What we're about

The Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomical Association includes individuals with wide levels of expertise and knowledge of the science of Astronomy, from the beginner to professional. For over fifty years the GRAAA continues to flourish, due to the enthusiasm and dedication of its members.

The GRAAA is active in the local community, sponsoring many observing and educational sessions for the people of West Michigan.

A 501(c)(3) non-profit educational and scientific organization dedicated to advancing the study of astronomy and promoting astronomy and science education to the community.

For more information Go to http://www.graaa.org/

Updates on the viewing conditions for public night check the Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/67889775101/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/GR_Astronomy) page or call the Starwatch number 616- 897-7065 - for updates and the status of a particular night if the weather conditions are questionable.

Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/67889775101/

Twitter https://twitter.com/GR_Astronomy

Upcoming events (5+)

Public Night at the Veen Observatory

James C Veen Observatory

Featured objects will be various nebulas, star clusters, and galaxies. The GRAAA opens the James C. Veen Observatory to the public on select Saturdays of the month (April through October), if the skies are clear. Please call the Starwatch number [masked]) for updates and the status of a particular night if the weather conditions are questionable. You can also find updated information on our homepage and all of our social media. Twitter feed (https://twitter.com/GR_Astronomy) Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/pg/GrandRapidsAstronomy). ​ Along with the observatory telescopes, GRAAA members set up their own telescopes so that visitors can view the splendors of the night sky. Visitors can tour the facility and enjoy a presentation about the history of the GRAAA and the James C. Veen Observatory. Admission for public nights is $3 for Adults, $2 for 17 years and younger, and free for children under 5 years of age. Public Nights are also free for Grand Rapids Public Museum members! Check out the GRAAA website for more information http://www.graaa.org/

Public Night at the Veen Observatory

James C Veen Observatory

Featured objects will be the crescent moon, and various star clusters, galaxies, and nebulas. The GRAAA opens the James C. Veen Observatory to the public on select Saturdays of the month (April through October), if the skies are clear. Please call the Starwatch number [masked]) for updates and the status of a particular night if the weather conditions are questionable. You can also find updated information on our homepage and all of our social media. Twitter feed (https://twitter.com/GR_Astronomy) Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/pg/GrandRapidsAstronomy). ​ Along with the observatory telescopes, GRAAA members set up their own telescopes so that visitors can view the splendors of the night sky. Visitors can tour the facility and enjoy a presentation about the history of the GRAAA and the James C. Veen Observatory. Admission for public nights is $3 for Adults, $2 for 17 years and younger, and free for children under 5 years of age. Public Nights are also free for Grand Rapids Public Museum members! Check out the GRAAA website for more information http://www.graaa.org/

Public Night at the Veen Observatory

James C Veen Observatory

Featured objects will be the planet Jupiter, and various star clusters, galaxies, and nebulas. The GRAAA opens the James C. Veen Observatory to the public on select Saturdays of the month (April through October), if the skies are clear. Please call the Starwatch number [masked]) for updates and the status of a particular night if the weather conditions are questionable. You can also find updated information on our homepage and all of our social media. Twitter feed (https://twitter.com/GR_Astronomy) Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/pg/GrandRapidsAstronomy). ​ Along with the observatory telescopes, GRAAA members set up their own telescopes so that visitors can view the splendors of the night sky. Visitors can tour the facility and enjoy a presentation about the history of the GRAAA and the James C. Veen Observatory. Admission for public nights is $3 for Adults, $2 for 17 years and younger, and free for children under 5 years of age. Public Nights are also free for Grand Rapids Public Museum members! Check out the GRAAA website for more information http://www.graaa.org/

Public Night at the Veen Observatory

James C Veen Observatory

Featured objects will be the gibbous Moon, Jupiter, various star clusters, and Saturn closer to the end of the event. The GRAAA opens the James C. Veen Observatory to the public on select Saturdays of the month (April through October), if the skies are clear. Please call the Starwatch number [masked]) for updates and the status of a particular night if the weather conditions are questionable. You can also find updated information on our homepage and all of our social media. Twitter feed (https://twitter.com/GR_Astronomy) Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/pg/GrandRapidsAstronomy). ​ Along with the observatory telescopes, GRAAA members set up their own telescopes so that visitors can view the splendors of the night sky. Visitors can tour the facility and enjoy a presentation about the history of the GRAAA and the James C. Veen Observatory. Admission for public nights is $3 for Adults, $2 for 17 years and younger, and free for children under 5 years of age. Public Nights are also free for Grand Rapids Public Museum members! Check out the GRAAA website for more information http://www.graaa.org/

Past events (70)

Public Night at the Veen Observatory

James C Veen Observatory

Photos (18)