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NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day

Astronomy Picture of the Day

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Monthly Society Meeting

The next VBAS Monthly Meeting is on Friday, June 21 at 7:30 PM.

Join us on June 21 at 7:00 PM for pizza, to be followed by a talk by Mitzi Adams on ‘Eclipse 2017: what did we learn?’

Beth Bero

Vice President


June 2019 Planetarium Shows

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

Gemini ProfilesThe Space Race: Project Gemini - Saturdays, June 1, 8, 22, & 29  at 7:30 PM 

Named after constellation Gemini, NASA's Gemini program was an early human spaceflight program that served as a bridge between the Mercury and Apollo Programs. Flown in 1965 and 1966, Gemini missions laid the ground work to meet president Kennedy's ambitious goal of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth. Join us as we learn about Gemini program and its accomplishments. Presented by Dr. Naveen Vetcha, VBAS Past-President, on June 1, 22, & 29 and by Dr. Eric Silkowski, VBAS Treasurer, on June 8.

Milky Way/Summer Skies - Saturday, June 15  at 7:30 PMMilky Way/NASA

Stretching across the summer skies is a band of light that that grows increasingly brighter towards the southern horizon. This band of light is the glow from billions of stars and glowing clouds of gas that form our home, the Milky Way galaxy. How did we discover what our galaxy looks like and where we are in the galaxy. Join us at the Von Braun planetarium as we discover the Milky Way and the glorious stars of Summer!! Presented by Roy Young, NASA scientist and VBAS Past-Planetarium Director.

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.


Moon Party - Monday, July 8th

Moon PartyThe Von Braun Astronomical Society is having a MOON PARTY to celebrate the first manned landing on the moon in July of 1969.

Monday, July 8th , 5 PM to 10 PM at the VBAS Planetarium and Observatory in Monte Sano State Park.

There will be short lectures in the Planetarium, telescope viewing of the moon, and light refreshments. If you wish, you can bring your own telescope or binoculars. We picked this day because it is just after lunar sunrise at the area where Apollo 11 landed and this will provide the best viewing. Also, the moon will be viewable before sundown.


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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