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Next Planetarium Show / Stargazing Night at Ritchie Observatory is FRIDAY August 12th, 8:00 pm.

“Centaurs & Beyond” Centaurs are objects in the outer solar system that are asteroids and comets. Join Astronomer Steve Ruhl as he looks at the outer reaches of the solar system into the interstellar medium.

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.

PLEASE NOTE THE DATE CHANGE. BI Parks is having their “Summerfest” celebration on our normal date, August 13th.

For the Sumerfest, BPAA will be open for an open house with a special edition of :

BPAstro-HeaderThe next BPASTRO KIDS Show will be on August 13 from noon to 4. Dr. Erica will have fun science activities for the kids.

See the BPAstro Kids Facebook Page

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Free to members, $5.00 for families.

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.

July
The Moon at Apogee 13th Jul 2016 Moon will reach apogee, the farthest point from Earth at UTC 05:25 (404,271 km from Earth).
Full Moon 19th Jul 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 22:57 UTC.
Moon at the Perigee 27th Jul 2016 Moon reaches perigee, the closest point to Earth at UTC 11:26 (369,658 km from Earth).
August
New Moon 2nd Aug 2016 Moon will be directly between the Earth and the Sun and will not be visible from Earth. This phase occurs at 20:44 UTC.
Oregon Star Party 2-7 Aug 2016 Oregon Star Party
The Moon at Apogee 10th Aug 2016 Moon will reach apogee, the farthest point from Earth at UTC 00:06 (404,265 km from Earth).
Perseid meteor shower 12-13th Aug 2016 Perseids are one of the strong meteor showers. It produce up to 60 meteors per hour at peak hours. Radiant point of this shower is in the constellation Perseus. These meteors originate from the tail of comet Swift-Tuttle.
Planetarium Show 12th Aug 2016 8pm “Centaurs & Beyond” Centaurs are objects in the outer solar system that are asteroids and comets. Join Astronomer Steve Ruhl as he looks at the outer reaches of the solar system into the interstellar medium.

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.

Observatory Open House 13th Aug 2016 noon to 4pm We will have an open house during Summerfest and Dr. Erica will have fun science activities for the kids.
Full Moon 18th Aug 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 09:27 UTC.
Moon at the Perigee 22nd Aug 2016 Moon reaches perigee, the closest point to Earth at UTC 01:22 (367,046 km from Earth).
September
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.

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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.