The planetarium projects the 7,000 night sky stars that are visible to the unaided eye. It projects the Northern and Southern hemispheres and our galaxy the Milky Way. The images and positions of the Sun, the Moon and its phases as well as the planets Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn are seen.
Our planetarium's greatest attribute is its ability to compress time so that in the course of minutes, it displays the changes in the night sky from sunset to sunrise at any time in the past, present, or future. Our “to scale” model of the Solar System is based on the 30 foot dome representing the size of the Sun.
Showtime is 7:00 P.M. on Wednesday evenings for the series of eight shows each spring, fall and winter. Each 90 minute show is unique, offering an interactive lecture, visual presentation, star show, handouts and a door prize. Guests must use the planetarium entrance at the East end of the school. Call our message line at: 248-746-8880 for more information or to schedule a private or school show.
Vollbrecht Planetarium is located between Southfield Rd. and Evergreen Rd., and between 11 and 12 Mile roads. From 10 Mile take Santa Barbara north 4 blocks. From Evergreen, take Filmore east about ¾ of a mile. Vollbrecht is at the East end of Adler Elementary School, 19100 Filmore, Southfield, MI 48075
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Scheduled school, public and private shows will appear on the calendar. If you wish to schedule a school, or private show please call Vollbrecht Planetarium’s message line at:248-746-8880 with a brief message and one of the Planetarians will call you back. The spring, fall and winter public shows usually begins in April, October and January. See the calendar for dates and times.