VBAS Calendar

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NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Monte Sano State Park


VBAS Sponsors


Von Braun Astronomical Society

Monthly Society Meeting

The next VBAS Monthly Meeting is on Friday, November 16 at 7:30 PM.

Join us on Friday, November 16 for our monthly society meeting. We will have pizza at 7:00 and a presentation by Haley Rice at 7:30. Ms. Rice will tell us about Project Night Sky and her plans to construct an observatory in the dark skies of Camp McDowell near the Bankhead Forest.

Beth Bero



November 2018 Planetarium Shows

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

James Webb Space TelescopeJames Webb Space Telescope - Saturdays, November 3 & 10 at 7:30 PM

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is one of the most highly anticipated observatories among astronomers. This space telescope will revolutionize our viewing ability like the Hubble did 28 years ago. This will not be a super technical presentation but a laymen’s guide to the JWST. It will be given by a veteran VBAS presenter and Space Camp astronomer/educator, James Brelsford.


Meteor Shower/NASA JPLMeteor Showers - Saturday, November 17 at 7:30 PM

What happens when 'stars' fall on Alabama? Destruction or just a pretty light show? Come hear the history of meteor showers and meteorite impacts in our state and learn when you can enjoy upcoming meteor shower events. Presented by Beth Bero, professional educator and VBAS Vice-President.


Star of Wonder

Star of Wonder - Saturday, November 25 at 7:30 PM 

What exactly was the star that the Wisemen saw? Was it a star that stood in the sky two-thousand years ago and marked a single location in Bethlehem? Each year at this special time, VBAS turns back the hands of time to look into the sky of long ago and search for this mysterious object. As we ponder the skies of Bethlehem, we’ll explore several possibilities including comets, meteors, novae and other phenomena as well as examine the origins of some of the Christmas traditions we celebrate today. Presented by Beth Bero, professional educator and VBAS Vice-President.


Admission for Saturday Planetarium Shows:

Admission is $5 for Adults, $3 for Students, and free for children under 6, as well as VBAS members. 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.


Astronomy Day 2018 Door Prize Winning Ticket

Written by Administrator Sunday, 14 October 2018 10:57

During the afternoon of Astronomy Day 2018 we gave out door prize tickets to attendees for a chance to win one of two table-top telescopes we acquired for the event and the winners did not have to be present to win. The drawing was held at the start of our evening show and our guest speaker drew the two winning tickets. One of the ticket holders was present and claimed their prize that night. The other ticket holder was not present. As promised we are posting the winning ticket number here on our website.

The winning ticket number for the second table-top telescope is: 745526

Your prize MUST be claimed by December 31, 2018 and you MUST present the corresponding winning ticket half to claim the telescope. If you have this ticket, you need to coordinate claiming your prize with This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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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