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.

Latest News

Help VBAS establish an endowment fund

The VBAS Board of Directors approved a fundraising effort to establish an agency fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville. VBAS will be the sole beneficiary of the distributions from this fund, which will provide long term financial stability for the organization. VBAS has to raise $50,000 to start this fund. Thanks to some generous long-time members, we are already 4/5ths of the way there. Help us get this fund established!

  • Astronomy Day 2024

    Von Braun Astronomical Society will celebrate Astronomy Day on September 21st in person at Monte Sano State Park! Beginning at 1:00 p.m., events will include: solar viewing, mini-planetarium shows, rockets, vacuum-chamber demonstrations of what it’s like in space, and several other fun STEAM activities.

    Astronomy Day is FREE and open to the public!

  • Swap Meet – May 17
    Come to the Swap Meet on Friday, May 17, 2024 Free Pizza & conversation at 7:00 pm. Meeting, including annual Elections, at 7:30 pm. The May Monthly meeting at our planetarium on Monte Sano will feature a chance for you to bring, swap, sell and buy gently used astronomy equipment and books. Contact Joe Kutner if you have any questions at vicepresident@vbas.org Each Third Friday of the Month meeting starts with FREE pizza at 7:00, followed by the meeting at 7:30. In May we will have our annual board elections as well as the swap meet. Hope to see you there!
  • International Astronomy Day – May 18 2024
    VBAS volunteers will be at the GigaParts Technology Superstore, 6123 University Dr, Huntsville on Saturday May 18 to provide advice and outreach from 9:30am on International Astronomy Day! Telescope Clinic 10:00am -1:00pm. Bring that telescope you just can’t get to work, or think you might have broken and we’ll take a look!   Eclipse Show and Tell 4:00pm-6:00pm.  Sign up to share your images and stories – even if you got clouded out!   Presentations to attend from Choosing your First Telescope to Stargazing with Binoculars and Getting Started in Astrophotography! Learn about Light Pollution and what you can do about it with volunteers from Starry Skies South.     GigaParts has a large range of telescopes, binoculars, eyepieces, books and more to browse as well as plenty of other fun technology. And a snack bar! Everyone welcome. Bring your friends to introduce them to your favorite hobby!  See you there.

Upcoming Shows

  • July 2024 Planetarium Shows

    All planetarium shows begin at 7:30pm.

    Admission opens at 7:00pm; $5/adult, $3/student, 6 and under free.

    Telescope viewing afterwards on clear nights.

    July 6 – Summer Skies

    Traveling across the summer sky can be just as much fun as a summer trip! Join retired educator Beth Bero in this family-friendly adventure in the night sky. We will explore summer constellations, legends, motions of the night sky and current sky events.

    Presented by Beth Bero

    July 13 – Webb Space Telescope: The Journey So Far

    Launched in December 2021, James Webb Space Telescope has revealed many unprecedented details of the universe during its initial two years of operation. Webb’s first images were released on July 12, 2022. Join us in a journey through space and time as we celebrate the anniversary of the first images. We will look at some of the recent images taken by JWST and learn what new things these images teach us about the cosmos.

    Presented by Naveen Vetcha

    July 20 – Why is Lunar Science ‘Going South’?

    Why does everyone want to go to the moon’s south pole? What’s wrong with the moon’s equator or mid latitudes? Is it cold at the lunar pole? Will there be polar bears? Lunarians? Will they bring penguins for company? Isn’t it more difficult to get to the lunar pole than equator? And what’s wrong with the moon’s north pole? Are the people making these decisions lunatics? Why do scientists ask so many questions?
    Don’t you want to come to the show and find out?

    Presented by Eric Silkowski

    July 27 – Summer Skies

    What are we watching in the night sky this summer? I’m sure you have seen the Big Dipper and Orion, but have you successfully identified any other star patterns? We can help. We’ll be in the planetarium at 7:30 with a cool star projector and a dome shaped ceiling ready to point out summer constellations, tell stories, and just generally have fun looking at tiny points of light. Doors open at 7:00.

    Presented by Gena Crook

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