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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Upcoming Shows

  • December 2023 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.

    Our December 9th show is cancelled due to inclement weather.

    December 2 and 9 – The Star of Bethlehem

    Join us on the evenings of December 2nd or 9th to
    hear our Special Presentation of The Star of Won-
    der. On these 2 nights VBAS actors tell the Christ-
    mas Story told from the perspective of the Three
    Wisemen. The journey the Wisemen took on that
    first Christmas comes to life as they detail their
    quest to find the Christ Child and answer a very ba-
    sic question: what could cause that star to shine so
    brightly? Children 12 and under will receive a “goo-
    die bag” of toys and candy. Be sure to arrive early
    as this particular show sells out early.

    Presented by Don Reed and Tom Burleson

    December 16 – The Star of Bethlehem

    What was the star that the Magi saw ? Join VBAS
    educator Beth Bero for this family-friendly program
    that explores the history, science and wonder of a
    special night.

    Presented by Beth Bero

    December 23 and 30 – Standing Stones and Sungazers

    In recognition of the Winter Solstice we will explore how we believe ancient civilizations marked the passage of the year through monuments, monoliths and markers and learn about the astronomical causes of all the motions.

    Presented by Alex Hall

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