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NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Monte Sano State Park


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Von Braun Astronomical Society

May 2019 Planetarium Shows

We Host a Public Planetarium Show Every Saturday in the Wernher von Braun Planetarium that Begins at 7:30 PM

Mercury Astronauts/NASAThe Space Race: Project Mercury - Saturdays, May 4, 11, & 25  at 7:30 PM 

How did we get to the moon? There were several steps; three major ones! Join us in the planetarium to learn about the first big one, "Project Mercury!”

We will talk about the astronauts who were our first space explorers and the people behind their success! After the show we will turn the lights down and off and cause the stars to come out on the dome. Then we will point out current night sky constellations and certain stars for you. Come and join us! Presented by veteran VBAS presenter, Brenda Rogers.

Rocket City History - Saturday, May 18  at 7:30 PM Wernher Von Braun and President Kennedy/NASA

How did Huntsville change from a cotton mill town to Rocket City, USA? Join Beth Bero, VBAS Vice-President, as we explore our town’s contributions to the race to the moon.

Admission for Saturday Planetarium Shows:

Admission is $5 for Adults, $3 for Students, and free for children under 6, as well as VBAS members. All seating is general admission payable at the door. We are unable to offer pre-sale admission. Weather permitting, you will have the opportunity to look at some of the wonders of the universe through our telescopes following the planetarium program with the help of our experienced and knowledgeable observing crew.


Monthly Society Meeting

The next VBAS Monthly Meeting is on Friday, May 17 at 7:30 PM.

Join us on May 17 at 7:00 PM for pizza, to be followed by a presentation at 7:30 PM by NASA engineer Melissa Van Dyke on "Space Systems: What it will take to get back to the Moon." Hands on demos and interactive displays will be shared

Beth Bero

Vice President


Messier Marathon - May 3 CANCELED


Messier Marathon CANCELED due to forecast of clouds and potential precipitation tonight!

Bring your telescope and join us Friday, May 3 for our 2019 “Messier Marathon” Star Party. We start shortly before sundown and go until the last telescope is standing. Experts will be on-hand to assist newer observers in setting up and using their telescopes.

The term “Messier Marathon” is used to describe an effort to observe all 110 deep sky Messier objects in one night. This is possible during several times of the year, but all 110 objects are most accessible to viewers in the spring months. This year’s Messier marathon has been set for Friday, May 3.

NOTE: Possible informal event being planned

Don Martin may try to schedule an informal Messier Marathon/Star Party at our Kennemar Dark Sky site. Please email Don Martin at: WD.Martin.08@gmail for information.


New Books in the Library

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 May 2018 21:58 Written by Administrator Sunday, 26 November 2017 20:49

Our Librarians, Jeff Bennett and Amanda Campbell have acquired some new books for the Library. Please click on the Library link in the menu above and check them out.

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