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GRAAA members




Mission Statement:

To promote community interest and participation in astronomy through outreach, education and research.

The Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomical Association – in existence for over 60 years - is an organization of more than 100 astronomy enthusiasts of varied ages, backgrounds, and interests. We are an eclectic mix of individuals and families who share a common interest in and appreciation for the wonders of the universe.

​Meetings featuring informative speakers, exchange of ideas among members, etc. are held from 7 to 9 pm on the third Thursday evenings from January through May and September through November. In addition, special events are held throughout the calendar year which can involve noted speakers, public outreach activities, and group observation of unusual celestial events.

While most meetings are held at Schuler Books and Music in Grand Rapids, some are held at other locations, including the Association’s James C. Veen Observatory and Grand Rapids Public Museum. Find upcoming meeting details on the Upcoming Events page. Enjoy the experience of leaning from experienced amateur astronomers and forming new friendships.

​Members can attain full access to the Association’s James C. Veen Observatory for personal observations and astro-imaging, participation in periodic Public Nights, and other pursuits.

The GRAAA is an organization that offers something for just about anyone who wants to pursue astronomy as a hobby, regardless of age or level of knowledge. We invite any person who is interested to become a member.



Chris Miller

Vice President

Tom Good


Jim Foerch


Jack McCarthy


Curt Blakeslee

Joe Branc

Marc Daneman

Dave DeBruyn

Evelyn Marron

Trisha Purpura

Julia Trongo

Eric Van Zant



For general inquiries, email

Membership information:  Dave DeBruyn - (616) 929-1722

President:  Chris Miller - (616) 481-5933

James C. Veen Observatory

3308 Kissing Rock Avenue SE

Lowell, MI 49331

(616) 897-7065 (for recorded message)

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The GRAAA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational and scientific organization. All gifts and donations are tax-deductible. If you are considering a donation (monetary, astronomy equipment, etc.) please contact GRAAA Treasurer James Foerch, who will be happy to assist you.

The Grand Rapids Public Museum collaborates with the GRAAA in presenting Veen Observatory Public Nights, and provides ongoing financial and administrative support.

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