VBAS is an educational and scientific non-profit volunteer organization of amateur and professional astronomers.

Our Goals

inspire a passion for our universe.

foster a community of astronomers.

educate members of our society and community about the universe we live in.

provide opportunities for learning, discovery, and exploration every chance we get.

Who We Are

The Von Braun Astronomical Society is a group of amateur and professional astronomers that are inspired by the universe we live in. We are devoted to exploring everything that the sky has to offer and teaching others how to do the same.


As a nonprofit, VBAS is run by society members who sit on the board of directors. To learn more about the board members, visit our Board Members page.

What We Do


We sponsor and host many events that are open to the public. Our planetarium shows are best known, taking place every Saturday night at 7:30pm, but a full listing is available on our Events page.


Our campus, located in Monte Sano State Park houses two observatories, a planetarium, and a library with one of the largest collections of astronomy materials in the southeast. Learn more on our Facilities page.


VBAS has a rich history beginning in 1954 with a group of high school students approaching Dr. Werhner von Braun with an idea for a club. Check out our History page to learn more.