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Public Planetarium Shows

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

 

January 2019 Planetarium Shows

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

Chart from Senemut's TombAncient Astronomy - Saturday, January 5 at 7:30 PM 

Sky watchers throughout the world have influenced our culture and our science. This show will explore the influences of the Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, the Maya, and Native Americans. Presented by Mitzi Adams, veteran VBAS presenter and NASA scientist.

Telescopes - Saturday, January 12 at 7:30 PM Telescope

A talk on the various types of telescopes, advantages and disadvantages of each, and how to use and maintain. Also: eyepieces, what is the difference between “a $700.00 and a $70.00 eyepiece”, and why if you are interested in looking at details on Jupiter or Saturn, the $70.00 eyepiece may be a better choice. Eyepieces: What is the one focal length eyepiece you should always have? Presented by Frank Schenck, VBAS Director of Facilities and Equipment.

Super Blood Moon - NASAThe Moon and the Lunar Eclipse - Saturday, January 19 at 7:30 PM 

Various civilizations throughout the history were equally fascinated by one thing, Luna, Earth's natural satellite. As we start 2019, people in the North and South Americas will be treated to a Lunar Eclipse on the night of January 20th. Join us to learn about the origins of the moon, its importance to life on earth and various terms used in describing the lunar eclipse. Presented by Dr. Naveen Vetcha, VBAS Outreach Coordinator.

Ancient Astronomy - Saturday, January 26 at 7:30 PM  Lord Surya

Astronomy is one of the oldest branches of the Science. Come learn about what various Eastern civilizations knew about our sky and the universe. How did this knowledge influence and mold various cultures resulting in rituals and practices which are followed by millions of people all over the globe? Presented by Dr. Naveen Vetcha, VBAS Outreach Coordinator.

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.

 

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 Galileo et al James Brelsford/Gena Crook
2/9/2019 Galileo et al James Brelsford/Gena Crook
2/17/2019 Winter Skies Doug Horacek
2/23/2019 Galileo et al James Brelsford/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
   
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