Vollbrecht Planetarium

2016 Vollbrecht Planetarium Winter Shows

Planetarian: Cliff Jones
Planetarium: 248-746-8880 / Cell: 313-770-7468

Jan. 13 - Southfield’s Sky Dome: Look up! What can we see? Let’s explore star patterns of the night sky (Constellations). Explore the Strange motions of the Moon and Planets against the night sky. Find our way by Star Hopping. How to use popular Apps, star maps and planispheres to find our way through the night sky.

Jan. 20 - Exploring our Solar System (Part 1) Rocky Planets  We’ll compare the rocky inner planets, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars and Dwarf Planet, Ceres. Accomplishments of the rovers on Mars will be discussed.

Jan. 27 -  Exploring our Solar System (Part 2) Gas Giants How do the gas giants differ from the rocky planets? Are they visible in our night sky? What’s the story behind Pluto’s demotion to dwarf status? Kuiper Belt and Oort Cloud, what are they?

Feb. 3 -  Our Sun and how it affects our Earth  Our Sun is a star. We’ll compare it to the 200 billion stars in our Milky Way galaxy. Is Earth closer to the Sun in the summer or winter? Seasons both on Earth and Mars will be compared. Eclipses will be explained with special notes on the March 9, 2016 total eclipse across the United States.

Feb. 10 -  Guest: NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador – Robert Trembly Topic to be determined. Robert is a volunteer NASA/JPL speaker and is knowledgeable on all NASA/JPL. His special area of expertise is on Asteroids and Comets. He also collects meteorites. This is a good opportunity to ask questions on space science.

Feb. 17 - Sky Tellers: The myths, magic and mysteries of the Universe We’ll listen to Native American and International sky tales with a scientific analogy while the stars glide across the sky dome. Bring a pillow if you like.

Feb. 24 -  Telescopes and Binoculars: How they work, how to use them What’s the right scope for you? We’ll discuss cost, how to set up and use them We’ll point out on our star dome the objects that can be seen with a small telescope or binoculars. A lab demo on how a telescope works by following the light path will be given. Ask about Astronomy clubs.

Mar. 2 -  The Rest of the Story: Milky Way and other Galaxies, Black Holes, Dark Mater, Dark Energy  Based on the powers of 10, we’ll explore the Cosmos from Quarks to the Edge of the Universe. Where does Earth fit in? We’ll explore our Milky Way Galaxy, nebulae, star clusters and galaxy groups as well as inner space to quarks. What is Dark Energy and Dark Matter?

Winter 2016 - Vollbrecht Planetarium 

Time: Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Location: 19100 Filmore, Southfield, MI  48075
*Each Hour and a half show offers: Q&A, lecture, star show, handouts and a door prize
Website: www.vollbrechtplanetarium.com    
Phone: (248) 746-8880


Prepaid at Parks and Recreation Dept*

  • $5 for residents and $5.50 for non-residents
  • Eight-show series: $30 for residents
  • $40 for non-residents

*Southfield P&R Dept., 26000 Evergreen Rd, Southfield, MI 48037, (248) 796-4620

Purchased at the door

  • $7 for residents and $7.50 non-residents
  • Series of eight shows $40 for residents
  • $50 for non-resident