Zodiac/NASAConstellations of the Zodiac - Saturdays, April 1 & 29 at 7:30 PM

As the Earth moves in its orbit around the Sun our night sky constantly changes. The ancient peoples knew this because they studied the sky night after night and watched it change. They also observed that the planets and the sun stay tightly bound to a great circle in the sky -- we call it the ecliptic. This planetarium program will help you understand how this works and give you an appreciation for the mechanics of the heavens. Presented by Gena Crook, VBAS Director of Education and Programs.

The Calendar - Saturday, April 8 at 7:30 PM Pope Gregory XIII

Why does Easter fall on a different date each year? Join us at the Von Braun Planetarium to discover the relationship between the Full Moon, the Vernal Equinox, and the date of Easter and how our calendar has changed over the years to reflect our better understanding of the Earth’s motion around the Sun. Presented by Roy Young, VBAS Planetarium Director.

Are You Ready for the Great 2017 Eclipse? - Saturday, April 15 at 7:30 PM

Total Solar Eclipse/NASA

On August 21, 2017, 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 the sun. 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. Presented by Gena Crook, VBAS Director of Education and Programs, and 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 the presenter will share some fun ways to view the eclipse.

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

Hubble Space Telescope/NASAThe Hubble Space Telescope - Saturday, April 22 at 7:30 PM

The Hubble Space Telescope-one of the humanity's most successful scientific creations will turn 27 on April 24th. For 27 years, it has been providing scientists and the public with spectacular images of most distant stars and galaxies as well as planets in our solar system. Come learn about Hubble Space Telescope and its amazing discoveries. Presented by Dr. Naveen Vetcha, VBAS Past-President and Outreach Coordinator.

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

If you have your own telescope, feel free to set it up after the show. If you need some assistance with setting up or operation your telescope, our ever helpful observing crew will try to help you  so that you can better enjoy the night sky.

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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