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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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  • VBAS Equipment Sale and Annual Meeting – May 20th
    VBAS will host an equipment sale and silent auction on Friday, May 20th, 2022 at 7:00pm. That date is also our regular monthly meeting and, in fact, our Annual Meeting at which we’ll elect new officers. Pizza will be served. Some of the items up for auction include a Meade 10″ LX200, Celestron SP-C 102, […]
  • May 2022 Shows
    May 7th, 7:30pm Mom’s are Out of this World! On this Mother’s Day eve, join us for a presentation to learn a little global Mother’s Day history and then hear some stories about a few celestial moms while we explore our planetarium night sky. Presented by Alex Hall May 14th, 7:30pm Eclipses On Sunday night […]
  • The Sun and Eclipses Discussion – This Friday!
    Crisscrossing the continental United States in October 2023 and April 2024, two solar eclipses will take place, one annular the other total. To prepare for these two eclipses, the American Astronomical Society has been holding a series of eclipse workshops; the most recent of these workshops took place on April 8 and 9. For our […]
  • “Bear Hunt” Observing Event on April 1st
    VBAS is planning an observing event for the evening of Friday, April 1st. The first part of the evening is a “Bear Hunt”, which is an attempt to find many of the deep sky objects (DSOs) in the constellation Ursa Major, the “Big Bear” and in nearby Canes Venatici, the “Hunting Dogs”. Designed for new […]
  • April 2022 Shows
    Saturdays, April 2, 9, and 30 7:30 pmAstronomer William Herschel William Herschel made numerous discoveries that give cause for some to call him the father of modern astronomy. His most famous discovery doubled the size of the Solar System. Come learn about this musician/composer turned astronomer/telescope maker who left forever one of the biggest marks […]