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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!

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.


Upcoming Shows

  • June 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.


    June 1 – Planetarium Centennial

    The concept of a planetarium was started exactly one hundred years ago! We will explore a short history of planetariums through history and make predictions about the planetarium of the future.

    Presented by Tom Burleson

    June 8 and June 22 – Life in the Universe

    One of the questions which humans have been asking for centuries is, “Are we alone in the universe?” This Saturday we will explore the types of life we might expect to find on other bodies in our solar system. During our presentation you might also learn some surprising facts about creatures here on Earth that are new to you! I hope you will join us.

    Presented by Gena Crook

    June 15 – 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 Erik Silkowski

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