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Monte Sano State Park

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About Us

About Us

VBAS 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.  Use the "Library", "Observatories", and "Planetarium" links in the top menu to explore our facilities.  For more information about our history click the "VBAS History" link in the General Menu to the left.

What We Do

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".

Member & Public Events

Members meet at our planetarium on the third Friday of each month, except for December, to discuss recent and upcoming astronomy events which usually includes a guest speaker and the public is welcome to attend!

We also have several planetarium programs throughout the year that the public is invited to and we enjoy viewing the evening skies afterwards when the weather permits.

Watch for details about upcoming Member & Public events on our "Home" page.

 

VBAS Officers 2016

VBAS Elected Board of Directors

President: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 2016-2017

Vice-President:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 2016-2017

Secretary: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 2016-2018

Treasurer:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 2015-2017

Student Director: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 2016-2017

Director of Administration:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 2016-2018

Director of Education & Programs:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 2015-2017

Director of Facilities & Equipment:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 2015-2017

Director of Planning & Research: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 2016-2018

Past President: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 2016-2017

Appointed Officers

Membership Secretary:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Observatories Director:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Resident Astronomer:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Historians: Amanda Campbell & Jeff Bennett

Dark Skies Rep:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Newsletter Editor: Currently Vacant

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Terms Of Office

Elected Members of the Board Of Directors assume their responsibilities on July 1st and serve a two year staggered term with the exception of the President, Vice President, and Past President who are all elected first as Vice President and then serve in all three positions for one year each.  The term of the Student Director is also one year.

Appointed officer positions are appointed by and serve at the Board's direction.

   
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