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, January 18 at 7:30 PM.

There is no Monthly Meeting in the month of December.

Happy Holidays from VBAS!












December 2018 Planetarium Shows

Written by Administrator

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

Star of Wonder

Star of Wonder - Saturdays, December 1, 8, 15, & 22 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.

We have 2 variations of the show: a traditional look at the Christmas Star (8 and 22 Dec) and a second variation where VBAS members dress in costume and role play the journey of the Wise Men from the biblical perspective. Of course the Wise Men bring gifts to the children so plan to bring your younger children to these shows (1 and 15 Dec).

Presented by:

Dec. 1 & 15, Don Reed, VBAS President, et al.

Dec. 8, Roy Young, Veteran VBAS Presenter and Past Planetarium Director

Dec. 22, Beth Bero, VBAS Vice-President

New Horizons - Saturday, December 29 at 7:30 PM  New Horizons at Ultima Thule/NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

The New Horizons spacecraft made a historic and spectacular ride by Pluto in July of 2015. Now this same spacecraft is poised to pass near Ultima Thule on New Year’s Eve. Ultima Thule is a Kuiper Belt object in the solar system far, far out beyond Pluto. This will be the first time in history that a spacecraft launched by humans has come so close to one of these objects. Get ready for some super exciting science!! Presented by Gena Crook, VBAS Director of Education and Programs.

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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