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Mission Statement

  • To promote the Science of Astronomy
  • To encourage, foster, conduct and support programs on astronomy and related sciences for the education and enlightenment of the membership and the general public
  • To promote an interest in astronomy and related sciences in all interested parties through highly visible public interfacing
  • To sponsor and promote telescope viewing sessions, commonly called “Star Parties”, for the membership and the general public
  • To encourage and promote cooperation with other groups having similar objectives and interests
  • To exchange and disseminate matters of interest in astronomy and related sciences

Founded in 1974, the San Antonio Astronomical Association is located in San Antonio, Texas, in the United States of America. Our members reside primarily in Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, and Medina counties near San Antonio. Our primary purpose is to provide our members and the public education, enjoyment, and entertainment through astronomy.

The SAAA meets usually on the second Friday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church of Alamo Heights , 6720 Broadway. Christ Lutheran Church is on the east side of Broadway next to Alamo Heights High School. Parking is in the lot on the south side of the church. Membership is open to all those interested in astronomy. All meetings are open to the public and free of charge. We also offer a Novice Meeting for those who are new to Astronomy. The Novice Meeting is usually held before the Monthly Meeting, starting at 6:30 p.m.

The SAAA also offers free programs to public and private schools, scouts, libraries, and universities. Special astronomy programs are often scheduled with civic, handicapped, science, and nature organizations such as the Sierra Club, Girl Scouts, and Boy Scouts and with parks personnel at county, city, and state levels. For more information, contact our Public Outings Coordinator.

By joining the SAAA, you will have the opportunity to meet others who have common interests and have the opportunity to exchange ideas. Through our public programs, you will also get a chance to be involved in serving the public and to introduce others to the joys of astronomy.

To facilitate the SAAA’s operations, we collect dues of $20.00 per year for individual memberships. We also offer different levels of membership. The SAAA is recognized by the IRS as a non-profit educational organization. Therefore some of your dues and any donations you wish to make may be tax deductible.

Whether you are an armchair astronomer, an interested beginner, or a seasoned professional, we believe that you will find joining the SAAA to be a rewarding experience.

Monthly General Meetings

General membership meetings of the San Antonio Astronomical Association are open to all. The meetings begin at 6:30 PM. on the second Friday of every month, except December, Christ Lutheran Church of Alamo Heights, 6720 Broadway, Alamo Heights, 78209 [map]. Parking is free and there is no charge for the meeting.

    Schedule:

  • 6:30 – 7:15 p.m.
    • Introduction To Astronomy- an informal instructional presentation on some topic of interest and benefit to “beginners” in astronomy, sponsored by the SAAA’s Beginner’s SIG
  • 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
    • Socialize and network with other members
  • 6:45 – 7:15 p.m.
    • Telescope Library open
  • 7:30 – 7:35 p.m.
    • Meeting Opening
  • 7:35 – 8:30 p.m.
    • Invited Lecture
  • 8:30 – 8:45 p.m.
    • Topics in Astronomy
  • 8:45 – 8:55 p.m.
    • Break: Socialize and network with other members
  • 8:55 – 9:15 p.m.
    • SAAA business meeting, announcements of upcoming programs and activities

For more information about the San Antonio astronomical Association visit our joining the SAAA page.