The Von Braun Astronomical Society is a non-profit volunteer organization that operates a library, two observatories, and a planetarium in Monte Sano State Park. Formed by a group of Huntsville high-school students who wanted to study astronomy, the organization expanded in 1954 when a handful of Red Stone Arsenal scientists, including Dr. Wernher von Braun, joined the effort.
Its Ann Sanford Memorial Library in the Wilhelm Angele Observatory houses a large collection of astronomy related literature, and the observatories offer regular viewing and training opportunities. The planetarium hosts programs and lectures open to the public.
Monte Sano State Park, 5105 Nolen Ave. SE, Huntsville, AL 35801, (256) 539-0316
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