Arkansas Oklahoma Astronomical Society

About Us

The Arkansas Oklahoma Astronomical Society is a registered not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising the public's awareness about the science of astronomy and to increasing the application of astronomical science in education. The AOAS primary focus is the region around Fort Smith, Arkansas. The AOAS is a proud member of the Astronomical League, an association of member societies that all have the same mission - to promote the science of astronomy. The AL is made up of over 200 member organizations from around the United States, as well as individual members-at-large from around the world, who all wish to contribute to the same goal. The Astronomical League is well known as the administrators of nearly two dozen observing award certificates, including the Binocular, Messier, and Herschel Club certificates The Arkansas/Oklahoma Astronomical Society is also proud to be a part of the Night Sky Network, an educational outreach program sponsored by NASA (National Aeronautic and Space Administration,) the JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory,) and the ASP (Astronomical Society of the Pacific.) The purpose of the NSN program and one of the functions of the club as well, is to make public observing nights available to the public and area school programs, to introduce the night sky to everyone interested in astronomy. AOAS holds meetings on a monthly basis in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Beginning in 2007, AOAS meetings will be held at The University of Arkansas Fort Smith (UAFS) in the Math and Science Bldg in Room 211 on the 2nd floor. Our meetings are held on the first Friday of every month beginning at 7:00PM and ending about 9:00PM. UAFS is located at Waldron Rd and Grand Ave in Fort Smith. As always, all AOAS meetings, events and observing nights, known as “star parties”, are free and open to the public. And of course families are always welcome. We hold frequent observing events at our Coleman Observatory facility located 8 miles NW of Van Buren. (A map to the observatory is available on the ”Coleman Observatory” web page.) Usually, two Saturdays a month are scheduled for these events, which begin at dusk. The dates are listed in the “Site Events” calendar. We will also be hosting observing sessions at several area communities throughout the River Valley and surrounding counties on Saturday evenings once each month. These are public observing events and the locations are listed in the “Site Events” calendar.


Location:Van Buren, Arkansas, 72956-6768
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Phone:(479) 474-4740

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