Welcome & Our History

The Greater Hazleton Area Astronomical Society

The Greater Hazleton Area Astronomical Society



Our Vision

To promote an appreciation for the art and science of amateur astronomy among the general public.

Our Mission

The Greater Hazleton Amateur Astronomy Society is a group of amateur astronomers dedicated to observing the sky and learning about the Universe and sharing that understanding and appreciation of astronomy with students and the general public.

The Greater Hazleton Amateur Astronomy Society has been doing astronomy education and public outreach for many years. What sets us apart is our commitment to sharing the EYEPIECE with the public. We do “Star Parties!” We have special filters for telescopes for safe viewing of our Sun in action. We are happy to partner with community groups to put our experience in astronomy, observing, telescope technology, education and outreach to work for your project. Member interests vary. Solar observing, lunar observing, technology, deep sky objects, astrophotography, and slide presentations for groups represent a partial list.

Society meetings are open to visitors

GHAAS meetings are held at the Hazle Twp Municipal Authority building on 27th Street. It is located behind the Hazle Twp Fire Company across from Barber Ford. Meetings are held on the second Saturday of every month except December (see note below). The doors open at 7:00 PM and the meeting begins at 7:30. Our meetings consist greeting of new attendees followed by essential society business and an informational presentation by one or several members of the club. There is an opportunity to chat with other members both before and after the meeting.

Note: During the summer months the club conducts Star Parties at several local state parks. Meetings are not held on those evenings. Refer to the Star Parties 2019 tab above. Star Parties are open to the general public.

Our History

GHAAS was formed in 1977 by a group of amateur  astronomers as a non-profit educational organization. The society was incorporated in 1995. Its purpose is to advance the science of astronomy by stimulating interest and encouraging the study therein by educating its members and the public through astronomical observation techniques and the use of astronomical equipment.

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