ELT and Planet Talk at 37C3

This past week was the 37th Chaos Communication Congress, where a diverse audience of nerds gather to discuss technology and society. I observed from afar via their livestreams and recordings, and thoroughly enjoyed two space-centric talks. Both are linked below, I hope you find them as interesting!

The Extremely Large Telescope (ELT)

Two presenters, lk and panic, walk us through the construction and design considerations of the ELT, which will be a… big scope.

How Many Planets in Our Solar System? Glad You Asked!

Michael B√ľker gives a fascinating and well researched talk on the progress of planetary identification through the past several hundred years.


Our new society website is live!

Welcome to VBAS’s new website! Developed in collaboration with a talented class of students at UAH, this new service is now in operation to benefit VBAS membership and the general public.

If you’d like to visit the legacy website, click here. It will be online for a while longer, though it will not be receiving news and event updates.

If you have any suggestions for the new site, please click here to contact us!

Click here to view credits for the class at UAH.


July 2021 Member Meeting

We have resumed monthly in-person Society meetings (no planetarium shows, just yet).

Join us for our July monthly Society meeting in-person at the Planetarium on Friday, July 16th at 7:30 PM (7:00 PM for pizza!). Our program will by presented by Frank Schenck, VBAS Director of Facilities and Equipment, and will be about Lunar and Planetary Photography.

We will also broadcast the meeting via Zoom. Link to the meeting:

Watch July’s recorded meeting here: