Wernher von Braun Planetarium
Public Planetarium Shows
Every Saturday night at 7:30pm
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!
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.
VBAS, von Braun Astronomical Society, was originally founded in 1954 as the Rocket City Astronomical Association, thanks to the efforts of a group of high school students interested in Astronomy lead by Sam Pruitt, along with the help and influence of Wernher von Braun.
By 1956, the organization had grown to include several members of the Von Braun Missile Team and they completed the observatory. Our facilities today include a second observatory, astronomical library, solar telescope, and planetarium.
VBAS is a non-profit volunteer organization of amateur and professional astronomers. In addition to operating our planetarium and observatories located in Monte Sano State Park just east of Huntsville, Alabama, we also conduct side walk astronomy events in conjunction with several local community events such as "Concerts In The Park".