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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

Monthly Society Meeting

The next VBAS Monthly Meeting is on Friday, January 18 at 7:30 PM.

Frank Schenck will speak on Astrophotography on Friday, January 18, 2019. Pizza at 7:00 pm followed by the meeting at 7:30 pm. Hope to see you there!

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January 2019 Planetarium Shows

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

Chart from Senemut's TombAncient Astronomy - Saturday, January 5 at 7:30 PM 

Sky watchers throughout the world have influenced our culture and our science. This show will explore the influences of the Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, the Maya, and Native Americans. Presented by Mitzi Adams, veteran VBAS presenter and NASA scientist.

Telescopes - Saturday, January 12 at 7:30 PM Telescope

A talk on the various types of telescopes, advantages and disadvantages of each, and how to use and maintain. Also: eyepieces, what is the difference between “a $700.00 and a $70.00 eyepiece”, and why if you are interested in looking at details on Jupiter or Saturn, the $70.00 eyepiece may be a better choice. Eyepieces: What is the one focal length eyepiece you should always have? Presented by Frank Schenck, VBAS Director of Facilities and Equipment.

Super Blood Moon - NASAThe Moon and the Lunar Eclipse - Saturday, January 19 at 7:30 PM 

Various civilizations throughout the history were equally fascinated by one thing, Luna, Earth's natural satellite. As we start 2019, people in the North and South Americas will be treated to a Lunar Eclipse on the night of January 20th. Join us to learn about the origins of the moon, its importance to life on earth and various terms used in describing the lunar eclipse. Presented by Dr. Naveen Vetcha, VBAS Outreach Coordinator.

Ancient Astronomy - Saturday, January 26 at 7:30 PM  Lord Surya

Astronomy is one of the oldest branches of the Science. Come learn about what various Eastern civilizations knew about our sky and the universe. How did this knowledge influence and mold various cultures resulting in rituals and practices which are followed by millions of people all over the globe? Presented by Dr. Naveen Vetcha, VBAS Outreach Coordinator.

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.


New Telescope and Equipment Storage Standing Rule

The VBAS Board has enacted new standing rule regarding telescope and equipment storage. The details can be found here or by following the Constitution and Bylaws link in the Resources Menu on the left side of the screen.


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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