Special Invitation to Regional Astronomy Clubs

The AAVSO cordially invites all members of astronomy clubs and astronomical societies in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Michigan to participate in our spring meeting, June 4-6, at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. We have something for everyone and opportunities for volunteers from the amateur community to receive complimentary registrations for your time and efforts.

Prior to the meeting, on June 3rd, AAVSO Director, Stella Kafka will be giving a talk at the Ball State Planetarium entitled "Variable Stars and Their Stories." The talk begins at 7:30pm. Check the updates section on the Spring Meeting Page for more details.

Thursday evening, June 4th, we will hold an informal meet and greet session at the Muncie Hampton Inn at 8pm.

Friday will feature scientific papers all day and a planetarium show at the end of the paper sessions at Ball State's Charles W. Brown Planetarium. 

Saturday morning, June 6th, we will hold the AAVSO Membership Meeting, featuring presentations from the Director and Council Officers explaining all the AAVSO is doing in research, outreach and education for the 2015 International Year of Light. Saturday afternoon the scientific paper sessions continue. Saturday evening is the closing banquet and award presentations.

You can register to attend one or all the days of the meeting in person or virtually/online. Please visit the 104th Spring Meeting of the AAVSO page for more details and instructions for registering.


We invite astronomy club members to bring your telescopes on Friday or Saturday for solar observing during coffee breaks.

If you are able to help with the following tasks we will provide complimentary registration to the meeting.

Help with shuttling between Ball State University and the meeting Hotels, approximately a 10 min drive (4 shifts):
       Ball State to Hotels: 
          Thu, June 4th at 1:30pm
          Thu, June 4th at 7:30pm 
       Hotels to Ball State: 
          Sun, June 7th at 9am
          Sun, June 7th at 1:30pm

Those with SUVs or vans are especially encouraged! 

We also offer complimentary registration for help at the registration table (3 shifts): 

  • Thursday evening meet and greet 
  • Friday morning and the tail end of the lunch break 
  • Saturday morning and the tail end of lunch break

Please contact us with questions or offers of help by emailing aavso@aavso.org

We hope to see you all there!