Vollbrecht Planetarium

2018 Vollbrecht Planetarium Winter Shows

Planetarian: Cliff Jones
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: 19100 Filmore, Southfield, MI  48075 (adjacent to Adler Elementary School)
Website: www.vollbrechtplanetarium.com    
Phone: (248) 746-8880

January 10 – Our 13 Planet Solar System, (Part 1) Inner Planets & Asteroids We’ll explore the planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars and dwarf planet, Ceres, in the Asteroid Belt. We’ll compare their environments.

January 17 - Our 13 Planet Solar System, (Part 2) Gas Giants & Kuiper Belt Objects We’ll travel out to Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and explore the Kuiper Belt which contains 4 recognized Dwarf Planets: Pluto, Haumea, Makemake, and Eris. We’ll compare their environments.

January 24 - Our Sun is a Star. How does it affect Earth and other Planets in our Solar System? We’ll compare our Sun 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 August 21, 2017 total eclipse across the United States.

January 31 - 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.

February 7 - Guest: NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador – Robert Trembly Topic to be determined. Robert is a volunteer NASA/JPL speaker and is knowledgeable on all that’s 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.

February 14 - 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 skydome. Bring a pillow if you like.

February 21 - The Rest of the Story (1): Milky Way and the Andromeda Galaxy Compared Where does Earth fit in? We’ll explore our Milky Way Galaxy, Nebulae, and Star Clusters.

February 28 - The Rest of the Story (2): From Quarks to the Edge of the Universe Based on the powers of 10, we’ll explore the Cosmos from Quarks to the Edge of the Universe and galaxy groups as well as inner space to quarks. What is Dark Energy and Dark Matter? 

Each Hour and a half show offers: Q&A, lecture, star show, handouts and a door prize


Prepaid at Southfield Parks and Recreation*

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

*Southfield Parks and Recreation, 26000 Evergreen Road, Southfield, MI 48037, (248) 796-4620

Purchased at the door

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