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VBAS is an educational and scientific non-profit volunteer organization of amateur and professional astronomers.

Our Goals

The Von Braun Astronomical society is constantly working to:

Who We Are

The Von Braun Astronomical Society is a group of amateur and professional astronomers that are inspired by the universe we live in. They have devoted countless hours to explore everything that the sky has to offer and teaching others around them how to do the same.


VBAS is run by a board of VBAS members keeping the best interests of the society at the top of their priorities with every decision. To learn more about the board members, visit our Board Members page.

What We Do


VBAS sponsors and hosts many events that are open to the public. Our planetarium shows are best known, taking place every Saturday night, but a full listing is available on our Events page.


Our VBAS campus, located in Monte Sano State Park houses two observatories, a planetarium, a library with one of the largest collections of astronomy materials in the southeast, and mobile telescopes available for trained member use. Learn more on our Facilities page.


VBAS has a rich history that started in 1954 with a few high school students approaching Dr. Werhner von Braun. Check out our History page to learn more.