Welcome to the Battle Point Astronomical Association

 

Next Planetarium Show / Stargazing Night at Ritchie Observatory is Saturday October 8, 7:30 pm.

“Searching for Habitable Worlds” Thousands of planets beyond our solar system have recently been discovered.  Join astronomer Dave to explore worlds that may be similar to Earth.

If the sky is clear, astronomers will be on hand with telescopes.  Free to members, $2.00 donation suggested for nonmembers, $5.00 for families.

BPAstro-HeaderThe next BPASTRO KIDS Show will be on October 8th from 5 to 7.

Come join us for an evening of fun activities as we journey through Saturn’s rings and make our very own models to take home!

Two shows, one from 5-6 and another 6-7, suggested $5 donation per family to help with supplies!

See the BPAstro Kids Facebook Page

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Free to members, $5.00 for families.

Member’s Meeting 9/24 at 7 pm. Where are you going to be on August 21, 2017? We will look at the upcoming eclipse, strategies for getting there, observing and (then the hard part) getting out.

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Class -INTRO TO ASTRONOMY – FALL SKY
Ages 14 to adult. Find your way around the night sky with the Battle Point Astronomical Association! Split between indoor class time and hands-on telescope time, topics include constellations, star hopping, planets, nebulas, galaxies, strange sky phenomena, and much more. Class will extend beyond the scheduled end time for telescope viewing (weather dependent). Held at Ritchie Observatory. Thursdays for 6 weeks starting 9/15. Runs from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. $59

Registration opens on 8/31 and is done via BI Parks (http://biparks.org/) Course code: 531850-01

If you have questions: (president@bpastro.org)

NGC 7023 taken on June 28/29 (My last clear night) 16 L 300s 1×1 & 8 RGB 300s 2×2. Shot with 10″RC with SBIG ST8300 on a Paramount MX+ at Two Towers Observatory on Bainbridge Island.

Annular Solar Eclipse 1st Sep 2016 On 1st September 2016, a annular solar eclipse will take place. The partial solar eclipse will be visible from Africa and Indian ocean. The annular eclipse will be visible from Atlantic, central Africa and Madagascar. The eclipse starts at 06:14 UTC and ends at 12:01 UTC.
New Moon 1st Sep 2016 Moon will be directly between the Earth and the Sun and will not be visible from Earth. This phase occurs at 09:03 UTC.
Planetarium Show 10th Sep 2016 7:30pm “Hidden Hubbles” Akin to “Hidden Mickys”, Hidden Hubbles are wonderful and amazing images from HST that you may have missed. Join Astronomer Steve Ruhl as he looks at some of his favorites and figures out what the image is telling us.
BPAstroKids 10th Sep 2016 5 to 7 pm Join us for a fun filled evening as we delve into comets! We will learn about the famous ones, then discover what comets are made of as we create one large comet at the observatory. Kids can then watch the comet create a tail in the solar wind, and design their very own comet to take home!
The Moon at Apogee 6th Sep 2016 Moon will reach apogee, the farthest point from Earth at UTC 18:45 (405,057 km from Earth).
Full Moon 16th Sep 2016 Earth is between the Sun and the Moon and so the Moon will be fully illuminated as seen from Earth. This phase occurs at 19:05 UTC.
Penumbral Lunar Eclipse 16th Sep 2016
Moon at the Perigee 18th Sep 2016 Moon reaches perigee, the closest point to Earth at UTC 17:01 (361,893 km from Earth).
October
New Moon 1st Oct 2016 Moon will be directly between the Earth and the Sun and will not be visible from Earth. This phase occurs at 00:12 UTC.
The Moon at Apogee 4th Oct 2016 Moon will reach apogee, the farthest point from Earth at UTC 11:03 (406,099 km from Earth).
Planetarium Show 8th Oct 2016 Topic TBD
Full Moon 16th Oct 2016 Earth is between the Sun and the Moon and so the Moon will be fully illuminated as seen from Earth. This phase occurs at 04:23 UTC.
Moon at the Perigee 16th Oct 2016 Moon reaches perigee, the closest point to Earth at UTC 23:37 (357,859 km from Earth).
Orionid meteor shower 21-22 Oct 2016 Orionid is a medium intensity meteor shower and one can see about 25 meteors per hour.
New Moon 30th Oct 2016 Moon will be directly between the Earth and the Sun and will not be visible from Earth. This phase occurs at 17:38 UTC.
The Moon at Apogee 31st Oct 2016 Moon will reach apogee, the farthest point from Earth at UTC 19:30 (406,659 km from Earth).

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SUNDIAL STATUS

Pictures of Sundial Construction & Installation
Please donate to our Sundial Project so we can finish. Thank you.

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Deck for the Richie

This Saturday (2/7) Malcolm, Steve, Nels (l to r) & Marty were busy, knee deep in sawdust, working on the deck platform for the Richie. Once completed, the new deck will provide a single surface for observing at the telescope. A ladder will be needed but it will be much smaller and not tied to the dome.

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Many thanks to One Call for All for their many years of continued support.

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Many thanks to the Bainbridge Community Foundation for their support of our Sundial Project

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Many thanks to the Bainbridge Island Rotary for their grant to allow us to obtain a Solar Telescope for our educational outreach programs.