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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

September 2018 Planetarium Shows

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

Albert EinsteinThe Universe of Dr. Einstein - Saturday, September 1 at 7:30 PM

“The Universe of Dr. Einstein” is a hybrid planetarium show from the Hansen Planetarium and VBAS Membership Secretary, Doreen Forsythe. This program highlights the complicated ideas that Dr. Einstein discovered using mathematical equations. Dr. Einstein was a genius but had problems with authority figures. This makes him a very interesting character.




Dawn MissionAsteroids and Dawn Mission - Saturday, September 8 at 7:30 PM 

Join us to find answers to questions like what are Asteroids? Where are they located? How big are they? The talk will also cover NASA’s Dawn mission to Asteroid Belt to study the most massive objects in the belt: Ceres and Vesta. It is the only mission which visited two celestial objects. Come and learn about what scientists learned about these two asteroids. Presented by Dr. Naveen Vetcha, VBAS Past President.


OSIRES-REx MissionAsteroids and OSIRIS-REx Mission - Saturday, September 15 at 7:30 PM 

Our Solar System is filled with small, airless rocky worlds that revolve around the Sun. These rocks are called Asteroids or minor planets. Join us to learn about these rocky bodies and how they can help us in understanding the formation of Solar System. The talk will also cover NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission and its objectives. Presented by Dr. Naveen Vetcha, VBAS Past President.


Andromeda Galaxy M31/VBAS D. ReedFall  Skies - Saturday, September 22 at 7:30 PM 

Please attend our "Fall Skies" show. This is a family friendly show, so please bring your children along. This presenter always seems to need children to help demonstrate some of the objects discussed in her show. Presented by veteran VBAS Presenter, Brenda Rogers.


Psyche MissionAsteroids and Psyche Mission - Saturday, September 29 at 7:30 PM 

What can we learn about the Solar System and planets from Asteroids? What are Asteroids? What are they made of? Join us to find answers to these questions and more. NASA is planning a mission to send a spacecraft to an Asteroid to learn about planet formation. Come and learn about what this mission is and what its objectives are. Presented by Dr. Naveen Vetcha, VBAS Past 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.

For information about our Planetarium shows, as well as special group scheduling, and pricing, please contact our Planetarium Director,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or our Director of Education and Programs,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Monthly Society Meeting

The next VBAS Monthly Meeting is our annual "Star-B-Q" Picnic on Friday, September 21 at 5:00 PM.

Join us for our next meeting on September 21 at 5:00 PM. This month we will have an autumnal equinox "Star-B-Q". ***PLEASE NOTE the earlier start time of 5:00 PM

Read below for details, hope to see you there!

Jack Revera

Come one, come all, to our autumnal equinox "Star -B-Q!" We will fire up the grills at 5:00 on Friday, September 21 and cook hotdogs and hamburgers. Bring a picnic dish to share. We will have a special guest speaker at 6:00 pm. Mr. Jack Revera, our VBAS first place winner from the Alabama State Science Fair, will explain his method for determining the best Asteroid Tracking System. Jack is a student at Discovery Middle School in Madison City. He tested three different methods of tracking asteroids and will explain which is best and how he reached those results.

Hope to see you there!

Beth Bero



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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