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Von Braun Astronomical Society

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Address: 5105 Nolen Ave SE, Huntsville, AL 35801-1029
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+1 256-539-0316

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We attended an evening lecture on space flight. The presenter kept everyone's interest. Unfortunately, it was a cloudy night and were unable to use the telescope. however, the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 March 2016
Knoxville, Tennessee
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Ringgold, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

This is a 'must do' if you are visiting in Huntsville, AL, which is after all the authentic, original space city. Check out the VBAS web site for information. Programs offer once in a lifetime opportunities to learn about astronomy from true space enthusiasts some of whom actually work at NASA.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2016

We attended an evening lecture on space flight. The presenter kept everyone's interest. Unfortunately, it was a cloudy night and were unable to use the telescope. however, the presenter projected the night sky in the planetarium above our heads and it was worth the trip up the mountain for this experience!

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Mobile, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2016

We attended a program on Asteroids in the planetarium and then the VBAS guys set up telescopes outside to show us some of the wonderful sights of the heavens. Ready to answer any question you might have. Great group of guys and gals!!!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2015

According to the announcer, this facility was a pet project of Dr. von Braun and some of the early founders of the US space program. The facility is located on Monte Sano State Park, which is a nice place to visit itself, and is open most Saturdays (check the planetarium web site for confirmation of shows.) The guides are friendly... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2013

We were in town for the weekend and didn't have plans for Saturday night. I saw something online about a planetarium show at Monte Sano State Park so we gave it a try. We had a great time! The facility is pretty old and it brought back memories of grade school field trips. The sky was overcast so we weren't... More 

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Deltona, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2013

The sorrounding are out of this world. For the first time in decades a some lots and lots of fireflies (being from a big city, this is a BIG deal). The presentation was very interesting but I was expecting more out of the equipment. No big telescope, only 3 little ones on the outside of the building. The view of... More 

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North Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2013

The Von Braun Astronomical Society has been around for a little over 50 years. Started as a local astronomy club in the mid 50s, it developed into a lot more with the help of Werner Von Braun and his group of scientests who were also busy developing the rockets which got us to the moon. In fact, the dome of... More 

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2013 via mobile

Had passed the observatory earlier in the day while hiking around monte sano. Went to the lecture @730 that night and had a great time. Watched a presentation on jupiter and had a tour of some constellations and pictures from the "new" 21" lense telescope inside the observatory. Very cool! Toured the telescope but was rainy so no view however... More 

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Somerville, Alabama
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2012

The building is old and worn, but it serves the purpose. I'm sure a new planetarium wouldn't look like this, but when you visit here, you can imagine that Dr. Von Braun may have cut the ribbon for opening ceremony here! It is concrete block, so if you go in the winter take a blanket!

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