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Weekly Planetarium Shows Cancelled

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 June 2021 19:31

From the Von Braun Astronomical Society:

Important Notice

Due to the COVID-19 Corona Virus pandemic we have had to suspend our regular weekly public planetarium shows. However, as vaccinations have increased and COVID-19 cases continue to decrease here in Madison County, we are tentatively looking at resuming Saturday night public planetarium shows beginning sometime after the Labor Day holiday in September 2021. At this time, we will only offer very limited seating to allow for social distancing and there will be also be a requirement to make a seat reservation ahead of time for the show you want to attend. Prepayment of admissions will not be an option and will be required to be paid in-person at the planetarium prior to admission. Please stay tuned for more details on this process and any special requirements.

The VBAS Board of Directors has decided to continue suspension of our Saturday night public planetarium shows. This will continue until reopening dates and procedures have been set.


Monthly Society Meeting

July 2021 Monthly Meeting

We have resumed monthly in-person Society meetings (no planetarium shows, just yet).

Join us for our July monthly Society meeting in-person at the Planetarium on Friday, July 16th at 7:30 PM (7:00 PM for pizza!). Our program will by presented by Frank Schenck, VBAS Director of Facilities and Equipment, and will be about Lunar and Planetary Photography.

We will also broadcast the meeting via Zoom. Link to the meeting:


Library Home Delivery

VBAS members! Our librarian, Jeff Bennett, is now offering Home Delivery of our VBAS library books!

Browse the VBAS Library's online catalog

Then, email Jeff B. at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your requested books. Read below for details:

Must be a member in good standing. (Want to renew? Click Here. )
Each household may borrow up to 5 books for up to 90 days. Borrowers must be home to receive books. Jeff will coordinate delivery with you in advance.
Jeff will deliver and pick up on the first Saturday of the month, as long as stay at home orders are in place.
Jeff will wear a mask and be healthy (or, he won't run the service)
Books will be in quarantine for one month between check outs.
Books will be in a plastic bag and only be handled by Jeff while wearing plastic gloves/mask.
Orders will be filled on a first-come, first served basis.

Night at the Observatory

Night At The Observatory

VBAS is pleased to announce a new program that provides guests an opportunity to direct an observing session using the historic Swanson 21” telescope with a modern digital camera. Our Night At The Observatory is a personalized program that allows small groups to experience an evening of observing deep-sky objects of their choice. And the fun doesn’t end when the night is done because at the end of the evening you will take home the images acquired during your observing session. A VBAS certified operator will assist in target acquisition and imaging and can make suggestions for interesting deep-sky objects to discover.

Your Night At The Observatory requires no prior training or experience with telescopes. You will learn some of the fascinating history of the observatory and how to operate the large telescope. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Observatory Director, to book your own Night At The Observatory. Click the link below for details and prices.

VBAS Night At The Observatory

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