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Welcome to VBAS!

The Von Braun Astronomical Society is a non-profit organization of amateur and professional astronomers. We are sharing our love of space with the community through our planetarium and observatories located in Monte Sano State Park just east of Huntsville, Alabama.

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  • February 2023 Shows
    All planetarium shows begin at 7:30pm. Admission opens at 7:00pm. Telescope viewing afterwards on clear nights February 4 – The Sun and Solar Cycle 25: Connections Between the Sun and the Solar System What if you flipped a light switch and there was no light? What if Google Maps stopped working or was inaccurate? This […]
  • Huntsville’s Disappearing Dark Skies
    Members of VBAS and Starry Skies South put together an article detailing Huntsville’s recent roll out of LED illumination. Read it here!
  • January 2023 Shows
    All planetarium shows begin at 7:30pm. Admission opens at 7:00pm. Telescope viewing afterwards on clear nights. January 7th – The Planetarium: A Magic Carpet We can use the star projector in the planetarium to pretend to fly anywhere on Earth – like a magic carpet! Gena Crook will demonstrate the motion of the stars across […]
  • December 2022 Shows
    Star of Wonder December 3rd, 10th at 7:30pm On the evenings of December 3rd and December 10th VBAS will be hosting its special “Star of Wonder” planetarium show.  This show is unique in that VBAS volunteers dress up as the 3 Wisemen and present the Christmas Story from a first century perspective.  Be prepared to enter the […]
  • 2022 Telescope Buyer’s Guide
    Choosing a first telescope for yourself or a loved one can be a daunting task.  There is literally no limit to the amount of money that can be spent on telescopes and related equipment.  Luckily, modern development of quality optics on simple, stable mounts and more recent advancements in low cost electronics and software means […]