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 Friday, August 17 at 7:30 PM.

Join us for our next meeting on August 17 at 7:30 PM, pizza at 7:00 PM. This month, a few days away from the one year anniversary, Gordon Telepun will present an overview of the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse, his fourth solar eclipse.

Dr. Gordon TelepunAt the July 2017 VBAS monthly meeting, he presented tips for observing, photographing and videoing a total solar eclipse. Since the eclipse, he has continued his work with eclipse education by recording detailed eclipse related videos. In addition to enjoying the challenges presented by eclipse photography and videography, Gordon loves to discuss the partial phase phenomena. Regarding animal behavior, he captured a unique and entertaining video of chicken behavior during the eclipse. His work on two other phenomena, that of the sharp and fuzzy shadow effect and the theories of shadow band motion will be published by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific in an upcoming book about the 2017 eclipse. He will provide an update on the work to get his timing app, Solar Eclipse Timer, ready for the 2019 eclipse. Gordon is interested in having the members share their stories about the eclipse.

Beth Bero



August 2018 Planetarium Shows

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

Mars Curiosity Rover on Mars - NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSSThe Mars Rovers - Saturdays, August 4, 18, & 25 at 7:30 PM

Orbiters and Landers and Rovers, Oh My! What’s happening on Mars? Join us as we take a virtual look around and learn what current research is teaching us about the Red Planet. Presented by VBAS Vice-President, Beth Bero.


Perseids NASA/JPLPerseid Meteors and Comets - Saturday, August 11 at 7:30 PM 

What makes up a comet? What is the difference between a meteoroid, meteor, and meteorite? Where do these come from? Can I hold a meteorite? Come to this show and bring your questions with you. We will answer these questions and more in our Saturday night show. For some strange reason, this presenter needs help from children. So bring your kids to this "family friendly" show. Presented by veteran VBAS presenter, Brenda Rogers.

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 .


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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